Positioning for the 'next big thing'

The next decade will favour disruptors in sectors undergoing technological transformation, with fintech, healthtech and greentech offering promise of strong growth

Singtel unveiled its first 5G use case with its round-the-clock, unmanned pop-up retail store, Now@Unboxed last September. With 5G roll-outs planned around the world, a global wave of 5G-related spending is gaining momentum and set to wash over the economy.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Every investor dreams of discovering the "next big thing" that leads to life-changing financial gains. Imagine investing in Apple before the iPhone was invented and went on to change the world, or buying into Amazon before e-commerce was transformed and online shopping became a way of life.

Looking back, each decade has a market-defining development: the proliferation of personal computers in the 1980s, a capital spending boom in the 1990s, the commodity super-cycle in the 2000s, and the surge of smartphones and e-commerce in the 2010s.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 04, 2021, with the headline 'Positioning for the 'next big thing''. Subscribe