Many people are hoping that the markets will pick up in 2013. After such a long period of recession all of the world is hoping things will improve. However, it is very difficult to predict what will happen in the future. The markets have looked like they are improving and then not done as well as hoped. What happens this year will depend on expectations and whether people start lending and spending again or not.
Even if things are picking up a bit, there is no guarantee that this will last, but on the other hand, a dip in the market may just be temporary. The market can behave in extremely unpredictable ways and often people behave in the wrong way when it does significantly change.
Some people have spent their whole lives trying to predict what the markets are likely to do. Some of them even invest money in the markets for a living. Some have done very well, but not everyone has. If there was a way to work out what would happen to the markets, someone would have sold the strategy and everyone would be doing very well out of it.
Each year does bring a different market, but until that year ends, no one knows for sure what is going to happen. Predictions will come and go but no one will know what will happen exactly. As you learn more about the market, you may be better able to make a guess about how it may fare in the future, but it will be a guess. You may feel confident enough to stake some money on it, but you need to be aware that you may be incorrect and there is a chance that you will lose that money.