Following a robust year-end rally, markets across the globe experienced a rocky start, with US and Asia-Pacific markets seeing notable declines and European markets poised for a negative open.
As such, deVere Group’s chief executive Nigel Green has warned investors to remain vigilant.
“Financial markets experienced a jittery start in 2024, juxtaposed against the backdrop of a robust pan-markets year-end rally,” Mr Green said.
“This oscillation in market sentiment, driven by various factors including tensions in the Red Sea – a key global trade route – serves as a stark reminder that investors must avoid complacency in the face of uncertainty.”
Having cautioned against market exuberance in December, particularly regarding expectations of a policy pivot by the US Federal Reserve, Mr Green underscored the fickle nature of financial markets.
“The year-end rally, characterised by a surge in global markets, had fuelled optimism among investors,” Mr Green said.
“Buoyed by some positive economic indicators, robust corporate earnings, and promising developments in various sectors, many believed that the momentum would seamlessly carry into the New Year.
“However, the abrupt shift in market dynamics at the onset of 2024 has underscored the fickle nature of financial markets and the need for a cautious approach.”
Mr Green urged investors to learn from the early-year volatility, emphasising the significance of staying adaptable and diversifying portfolios.
“The world is a dynamic and interconnected system, susceptible to a myriad of geopolitical, economic, and environmental factors. As such, assuming that the status quo will persist, this can lead to financial vulnerability,” warned Mr Green.
According to him, the markets’ nervous start also reinforces the importance of diversification in an investment portfolio.
“A well-diversified portfolio can help mitigate risks associated with the volatility of individual assets or sectors. By spreading investments across various asset classes, geographies, and industries, investors can enhance their resilience to market fluctuations.”
In a forward-looking perspective, Mr Green encouraged savvy investors to view market volatility as an opportunity rather than a threat. During periods of heightened volatility, he noted that asset prices may deviate significantly from intrinsic values, presenting opportunities for strategic investment decisions.
As global markets navigate through uncertain times, Mr Green concluded with a call for investors to remain vigilant, avoid complacency, and actively seek out opportunities amid the continuing volatility.
Maja's career in journalism spans well over a decade across finance, business and politics. Now an experienced editor and reporter across all elements of the financial services sector, prior to joining Momentum Media, Maja reported for several established news outlets in Southeast Europe, scrutinising key processes in post-conflict societies.