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The economic outlook for 2020

  • Describe the biggest risks facing investors in 2020
  • List which asset classes are expected to perform well
  • Explain what impact US-China trade talks may have
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Friday the 13th ended investor uncertainty on two major issues: US-Sino Trade and the future of the UK government. 

The US and China signed phase one of the trade agreement that commits China to buying at least $40bn of US agricultural goods annually, tightens protection for US intellectual property rights and bans the forced transfer of technology from US companies. 

On the same day, Boris Johnson was re-elected UK prime minister, a move which financial markets welcomed with both sterling and UK stocks inching higher. 

So does this greater certainty mean the outlook is more positive for investors?

Or will 2020 be overshadowed by the impending US general election and change in central bank policy?

The report, which can be read by clicking the link in the image above, qualifies for an indicative 30 minutes' worth of CPD.

saloni.sardana@ft.com 

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Approx.30min

Please answer the six multiple choice questions below in order to bank your CPD. Multiple attempts are available until all questions are correctly answered.

  1. According to Mr Pioch, what impact may the US election have?

  2. When does the growth style of investing perform best?

  3. Why is Mr Pioch cautious on corporate debt?

  4. Assets in UK investment trusts reached which figure for the first time in 2019?

  5. Why does Mr Seager-Scott think suspension of the M&G property fund will do little to deter investment in alternatives?

  6. Why is rising inflation bad for fixed income products?

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  • List which asset classes are expected to perform well
  • Explain what impact US-China trade talks may have

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