2018 was a rough year for capital markets as ongoing geopolitical tensions, the weak performance of emerging markets, and the trade war between the U.S. and China all presented considerable challenges to investors looking for returns. Inflation and higher yields have entered the global market, major central banks have settled for tighter monetary policies, while the U.S. bond market became so overwrought that professionals now look to emerging markets for notable yields in 2019.
At present, it appears 2019 will not be an easier year for yields, either: many are anticipating the next crisis, and with virtually non-existing yields, cash could become one of the most popular products in the market in 2019. One of the major challenges to investment professionals and financial consultants in 2019 will be to entice customers from their defensive positions, as well as their savings from under their mattresses.
The morning programme of the Portfolio Investment, Wealth and Savings (IWS) 2019 trade conference will attempt to outline a framework of the investment, wealth management and savings markets in 2019 for investment professionals, private banking consultants and salespeople with the help of renowned domestic and foreign asset managers and market experts. In the afternoon section of the event, we will seek to answer what future sales trends will be; how customer satisfaction can be increased; what new products can help increase the profit margins of fund managers, private banks and other players in the investment and savings market; and also what investments can offer viable alternatives to retail government securities, with a special focus on alternative investments.