- Some Thematic funds may seek to profit from technological and economic trends such as artificial intelligence and disruptive technology.
- The names have changed, but the strategy is not new. Many thematic funds have a history of popping up in sectors following strong performance.
- Unfortunately, these solutions often have undesirable characteristics:
– High concentration: on average, 50% of assets are invested in the top 10 holdings.
– Expensive: the average thematic fund costs more than 60 bps.
– Poor performance: from January 1996 – July 2018, new thematic funds underperformed the MSCI ACWI IMI by 3.3% annually in their first two years after launch. In addition, less than 15% of thematic funds remain open for 15 years or longer.
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