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Who Will Be The Winners And Losers In 2014

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 1/2/2014

From Janet Yellen to Blackberry, who will be on top and bottom in 2014? CNN's Jim Boulden takes a stab at predicting the list of winners and losers. My starting point is: The big moves announced in 2013. We begin with Janet Yellen. She will become the first female head of the Federal Reserve, when Ben Bernanke steps down. And you could argue bernanke has done the hard part for his successor by announcing the first taper will take place in January. That's when the Fed will slow down its pace of bond buying as the U.S. economy is now steaming ahead. Let's look at some potential corporate winners in 2014. I'd put at the top of my list: Stephen Elop. He's going back to Microsoft with Nokia's handset business under his arm. The software maker's $78-billion purchase of Nokia's hardware business and patents is a bold and risky move for Microsoft. But as CEO Steve Ballmer steps aside in 2014, it's possible the other Stephen, Elop, could be Ballmer's replacement. Whoever gets the job will probably be given a lot of money and some number of years to try and make sure Microspft/Nokia remains relevant in this Google and Apple world. Add to that one Jeff Bezos, his purchase of the Washington Post in 2013 either heralds in an era of tech giants becoming voices of the 21st Century using old media, or a folly. My vote goes to Angela Ahrendts. She is the outgoing CEO of luxury retailer Burberry. She was the best paid CEO of any of the FTSE companies in Britain, but still wanted a new challenge. After she transformed Burberry stores around the world, she has been lured away by Apple, and will be the first female in the tech giant's executive suite. Her task: To transform its retail experiencem, on and off line. Who else is winning in 2014? I'd put my money on the treasury of Mexico, as it starts to sell stakes in its massive oil and gas industry, off limits to foreigh countries since 1938, but now open to bidders. While hopefully the Irish economy continues to recover, post bailout restructions, growth is strong, unemployment is falling. Who might lose out in 2014? Spare a thought for Blackberry, it's had two CEO's in 2013, the newest one, John Chen is still interim. He has to decide what to do with the crumbling handset maker in 2014. It could just be that Blackberry goes the way of Nokia in 2014, and splits the hardware from the software that handles email and instand messaging, has to be worth something, to someone. Of course there will be surprises on the upside and meltdowns. Twitter at the NYSE, launch day, maybe a glowing IPO or two, to match Twitter and its newly minted billionaires. But as the year kicks off, Yellen still to end spinning? Focus, I think, will remain on Janet Yellen as she takes the helm at the Fed, at the end of January.

   
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