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Wealth Outlook 2024: Citi’s Top Investment Opportunities

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Citi’s Chief Investment Office has identified several high conviction opportunities – both core and opportunistic. The core component is designed to meet investors’ long-term return objectives with an acceptable level of risk while the opportunistic component aims to capture opportunities that may not be continuously available or attractively priced and may require the investor to move quickly to take advantage of them. There are potential return opportunities which will arise from market dislocations, distressed assets and new financial sector regulations.

These include:


Artificial Intelligence’s growth offers advanced tools for both cyber threats and defence. Cyber security share prices have failed to keep pace with strong and consistent earnings growth. The US government and trade allies are offering industrial subsidies to diversify the concentrated semiconductor supply chain, indicating strong future investments in semiconductors and other technological equipment of national security importance.


The share of geopolitically vulnerable energy supplies the world relies on has increased. This points to higher energy prices through a security risk premium. Western energy suppliers – from conventional fossil fuels to alternatives – are among those investors should consider. Copper on the other hand, is a crucial component for use in solar cells and Electric Vehicles.


The conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East may lead to potential investment opportunities in deterrents. NATO nations may also increase defence spending to avoid a larger conflict.


The US Federal Reserve could react to a weakening US labor market this year with potentially more rate cuts than priced in, leading to a weaker USD. The Bank of Japan, on the other hand, has abandoned its Yield Control Curve (YCC) policy. Markets are also positioning for the Bank of Japan’s exit from negative rates in early 2024.

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