A growing number of ETFs offer investors avenues to playing disruptive themes in familiar sectors. Those products include the SPDR Kensho Intelligent Structures ETF (NYSEArca: XKII).
The Kensho Intelligent Structures ETF follows companies whose products and services are driving innovation behind intelligent infrastructure, such as smart building infrastructure, smart power grids, intelligent transportation infrastructure, and intelligent water infrastructure.
XKII, which debuted last December, follows the Kensho Intelligent Infrastructure Index. That index “is designed to capture companies whose products and services are driving innovation behind intelligent infrastructure, which includes the areas of smart building infrastructure, smart power grids, intelligent transportation infrastructure, and intelligent water infrastructure,” according to State Street Global Advisors (SSgA).
As companies across various sectors engage with and produce new services and technologies, the definition of sector investing is quickly evolving.
“Traditional revenue-based sector classification systems may not be well suited for identifying companies driving future innovation in the new economy, but Kensho’s indices are designed to capture not only the leading companies in each industry but also the entire ecosystem supporting them,” said SSgA in a recent note.
XKII features exposure to over a dozen industry groups, many of which dwell in the industrial and technology sectors.