2015 review & 2016 outlook

11 min Read Published: 22 Dec 2015

So as 2015 comes to a close I take a look back at the year's winners and losers before considering the investment outlook as we head into 2016. Why did most investors find it tough to make money in 2015? Where will the FTSE 100 end in 2015 and 2016? Where should you invest next year?

2015 - a year of volatility

This time last year we had just come off the back of two market wobbles caused by concerns over global growth. Broadly speaking, the market expected global growth concerns to continue to be the major theme in 2015. There was also much anticipation surrounding the launch of Quantitative Easing in the eurozone as well as more reforms in Japan. We started the year on the back foot with weaker than expected eurozone and Chinese economic growth data causing markets to wobble again. In fact the FTSE 100 started 2015 at 6,566, falling from a recent high around 6,800.

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