“The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.” Ayn Rand

The table is a shortlist of issues that should cause concern for any investor. However, the growing problem is that many are not focusing on the broader return implications for these risks, the chance for contagion, and second-order effects.  Perhaps we have not had the right catalysts to create focus. Perhaps we are being too dramatic in the current risk-on environment, or these are just not big problems.

Nevertheless, these issues keep me up at night, and they have not been given enough weight when measuring the potential return to risk for even diversified portfolios.