The CityNews 2004 Predictions

After the relative success of this year's predictions, CityNews is sticking its neck out again and detailing its thoughts for what might happen in 2004. Please note that what follows is mere conjecture and not based on any inside knowledge.

Sandy Weill to step down as Chairman of Citigroup to focus on his golf handicap and charitable work.

Bob Diamond to leave Barclays for Wall Street.

Robin Saunders to buy her principal finance unit and leave WestLB.

Warren Buffett announces his retirement.

JP Morgan Chase mergers with Bank One.

Commerzbank and Hypo Group finally make it to the alter.

BNP Paribas and Societe Generale also kiss, make up and get hitched.

Lazard changes its name to Lazard Wasserstein & Co.

Credit Suisse spins off CSFB.

Citigroup makes 'merger' overtures to take over Deutsche, which are spurned.

The FTSE 100 ends the year at 5,300.

London house prices rise on average 3%.

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