Other organizations divide up the thematics space differently. For example, iShares sees 5 megatrends shaping our future: technological breakthrough, demographics and social change, rapid urbanization, climate change and resource scarcity, and emerging global wealth.
According to research from National Bank Financial, thematic ETFs represent approximately 2% of the $204 billion in assets under management in Canada-listed equities ETFs. As of April, thematic ETF inflows in 2022 were $400 million, representing 3.7% of equities ETF flows and 2.7% of overall ETF flows, and generally matching 2021 inflows.
As with all ETF investing, investors should take a good look under the hood to make sure they understand what they are buying. Detractors say these ETFs come to market just when the underlying trend is topping and are usually money-losing propositions after launch.
Indeed, thematic ETFs are typically more volatile than those that track broad-based indexes. Long-term conviction is often required if these strategies are to pay off over time. In light of this, I believe these types of ETFs should represent less than 5% of total equities holdings.
Advisors should also look to see if there is overlap with other holdings in the portfolio. For example, technology-themed ETFs, like a cybersecurity ETF, often hold stocks that are already in a larger sector-based technology ETF. This can lead to an unintentionally overweight position in some stocks.
When new products are launched, appropriate due diligence is necessary. Investors should take into consideration the issuer’s track record. The ETF universe has expanded in leaps and bounds in the past decade, but not all products have survived the test of time.
Also, the management expense ratio of these investments is typically higher than most plain vanilla passive ETFs.
Personally, I have not rushed into the thematic space. However, I have been overweight many market sectors in varying degrees over time in my portfolios, like healthcare (I use the iShares Global Healthcare ETF; NYSE Arca: IXJ), technology (Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund; NYSE Arca: XLK), communications (Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund; NYSE Arca: XLC) and industrials (Industrial Select Sector SPDR Fund; NYSE Arca: XLI).
Although ESG is not considered a theme, I hold the BMO Clean Energy Index ETF (TSX: ZCLN) as a thematic clean energy holding in my dedicated ESG portfolio. It represents 3% of the overall portfolio.
So, although thematic ETFs might not be for everyone, for investors who have long-term conviction in an emerging, transformative trend, I believe that they offer a way to invest in a diversified manner with better risk control that individual stock selection.
Tense diplomatic relations may not impact trade, investment ties between India, Canada: Experts
NEW DELHI: The tense diplomatic relations between India and Canada are unlikely to impact trade and investments between the two countries as economic ties are driven by commercial considerations, according to experts. Both India and Canada trade in complementary products and do not compete on similar products.
“Hence, the trade relationship will continue to grow and not be affected by day-to-day events,” Global Trade Research Initiative (GTRI) Co-Founder Ajay Srivastava said.
Certain political developments have led to a pause in negotiations for a free trade agreement between the two countries.
On September 10, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed to his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau India’s strong concerns about the continuing anti-India activities of extremist elements in Canada that were promoting secessionism, inciting violence against its diplomats and threatening the Indian community there.
India on Tuesday announced the expulsion of a Canadian diplomat hours after Canada asked an Indian official to leave that country, citing a “potential” Indian link to the killing of a Khalistani separatist leader in June.
Srivastava said these recent events are unlikely to affect the deep-rooted people-to-people connections, trade, and economic ties between the two nations.
Bilateral trade between India and Canada has grown significantly in recent years, reaching USD 8.16 billion in 2022-23.
India’s exports (USD 4.1 billion) to Canada include pharmaceuticals, gems and jewellery, textiles, and machinery, while Canada’s exports to India (USD 4.06 billion) include pulses, timber, pulp and paper, and mining products.
On investments, he said that Canadian pension funds will continue investing in India on grounds of India’s large market and good return on money invested.
Canadian pension funds, by the end of 2022, had invested over USD 45 billion in India, making it the fourth-largest recipient of Canadian FDI in the world.
The top sectors for Canadian pension fund investment in India include infrastructure, renewable energy, technology, and financial services.
Mumbai-based exporter and Chairman of Technocraft Industries Sharad Kumar Saraf said the present frosty relations between India and Canada are certainly a cause for concern.
“However, the bilateral trade is entirely driven by commercial considerations. Political turmoil is of a temporary nature and should not be a reason to affect trade relations,” Saraf said.
He added that even with China, India has acrimonious relations but bilateral trade continues to remain healthy.
“In fact, bilateral trade is an effective tool to improve political relations. India must make special efforts to increase our bilateral trade with Canada,” Saraf said.
India and Canada have a strong education partnership. There are over 200 educational partnerships between Indian and Canadian institutions.
In addition, over 3,19,000 Indian students are enrolled in Canadian institutions, making them the largest international student cohort in Canada, according to GTRI.
According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), Indian students contributed USD 4.9 billion to the Canadian economy in 2021.
Indian students are the largest international student group in Canada, accounting for 20 per cent of all international students in 2021.
Benefits of educational partnerships are mutual and hence the current situation may have no impact on the relationship, Srivastava said.
Apple supplier Foxconn aims to double India jobs and investment
Apple supplier Foxconn aims to double its workforce and investment in India by next year, a company executive said on Sunday.
Taiwan-based Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics, has rapidly expanded its presence in India by investing in manufacturing facilities in the south of the country as the company seeks to move away from China.
V Lee, Foxconn’s representative in India, in a LinkedIn post to mark Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 73rd birthday, said the company was “aiming for another doubling of employment, FDI (foreign direct investment), and business size in India” by this time next year.
He did not give more details.
Foxconn already has an iPhone factory employing 40,000 people in the state of Tamil Nadu.
In August, the state of Karnataka said the firm will invest US$600 million for two projects to make casing components for iPhones and chip-making equipment.
The company’s Chairman Liu Young-way said in an earnings briefing last month that he sees a lot of potential in India, adding: “several billion dollars in investment is only a beginning”.
Taiwan election: Foxconn’s Terry Gou taps star-powered running mate
Last month, Foxconn’s billionaire founder Terry Gou said he would run for the Taiwanese presidency in next year’s election, as an independent candidate.
He said the ruling and independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was unable to offer a bright future for the island and left Foxconn’s board following his decision to run.
The firm operates the world’s largest iPhone plant, in the city of Zhengzhou in Henan province.
Foxconn to double workforce, investment in India by ‘this time next year’
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