Although the strategy is new, the fund has been in place since 1976. The fund has been restructured to align with global themes. These themes centre around structural shifts with demographic changes (new middle-income group and aging population) and the pace of technological change being at the centre.
The aim is to avoid those businesses which are not keeping up with the pace of change so for example old-world high-street retail and manufacturing. The five specific areas of investment are ageing and lifestyle, connected consumer, automation, cleantech and transitioning societies.
There is an investable universe of 2,500 stocks and the managers will focus on growing and profitable companies rather than blue sky companies….read more