Thematic Investing: Analysing Megatrends as a System

Presented by

Justin Simler, Advisor, Tatton IM | Edward Bryan, AllianceBernstein | Rob Powell, Blackrock | Melissa Davies, Chalk Macro

About this talk

In investing as in life, “things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then they happen faster than you thought they could” (Dornbusch). Although a discussion of global change and megatrends can be traced back to Zbigniew Brezinki (“Between Two Ages: America’s Role In The Technetronic Era”, 1970) and John Naisbitt (“Megatrends: Ten New Directions Informing Our Lives”, 1982), the pace of these changes is accelerating. This series of talks will discuss the four most important megatrends with an episode devoted to each of them: •Environmental challenges •Technological transformation •Globalisation and shifting geopolitics •Society and demographics We aim to look deeper into each of these megatrends and their sub-trends, exploring the interconnections between them, what happens when multiple trends reinforce one another and how investors can manage exposure to these themes in their portfolios. This first episode of Thematic Investing will explore why megatrends have become so important and their implications for portfolio risk and performance. The panellists will discuss how Megatrends can power thematic portfolios.
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