Blackstone's Byron Wien Unveils His 'Ten Surprises' For 2015

Jan 7 2015 | 1:39pm ET

7. The drop in the price of oil finally has an impact on Iran.  The country was dependent on its sale of crude to offset the impact of sanctions.  The economic weakness resulting from the unexpected decline in oil finally forces a conciliatory attitude on the part of its nuclear negotiators.  Pressure to cease nuclear weapons development comes from the Iranian people as well, as they seek more economic opportunity.  An agreement to roll back its weapons program is greeted positively throughout the region and world equity markets rally briefly on the news.

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