5 Bold Predictions For The Decade Ahead

An extraordinary decade for capital markets is drawing to a close. Over the course of the 2010s, the S&P 500 gained more than +250%, the long-term bond market increased in value by more than +100%, and even gold was higher in value by more than +30%. This was great news to the steadily shrinking percentage of Americans that continued to invest over the past ten years. So, what can we reasonably expect for capital markets coming up over the next decade of the 2020s? While only time will tell, the following are five bold predictions for the decade ahead.

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2020 Outlook: A Marshmallow World

It’s a marshmallow world for capital markets as we enter 2020. Name the asset class, and it had a stellar year in 2019. U.S. stocks? Up over +30%. Stocks across the rest of the world? Higher by more than +20%. Investment grade corporate bonds? Up nearly +20%. High yield bonds? +14%. Long-Term US Treasuries? +15%. Gold and silver? +16% each. Even long struggling commodities posted high single-digit returns this year. If you were allocated to risk assets in 2019, you likely enjoyed a good year.

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