Send In Your 2005 City/Wall Street Predictions

After our dismal effort at predicting what would happen in the market in 2004 (see below), CityNews thought it would be a good idea to ask our readers for their predictions for next year.

Simply use the 'e-mail this article to a friend' button below and send your e-mail prediction(s) to us at

We will publish the more interesting and homorous entries.

2004 Predictions:

Sandy Weill to step down as Chairman of Citigroup. (Sandy's still there)

Bob Diamond to leave BarCap for Wall Street. (So's Bob, despite being overlooked for the Group CEO role)

Robin Saunders to buy her principal finance unit and leave WestLB. (She went, but left it all behind)

Warren Buffet announces his retirement. (He's taking more of a back seat, but hasn't officially retired)

JP Morgan Chase merges with Bank One. (Deal done)

Commerzbank and Hypo group merge. (They talked about it a lot, but in the end decided to do their own things in their own way)

BNP Paribas and SocGen merge. (Looks increasingly unlikely, although recently talked of again as still a possibility)

Lazard changes its name to Lazard Wasserstein & Co. (It might just as well have done!)

Credit Suisse spins off CSFB. (A spin-off may still come later)

Citigroup makes 'merger' noises to Deutsche Bank, which are spurned. (Prediction correct)

The FTSE 100 ends the year at 5,300 (oh dear!)

London house prices rise on average 3%. (Another oh dear!!)

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