One thousand years ago, King Canute got his feet wet trying to hold back the ocean. Today, Donald Trump is trying to hold back the demographic tide. Investors risk ending up being left underwater by higher inflation unless they take appropriate evasive action.
Ageing demographics have probably halved US trend growth from 3¼% to 1½%. The number of retirees is outstripping school leavers for the first time ever. So immigration - a key concern of President-elect Trump - is now the only driver of working-age population growth.