Megatrends Equity

Megatrends Equity

Applying a trend approach to global equity investing

Key points:

  • Long-term secular megatrends as the key performance driver
  • Preference for companies with pure-play exposure to these growth trends
  • Focus on companies with proven record of high returns on invested capital across sectors and regions


The investment philosophy for the Megatrends Equity strategy is based on our conviction that we can generate alpha:

  • Top-down – by identifying the most appealing trends and themes at an early stage; and
  • Bottom-up – by selecting attractively priced stocks that are set to benefit from these trends and themes.


Our investment process consists of three steps. The first involves the top-down identification of long-term megatrends from a global, well-diversified perspective. The five major long-term trends are the digital world, emerging middle class, industrial renaissance, healthy aging and resource stewardship. The second step is the bottom-up selection of companies that combine high exposure to the selected themes with upside potential. And the third step is careful portfolio construction. The position sizing that forms part of this final stage of the process is based on conviction level and risk-return trade off.

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The Megatrends Equity strategy is managed by two portfolio managers. They are supported by two trend researchers and the other trend portfolio managers in the Trends Equities team. This team is responsible for a range of trend strategies that are expected to provide above-average returns by profiting from long-term structural trends. The portfolio managers also work with Robeco’s sector, emerging markets and sustainability analysts.

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