Predictions 2011

Silver and gold.

The overall rally powers in, silver trumps gold and ETFs drive industrial metals.

A man working with oil barrels.

Crude oil prices surge past $100 a barrel, the natural gas market sputters and the dollar sinks.

A man with 3D glasses on.

Gamemakers battle it out, consumers lose interest in 3-D technology and celebrities monetize their brands.

Android spokesmodels.

Oracle goes hardware shopping, Carol Bartz tames Yahoo and the Android overtakes the iPhone in sales

Health care protestor.

Congress will tweak but not repeal health care legislation, insurers won't take a bit hit from reform measures, sector consolidation will continue and China will drive growth for drug and device makers.


Economic growth will be subpar, the jobless rate drifts lower, deflation remains a concern, deficit reduction goes nowhere and heads roll in Washington.

Tiger Woods

Any NFL or NBA lockout will be short, Tigers Woods' play causes business problems for the PGA and 3D TV disappoints again.


Home inventories hit a new high, housing starts start to recover and GSE reform goes nowhere.

Commodities trader

The bond rally keeps going, M&A activity booms and the IPO market slows down.

U.S. Dollar

The dollar looks sad, US stocks look okay and the econony starts looking "half-full."

Manufacturing goods

Netflix slips and gets bought out, the glow comes off of General Motors stock and investors shun Chinese IPOs.

A man in handcuffs.

The US economy will improve, the gold bubble will pop and the US bond market will decline.

NYSE trader.

The mortgage mess bites big banks, the municipal debt crunch becomes a crisis and a surprise move from Jamie Dimon.

A shopper looking at retail sunglasses.

A shakeout in teen retailers, private equity eyes retail acquisitions and holiday sales beat forecasts.

Nuclear power plant

A trade war over the weak dollar, a building boom for nuclear-power plants and major state and municpal debt defaults.

A man in handcuffs.

Judgement day for some Madoff family members, a growing backlash over corporate crime and the financial crisis becomes a distant memory.

European Union logo

The euro nears parity with the dollar, the Bank of England undertakes its own QE2 and Greece opts to restructure its debt.

Johnson & Johnson bandaids.

Pressure grows on Kraft and its CEO, a possible comeback for J&J and more M&A in the consumer goods sector.

A line of the unemployed.

The jobless rate barely budges, more finance pros head to China and vocational schools become more popular.

European Central Bank (ECB) chief Jean-Claude Trichet

Interest rates are flat, TARP pays for itself and the Euro holds steady.


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