“Fortune — Here we go again. Wall Street has a history of not focusing on bad news until it’s too late. Then panic ensues. We might be seeing that pattern again with the so-called fiscal cliff.
A recent survey found that 93% of top Wall Street strategists and economists still aren’t factoring into their estimates for next year the epic mix of tax increases and spending cuts that are expected to kick in January 1. The question is whether Wall Street is correctly handicapping the fiscal cliff, or just being ignorant.
“It’s clear that a large percentage of Wall Street doesn’t expect us to go over the fiscal cliff,” says Randell Moore, who is the editor of the Blue Chip Economic Indicators, which runs the highly regarded monthly survey of Wall Street strategists. “That may be optimistic, but that’s their forecast.”
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