The Danish bank Saxo has released it's ten most outrageous business and financial predictions for the new year.
In its annual Outrageous Predictions, Saxo Bank focuses on events that are unlikely to happen, but, at the same time, still have far more probability of occurring than the market appreciates.
While the predictions are not meant as forecasts, the bank finds it is important for investors to consider events with under-recognised probabilities. If any of them actually come to pass, they would have a significant impact on the markets.
Steen Jakobsen, chief economist at Saxo Bank, said: "Our Outrageous Predictions have been prepared in the spirit of encouraging investors to think outside the box and prepare for world-altering events. Thinking outside the box is rarely a comfortable exercise, but neither is dealing with an unpleasant surprise for which one has failed to prepare in any meaningful way.
"Should some of the predictions come to pass, it would make 2012 a year of tremendous change. We would like nothing more than to be proven wrong on negative views, but only if they are replaced with something better than the current central bank and government-manipulated paradigm."