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 and 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:
Hari Ramanan, Managing Director, joined the firm in 2019. Hari is a Portfolio Manager and CIO of Research Funds 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.
Market Risk: The risk of a change in the value of a position as a result of underlying market factors, including among other things, the overall performance of companies and the market perception of the global economy.
Liquidity Risk: The risk that the portfolio may be unable to sell an investment readily at its fair market value. In extreme market conditions this can affect the portfolio’s ability to meet redemption requests upon demand.
Emerging Markets Risk: Emerging markets are likely to bear higher risk due to a possible lack of adequate financial, legal, social, political and economic structures, protection and stability as well as uncertain tax positions which may lead to lower liquidity. The NAV of the portfolio may experience medium to high volatility due to lower liquidity and the availability of reliable information, as well as due to the portfolio's investment policies or portfolio management techniques.
Stock Connect Risk: The Shanghai/Shengzen-Hong Kong Stock Connect are relatively new trading programmes, where many of the relevant regulations are untested and subject to change at any moment as well as not as active as exchanges in more developed markets which may affect the ability to sell your shares. Additional risks need to be considered and you should refer to the ‘investment risk’ section of the prospectus for details.
Smaller Companies Risk: In respect of Portfolios which may invest in small capitalisation companies, such investments involve greater risk than is customarily associated with larger, more established companies due to the greater business risks of small size, limited markets and financial resources, narrow product lines and a frequent lack of depth of management.
Counterparty Risk: The risk that a counterparty will not fulfil its payment obligation for a trade, contract or other transaction on the due date.
Operational Risk: The risk of direct or indirect loss resulting from inadequate or failed processes, people and systems, including those relating to the safekeeping of assets or from external events.
Currency Risk: Investors who subscribe in a currency other than the base currency of the portfolio are exposed to currency risk. Fluctuations in exchange rates may affect the return on investment. If the currency of investment is different from your local currency, then you should be aware that due to exchange rate fluctuations the performance shown may increase or decrease if converted into your local currency.