Summary of The Global Risks Report 2018

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The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) yearly survey of the risks menacing the globe isn’t for the faint of heart. The 2018 report, released in advance of the group’s annual conference in Davos, Switzerland, includes a laundry list of frightening scenarios. Global warming accelerates as carbon dioxide emissions rise. Air pollution chokes most cities. Microplastic fibers contaminate both your drinking water and your shrimp cocktail. Stock prices may be unrealistically optimistic, bonds pay negative yields and the big banks hold more assets than ever. The US Federal Reserve and other central banks have slashed interest rates so low that they won’t be able to respond effectively to another economic crisis. Cyberattacks are rampant, a new strain of nationalism is disrupting geopolitics and some areas have 30% youth unemployment. The WEF study is mercifully succinct and a smooth read. President Donald Trump traveled to Davos to speak at the 2018 event, even though this report lists him as a potential new source of risk.    

In this summary, you will learn

  • How global warming and pollution could affect the world economy,
  • Why central banks would struggle to respond to another crisis, and
  • What other major risks the world faces in 2018.  

About the Author

The World Economic Forum issues this report. Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman, hosts its annual event in Davos, Switzerland. Børge Brende is WEF president.



Growing Complexity

The 2018 edition of the World Economic Forum’s annual survey of the risks threatening the planet and its people finds hazards in many realms: the environment, cyberattacks, the markets and central banks, technology, nationalism, public health threats, youth unemployment, the spread of false information, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and even President Donald Trump.

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