Geopolitical risk is a catch-all term for a very broad, seemingly unquantifiable phenomenon. New and old companies are going into the business of pinning it down, packaging it into data and indexes, and selling it to hedge funds. How reliable are these indexes? How are they totted up? And how useful are they?
At a time of political unrest from Kiev to Kobane, Mosul to Hong Kong, appetite among financial institutions for geopolitical risk-related products seems to have grown. Eurasia Group,
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