Introduction

2018 has been an interesting year, companies have experienced exponential growth and the economies of many countries have grown or stabilized their GDP’s. Although there are unfortunate cases like that of Venezuela experiencing high rates of inflation caused by corruption and unstable financial infrastructures, companies in many parts of the world have generally done well this year with the likes of Amazon breaking earnings record during the Christmas Holiday. In August Apple became the world’s first trillion-dollar public company as a rise in its share price pushed it past the landmark valuation. This and many other factors pushed the Economy and Capital Markets forward. Though coming to the end of 2018, the results were conflicting making people question what was really going on. This is the aspect I wanted to focus on and discuss. I have summarized some of the research and insights I discovered over the year during my quest for answers and wanted to share my findings in a brief and easy to understand way.

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