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Happy New Year

Leigh W Sparrow, Publisher
Leigh W Sparrow, Publisher

January 1, 2019 - While 2018 has generally been a good year for business, including those markets that we cover, storm clouds have been brewing as the global trading system has come under pressure and been subjected to changes, threats and challenges.

Much of the pressure is down to a rapidly changing environment as new technologies come of age and a new order beckons, with challenges for some traditional industries, methods and business models, while throwing up dozens of new opportunities for those who can spot them and are well placed to exploit them. Rapid, deep seated changes to the status quo often create a backlash as those negatively affected by change try to stop or turn the clock back to simpler times. The biggest problems are caused by legislators who try to respond with rules that attempt to stop or roll back changes.

One thing though has not changed – the need for good, accurate information, this is particularly true as we move through an age where a large percentage of news and information is incomplete, confusing, inaccurate or blatantly untrue! This certainly raises the bar for the work we do, where the challenge is to provide accurate and factual news promptly, while coming under pressure to publish.

All of us at Vertikal see this as an opportunity, not only staying true to our principles, but to step up and improve our efforts in an increasingly confusing world. During the first quarter we will launch our totally new website/news portal – the biggest single investment in our history. Hopefully that it will provide our readers with an even better more attractive and modern news and information source, but more importantly it will provide a foundation to develop new ideas and services over the next 10 years.

With that said we would like to thank all of you who supported us in 2018, whether that be by advertising in our magazines or online, or taking out a paid subscription. Without your help we simply could not do what we do.

Do take part in our latest opinion poll - just below - and give us your prognosis for 2019 

In the meantime Thank you again and on behalf of the entire team at Vertikal I wish you a very happy, safe, healthy and prosperous year in 2019.

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