The Economist magazine suggests that, while things can always go bad economically, they are suggested, rather, that 2018 will be a good year.
I am hoping so.
I can contribute to a retirement plan out of earnings and I have been doing that for many years. I put in the maximum I could in 1994 and have put in the maximum ever since. I did so again at the end of 2017 and have one more year I can contribute before I am required to withdraw it over time. So a good economy and a good market will help the plan.
Unemployment is low here and in the U.S. and that is a good thing. Wages (including lower income people) are rising but not so much to overheat the economy.
So long as health is good (we are fortunate on that front). we will keep active and I will continue consulting for at least another year.
So 2018 looks better than 2017. Let's hope!