Matthew Lynn’s London Eye: 5 possible surprises for European markets in 2017

“I’m just glad it will be Clark Gable falling on his face, and not Gary Cooper,” quipped the 1930s movie star as he turned down the part of Rhett Butler on the grounds that the film version of “Gone With the Wind” was destined to be a career-destroying box-office turkey. As it happened, of course, it went to be one of the biggest of all time.

It is predictions like that which should make anyone feel nervous about making any kind of forecast for the year ahead. They have a way of making the forecaster look very, very stupid — and at the end of a year in which Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and Donald Trump’s election as the next U.S.

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