Investing in an ageing population

The world’s population is living longer than ever before. In 1995, the average global population life expectancy was 65. By 2025 this figure is expected to grow to 73. At the same time birth rates are declining, resulting in an ageing global population. It is expected that the world’s 65 and older demographic is expected to grow 18 times faster than the world’s under 15 demographic from 2010 to 2050.

Naturally there is increased demand projected for products and services from companies that cater to the ageing group’s health needs.

Key sectors include pharmaceuticals and biotech companies involved in the treatment of diseases related to ageing, healthcare services, medical products and devices and senior care facilities such as nursing homes and retirement communities .

Investors may take advantage of this trend by looking abroad for the bigger players in the field.

The Leveraged Margin Loan offers lending on a diverse range of global shares traded on leading international share markets, including those detailed below which are positioned to grow in line with an ageing population.

Market Cap of $150bln as at 22/11/2017

AbbVie Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells pharmaceutical products worldwide. Covering autoimmune disease, testosterone replacement and Parkinson’s disease.

Market Cap of $123Bln as at 22/11/2017

Amgen Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers human therapeutics worldwide. It offers products for the treatment of oncology/hematology, cardiovascular, inflammation, bone health, nephrology, and neuroscience. The company’s products include treatment for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, coronary artery disease, plaque psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and skeletal-related events prevention.

BDX:US Becton Dickinson and Co (NYSE)
Market cap of $51Bln as at 22/11/2017

Becton, Dickinson and Company develops, manufactures, and sells medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment, and diagnostic products worldwide. It operates in two segments, BD Medical and BD Life Sciences.

Market Cap of $66Bln as at 22/11/2017

Biogen Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company which discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers therapies for the treatment of neurological and autoimmune diseases worldwide.

BSX:US Boston Scientific Corp (NYSE)
Market cap of $39Bln as at 22/11/2017

Boston Scientific Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets medical devices for use in various interventional medical specialties worldwide. It operates through three segments: Cardiovascular, Rhythm Management, and MedSurg.

FME:GR Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co KGaA (XETRA)
Market Cap of €25Bln as at 22/11/2017

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA is a kidney dialysis company which provides dialysis care and other health care services. It offers dialysis treatment and related laboratory and diagnostic services through a network of outpatient dialysis clinics; materials, training, and patient support services comprising clinical monitoring, follow-up assistance, and arranging for delivery of the supplies to the patient's residence; and dialysis services under contract to hospitals in the United States for the hospitalized ESRD patients and for patients suffering from acute kidney failure.

REGN:US Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ)
Market Cap of $41Bln as at 22/11/2017

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company which discovers, invents, develops, manufactures, and commercialises medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions worldwide. Its products include injections for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration.

SYK:US Stryker Corp (NYSE)
Market cap of $58Bln as at 22/11/2017

Stryker Corporation operates as a medical technology company through three segments: Orthopaedics; MedSurg; and Neurotechnology and Spine. The Orthopaedics segment offers implants for use in hip and knee joint replacements.

Visit our website for the complete list of international shares available under the Leveraged Margin Loan.

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