Predictions 09 - Special Report

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    After a year-long hangover in 2008, the real estate industry is hoping for some strong, black coffee in the new year.

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    For several components of the tech sector, Wall Street analysts believe 2009 will be a year of transition. The first half will be painful, the second half slightly better, but the real recovery won’t occur until 2010.Here's the outlook for four key sectors.

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    While the overall market is unlikely to stage a major turnaround any time soon, experts agree there are a handful of investments that are heating up and could help you recoup some gains.

  • "We're assuming 2009 is going to be a poor year for stocks," says one investment pro.  "At the same time, we're looking at investments in high-income vehicles yielding 8, 9 and 10 percent that have nowhere near the risk of common stocks."

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    Once the shock of the past year wears off—and the economy shows signs of recovering—investors might find bargain-priced stocks attractive again.

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    Foreclosures will continue to rise unless the government comes up with an effective program that works for lenders and borrowers, sales of existing homes will bounce back and look for a major home builder to go belly up.

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    Turn up the gloom factor in 2009. Markets will remain volatile, recession will bite deep and the term "uncharted territory" will be the buzzword of uncertainty.

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    In 2009, media faces a perfect storm—transitioning to a challenging new digital world and a weak economy of unprecedented proportions. Media giants will continue to move from traditional content distribution models to anytime, anywhere, content-on demand.

  • Look for whatever stimulation proposal to come out of the Obama administration to be focused on infrastructure spending, expect banks to sell a lot of debt and the Fed to cut interest rates again, if necessary.

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    Obama isn’t a moderate but he’ll play one on TV, the credit dam will break and the recession will end, sort of.

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    Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers rise again, Brett Favre stays in the game, the Olympic Committee makes a stunning move and more pro sports teams than ever go up for sale.

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    After watching the dysfunctional, bickering Congress and a Bush Administration that looks out of gas, there are finally legitimate reasons for optimism coming from Washington—and when was the last time you heard that?

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    Brace for the glimmerings of a comeback in confidence in 2009, if only because it can’t get much worse than this. So, look for a corporate smashup, a new look from Goldman Sachs, and, yes that's right, the next bubble.

  • It is prediction time. Our bloggers have gone on the record. Now, we'd like to hear yours.

  • The big questions for the coming year are how long and deep will the recession be  and how it will  compare to those  of the past.