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. Think electricity, automobile, the Internet.

Identifying the potential for change is a key driver of investment decision-making. Megatrends are structural shifts that are longer term in nature and have irreversible consequences for the world around us. The awareness of megatrends in investment processes offers real insights. Because of that, megatrends influence our investment decisions – from the businesses, industries and countries we invest in to the way we go about finding opportunities.

Megatrends at a glance

Megatrends at a glance

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.

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An examination of structural shifts in the global economy
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