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Four reasons why the economy will take off in 2014 and four reasons why it might not.

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The economy abounds with hopeful signs as the New Year arrives, enough that the Federal Reserve will begin to put its easy-money punch bowl on a higher shelf by trimming its bond purchases this month. But after five years of crisis, recession and an aren't-we-there-yet recovery, we don't fully trust the signs.

And that's why Mesirow Financial economist Diane Swonk sums up the outlook in a nutshell:

"2014 could be the breakout year,'' she says. "This is the year when we're going to find out.''

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