2022 brought turbulence to the markets with surging interest rates, unexpected inflation, and plummeting stock markets. However, the energy sector proved to be a beacon of hope with an impressive 52% surge.
Meanwhile, technology and telecommunications were significantly impacted and remained in the red. As we head into 2023, it is crucial that we approach it with caution and preparedness to avoid any unexpected twists and turns.
In its 2023 Investment Outlook Report, global forex broker OctaFX sheds light on the continuing trends from 2022, delving into the expected performance of various sectors such as finance, technology giants, healthcare, and others during the year.
The report describes the expected economic and financial situation for 2023. As we look ahead to 2023, the U.S. economy is expected to continue its recession in the first half of the year but then recover and gain strength by the end of the year.
The business cycle will outpace the economic cycle, bringing a more optimistic outlook for public equities. However, the U.S. Fed will likely raise rates to contain inflation, and this, along with a slowdown in inflation, may cause the rise of the US dollar to slow down or even reverse.
According to the report, while the U.S. struggles, Europe will also experience a recession while China gets a booming reopening. The commodity market looks attractive, with all commodities expected to continue their strong two-year run, including Energy. The bullish super cycle will persist due to falling global oil production, resulting in higher prices.
The report highlights two sectors with growth potential in 2023: Big Techs and Healthcare. The Big Techs, including Apple, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Visa, have become well-established and are expected to thrive despite the technology crash in 2022 and uncertainty in 2023. The Healthcare sector is expected to have good fundamentals that create upside opportunities.