Investing in the Future

"Future of" series paints the picture of evolving megatrends in our economy, society and environment, and highlights how investors can be well-positioned for long-term returns.

Future of humans

Future of humans

Humanity is facing two important trends. Over the next 30 years, our numbers will grow and our average age will increase. These demographic trends are taking place alongside huge structural shifts. The Fourth Industrial Revolution— powered by automation and connectivity—and the environmental credit crunch will dramatically alter the way the global economy works. All these issues are entwined, but what do they mean for investors?

In this report, we consider some of the biggest areas of change for humankind—driven primarily by demographic shifts and enabled mainly by technology—and the associated investment implications. We expect changes to be largest in three key areas: education, healthcare, and happiness and consumer preferences. Discover what investing for the future means in our Future of humans report.

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Future of the Tech Economy

Future of the Tech Economy

The tech economy is the meeting of technology and economic forces. It touches on everything in society, from how we work, live, and play, to our investment decisions. In the latest edition of the "Future of" series, we dive into the global tech economy and explore how investors can benefit from its disruptive power.


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Future of waste

"Future of Waste"

The Future of Waste publication outlines effective waste reduction solutions that can increase businesses’ financial returns. In the first part of the series, we analyze the main sources of waste and its impact. In part two, we highlight mainstream and innovative companies that have cut fuel costs by billions of dollars, slashed landfill waste by up to 90%, or reduced food spoilage to less than 1%. And in the final part, we present best practices to address waste that can prove profitable for businesses and investors. We also use data from UBS Evidence Lab to highlight regional, country and sector insights on waste.


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