Summit Notebook

Exclusive outtakes from industry leaders

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Where oil prices will be in June 2012?

Wars and revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa and the Japanese earthquake and tsunami have sent oil and gas prices soaring with economists worrying over the impact of escalating energy costs on global growth. Last week, for the first time in a decade, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries failed to reach an agreement to boost the output as Saudi Arabia did not convince the others that world's economy will need more fuel.

From June 13 to June 15, Reuters Global Energy and Climate Summit 2011 will feature more than 60 global decision-makers in the energy and climate businesses to discuss the challenges facing the 21st century. This is your chance to give us your forecast on whether oil prices are more likely to got back to their peak of $147 per barrel hit on 2008, or below the current range of around $120.

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Will Greece be the first euro-zone country to restructure its debt?

The latest deal for Greece, including a new policy package and possible financing, does not contemplate the restructuring of its debt, but financial markets keep speculating on the possibility it may be the first of the euro-zone countries to reschedule its public debt. Who do you think may follow?

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Do you play online games?

Online games are gaining ground in the US and abroad, but it is still a minority of consumers who actually spend money to buy virtual goods.

Reuters Global Technology Summit to be held in New York and Paris, May 16-19, will also discuss the future of mobile devices and their role in gaming, among other tech-related hot topics.

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Will you spend more on your health?

The drug industry’s business model is unraveling after years of bankable growth. Some of the healthcare industry's most prominent executives and officials will discuss their strategies for change at the 2011 Reuters Health Summit, from May 9-12 in New York.

Growth in U.S. healthcare spending per person -- the highest in the world -- slowed in 2009 to its smallest increase in five decades as high unemployment led Americans to tighten their budgets . Spending on hospital services, doctor visits, medicines and other health needs rose 4 percent to $2.5 trillion in 2009 compared with 4.7 percent in 2008 (Health Affairs, January 2011). The healthcare industry expects that rate to pick up again as families find they can no longer postpone a trip to the doctor or elective medical procedure.