Posted by: sanjayshetty | June 27, 2005

Demographics

One of the key trends to watch for while evaluating and researching investments is demographics. Robert Kiyosaki specifically mentions this in his book “Who took my money”.

An interesting piece of information I picked out recently is the popluation of the earth currently at 6.5 billion inhabitants. The interesting part of this is that more than half of them live in just six countries. This six most populus being – China, India, USA, Indonesia, Brazil and Pakistan. Collectively they have between them 3.3. billion people.

Another interesting tidbit is that life expectancy in Japan is longest at 82 years, followed by Iceland and Switzerland at 80.

Overall it seems population growth has slowed down but it seems the numbers will rise to between 9-10 billion by 2050.

Ok now why is demographics important.

Well as one knows there are 3 basic investment classes:
Business
Real Estate
Paper Assets

Out of these one of the key factors affecting Real Estate is demographics. Before buying a property for investment purposes it’s a good idea to know the demographics of the location.
Well India is definitely high on the list in terms of the no. of people.
Infact as I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs real estate in India seems to be on an incredible high. I’ll update the blog with more info. I’m currently looking for demographic data specifically with respect to Mumbai. If you’re reading this an have information on some accurate sources of current data, do let me know.

Sanjay Shetty

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