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There will be so many mergers and acquisitions within the financial services industry that the Mergers and Acquisitions Commission will launch an inquiry just before it is merged with the Acquisitions and Mergers Board. It will subsequently be acquired by the Monopolies Commission.

There will be a busy Isa season, with the top sellers being funds of zeros as people rush to buy them after seeing good 12-month figures.

Money Marketing announces a glittering awards dinner for fund managers who have been in the same job for three years or more but it will be cancelled due to only three managers being eligible.

Steve Bee will appear on the Scottish Life (or is it Royal London?) pensions roadshow as Bee Diddy, the pension rapper, to promote the new Scottish Life wrap product.

Japan will be top of the tipsters&#39 list as this year&#39s best market. Japan will be the worst-performing market in 2004.

Mortgage experts will deny that house prices have fallen by 25 per cent and will forecast sustainable and steady growth in house prices for the next five years despite the fact that no one can afford to buy them.

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