2015 was quite the year. It was the year that saw the legalization of gay marriage and the proliferation of legalized marijuana; the rise of Isis and domestic mass shootings; Trump and Caitlin hitting the national stage; the first-ever flyby of Pluto; the death of Yogi Berra and Bobbi Kristina Brown; the fall and rise of the Patriots; and the invention of the genius app that blocks all Kardashian News.
2016 will certainly be one a wacky and record-breaking one, too, with another potential global recession looming, the end of rock bottom interest rates, the presidential election and the Olympics.
Here are some of my predictions — financial and cultural — for the year ahead: my long/short list for 2016. And just as a refresher “long” is money speak for thinking and even betting that something is on the rise and “short” is the opposite, thinking something is on the decline and you’re betting against it. Essentially it’s a fancy hot/not list. Because I’m fancy like that.
short man buns/long top knots
short flash sale sites/long pop-up shops
short kimojis/long avocado emoji
short unicorns/long Blue Chips
short autonomous cars/long electric cars
short NFL on Yahoo!/ long NFL on Google or Apple
short Empire/long Fuller House
short bandage dresses/long onesies
short high-coupon bonds/long incremental interest rate increases
short commodities/long energy
short investment in Brazil/long investment in Argentina
short growth investing/long impact investing
short China crisis/long European refugee crisis
short boomer spending/long millennial spending
short Abercrombie & Fitch/long H&M
short equity returns/long high-yield corporate debt returns
short irrational exuberance/long inflation risk premia