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Thematic Investing: The Intersection of Robotics and AI

By Prof. Wyatt Newman, PhD When I was asked to present a keynote address on robotics and AI at the LGIM Thematic Investing Forum in London last month, I was quite honored. What was most thrilling to me, however, wasn’t the invitation itself, but the fact that a conference focused on thematic investing was placing robotics and AI at the top of the bill. That level of recognition has been a long time coming, and from my vantage point, I believe it’s high time investors took note of the imme...

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Turnkey Tech Investing: November 2019 Market Brief

By Bill Studebaker, CIO & President, ROBO Global   There is much to be grateful for this year, and the new market highs that came in November were certainly on the list. And yet, listening to all the worries about the market, you would never think 2019 has been a great year so far. In the month of November, the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index (ROBO) tacked on a +3.97% gain, while the ROBO Global Artificial Intelligence Index (THNQ) rallied +7.06% vs. the ACWI’s +2.42...

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Robotics and AI trends that are changing the world in 2020

By Bill Studebaker, President & CIO, ROBO Global   Holiday parties are just around the corner, which means it’s time for me and everyone else on the ROBO Global team to brace for the onslaught of questions from friends, family, and distant acquaintances about the future of robotics and AI. “Are robots really going to steal my job?” (Thanks for the cue up, Andrew Wang.) “When will self-driving cars be safe?” “Is Alexa spying on me?” “What’s the coolest new robot?...

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Turnkey Tech Investing: October 2019 Market Brief

By Bill Studebaker, CIO & President, ROBO Global   Once again, it seems like we are climbing the proverbial wall of worry. And yet, the price correction that typically follows the climb is nowhere to be seen. In the big picture, you could argue that investors seem to be stuck in one long waiting game. As I asked last month and continue to ask myself over and over again, what on earth are they waiting for? And why? There’s little doubt that the media continues to play a sign...

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Seeking a long-term investment with boundless growth potential? Welcome to the world of disruptive technologies.

By Travis Briggs, CEO, ROBO Global   Following companies that disrupt the status quo is fascinating. In nearly every industry, innovative companies are now using the power of robotics and AI to drive change that was unimaginable just a decade ago. Their technologies, products, and solutions are turning the competitive landscape upside down and creating new market leaders more quickly than ever before. These companies are bona fide disruptors that we believe create a smart, long-term i...

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Turnkey Tech Investing: September 2019 Market Brief

By: Bill Studebaker, CIO & President Health is wealth. Without our health we have nothing—and the same goes for the market. That said, if recent investor behavior is any indication, it appears that the lab results from the market’s latest check-up remain inconclusive. In September, investors couldn’t seem to decide what action to take, which created a rollercoaster of market volatility throughout the month. As we see it, however, the market is conclusive about one thing: the ac...

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Shopify & 6 River: Game-Changing M&A in Warehouse Automation

By Lisa Chai, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global On September 9, Shopify, a leading e-commerce platform, announced an agreement to acquire 6 River Systems for nearly half a billion dollars. The deal reminds us of Amazon’s 2012 purchase of Kiva Systems, which kick-started an arms race to automate supply chains, warehouses, and fulfillment centers. In fact, since the inception of the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index, logistics and warehouse automation has been its best performing...

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Artificial Intelligence: the best weapon in the war against cyber attacks

By Lisa Chai, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global Cybersecurity threats have steadily increased in recent years, with 3,800 breaches so far in 2019 alone—an increase of more than 50% over the last four years. In response, businesses around the world are seeking trusted solutions to address this fast-growing problem. At the same time, companies everywhere are finding it more and more difficult to hire and retain skilled security talent. Solution providers are rushing to the rescue, includin...

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The secret rise of robotics and AI stocks

By Bill Studebaker, President & CIO, ROBO Global If the headlines have you wondering where to turn next as an investor, you can rest assured that your exposure to robotics and AI is likely paying off—even if their recent growth is the market’s best-kept secret at the moment. While the Fed’s next interest rate move, Boris Johnson’s Brexit debacle, and Trump’s latest late-night tweet have been doing a spectacular job of sending the stock market into a frenzy and keeping investors ...

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Investing in AI? Here’s how and why diversification is key

By Chris Buck, Head of Capital Markets and Sales, ROBO Global It seems every time I chat with one of ROBO’s dedicated robotics and AI experts, I’m reminded just how fast technology leadership can change and why diversification is key to helping investors capture the growth in AI. Recently, a short email from Henrik Christensen, PhD confirmed the vital importance of our approach to investing in robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence (RAAI)—including focused research and divers...

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