As the new year begins, so do the market forecast sessions. I will be attending the Toronto Bay Street Ticker Club forecast dinner this week, and this past year unfolded in a very different path from the one described at last year's dinner. It gives everyone comfort that even the best analysts did not see the level of the crisis - we all are in this together.
One bright light is the 2009 forecast by Niall Ferguson in National Times. It may bring you some joy in the New Year. Here's a sample:
"Many commentators had warned in 2008 that the financial crisis would be the final nail in the coffin of American credibility around the world. First, neo-conservatism had been discredited in Iraq. Now the “Washington consensus” on free markets had collapsed. Yet this was to overlook two things. The first was that most other economic systems fared even worse than America’s when the crisis struck: the country’s fiercest critics – Russia, Venezuela – fell flattest. The
second was the enormous boost to America’s international reputation that followed Obama’s inauguration. "