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Permanent Putin?

Vladimir Putin is making moves to stay in control of Russia after he steps down next March as mandated by the country's constitution. What does this mean for the markets?

Tim Seymour joins the desk to lend his expertise in the emerging markets. He has a counterintuitive take on the Russian situation: If Putin manages to keep himself in power past his term, it will likely be a good thing for that market.



Without an internal power struggle to fill Putin’s position when he leaves, his structural and political reforms, as well as his consolidation of power, will probably continue – all those things have been beneficial to the market so far, Seymour says. If Putin can continue to drive through difficult reforms it could trickle down to all the emerging markets, not just Russia.

Seymour believes Russia is particularly cheap compared to other emerging markets like Latin America or China. So, as an investor, does it really matter if Putin’s strong-arm tactics are less-than-democratic?


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