Outlook 2019

What's in store for investors: Not near a bear market, but prepare for volatility

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Dec 6 when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 400 points in morning trading. Escalating US-China trade tensions sent waves of volatility throughout the markets in the second half of this year,
Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Dec 6 when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 400 points in morning trading. Escalating US-China trade tensions sent waves of volatility throughout the markets in the second half of this year, says Mr Sim S. Lim.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Mr Sim S. Lim advises investors to always keep a portion aside for long-term financial goals such as retirement savings and to hold 30 to 40 per cent of the portfolio in cash to jump on any good opportunities that arise.
Mr Sim S. Lim advises investors to always keep a portion aside for long-term financial goals such as retirement savings and to hold 30 to 40 per cent of the portfolio in cash to jump on any good opportunities that arise. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Retail investors in Singapore and abroad have been rattled by market swings this year while the property cooling measures in July took everyone by surprise, reversing the wave of collective sales that started last year. As market volatility rears its ugly head, five financial experts tell Invest editor Lorna Tan their outlook for 2019.

GROUP HEAD DESIGNATE, WEALTH MANAGEMENT & CONSUMER BANKING, DBS BANK

Q What were the best and worst things (financially) that happened to you this year?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 30, 2018, with the headline 'What's in store for investors: Not near a bear market, but prepare for volatility'. Print Edition | Subscribe