AXA Investment Manager to Provide Metaverse Private Investments to UBS HNW Clients in Hong Kong & Singapore
15th September | Hong Kong
AXA Investment Manager has signed an agreement with UBS to provide Metaverse private investments to UBS HNW Clients (HNW ~ High net worth) in Hong Kong & Singapore. AXA Investment Managers: “Launched in April 2022, the strategy aims to invest in companies which play a part in the convergence of the digital and physical world, presenting long-term investment potential from the Metaverse in both developed and emerging markets. The multi-cap equity strategy focuses on 4 key sub themes (gaming, socialising, working and enabling) to provide exposure to long-term trends and allow diversification to suit changing market conditions.” Jansen Phee, UBS Global Wealth Management Managing Director (Head, Fund Investment Solutions APAC): “The collaboration underscores UBS’ ability to establish high-calibre partnerships that deliver creative modern solutions to suit clients’ evolving needs and diversify their investment portfolios. Metaverse is a longer-term investment theme and investors may look to our longer-term investments and thematic lists for investment options.”
“ AXA Investment Manager to Provide Metaverse Private Investments to UBS HNW Clients in Hong Kong & Singapore “
The “metaverse” term, which originated in the 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, relates to a network of 3D virtual worlds focused on social connection. It is reshaping sectors from advertising to working arrangements. Areas such as space flight, blockchain, e-gaming, virtual working, movies and retail, are all affected. Already, the working-from-home phenomenon caused by the pandemic has turned elements of fiction into hard reality. Online retail is also a major force, upending traditional bricks-and-mortar shopping models.
Pauline Llandric, AXA IM’s Tech Equity Specialist:
“We are at the early stages of a long-term trend which is growing rapidly and believe there is a broad range of global companies and opportunities in this space. Revolutionary, cutting-edge advances in technology have changed how we live, socialise, work and do business. The Metaverse is the confluence of the virtual and physical worlds, where more technology is layered on to everyday life associated with the evolution of the internet connecting people, places and things.”
Terence Lam, Managing Director & Head of Client Group Core, Asia Pacific at AXA IM:
“Amid the current market environment, the Metaverse strategy may offer a source of long-term robust investment returns as the world embraces the enormous potential of the Metaverse and experiences the benefits it will bring across sectors. This latest agreement underscores our success and established history in developing long-term and differentiated thematic investment strategies that meet the needs of investors globally.”
AXA Investment Managers
AXA Investment Managers, which manages about $856 billion in assets, as at the end of June 2022, is a leading investor in green, social and sustainable markets. It manages $537 billion of ESG-integrated, sustainable or impact assets, as at the end of June 2022. AXA IM has a dedicated tech equity specialist team across the world with a strong track record of developing and managing disruptive tech strategies, with the support of Macro Research and Responsible Investment teams. This ESG-integrated strategy has a major allocation on information technology and communication services, and the rest spans across consumer discretionary, real estate, healthcare, industrials, and financials, as of 30 June 2022.