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Investing in 2024: What to Expect

AS we enter 2024, the investment landscape is expected to undergo significant changes. Here are some of the top trends that investors should keep an eye on:

  1. Last Year’s Biggest Winners: In 2023, the stock market was the place to be for investors. The S&P 500 was up nearly 25%, and the Nasdaq had gained almost 43%. The biggest gainers were the FAANG stocks, which have now been dubbed “The Magnificent Seven”  However, it’s important to note that past performance is not indicative of future results.
  1. Bonds Are Coming Back in 2024:  With interest rates more likely to fall, experts predict that bonds will become more attractive to investors in 2024.  Short-term corporate bonds are expected to be a top consideration for those looking to beef up their fixed-income holdings
  1. The Rise of ESG Investing:  Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing has been gaining popularity in recent years, and this trend is expected to continue in 2024.  Investors are increasingly looking for companies that are committed to sustainability and social responsibility.
  1. The Growth of Alternative Investments:  Alternative investments such as private equity, hedge funds, and real estate are expected to grow in popularity in 2024These investments can provide diversification benefits and potentially higher returns than traditional investments.
  1. The Continued Rise of Technology:  Technology has been a driving force behind the stock market’s recent gains, and this trend is expected to continue in 2024. Companies that are at the forefront of technological innovation are likely to be the biggest beneficiaries.
  1. The Importance of Risk Management: With the investment landscape becoming increasingly complex, risk management will be more important than ever in 2024. Investors should be prepared to adjust their portfolios as market conditions change.
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In conclusion, 2024 is shaping up to be an exciting year for investors. By keeping an eye on these trends and staying informed, investors can position themselves for success in the years ahead.

  • Brett Silberg is a Risk, Wealth and Employee Benefits Expert. He can be reached on 084 602 6298 (mobile) 
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