2017 saw some advances in the global equity markets, with brokers producing many record-breaking flows that the smart investors took full advantage of. In 2018, that looks set to continue, with the 2018 trends offering a real diversity of option, and the sheer range of investment opportunities could lead to even greater asset growth. Investors in 2018 are able to take advantage of the dual power of both traditional equity opportunities and fixed income exposure options. When these options are combined with the innovations taking place in the technology sectors, investors are wisely choosing to look at the macroeconomic landscape and take advantage of the potential. Whether you’re looking at high-yield short-term investments or long-term exposure, here are the trends that you need to be keeping up with.
Reliable real estate
Investors have always looked at real estate in a positive light, and despite some market fluctuations, it remains one of the more reliable investment areas to concentrate on. However, there remains a transition period, with some choosing to move away from the buy-to-rent investment option, and many preferring to look at investment trusts rather than dealing with the issues of becoming a landlord. With greater liquidity and the options available, such as the ability to trade in stocks, as well as the fact that they are distinctly different from traditional bonds and equity options, real estate investment funds are a trustworthy way to manage your portfolio needs.
Inflation is one of the major dangers of investment, and is one of the major reasons why you should always make use of a fixed income ETF as protection. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) have long been considered as a safe bet in terms of investment, as they protect your portfolio from sudden geopolitical changes across the board. If you’re yet to invest in TIPS, then it’s wise to consider opening a tax positive account that adjusts your inflation levels in accordance to your initial investment amount, giving you that extra layer of protection when it comes to fluctuating markets.
Unexpected Emerging Markets
As technology continues to be an investment option that carries a certain element of risk due to the nature of its adoption, it can be challenging to find the right tech sectors to focus on. Virtual Reality has been touted for years as the next big investment option, but too many people have pushed into the gaming market for any real viability. However, the medical sector has also been making use of VR technologies, and with a little thinking outside of the box, you could easily find yourself being able to find that dream investment opportunity. With an estimated 54.84 percent compound annual growth rate between 2018 and 2023, there’s a good chance that by looking at medical or educational applications you’ll find some good opportunities.
There have some considerable changes in the investment market in recent years, and those changes have been very rapid indeed. As technology begins to evolve in ways that will aid those investors looking for safe returns, there’s little doubt that it will continue to be a consistent presence throughout 2018 and beyond.