Alright, that's it. 2020 is done, finally.
It is New Year's eve, so time to think ahead. And forget about the past year as much as we can.
How do you think our economy (housing, agriculture, tourism, education, to name the key sectors in decreasing size) will fare in 2021? Both tourism and the education sector took a thrashing in 2020; will they rise next year?
And how do you think the big economies on the global stage will fare? There were plenty of huge stumbles in 2020 but will it be the monetary authorities or the fiscal authorities that take the lead in 2021? Or will they merge into one unified effort?
And how will the financial marketplaces perform? This past year has been plenty of unexpected winners, along with the expected losers. Inequality has widened. Will 2021 bring the payback?
Elections are now behind us. Now is the time for 'action' and 'delivery'. But it has been hard to find any over the past four years
It is time to test your prediction skills and bravely record them here, in the Comment stream below. (Sign up here.)
And of course there is the small matter of bragging rights on your 2020 predictions. How good were they? Here is a quick link to last year's set.
For those who like to keep score on the hard data front, here is an updated tally of the Government's progress. A number of those items will also score some forecasts in last year's predictions of many commenters.
This article is to encourage you to record your 2021 predictions.
They can be on any topic that has an impact on the New Zealand economy: anything, including property, interest rates, exchange rates, the RBNZ, insurance, rural issues, the dairy payout, our migration issues, our relationship with China, the big international economic influences, even the shifting international power balance, and the like. But please try to ground them in the economy. (For example fashion or celebrity comments are not relevant, but climate change issues certainly are.)
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Over to you.