The global conditions are wild and we are constantly hearing from our readers that they lost confidence in their investing habits and don't know what to do with their money, so we decided to take a closer look on investment strategies of global financial institutions, like pension funds, in order to find out how the industry leaders are acting in these rough times. The following text shows a few global investment trends in 2015.

Emerging Markets

Emerging Markets

Analysts expect that emerging markets will again significantly outperform developed countries in terms of GDP (gross domestic product) growth, being lead by China and India as the main driving countries. The experts from Goldman Sachs even foresee stronger economic growth in Russia and Brazil, which remained below expectations in 2014. Whether Nigeria is able to fulfil the high expectations of investors will depend heavily on the development of the oil price as well on the upcoming presidential elections end of March. With the postponement of the elections due to the security situation in the North, investors have currently lost faith in Nigeria as an investment destination, closely monitoring the aftermath of the elections.

Higher volatility

Higher volatility

As mentioned in our introduction, the conditions on global financial markets are rough and there are no signs that this will change in 2015. Financial analysts expect an even greater influence of political actions on financial markets, which will result in greater volatility of stock prices as well as commodity values. Prepare your investment portfolio, so that you are able to survive longer periods of unfavorable fluctuations.

US-Dollar upward revaluation

US-Dollar upward revaluation

Financial institutions expect a further increase of the USD towards other major currencies due to an expected strong economic growth of the US economy for 2015 as well only moderate growth in other developed countries like Germany or Japan. In 2014 the USD has outperformed every G10 currency as well as most emerging market ones and experts see no indications for a change of momentum.

Invest in your own development

Invest in your own development

One not so trivial investment advice for 2015, which TopCheck fully supports, comes from Patrick Soon-Shiong, South African born serial entrepreneur, also known as the world's richest doctor, who encourages people to invest in their own development as well support people they believe in. In times of uncertainty there's only one safe bet that will definitely pay out: invest in your own development. Its time to sit down and think about what you have achieved so far in your life and what you want to achieve in the mid- to long-term. Think about the different steps you have to take in order to reach those goals and try to prioritize them. Goals can range from personal ambitions, like living a healthier life or contributing in your community, to professional goals, like getting promoted or take the step into self-employment. Take initiatives and sign-up for fitness courses, language classes, professional training and what else you need to do to follow your dreams. Now is the time, invest in yourself and reach your personal milestones.

Invest in your development!