2017 was a banner year for cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin—the flagbearer of the cryptocurrency market—reached heights of 3,000-percent growth, turning droves of investors into overnight millionaires.
The year 2018 signals the commencement of the actual Brexit negotiations, which involve discussions on future relations, including trade between the United Kingdom (UK) and the rest of the countries in the eurozone.
Say what you will about Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, but the man seemingly won’t go down without a fight. He recently announced plans for the country to develop its very own cryptocurrency—dubbed the “petro”—to circumvent the economic sanctions placed on the country by the United States.
Chile stands to join the ranks of Latin American countries swinging back to the political right after a prolonged period on the left. As the Pink Tide recedes, pro-business leaders have taken hold in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Paraguay.
When Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales was campaigning for the presidency in 2015—his first electoral campaign for public office—he ran on a single platform: “I’m not a thief; I’m not corrupt”.
February 24, 2018: that will be the day that will make history because a Castro will no longer sit in the Cuban presidency seat. Upon beginning his second five-year term as president in 2013, Raúl Castro announced that it would be his last.
Long-considered Latin America’s most stable economy, Chile will elect a new parliament and president on November 19, 2017. As the first major economy entering the region’s extended elections cycle, the result of Chile’s election will serve as a signal to how popular attitudes will unfold in 2018.
The Costa Rican general elections are set for February 4, 2018. With the incumbent, President Luis Guillermo Solís, unable to seek re-election until he has been out of office for two terms, the field is open for candidates from all parties.
With the Paraguayan general elections taking place in April 2018, the field of candidates is starting to take shape. The incumbent, President Horacio Cartes, has advised that he will not be running for re-election.
On March 11, 2018, Colombia will elect a new 268-member parliament. A little over two months later, on May 27, 2018, the country will then elect a new president. A flurry of issues stand to destabilize Colombia’s political conditions throughout both elections.