The Rise of Themed ETFs: Video Games, Drones, Millennials

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a collection of stocks or bonds, much like a mutual fund. Their popularity continues to grow as investors look to invest in a wide array of markets, whether broad like the S&P 500, in niche sectors, or targeted to a specific goal.

As the number of active ETFs continue to grow, so has the number of themed ETFs.

Here’s a look at four very different and unique ETF investment ideas:

PureFunds Video Game Tech ETF (NYSEArca: GAMR)

GAMR tracks companies actively involved in the electronic gaming industry including the entertainment, education and simulation segments [Read more: A Look at the First ETF Dedicated to Video Game Industry].

PureFunds Drone Economy Strategy ETF (IFLY)

IFLY provides a benchmark for investors interested in tracking companies actively involved in drone technology and services. The Index uses Modified Equal Weight capitalization-weighted methodology [Read more: PureFunds Launches Drone ETF on NYSE].

Global X Millennials Thematic ETF (Nasdaq: MILN)

MILN is the ninth ETF in Global X’s suite of thematic funds, and the first in its ‘People’ category, which focuses on emerging trends pertaining to changing demographics and consumer behaviors. MILN includes those companies that are among the best positioned to benefit as Millennials, those aged 16-36, gradually enter peak earning years, and become a major force within the U.S. economy [Read more: Global X Launches Millennials ETF on Nasdaq].

SPDR Gender Diversity Index ETF (NYSEArca: SHE)

SHE measures the performance of U.S. large capitalization companies that are gender diverse, and are defined as companies that exhibit gender diversity in their senior leadership positions [Read more: State Street Global Advisors Launches ‘SHE’ ETF to Address Gender Inequality].