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Investing for the Future

Thematic Equities and Alpha Generators
Thematic Investing at Neuberger Berman
We believe thematic investing presents investors with a compelling and innovative means of generating alpha. Thematic investing is about looking to the future and seeking to identify the key mega-trends impacting our society and economy. Many of these trends are driven by technology disruption, which is unfolding rapidly, with winners and losers emerging from this race. We believe this creates a broad range of powerful opportunities for active investors.
Thematic Investing at Neuberger Berman
Neuberger Berman Next Generation Space Economy Fund introduction
KEY THEMES
We seek to identify mega-trends and disruptions that have the ability to impact multiple sectors for many years. Our focus is on near-term inflection points that have potential to drive accelerated adoption. Investing in themes that have the power to profoundly change our lives over the long term often means they will interact and overlap, with many technologies interdependent on one another. Investors can combine or focus on specific themes and choose whether to access these on a global or more local basis.
Transportation
Technological innovation in autonomous, electric and connected vehicles is having a revolutionary impact on the transportation industry moving toward safer, more efficient and environmentally-friendly solutions
Connectivity
As 5G connectivity replaces 4G over the next decade, we believe it will be at the heart of how our world works, and that this will be an increasingly critical driver of growth for societies around the world
Space Economy
The Space Economy touches our lives every day in many different ways from ATM transactions, air traffic control and ride sharing apps with growing opportunities across precision agriculture, environmental monitoring and medical research.
Sustainability-Themed Investing
Thematic investing can involve investing in technologies which address sustainability concerns and actively advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. For example, 5G connectivity relates particularly strongly to SDG #9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, as it entails building sustainable and resilient infrastructure to support economic development with equitable access for all.

Additionally, our thematic investment specialists systematically evaluate environmental, social and governance factors as part of their investment process. Our investment solutions adhere to our Investment Criteria and exclude securities prohibited by our Enhanced Sustainable Exclusions policy. And our teams believe in substantive engagement and accountable, active ownership.

Our teams aim to invest in companies positioned to sustainably benefit from long-term structural change. Some of our thematic investment solutions have been awarded the Febelfin Label1 for sustainable and socially responsible financial products. Neuberger Berman has been awarded top scores in the most recent UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) assessment report2 for its overarching approach to ESG strategy and governance, and integration across asset classes. It has also been named a Leader, a designation awarded to fewer than 1% of investment firms for excellence in ESG practices.
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OUR SOLUTIONS
Our thematic, forward-looking portfolios aim to invest in some of the most compelling trends and technologies identified by our thematic equity investment experts. We manage over $11bn of assets across thematic equities (as at 30 September 2021). Our investment solutions allow investors to target specific themes or regions of interest.
OUR PHILOSOPHY
With any investment theme we consider, we look to identify the following three features:
Large addressable market with a broad investable universe
Multi-year runway with long-horizon opportunities
Near-term inflection points driving accelerating pace of change

In addition, we look to identify environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities when evaluating the themes which we believe have the potential to offer long-term sustainable growth. We believe some of these developments have the potential to profoundly change our lives over the long term.

As such, we think thematic investing can have a dramatic impact; thus it forms a core part of our equity investing platform. Our dedicated thematic and research team are focused on identifying the investment opportunities within this space:

OUR GLOBAL THEMATIC TEAM
Timothy F. Creedon, CFA
Director, Global Equity Research
Managing Director
Hari Ramanan
CIO of Global Research Strategies
Managing Director
Yan Taw (YT) Boon
Director of Research, Asia
Managing Director
Michael Barr
Senior Research Analyst
Managing Director
Timothy F. Creedon, CFA, Director, Global Equity Research, Managing Director
Timothy Creedon, CFA, Managing Director, joined the firm in 2005 and has been the Director of Research for the Global Equity Research Department since 2011. Tim previously served as an equity analyst covering Consumer companies for the firm. Before that, he worked at Lehman Brothers, also covering consumer stocks, and worked in the Private Equity group at Lehman Brothers, where he was responsible for analyzing and executing investments in early-stage telecom/media companies. Tim began his career at Merrill Lynch, where he worked in Investment Banking, covering the Communications industry. He is a CFA charterholder and graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a concentration in International Economics. Tim is a member of the firm’s Operating Committee and Investment Risk Committee, and he also serves on the Board of Room to Grow in New York City.
Hari Ramanan, CIO of Global Research Strategies, Managing Director

Hari Ramanan, Managing Director, joined the firm in 2019. Hari is a Portfolio Manager and CIO of Global Research Strategies at Neuberger Berman and leads the investing activities of the firm’s research-centric core and thematic funds. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman, Hari was Managing Partner of Valarc Holdings, a long-biased hedge fund backed by endowments and foundations to invest in a concentrated portfolio of globally traded equities that it looked to own for multiple years. In addition, the firm opportunistically took short positions in individual companies globally. Before founding Valarc in 2014, he served as a Portfolio Manager and Head of International Equities at Eminence Capital, a $7 billion equity long-short investment firm investing in quality companies globally. He joined Eminence in 2007 with a mandate to spearhead the firm’s international investing efforts. Prior to Eminence, Hari was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Basso Capital, a multi-strategy investment firm in Connecticut where he focused on European equity and distressed debt investments. Hari began his career at Lehman Brothers Private Equity Division in New York. He subsequently worked for Advent International, the global private equity firm, in London and focused on European buyouts. Hari earned his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Mathematics and Economics from Knox College in 2000. Hari served on the Board of Trustees of Knox College and its Investment Committee from 2009 to 2019.

Yan Taw (YT) Boon, Director of Research, Asia, Managing Director
Yan Taw (YT) Boon, Managing Director, joined the firm in 2013. Based out of Hong Kong, YT is Director of Research (Asia) and Portfolio Manager for Neuberger Berman’s research thematic portfolios, including Next Generation / 5G Connectivity and InnovAsia 5G. YT previously served as an NB equity research analyst covering the Asian technology & telecommunications sector. Prior to that, he spent 2.5 years as a sell-side research analyst at Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) covering the Asian technology sector. YT started his career in the technology sector, where he spent more than nine years working as a microprocessor designer at semiconductor companies, including ARM (U.K.), Cadence (U.K.), Broadcom (U.K.) and Huawei (HK, China). He graduated with a BEng in Electronic Engineering from the University of Southampton (UK) and a MSc in System Level Integration from the University of Edinburgh (U.K.).
Michael Barr, Senior Research Analyst, Managing Director

Michael Barr, Managing Director, joined the firm in 2006. Michael is an Senior Research Analyst for the Global Equity Research Department. His coverage responsibilities include Commercial Aerospace, Airlines, Defense, Transportation and Specialty Metals. Before joining the firm, Michael spent two years as a research analyst at Shockoe Capital in Richmond, VA. Prior to that, from 1999-2004, Michael was an associate analyst at Prudential Equity Group in New York where he covered both the Aerospace and Defense sectors as well as Transportation and Airlines. Michael received his BA in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1999.

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