What does the 2024 UK stock market look like?

Using insights and analysis, we can predict potential trends and foreseeable challenges that could impact the UK stock market in 2024.


  • The US and some Asian stock markets have outperformed their peers in recent years.

  • The British stock market shows moderate growth, with inflation at its lowest in almost 3 years.

  • While a stock market crash is not impossible, analysts foresee gentle growth for the FTSE in the second half of 2024.

What does 2024 hold for stock markets?

Predicting the exact movements of the UK stock market has its challenges. However, financial advisers can offer more insight into potential stock market trends by understanding the impact of factors like economic indicators, geopolitical events, the performance of key sectors, and investor sentiment. In turn, this will ensure that clients receive up-to-date, relevant guidance that is backed by in-depth knowledge. 

What did stock markets in 2023 look like?

In 2023, the UK stock market saw a mixed bag of highs and lows, but by the end of the year, it was in a better state than many anticipated. While specific industries thrived, others faced challenges. For instance, AI and tech companies dazzled investors with groundbreaking innovations, driving their stock prices skyward.

Meanwhile, some traditional industries like energy grappled with commodity price fluctuations and regulatory changes, and the Bank of England's interest rate of 5.25% caused uncertainty among investors. Global events, such as geopolitical tensions and continued Brexit negotiations, also injected uncertainty into the market, triggering volatility.

However, the last two months helped to wrap up the year on a more positive note, with the FTSE experiencing a 3.8% increase and the LSE holding its title as Europe's most profitable venue for equity capital raisings.

What's the predicted inflation for 2024?

In March 2024, the UK's inflation rate was a moderate 3.4%, compared to February's CPI of 4.5%. While the current inflation rate is higher than the BoE's target of 2%, it is much lower than the 10.10% in March 2023 and the lowest since September 2021.

However, it is predicted inflation for 2024 will likely rise faster if the Bank of England decides to lower the interest rate (currently at 5.25%) later this year. The interest rate is the highest it's been for 15 years. Other factors affecting the moderate inflation increase include heightened consumer demand, supply chain disruptions, and escalating energy prices.

What are the FTSE predictions for 2024?

FTSE predictions for 2024 are subject to unpredictable factors, including economic growth, corporate performance, and geopolitics. However, analysts anticipate potential growth despite continued volatility.

Key sectors like technology and healthcare will likely continue to show resilience, while traditional industries may lose traction. As expected, Brexit-related developments and global trade dynamics will continue to influence the FTSE's performance. Therefore, investors should stay informed, diversify portfolios, and consider long-term strategies amidst market fluctuations.

Where are the best-performing stock markets in the world in 2024?

Stock markets tend to fluctuate over time, but some have enjoyed improved performance in recent years. Some of the best-performing stock markets in recent years include China, the United States, India, Japan, and Vietnam. Here's some more about each one:


Over the last few years, Chinese stock markets have shown remarkable growth. Aside from the country's large population and burgeoning middle class that provides a robust consumer base for domestic companies, their stock exchange performance is due to the following factors:

  • Strong economic expansion

  • Government policies promoting innovation and entrepreneurship

  • Increasing foreign investment

United States

Despite recession concerns in early 2023, the United States remains a powerhouse in the global stock market. Its performance is driven by technological innovation, strong corporate earnings, and investor confidence in the US economy's resilience.


India's stock market has benefited from economic reforms, demographic trends, and a growing investment appetite among its middle-class population. In fact, the country's stock market outperformed its peers on many fronts in the last year and decade and holds promise for another bullish year.


Japan's stock market has grown due to corporate governance reforms, stimulus measures, and the country's efforts to boost economic growth. Foreign investors like Warren Buffett are also investing in this stock market in 2024, possibly because, according to Shroeders, deflation in Japan seems to be coming to an end.


Vietnam's stock market has been on the rise for the last few years due to foreign investment, privatisation efforts, and economic reforms to enhance market efficiency and attractiveness to investors. At present, Vietnamese stocks are at an 18-month high, so the stock market forecast for 2024 for this country looks positive.

Will the stock market crash in 2024?

Some experts and analysts believe a stock market crash could occur due to overpriced shares and the impending recession. The "Buffet Gauge" recently measured in at a two-year high of 184%, dangerously close to the 200% mark, which Warren Buffett considers "playing with fire." 

However, analysts believe the UK stock market will continue its upward trajectory and that the second half of 2024 holds some bullish analyst forecasts.

Keeping an eye on the stock market in 2024

By looking at the British stock market and other stock markets' performance to gain an idea of what to expect in 2024, there are many factors to consider. While some speculate that the stock market will crash in 2024, a gentle upward trajectory for the LSE is anticipated. By staying up to date with the latest trends, knowing what stock market investments are good options for clients is easier, however, it’s important to remember that nothing in the markets is ever guaranteed. 

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