Observations and Predictions at the Start of 2005
The New Year has started with higher stock prices and strong exports in several market areas.Retailers had an acceptably good holiday shop-ping season, and reports of capital expenditures for manufacturing show a rebound from the malaise of the past four years. On the minus side, the weak dollar is making imports (such as oil) more expensive, the gov-ernment is running a record deficit, and the situation in Iraq continues to test US military resources and public patience. Barring unforeseen surprises, it looks like the balance is on the positive side, raising everyone’s hopes for a successful 2005.
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