Geopolitics is the current prevailing driving theme for financial markets. Europe is preoccupied with Brexit and elections as well as financial issues for countries such as France, Greece, Italy and Germany. Rising tension with Russia with the current focus on Syria dominate Washington’s relationship with Moscow. With regard to the US’s relationship with China, much is up in the air since President Trump has threatened to label China a currency manipulator many times over and currently is using trade as a leverage for China to pressure North Korea on the nuclear issue. The US is sending an aircraft carrier battle group to the North China sea in anticipation of any further nuclear tests on the part of North Korea.