Have you heard of the fourth industrial revolution? If not, rest assured that it’s already changing your life. Zoom calls; smart heating and lighting; self-driving cars; rapid advances in medical science, including vaccines. All these require semiconductors and are just a few children of the revolution, which is gathering speed.
Be involved in this economic revolution by investing in our Semiconductor ETF, the VanEck Semiconductor UCITS ETF.
The 21st Century tech revolution would not be possible without an invention of the 20th Century: semiconductors, also called microchips. They make billions of flawless calculations per second and store nearly infinite data – all on a space smaller than your fingernail. Just a few large companies make semiconductors; they are well positioned to reap substantial profits.
It’s no exaggeration that the rise of tech is becoming exponential. Research from Huawei / Oxford Economics sees its share of the global economy (measured by gross domestic product) rising from 15% in 2006 to 24% in 2025. Thus, the growth perspectives of our Semiconductor ETF are excellent. We already find this around us, for instance:
Several substantial barriers to entry protect semiconductor manufacturers, shielding their profit margins:
Such ‘economic moats’ enshrine competitive advantages. That’s why semiconductor pioneers like Texas Instruments (invented the world’s first integrated circuit in 1958) and Intel (created the first commercial chip in 1971) are still leading players. This is an interesting factor to reflect upon when considering an investment in a Semiconductor ETF.
When it comes to electronics, semiconductor chips make all the difference. Advances in technology depend on advances in semiconductors. For instance, the annual fanfare of new iPhone models would not be possible without relentless improvements in semiconductors. Now new semiconductors are among the vital ingredients of the fourth industrial revolution. As such, they and consequently our Semiconductor ETF can claim their share of its future profits.
Most semiconductor stocks are US or Asian firms. As a result, they may be underrepresented in European investors’ portfolios. As first Semiconductor ETF in Europe, the VanEck Semiconductor UCITS ETF is an high-quality, low-cost way to increase your exposure.
The VanEck Semiconductor UCITS ETF has been the first Europe’s UCITS ETF offering specific exposure to the semiconductor sector.
Source: MVIS. Performance is shown in USD. VanEck Semiconductor UCITS ETF (“the Fund”) tracks the performance of the MVIS US Listed Semiconductor 10% Capped ESG Index, but the displayed performance data is not equal to fund performance as it does not reflect a deduction for fees and expenses. Indices are unmanaged and not securities in which investments can be made. Past performance is no indicator for future results.
Liquidity risks exist when a particular financial instrument is difficult to purchase or sell. If the relevant market is illiquid, it may not be possible to initiate a transaction or liquidate a position at an advantageous or reasonable price, or at all. This is one of the risk factors to consider when investing in a Semiconductor ETF.
The prices of the securities in the Fund are subject to the risks associated with investing in the securities market, including general economic conditions and sudden and unpredictable drops in value. Thus, an investment in a Semiconductor ETF may lose money.
The Fund’s assets may be concentrated in one or more particular sectors or industries. A Semiconductor ETF may be subject to the risk that economic, political or other conditions that have a negative effect on the relevant sectors or industries will negatively impact the Fund's performance to a greater extent than if the Fund’s assets were invested in a wider variety of sectors or industries.
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