We've all heard about the importance of the Millennial generation, also known as Gen Y - a group of about 2-billion people worldwide. But now we need to turn our attention to the Centennials, or Gen Z, those currently ages 0-18, who will total 2.4-billion and will likely live for 100 years, says Sarbjit Nahal, an equity strategist with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
"They are embracing diversity, sustainability, globalization, disruptive technology, 'peak stuff,' new business models, and entrepreneurialism like no generation before them – and they are economically optimistic to boot," he writes in a report issued Tuesday. It's estimated that together Gen Y and Gen Z will account for 59 per cent of the global workforce by 2020.
So, with these facts in mind, how do you adjust your investments?
These generations have had technology integrated into their lives from birth. It's the new normal to them. Smartphones are their device of choice and they use social network apps constantly, such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. They want to improve the world and see a strong desire for change. They also see that business and investing can have an impact beyond profits. They consider "impact investing" to be an important factor when they make investment decisions. And they are upbeat that companies can do good.
These generations like to buy fast fashions, they want to be physically active, eat right, and travel. They do want to own a home, but are happy to do the renovations themselves. They want mobile payments, low banking and investing fees, and are happy to use a robo-adviser, the report says.
So, a few of the big sectors that will benefit from this generation include technology, media and entertainment; consumer goods; stocks related to household formation; education; and financials.
-- Gillian Livingston
Stocks to ponder
Richelieu Hardware Ltd. Quebec-based Richelieu manufacturers and distributes specialty hardware and complementary products such as kitchen and bathroom cabinets and it has shown impressive organic growth of 7.9 per cent in its third quarter of 2016. It has a strong management team, has posted consistent, strong long-term growth in sales, solid profitability and a strong balance sheet, writes Jennifer Dowty. It has a quarterly dividend of 5.33 cents for a dividend yield of less than 1 per cent, but dividends have been gradually increasing. She thinks now is a good time to buy.
Westshore Terminals Investment Corp. Insiders continue to scoop up stock in this strong stock performer, writes Jennifer Dowty. Vancouver-based Westshore operates a coal storage and loading terminal at Roberts Bank, British Columbia. After trimming its dividend last December, the company now pays a dividend of 64 cents per share for a yield of 2.6 per cent. According to Bloomberg, there are two ‘buy’ recommendations, and three ‘hold’ recommendations, with an average one-year target price is $22.60, which implies the shares are fully valued. However, several analysts have recently raised their target prices.
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