Life is full of surprises and, if you've been investing the market for a while, you're no stranger to surprises.
By any standard, 2014 was a year full of unforeseen events which violently shook the market, not just in the US, but around the world.
As 2014 draws to a close, here's a look back at some of the biggest and most dramatic shifts in the markets that almost no one saw coming.
Japan Slips into Recession
A lot of people watching the markets have heralded the sudden collapse of the Japa...