Designed to provide broad exposure to the Technology – Cloud Computing segment of the equity market, the Global X Cloud Computing ETF CLOU is a passively managed exchange traded fund launched on 04/12/2019.

An increasingly popular option among retail and institutional investors, passively managed ETFs offer low costs, transparency, flexibility, and tax efficiency; they are also excellent vehicles for long term investors.

Investor-friendly, sector ETFs provide many options to gain low risk and diversified exposure to a broad group of companies in particular sectors. Technology – Cloud Computing is one of the 16 broad Zacks sectors within the Zacks Industry classification. It is currently ranked 9, placing it in bottom 44%.

The fund is sponsored by Global X Management. It has amassed assets over $467.16 million, making it one of the larger ETFs attempting to match the performance of the Technology – Cloud Computing segment of the equity market. CLOU seeks to match the performance of the INDXX GLOBAL CLOUD COMPUTING INDEX before fees and expenses.

The Indxx Global Cloud Computing Index provides exposure to exchange-listed companies in developed and emerging markets that are positioned to benefit from the increased adoption of cloud computing technology.

Since cheaper funds tend to produce better results than more expensive funds, assuming all other factors remain equal, it is important for investors to pay attention to an ETF’s expense ratio.

Annual operating expenses for this ETF are 0.68%, making it on par with most peer products in the space.

It is important to delve into an ETF’s holdings before investing despite the many upsides to these kinds of funds like diversified exposure, which minimizes single stock risk. And, most ETFs are very transparent products that disclose their holdings on a daily basis.

Looking at individual holdings, Ltd WIX accounts for about 5.60% of total assets, followed by Digitalocean Holdings Inc DOCN and Procore Technologies Inc PCOR.

The top 10 holdings account for about 45.84% of total assets under management.

The ETF has lost about -11.25% and is up roughly 19.92% so far this year and in the past one year (as of 05/14/2024), respectively. CLOU has traded between $16.96 and $23.47 during this last 52-week period.

The ETF has a beta of 1.04 and standard deviation of 31.47% for the trailing three-year period. With about 38 holdings, it has more concentrated exposure than peers.

Global X Cloud Computing ETF holds a Zacks ETF Rank of 1 (Strong Buy), which is based on expected asset class return, expense ratio, and momentum, among other factors. Because of this, CLOU is an outstanding option for investors seeking exposure to the Technology ETFs segment of the market. There are other additional ETFs in the space that investors could consider as well.

WisdomTree Cloud Computing ETF WCLD tracks BVP NASDAQ EMERGING CLOUD INDEX and the First Trust Cloud Computing ETF SKYY tracks ISE Cloud Computing Index. WisdomTree Cloud Computing ETF has $562.59 million in assets, First Trust Cloud Computing ETF has $3.01 billion. WCLD has an expense ratio of 0.45% and SKYY charges 0.60%.

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