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Janus Unveils Big Thematic ETF Push

Janus Unveils Big Thematic ETF Push

Thematic exchange-traded funds are consistently popping up among this year's crop of new ETFs. Janus Capital Group Inc (NYSE: JNS) added to that group of rookie ETFs Thursday in significant fashion, introducing four ETFs targeting the aging, health and wellness and obesity trends.


The Health and Fitness ETF (NASDAQ: FITS) follows the Solactive Health and Fitness Index. FITS is arguably a consumer discretionary ETF in disguise as that sector accounts for over 91 percent of the new ETF's weight.

FITS allocates 19.6 percent of its weight to Dow component Nike Inc (NYSE: NKE) with Lululemon Athletica inc. (NASDAQ: LULU), Under Armour Inc (NYSE: UA) and Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) also among the ETF's top 10 holdings.

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The aptly-tickered Long-Term Care ETF (NASDAQ: OLD) tracks the Solactive Long-Term Care Index. Interestingly, OLD is not as healthcare heavy as some investors might think the new ETF would be. OLD allocates about two-thirds of its weight to financial services stocks, many of which are healthcare real estate investment trusts (REITs) with about a third of the ETF's lineup allocated to pure-play healthcare names.

Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR) and Welltower Inc (NYSE: HCN) combine for over 40 percent of OLD's weight. 

“As medical and pharmaceutical advancements prolong life expectancy, the aging population is expected to create increased demand for the long-term care industry. In 2050, the population age 65 and over in the U.S. is expected to be 83.7 million, or almost double its estimated population of 43.1 million 2012. About one in four 65-year-olds will live past 90 and one out of 10 will live past 95,” according to ETF Trends.


The Organics ETF (NASDAQ: ORG) tracks the Solactive Organics Index. Just as FITS is a pseudo discretionary ETF, ORG is essentially a consumer staples ETF, as that sector accounts for over 87 percent of the new fund's weight.

Not surprisingly, Whole Foods Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: WFM) is the dominant name in ORG, accounting for almost 23 percent of the new fund's weight.

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The Obesity ETF (NASDAQ: SLIM) follows the Solactive Obesity Index. SLIM is almost a pure healthcare fund with that sector representing more than 87 percent of the new ETF's lineup. SLIM is almost evenly split between U.S. and ex-US developed markets stocks. The new ETF is home to 42 stocks, but just two combine for almost 39 percent of SLIM's weight.

Each of the new Janus ETFs charges 0.5 percent per year, or $50 for each $10,000 invested.

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