The global investing landscape is poised to shift over the next decade, thanks to the largest U.S. generation: millennials.
As the longest-running bull market enters its 11th year, some portfolio managers are advising clients to stay invested in stocks because a series of trends, including an aging population, smart technology and automation, should further fuel returns in coming years.
Millennials, people born between 1981 and 1996, will be approaching age 50 in 2030, while the tail end of baby boomers will reach retirement age. By 2025, millennials are projected to comprise roughly 75% of the workforce.
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Baby boomers and the so-called silent generation that preceded them control about 77% of wealth, according to Fundstrat Global Advisors’ analysis of the most recent Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances. But that is about to change. By 2030, millennials will hold five times as much wealth as they have today and are expected to inherit over $68 trillion from their predecessors, according to a study by Coldwell Banker Global Luxury.
That demographic shift, economists say, is expected to help boost U.S. economic growth and credit demand as more young adults buy big-ticket items like houses and cars. That will also reshape industries they’re closely aligned with, including technology, e-commerce and social media, they said.
“Economic expansions don’t die of old age,” says Larry Adam, chief investment officer for the private client group at Raymond James. “But I do think it’s going to get more challenging over the next decade.”
The 2020s won’t be all about Big Tech
High-growth technology companies including the popular FAANG stocks – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google parent Alphabet – have propelled the decade long bull market. Investors, however, have now opted for beaten-down value stocks like energy and financial sectors that have underperformed the broader market in recent years.
Although tech shares aren’t expected to repeat their performance over the past decade, some experts continue to favor them over the long term because of the far-reaching impact they have on other industries.
“The technology sector continues to reinvent itself,” Adam says. “Every sector has some form of technology.”
Investors who are searching for other parts of the market to potentially deliver above-average growth in the coming years should look to stocks that have exposure to sustainable investing, digital transformation and genetic therapies, analysts at UBS said.
Emerging markets come back in favor
Emerging market assets, which have been pummeled in recent years by fears of slowing global growth, are expected to come back in favor as population growth rises and de-escalating trade tensions.
Demographics are expected to be a significant driver of growth across many economies. Investors are betting on growth potential in India, as the economy is on track to overtake China as the world’s most populous country by 2027, according to the United Nations.
Meanwhile, Vietnam, one of Asia’s fastest-growing economies, has been a haven for U.S. multinationals looking to shield themselves from the U.S.-China tariff spat.
“There’s huge growth potential in Asia,” says Rich Sega, global chief investment strategist at asset manager Conning. “The geopolitical stress in Hong Kong has opened up opportunities for other areas in the region for Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.”
Don’t count out U.S. stocks
To be sure, economists are optimistic about domestic growth and don’t foresee a recession within the next year. Economists project a 35% chance that the U.S. economy will enter a downturn between now and the November presidential election, according to Bankrate’s Fourth-Quarter Economic Indicator survey. That’s down from 41% from the prior quarter.
Some analysts believe this economic expansion and record run still has legs.
“U.S. stocks will surprise investors,” says Thomas Lee, managing partner and head of research at Fundstrat Global Advisors. “Too many people are betting on a bounce-back in emerging markets.”
Square Payment Volume Disappoints Amid Further Bitcoin Investment – CMC Markets
Square (NYSE: SQ) shares fell after hours as the company’s December-quarter financials beat analyst expectations but gross payment volume was slightly below estimates. The company is one of the fastest-growing fintechs in the world and has witnessed the popularity of its Cash App soar during COVID-19. In general, digital payment tech companies have been some of the biggest winners throughout the health crisis as they have made it easier for people and businesses to send and receive payments safely.
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Square’s fourth-quarter earnings
On Tuesday, the San Francisco-based company recorded better-than-expected Q4 results;
- Adjusted earnings of $0.32 per share, up 39% year-over-year (YoY), beating the Street’s estimate of $0.24.
- Revenues of $3.16 billion, up 141% YoY, smashed the consensus forecast of $3.11 billion.
- Gross profit of $804 million, up 52% YoY, beating forecasts of $801 million.
- Sales for its Seller system, which allows merchants to accept mobile card payments via a plastic dongle that’s inserted into a mobile phone, grew to $987 million.
- Subscription and services-based income climbed to $449 million, up 60% YoY.
Square’s gross payment volume falls short
Shareholders were disappointed with Square’s gross payment volume (GPV) of $32 billion for the quarter, which was up 12% YoY but still fell short of Wall Street’s prediction of $32.1 billion. Square’s GPV provides investors with an overall picture of transaction volumes and is the main gauge of the total dollar amount being transferred through its payment services. The higher the volume of payments tracked by GPV, the more transaction revenue Square can generate.
Square stated that revenue growth was driven by more people using the Cash App to buy and sell Bitcoin. The mobile payments company benefited hugely from the recent Bitcoin rally, helping Square generate $1.76 billion in profit. Excluding Bitcoin, Square’s total net revenue increased to $1.4 billion, meaning the company was heavily reliant on cryptocurrency transactions on its platform during the quarter.
During the earnings call, Square also disclosed that it had invested a further $170 million into Bitcoin in addition to its earlier $50 million purchase. This investment could provide the company with further income down the line, yet the worry for investors here is that financial regulators might begin to crack down on Bitcoin.
Square is growing its user base
Square shares have surged over 16% year-to-date as investors largely ignored the threat of small businesses closing during the pandemic and how this could affect the company. Instead, shareholders focused on the growth of the company’s Cash App and how the service could help people make payments safely during the pandemic. At the end of 2020, its Cash App had 36 million users, up from 30 million at the end of Q3.
Square’s revenue growth is benefiting from the shift to e-commerce and growing popularity for its digital cryptocurrency transaction services offered by its Cash App. Whether investors need to be worried about Square’s reliance on Bitcoin is still a concern for many. However, Bitcoin continues to receive legitimacy in the eyes of the financial world as more companies like Tesla invest in it. This might just be a play that could work in the company’s favor but is still one that investors are watching closely.
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BTV Visits Thriving Companies to Invest In – Investing News Network
On national TV Sat. Feb 27 & Sun. Feb 28, 2021 – From mining to cryptocurrency this episode of BTV-Business Television visits exciting companies for your investment portfolio including:Cannot view this video? Visit: Preview: YouTube BTV Live Premiere 1pm PST today + Meet the Hosts of BTVClick here to set a reminder! Discover Companies to Invest InBIGG Digital Assets Inc. – As cryptocurrency grows in popularity, BTV …
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BIGG Digital Assets Inc. (CSE: BIGG) (OTCQB: BBKCF) – As cryptocurrency grows in popularity, BTV finds a company dedicated to creating a safer, more accessible crypto environment. Adelaide Capital’s Victoria Rutherford weighs in.
Talisker Resources Ltd. (TSX: TSK) (OTCQX: TSKFF) – BTV discovers how this junior resource company is fast tracking its historic gold mine in B.C. towards production.
Blockchain Foundry Inc. (CSE: BCFN) – A company at the forefront of blockchain technology development. BTV learns about Syscoin, their blockchain protocol.
Moneta Porcupine Mines Inc. (TSX: ME) – Their recent acquisition increased their land position to create one of the largest undeveloped gold projects in North America.
Sernova Corp. (TSXV: SVA) (OTCQB: SEOVF) – A regenerative medicine therapeutics company with a new approach to treating chronic diseases including Type 1 Diabetes.
Monarch Mining Corporation (TSX: GBAR) – BTV visits this gold focused company with plans to restart the Beaufor Mine in Quebec’s prolific Abitibi Greenstone Belt.
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Temasek Makes Rare Seed Investment in Plant-Based Chicken Maker – BNN
(Bloomberg) — Plant-based chicken maker Next Gen Foods has closed a $10 million seed round co-led by Temasek International, a rare early-stage bet by Singapore’s state-owned investor.
The funding round was also backed by family office K3 Ventures, the Economic Development Board of Singapore’s New Ventures unit and NX-Food, a startup hub owned by Germany’s Metro AG. The investors will help fund a regional expansion as Next Gen prepares to start selling to Singapore restaurants from March 18.
The deal is a sign that Temasek, which manages S$306 billion ($232 billion) and also backs plant-based beef rival Impossible Foods, is ramping up deals in the alternative protein space as Singapore attempts to secure 30% of its food locally by 2030. While the firm’s subsidiaries like Vertex Venture Holdings have previously invested in seed funding rounds, the parent company has traditionally backed more mature businesses at the Series A level and beyond.
Next Gen was co-founded by Timo Recker, whose family has long worked in pork production. He wanted to move away from meats and in 2013 used his industrial know-how and some family capital to launch LikeMeat, which sells currywursts, schnitzels and other products made of soy and peas.
Recker sold control of that business last year and launched Next Gen in Singapore. It uses suppliers in the Netherlands to produce soy-based chicken pieces with “lipi,” a trademarked mix of plant-based ingredients it says imparts a chicken-like taste in the same way heme boosts the realism of Impossible Foods’ fake-beef burgers. The product will be sold under the brand name Tindle.
But where Impossible Foods’ heme features genetically engineered soy – forcing it to gain regulatory approval before entering some markets – Next Gen uses natural ingredients. For K3 Ventures Chief Executive Officer Meng Xiong Kuok, that was an important factor in making the investment.
“Building up their capabilities based on non-GMO soybeans helps guarantee and set the foundations for their potential entry into the China market,” he said.
Singapore is positioning itself as a global hub for alternative protein development and production. It recently became the first country to approve the sale of cell-based chicken via Eat Just Inc. and is home to Shiok Meats – a producer of lab-grown prawn meat.
The backing of institutional investors won’t guarantee success, with startups and conglomerates around the world working on plant-based meat products. The segment is expected by UBS Group AG to be worth more than $51 billion by 2025, or about 2.5% of the overall meat market.
Next Gen outsources the manufacturing of its products and will initially sell through restaurants instead of direct to consumers. To prevent partners from replicating their recipe, contractors produce different components before it’s assembled into the final product. Its Netherlands-based partner can produce 5,000 tons annually, enough for 9,000 restaurants, and Recker predicts this capacity will be enough to last two to three years.
“We’re building now our teams and will then scale the brand globally,” he said. “We want to become the undisputed leader for plant-based chicken.”
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