Sector Categories are a proprietary taxonomy of the economy designed to incorporate the drastic changes the world has undergone during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. With so many new technologies and ideas, it was time to revamp sector and industry classification.
Sector categories can be found under the Topics Directory. Sector categories are different from Topic Classes. The former classify companies in their role in the economy. The latter are collections of topics, which may be companies or they could be regulations, people, events, and more.
Each traditional sector has its own subtopics, too, so you can drill down into more and more specific topics. The top is, of course, broad sectors like Technology, Health Care, or Energy. These each break down into industries, which further break down into subindustries, which finally break down into categories.
If you look at the Consumer Discretionary sector, you can find Automobiles as an industry. This contrasts with an industry like Restaurants. But even inside the automobile industry, we have subindustries, like car and motorcycle manufacturers. And within them, of course, we can break them down into categories, like these:
To facilitate browsing, we include the more popular topics under the blue arrow on every Sector page. If what you're looking for can't be found there, you may need to click Show More (the red arrow) and browse the resulting list.