Blackstone Advisory Services Vice Chairman Byron R. Wien, who has made annual predictions for U.S. markets and the economy at the start of the year for the past quarter century, believes there will be a number of welcome surprises in 2010—not least of which will be GDP growth surpassing forecasts of 5%.

In addition, Wien sees unemployment falling below 9%, and operating earnings of companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index topping $80.

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