A key question is whether consumers and businesspeople will continue to shrug off some pretty scary geopolitical threats.
November 6, 2017 Issue
From Brazil to Nigeria to Japan, here’s a look ahead at the global economy.
The Year Ahead/Economics
Central banks are finally ready to ease off the stimulus.
Voters are ready for change in Mexico and Brazil.
The crown prince must balance his desire for change with a public reticent to adapt.
Here are three hypothetical ways the U.K. could reverse Brexit
He cites Blue Bottle’s founder, who said going public can be like living in hell without dying.
The Year Ahead/Technology
The big U.S. tech companies will continue to face legal challenges in Europe as things get tougher at home.
Security experts say there’s evidence Russian hackers have breached U.S. utilities and nuclear power plants.
Google and Facebook now face an even tougher time nosing their way into the world’s biggest market.
The big rocket companies aim to pass major milestones in 2018.
Ericsson has bet its future on the fifth generation of mobile, but nobody knows what applications and services will get customers to pay the billions of dollars 5G will cost.
Regeneron’s George Yancopoulos is worried about the lack of investment in the NIH.
The Year Ahead/Retail
Electric cars have been a tough sell in the U.S. The loss of the $7,500 perk could make them even harder for automakers to pitch.
Almost a third of web orders end up being sent back, vs. 9 percent of purchases at physical stores.
Chinese age 18 to 34 accounted for 60 percent of the country’s foreign travel last year and spent more than $150 billion, Bloomberg Intelligence estimates.
Twitter paid $10 million to livestream 10 Thursday night NFL games in 2016, nonexclusive. Amazon elbowed Twitter out of the way this year, offering $50 million.
While demand is strong, Amazon is sowing seeds of doubt for organics producers.
The creator of some of the world’s most expensive art talks about his collaboration with Louis Vuitton and how excitement affects value.
The Year Ahead/Energy
New projects will pump up the region’s energy economy.
Long-term contracts for liquefied natural gas are expiring, but a glut is keeping prices down.
Who’s going to build them?
Manufacturers are making the most of cheap natural gas.
Keeping nuclear and coal plants from closing could kill demand for wind and solar.
How much is Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest energy company, actually worth?
Political turmoil, new oil patches, and a need for capital.
With much of the easy oil already pumped, what’s next for shale?
Jack Fusco talks about the rise of U.S. LNG and surging demand from China.
The Year Ahead/Politics
As goes the farm bill, so goes cohesion in American politics.
Having entered office unprepared, the president squandered his first year. Those failures will haunt him in the second.
The party’s fortunes hinge on turning anti-Trump energy into votes. A wave of new startups aims to help.
The billion-dollar bud faces new momentum and problems as three more states legalize it.
The president’s sagging ratings give the party hope for overturning the GOP majority for the first time since 2006.
The former U.S. Army general and CIA director talks about Iran, North Korea, Niger, and whether he’d work for Trump.
Stocks to keep an eye on in 2018.
The Year Ahead/Hot Seat
The CEO of Ryanair, New Zealand’s prime minister, and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
A public reckoning.