The Year Ahead 2018: Financial Policy Trends & Challenges

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The calendar has turned and 2017 is in the books. What a year it was. It started with a new President and the Dow breaking 20,000 for the first time in history. New confidence led the Fed to raise interest rates, but nerves remained on edge about increased tensions with North Korea. Then came the lightning-quick approval of sweeping tax cuts and the year closed with global economic growth and the Dow at record highs.

Thanks in part to Washington, 2017 certainly was a stellar year for Wall Street. What will 2018 bring? A trade war? Inflation? A correction? Democrats taking over Congress?

Most analysts remain bullish, anticipating more gains and GDP growth in 2018 as the impact of tax reform kicks in.

Only time will tell, but there are indicators to watch for from Washington that point to what we can expect to see in 2018.

An infrastructure bill. A rise in CFIUS authority. Unintended consequences from tax reform. These are just a few of the trends Edelman’s DC Financial Communications team anticipates will make headlines this year and potentially impact markets.

On the following pages we provide a bit of insight and hope you’ll join us as we watch how these trends – and their implications – play their part in revealing the shape of financial policy and regulation in 2018.

We anticipate quite a busy year and our list is certainly not all- encompassing. We’d love to hear from you about issues you’re focused on. Feel free to reach out if we can ever be of any assistance.

Cheers,

Sean Neary
Financial Communications – Edelman Washington, D.C. Sean.Neary@Edelman.com.

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