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




  • 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

Putin in Two Minutes: A Quick Look Into His Soul


  • 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.
    QuickTake: Abenomics



  • The World Cup soccer tournament opens in Russia June 14; the final takes place July 15 in Moscow.
    QuickTake: The World Cup


  • 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.


Illustration: Chris Philpot


  • 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




  • 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.


— With assistance by Hayley Warren