14 potential ‘curveballs’ and how to play them

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Key points

  • The oil price collapse was a curveball in 2014, which nobody publicly predicted, and highlighted why it’s so important to look out for the unexpected.
  • If markets lost faith in central banks, that would be the mother of all curveballs in 2015.
  • Others could be a new prime minister, a hard landing in China and more interest rate cuts this year.


A curveball, X Factor or Black Swan event… call it what you will. The oil price collapse was the shock nobody publicly predicted last year and a no-brainer for “Unexpected Event of 2014”, given its profound effect on financial markets and the global economy.

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