Forgive us if we don’t wax nostalgic, but auld lang syne never resonated with our predilection to look ahead. Looking back is un-American, we believe, so we’ll let the weepy old world take a cup o' kindness while we get a leg up on the new year.
Here are 10 things, in no order of particular importance, to expect in 2015:
will have a subpar year as corporate profit growth gives way to wage
growth. Our stock of the year is
unloved Elizabeth Arden (RDEN). You
can read about it here
until mid-year to buy Treasury bonds, after the Fed raises the Fed Fund
rate target and coupons adjust upward on new debt. Inflation will be nowhere in sight.
prices will stabilize as producers halt uneconomic drilling. Big oil stocks with plump dividends look
- The Republican
Senate will fail to pass any bill to repeal Obamacare as it comes to the
realization that healthcare insurance is already baked into the welfare
state cake, on its way to becoming a new “third rail.”
Christie will look increasingly ridiculous as Jeb Bush becomes the
preferred nominee of adult Republicans.
Warren will make Hillary Clinton look like a Republican, setting her up
for failure against the real thing in 2016 (see above).
Seattle Seahawks will keep cheating and keep winning. They will line up offside and manhandle
receivers all the way to a repeat Super Bowl championship on Feb. 1.
Samardzija will prove a better acquisition for the South Side White Sox
than Jon Lester for the North Side Cubs.
- Oregon will beat Ohio
State in the NCAA football
championship after Marcus Mariota takes the randy Florida
State scholars to school and the
Buckeyes’ third-string QB exposes Alabama’s
faux SEC swagger.
- The University of Oklahoma, led by Bahamian point
guard Buddy Hield, will win the NCAA men’s basketball championship.
There you have them, our fearless calls ex cathedra. Merry Christmas and happy New Year, gentle reader. We’re off to the driving range as soon as the UPS guy shows up.