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Investment wrapped up

Investment wrapped up

Please find links below to our special Christmas features as we report on how the key markets and asset classes are likely to fare in 2013, alongside reports on the worrying emergence of nanny-state protection plans and what the new RDR world will mean for investors. There's also a chance to win a case of Laurent Perrier champagne.

New Year, new hopes - Investors are optimistic about 2013, but in the absence of genuine growth, this confidence could be misplaced.

The Economy in 2013 - The fate of the economy depends upon whether companies increase capital spending. And it's not certain that they will

The outlook for Europe in 2013 - European equity markets - and especially Germany - are being touted as next year's most promising investment.

The US must get its house in order - Political stalemate in Washington has already had a profound effect on economic behaviour, and the path to growth is littered with banana skins.

Emerging opportunities - Emerging markets dropped off investors' radars this year. Now that they're expected to generate three-quarters of global growth next year, investors are getting back in.

Reasons to be bullish - We look at the implications for equity markets in 2013 and finds reason to be cheerful.

A lucky year for small caps - Some investors believe conditions are right for investing in smaller companies and that returns are likely to be strong.

Will the bond bubble burst? - We explain why the bond bubble is unlikely to burst in 2013.

No respite for banks - Just because a eurozone break-up now looks less likely, investors shouldn't assume that all is well in the banking sector.

Does nanny know best? The new regulator wants to protect 'irrational' consumers by removing 'bad' products from sale.

UK property: an age of extremes - The UK's property market has become bifurcated between London and the rest of the country, and how you play it now depends on whether you see this trend reversing towards the mean or continuing to diverge.

RDR: what it means for you - The new year will introduce changes to the way you pay for financial services and investment products.

Pressure on hard commodities - As we noted in our special report on mining in October, problems are mounting in the commodities sector. But should investors be scared off or will demand and prices hold up?

Are oil prices on a slippery slope? - With confidence in the global economy evaporating, and unresolved budget issues dogging both the US and eurozone, should we be expecting a sharp contraction in oil prices through 2013?

We're all invested in China - Don't write off China just yet. We assess how the world's second-biggest economy will fare under the country's new leadership.

2013 from a technical perspective - A technical view of how some major indices and asset classes are likely to perform in 2013.

Twist or stick on natural resources? - We find out how executives of junior resource companies are dealing with the downturn.

Where will the markets end in 2012 - Investors Chronicle brings you a round up of the views on where the FTSE will be at the end of 2013, and looks back at how some of the 2012 predictions fared.

Christmas quiz - Win a case of champagne!

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By John Hughman,
21 December 2012

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