Current issue – WBJ November/December 2018

Time to take stock

It is that time of year again when we compare our results and achievements with the plans, wishes and resolutions we made at the beginning of the year, also while making new budgets, prognoses and goals for the year to come. Last year, in this very column, I predicted that 2018 would be a year of more shareholder satisfaction, positive market growth and new opportunities – and I guess to a large extent I was right. What’s in store for 2019 then? Judging from the present atmosphere in Poland and the market temperature in general, I expect more of the same. However, it also seems that higher volatility and somewhat lower robustness are to be expected in the toughening reality we will face.

Another big milestone worth reflection is Poland’s 100 years of independence. In this issue we have lined up an overview of some of the major issues, successes and challenges Poland has faced over the past century that shaped what is now one of Europe’s fastest developing and most interesting countries and markets.

This year has also brought some changes, such as the Sunday trading ban, whose effects we are now beginning to evaluate. In the run-up to the COP24 summit in December, we examine whether Poland can finally get on track to solve the clean air issues that hang like dark clouds over the country. It’s also worth pondering how the recent local elections are going to play out in the light of the political turmoil that Poland has faced over the past couple of years.

2019 is coming and with it more changes, and we look forward to covering more stories and keeping you up to speed with how the markets, the people and the money flow are shaping Poland.

As usual I wish you a great read and hope you find something here to make your day and business better – and if you have a story to tell, please do not hesitate to contact us – we are always looking for positive stories about and from Poland’s movers and shakers.

MORTEN LINDHOLM

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