Stocks or ETFs for Focusing on Global Digitalization and Innovation

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The past year has undoubtedly been one of immense change, and this sentiment has proven to be especially true in the world of technology and finance. The field of technology, which was already growing at a rapid pace prior to the pandemic, was thrown into an accelerated frenzy as a result of COVID-19. The systems in which both companies and individuals operate have undergone radical changes, and are creating broad mega-trends in many markets. 

Given this growth, investors have been looking at new tech stocks in spaces such as e-commerce and digital software to build their portfolios. In 2020, e-commerce sales in the  U.S. grew to $788 billion, an increase of 32% year-over-year.  

U.S. e-commerce sales from Bloomberg Finance L.P. Data as of 3/31/2021. 

Revenue growth in new tech is well illustrated through the O’Shares Global Internet  Giants ETF OGIG.

While many of the biggest tech and digital companies did well last year, companies under $100B market cap generated over 80% of portfolio return in  2020. The OGIG ETF capitalized on these companies extremely well, posting a 107%  portfolio performance in 2020. (such favorable performance was attributable to unusually favorable conditions that are likely not sustainable or may not recur). 

Data as of 3/31/2021. OGIG expense ratio, 0.48%. 

Performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results.  Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Returns less than one year are not annualized. For the most recent month-end performance, please visit oshares.com. Inception date: 6/5/18

Source: Bloomberg Finance L.P. Data as of 12/31/2020. 

Performance numbers like these demonstrate the power of investing in new tech and focusing on revenue growth. Additionally, a rules-based approach like OGIG allows for a  dynamic and adaptable response which may be crucial for keeping up with rapid change,  and in the words of O’Shares chairman and co-owner Kevin O’Leary, "Digital  transformation of the U.S. economy is accelerating because the pandemic is forcing  companies to change, fast.” 

What Constitutes New Tech? 

New Technology, or emerging technology, refers to digital technology that improves previous processes. The OGIG ETF, tracks the performance of new tech stocks across five  broad categories: 

1. Internet Conglomerates

2. Digital Advertising & Social Media

3. Retail E-Commerce

4. Digital Entertainment

5. Enterprise Software

By looking at these five internet categories, OGIG aims to help traders invest in the innovation and digitalization of the global economy. As stated, industries such as cloud,  digital entertainment, and e-commerce are driving the growth of the tech industry by promoting the current global digitalization. 

Revenue Growth 

Investing in companies with either proven or expected revenue growth is part of a  fundamental investing strategy known as growth investing. OGIG utilizes this strategy through its portfolio which consists of companies with either proven or expected revenue growth. Even for investors and financial professionals who are more interested in picking or trading stocks, OGIG provides something of a shopping list of ideas for companies to look into. 

OGIG’s Top 10 Holdings (As of 3/31/2021)

Some of OGIG’s other high-growth holdings include DocuSign, Shopify, and Pinterest Inc,  and recent dynamic additions to the ETF include top cloud companies Palantir and  Snowflake. 

Pinterest, which falls under the digital advertising and social media category, is a prime example of a new tech opportunity. It demonstrated significant performance over the past twelve months and year-to-date, increasing by 379.47% and 12.34% respectively as of  March 31, 2021.  

Last year, the image-sharing app diversified its user base, ending the year with 459 million users, up 37% from the previous year. Much of Pinterest’s stock growth is tied to the widening of its user base, which was partially tied to the fact that people spent more time online. However, this growth isn’t expected to slow anytime soon. One notable component of the app is its ability to monetize its user base. The platform’s inclusion of images and  “Pinterest boards” act as inspiration for outfits, home decor, weddings, and vacations which lead directly to sales opportunities.

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