What are megatrends?

Megatrends – powerful, transformative forces that could change the global economy, business and society – have been changing the way we live for centuries.
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How are megatrends relevant to investing?

Megatrends also influence our investment decisions – from the businesses, industries and countries we invest in, to the way we go about finding opportunities.
Identifying the potential for change is a key driver of investment decision-making. Most of these changes occur in a cyclical manner and over the short to medium term. Occasionally, though, we’re faced with structural shifts that are longer term in nature and have irreversible consequences for the world around us. These are called megatrends.
We believe the awareness of megatrends in investment processes offers real insight; helping us to identify investment opportunities. This ultimately provides the potential for attractive risk and return profiles.

How do megatrends work?
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'Technological breakthrough' is a catalyst for other trends while also being key to many of the global issues we face.
The interconnectivity that characterises the world today means that none of these megatrends exists in isolation; when trends collide and overlap, new investment themes appear.
To learn more about megatrends, view our infographic below.

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An examination of structural shifts in the global economy
  • How are megatrends relevant to investors?
  • 5 megatrends shaping our investment thinking