Markets soared, economies strengthened. That’s how 2017 played out nearly all around the world. What does 2018 have in store? There are likely to be shocks and surprises along the way, and also opportunities for investors. Here are some of the key investment themes for 2018, and how they may impact your investment decisions as the year unfolds.
1. Tap Into Synchronized Global Growth
After a stronger-than-expected 2017, the global economy looks set to flex its muscles again in 2018.
From Germany to Japan, generally solid data indicate that the world’s economy is experiencing a pickup in growth that is synchronized and multidimensional. With manufacturing, trade, consumer sentiment and other checkpoints mostly on the upswing, expansion is gaining traction in many of the countries driving global growth. Indeed, the synchronization of global growth has raised the possibility that the cycle can remain stronger for longer.