How the US election affects your investment portfolio – Pocketful of Dirhams

Political risk is now a major issue for investors, say analysts

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As the world waits for the outcome of the US presidential election, investors have every right to feel nervous.

Last week saw global markets spiral downwards on the back of uncertainty around the election result and heightened restrictions across Europe due to a rise in the number of coronavirus cases.

Some analysts say that political risk is now a major issue for investors because markets respond far more aggressively to political outcomes than they did before.

So, how much difference does a Joe Biden win or Donald Trump win really make to an investor's portfolio? How should investors position their investments in these uncertain times? And with so much volatility, is a passive approach the best route to take?

Host Alice Haine from The National is joined by Samy Chaar, chief economist at Swiss private bank Lombard Odier, who is helping to guide investors through the days ahead.

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