HH The World’s Largest 10 Economies In 2030

World’s Largest Economies in 2030

Today’s emerging markets are tomorrow’s powerhouses, according to a recent forecast from Standard Chartered, a multinational bank headquartered in London.

The bank sees developing economies like Indonesia, Turkey, Brazil, and Egypt all moving up the ladder – and by 2030, it estimates that seven of the world’s 10 largest economies in GDP (PPP) terms will be in emerging markets.

COMPARING 2017 VS. 2030

To create some additional context, we’ve compared these projections to the IMF’s most recent data on GDP (PPP) for 2017. We’ve also added in potential % change for each country if comparing these two data sets directly.

Here’s how the numbers change:

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Possibly the biggest surprise on the list is Egypt, a country that Standard Chartered sees growing at a torrid pace over this timeframe.

If comparing using the 2017 IMF figures, the difference between the two numbers is an astonishing 583%. This makes such a projection quite ambitious, especially considering that organizations such as the IMF see Egypt averaging closer to 8% in annual growth (GDP, PPP) for the next few years.


Egypt aside, it’s likely that the ascent of emerging markets will continue to be a theme in future projections by other banks and international organizations.

By 2030, India will be the second largest economy in PPP terms according to many different models – and by then, it will also be the most populous country in the world as well.

With the divide between emerging and developed economies closing at a seemingly faster rate than ever before, this should be seen as an interesting opportunity for all investors taking a long-term view.

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Chart: The World's Largest 10 Economies in 2030

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Gary Anderson 10 months ago Contributor's comment

Asia is where it is at. The US is foolish to push Asia away over unproven security concerns and fear of losing any technological edge. The security concerns are overblown, and the technological advancement of China cannot be stopped, only slowed, so what is the point of that?