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In Mel Brooks' seminal 1977 Hitchcock parody "High Anxiety," much of the action revolves around the Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous. Investors may feel the need to book into a similar establishment in 2019 . Ninety years after the Wall Street Crash, global geopolitics and markets are like the person scaling a building on our front cover -- in an exposed and precarious position. That's why Reuters Breakingviews' Predictions 2019 book is also titled "High Anxiety". A December detente between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping is a step forward, but relations between the two largest economies remain tense, and could worsen.Rio Tinto will finally turn big miners into big spenders, Facebook could turn out to be the JPMorgan of tech, and Airbnb will succeed where others failed in China.Meanwhile, businesses will continue to wrestle with the need to embrace environmental, social and governance issues -- one area to watch is how actively banks use their bully pulpits to lobby gun manufacturers.
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