The start of a new year is always filled with projections of trends and patterns for the months ahead. Looking at traditionally observed patterns, Santa was a no-show for his predicted December rally. Now everyone is watching to see what happens in January for insights into how things will go for the rest of the year. I'm not a fan of these predictions; they're just too unpredictable. So my new year resolutions are to stick to value over vision, principles over prophecy and reality over rumour, with a healthy dose of analysis thrown in.