Markets fixated on inflation might overlook US China tech tensions


Chinese and U.S. flags outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021.

Tingshu Wang | Reuterss

While investors have been preoccupied with rising prices, a flare-up in U.S.-China tensions could catch investors by surprise, BlackRock warns.

BlackRock Investment Institute said in a report Monday that its proprietary Geopolitical Risk Indicator has fallen to its lowest in four years, as investors focus more on inflation and the economic recovery than geopolitics.

That marks a shift in attention from U.S.-China trade tensions or a North Korea nuclear attack, both of which have rattled markets in the last few years.

“The gauge has been hovering in negative territory…


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