Thematic Investing – Which Investment Themes Are Right for You?

At FLIT Invest, we offer 6 Investment Themes that tackle various environmental and social issues. We want to ensure that your investments contribute to the issues you are passionate about, so having a clear idea of each theme’s focus is a great place to start. Each Investment Theme has an objective, impact metrics, and UN SDG contributions and provides solutions to a problem we face today. Read on to learn where you could make an impact today!

Affordable Healthcare

Objective: provide access to affordable healthcare for all.

Why it matters: Health is a fundamental human right; however, unaffordable and inaccessible healthcare presents a barrier to this right. In the U.S., the affordability of healthcare is a growing issue as the nation struggles with mental illness, reproductive rights, and social inequity. The impact of unaffordable healthcare has strong intersectionality with race and gender and is a manifestation of systemic oppression. The managed care industry could mitigate these issues in partnership with the U.S. Government and value-based care. Together, they have brought significant changes to the industry, focusing on the quality of care. The sector is also poised for growth as patients increasingly favor providers offering greater convenience, higher quality service, and lower costs. The selected companies in our Affordable Healthcare theme cover managed care, value-based care, drug retail and distributors, dental distributors, tech-enabled providers, and facilities.

Clean Water

Objective: provide clean drinking water and sanitation to all. 

Why it matters: NASA has deemed the global water crisis the “environmental challenge of this century.” Despite covering most of the Earth’s surface, only 0.007% of water is accessible and suitable for human consumption. The global water crisis has already been one of the biggest global sustainability challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has driven the global demand for sanitation and hygiene and further exposed international inequalities. With increasing populations, freshwater will become scarcer. Water will inevitably become a highly sought-after resource, and more advanced water infrastructure and sanitation facilities will be required. Global market trends indicate that the demand for clean water and investments in the sector will continue to increase, which presents an attractive investment opportunity from both financial and impact perspectives. Our Clean Water theme has been curated with selected companies from utilities, technology, and chemicals sectors that help advance the clean water goals. 

Climate Solutions

Objective: mitigate climate change and adapt to a low-carbon future. 

Why it matters: The climate crisis is one of humanity’s biggest challenges today. However, we know the causes and where action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reach a net zero world. Multiple impactful solutions are already available across the most relevant sectors – from energy efficiency through waste reduction and treatment to a sustainable food value chain. The investment needs are growing as the world falls behind on environmental targets. With an unquestionable demand for climate solutions, we believe our Climate Solutions theme is well-positioned to deliver financial returns alongside positive environmental impact.

Green Energy

Objective: reduce greenhouse gas emissions through clean energy production. 

Why it matters: Greenhouse gas emissions are the leading cause of global warming. The single largest contributing sector globally is electricity and heat production. Therefore, it is essential to decarbonize our energy sector to reach a net zero emission world. Over recent years there has been an investment shift from fossil fuels to green energy. This shift is not only driven by public demand for a lower carbon footprint but also by declining costs of renewable energy technology, innovations in electric battery capabilities, and governmental policy. Over the long term, we believe favorable public opinion changes and economic trends will benefit the industry further. Our Green Energy theme consists of selected companies engaged in manufacturing, developing, distributing, and installing emerging clean energy technologies such as solar power and electric vehicles. 

Gender Equality

Objective: increase representation and equal treatment of women. 

Why it matters: Women have long been marginalized across the globe. While some progress has been made, like legal rights and anti-discrimination policies, there is still a long way to go. Our Gender Equality theme looks beyond the bare minimum of equality regarding security and safety. It seeks to combat gender discrimination in the workplace. The main disadvantage of discrimination from a business perspective is missing out on key talent. Diversity brings value by bringing different experiences and perspectives together, leading to better decision-making. We firmly believe companies with equal representation at the board and management level, gender pay equity, transparency on gender diversity, and proactive gender goals and targets will outperform their peers. There is already strong evidence that diverse companies perform financially better. 

Pet Welfare

Objective: protect, feed, and keep your pets safe.

Why it matters: At FLIT, we believe our pets’ welfare is a key priority for our generation. Over time, animals have become part of our families, and their health and happiness are just as important as our own. The pet care industry serves the needs of the increasing number of pet owners with continued innovation. The industry has grown steadily every year since 2001, even withstanding recessions. This growth is due to pet owners prioritizing their pets’ needs even in times of crisis. Growth trends are behind each pet care sector, from emerging premium products to the humanization of pets. Our Pet Welfare theme is curated by selected companies, including veterinary pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, product distributors and services, pet food and pet supplies manufacturers, and pet supply retailers. 

So there they are – FLIT’s 6 investment themes. If you’re now struggling to choose, we understand; we’re passionate about every theme too! To ensure high impact and to meet our fiduciary duty around risk, you can only select 3 themes. Sometimes less is more! Our research found that adding 3 themes is the optimal amount for a diversified portfolio with high impact. Narrowing down your focus allows you to make a targeted impact through your portfolio without sacrificing returns.

For a more in-depth discussion, each theme has an investment paper which you can find on our blog. We are giving early access to our waitlist members, so while you read up, why not sign up for the waitlist today?  

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Prior to founding FLIT Invest, Alejandro worked at J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank in New York, where he oversaw and managed investments for ultra-high net worth families. Before J.P. Morgan, he was an investment analyst at Northwestern Mutual, responsible for developing comprehensive financial plans and asset allocation models. Alejandro is a CFA charterholder and former professional soccer player.

Steven is a UX/UI Designer based in Los Angeles, CA. He received his BA from CSULB focusing on graphic design. Steven approaches his projects with a keen eye for design while prioritizing user-friendly solutions. He is passionate about animal welfare, and environmental causes.

Prior to FLIT, Kinga worked at Ericsson as a software developer specializing in data analysis where she developed machine learning models to evaluate the quality of the encrypted media traffic over mobile networks. She is an advocate for promoting a transparent and effective work environment. Kinga values diversity and feels strongly about providing access to education. She has a sweet tooth, loves reading and HIIT training.

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Prior to founding FLIT Invest, Richard was an investment banker at ING in London. He advised banks, asset & wealth managers, FinTechs and other financial institutions on mergers & acquisitions, financing and other strategic projects. He is an impact investing enthusiast having advised BlueOrchard – leading global impact investing asset manager – on their sale to Schroders. Richard is a former professional triathlete, vegetarian and nature enthusiast.

Serena is a sales and growth professional. She has experience in rapidly scaling revenues for consumer products through the deployment of marketing campaigns and team strategy development. Serena has a keen eye for identifying and implementing emerging consumer trends that result in better user experiences. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and is a loud voice in the fight for gender and racial equality.

Martin is a Software Architect and Developer whose goal is to make FLIT Invest an application that puts usability and security first. Martin started his career in finance, where he developed an integrated treasury solution for banks and corporations. Then he deep-dived into medical imaging at Siemens Healthcare, where he spent years developing a next-generation radiography system. Martin is an avid traveler and loves cycling, hiking, and skiing.

Zsolt has worked as a Software Engineer in Germany, Scotland, and Hong Kong. His work experience lies predominantly in the FinTech industry, both in startups and well-established companies. Before FLIT Invest, Zsolt was a developer at Asia’s leading wealth management platform in Hong Kong. Alongside FLIT, Zsolt is completing his Master’s Degree in applied mathematics in London. In his free time, he enjoys swimming and reading fiction.

Tina is a UX/UI Designer based in Los Angeles, CA. Her expertise in both Economics and Interactive Design allows her to approach topics from a variety of perspectives in order to create products, assist people, and solve problems. She characterized challenges in a larger scope as an explorer, and she continued to look for solutions that would better human life. In addition to design, Tina is enthusiastic about women’s issues in society and animal welfare in various countries.

Peter is a Mobile Engineer with extensive experience in native iOS and Android app development. He has worked with various Fortune 500 companies across industries including fintech, transportation, human resources, energy, accounting, and pharmaceuticals. Being a lifelong learner he’s always eager to acquire new skills in various topics. He’s enthusiastic about different aspects of finance, and in his free time he enjoys working out.

Nick is a User Researcher based in Los Angeles, CA. After receiving his BA in Psychology, he moved on to receive a certificate in UX/UI from UCLA which set him on the path to understanding users. Nick approaches User Research with an empathetic lens, ensuring that every user’s needs are considered in each step of the process. Nick is passionate about providing sustainable change, and in his free time, he’s looking for another national park to check off the list.

Brian is a self-taught iOS developer based in Los Angeles, CA. Driven by a strong interest in finance and renewable energy, he takes pride in being part of a team that takes huge steps towards a greener future. Prior to joining FLIT, Brian played multiple competitive games such as League of Legends at a top-tier level- applying the same mindset of growth and improvement from gaming to his iOS development. Brian is often playing the piano in his free time and is extremely fascinated by artificial intelligence.

Rob is an impact investing analyst passionate about sustainability and its role in finance. Currently, he is a student at the University at Buffalo (UB), where he is the President of the UB Sustainable Business Association and a Board Member of the UB Equity Research Group. In his free time, you can catch Rob exercising or golfing.

Holly is a BSc Psychology with International Placement graduate from the University of Manchester, UK. She has worked and volunteered in the social care sector for 7 years and whilst at university, established an award-winning student zero-waste shop. She is passionate about social justice and environmental sustainability, and in her spare time volunteers as a Scout Leader and enjoys going for tea and cake with friends.

Jake is an entrepreneur, designer, and biologist passionate about sustainability. Previously, Jake founded VOSTIC, a company that manufactured and distributed a kelp-based replacement for plastic. Jake holds a master’s degree in Design Systems from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Lewis & Clark College. On weekends you might find him making music or snowboarding at Mt. Hood.