Automation, digitisation and AI are ripe areas for investment: Investcorp survey

Institutional investors said aging population and climate change are top trends too

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Automation, digitisation and artificial intelligence (AI) are the top trends which institutional investors and family offices believe will shape the economy in the coming decades.

The technologies were considered to be the most important trend according to 95 percent of respondents to Investcorp’s second Global Mega Trends survey.

The next biggest trends were aging population, which 69 percent thought was the top trend, and climate change – 65 percent.

Electric vehicles and autonomous driving, personalised healthcare, growing dominance of China and digital and cryptocurrencies also ranked high as issues which will impact the economy over the next 30 years.

“Institutional investors’ view of the major trends that are to shape the global economic landscape over the next three decades can give us significant insight into where capital is likely to flow in both the near- and long-term,” said Rishi Kapoor, co-CEO of Investcorp.

“In this year’s survey, we see digitisation and AI as an area ripe for investment. An aging global population and ongoing concerns with climate change also provide ample opportunities for these investors to capture the economic upside associated with these mega trends either through direct investment or, more commonly, by allocating to external managers.”

(Reporting by Imogen Lillywhite; editing by Brinda Darasha)

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