Fear of March madness looms over Davos

DAVOS • Two questions come up repeatedly in the corridors of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. First, what is going to happen in the United States-China trade war? Second, what is going to happen with Brexit?

There are considerable similarities between these two questions. In both cases, the only sensible answer is some variant of "I don't know". In both cases, there is a strong possibility of a bad "no-deal" outcome that could create turmoil in the world economy. And, in both cases, the answer will be revealed in March.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 25, 2019, with the headline 'Fear of March madness looms over Davos'. Print Edition | Subscribe