There are at least three reasons to be cheerful in 2019 as it promises key tailwinds that will help positively drive returns for investors, according to Nigel Green, founder and chief executive of deVere Group.
Green, pictured above, believes 2019 is set to deliver "decent returns" to those invested with a properly diversified portfolio.
"There are three key tailwinds that will, I believe, help drive positive investor returns," said Green.
"First, following stock market falls in recent months, valuations are attractive in many sectors and countries, relative to the returns on cash and likely corporate earnings growth. Emerging markets in particular are offering value.
"Second, global growth expectations have been reduced in recent months But with global GDP growth in 2019 likely to be 3.0% plus, we expect continued corporate profits growth in many of the major economies and in particular the U.S. In addition, the U.S. Federal Reserve has signalled that next year's planned interest rate hikes may be delayed if economic data weakens, which last week's relatively modest payrolls data and November's inflation data suggests is the case. Should the Fed push back raising rates, this will help support the U.S., and therefore global, economy.
"And third, the world's financial system is in a much better condition. Banks and other financial institutions have significantly enhanced their capital levels over the last decade, making them more capable to withstand defaults on loans."
Whilst these factors can be expected to boost investor outcomes in 2019, there are also issues that may do the opposite, he points, such as the ongoing trade dispute between the world's two largest economies; higher Treasury yields, which will raise the risk-free rate of capital; higher inflation; and the uncertainty of Brexit.
"History teaches us that stock markets go up over the long term, so I would urge investors to remain invested," Green added. "No-one wants to miss out on returns. But investors need to ensure that their portfolios are well diversified, meaning across asset classes, sectors, regions and even currencies. This is the best way to mitigate risk and take advantage of the important and rewarding opportunities."