Sanctions, restrictions and trade tariffs are often rooted in the politics and policies of the US dollar.
On December 30, 2018 the first 6 of 11 countries ratified the new CPTPP agreement giving Canada access to key markets in Asia and Latin America.
Even with two 10% corrections in the S&P 500 in 2018, the performance disparity between the US market and the rest of the world markets since 2009 remains high.
As another wave of US sanctions against Iran is imposed, more countries are looking for alternatives to SWIFT.
The global population aged 60 years of over numbered 962 million in 2017 and is projected to reach nearly 2.1 billion by 2050.