Alexander Gunz, Portfolio Manager, Heptagon Capital
The Heptagon Future Trends Fund provides investors with access to a high-conviction, concentrated portfolio of global equities that are exposed to a diverse set of themes, all of which look set to grow in importance.
The team at Heptagon Capital has been writing proprietary thematic commentaries on topics as varied as robotics and molecular diagnostics for the last seven years.
Heptagon subsequently launched a UCITS fund centred on its best-of-breed ideas derived from this research at the start of 2016. The Fund focuses on a wide number of themes (currently 12), but invests exclusively in businesses that offer pure-play exposure to the trends in question (defined as at least 75% revenue being theme-derived).
All of the businesses in which the Fund invests are market leaders in their respective fields, spending above-average levels of research and development in order to sustain their dominant position.
Leading plays on cybersecurity, alternative energy, and robotic-assisted surgery have been the biggest contributors to returns over the past year, highlighting the diversity of the Fund.