Geopolitical calendar

We see geopolitical risk as a material market factor in 2019, especially in an environment of slowing growth and elevated uncertainty about the economic and corporate earnings outlook. We detail the key geopolitical events for the rest of the year in the table below.

DateCountry/RegionEvent
July 23 UK UK flag Conservative Party new leader announced
July 25 Eurozone European Union flag European Central Bank meeting*
July 30 Japan Japan flag Bank of Japan meeting*
July 31 U.S. US flag Federal Reserve meeting
August 1 U.S. US flag Deadline for the U.S. to issue the next round of sanctions waivers for Iranian civil nuclear cooperation
August 19 U.S. / China US flag Temporary General License for the export of U.S. components and services to a Chinese telecommunications company expires
August 25 G7 G7 summit in France
September Italy Italy flag 2020 budget negotiations
September 12 Eurozone European Union flag European Central Bank meeting*
September 17 Israel Israel flag Legislative election
September 18 U.S. US flag Federal Reserve meeting
September 29 UK UK flag Start of Conservative Party conference
October 1 U.S. US flag Fiscal budget deadline
October 17-18 Eurozone European Union flag EU summit
October 21 Canada Canada flag Federal election (deadline)
October 24 Eurozone European Union flag European Central Bank meeting*
October 27 Argentina Argentina flag General election
October 27 Ukraine Ukraine flag Parliamentary elections
October 30 U.S. US flag Federal Reserve meeting
October 31 UK UK flag Six-month article 50 extension will expire
October 31 Japan Japan flag Bank of Japan meeting*
October 31 Eurozone European Union flag End of term for key EU leaders: Draghi, Junker, Tusk
November Poland Poland flag Parliamentary elections
November 13 U.S. US flag Deadline for U.S. President Trump to determine whether and what further action needs to be taken on potential tariffs on autos and auto part imports
December 11 U.S. US flag Federal Reserve meeting
December 12 Eurozone European Union flag European Central Bank meeting*
December 20 Switzerland Switzerland flag Federal election

Source: BlackRock Investment Institute, July 2019. 
Note: European Central Bank meetings shown are those accompanied by press conferences. The Bank of Japan events shown are followed by the publication of the central bank’s outlook report.

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