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The Big Picture: Water is single largest environmental investment opportunity

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thomas Schumann
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

Water, the world’s most precious and undervalued commodity, is set to lead the socially and environmentally responsible investment themes.

This is according to specialist fund manager Thomas Schumann. His firm, Thomas Schumann Capital, based in Santa Monica, CA and founded in 2011, will be launching its first fund in the fourth quarter. The Water Security Fund's portfolio will consist of securities of 40 to 50 global water issuers which are active in water and wastewater utilities, water infrastructure, and water technology.

Prior to entering the water investment sector, Thomas Schumann served in the German Air Force, co-started a recycling project, and was vice president of commercial banking at First Federal Bank of California and chairman of German Tobacco Group.

"The current opportunity set in water-related securities are publicly-listed equity securities of global companies that are providing solutions to water security," he tells Opalesque. "These issuers active across all parts of the water cycle include water and waste-water utilities, water infrastructure and water technology. Water issuers are involved in water supply, water quality and/or water efficiency products and services. All of these products and services are experiencing a consistent, growing demand due to significant investment needed to ensure its adequate provisi......................

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