By Marty Vanags, CECD
Toward the end of 2016, the Dow Jones was edging close to 20,000 points. At the beginning of 2016 no one would have predicted it could get so high. No one thought Donald J. Trump would be president-elect and no one thought the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series after a 108-year dry spell.
In our age of fast news, fake news, information overload and FOMO (fear-of-missing-out for non-millennials), a prediction, about anything, at least in the short term, is nearly impossible to make.
Economic predictions are difficult because world events and domestic policy in finance, trade and monetary maneuverings are out of our immediate control. With a new, untested president about to assume office with no previous governmental track record, it is hard to know exactly what will occur in 2017.