‘Video Killed the Radio Star’, So Let’s Turn to Artificial Intelligence with This ETF

Jim Woods

Jim Woods has over 20 years of experience in the markets from working as a stockbroker, financial journalist, and money manager.

As any avid reader, music lover or history buff knows, the past can often forewarn of the future, and in The Buggles 1979 hit, “Video Killed the Radio Star,” the band did just that with its iconic lyric: “We can’t rewind, we’ve gone too far.”


Heading into 2024, we are no longer interested in video-cassette recorders, or VCRs, as the younger audience may know them. But we are intrigued by artificial intelligence (AI).

While the market had its ups and downs throughout the past year, AI pushed onward and led the charge into the future with continued success in AI software such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

So, as the holidays have tapped into our wallets, let’s harness the power of AI technology and its beneficiaries through the Global X Artificial Intelligence & Technology Exchange-Traded Fund (NASDAQ: AIQ).


AIQ is a passively managed, exchange-traded fund (ETF) that seeks to invest in developed market companies that are involved in the use of AI to analyze large quantities of data, whether for their own operations, as a service to other companies or through the production of related hardware.

The fund is able to determine the above classifications based on analysis of public filings, products and services, official company statements and further information regarding a company’s direct involvement in the AI or big-data categories.

Simply put, AIQ offers investors exposure to companies that operate in the AI space or stand to potentially benefit from further AI developments.

Pursuant to the ETF’s underlying index, the Artificial Intelligence & Big Data Index, it has a global reach, but it only selects stocks with a market cap of $2 billion for AI developers/AI-as-a-service providers or $500 million for AI hardware and quantum-computing companies.


AIQ has seen great success in 2023, and has garnered roughly $570 million in new money and risen roughly 47% in overall growth to round out the year.

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The fund has net assets of $861 million and roughly $815 million in assets under management (AUM).

As you can see from the chart below, AIQ is soaring into the new year and is nearly at its 52-week high of $31.04, as it’s currently trading around $31.01. Moreover, looking at the fund’s 50- and 200-week moving averages, the steady incline is evident.

Courtesy of Stockcharts.com


AIQ’s geographical exposure is concentrated in three main countries: the United States, 66.8%; China, 7.8% and Germany, 4.2%.

The fund’s top 10 holdings include Intel Corp. (INTC), 3.80%; Adobe Inc. (ADBE), 3.42%; ServiceNow Inc. (NOW), 3.42%; IBM Corp. (IBM), 3.30%; Amazon Inc. (AMZN), 3.25%; Meta Platforms Inc. Class A (META), 3.21%; Netflix Inc. (NFLX), 3.20%; Salesforce Inc. (CRM), 3.20%; Alphabet Inc. Class A (GOOGL), 3.19% and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), 3.19%.

With strong liquidity and robust net and AUM assets, AIQ is set up to continue its forward momentum and provide interested investors with a broad exposure to AI-centric companies.

In a nutshell, this is the season of giving, and for my thrill-seeking, long-term investors out there, AIQ may be a potential Christmas gift to yourselves.

So, with a new year upon us, and an ever-growing hunger for technological advancement, I find it fitting to depart with a quote from legendary futurist, American writer and businessman, Alvin Toffler: “The great growling engine of change — technology.”

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

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