Looking Beyond the FAANMGs: Seeking to Identify Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders Today

Innovation is in all the headlines, but savvy investors know to get beyond the buzzwords and find the real themes driving performance. So how do you truly invest in tomorrow's leaders while avoiding getting caught up in the hype?

In this one hour deep dive with the portfolio managers of the Goldman Sachs Future Tech Leaders Equity ETF (GTEK), we'll explore the innovation landscape and highlight why a comprehensive, global and forward-thinking approach may be the answer. We'll skip past the headlines and dig into the core issues facing innovation-centric investors in the coming year.

October 4, 2021
11am PT | 2pm ET
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Tom Lydon, CEO of ETF Trends, will moderate a discussion on:

  • Why a global approach may be important to capture innovation in technology
  • The value of looking beyond the mega caps, to small and mid-cap companies
  • The critical importance of being disciplined about valuation

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Brook Dane, CFA

GTEK Portfolio Manager
Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Sung Cho, CFA

GTEK Portfolio Manager
Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Griffin Gall

ETF Specialist
Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Tom Lydon

ETF Trends

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Important Disclosures

The FAANMGs refers to Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Microsoft, Google.

The Goldman Sachs Future Tech Leaders Equity ETF (the “Fund”) seeks long-term growth of capital. The Fund is an actively managed exchange-traded fund. The Fund pursues its investment objective by primarily investing in U.S. and non-U.S. technology companies that the Investment Adviser believes are driving technological innovation or benefitting from the enablement of technology. The Fund’s investments are subject to market risk, which means that the value of the securities in which it invests may go up or down in response to the prospects of individual companies, particular sectors or governments and/or general economic conditions. The Fund’s thematic investment strategy limits the universe of investment opportunities available to the Fund and may affect the Fund’s performance relative to similar funds that do not seek to invest in companies exposed to such themes. The Fund relies on the Investment Adviser for the identification of companies the Investment Adviser believes are driving technological innovation or that benefit from the enablement of technology, and there is no guarantee that the Investment Adviser’s views will reflect the beliefs or values of any particular investor or that companies in which the Fund invests will be successful in their efforts to drive technological innovation or benefit from the enablement of technology. Different investment styles (e.g., “growth” and “value”) tend to shift in and out of favor, and at times the Fund may underperform other funds that invest in similar asset classes. Because the Fund concentrates its investments in certain specific industries, the Fund is subject to greater risk of loss as a result of adverse economic, business or other developments affecting those industries than if its investments were more diversified across different industries.

Stock prices of technology and technology-related companies in particular may be especially volatile. Foreign and emerging markets investments may be more volatile and less liquid than investments in U.S. securities and are subject to the risks of currency fluctuations and adverse economic, social or political developments. Such securities are also subject to foreign custody risk. The securities of mid- and small capitalization companies involve greater risks than those associated with larger, more established companies and may be subject to more abrupt or erratic price movements. The Fund is “non-diversified” and may invest a larger percentage of its assets in fewer issuers than “diversified” funds. In addition, the Fund may invest in a relatively small number of issuers. Accordingly, the Fund may be more susceptible to adverse developments affecting any single issuer held in its portfolio and to greater losses resulting from these developments. Fund shares are not individually redeemable and are issued and redeemed by the Fund at their net asset value (“NAV”) only in large, specified blocks of shares called creation units. Shares otherwise can be bought and sold only through exchange trading at market price (not NAV). Shares may trade at a premium or discount to their NAV in the secondary market. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.

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