The items listed below represent potential emerging issues that our analysts are tracking. These can be long term or short term, but will be updated daily. If an item on our Watch List becomes critical, we will email you a full analysis explaining its significance.
Each Saturday, we will follow up our daily Watch List for each week with our conclusions on these issues.
Russia: The Kremlin decided to move forward with plans to raise the retirement age for women to 60 from 55 and for men to 65 from 63. Additionally, the value-added tax is expected to increase to 20 percent from 18 percent. Polls show 92 percent of Russians disagree with the changes to the retirement age. Are they upset enough to protest? Let’s see if we can get an estimate of the impact these changes will have on the Russian budget.
North Korea: A Seoul-based online newspaper that specializes in North Korean news spoke to a source who said North Korean citizens will not want to give up the country’s nucl