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The Two High-Growth Sectors That Could Outperform Tech

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The Two High-Growth Sectors That Could Outperform Tech

Over recent years, there has been no bigger opportunity for investors than technology.

The FAANG stocks alone have gained over $1 trillion in market capitalization since 2014 – and these stocks, along with other tech movers and shakers, have helped propel indices to constant new highs.

Growing Competition

While tech shows no signs of letting up on its dominance over markets, investors should know about two other multi-billion dollar sectors nipping at its heels. In today’s infographic, done in conjunction with SmallCapPower, we’ve highlighted the macro investment cases behind tech as well as these other high-growth areas: battery metals and cannabis.

For those interested, they’ve also published a watch list of nine stocks with double or triple-digit growth in these sectors.

The infographic highlights three of the top performing stocks in these sectors YTD. Don’t forget to see the full list of nine stocks.

Secular Trends

Like technology, the battery metals and cannabis sectors have upside attached to secular trends that are changing our world.

Technology: “Software is eating the world”
Battery Metals: The green energy revolution
Cannabis: Legalization and decriminalization of cannabis products

As a result, all of these sectors are poised to continue expanding at rapid rates:

TechBatteriesLegal Cannabis
Market size (2016)$880B$57.0B$6.7B
Market size (2021e)$1.03T$82.9B$20.4B
Increase (%)17%45%204%

It’s worth mentioning that above projections are based on the overall IT sector, the rechargeable batteries market, and the legal cannabis market.

Further, it’s also important to recognize that individual subsectors within tech are growing much faster than the overall market as a whole, such as the blockchain, IoT, cybersecurity, SaaS, AI, and VR/AR.

Sustainable Growth Drivers?

While there’s no shortage of hype around tech, battery metals, or cannabis, it is also clear that all of these markets will only grow in importance over time.

In technology, for example, the slower-moving verticals like healthcare, government, finance, and education are only starting to get disrupted. The blockchain is in its early days and will touch many aspects of life, and AI alone is expected to have a $15.7 trillion impact by 2030.

Meanwhile, the green revolution is driving the future importance of battery metals like lithium, cobalt, nickel, and graphite. As EV penetration grows, so does lithium-ion battery use – and these metals are all needed to make them work.

Finally, the trajectory of legalized cannabis seems difficult to stop. In multiple states, cannabis is already available for recreational use – and in recently-legalized places like Canada and California, the recreational shops will open up very soon. However, the cannabis industry is still in its infancy, and many millions of people are still expected to gain access yet. This, like the other two industries, creates a fast-growing opportunity for both business and investors.

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Charting the Next Generation of Internet

In this graphic, Visual Capitalist has partnered with MSCI to explore the potential of satellite internet as the next generation of internet innovation.

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The following content is sponsored by MSCI

Could Tomorrow’s Internet be Streamed from Space?

In 2023, 2.6 billion people could not access the internet. Today, companies worldwide are looking to innovative technology to ensure more people are online at the speed of today’s technology. 

Could satellite internet provide the solution?  

In collaboration with MSCI, we embarked on a journey to explore whether tomorrow’s internet could be streamed from space. 

Satellite Internet’s Potential Customer Base

Millions of people live in rural communities or mobile homes, and many spend much of their lives at sea or have no fixed abode. So, they cannot access the internet simply because the technology is unavailable. 

Satellite internet gives these communities access to the internet without requiring a fixed location. Consequently, the volume of people who could get online using satellite internet is significant:

AreaPotential Subscribers
Households Without Internet Access600,000,000
RVs 11,000,000
Recreational Boats8,500,000
Ships100,000
Commercial Aircraft25,000

Advances in Satellite Technology

Satellite internet is not a new concept. However, it has only recently been that roadblocks around cost and long turnaround times have been overcome.

NASA’s space shuttle, until it was retired in 2011, was the only reusable means of transporting crew and cargo into orbit. It cost over $1.5 billion and took an average of 252 days to launch and refurbish. 

In stark contrast, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 can now launch objects into orbit and maintain them at a fraction of the time and cost, less than 1% of the space shuttle’s cost.

Average Rocket Turnaround TimeAverage Launch/Refurbishment Cost
Falcon 9*21 days< $1,000,000
Space Shuttle252 days$1,500,000,000 (approximately)

Satellites are now deployed 300 miles in low Earth orbit (LEO) rather than 22,000 miles above Earth in Geostationary Orbit (GEO), previously the typical satellite deployment altitude.

What this means for the consumer is that satellite internet streamed from LEO has a latency of 40 ms, which is an optimal internet connection. Especially when compared to the 700 ms stream latency experienced with satellite internet streamed from GEO. 

What Would it Take to Build a Satellite Internet?

SpaceX, the private company that operates Starlink, currently has 4,500 satellites. However, the company believes it will require 10 times this number to provide comprehensive satellite internet coverage.

Charting the number of active satellites reveals that, despite the increasing number of active satellites, many more must be launched to create a comprehensive satellite internet. 

YearNumber of Active Satellites
20226,905
20214,800
20203,256
20192,272
20182,027
20171,778
20161,462
20151,364
20141,262
20131,187

Next-Generation Internet Innovation

Innovation is at the heart of the internet’s next generation, and the MSCI Next Generation Innovation Index exposes investors to companies that can take advantage of potentially disruptive technologies like satellite internet. 

You can gain exposure to companies advancing access to the internet with four indexes: 

  • MSCI ACWI IMI Next Generation Internet Innovation Index
  • MSCI World IMI Next Generation Internet Innovation 30 Index
  • MSCI China All Shares IMI Next Generation Internet Innovation Index
  • MSCI China A Onshore IMI Next Generation Internet Innovation Index

MSCI thematic indexes are objective, rules-based, and regularly updated to focus on specific emerging trends that could evolve.

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