With the new year upon us, it’s time to reflect on the previous year and, perhaps more importantly, look ahead to what 2018 has in store.
For investment banks, asset managers and other market strategists, this means providing plenty of predictions as to what they think will happen over the next year. And while 365 days is a long time and anything can happen, taking a gander at these outlooks can provide some clues on how retail investors can best position themselves.
The key is who to pay attention to.
With nearly $5.7 trillion in assets under management, BlackRock (BLK ) has consistently earned its keep when it comes to predictions. It’s annual Global Investment Outlook has been mostly right on the money and its global allocation strategy for mutual funds tied to the report’s predictions has been a rock-solid performer.
Heading into 2018, BlackRock has three major themes investors should be focusing on.