Investing in an Ageing Population

The Earth's population is ageing. By 2050, some 1.5 billion on the planet will be aged 65 or over. What does that mean for investors? 

Marco Caprotti 19 May, 2021 | 9:28AM
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The world’s population is undeniably ageing. By 2050 there are likely to be 1.5 billion people aged 65 or over on the planet, up from 703 million in 2019. A report by the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs estimates that by 2100 some 61% of the world’s population will be over 65. Already today, those in this age group represent more than a fifth of the population in 17 countries and by 2100 this will be true of an additional 177 nations.

This phenomenon will have a huge effect on countries, economies and resources. An ageing population means a shrinking working population, a likely shortfall in those able to care for the elderly and increased burden on the planet as there are more and more mouths to feed.

According to data from the European Community, the population of the elderly in the EU27 will increase from 90.5 million at the beginning of 2019 to 129.8 million by 2050. In China, where longevity is already an issue, older people will represent almost 40% of the population by 2050.

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Marco Caprotti

Marco Caprotti  è Giornalista di Morningstar in Italia.