This ‘Stay-At-Home’ Tech Fund Offers Targeted Exposure

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(Note: Today’s ETF Talk is the first in a series of funds designed to profit from the “stay-at-home” trend in COVID-19 America.)

There is an emerging trend of relatively new exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that are looking to capitalize on specific investment ideas targeting growth companies with strong potential.

One of these funds, launched in 2016, is the SPDR FactSet Innovative Technology ETF (XITK). The strategy of this fund is to invest in technology and electronic media companies that are considered innovative or disruptive.

Companies can be considered “innovative” if they belong to technology subsectors with top revenue growth characteristics. This is a relatively high-risk type of investment, as growth-oriented tech companies are often prone to fluctuations in value.

XITK’s performance has been volatile. Since it launched, it was up about 160% over four years prior to the coronavirus-induced meltdown in the market starting in February. Now, the fund’s 12-month performance clocks in at around zero, while it is still up 118% since inception.

Assets under management are low at just under $57 million. While this means the fund falls below my recommended threshold for investment, its strategy is an interesting one worth bringing to your attention. The expense ratio of 0.45% is not too high compared to other funds of this general nature. The fund has a tiny 0.15% yield.

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XITK’s holdings are primarily based in the software and information technology subsector. However, other sectors are represented, such as semiconductor makers and media companies. Although the fund strives to equally weight its 99 holdings, in the short term, allocation percentages can change due to increases or decreases in asset value until the fund rebalances itself.

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Accordingly, its largest position is currently Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ:ZM), which has rocketed upward due to increased usage during the COVID-19 outbreak.

For investors seeking innovative solutions for their portfolios and a chance to invest in a basket of growth-oriented companies that are positioned to benefit from the “stay-at-home” trend, the SPDR FactSet Innovative Technology ETF (XITK) could be worth considering as an investment or a good source for stock ideas.

As always, I am happy to answer any of your questions about ETFs, so do not hesitate to send me an email. You just may see your question answered in a future ETF Talk.

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