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With 2024 now in the sights of traders and investors, we look ahead to the moments that matter in the new year – from earnings season to elections and from global conflict to IPOs.

 Chris Beauchamp | Chief Market Analyst, London | Publication date: 

2024 outlook

The video talks about what to look out for in 2024 when it comes to trading. It explains that profits for companies have been better than expected this year, and it is predicted that this trend will continue next year, which will help keep stock prices steady. The video also mentions that the Federal Reserve, which is like the boss of the US economy, is planning to lower interest rates a few times in 2024. This, together with the strong US economy, should be good news for companies and their profits.

In the UK, there will be a time called the ISA season starting from February where investors will need to consider different types of investments because interest rates will be going up. But even with these rising rates, stock prices are still expected to rise, and it might be a good idea to invest in companies that pay out a portion of their profits as dividends, like the top 100 companies in the FTSE stock market index.

The US election

Something else to keep an eye on is the US election happening in November 2024. President Donald Trump is running for re-election against Joe Biden, the current president. The video warns that this could cause some changes and instability in the US and global markets.

The Ukraine and the Middle East conflicts

There have also been conflicts in various parts of the world, including Ukraine and the Middle East. Although these conflicts have not had a big impact on the markets so far, they could cause some problems, especially when it comes to the price of oil. Interest rates have also been a hot topic over the past couple of years. Central banks around the world have been raising rates to control inflation. However, it seems that this trend may be reversing, with the Federal Reserve planning to lower rates in 2024. This is expected to be good news for the global economy and could result in more gains in stock prices.

Initial Public Offerings

Lastly, the video talks about Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), which are when a company sells its shares to the public for the first time. IPOs have been scarce in recent years, but there are a couple of companies, like Shine and Reddit, that might go public in 2024. This means there could be more opportunities to invest in new companies. Overall, the video gives an overview of important things to watch out for in 2024, like the earnings season, elections, global conflicts, interest rates, and potential IPOs. These factors could have an impact on trading and investing.

 

 

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