Leading data and index provider MSCI has expanded its thematic index offering with the launch of five megatrend indices that track the performance of long-term trends which the company believes will impact the economy in the future.
The recently launched megatrend indexes include:
MSCI ACWI IMI Smart Cities Index
MSCI ACWI IMI Digital Economy Index
MSCI ACWI IMI Future Mobility Index
MSCI ACWI IMI Disruptive Technologies Index
MSCI ACWI IMI Millennials Index
The MSCI ACWI IMI Smart Cities Index is comprised of companies incorporating smart technology within connectivity, homes, safety, security, mobility, waste and water management.
The MSCI ACWI IMI Digital Economy Index is comprised of companies within the digital economy ecosystem such as digital payments, robotics, cybersecurity, e-commerce and cloud computing.
The MSCI ACWI IMI Future Mobility Index is comprised of companies within the electro-chemical energy storage technologies, mining companies, self-driving cars and new transport methods.
The MSCI ACWI IMI Disruptive Technologies Index is comprised of disruptive companies such as 3D printing, Internet of Things, fintech and similar companies from the MSCI ACWI IMI Digital Economy Index.
The MSCI ACWI IMI Millennials Index is comprised of companies most popular with the millennial generation. These broad range of companies come from health and fitness, travel, social media, home goods and clothing apparel.
Stephane Mattatia, head of index products EMEA and global thematic index products at MSCI, commented: “It is widely acknowledged that there are a number of megatrends which will significantly impact the global economy and societies around the world, and we’re seeing increasing demand from investors seeking to align their investments to these long-term themes.
“This new suite of indexes provides them with tools they need to assess and measure these structural trends.”