This ETF Brings Exposure To Meme Stocks: A Look At The Holdings


A new exchange traded fund offers investors the chance to own a basket of companies that are considered “meme stocks.” Here’s the details and holdings on the new Roundhill MEME ETF MEME.

Roundhill MEME ETF: Launched as the first ETF explicitly designed to track the performance of meme stocks, MEME will rebalance on a biweekly basis.

The ETF will be based on the Solactive Roundhill Meme Stock Index, which holds 25 equal-weighted U.S-listed stocks.

The holdings in the index and ETF are based on “elevated social media activity and high short interest.” Data for social media activity and short interest will be provided by third-party data providers, Roundhill said.

The fund, which has an expense ratio of 0.69%, could experience higher volatility than other ETFs, the company said.

Why Meme Stocks: Roundhill launched a meme-themed fund due to the rise in commission-free trading and retail trading volume growth.

Retail accounts for 21.3% of equity volume in 2021, according to Bloomberg Intelligence, which is more than double its market share back in 2010.

Twitter Inc TWTR, Reddit (r/WallStreetBets), Discord and Stocktwits have helped boost the amount of research and investment ideas shared and used by retail traders, Roundhill said. WallStreetBets has over 11 million users, up from 1 million at the start of 2021.

“After witnessing the likes of GameStop, AMC, DWAC and even Dogecoin become crowd favorites overnight, we thought it made sense to create an ETF that could allow for investors to gain exposure through a diversified vehicle,” Roundhill Investments co-founder and CEO Will Hershey told Benzinga.

Roundhill secured the MEME stock ticker back in April, according to Hershey.

“It’s a lot of work to keep up with what’s trending each day or week on social media and MEME intends to do that for investors that want to be a bit more passive but still be exposed.”

While some may see meme stocks as a fad or short-term investing item, Hershey said meme stocks are here to stay.

“The impact of social media on trading and investing isn’t going anywhere.”

Hershey cites items like Scottrade and Yahoo! Finance message boards being places for investment ideas several years ago. The emerging companies like Reddit, Twitter, Discord and Robinhood add to the strength of social media and community investment ideas, he said.l 

“I think commission-free trading, the ease of access for options trading and even fractional share trading have all contributed as well.”


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MEME Holdings: The initial 25 holdings in the meme stock ETF are listed as followed:

AMC Entertainment Holdings AMC, Advanced Micro Devices AMD, Blackberry BB, Chegg Inc CHGG, Clover Health Investments CLOV, Crowdstrike Holdings CRWD, DraftKings Inc DKNG, Digital World Acquisition Corp DWAC, GameStop Corp GME, Canoo Inc GOEV, Robinhood Markets HOOD, Lucid Group LCID, Moderna Inc MRNA, Cloudflare Inc NET, Palantir Technologies PLTR, Peloton Interactive PTON, Roblox Corp RBLX, Roku Inc ROKU, Snap Inc SNAP, SoFi Technologies SOFI, Square Inc SQ, Teladoc Health TDOC, Tilray Inc TLRY, Upstart Holdings UPST and ContextLogic Inc WISH.

About Roundhill: Thematic ETFs like MEME are nothing new to Roundhill Investments. The company has launched several first-to-market ETFs, including the first pure play sports betting ETF with Roundhill Sports Betting & IGaming ETF BETZ and the Roundhill Ball Metaverse ETF META, an ETF tracking the growing metaverse industry. 

“In being first, you are able to become the ‘benchmark’ and it becomes difficult for copycats to replicate that success in terms of trading volumes and assets under management,” Hershey said.

Other themes from Roundhill include subscription-based companies, sports teams and leagues, esports and digital infrastructure.

When asked what’s next for Roundhill, Hershey told Benzinga that the company is working on new ideas and plans to issue more ETFs.

Disclosure: Author is long shares LCID and SOFI.

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