I’m sure you know the 1985 movie Back to the Future.
In it, the main character Marty McFly time travels in a nuclear-powered DeLorean to right old wrongs and change the course of his life.
Living out here in Asia, I often feel like a Marty McFly (minus the cool DeLorean). That’s because being here today is like going back in time to when America’s biggest success stories were just getting started.
It’s creating a massive opportunity. But unfortunately, most Americans are missing it completely.
I don’t want you to make the same mistake. So today, I’ll share exactly what’s going on…
The idea of going back to the future should be darn appealing for investors.
I’m talking about finding companies like Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), and Facebook (FB) before they became the industry giants they are today.
Even Asia’s brightest stars are in a league below. And that’s exactly why our opportunity is so great today…
Asia’s largest company, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA), is worth roughly $740 billion. That’s big – but it’s still barely a third of Apple’s market capitalization. And it’s smaller than Facebook, too.
Asia’s second-largest company, Tencent (0700.HK), is also based in China. It’s worth slightly less than Alibaba at around $630 billion.
Buying into these Chinese companies a decade ago was like going back to the future then. They’ve grown tremendously – and it’s not over yet.
But here’s the thing you must understand… China was just the opening act.
China’s economy is now 13 times larger than when I started in the business. The U.S. just barely managed to double its economy during the same period.
There are still plenty of opportunities in China, of course. But the cream off the top is already gone. The “easy” money has been made.
If we want to earn incredible profits, you need to look further than China. You need to focus on emerging markets as a whole… where the “Next Chinas” are on the rise.
You might not realize it, but China’s success is a direct result of its growing middle class. China adds roughly 24 million city dwellers to its middle class each year. But the base is now too big – just two years from now, roughly 650 million people will make up China’s middle class. So it’s simply not having the same economic impact as it did 20 years ago.
Meanwhile, other emerging markets are just at the beginning of that steep upward curve in the middle-class boom.
India is growing so fast, its middle-class population is expected to balloon to 580 million by 2025, up sevenfold from 2018. That’s 70 million people joining the ranks of the middle class each year.
Another large Asian nation is Indonesia. It has a population nearly the size of the U.S.
According to the McKinsey Institute, its middle-class population will reach 135 million by 2030, up from just 52 million today. That’s another 8 million or so people in the Next Chinas going up the socioeconomic ladder each year.
If you include Indonesia with other emerging economies of Southeast Asia, like Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, the number doubles to more than 15 million a year.
So what I’m talking about right now is a part of the world where 85 million people are joining the middle class annually. Or said another way, it’s like the population of Germany joining the middle class every single year.
I’ve only seen this kind of economic prosperity once before – in China. And when you’re faced with this intense level of wealth creation, it’s fertile ground for future Amazons, Apples, Tencents, and Alibabas.
Most investors are completely missing this opportunity. They think of emerging markets as a laggard of the last decade… or worse, as a dangerous place to invest. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
This is where the big opportunities are just getting started. And if you’re willing to get a little uncomfortable with your investing, I’m certain a few smart bets in emerging markets will make for incredible profits in the years to come.
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Source: Daily Wealth