Disruption as an investment thematic consists in selecting companies identified as “disruptive” through their ability to take their place as dominant players, regardless of the sector in which they operate.
Disruption reshuffles the cards. Disruptive companies upset the established order by transforming an existing or new market. They do so by offering simpler, more practical or less expensive solutions and manage to get consumers to adopt the massively.
Historically, disruption has been an intangible phenomenon, a barely perceptible trend in which changes are spread out over 100 or 150 years and that are not perceived by the same generation.
History has witnessed many disruptive innovations, such as the plough, the printing press, penicillin, the light bulb, the airplane, television, etc
The latest major innovations, such as the Internet, the Internet of things, robotics, autonomous cars and 3D printing stand out in having proliferated at an unprecedented pace and with profound disruptions to our lifestyles, consumer choices and jobs.
While technological innovation is its main mover, this exponential acceleration is also being driven by a combination of other factors, including globalised trade, demographic trends, and environmental challenges.
Investing today in the world of tomorrow
A glance at our disruptive ecosystem
Disruption is showing up in all economic sectors. That’s why our investment universe takes a multi-sector approach that takes in the entire ecosystem surrounding the thematic and its growth potential.
Our approach addresses disruption in four dimensions:
The digital economy: sharing knowledge, saving time, reducing costs, and bringing people together;
Industry 4.0: efficient, smart and connected production and distribution;
- Healthcare & Life Sciences: enhanced medical research to improve the quality of life and prolong life expectancy;
- Planet: regenerating natural resources and generating green energies.
To be exhaustive and to diversify the profile of portfolio stocks, the investment universe of 700 shares includes both companies that are purely disruptive and those that have adjusted their business models to the new market configuration.
The main risks incurred by this strategy are the risk of loss of capital, equity risk, interest-rate risk, credit risk, and exchange rate risk. To find out more about the fund’s risk profile, please refer to its legal documentation.