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The technology space is filled with companies that are embracing innovation and new ideas to help drive technological developments in daily life.
The many changes in the technology sector also provide unique opportunities to capitalize on the rapid growth in various market segments, such as robotics, internet retail and other disruptive technologies.
This Wednesday, March 14, 2018, ETF Trends will be hosting its annual Virtual Summit, an online virtual conference environment where financial advisors can learn about current ETF issues, hear from industry experts and connect with peers without the burden of cost and traveling.
On the panel titled, Innovative Industries Leading ETF Strategies and the Technology Revolution, Matt Hougan, VP and Head of Research and Development for Bitwise, Chris Buck, Head of Capital Markets & Sales at ROBO Global, Dave Gedeon, Head of Research and Development at Nasdaq, and Eric Ervin, President and CEO of Reality Shares, will delve in to new technological developments and consider ways to enhance a diversified portfolio through exposure to these growing segments.
For instance, robotics may be seen as a nascent industry, and the industry is quickly booming. The ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index ETF (NASDAQ: ROBO), the original ETF dedicated to robotics investing, provides investors with the ability to gain targeted exposure to the robotics industry. Robotics- or automation-related products and services include any technology, service or device that supports, aids or contributes to any type of robot, robotic action or automation system process, software or management.
The PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ), which tracks the tech-heavy Nasdaq-100 Index, has been a go-to ETF option for investors seeking broad market exposure with a big emphasis on the U.S. technology segment. The underlying Nasdaq-100 includes 100 of the largest domestic and international nonfinancial companies listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market based on market capitalization, with a 61.1% tilt toward information technology names and even its 22.3% weight in consumer discretionary includes innovators like Amazon 9.4%, Netflix 1.8% and Tesla 0.7%.
Additionally, the Reality Shares Nasdaq NexGen Economy ETF (NasdaqGM: BLCN) invests in the companies that are developing the innovative and transformational blockchain technology, which many have associated with the bitcoins and cryptocurrencies. Potential investors, though, should keep in mind that this ETF does not invest in cryptocurrencies, like bitcoins.
These Blockchain Companies are committing material resources to further the use and deployment of blockchain technology to streamline the distribution and verification of cross-border payments; more efficiently store and secure cloud-based digital data; facilitate trusted transactions based on data security and privacy; and mitigate risk in supply chain management, among other uses.
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