From a US perspective, what are the big questions in 2013?
Will the President figure out how to keep growth going? Will China's tensions between Japan and Vietnam spark a dangerous trade war, which spins into a real war?
What should we expect from Obama?
He will push forward on ‘Obamacare’ and jack up taxes for wealthier Americans. If dividend and capital gains taxes rise sharply for investors, the stock market could take a startling hit.
What clouds do you see on the world horizon?
The world has grown more dangerous: Iran and North Korea look increasingly aggressive and desperate. Meanwhile Germans still have to decide how deep into their pockets they will reach to bail out Greece and Portugal.
And what causes for hope?
The development of new technologies in natural gas offer a revolution in energy - that might bring about much cheaper prices and lessen the sway of OPEC. Meanwhile, medical scientists are racing to uncover DNA secrets that will extend life. Remember, just 100 years ago life expectancy was about 50.
What's your favourite fact that you use in presentations?
Demographics matter. Japan sells more adult diapers than baby diapers!