For years, the trading floor was abuzz with frenzied human beings intent on capitalizing on fast-breaking opportunities and avoiding potential catastrophes. But technology has altered the scene, with the traditional open-outcry trading floor being increasingly replaced by innovations such as electronic trading, automation and digitisation.
Innovation helps businesses function better and investors invest more profitability, but only if they monopolise on the most lucrative technologies and pioneering firms. With so many choices, where to begin in uncovering the opportunities with long-term growth and profitability so that the investor reaps rewards and not disappointments?
Until recently, stock trading was the exclusive domain of high-flying, wealthy Goliaths. With the arrival of avenues such as digital platforms, every-day Davids are entering the arena and, by coordinating their efforts, significantly influencing the prices of targeted stocks. Such was the case of GameStop, with its share price recently experiencing a wild ride after attracting investor interest from different corners, including a band of Davids in Reddit’s WallStreetBets forum.
Are you wondering how to invest in 2021, a year that is starting with concerning negatives but also hopeful positives? Although predicting how this year will wind up is difficult, the investor can take steps to make the most of what is guaranteed to be another wild year of ups and downs, including capitalising on inflation surges, capturing cyclical upswings, looking to emerging markets for credit opportunities and harnessing volatility.
Stock markets have undergone some fairly seismic structural changes over the last 10 years or so. Arguably the most ground-breaking of these changes has been the advent of exchange-traded funds (ETFs).