2018 Outlook: Will 2018 Be the Best, the Worst, or Both?

January 05, 2018

As we say goodbye to a year that would rival any in recent memory in terms of both domestic and global upheaval, we now look ahead to one that could very well embody Mr. Dickens' famous dichotomy.  As things turned out, for most of our member companies, 2017 ended on a positive note with enactment of a tax reform measure strongly supported by the business community.  This is already raising expectations that this should not only benefit shareholders but also translate into jobs and higher wages.  Fueled by a very favorable business climate, there is every reason to be optimistic in that regard.  If all that plays out, we could very well have "the best of times."   So, if "it's the economy, stupid," why aren’t we uncorking the champagne?  Because, most, if not all, of the issues that made last year so challenging remain in play.  To read the rest of CEO Dan Yager's blog, click here