THE BUZ on CLEANTECH

The Buz on CleanTech Stocks 12.18.16

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cleantech Generally, when investors tend to think about green investments, renewable energy sources like solar and wind are the first thing that pop into their minds. As such, these “sexy” growth opportunities often command the lion share of investment dollars. That’s evident by the surge in assets under management in popular ETFs like the iShares Global Clean Energy (NASDAQ: ICLN).

Generally, when investors tend to think about green investments, renewable energy sources like solar and wind are the first thing that pop into their minds. As such, these “sexy” growth opportunities often command the lion share of investment dollars. That’s evident by the surge in assets under management in popular ETFs like the iShares Global Clean Energy (NASDAQ: ICLN).

Yet, there’s more than one way to skin a cat.

And in terms of green investing, the boring concepts of energy efficiency and pollution remediation could actual make portfolios more money over the longer haul than sexier solar and wind power. For investors, there’s a wide world of cleantech ripe for the picking.

The Buz on Cleantech

Focusing On The Low Hanging Fruit

As the world’s population continues to increase at a rapid pace, so does the pressure being placed on our planet. With these growing demands for energy and commodities consumption, many investors are looking towards technology as a way to mitigate these challenges.

Enter cleantech in all its glory.

While renewable energy does fit under the cleantech umbrella, the concept is much more than just solar panels and biofuels. As a widely diverse segment of technology, cleantech is used to describe products and services that improve productivity or efficiency while reducing costs, inputs, energy consumption, waste, or pollution. This wide net includes everything from energy efficiency and recycling efforts to pollution controls.

These few examples show just how big cleantech is and is getting. For investors, that means casting a wider net beyond just solar stocks- like First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) -could lead to more portfolio profits over the long haul. A great starting place is the PowerShares Cleantech (NYSE:PZD).

The ignored fund tracks a wider range of green technology firms than its more popular sister ETF- the PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy (NYSE:PBW). That includes exposure to grid firms like ABB Limited (NYSE:ABB) as well as lighting specialist Cree (NASDAQ:CREE). That broad focus has actually allow PZD to outperform its renewables-only rivals by a wide margin. Expenses for the ETF run 0.67%.

 

 




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