Two firms follow Pictet into robotics fund sector

Robot handSturgeon Ventures, a so-called “regulatory incubator”, and RoboCap, an investment adviser, have jointly launched a Ucits robotics fund, giving investors the chance to invest in companies developing 3D printers and high precision surgical robots. RoboCap believes it has launched only the second equity fund specialising in listed robotics and automation companies following Pictet Asset Management’s September 2015 fund launch. Robotics and automation stocks have performed three to six times better than general equity indices, returning around 17% over the last ten years, the firms say. They also state the market for robotics and automation is estimated to reach over $10 trillion (€9.3 trillion) by 2025. The Ucits fund will target double-digit annual returns by investing in listed companies mainly in the US, Japan and Western Europe. It will focus on just 22-30 long positions with an average holding period of approximately 12 months. “The technology is improving daily so now is the time to invest yet there are few vehicles that enable investors to benefit from the sector,” said Jonathan Cohen, managing partner at RoboCap who is also managing the fund. The fund is offered to all main investor types, including retail, with a minimum investment of 10,000 pounds, euros or dollars. ©2016 funds europe

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