Investors have enjoyed a year of solid investment market returns in 2017 across several different asset classes. But after a strong run in key markets, where do we go from here and how should you be positioned moving into 2018?

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A globally low interest rate environment, strong earnings and economic growth and subsiding fears around a Trump presidency, Brexit and more were all conducive to buoyant investment markets in 2017.

More to run in the equity markets?

In the calendar year to date, the MSCI World Net Total Return Index has returned 21.3% (in USD terms and 14.4% in AUD terms), largely driven by strong GDP and earnings growth in both the U.S. and the Eurozone. During the year, equity markets recorded historically low counts of market volatility which seemed unusual to many market participants given the heightened levels of geopolitical tensions in the world.

With equity markets at all-time highs, what are the major catalysts for movements in equity markets for 2018? Find out what you should put on your investing shopping list in 2018.

 

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About Kevin Hua

Kevin Hua is a Co-Founder of AtlasTrend, an online investment platform that makes it easy for anyone to learn and invest in trends transforming our world. Kevin has over 20 years experience in financial markets including as Senior Portfolio Manager at Atrium Investment Management and Stark Investments.