After a year in which reality has managed to surpass even seemingly unlikely calls – with the Brexit surprise and the US election outcome – the common theme for our Outrageous Predictions for 2017 is that “desperate times call for desperate actions”. 2017 could be the year where China exceeds growth expectations, Brexit turns into Bremain, the Mexican peso soars and Italian banks turn out to the best performing equity asset class. With change always happening in times of crisis, 2017 may be a wake-up call which sees a real departure from the ‘business as usual’, both in central bank expansionism and government austerity policies which have characterised the post-2009 crisis. The biggest challenge for the crop of Outrageous Predictions 2017 calls is to top these. Tune in to the selection of calls below which continues our tradition of provoking conversation on what might surprise or shock the investment returns in the year ahead. (VIEW LINK)