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2 ETFs For Blockchain Investing Without The Cryptocurrency Volatility

Published 2020-08-12, 02:56 a/m

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Ripple have attracted widespread attention since Bitcoin was created in 2009. However, the blockchain technology that these cryptocurrencies are based on has many diverse applications beyond this popular market.

Simply put, Blockchain is a record-keeping technology that can be described as a public digital ledger. While in 2018, the global blockchain market was valued at around $1 billion, it is expected to reach $40 billion by 2025. 

Companies that utilize blockchain technology offer investors growth potential without the volatility seen in cryptocurrencies.

Here we'll take a closer look at the emerging blockchain industry and introduce two exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to consider.

Diverse Applications Of Blockchain Technology

Blockchain is essentially a public 'document' where all committed transactions are stored in a list of blocks, which form a chain and contains a verifiable record of every single transaction made. 

Blockchain is immutable, meaning a transaction cannot be tampered with once entered.

Within the past decade, peer-to-peer digital currencies such as Bitcoin have become the most famous examples using blockchain technology. In the future, blockchain applications are likely to impact a wide range of industries like agriculture, asset management, insurance, healthcare, Internet of Things, retail and supply chain management, to name a few.

For example, the Energy Web Foundation is working with energy giants,  BP (NYSE:BP) and Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDSb), to explore how blockchain technology can be used in the energy sector. 

Several big pharma and biotechnology companies, such as AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK), have been collaborating to promote and cut the cost of drug discovery through increased use of blockchains.

Some global banks and financial institutions, including JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), HSBC Holdings (NYSE:HSBC) and Visa (NYSE:V), are researching the potential use of blockchain-based banking solutions.

Grocery stores and food manufacturers, including Walmart (NYSE:WMT) and Unilever (NYSE:UN), are exploring how blockchain could help them keep track of food in the supply chain. 

With so much potential for how blockchain technology can benefit industry giants, these 2 blockchain ETFs should be on your radar:

1. Amplify Transformational Data ETF 

  • Current Price: $23.46
  • 52 Week Range: $13.04-$24.41
  • Dividend Yield: 1.64%
  • Expense Ratio: 0.70% per year, or, $70 on a $10,000 investment

The Amplify Transformational Data Sharing (NYSE:BLOK) invests at least 80% of net assets in shares of companies that are active developers and utilizers of blockchain technologies.

The top five sectors (by weighting) are Software & Services (30.9%), Diversified Financials (20.5%), Media & Entertainment (19.9%), Retailing (9.8%) and Banks (8.1%).

BLOK, whose net assets are about $112 million, has 55 holdings. The top five companies are Galaxy Digital Holdings (TSX:GLXY), Square (NYSE:SQ), Gmo Internet  (T:9449), Z Holdings (OTC:YAHOY) and Kakao Corp (KS:035720). These five firms make up close to 24% of the fund's total holdings. 

BLOK Weekly Chart

Year-to-date, BLOK is up over 25%. However, since the lows seen in March, the fund has increased by over 80%, so $1,000 invested in early spring would now be worth around $1,800. On Aug. 5, BLOK hit an all-time high of $24.41.

The companies in the fund mainly come from Asia-Pacific (45.9%) and North America (43.5%). Potential investors should study the companies in the fund as well as their products and services carefully before committing new capital into BLOK. 

2. Goldman Sachs Finance Reimagined ETF 

  • Current Price: $64.18
  • 52 Week Range: $38.81-$65.73
  • Dividend Yield: 0.66%
  • Expense Ratio: 0.50% per year, or $50 on a $10,000 investment

The Goldman Sachs Finance Reimagined ETF (NYSE:GFIN), which has 119 holdings, tracks the Goldman Sachs Finance Reimagined index.

GFIN provides exposure to companies that it believes are innovators within the financial services sector. The top five companies comprise 20% of the fund's total holdings, which are worth close to to $30 million. They are Mastercard (NYSE:MA), Square, Visa, PayPal Holdings (NASDAQ:PYPLand Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE:FIS).  

The top five sectors (by weighting) are Information Technology (54.0%), Financials (34.2%), Communication Services (4.6%), Industrials (4.5%), and Real Estate (1.4%).

GFIN Chart

So far in 2020, GFIN is up 8.5%. However, since late March, like BLOK, the fund has soared about 67%.

Those investors who feel blockchain will become a substantial aspect of financial services may want to do further due diligence.

Bottom Line 

Blockchain technology has increasingly been showing up in a wide variety of applications. Consumers and investors are likely to hear the word 'blockchain' more frequently, as many public and private companies embrace it. Various ETFs may enable market participants to buy shares in businesses that are part of the industry's growth.

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