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Product matters Martin Bamford

The name of the Allianz RCM global ecotrends fund may confuse potential investors as it is an environmental technology fund rather than an ethical investment or green fund.

Some of the principles might appeal to ethical investors but the aim is to invest in firms with themes of eco energy, pollution control and clean water.

Investors and advisers should remember the inherent risks of investing in any technology sector, particularly when it seems trendy to do so.

There could well be a long-term opportunity but in the short term there is a risk that hype about climate change and other environmental concerns has pushed the value of some companies in this sector to unreasonable levels.

Allianz Global Investors has the resources and track record to operate successfully in this sector. It has attracted substantial amounts of money into versions of this fund outside the UK since launch. The research process is supported by a patented real-time network of industry contacts as well as independent reporters and investigators.

Unlike many other technology funds, this invests nearly half of assets outside the US, which is welcome. However, up to half of assets may be invested in emerging markets, which could lead to overexposure for investors who have already bought into the Bric story. Investors should tread carefully.

Martin Bamford is joint managing director of Informed Choice


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