The Top Financial Instruments To Watch In 2019

2018 was an important year for a number of securities. This article will attempt to look at the most important securities that investors will pay close attention to in the coming year.


For the second year in a row, palladium was the best-performing metal in the industry. This was because of the new fuel standards that favor diesel vehicles than gasoline-powered ones. Most of the palladium is used in the diesel vehicles as a catalytic converter. This is a process which reduces the amount of pollutants coming from vehicular fumes. With the price of an ounce of palladium above $1200, traders will pay a close attention to the metal to see whether the upward trend will continue.


The USD has become a dominant currency this year. The reason for this is that the Federal Reserve has continued to increase interest rates. Also, other countries such as Japan, Australia, and the European Union have seen slower growth. Therefore, as the Fed starts talking about going easy on the rate hikes, there is a probability that the value of the USD could start easing. However, this will depend on the performance of the peer currencies.


The sterling will be watched closely because of 2019 will be the most consequential year for the UK. This is because the country will separate itself from the European Union in March. This will usher in a new period in the country. An orderly Brexit will be positive for the sterling while a disorderly one will be disastrous for the currency. Already, the Bank of England has warned that leaving the EU without a deal will be worse than the global financial crisis. Therefore, traders will be paying a closer attention to the happenings in the UK.


For years, the tech-heavy Nasdaq has been the driver of stock performance in the USA. Investors were attracted by companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, and Netflix. To them, these companies would do no wrong. This led to the index moving up significantly. As the year is ending, the index has turned negative as investors start to worry about the growth of these companies. Apple and Amazon have all fallen from their peak valuation of more than $1 trillion. Apple seems threatened as growth of iPhone sales plateaus. Therefore, traders will pay a close attention to this index.

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