ETFs devoted to technology are a big hit already this year with investors. Improving industry fundamentals and rapid adoption of emerging technology have made this possible. While the space is teeming with products, investors recently got one more fund targeted at augmented and virtual reality named Defiance Future Tech ETF (AUGR - Free Report
) .(read: Cheapest ETFs in focus as fee war heats up
This ETF tracks the BlueStar Augmented and Virtual Reality Index. This is an equal-weighted, rules-based index tracking the performance of a host of globally-listed stocks of companies that are in the research & development or commercialization of products and services related to augmented and virtual reality within one of the following categories: gaming systems and video games; artificial intelligence, cloud computing infrastructure; simultaneous localization and mapping; and so on.
The index has 59 holdings with none having more than 2.65% share. The top holding is Nintendo Co. (NTDOY - Free Report
) (2.68%), followed by Silicon Motion Technology Corp Sponsored ADR (SIMO - Free Report
) (2.28%) and Advanced Micro Devices(AMD - Free Report
Interfaces and displays (36.32%), VR Gaming Systems (17.50%), Artificial Intelligence software (14.68%), Sensors and Biometrics (11.92%) and GPU and hardware (11.33%) get double-digit weights in the fund.
The major focus is on the U.S. economy, which accounts for 63.24%, with the next in line being Japan accounting for 16.41%. Since its inception on Aug 1, 2018, the fund has amassed about $2.52 million in assets, with an average daily trading volume of 14705. The fund charges 65 bps in fees.
How Does it Fit into a Portfolio?
In 2022, the augmented and virtual reality market is expected to reach more than $117 billion as per an article published on Marketwatch. AUGR offers a liquid and transparent way to invest in companies developing and commercializing the AR/VR technology (read:Explore FANG+ with these new ETFs
There has been a spike in demand for AR and VR in corporate training. Statistics indicates that market growth will reach $2.8 billion by 2023 as per an article published on Forbes.Both AR and VR offer employee simulations, scenarios and information in a secure, risk-free environment.
Investors who want to cash in on the category of AR/VR, may see AUGR a lucrative bet.
There are other options available in the above-mentioned hi-tech space. These are Global X Future Analytics Tech ETF (AIQ - Free Report
) , ALPS Disruptive Technologies ETF (DTEC - Free Report
) and Tactile Analytics AR/VR Virtual Technology ETF . The fund should also face some competition from Global X Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Thematic ETF (BOTZ - Free Report
) , First Trust ISE Cloud Computing Index Fund (SKYY - Free Report
All of these funds are majorly U.S.-market centric, AIQ has 81%, DTEC 67%, ARVR 65%, SKYY 88% exposure with BOTZ having the least U.S. market exposure of 34%. On the expense ratio front, AUGR is beaten by DTEC, which has a lower expense ratio of 0.50% (read: Jim Rogers Launches Al Focused Global Macro ETF
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