How to Profit from the Rise of Robotics

Robotics are fast becoming part of our everyday lives – and with more innovation on the way, which can provide an opportunity for savvy investors

Karen Kwok 13 April, 2017 | 3:31PM

Do you own a smartwatch that records how many minutes you walk every single day? The wearable technology monitors your health by checking vital medical signs. Clever tech is entering your home too, taking the effort out of chores, a robot vacuum can work wonders.

But have you ever thought of investing in these innovations? The number of domestic household robots is set to increase to 31 million between 2016 and 2019, up from just 3,700 in 2015, according to the IFR World Robotics Report 2016. Searches for ‘Automation and Robotics’ has more than doubled over the last five years, showing an increase in global awareness, according to Google Trends.

Robotics and the Threat of an Ageing Population

One major driver of the growth of robotic technologies is ageing population. Developed countries, including UK and the US, Europe and Japan, are quickly becoming unbalanced – with more dependent pensioners than working population. Robots can boost productivity to make up this shortfall between those that are strain on the State and those who contribute.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Rating
Alphabet Inc A1,469.93 USD0.00
Amazon.com Inc2,890.30 USD0.00
iShares Automation&Robotics ETF USD Acc8.71 USD-0.26
L&G ROBO Global Rbtc and Atmtn ETF17.28 USD0.00
Pictet - Robotics R EUR187.96 EUR0.68
Polar Capital Global Tech Inc74.43 USD0.41

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Karen Kwok

Karen Kwok  is a Reporter for Morningstar.co.uk

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