With the start of the new year we have taken the opportunity to see what the experts have to say regarding the investment outlook for the year ahead.
Bloomberg recently surveyed over 750 global professional investors. the Bloomberg Global Poll attempted to gauge the ‘mood of the market’ for 2014 and assess where investors see the greatest opportunities and, more importantly the greatest risks. Please see some of the findings below:
Which of the following do you think poses the biggest risk to the global economy in 2014?
Political gridlock in Washington on fiscal matters 35
A slowing Chinese Economy 26
Europe’s Debt Crisis 19
None of these 14
Hostilities between Israel and Iran 3
Have no idea 1
What asset class do you think offers the highest return over the next year?
Turning to investments, despite the strong gains for equity markets in 2013, 50% of respondents think that equities will once again deliver the strongest returns in 2014, This is followed by real estate, with 17% believing property prices will continue rising. Combined over two-thirds of those surveyed think these two ‘real assets’ are the place to be in 2014. Interestingly, only 8% of respondents think gold will offer the highest return, while just 6% of investors think that bonds will deliver the best returns.
Source: Davy Marketwatch Jan 2014
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