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Thematic investing aims to help investors benefit from long-term structural, transformative trends. Currently, equity markets have high exposure to technology and lifestyle-oriented themes, such as the digital economy and millennials, as measured by MSCI's thematic exposure dataset.
The highest exposures are in North America, partly due to the trillion-dollar capitalizations of companies in the U.S. By number of high-exposure, pure-play firms, however, a wider opportunity set sits outside North America, particularly for COVID-related themes such as future mobility, smart cities, smart education and an aging society.
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Exposures represent the weighted average relevance score for each geographic region and are based on MSCI thematic scoring methodology. High exposure firms are those in the top 5% by exposure to each theme across the MSCI ACWI universe.