OneVue brings innovation to local investors


By Sarah Kendell

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Platform services provider OneVue will offer Australian advice clients the chance to invest in the stocks of the future for the first time through the launch of a series of separately managed accounts (SMA) with United States-based fund manager Ark Invest.

The SMAs are due to be launched on OneVue’s Luminous platform this week and will provide exposure to four different innovation themes: industrials, genomics, the web and 3D printing. A further two portfolios bring together a ‘best of’ from across the four themes and provide exposure to start-ups based in Israel’s emerging innovation hub.

Speaking to financialobserver, OneVue head of platform services Lisa McCallum said Ark Invest’s unique approach had appealed to the group when looking for a way to bring future-focused company exposures to Australian investors.

“The CEO, Catherine Wood, took us through their investment process and what we really liked about it is that they’ve created an investment ecosystem – rather than having your traditional analysts and portfolio managers, they meet with leaders in these innovation fields once a week,” McCallum said.

“They firstly look for themes that are coming through, then they look at the commercialisation around it and the companies that are investing in those themes.”

Amazon was one such company that was aiming to cut its package delivery times down to as low as 30 minutes through large-scale investment in drone technology, she said.

“Ark Invest are also one of the first fund managers to have a holding and commit to buying into bitcoin,” she added.

“We wanted to provide exposure into those areas for retail investors, so when they are reading about bitcoin or block chain or drones, they can actually buy something that is getting those benefits.”

Ark Invest director of product development Tom Staudt told financialobserver the partnership would allow Australian investors to gain exposure to and an understanding of new sectors that could potentially “change the world” in terms of their impact on business and financial markets.

“An area like 3D printing is a great example of that – it’s diversification from an industry standpoint away from some of the names in Australia, but it’s also something that is going to help bring that knowledge from an investment and technological standpoint to Australia,” Staudt said.

“Whichever sector or package investors choose, at the end of the day it’s about disruptive innovation.”

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