For many investors, the tech bubble of 2000 to 2003 was a harsh lesson in investing in technology and the dotcom boom.
Mike Pinggera, manager of the Sanlam Four Multi-Strategy fund, recalls it took the technology-heavy Nasdaq index 15 years to recover from the tech bubble bursting.
But today, investors would be hard pressed to ignore the rapid developments taking place in the disruptive technology space, including robo-advice and cyber security, as well as artificial intelligence and electric vehicles.
Investors are already familiar with how advancements in the technology space have helped improve their interactions with financial services companies.
UK Finance has estimated that three quarters of UK banking will be carried out on smartphones by 2020.
Earlier this month, Polar Capital launched another technology fund to add to its existing range, the Automation and Artificial Intelligence fund.
The firm said it will invest in four mega trends: industrial automation, artificial intelligence, robotics, and advanced materials.
Gavin Rochussen, chief executive at Polar Capital, explained: “Technology is changing the world we live in and the pace of disruption is accelerating – knowledge of technology is becoming critical for all investors.”
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