ETF Trends
ETF Trends

As we head toward the a new year, exchange traded fund investors should reflect on what has happened through a tumultuous year and plan for potential risks and opportunities ahead.

On the upcoming webcast, The Big Picture: Year-End Review and 2016 Outlook, Ron Saba, senior managing director of investment and CIO for Horizon Investments, John Eckstein, chief investment officer at Astor Investment Management, Jim Ferrin, chief investment officer at Quantitative Advantage, and Theresa Brennan, ETF regional vice president at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, will reflect on another wild year and outline where the global economy is heading.

Developed market stocks have so far been outperforming as record low interest rates and trillions of dollars worth of quantitative easing by global central banks fueled a multi-year rally.

However, global growth concerns are rising and investors have grown more cautious ahead of the widely-anticipated U.S. Federal Reserve hike this week.

Consequently, Morgan Stanley strategists expect that while the global economy will continue to expand, global growth outlook may slow ahead, Reuters reports.

“Lower growth means subdued corporate earnings; and continued U.S. dollar strength will likely prove a headwind for equities and emerging market assets,” Morgan Stanley strategists said in a note.

Moreover, crude oil prices, which recently fell back toward financial crisis lows, along with the broad weakness in the commodities market, have also dragged on global markets.

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