Nafta Talks Resume and Trump Plans to Speak at Davos Economic Forum


Here’s what to expect in the week ahead:


Nafta negotiations restart on a tighter deadline.

Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States will gather in Montreal this week to try to hammer out a reworked North American Free Trade Agreement before Mexico’s presidential election this summer. Mexico and Canada are expected to begin offering more counterproposals to the demands made by the United States, which the business community and Mexican and Canadian negotiators criticized as potentially harmful to the pact. In a Twitter post last week, President Trump mentioned the United States’ trade deficit with Mexico and called Nafta “a bad joke.” Ana Swanson


Greece on finance ministers’ agenda.

Aid to Greece will be one of the main topics when eurozone finance ministers meet in Brussels on Monday. The ministers, collectively known as the Eurogroup, will receive an update on Greece’s progress in meeting conditions for the financial support it has received from other eurozone countries. The meeting will be the first under the Eurogroup’s new president, Mario Centeno of Portugal, who has promised to push for closer cooperation among eurozone countries on issues including dealing with troubled banks. Jack Ewing


UBS kicks off bank earnings season in Europe.

The Swiss bank UBS will report its fourth-quarter results on Monday as earnings season kicks off for European lenders. Several of UBS’s American counterparts took big fourth-quarter charges associated with changes in United States tax laws, including Goldman Sachs, which reported its first quarterly loss since 2011. Chad Bray


Trump to be key speaker at World Economic Forum.

The world’s financial elite gather in the Swiss ski resort of Davos for the annual World Economic Forum, beginning on Tuesday. This year’s highest-profile attendee? President Trump, who rode to power on a populist wave. Last year, President Xi Jinping of China was the star of Davos, championing economic globalization in a speech widely seen as a coming-out party. Mr. Trump, by contrast, could use his appearance at Davos to trumpet the improving American economy, from the rise in the stock market to the low jobless rate. Prashant Rao

Bank of Japan expected to maintain the status quo.

The Bank of Japan will announce its monetary policy decision on Tuesday, and is expected to maintain its fiscal stimulus policies. With no change in policy expected, analysts will instead be looking at comments from the bank’s governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, for signs about when the current stimulus is likely to reduced — a step that its counterparts in the United States and Europe have begun to take. Zach Wichter


The question for General Electric: What’s next?

When General Electric reports its fourth-quarter results on Wednesday, the numbers from the recent past will matter far less than clarifying what lies ahead. Last week, G.E. announced a surprising $6.2 billion charge to pay for lingering problems in its finance unit. The new chief executive John Flannery suggested that the setback might accelerate his plan for paring back the struggling industrial giant. Steve Lohr

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