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CITY VIEWS: DO YOU THINK ECONOMIC PROSPECTS FOR 2010 ARE BETTER THAN THEY WERE IN 2009?

ANDY APPELBAUM | DIAGONAL CONSULTING
“I hope they don’t raise interest rates too quickly this year because my mortgage would cost more. I think levels of unemployment are going to stay about the same, but I think we’re through the worst of the recession.”

BEVERLEY GALLEY | SMBCE
“I’m quite optimistic. I think the market has improved and shares ended last year on a high, which is very positive for investments. Job prospects are better too, so things are definitely picking up.”

CHRIS BACHOFEN | STEMCOR
“I’m not very optimistic, I think the worst is still to come. There are going to be severe cutbacks and taxes are going to go up. The public has become used to the good times, so persuading them to take the medicine needed will not be easy.”

SELLERS KARIA | DEUTSCHE BANK
“The first half of the year looks fairly optimistic, but we may have to tighten our belts later. We need to address the national debt, but we need to do it cautiously. I don’t think any political party is saying anything different from the others.”