If you liked 2019, then settle back and enjoy 2020. Despite being hit by volatility from all sides — politics, stock prices, trade wars, weather patterns, energy supplies, the price of avocados — the 2019 economic climate was relatively calm, especially for real assets. Gross domestic product (GDP) continued to grow, albeit at a snail’s pace. Consumer confidence remained strong. Unemployment was at its lowest in the past 50 years. Jobs were added at a good clip. And numbers released in early November show these trends are continuing, though possibly at a bit slower pace. There is, therefore, no obvious reason to believe we won’t continue to see a slowly expanding economy, happy consumers and employed workers in the new year.