Investing in the future with megatrends

Megatrends are powerful, transformative forces that can change the trajectory of the global economy by shifting the priorities of societies, driving innovation and redefining business models. They have a meaningful impact not just on how we live and how we spend money, but also on government policies and corporate strategies.

Identifying the potential for structural change and investing in expected transformations early is key to positioning portfolios for long-term growth opportunities. We see five megatrends shaping our future – shifting the way we live and work.

5 key megatrends shaping our future

Technological breakthrough
Technology is driving exponential progress in the tech sector and far beyond. 125 billion internet-connected devices are expected to be in market by 2030, up from 17 billion in 2017.1

Demographics and social change
Longer lifespans and modern lifestyles will change medicine and consumer habits. 45% increase in the 60+ population worldwide is projected to take place as soon as 2030.2

Rapid urbanization
Mass migration to cities will require new business models and infrastructure. 2/3rds of the world’s population will reside in cities by 2050, double the percentage from 1950.3

Climate change and resource scarcity
Demand for a clean, green tomorrow will advance energy and conservation. 50% of the world’s energy is predicted to come from solar and wind by 2050, up from just 7% in 2015.4

Emerging global wealth
Newly affluent consumers will expand in Asia and across emerging markets. Emerging market economies today are predicted to represent 6 out of the 7 largest economies by 2050.5

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