Wells Fargo Investment Institute Releases 2016 Outlook Report ‘Navigating Risk in a Year of Change’

New York, NY – December 1, 2015 – Wells Fargo Investment Institute (WFII) today released the 2016 Outlook report ‘Navigating Risk in a Year of Change,’ that focuses on four themes that could play a pivotal role in the global markets in the coming years. In addition to the themes, the report also examines five potential changes brewing next year that could have significant implications for investors. These changes are:

  1. a shift in U.S. monetary policy,
  2. a change in the political landscape,
  3. a changing consumer behavior,
  4. growing uncertainty, and
  5. global economic transition.

“The U.S. economy and the financial markets have been on a six-year path of recovery, and as that process continues and deepens, there are big changes coming next year,” said Darrell Cronk, President, Wells Fargo Investment Institute. “Against that backdrop, we identify the catalysts for change and point out what investors will need to navigate as the year progresses.”

The report provides market and economic forecasts for 2016 and focuses on four themes that are likely to impact the global financial markets.

The four themes that are highlighted in the report are as follows:

  • Consumers, commodities, and currencies looks at the interplay of these three financial-market fundamentals with respect to global economic growth, asset pricing, and inflationary pressures.
  • Fuel for growth discusses factors that will help support late-cycle global economic growth.
  • Disruptions and volatility considers how an interconnected global economy is contributing to ongoing market volatility.
  • Living longer and living better discusses the opportunities and challenges of an aging population in a low-interest-rate environment.

Read more in-depth analysis on the four themes and what each may mean for investors. Access your copy of the Wells Fargo Investment Institute’s 2016 Outlook, “Navigating Risk in a Year of Change.”

About Wells Fargo Investment Institute

Wells Fargo Investment Institute (WFII) is a registered investment adviser and wholly-owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company, providing investment research, strategy, manager research and thought leadership within the Wealth and Investment Management (WIM) division, with the goal of supplying world class advice to the company’s financial and wealth advisers. WFII provides investment advice to Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Wells Fargo Advisors and other Wells Fargo affiliates.

WIM is one of the largest wealth managers in the U.S., with $1.76 trillion in client assets. WIM includes Wells Fargo Private Bank, serving high-net-worth individuals and families; Wells Fargo Advisors, the third-largest brokerage firm in the U.S.; Wells Fargo Retirement, which manages $330 billion in employer-sponsored retirement plan assets for 3.9 million Americans; and Abbot Downing, serving ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families. Wells Fargo Advisors is the trade name used by two separate registered broker-dealers: Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC, Members SIPC, non-bank affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company.

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