Various commentators expect the year ahead to mirror the final quarter and give investors a bumpy ride, due to the various hazards on the horizon. These range from Brexit uncertainties to fears of a potential economic slowdown in America, one of the relatively few bright spots of 2018.
Investors have turned to gold, viewed as the ultimate safe haven, amid political uncertainty.
Inflows into ETF Securities’ physical gold exchange traded products (ETPs) have smashed through the $1 billion (£642 million) mark so far this year, as investors look for safe havens from continued economic turmoil.
The price of gold has risen above $1,900 an ounce for the first time, as investors flock to safe havens amid ongoing market volatility.