Amid signs of slowing global growth and continued geopolitical tensions, The Edge Singapore’s 10 picks for the Year of the Pig are poised to rise above the fray

SINGAPORE (Feb 4): At a recent presentation for wealth management clients organised by Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp, the attendees were polled on their preferred investment asset class for the year. The results were sobering for the relationship managers who thrive on clients’ transactions. A quarter of the respondents would choose to hold on to cold, hard cash. The next most popular preference was equities, followed by fixed income. Multi-assets, commodities and alternative investments were the least preferred asset class.

While the results were somewhat surprising, they were not entirely unexpected. The year had begun on a low after a depressing end to 2018. Experts are not needed to point out that prices of most — if not all — major asset classes had ended lower last year. This rare positive correlation among the major asset classes had made it difficult for investors to adjust their portfolio.

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