EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Jim Cramer’s Protégé, Dave Peltier, only buys Stocks Under $10 that he thinks could potentially double. See what he’s trading today with a 14-day FREE pass.Analysis: Markets were driven higher by another round of monetary easing in the last quarter of the year. Although China’s growth slowed, the region did not spark any panic selling in the markets. The economy in Europe continued to be weak, but politicians managed to convey solidarity amongst the countries. In 2013, investors should expect unlimited monetary easing to support the goal for growth at all costs. This will limit volatility (which hit another low at the time of writing) and the downside in markets.
The technology as a whole could perform well this year as easing policies support higher corporate spending.Although energy underperformed in 2012, investors wanting to hedge against the risks of inflation might want to watch oil and gas companies. These companies include BP (BP) and Exxon Mobile (XOM). Many investors hold gold and gold miners to hedge against inflation, but gold is a better option. Investors should not expect a return to the gold standard, which will limit gold as an anti-inflationary position: Written by Kapitall’s Chris Lau .