At the recent Global Impact Investor Summit 2022 held on the Edtech GeniusU platform, and attended by over 2,000 investors from 100 countries, keynote speakers including: world renowned investor Jim Rogers; Roger James Hamilton, founder and CEO of Genius Group; Marcus de Maria; Founder and Chairman of Investment Mastery; Simon Zutshi, Founder and CEO of Real Estate Investor Network; and Mark Robinson, founder of the International Academy of Wealth, shared their top 10 investing trends for 2022.
1. Destruction of the dollar – 35% of all US dollars in existence have been printed in the last 10 months. This endless printing of money does not help economies or the wealth gap between rich and poor and results in the record inflation rates we are experiencing today. Banks around the world are predicting a recession in late 2023 and early 2024, worse than we’ve seen before and leading to what Jim Rogers predicts will be “the worst bear market of our lifetimes.”
2. The age of exponentials – While we are witnessing the fall of society 4.0 and the disconnection and distrust of society 4.0 and the information age, we are also witnessing the birth of society 5.0 and in the age of imagination, with the exponential growth of new technologies in Edtech, Medtech, Greentech, Spacetech and Fintech. Society 5.0 will see big data collected by IOT and converted into a new type of intelligence by AI, impacting every corner of society and decentralizing remaining centralized systems such as education, medicine, energy , space and finance. This future will see investments focus on investing in the future, with investor Cathie Wood saying “the future of investing is investing in the future”.
3. The generation of memes – We are moving from the “Me” generation to the “Meme” generation. In the “me” generation of society 4.0, influencers, youtubers and celebrities have taken advantage of their ability to leverage global platforms to create viral growth. In the “Meme” generation of society 5.0, their followers and communities are now co-investing in and co-benefitting from the same viral growth. The combination of retail investing, NFTs and cryptocurrencies linked to viral themes democratizes capital and enables global communities to create both impact and revenue on products and missions that have viral appeal.
4. The DeFi economy – In the information age, media and communication have gone through the six Ds of exponentials of Peter Diamandis: Digitizing, demonitizing, dematerializing and democratizing, with the curve of change beginning as misleading and becoming ending up as disruptive. We are now at the start of the same curve with the global banking and investment system, where a heavily centralized system of governments and private banks is being circumvented by new forms of decentralized trust, from cryptocurrencies to smart contracts and organizations. Decentralized Autonomous (DAO) . The result of this over the next decade is a shift in the system from the middleman to new decentralized finance models that are faster, cheaper and self-regulating.
5. Crypto stocks and trading – Traditional currency is taken away from the individual at source through taxes, bank charges, rising cost of goods and currency depreciation. Although stock and cryptocurrency exchanges are currently very volatile, they potentially offer a hedge against the fall of fiat currencies as well as a hedge against the rise of artificial intelligence and robotics. In the future, individuals will no longer need to earn a living from jobs under the threat of technological employment, when instead they can earn money by investing in the companies that create AI and robots, and make the robots work for them.
6. The digital decade – Revenues from the virtual world are expected to approach $400 billion by 2025. We are moving to a new blockchain-enabled metaverse with a digital layer over all real-world assets, from property to businesses to currencies , enabling investors and entrepreneurs to share the current and future value of their assets in real time and across borders.
seven. The rise of robots – Automation will empower humans and increase productivity and wage growth. It has the potential to shift unpaid to paid work and Cathie Wood, CEO of Ark Invest, estimates that automation will add 5% or $1.2 trillion to US GDP over the next 5 years. This will transform the world of work and lead to a change in the dynamics of business itself. Ten years from now, the most competitive companies will likely have an AI-driven robot on their board or even as CEO.
8. genius generation – By 2025, entrepreneurship will likely be taught in schools and as a preferred option for employment. To keep pace with change, students will need to learn how to create a job instead of getting a job that may not exist when they are trained and ready. Edtech will continue to improve people’s skills, wealth and opportunity with more education available to a wider demographic. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will be achieved by people and companies who have invested in themselves and in the future.
9. Wholesale investment – By partnering with other like-minded groups or collaborators, investors can access a vast new area of wholesale investing. As with any wholesale purchase, the off-market price is always lower than the listed retail price. This has traditionally been the domain of institutional investors, investment banks and high net worth individuals. These same opportunities are now available to retail investors who band together to combine buying power or industry knowledge – from real estate to stocks to other asset classes. We are witnessing a global shift from “retail investors” to “wholesale investors”.
ten. The hour of impact – The question “how do my investments have a positive impact in the world?” is an increasingly common question for investors as goal-oriented profits become a criterion in many investment portfolios. This goes hand in hand with the growth of Society 5.0 as the next era of impact, where we can vote on what we focus on or fix with our money. The divide between business and philanthropy has blurred, with Elon Musk viewing Tesla and SpaceX’s work to preserve and grow humanity as more purpose-driven than that of many charities. The result is impact investing portfolios that can maximize both profit and purpose.
The Impact Investor Summit took place from March 28e on April 1st, 2022, through the GeniusU Edtech platform, and was part of the Impact Investor Festival, which brought together more than 20,000 investors. Hosted by Roger James Hamilton, Founder and CEO of Genius Group, the exclusive 2-day online summit drew over 2,000 retail and seasoned investors to participate in sessions led by world-class speakers and mentors, including the world-renowned investor Jim Rogers, Marcus de Maria of Investment Mastery, Simon Zutshi of the Real Estate Investors Network and Mark Robinson of the International Academy of Wealth. The Impact Investor Summit is an annual event.
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