Embracing the digital future

Why and how to invest in Digital Transformation Themes

Out of enduring global trends, we have identified the most promising investment themes

Digital transformation will have a disruptive effect by changing the very nature of work and consumer behavior. Entire job categories will disappear or be created. And consumers will access and interact with companies in new ways.

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Attractive long-term investment themes

Digital data

Driven by a desire to stay connected at all times and the need to efficiently multitask throughout a busy day, an unprecedented amount of data is produced. Favorable demographics and other secular trends like the Internet of Things (IoT) are fueling this growth.

Enabling technologies

Artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR)/ virtual reality (VR), big data, cloud computing and 5G are set to transform many industries. Over the next decade, spending on their underlying enabling technologies that allow their development and production should remain high as both disrupting and incumbent companies continue to invest.

E-commerce

Consumer behavior is changing, with consumers increasingly purchasing their goods online. Greater smartphone penetration has further dissolved the boundaries of time and place as consumers can buy products whenever and wherever they want.

Security and safety

Security and safety touch lives everywhere. The global security and safety market benefits not only from structural trends such as rising cyberattacks, but also from governments' need to keep infrastructure safe and functioning. Enterprises must protect data and consumers have to trust products like baby food.

Healthtech

Healthcare is one of the least digitised sectors, but is poised for rapid change. Digitization can improve efficiency by reducing waste and fraud, prioritising the most effective interventions and saving time in the drug development process.

Fintech

Driven by rapid urbanization, strong demand from millennials and favorable regulations, the global fintech industry is at an inflection point and is set to drive a major digital transformation in the financial services industry.


Opportunities and risks

Opportunities

  • Ride the digital revolution: To benefit from the disruptive innovations that are transforming the world
  • Exposure to multiple themes: Provides diversified exposure across several clearly identified themes which benefit from the innovative and disruptive forces of digital transformation
  • Focus on high quality stocks: Picking stocks based on fundamental company research
  • Diversification of investment exposure by company type: Investing in early stage companies with high growth potential, mature companies embracing digital transformation and enabler companies providing the underlying technologies for this transformation

Risks

  • The fund invests in equities and may therefore be subject to high fluctuations in value. For this reason, an investment horizon of at least five years is required 
  • Focusing intentionally on stocks within certain themes may come with further risks
  • Equity fund with core allocation to digital transformation, mainly IT sector related theme stocks with higher volatility than global equities
  • The fund uses leverage techniques which entail additional risks
  • The use of derivatives may result in additional risks, particularly counterparty risk
  • Every fund has specific risks, which can significantly increase under unusual market conditions

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