QuickTakes Explain the Year Ahead
Bloomberg News reporters in more than 100 cities will cover the stories that matter most in 2018. Here’s a selection of key events for the year, plus links to related QuickTake explainers. QuickTakes unravel complicated subjects and provide a concise, easy-to-read entry point to current debates.
For a full collection of QuickTake explainers, including Q&As, click here.
Illustrations by Matthew Hollister
- The overhaul of European Union financial-services regulations known as MiFID II takes effect Jan. 3.
QuickTake: MiFID II and QuickTake Q&A: Systematic Internalizers
- Starting Jan. 13, EU banks must share data about their customers with fintech upstarts and other rivals.
QuickTake Q&A: Payment Services Directive
- The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, convenes Jan. 23-26 with the theme “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.”
QuickTake: Income Inequality
- China’s ban on individuals using virtual private networks, which circumvent internet censorship, comes into force.
QuickTake: Great Firewall of China
- Janet Yellen’s term as U.S. Federal Reserve chair ends Feb. 3. Jerome Powell has been nominated to replace her.
QuickTake: Central Bank Independence
- Winter Olympics are held Feb. 9-25 in PyeongChang, South Korea, with a test 5G network in place. Russia’ s team was banned for doping.
QuickTake: 5G and QuickTake: Sports, Drugs and Cheating
- Vladimir Putin plans to run for a fourth term as Russian president; the first round of voting is March 18.
QuickTake: Vladimir Putin
- On March 24, Qantas begins nonstop, 17-hour flights to London from Perth, Australia, using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
- U.S. President Donald Trump’s deadline for Congress to pass a law that allows young, undocumented immigrants to work, go to school and remain in the U.S.
QuickTake Q&A: Immigrants’ Dreams at Risk
- U.K. companies must for the first time report disparities between men’s and women’s pay by April 4.
QuickTake Q&A: Gender Wage Gap
- The Bloomberg New Energy Finance “Future of Energy Summit” takes place in New York April 9-10.
QuickTake Q&A: Peak Oil
- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s term ends April 8, though he’s expected to serve a second four-year term.
- MSCI includes domestic Chinese stocks for the first time when it announces the composition of its widely followed emerging markets indexes May 14.
QuickTake Q&A: Chinese Stocks’ New York Boost
- Expanded EU internet data protection rules take effect May 25, increasing consumer control over how companies collect and use their information.
QuickTake: Privacy vs. Security
- Italy must hold a general election by late May.
QuickTake Q&A: Political Risk in Italy
- The World Cup soccer tournament opens in Russia June 14; the final takes place July 15 in Moscow.
QuickTake: The World Cup
- Cities around the world hold annual gay pride events. The original parade in New York marks the anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
QuickTake: Gay Rights
- Saudi Arabia awards its first driver’s licenses to women beginning June 24.
QuickTake: Saudi Arabia’s Strains
- Mexico holds a general election July 1. Voters elect a new president and members of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate.
QuickTake: Mexico’s Troubles
- Canada’s target date to legalize recreational marijuana and its sale.
QuickTake: Marijuana Legalization
- A total lunar eclipse July 27 is visible in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
- Greece’s third financial bailout expires Aug. 20, requiring a new deal with creditors.
QuickTake: Greece’s Financial Odyssey
- Malaysia must hold a general election by August.
QuickTake: Malaysia’s Muddle
- Pakistan’s general election will be held this month.
QuickTake: Pakistan’s Turmoil
- Vacationers take a break from long hours spent sitting at their desks.
QuickTake: Dangers of Sitting
- World leaders gather in New York Sept. 18 for the United Nations General Assembly. The Bloomberg Global Business Forum takes place alongside the event.
- BMW AG begins selling a fully electric version of its Mini car with the start of the 2019 model year.
QuickTake: Electric Vehicles
- EU’s target date to complete a Brexit deal to give the European Parliament time to approve the terms before the U.K. leaves the bloc March 29, 2019.
QuickTake Q&A: Will Brexit Trigger an Exodus of Banks from London?
- Brazil holds the first round of its general election Oct. 7 to choose a president and national and state representatives. The second round of voting is Oct. 28.
QuickTake: Brazil’s Highs and Lows
- U.S. midterm elections are Nov. 6. At stake are all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate.
- Thai elections will take place this month, according to the leader of the military government that seized power in 2014.
QuickTake: Thailand’s Troubled Democracy
- The 100th anniversary of the end of World War I is marked at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
- SpaceX plans the first space trip for private citizens, sending two around the moon on its Falcon Heavy rocket.
QuickTake: Space Taxis
- Saudi Arabia plans to sell a stake in its giant state oil company in late 2018. The timing may slip.
QuickTake: Saudi Aramco and QuickTake: Mohammed bin Salman
- Finland’s two-year experiment of paying 2,000 people a basic income of 560 euros ($665) a month ends Dec. 31.
QuickTake: Universal Basic Income
— With assistance by Hayley Warren