As the end of another year barrels into sight, some of the greatest minds in the investment world have turned their minds (and their keyboards) to what 2024 might hold.
We’ve collated a raft of the 2024 outlook statements and across the 12 listed below, there’s a wide variety of views – especially given many are composed of contributions from cross-disciplinary teams operating in diverse global markets. But there are a handful of common threads that run throughout many of them, including:
On a broad basis, the view from most of them is that 2024 is likely to be better than 2023 on the macroeconomic front. One of the few exceptions on this front was from Fidelity, which holds an against-consensus view that next year will bring a cyclical recession.
But across most, the overarching view is that the prospect of global recession is far lower than many people might think. There’s also a view that next year may mark a more “normal” investing landscape than we’ve seen since before the Global Financial Crisis
In terms of investment themes, AI was mentioned frequently in the 2024 outlook statements, with an overarching view we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg of this theme. BlackRock believes this holds powerful implications for companies, particularly US-based small- and mid-capitalisation companies.
The shifting role of bonds within portfolios was also a common theme, especially given the bond yield rally of 2023. But the broadly held view is that duration is the biggest consideration on fixed income investor radars in 2024.
Emerging markets received some attention within the outlook statements too, including of course China. The most common view is that the outlook for China in 2024 is challenging but less so than many people expect. India also rates a mention in several of the outlook statements.
Within the developed world, European markets more broadly, and the UK specifically, were tipped for a particularly difficult 2024.
In summary, some of the more hopeful lines come from the Barclays outlook: “It is important not to underestimate the private sector’s ability to adjust and navigate uncertain times. On that front, there appear to be rays of hope.”
“Unlike 12 months ago, many investors and forecasters are somewhat downbeat about what lies ahead. While this in itself is not enough to prevent a slowdown, it leaves plenty of room for positive surprises.”
Goldman Sachs – Macro Outlook 2024: The Hard Part Is Over
Neuberger Berman – Solving for 2024: 10 key themes to navigate the markets
J.P.Morgan Wealth Management – 2024 elections
Morgan Stanley – The 2024 Outlook
Fidelity International – The economy in 2024: Something will give
BNP Paribas Asset Management – Investment Outlook: Stepping into a new reality
Lazard – Global Outlook 2024
Barclays Private Bank – Outlook 2024
S&P Global – The Big Picture: 2024 M&A Industry Outlook
PIMCO – Prime Time for Bonds
This article was first published on Livewire Markets.
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