Access Trends Through Thematic ETFsJohn Patrick Lee, CFA, Product ManagerJune 11, 2021
Exchange-Traded Funds can be useful tools for investors seeking to participate in specific and, targeted economic opportunities. Often, these are referred to as “themes”, which may be based in advancements such as technology or they can be solution driven—solutions investors seek to combat particular market conditions, like inflation. While ETFs that target themes generally tend to be concentrated portfolios, their addition to a portfolio is intended to add value not only from a return perspective, but to also aid with diversification and overall risk.
Investors who are considering using ETFs within their portfolios to target particular themes should first do their due diligence. It is important to understand the key attributes of the strategy you’re considering; like index rules or the investment methodology, purity of exposure to a theme and also the potential longevity of a theme.
VanEck has purpose-built a variety of ETFs for accessing timely and relevant trends shaping the modern investment landscape. See the table illustrated in the below.
VanEck ETFs That Provide Thematic Accessibility
Name Symbol Inflation Reopen Trade Infrastructure ESG EV/ Battery Aging Population Next Gen Entertainment Blockchain Higher Taxes Agribusiness ETF MOO ■ Biotech ETF BBH ■ CEF Municipal Income ETF XMPT ■ ■ Digital Transformation ETF DAPP ■ Energy Income ETF EINC ■ ■ ■ Environmental Services ETF EVX ■ Gaming ETF BJK ■ Gold Miners Equity ETF GDX ■ Green Bond ETF GRNB ■ High Yield Muni ETF HYD ■ ■ Intermediate Muni ETF ITM ■ ■ Junior Gold Miners ETF GDXJ ■ Long Muni ETF MLN ■ ■ Low Carbon Energy ETF SMOG ■ ■ Oil Refiners ETF CRAK ■ ■ ■ Oil Services ETF OIH ■ ■ ■ Pharmaceutical ETF PPH ■ Rare Earth/Strategic Metals ETF REMX ■ Retail ETF RTH ■ Semiconductor ETF SMH ■ ■ Short High Yield Muni ETF SHYD ■ ■ Short Muni ETF SMB ■ ■ Steel ETF SLX ■ ■ Unconventional Oil & Gas ETF FRAK ■ ■ ■ Uranium+Nuclear Energy ETF NLR ■ ■ ■ Video Gaming and eSports ETF ESPO ■
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Authored byJohn Patrick Lee, CFA