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Outlook 2019 is out now

Peter Clive Charrington

By Peter Clive Charrington

Global Head, Citi Private Bank

December 6, 2018Posted InInvestment Strategy

It is my pleasure to share with you Outlook 2019, our annual publication that explains our latest investment themes and insights for the coming year and beyond.

Please click here to view the full report, a convenient summary, videos, and other materials.

While acknowledging the challenges of the return to monetary normalcy, greater market volatility, and political instability, we believe the global economy and risk assets can register further gains in 2019.

Outlook 2019 creates therefore guideposts to determine how to anticipate events, and assess their potential impact on your wealth.

It makes the case for building stronger portfolios for turbulent times by investing in more resilient assets and by employing strategies that reshape investment outcomes.

We also introduce our thinking on an approach that we call ‘Investing with Purpose’: seeking both to maintain portfolio quality and serve the greater good by delivering environmental, social, and governance benefits.

We present three themes for the year:

Make your cash work much harder

Investing cash in income-yielding assets and reinvesting income can potentially enhance portfolio returns, preserve wealth, meet liquidity requirements, and improve diversification. We see numerous opportunities for generating income from fixed income and receiving distributions from alternative investments.

Safeguarding assets

Today’s late-cycle conditions may be an opportune time to seek to safeguard your assets. To do so, we stress strategies that pursue market upside while shielding against downside, global diversification, and the prudent use of leverage.

Unstoppable trends

Unstoppable trends are major, multi-year phenomena with the potential to transform the world around us. Among such trends, we think the rise of Asia, increasing longevity, and digital disruption could have far-reaching impacts upon your portfolios.