The items listed below represent potential emerging issues that our analysts are tracking. These can be long term or short term, but will be updated daily. If an item on our Watch List becomes critical, we will email you a full analysis explaining its significance.
Each Saturday, we will follow up our daily Watch List for each week with our conclusions on these issues.
North Korea: We are tracking several developments. Seven of the United States’ 11 aircraft carriers are simultaneously underway, the first time this has happened in several years. The U.S. is planning a drill with three of these carriers – the USS Nimitz, the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Theodore Roosevelt – and it is also conducting drills with the Japanese and Indian navies in the Sea of Japan. New activity has also been observed at one of North Korea’s nuclear testing sites, which was a previously unused location.
Oil prices: Brent crude is currently trading at $64 per barrel, its highest price