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2023 BNP Paribas Thematics Barometer

BNP Paribas Asset Management and BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking, in partnership with Coalition Greenwich, have sponsored new research into thematic investing. The survey canvassed institutional investors and intermediaries across the globe to understand their objectives, preferred themes, selection criteria, and investment plans.

Key highlights include: 

  • 52% of investors are currently using or planning to use thematic investing, and 70% of thematic investors plan to increase their focus over the next three years 
  • Achieving a positive impact / contributing to sustainable outcomes is the main overall objective in using thematic investing, with enhancing investment returns the second most important 
  • Healthcare innovation and robotics & artificial intelligence are the most appealing innovation and disruption themes, while the most appealing sustainability theme is renewable / clean energy followed by climate change solutions 
  • US investors’ appetite for thematic investing is much lower compared to Europe and Asia 
  • 84% of all investors think that employing thematic investing has a positive impact on long-term investment performance. Equities are the preferred assets for investing thematically, though investors are split over benchmarks (sector vs broad market). 

To learn more, download the 2023 Thematics Barometer summary report.

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      • Investing in emerging markets, or specialised or restricted sectors is likely to be subject to a higher-than-average volatility due to a high degree of concentration, greater uncertainty because less information is available, there is less liquidity or due to greater sensitivity to changes in market conditions (social, political and economic conditions).
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