Global Megatrends

We think that the development of the global economy over the next years will be determined by long-term trends, so-called megatrends. These will also be decisive for the positive or negative development of investments:

 

Demography: Populations and prosperity are growing in developing countries, while developed economies face ageing populations.

 

Globalisation: The increasing economic integration of the world continues to progress due to falling costs of information and transportation.

 

Complexity: Production processes, value chains and legal regulations are becoming more and more complicated. Interactive effects become less predictable.

 

Services: The importance of the service sector is increasing relative to other industries worldwide.

  

Lifestyle: The demand for products that do not serve the satisfaction of basic demands but deliver intangible values or are connected with a certain lifestyle is rising disproportionately worldwide.

 

Environment: The protection of the environment is becoming more and more important with regard to the rising number of people and global environmental problems such as climate change.

 

Privatisation: The pressure to reduce budget deficits is leading to a shift in governmental tasks to the private sector. Governments, however, retain their influence through increased regulation.

 

Disruptive Technologies: Many groundbreaking innovations are about to be used on a large scale. They will transform life, business, and the global economy. These new technologies are:

  • Mobile internet
  • Automation of knowledge work
  • The internet of things
  • Cloud technology
  • Advanced robotics
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Next-generation genomics
  • Energy storage
  • 3D Printing
  • Advanced materials
  • Advanced resource exploration and recovery
  • Renewable Energy