Here are the top 5 emerging industries and the best ways to invest in them

Nick Sundich Nick Sundich, February 20, 2023

Emerging industries offer significant opportunities for investors who can capitalise on them.

But what are some of the top emerging industries and can you access them on the ASX? 




Top 5 emerging industries

1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI isn’t just one of the top emerging industries – it is transforming the way businesses operate.

It uses data-driven algorithms, advanced machine learning systems, and natural language processing to make decisions, respond to customer requests, automate processes, and improve customer experience.

AI-powered products are expected to generate a revenue of $118.6 billion by 2025.

By providing powerful predictive analytics capabilities that enable organizations to make better decisions faster, AI is becoming increasingly important in fields such as healthcare, finance and retail.


2. Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous vehicles are poised to revolutionize the transportation sector with smarter cars that can drive themselves safely on roads without driver input or interference.

This technology promises to reduce traffic congestion while improving safety on the roads.

According to Statista, the autonomous vehicle market is expected to reach over $173 billion by 2026 and will create huge opportunities for businesses in the technology industry due to its impact on mobility services, transport infrastructure and smart city developments.


3. Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) is also an emerging industry that is revolutionising our everyday lives.

Specifically, IoT is disrupting how we interact with everyday objects in our homes and work environments by connecting them together through sensors and other digital technology platforms.

Businesses can use this data to build more efficient systems that automate operations for cost savings and improved efficiency gains.

According to Statista, the global IoT market was estimated at $831 billion in 2018 with projections of reaching a staggering $1 trillion by 2021!


4. Blockchain

Blockchain technology has taken the world by storm with its potential applications across multiple sectors like finance, health care, government services and even supply chain management.

It provides an immutable ledger system where data can be securely stored and transactions verified quickly with transparency between users on different networks around the world – all without having any single entity control it or interfere with activities on it.

In 2019 alone, investments into blockchain start ups exceeded US$3 billion globally – an indication of immense growth potential for this industry in 2020!


5. Augmented Reality (AR)

Augmented reality allows us physical overlays onto our existing environment; combining virtual elements with real-time interactions for immersive experiences.

AR’s commercial applications have grown immensely over recent years – from gaming experiences to innovative retail purchase options like Amazon’s AR View feature.

The latter allows customers to virtually ‘try’ products before they buy them – making it one of the fastest growing industries today!


How to invest in the top emerging industries

Although emerging industries are a significant opportunity for investors, finding the right way to play them is difficult. 

There is no shortage of small cap companies on global exchanges that claim to be at the forefront of these emerging industries.

But in our view, the best way for investors are either through ETFs or existing large cap companies that can successfully pivot their operations to capitalise on these emerging industries.

One example might be Amazon with its increasing range of Augmented Reality (AR) products. 

ETFs are another way to capitalise on emerging industries, but it is important for investors to do their homework on what specific companies the relevant ETF invests in.

Investors should also bear in mind that ETFs, especially those focused on emerging industries, can be very volatile. 

Finally, it is important to distinguish emerging industries from short-term consumer fads. Examples of the latter include Pokemon Go and meal delivery kit companies. 


Keep an eye on emerging industries

Even if investors don’t want immediate exposure to emerging industries, it is important to keep an eye on them.

It is more likely than not that companies will need to pivot – if they want to survive. 


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