It's New Year's Day, so it's time for football, hangovers, resolutions — and forecasts.
With the first three, you're on your own. But for forecasts, we have economists to help. They get paid to peer into the future, and in general, they are seeing good times ahead, thanks to an upbeat business cycle.
"The stage is set for continued solid growth in 2018," Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Markit, said in his annual forecast. "While economic risks remain, most are low-level threats to the overall picture for 2018."
That view is shared by most mainstream economists and stock market analysts. Here are a few of the typical comments issued recently by experts: