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S&P Near 1500, Gold Above $1600: Byron Wien's 2011 Surprises

Thursday, 6 Jan 2011 | 10:58 AM ET

2011 is going to be a better year for the economy compared to current consensus numbers, said Byron Wien, vice chairman of Blackstone Advisory Partners.

Ten Predictions That Pop
What will shock investors in 2011, with Byron Wien, Blackstone Advisory Partners.

“There’s a great deal of focus on the 10 percent of the population that’s unemployed, but it’s what the 90 percent does that really counts in the economy,” Wien told CNBC.

“And the 90 percent feel more secure about their jobs and more willing to spend.”

Wien expects the economy to grow 5 percent. The three key drivers will be consumers, trade and capital spending.

Wien’s Surprises for 2011 Include:

Real GDP rises close to 5 percent

  • Unemployment drops below 9 percent

Yield on the 10-year approaches 5 percent

  • Spreads with corporate fixed income securities narrow

S&P rises close to its old high of 1500; telecoms and utilities lag

  • Individual investors return to equities
  • M&A activity intensifies

Inflation remains benign, but gold rises above $1,600

  • Hedge funds sell gold positions, some even short gold—but scramble back in when it keeps rising

China manages the value of the renminbi to keep growth below 10% and to prevent consumer prices from rising above 4 to 5 percent

  • Precursor to adoption of a basket including the renminbi as alternative reserve currency

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Scorecard—What He Said:

  • Wien's Previous Appearance on CNBC (Dec. 9, 2010)

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More Market Analysis & Opinion:

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CNBC Data Pages:

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CNBC's Companies in the News:

Bank of America

  • Bank of America to Roll Out Fees, New Accounts in 2011

Goldman Sachs

BP

  • BP, Firms Made Risky Decisions Before Spill

Microsoft

Chesapeake

  • Chesapeake Plans to Trim Debt, Cut Growth Rate

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Disclosures:

No immediate information was available for Wien or his firm.

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