Article: The 6 Big Themes for 2012

01/18/2012 3:10 pm EST

Focus: MARKETS

Howard Gold

Founder & President, GoldenEgg Investing

This year stands to be more dire than we predicted in some areas, and much stronger in others. MoneyShow.com editor-at-large Howard R. Gold, fresh off his remarkably accurate predictions in 2010 and 2011, shares his expectations for the new year.

2012's off to a pretty good start as investors and traders look to the bright side after a volatile 2011.

Last year, the vast majority of world markets closed in the red, some deeply so. One exception: the US, which broke even or gained slightly, depending on whether you owned stocks that paid dividends.

And it's not hard to see why. The effects of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression linger. The debt bomb that first exploded in the US had knock-on effects around the world, as governments took on liabilities originally assumed by households and banks. And now governments must clean up the mess.

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