So what does the new year have in store, and where should you think of putting your money? Think cautious, but not hopeless. Amid warnings of a bearish 2019, there’s a lot of negativity in the market, FT Money says, and many investors are spooked, torn between the fear of missing out and the fear of losing money. While the optimist could argue that a dip could mean more buying potential, rising political tensions in both developed and developing countries have led to investors holding onto cash and super defensives like utilities and healthcare. Still, it’s worth remembering that experts’ end-of-year sentiments were off the past two years; people thought that 2017 was going to disappoint — instead it was a positive year — while people had high hopes for 2018 — which were unmistakably dashed. FT’s main prediction is that 2019 could be a little worse than 2018, but not terrible.
Profitable investment options for the next year include exchange-traded funds (ETFs), especially utilities ETFs which are a safe option, Forbes advises, as well as the real estate and the surging elderly care industries. Look out though, for traditional “disrupted” markets that are about to be destroyed by tech and innovation, such as traditional retail and auto sales industries, which have seen sales decline as e-commerce and the sharing economy grow.
Tech companies are staying optimistic about 2019, despite difficult market conditions, WSJ notes, dubbing it the “reign of the unicorn IPO.” We can expect to hear a lot about the four giant tech IPOs in 2019, with Uber expected to bring USD 120 mn from public funding, becoming the biggest IPO in US history. Hospitality industry disruptor Airbnb is also valued at a whopping USD 31 bn for its IPO next year. Uber’s ride-hailing rival Lyft is also expected to issue an initial public offering, with a potential valuation of USD 15 billion, while productivity software giant Slack is expected to pull in USD 7 bn in its IPO next year.