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One way to profit from the growing reliance on healthcare

by , 29 September 2015

Sectors rise and fall over the years.

Take commodities. The sector was booming at the start of the new millennium, but stocks in the sector are now struggling as they contend with low commodity prices.

So where can you look to for the next rising star?

The healthcare sector is looking like a fantastic opportunity for investors…

Why healthcare is worth investing in

The healthcare sector is looking very well positioned to take advantage of future moves.

The global population is growing, it’s ageing and it’s gentrifying. The richer people become, the more money they put into healthcare and looking after their wellbeing.

This means that drug companies, healthcare providers and medical device makers are sure to benefit, Garry White, the chief investment commentator at Charles Stanley, tells Money Week.

Over the last few years, large pharmaceutical companies like GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca have struggled as cash cow patents expire and new finds are tailing off. But things are changing.

A number of healthcare companies are now joining the mammoths in the FTSE 100 Index, including Hikma Pharmaceuticals. And other companies are growing their market share, taking their share prices higher.

How to play the healthcare sector

If you want the chance to profit from the rising popularity of healthcare, one of the easiest ways is to invest in an exchange traded fund (ETF). This removes the need for individual stock picking.

With a handful of healthcare stocks on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to pick from, you may want to widen your net.

The db-x trackers MSCI EM Healthcare Fund, listed on the London Stock Exchange, tracks the emerging markets healthcare sector. It consists of 30 different stocks in ten different countries.

This ETF gives you exposure to:

  • Pharmaceuticals;
  • Healthcare facilities;
  • Healthcare distributors;
  • Managed healthcare;
  • Healthcare supplies; and
  • Life science tools and services.

So there you have it. One way to profit from the growing reliance on healthcare.

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