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THE WORLD'S MIDDLE CLASS IS GROWING: "Keeping up with the Joneses" was once a uniquely American phenomenon.

The Rise of the Middle Class

Percentage and Size of the Middle Class Population of the World¹

The Rise of the Middle Class
The size of the middle class in emerging markets has increased dramatically in recent years. In fact, it's projected that the middle class will continue growing to reach over 3.8 billion by the year 2025.

Global Consumption is Increasing

China vs U.S.—Monthly Domestic Automobile Sales² (6-Month Rolling Average)

Global Consumption is Increasing
As the American idea of upward social mobility takes hold, it's revving the motor of a growing global middle class. That can be good news for investors.

INVESTING IN THE GROWTH OF THE GLOBAL MIDDLE CLASS

If you're intrigued by the opportunity presented by the increased spending of an expanding global middle class, talk to your advisor about how to participate. This may mean increased holdings in funds that invest internationally or globally. Or it could mean ensuring your domestic equity funds own companies that do significant business overseas.
 

Talk to Your Advisor. The best way to capitalize on the expansion of the global middle class will depend on your goals, your time frame, and other details that make you a unique investor. Please discuss any changes to your portfolio with your financial advisor.

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1. Source: Middle Class Data: Homi Kharas, Brookings Institution, 2012; Population Data: World Bank: Health Nutrition and Population Statistics: Population estimates and projections.

2. Sources: China Automobile Sales: China Automotive Information Net; U.S. Auto Sales: Bloomberg. As of 6/30/2013. Based on a six-month rolling average.


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