Global Risks Report 2017 (World Economic Forum)

Top 5 Trends Determining Global Development

1 Rising Income and wealth disparity
2 Changing climate
3 Increasing polarization of societies
4 Rising cyber dependency
5 Ageing population

Most Important Risks’ Interconnections

1 Unemployment and underemployment
Profound social instability
2 Large-scale involuntary migration
State collapse or crisis
3 Failure of climate-change mitigation and adaption
Water crises
4 Failure of national governance
Profound social instability
5 Interstate conflict with regional consequences
Large-scale involuntary migration

Source: World Economic Forum Global Risks Perception Survey 2016.

Author: Christopher K. Merker, Ph.D., CFA

Christopher K. Merker, PhD, CFA, is a director with Robert W. Baird & Co. Merker holds a PhD in Investment Governance and Fiduciary Effectiveness from Marquette University. He is a past president of the CFA Society Milwaukee and a current board member. An adjunct professor of finance at Marquette University, where he teaches the investment course, Sustainable Finance, he is also executive director of Fund Governance Analytics, LLC, a provider of governance research and diagnostic tools for issuers, asset owners and institutional investors. He publishes the blog, Sustainable Finance, which covers current topics around sustainability in investing (