The negative sentiment surrounding the markets has been so negative at points this year, you could cut it with a knife. Economic growth remains sluggish here and across the world. Unemployment is making gains but still is disappointingly high. Europe seems to take as many steps forward as steps back.
Still, investors can find pockets of life if they look down the road enough years. Regardless of the headwinds facing markets today, there’s a number of huge demographic, technological and other trends that will play out one way or the other. And where there’s mega-trends, there’s mega-winners.
Of course, trying to find a single company that could rocket on a mega-trend can amount to something of a gamble. Thus, one of the best ways to invest in a trend is through a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund, where you can spread the risk across a number of players.
Here’s a look at five such mega-trends to look for, as well as what funds are set up to benefit as a result: