Every December on Wall Street, there's an onslaught of emails sent out filled with predictions and prophecy of finance. The self-proclaimed experts try to dazzle you with a look into the future from their homemade crystal balls. They offer hope and promise for a new year and they reflect back to a prosperous and tranquil 2014.
During the second half of the year, traders, analysts and portfolio managers from all over Wall Street might as well have held a candle-light vigil in the financial district — to pray to the Fed. Can we survive the unwinding of quantitative easing? When will the rate hikes begin? The ceremony would have closed with the singing of the Michael Bolton classic "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?" to Janet Yellen:
Tell me how am I supposed to live without you
Now that I've been lovin' you so long
How am I supposed to live without you
How am I supposed to carry on
When all that I've been livin' for is gone...
(All participants in the vigil would receive a fleece jacket and gym bag.)
But with all of this late-year action — from falling oil prices and the market rally to …. Seriously, Seth Rogen and James Franco caused an international incident? — there are more questions that need answered and there's only one thing to do:
It's time to turn to some of the greatest Wall Street movie villains of all time, from the Duke brothers to Gordon Gekko, to find out what their predictions are for 2015.