December 10, 2023

Looking for investing in game changer companies? Here are 5 disruptive tech picks.

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Disruptive technology affects the normal operation of a market or an industry. It displaces a well-established product or technology, creating a new industry or market. Recent disruptive technology examples include e-commerce, ride-sharing apps, and electric vehicles. Investing in companies that create or adopt disruptive technologies carries significant risk. At the same time, recognizing the high potential ones at early stages will be significantly rewarding. Companies within this list are changing the whole market by offering highly innovative products and services. We use an algorithm that helps us determine which securities have high potential to be transformative and disruptive. This list’s performance is calculated on an equally weighted method.

This list has performed -3.90% over the past year. By comparison, S&P/NZX 50 Index is 6.91% over the same period. The beta of this list, which is a measure of volatility, is High at 1.58. List Beta is calculated using an equally weighted average beta of the securities within this list. This list includes 40.00% of Consumer Cyclicals stocks, 40.00% of Technology stocks, 10.00% of Industrials stocks, 10.00% of Healthcare stocks.

List performance is calculated using an equal-weight methodology. This list is generated by scanning the web and using our algorithms to surface potentially relevant securities to the topic. The list is intended to be educational and includes securities that may be suitable for a watchlist. It is not intended for investment or trading purposes. Microsoft does not recommend using the data and information provided as the basis for making any investment decision.


TSLA. Tesla, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, sells and leases fully electric vehicles and energy generation and storage systems, and offer services related to its products. The Company’s automotive segment includes the design, development, manufacturing, sales, and leasing of electric vehicles as well as sales of automotive regulatory credits. Additionally, the automotive segment is also comprised of services and other, which includes non-warranty after-sales vehicle services, sales of used vehicles, retail merchandise, sales by its acquired subsidiaries to third party customers, and vehicle insurance. Its energy generation and storage segment include the design, manufacture, installation, sales and leasing of solar energy generation and energy storage products and related services and sales of solar energy systems incentives. Its automotive products include Model 3, Model Y, Model S and Model X. Powerwall and Megapack are its lithium-ion battery energy storage products.

Tesla Inc. is +17.56% over the past month and -23.71% over the past year, outperforming the S&P/NZX 50 Index by +19.14% over the past month and -30.62% over the past year.


AAPL. Apple Inc. (Apple) designs, manufactures and markets smartphones, personal computers, tablets, wearables and accessories and sells a range of related services. The Company’s products include iPhone, Mac, iPad, AirPods, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, HomePod, iPod touch and accessories. The Company operates various platforms, including the App Store, which allows customers to discover and download applications and digital content, such as books, music, video, games and podcasts. Apple offers digital content through subscription-based services, including Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple News+, Apple TV+ and Apple Fitness+. Apple also offers a range of other services, such as AppleCare, iCloud, Apple Card and Apple Pay. Apple sells its products and resells third-party products in a range of markets, including directly to consumers, small and mid-sized businesses, and education, enterprise and government customers through its retail and online stores and its direct sales force.

Apple Inc. is +3.39% over the past month and +17.23% over the past year, outperforming the S&P/NZX 50 Index by +4.97% over the past month and +10.32% over the past year.


AMZN., Inc. provides a range of products and services to customers. The products offered through its stores include merchandise and content that it purchased for resale and products offered by third-party sellers. It manufactures and sells electronic devices, including Kindle, Fire tablet, Fire TV, Echo, and Ring, and it develops and produces media content. It also offers subscription services such as Amazon Prime, a membership program. Its segments include North America, International and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The AWS segment consists of global sales of compute, storage, database, and other services for start-ups, enterprises, government agencies, and academic institutions. It provides advertising services to sellers, vendors, publishers, authors, and others, through programs, such as sponsored advertisements, display, and video advertising. Customers access its offerings through websites, mobile applications, Alexa, devices, streaming, and physically visiting its stores. Inc. is +13.90% over the past month and +4.31% over the past year, outperforming the S&P/NZX 50 Index by +15.48% over the past month and -2.60% over the past year.


GOOG. Alphabet Inc. is a holding company. The Company’s segments include Google Services, Google Cloud, and Other Bets. The Google Services segment includes products and services such as ads, Android, Chrome, hardware, Google Maps, Google Play, Search, and YouTube. The Google Cloud segment includes infrastructure and platform services, collaboration tools, and other services for enterprise customers. The Other Bets segment includes earlier stage technologies that are further afield from its core Google business, and it includes the sale of health technology and Internet services. Its Google Cloud provides enterprise-ready cloud services, including Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace. Google Cloud Platform provides technology in cybersecurity; data, analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and infrastructure. The Company’s Google Workspace’s secure communication and collaboration tools, which include apps, such as Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet, and others.

Alphabet Inc. is +15.90% over the past month and +11.20% over the past year, outperforming the S&P/NZX 50 Index by +17.48% over the past month and +4.29% over the past year.


NVDA. NVIDIA Corporation accelerates computing to help solve the computational problems. The Company has two segments. The Compute & Networking segment includes its data center accelerated computing platform; networking; automotive artificial intelligence (AI) cockpit, autonomous driving development agreements and autonomous vehicle solutions; electric vehicle computing platforms; Jetson for robotics and other embedded platforms; NVIDIA AI Enterprise and other software; and cryptocurrency mining processors (CMP). The Graphics segment includes GeForce GPUs for gaming and personal computers (PCs), the GeForce NOW game streaming service and related infrastructure, and solutions for gaming platforms; Quadro/NVIDIA RTX GPUs for enterprise workstation graphics; virtual GPU (vGPU), software for cloud-based visual and virtual computing; automotive platforms for infotainment systems; and omniverse enterprise software for building and operating metaverse and three-dimensional Internet applications.

NVIDIA Corp. is +40.35% over the past month and +107.04% over the past year, outperforming the S&P/NZX 50 Index by +41.93% over the past month and +100.13% over the past year.

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