My 2011 GPA: B-
1. "Expert network" becomes a houshold phrase.
Not in your house? Yeah, not mine either. Prosecutors said some at the research firms were offering illegal inside information. There were some important convictions in 2011, like Winifred Jiau and James Fleishman. But they're not household names, either, and the investigation is ongoing.
2. Growing backlash to war on corporate crime.
I correctly predicted this, but didn't predict the equal and opposite reaction from those calling for executives in handcuffs.
3. Judgment time for Madoff family members.
Few could have imagined that less than two weeks after I predicted growing heat for the Madoff family, Mark Madoff would tragically take his own lifeon the second anniversary of his father's arrest. The cloud of suspicion was too much to bear, and it still has not lifted from other family members, all of whom deny they knew a thing.
4. The financial crisis becomes a distant memory.
I was wrong about this. The longer we go without indictments, the more the memory sears.
5. A new sheriff in Albany starts to make his mark.
Newly-minted New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman makes his mark. He became a hero objecting to a $20-million mortgage settlement with big banks. He's still not a household name, but his prospects may be better than those "expert networks."