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Consumption Growth: Investing in Today’s Emerging Markets

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A DOMINANT NEW FORCE, AND A GREAT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

The rising number of consumers in the emerging markets are set to transform the global economic landscape over the coming decades. Middle class consumers in emerging markets are estimated to reach 2.30 billion by 2020, compared to 77 million Baby Boomers in the U.S.—a generation widely acknowledged to have driven global growth in the last century.

This white paper goes beneath the surface to examine the forces behind the emerging middle class and how increasing urbanization and positive demographics all point to significant income growth—and investment—potential.

Investment Considerations — There can be no guarantee that any strategy (risk management or otherwise) will be successful. All investing involves risk, including the potential of loss of principal.

Emerging Markets Risk — The risks of foreign investments are typically greater in less developed countries, which are sometimes referred to as emerging markets. For example, political, legal and economic structures in these country may be changing rapidly, which can cause instability and greater risk of loss. These countries are also more likely to experience higher levels of inflation, deflation or currency devaluation, which could hurt their economies and securities markets. For these and other reasons, investments in emerging markets are often considered speculative. Similarly, investors are also subject to foreign securities risks including, but not limited to, the fact that foreign investments may be subject to different and in some circumstances less stringent regulatory and disclosure standards than U.S. investments.

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