Water ETFs Everywhere

  • PowerShares Water Resources (PHO), launched 12/6/2005, tracks the Nasdaq OMX US Water Index, a modified equal-dollar weighted benchmark of U.S. exchange-listed companies and ADRs that create products designed to conserve and purify water for homes, businesses, and industries. It holds 37 stocks, has $775 million in assets, and an expense ratio of 0.61%.
  • First Trust Water (FIW), launched 5/11/2007, tracks the ISE Water Index, a modified market capitalization-weighted index composed of U.S. exchange-listed companies and ADRs that derive a substantial portion of their revenues from the potable and wastewater industry. It holds 36 stocks, has $250 million in assets, and an expense ratio of 0.57%.
  • Guggenheim S&P Global Water (CGW), launched 5/14/2007, tracks the S&P Global Water Index, which selects 25 water utilities and infrastructure companies along with 25 water equipment and materials companies. Its top country allocations included the U.S. 45%, U.K. 15%, Switzerland 9%, France 7%, and Hong Kong 7%. It has $475 million in assets and an expense ratio of 0.64%.
  • PowerShares Global Water Resources (PIO), launched 6/13/2007, tracks the Nasdaq OMX Global Water Index, making it a global version of PHO above. Its top country allocations included the U.S. 37%, Switzerland 16%, U.K. 15%, France 11%, and Japan 6%. It holds 39 stocks, has $185 million in assets, and an expense ratio of 0.76%.
  • Summit Water Infrastructure Multifactor (WTRX), launched 8/9/2016, tracks the Summit Zacks Global Water Index of publicly listed U.S. and international companies with a significant portion of their business activities dedicated to the global water industry. It uses a three-factor fundamental model that has provided strong historical indicators of the long-term performance of water equities. Its top country allocations included the U.S. 18%, U.K. 15%, Switzerland 10%, China 8%, and Japan 7%. It holds 50 stocks, has only $4 million in assets, and an expense ratio of 0.80%.
  • Tortoise Water Fund (TBLU), launched 2/15/2017, tracks the Tortoise Water Index, which follows a proprietary rules-based methodology using fundamental weighting. The underlying index consists of 34 companies, with single issuer exposure capped at 7.5%. It is global in nature, but the individual country exposure is unknown at this time. It holds 34 stocks, has an estimated $2.5 million in assets, and an expense ratio of 0.40%.
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