As we close the books on 2010—a tough year for many people that, I hope, ended better than it began—we're again looking ahead at an unsettled period of politics, economics, and national security. It's not idle speculation to ponder what might be the major events and themes of 2011. The perceived direction of the economy in particular will drive crucial decisions for families and businesses alike. Much is in flux: oil prices, the euro, jobs—and now maybe a Chinese real estate bubble. Terror threats only seem to grow. Congress and the president have shown the ability to make deals—or go to war. What are your hopes and worries for the next year? Which stories will matter? And will we be breathing a little easier a year from now? Drop me a note at email@example.com.