COMMENT:

The vast change in the global political environment is creating a great deal of market volatility and uncertainty for investors.

These changes include opinion polls being less accurate than in the past, traditional centrist parties losing voter support and a rise in populism and nationalism.

Brexit and Donald Trump's US presidential victory have been high-profile examples of these developments, as are the strongarm tactics used by Trump and Chinese Premier Xi Jinping in their trade dispute.

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In the past few months, elections have been held in India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Israel, Australia and in the EU — with a