The Trader 

Have we reached peak globalisation?

The Trader

A few years ago, Swedish furniture retailer Ikea declared we had reached "peak stuff" (and some of us started de-cluttering). Political leaders in some countries are looking inwards, focusing on sovereignty, improving the well-being of their citizens, with the economy and business playing not exactly second fiddle, but perhaps a more supportive role. Spotlight on the 1 per cent of people around the world and what they own, how their wealth has shifted over the past decade; this has brought feelings not just of inequality but unfairness to the surface. Then add in climate change… not forgetting President Trump’s trade tariffs.

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