2016 was a year that took polls and predictions by the scruff of the neck and gave them a good shake.
The surprises just kept on coming.
Brexit, Trump winning the White House, the Italians increasingly looking like they will leave the European Union as well and France’s Hollande standing down as president with some of the worst ratings in decades.
But in front of all this, investors still made excellent returns despite falling government bonds, the stock markets ended the year on record highs.
No one can say with certainty what the future holds – but here’s a guide to the economic ups and downs of 2016 that explores the themes behind the headlines and how many will hang over into 2017.
For more information about the facts and figures in the infographic, click here [PDF]