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The Three Major Trends that Shaped the Global Economy for Decades Are About to Change

We've reached the inflection point
Shifting demographics will change everything.

Shifting demographics will change everything.

Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg

Demographics can explain two-thirds of everything, University of Toronto professor David K. Foot famously quipped.

And according to Charles Goodhart, professor at the London School of Economics and senior economic consultant to Morgan Stanley, demographics explain the vast majority of three major trends that have shaped the socioeconomic and political environments across advanced economies over the past few decades. Those three would be declining real interest rates, shrinking real wages, and increasing inequality.