Economic Talk: Let the Sector Games Begin

In a new special report titled "Let the Sector Games Begin" Economic Research team provides an analysis and forecast for industries, sectors and companies worldwide.

Sectors of the economy have been struggling amid low commodity prices and emerging markets' turmoil. What should companies do to survive and thrive in Olympic year 2016? Think and perform like professional athletes, suggests the report.

The new Economic Outlook presents five must-have traits for companies aiming to overcome challenges and make it to the winners' podium. Businesses would be wise to be:

- Resilient to a protracted period of low commodity prices

- Precise enough to target the right markets, esp. in the context of low growth and volatile demand from emerging markets

- Strong when faced with increasing debt, payment terms and credit risk

- Fast to avoid being disrupted for a lack of quality investment

- Agile with a good team spirit as consolidation and M&As will increase price pressures.