Happy New Year to you all.
2012 is going to a historical year. There will be some events that will happen that will surprise, even shock some people.
I figure, just for fun, that I play prognosticator. Here are few things I think will happen in the next 12 months or so.
Let's start with some politics. In the first time in history, there will be a woman VP. The United States Republican candidate for president will be Mitt Romney by a slim margin over Newt Gingrich. Romney will choose Nikki Hailey, the Governor of South Carolina, as his running mate.
Obama's running mate will not be Joe Biden, it will be Hillary Clinton. And he will be re-elected, by the slimmest of margins, because...
... Ron Paul will run as a third party candidate and take some of the votes from Romney.
The Senate will be 50/50 in seats. Most of the Democratic endorsed bills will pass there because of the VP. (Hillary)
The Republicans keep the majority of the seats in the House. Nothing major gets done legislatively because of the gridlock.
The economy will get a little better. Rental costs will rise by 10%, and combined with lower interest rates, homes will be more in demand. Construction labor and material will rise 10% because of it. Obviously, jobs in the the Construction field will grow exponentially.
(Note to the following: I am not telling anyone to buy anything, talk to stockbroker about it and get his/her professional opinion.)
Gold will be in a extreme mood swing. It will drop scary fast, but will reach it's peak in the middle of the year. Silver will go up and down and won't be as good as gold. (No pun intended.)
You might be getting cold called from an solar energy company. This is because the cost of solar panels is economical enough to create solar farms. Public utilities will secure the debt with bonds with shorter maturities and will be AAA rated. There is a possible return rate as high as 20%. This is good for Wall Street and investors.
Apple stocks will hit 450. It will also fall into 370 range by years end. They will actually make something that won't sell. Boeing's Dream Liner will have some problems that will cause it's stock to drop to about 50.
Now about sports.
The Green Bay Packers will win the Super Bowl and repeat, beating the team that did it last, The New England Patriots, in a shoot-out. (This hurt me to type this, it really did.)
The Boston Bruins will win the Stanley Cup again. They are better than last year when they won it.
I really think that the Miami Heat will win the NBA championship this year, beating the L.A. Lakers in the Finals.
Tiger Woods will win the Masters.
Rafael Nadal will win 3 of 4 Grand Slams.
The San Fransisco Giants win the World Series. Barry Zito has a great year that makes the difference. They beat the Yankees in 6.
The nominations don't come out until Jan. 24, but The 84th Academy Award winners will be:
Best Picture: The Help
Best Director: Martin Scorsese - Hugo
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Best Actress: Viola Davis - The Help
Best Supporting Actor: Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris
Best Adapted Screenplay: Tate Taylor - The Help
Best Foreign Language Film: Footnote
Things that will not happen: The end of the world, the Mayans were misinterpreted.
Would do you see in 2012?