2018 saw a large number of unpredictable events. Many of them were politically originated, whether it’s a steel tariff, a partial government shutdown, a regulatory change. Any time there is a change, there are winners and losers. Some are positively affected and others are negatively affected by that change. I predict that 2019 will see an expansion of uncertainty. We will have more surprises to deal with than ever before.
I predict that once the economy shows signs of shakiness, central bankers the world over will return to the practice of stimulating the economy via printing money and lowering interest rates. I predict that Interest rates will peak in the first half of the year and then start to moderate in the second half of the year.
At the same time, there are boundless opportunities. The business world is an all-you-can-eat buffet of opportunity. That doesn’t mean that any strategy will work in any location. Effective business plans a highly specific. Specific to a location and specific to a point in time.
I predict that the new US opportunity zones will attract a lot of attention in the first half of the year as the investment world becomes educated on the rules and benefits of opportunity zone investment.