Top Tech ETFs Of 2017

May 25, 2017

Disruptive Technology ETFs

Back in the U.S., the top tech-focused fund is the ARK Web x.0 ETF (ARKW), with a nice 33.5% return for the year so far. ARKW is an actively managed ETF that invests in companies that are "expected to benefit from shifting the bases of technology infrastructure to the cloud." Stocks held include firms tied to cloud computing, cyber security, big data, e-commerce and social media platforms.

The ETF also holds a 6% position in the Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC), something that has served it well, as prices for the digital currency have exploded to the upside recently. Other top holdings include Athenahealth, Amazon and 2U Inc.

ARKW is one of five ETFs from ARK Invest, an issuer that focuses on "disruptive innovation." Another of the firm’s active funds to do well so far this year is the ARK Industrial Innovation ETF (ARKQ), with its 29.3% return. ARKQ invests in companies that are poised to benefit from technological advances related to energy, automation, manufacturing and transportation. Top holdings include Stratasys, Tesla and Nvidia.

Social Media ETFs

Shares of Snapchat parent Snap Inc. may be struggling this year, but an ETF that holds social media companies more broadly is doing just fine. The Global X Social Media ETF (SOCL) is up a solid 32.7% year-to-date.

As the name suggests, SOCL holds a basket of social media stocks from all around the world. From Tencent to Twitter to Facebook, SOCL is a social media pure-play ETF.

Sharing some overlap with SOCL is the PowerShares Nasdaq Internet Portfolio (PNQI). PNQI's focus is broader in that it holds shares of internet companies in general. All of its holdings are U.S.-listed, but can be headquartered anywhere.

Amazon, Facebook and Netflix are the top three holdings currently, and the fund is up 25.2% year-to-date.

For a full list of this year's top technology ETFs, see the table below:


Top 15 Technology ETFs

Ticker Fund YTD
EMQQ Emerging Markets Internet & Ecommerce ETF 43.40
KWEB KraneShares CSI China Internet ETF 41.41
ARKW ARK Web x.0 ETF 33.53
SOCL Global X Social Media ETF 32.65
CQQQ Guggenheim China Technology ETF 29.91
ARKQ ARK Industrial Innovation ETF 29.26
PNQI PowerShares NASDAQ Internet Portfolio 25.22
IGV iShares North American Tech-Software ETF 25.08
IPK SPDR S&P International Technology Sector ETF 23.40
PSI PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductors Portfolio 22.47
PRNT 3D Printing ETF 22.35
QTEC First Trust NASDAQ-100 Technology Sector Index Fund 21.44
FINX Global X FinTech ETF 20.65
IXN iShares Global Tech ETF 20.39
MTK SPDR Morgan Stanley Technology ETF 20.29


Contact Sumit Roy at [email protected]

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