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What factors should drive your ETF investment directives for 2023?
BlackRock’s Salim Ramji: Investors turn to ETFs in volatile times
BlackRock global head of ETFs and index investments Salim Ramji discusses the popularity of ETFs after 2022 became the second best year for the investment vehicle on ‘The Claman Countdown.’
Many financial experts believe that 2023 will continue to be a year of ups and downs in the markets. Add in record inflation, layoffs by tech giants, rising interest rates and international variables, and investors will be looking for ways to reduce risk and diversify their portfolios.
"The biggest driver investors need to prepare for in the upcoming year is volatility," says Christopher Huemmer, senior investment strategist, FlexShares ETFs. "We have seen an increase in the number of volatility spikes across both equity and fixed-income markets.
That should increase in 2023 as there are significant questions on how severely global growth will slow down, how quickly inflation will abate from the peak levels we experienced last year, and how the Federal Reserve and other central banks will react to changes in growth and inflation expectations over the course of the year. Add in China’s reopening and the war in Ukraine, and there are many variables that can affect markets throughout 2023.
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