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An Ebola-Fighting Portfolio For The Present And The Future

An Ebola-Fighting Portfolio For The Present And The Future

Motif Investing looks for “trends, ideas and world events that could create an investment opportunity.” It then selects 10 to 30 stocks related to a particular idea and builds portfolios based on their exposure to it.

Fighting Ebola

The Ebola scare has been around for a while now; and for good reasons. The estimated fatality rate of this illness stands around 50 percent, the latest outbreak is the largest so far and, to date, there are no known treatments for it. “That has put companies and governments on a dual-track strategy to both find a cure and react quickly to limit the spread of the virus,” Motif explains.

The related motif -- a collection of publicly-traded companies listed below -- contains stocks that either derive a majority of their sales from Ebola treatment, or are speculative ways to play potential future treatments. Not every firm listed below is currently involved in the space.

The Risks & The Hedge

The experts behind this motif explicate that “there are no guarantees of success stories and investors in companies that are looking to help fight and cure Ebola should be aware of the unique risks due to no track record and increased volatility.”

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In order to create a portfolio that provides exposure to companies focused on Ebola treatment, while diminishing the negative market impact from a potential epidemic, this motif includes the inverse leveraged Russell 2000 ETF -- ProShares UltraShort Russell2000 (ETF) (NYSE: TWM).

“However, inverse and leveraged ETFs carry risks of their own and investors should continually monitor their holdings in them,” the specialists explain. “Also, investing in new and developing industries can involve significant volatility and unique risks that investors need to consider and be aware of prior to making an investment decision.”

The Allocation

So, let’s take a look at how assets are distributed in this portfolio.

Overall, 43 percent of assets are allocated to drugs and vaccines makers, 25.8 percent to protective equipment companies and 7.5 percent to diagnostics stocks.

The remaining 23.7 percent of assets are put in the aforementioned market hedge –- the inverse leveraged Russell 2000 ETF.

Aside from the Russell 2000 ETF, these are the top stocks in the motif by allocation:

  • NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ: NLNK), 7.8 percent
  • Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT), 5.5 percent
  • Chimerix Inc (NASDAQ: CMRX), 5.3 percent
  • Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE: CMN), 5.2 percent
  • BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCRX), 4.6 percent
  • Halyard Health Inc (NYSE: HYH), 4.6 percent
  • 3M Co (NYSE: MMM), 4.5 percent
  • Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN), 4.5 percent
  • Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG), 4.4 percent
  • Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL), 4.1 percent
  • E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE: DD), 4.0 percent

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