Ageing and Lifestyle

Ageing and lifestyle describes the changing ways that people are living across the globe as life expectancies rise.

What is the ageing and lifestyle theme?

Ageing and lifestyle describes the changing ways that people are living across the globe as life expectancies rise. Ageing populations are one of the greatest social, economic and political transformations of our time.

For example, the global 60+ cohort is forecast to grow significantly faster than all other age groups – tripling in size between 2000 and 2050 - creating challenges and opportunities for governments, companies and individuals alike.

Forecasted change in global population size between 2000 and 2050

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Source: World Population Ageing, United Nations, 2020; World Health Organisation, October 2021

What are the potential benefits of the ageing and lifestyle theme?

The investible opportunities of ageing populations extend far beyond the obvious areas of healthcare. The changing lifestyles and needs of older generations could represent a multi-decade growth opportunity for investors. By 2030, two-thirds of over-60s’ consumption growth in developed markets will be spent across multiple industries dedicated to living well, from beauty and fitness, to travel and entertainment1 .
Meanwhile other industries like real estate, financials and healthcare will have to rapidly adapt to retiring and elderly generations’ needs.

We invest in companies operating across four areas associated with the economic implications of longevity:

  • Silver spending: Industries dedicated to living well; beauty/aesthetics, personal care, fitness, housing, travel, leisure and entertainment.
  • Treatment: Companies seeking sustainable treatment solutions for the coming generations.
  • Wellness: The wellness industry includes preventative medicine, personalised treatments, nutrition, beauty and anti-ageing treatments.
  • Senior care: Markets for senior housing and specialist assisted living facilities, such as Memory Care that focuses on dementia patients.
  • United Nations, data correct as at July 2020
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We have reached a tipping point of ‘peak youth’

The global number of adults aged 65+ now outnumber children under 5. 

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Source: United Nations, data correct as at January 2022

2.
Living longer naturally incurs higher healthcare costs

Living longer naturally incurs higher healthcare costs; preventing and treating age-related chronic diseases will be key driver of healthcare spending over next five years. 10,000 Americans hit the age of 65 every day, at which point personal healthcare spending doubles2 .

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Healthcare spending by age

Source: US Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services 

  • Health-care dilemma: 10,000 boomers retiring each day, CNBC, 3 October 2017
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The retirement savings gap will grow 5% a year from 2015-2050

That means an additional $28bn of deficit each day, according to the World Economic Forum3 . The increasing onus for individuals to save for, and enjoy, longer retirements gives wealth managers opportunity in an underpenetrated market.

  • Investing in (and for) Our Future – World Economic Forum, June 2019
Access other evolving economy themes

To help people invest in the companies that are embracing these changes, we have adapted our internal research capabilities to incorporate the five main trends that we believe represent the future for long-term fundamental growth investing.

Evolving Economy

Automation

Forecast to grow 10-15% annually until 20254, the robotics industry is rapidly changing how we live and work.

Evolving Economy

Connected consumer

Only 18%5 of global retail sales are transacted online, which will likely increase as smartphone adoption rises globally.

Evolving Ecomomy

Clean Economy

Innovative companies are creating solutions to address pressures on scarce natural resources and the need for greenhouse gas emission reduction.

Evolving Economy

Transitioning societies

The growth of the global middle class is at a 150-year high6, boosting consumption in Asia and in the developing world.

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