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Most Accurate Forecaster Sees Lethargic U.S. Expansion

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“I’m a big believer that life is a crapshoot,” Joshua Shapiro says. “There are so many random things that affect your life.”

Shapiro, 54, chief U.S. economist at New York-based forecasting firm Maria Fiorini Ramirez Inc., says his career might have turned out differently if he hadn’t returned home to New York for Thanksgiving during his senior year at Tufts University.