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3 Newly Listed Thematic ETFs

Published 05/11/2022, 05:08 AM

Wall Street’s roller-coaster ride continues. As the search for yield and potential capital-appreciation opportunities grows increasingly challenging, investors look at recently-listed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for inspiration.

There are currently well over 8,500 ETFs worldwide. In terms of assets under management, three quarters are in the US. 2021 saw a record number of new ETFs come to Wall Street. Despite recent declines, we are still witnessing the debut of a large number of thematic funds.

Today’s article introduces three relatively new ETFs that could appeal to readers who want to increase their knowledge base. We should, however, remind our readers that such funds are typically small and have a limited trading history. Therefore, further due diligence is necessary.

1. ProShares Supply Chain Logistics ETF

  • Current Price: $38.90
  • 52-week range: $38.63 - $41.25
  • Expense ratio: 0.58% per year

Recent research estimates the global supply chain management market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 10% between 2021 and 2027. Meanwhile, logistics companies are increasingly adopting new technologies as operations evolve amidst rising costs and the ongoing pandemic-related constraints.

Our first fund, the ProShares Supply Chain Logistics ETF (NYSE:SUPL), offers exposure to global names within supply chain logistics. They mainly include shipping, air, railroad as well as trucking companies.

SUPL, which was launched in April, tracks the FactSet Supply Chain Logistics Index. This thematic fund holds 40 stocks, where the top 10 names account for almost half of around $2 million in net assets.

Among those businesses are the Taiwan-listed Evergreen Marine; Canadian Pacific Railway (NYSE:CP); Spanish Amadeus IT (OTC:AMADY), rail transportation groups CSX (NASDAQ:CSX) and Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP); and Cryoport (NASDAQ:CYRX), which provides temperature-controlled supply chain solutions.

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Companies from the US lead the fund (43.6%), followed by names from Taiwan (9.9%), Canada (7.1%), China (7.0%), and Spain (4.4%), among others.

SUPL is currently trading near record lows. Price/Earnings (P/E) and Price/Book (P/B) ratios are 20.58x and 4.37x.

2. The Gen Z ETF

  • Current Price: $12.54
  • 52-week range: $12.54 - $27.49
  • Expense ratio: 0.60% per year

Generation Z (Gen Z), or those born between 1997 and 2012, could become the highest-earning generation in less than ten years. Therefore Wall Street pays close attention to their spending and investing habits.

Next on today’s list is the Gen Z ETF (NASDAQ:ZGEN), an actively managed fund seeking capital appreciation in global companies launched after the internet. These names align with the 2.5 billion Gen Z individuals regarding their outlook on values and innovation.


The ETF, which started trading in December 2021, has 51 holdings. The top 10 stocks comprise 43% of the net assets of $2.63 million.

Leading holdings include Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA); Enphase Energy (NASDAQ:ENPH); Duolingo (NASDAQ:DUOL); Twitter (NYSE:TWTR); and Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL).

2022 has not been a good year for investors in ZGEN as it has lost roughly half of its value since January. It hit a record low on May 9. Yet, the ETF could appeal to readers seeking some diversification by focusing on companies following Gen Z.

3. WisdomTree Efficient Gold Plus Equity Strategy Fund

  • Current Price: $22.44
  • 52-week range: $21.44 - $27.81
  • Expense ratio: 0.20% per year

Soaring inflation levels and geopolitical concerns have put gold in the spotlight, providing tailwinds. However, increasing rates have meant headwinds for the price of the shiny metal.

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As a result, gold has returned over 10% in the past 12 months. Many investors now wonder if they should allocate a portion of their portfolio to precious metals.

Our final fund, the WisdomTree Efficient Gold Plus Equity Strategy Fund (NYSE:GDE), invests in both large-capitalization (cap) US equities as well as US-listed gold futures contracts.

GDE Weekly TTM

GDE, an actively managed fund, was first launched in March. Net assets are around $1.1 million.

In addition to holding gold futures contracts, GDE also invests in close to 500 companies. Among those names are Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL); Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT); (NASDAQ:AMZN); Tesla and Alphabet.

In terms of sectoral allocations, we see information technology (25.9%), healthcare (13%), financials (10.3%), and consumer discretionary (10.2%), among others.

GDE is changing hands around record lows. Readers interested in adding gold to their portfolio could put the fund on their radar screen.

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These new etfs won't be around for long, they are all weak investment theses.
Don’t forget Taiwan will become part of China
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