Themes of the Year and Season's Cheer

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As the year comes to a close and the Christmas parties run dry, Inside Market Data turns its attention to the trends that have dominated 2006 with our year-in-review issue.

At last week's FISD party in New York, Bob Cratchit of Scrooge, Marley & Co. collared me to complain that his boss, Ebeneezer Gecko, expects him to work on Christmas Day. It turns out that the reasons for Bob's less than festive holiday plans reflect the key themes seen by IMD over the past year, and that his firm's spend