Uncertainty has been the watchword for 2016.

The UK’s Brexit decision and American election result have loomed large this year and those looking for respite in 2017 may be hard pressed to find it.

The UK government’s plan to trigger Article 50 by March and the prospect of elections in Germany and France means we must continue to expect the unexpected. Meanwhile, financial markets and political systems are playing catch-up, adjusting to new realities that seem to be unfolding at rapid pace.

If evidence were needed as to the speed of change, remember that this was the year that saw David Cameron resign, just over a year after securing a Conservative majority that confounded the pollsters, wounded by a wave of anti-establishment populism that would see Donald Trump…

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