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Our megatrend ETFs are built around BlackRock’s best thinking about the long-term trends that can change the trajectory of the global economy. These powerful, transformative forces — from AI to genomics to clean energy — are shifting the priorities of society, driving innovation and redefining business models. We see five megatrends with potential to shift how we live and work.

5 key megatrends shaping our future


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Technological breakthrough

Technology is driving exponential progress in the tech sector and far beyond. More than 75 billion internet-connected devices are expected by 2025, up from 30 billion today.1

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Demographics and social change

Longer lifespans and modern lifestyles will change medicine and consumer habits. Some estimates project a 45% increase worldwide in people aged 60 or older by 2030.2

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Rapid urbanization

Mass migration to cities will require new business models and infrastructure. Two-thirds 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. Half of the world’s energy is predicted to come from solar and wind by 2050, up from just 7% in 2015.4

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Emerging global wealth

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