Crystal Ball Gazing

By: Richard Berger

It’s the time of year again when experts everywhere get out their crystal balls and predict what’s to come in the year ahead.

They measure historical trends, tap into reams of data and try to sound very smart. While many of their insights seem credible, some leave us scratching our heads. Certainly we will all use our smartphones more. How we communicate and market will evolve. Younger generations will move up the ladder. The financial markets will experience some measure of volatility.

These predictions are pretty standard among top trend takers:

  • Forbes puts the focus on work trends for 2016, with an emphasis on expanded workplace flexibility and the growth of a “gig” economy among its predictions
  • Editors from Fortune offer specific insights on everything from mergers and break-ups to consumer trends and professional sports and, of course, the presidential tickets
  • Bloomberg taps into the 2016 predictions from some of the best and brightest in Finance

Many of the insights above are pretty general, but a few experts were willing to go out on a limb with more specific predictions. Therein lies the gamble and thrill of making an educated guess.

Nostradamus has had his fair share of success in prophecies, having supposedly foreseen many of the world’s most tragic events including the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Here’s what he has to say for 2016.

On a lighter note, we at HighPoint prefer the tongue and cheek prophecies of Inc. contributor Steve Cody, including Apple’s development of the iNoseRing.

Regardless of which predictions you favor, I’ll wager that we’ll all have our share of surprises in 2016. Here’s hoping that they all trend toward the positive.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2016.