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Looking Forward to Market Outlook 2014


market outlook photoIt’s almost Market Outlook time. This is one of the best events VMA puts on every year, and this year I’m especially excited to be going. San Diego. Yippee!

No, wait, I’m going to work, right? Well, yes, of course, but… it’s San Diego! Surf, sun, great Mexican food, Gaslamp district, shopping and, did I mention the surf? This year’s Market Outlook venue is just blocks from ML King Promenade Park, the Embarcadero and… the Pacific. For this land-locked Canadian, that massive expanse of salty water is an irresistible beacon.

But first, I will be attending and reporting upon this annual feast for the financial senses. After having a sneak peek at some of the presentations by our speakers, I know this is going to be another top notch source of information that will help our members make wise decisions over the next months and years.

At the 2012 event, Alan Bieuleau of ITR Economics joked about the economic recovery, “Everything that we want to happen is happening, but still we’re not happy, proving that we truly are American.” He projected that the U.S. economy would continue to expand in the last half of 2012 and the first half of 2013. It has.

There were many more accurate predictions from all of the speakers. You can read a summary in the fall 2012 issue of VALVE Magazine, and compare them with what you have seen go on since August, 2012.

There have been many natural disasters this year, and it will be interesting to see what effect, if any, they and the recent events like the train derailment in Canada might have on the predictions from our presenters. What effect might these events have on economic rebound in North America, especially with respect to oil and gas production and transmission? An aging infrastructure is being blamed for the exacerbation of problems related to storms, so I’m wondering if we’ll see any reference to that in the market outlook.

Not long to wait now, and I’ll be reporting on all of our presenters in the special fall edition of VALVE Magazine, but you can catch an appetizer in the web feature to come online at VALVEMagazine.com on August 12.

And, be sure to catch the feed on Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn as I report from the beach, er, I mean, the Market Outlook event next week, August 8 and 9.

Kate Kunkel is Senior Editor of VALVE Magazine. Contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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