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For the coming Chinese New Year, i Capital will not be published for the issues dated 26 Jan – 1 Feb, 2017 and 2 Feb – 8 Feb 2017. Volume 28, number 22 of i Capital will hence be dated 9 Feb 2017 – 15 Feb 2017. However, during the two non-publication weeks, www.icapital.biz will be updated as usual. Our Kuala Lumpur office will close for half day on 27 Jan 2017 and the relevant public holidays.

Soon the Year of the Monkey will give way to the Year of the Rooster. 2016 was indeed a year when political monkeys took centre stage in the US and Europe and caused great uncertainties to the world. Judging from the more favourable forecasts by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund as well as private economists of the world’s economy for 2017, the Year of the Rooster should be a better year. The crow of the rooster used to be the first sound that human hears when they start a new day. The loud and spirited crow provides one the much needed energy and zest to face the challenges that lie ahead. Hopefully, the Year of the Rooster will bring such positive impact to 2017.

The Trump administration will be the biggest uncertainty to an otherwise seemingly positive year. We need all the energy, zest, and bravery of the rooster to face the unexpected in 2017.
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