• 2010 "moved from the year of the Ox to the year of the Tiger. Perfect. 2009 saw a certain ox-like obstinacy — stunned by the economic downturn, people, governments and economies plodded along, keeping their heads down. 2010, however, is eminently Tigerish. We face many tremendously complicated issues this year. If tigers were global threats, this year we have many by the tail.