Conjuring Up Visions
Today’s a day for considering new hopes, new dreams, and new hallucinations. The New Year is here, after all. Now is the time to turn over a new leaf and start afresh. Naturally, 2017 will be the year you get exactly what’s coming to you. Both good and bad. But what else will happen?
Here we begin by closing our eyes and slowing our breath. We let our mind role back into the gray matter of our brain. We wait patiently for new neurological connections to open up. Then, ever so subtly, visions of the year ahead come into focus.
Will stocks go up or down? What about gold and Treasury bonds? Will the economy expand or contract? Are we fated for World War III? Who will win the Super Bowl? These are the questions – and more – we intend to answer.
Obviously, conjuring up visions is more art than science. But so is Fed monetary policy. Nonetheless, before we get to it we must first lean upon ancient Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu for a full disclaimer:
“Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.”
Hence, what follows comes from a place of zero knowledge. We know nothing. Still we sharpen our pencils and face our limitations. What follows, for fun and for free, are several simple conjectures for the year ahead…