It's that time of year when economists compete to release unique forecasts for the months ahead, flooding the inboxes of market players with outlooks on everything from iron ore to exotic debt.
Luckily, a few research houses like to spice things up.
Joining the ranks of Saxo Bank's annual outrageous predictions for the year ahead, Lombard Street Research (LSR) has published a tongue-in-cheek alternative guide to 2016. Containing (highly) unrealistic (but amusing) scenarios, LSR's chief European economist Dario Perkins mocks current news events from 'Brexit' fears to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Here are a few highlights from his report released on Wednesday.