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Trends investing

Beyond storytelling for true alpha generation

Trends investing is a great way for investors to take advantage of long-term changes, because trends are structurally underestimated. The human brain can hardly grasp their exponential growth. We have been exploring and profiting from this phenomenon for a long time.

The Big Book of trends and thematic investing

Picking the winners

  • To go beyond just telling great stories about trends, we dive deeper into trends investing. Our research enables us to determine the trends that will be shaping our world going forward. With this key performance driver for trends investing, we’ve built up a strong trends and thematic capability that contributes to our aim to successfully generate alpha.

    Exponential growth. Disruption. New business models. For an investor to benefit, we have to pick the structural winners, but above all, avoid the losers.
  • Trends investing is about finding alpha, for example, by investing during the acceleration stage of technology adoption and side-stepping during the decelerating wave. 

    Trends investing is not about ‘going with the flow’. It is about anticipating the flow: looking ahead at the next decade; at our economy, our society and our planet.

    Trend investing white papers

Finding tomorrow’s trends

Trends can be the key to long-term outperformance, but the investment process needs to be research-driven. We explain how to spot new trends and benefit from them.

  • Megatrends

    Three megatrends are shaping the world to come: preserving Earth, transforming technology, and changing socio-demographics. These combine in unique ways to form the basis of our strategies. Think of Fintech and industrial innovation. Or more generic strategies, like our global growth strategy and consumer trends. We invest in attractive, high quality companies with pure trend exposure.

    Our range also comprises impact investment strategies focusing on specific sustainable themes and/or SDGs, like sustainable water and smart mobility.

    Our trend strategies

Megatrends shape business and society

Three powerful megatrends are shaping today’s world – transformative technology, ‘preserving Earth’ and changing sociodemographics.

Sustainability at the heart of our approach

  • As with all investment strategies at Robeco, a longstanding commitment to sustainability lies at the heart of our approach. ESG information is systematically integrated in the investment process of all trend & thematic strategies. We firmly believe this leads to better-informed investment decisions.

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights
Mobile money
Mobile money
17-09-2021 | Daily sketch
Celebrating two decades of Sustainable Water Equities
Celebrating two decades of Sustainable Water Equities
Water is a precious resource in short supply, making access to clean and safe water a continuous global challenge as populations grow.
16-09-2021 | Product webinar
The next digital billion: How internet adoption is boosting global growth
The next digital billion: How internet adoption is boosting global growth
Millions of people access the internet for the first time every week.
15-09-2021 | Insight
Podcast: The Next Digital Billion is here. Are investors prepared?
Podcast: The Next Digital Billion is here. Are investors prepared?
A fundamental shift is occurring in how and where the internet is used.
14-09-2021 | Podcast
Ecommerce frenzy puts last-mile delivery under the spotlight
Ecommerce frenzy puts last-mile delivery under the spotlight
Fast grocery delivery operator Getir saw its valuation reach USD 7.
21-07-2021 | Stunning statistics
Meet the many trends shaping the future of commerce
Meet the many trends shaping the future of commerce
Ecommerce benefited significantly from the Covid-19 shock.
07-07-2021 | Insight
Cybercrime outbreak unleashes security spending tide
Cybercrime outbreak unleashes security spending tide
Approximately 30 billion data records were compromised last year.
16-06-2021 | Stunning statistics
As digital currencies rise, banking systems remain very much needed
As digital currencies rise, banking systems remain very much needed
Digitalization is everywhere.
02-06-2021 | Insight
In addition to trends investing, we also have four other key strengths: