NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The global recovery is far from robust, but there are a number of growth themes for investors to focus on, George Evans, CIO of Equities at OppenheimerFunds, told TheStreet's Gregg Greenberg.
Evans said investors have been obsessing over the macro-economic environment, which is much less relevant when it comes to equities. There are three main growth categories he's focused on: the developing markets' middle-class consumer, new technologies and aging.
Evans said the biggest thing many investors overlook is the sheer size of the emerging market middle class. One of the best ways to play the growth trend is by investing in Western world companies, products of which are often held in high regard by developing markets, Evans said. Luxury goods have a high status and emerging market sales now account for over half of the industry's total revenue.
Turning to new technologies, he suggested the amount of data double each year and that trend is expected to continue for the next 10 years. For investing, three industries Evans prefers include data storage, data delivery and data management.
Finally, the world population is aging at a rapid pace. Evans noted that estimates are calling for the Chinese population over 65 to triple over the next 35 years.
His suggestion is to buy companies that improve our quality of life. While many investors might first think of pharmaceutical companies, Evans said specialty services, such as eye care and hearing aids, are better places to put money to work.
-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.