The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor/analyst Austin Smith and senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker discuss emerging trends in investing.

In today's edition, Eric and Austin discuss some of their expectations for the Dow in 2012. With so many cash-rich companies around, they believe there will be some dividend increases and mergers and acquisitions going forward.

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