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My cards are on the table and there is absolutely no doubt, none whatsoever, that I have a winning hand. Each one of my predictions will come true in 2017, barring an act of God, of course.

But let me start with my general prediction for 2017: It will be a dull-a-thon compared with 2016, by which I mean relatively calm. How do you top a year that put a reality TV star in the White House, steered Britain onto the European Union’s off ramp, saw a comedian who looks like Santa Claus take the lead in the Italian election polls and sent interest rates into negative territory in some European countries? The willing purchase of bonds designed to lose you money is rather opposite of what our financial advisers taught us, yet investors gobbled them up.

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