With 2021 being dubbed the pandemic’s comeback year, investment pundits and financial analysts believe that the robust economic rebound will continue into 2022. Record low-interest rates, huge supply chain disruptions, persistent pandemic implications, climate change in action, and bitcoin’s all-time- high have all transformed the way the world invests. Now, 2022 is expected to be a year of considerable growth for a number of key industries, with plenty of chances for investors.
These opportunities have already been highlighted at top finance conferences for investors looking beyond COVID-19. The following are the top investment trends to keep an eye on:
1. Looking into the future of COVID-19
Companies that benefited from COVID-related stay-at-home measures, such as live streaming service providers, video conferencing services, and at-home fitness companies, were some of the stock market’s success stories in 2021. However, as the country reopens, many of these sectors are losing their shine, and investors are seeking other chances as the world gets back to business and normal life.
Airlines, cruise lines, travel website operators, and other transportation firms are expected to benefit now that most COVID limitations have been lifted. Despite the fact that these industries, like the rest of the economy, are being hampered by rising interest rates and inflation, many investors believe they are primed to develop due to unmet demand.
2. ESG Investing Movement
The full form of ESG is environmental, social, and governance. In the investment space, it is used to assess a company’s ethical standards and its past, present, and future sustainability goals.
Simply put, when an investor opts for an ESG assessment, they study the company’s beliefs and approach to energy management and how it plans to reduce its carbon footprint. In addition to this, factors such as employee rights and treatment also come into play.
The year 2021 was one of the warmest on record, and extreme weather occurrences are becoming more common as the world’s temperature warms up. As noticed by experts, the pandemic heightened worldwide concern about climate change. This growing interest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions. Retail investors continue to demonstrate considerable interest in sustainable investing; according to a recent survey, the most important driver is a beneficial influence on the environment, not financial results.
3. 3.0 (World Wide Web)
In 2021, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies were among the most talked-about investments, with huge price swings as investors poured money into these digital assets. Investors are crowding to put money into related assets as a result of the success and attention paid to crypto over the last several years. Blockchain technology, decentralized banking, the metaverse, and artificial intelligence are all examples of Web 3.0 enterprises.
Web 3.0 is a small, but deeply fascinating arena for investors looking to hop on to emerging opportunities brought about by technological advances. Called the next generation of internet services, its stocks, in particular, are skyrocketing and this leap in innovation will certainly make headlines in investment circles in the coming months.
4. Markets for Commodities
Commodity prices rose in 2021 after years of low returns. Investors bet that as economies improve, more construction, energy use, and food consumption will increase.
With the geopolitical crisis in Ukraine and Russia hurting important commodities like oil, natural gas, and wheat, the focus on the commodities market has only grown as we approach 2022. Prices for several essential items have risen as a result of supply constraints caused by the Russian-Ukraine conflict.
Rising agricultural, lumber, industrial, and precious metals prices have fueled speculation that commodities are entering a new supercycle. A supercycle is a period of time, usually roughly a decade, during which commodities trade at prices that are higher than long-term price trends.
5. Real estate investment trusts
It’s been a difficult few years for real estate investment trusts, with different moratoriums enforced to boost tenants who have been unable to pay their rents due to the epidemic (REITs).
The aim for global REITs in 2022, according to Toronto-based Hazelview Investments’ “2022 Global Public Real Estate Outlook Report,” is 12 to 15%. Global REITs started 2021 at their most attractive level relative to global stocks in over two decades, according to the research. Despite advances of more than 20% over the past year, global REITs are trading more than one standard deviation below global equities in 2022, which is the second-lowest level outside of the pandemic period.
Bitcoin has been termed “digital gold” because of its similarities to gold and other precious metals, such as being a good store of value and inflation hedge. This year, these advantages may be critical for investment portfolios, and with the SEC’s approval of the first futures-based bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the US in late October, investing in the world’s most popular digital currency has never been easier.
However, it may be tempting to exaggerate the likelihood of a bear market in the cryptocurrency industry in 2022. With bitcoin almost reaching $70,000 in late 2021 and steep descents historically following bull markets like the one that began almost 18 months ago, one might suspect that another crash is on the way, especially since the Federal Reserve and other major central banks are expected to enact a cycle of monetary tightening this year.
The next decade’s investment trends will highlight new technologies that will break through the digital formation. Looking ahead can help you make huge benefits. However, as talked about at various finance events, such as the Money 2.0 Conference, you should double-check everything using cutting-edge investment research technology like alternative data, which provides real-time indicators of an industry’s or company’s success. Regardless of trends or disruptions, the best way to effectively invest is to keep your focus on the long-term.
Investing one’s hard-earned money in a fashionable or traditional venture can be intimidating. While momentum can sustain investing fads for long periods of time, some market trends might become fragile due to inflated valuations and turn on a dime. If you wish to invest, you can check out the world finance conferences in 2022, wherein you will be getting the investment trends for the next decade.