We started tracking Byron Wien’s annual predictions in 2010 (click here for his PunditTracker profile page), grading those that meet our threshold for concreteness (not vague and/or subjective). Over the past two years, Wien has gotten 4 of his 17 (24%) calls correct, which after adjusting for boldness, amounted to a woeful $0.67 yield.
As a reminder, the yield is the average payout had you bet $1 on each of the pundit’s predictions, based on consensus odds at the time. A yield of exactly $1.00, for instance, means the pundit’s predictions were no better or worse than the consensus view at the time.
Let’s see if Wien’s predictions for 2012 are shaping up any better.
|Obama runs vs. Romney AND Democrats win House AND lose Senate||High||FALSE||Only first part was correct|
|Eurozone doesn't break up AND recession in Europe||Medium||TRUE|
|Congress finds a way to cut $1.2 trillion over ten years||Medium-High||FALSE|
|China AND India AND and Brazil indices appreciate 15%+||Medium-High||FALSE||Brazil market down 7% YTD|
|US Real GDP growth >3% AND Unemployment <8%||Medium-High||FALSE||US GDP growth at 2% YTD|
|Oil declines to $85||Medium||TRUE||Oil dipped below $80 in summer|
|S&P 500 exceeds 1400||Medium||TRUE|
|Bashar al-Assad's rule over Syria ends||Medium||FALSE||Still a remote possibility|
Final Tally: 3 of 8 predictions correct, $0.85 yield.
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