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March 2018

Better living: a long-term investment opportunity

The trend to more healthier lifestyles is generating investment opportunities.

Innovative companies are helping us live healthier lives. From improving the quality and sustainability of the food we eat and cleaning the air we breathe to improving the care we receive. We believe these companies will be long term winners in the global stock market.

The Pictet Healthy Living funds are four actively managed equity funds designed to capture this long-term investment opportunity.

Some of the trends driving this opportunity
Quality of life issues' forecast

Source: World Bank 2015, Grand View Research 2017, European Commission 2015

HEALTH: A GROWTH MARKET

As the global population grows and ages, governments and companies are increasingly focused on improving our health. As a result, medical sectors are growing strongly.

Healthcare sectors growth

Sources: MarketsandMarkets, FMI Analytics, Smithers Apex, BIS Research, Journal of Market Access and Health Policy (2014-2017). Value and growth in dollars.

BIOTECHNOLOGY: CELLS IN THE HANDS OF ENGINEERS

Biotechnology companies apply engineering principles to living organisms. They are using this innovative technology to devise new cancer therapies, better treatment for genetic diseases and more efficient medicines. The value of these companies is expected to rise as more products are released.
Growing markets thanks to biotechnology

Source: Markets and Markets 2015-2017

NUTRITION: OPTIMISING THE FOOD CHAIN

As the world's population continues to grow, the demand for food will continue to increase.

The growth of the food-processing sector

Source: McKinsey 2015

Increasing the quality of our food

Innovations at every level of the food production chain have the potential to improve both food quality and efficiency of processes.
Optimising quality of life through innovation

Source: Pictet Asset Management

ENVIRONMENT: SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS

The Paris Agreement demonstrated the global commitment to limit climate change. The environmental market is already worth 2.2 trillion and expected to grow by an annual 6% (Pictet Asset Management, 2017.)

The environmental market by sectors

Size of the environmental market by sector. Source: Pictet Asset Management, 2017

INVESTING IN HAPPINESS: THE BENEFITS OF LIVING BETTER

Those countries that invest the most in their residents’ health are all featured in the list of the 10 happiest countries in the world. They also boast a high GDP per capita.
Happiness relies on the amount of attention paid to health

The American magazine U.S. News and World Report annually ranks countries according to different criteria, including health awareness (expressed by physical activity, diet and public healthcare systems). It is thus possible to draw a link between this criterion and a country’s rank in the World Happiness Report, which is published by the UN every five years and takes into account a number of factors in order to assess each country’s level of happiness. Sources: World Happiness Report 2018, Best Countries Ranking 2017, World Bank database.