This Week’s ETF Launches: First Trust Jumps On The Robotics Bandwagon

Investing in companies that develop robotics-related technology or artificial intelligence capabilities has proven to be especially lucrative.

In just over two years, the original robotics ETF, the Robo Global Robotics & Automation Index ETF (ROBO), has returned more than 110%. The second robotics ETF, the Global X Robotics & Artificial Intelligence ETF (BOTZ), launched about a year and a half ago, and has enjoyed similar success. This week, a third robotics ETF joins the group. Will it be a winner or is it too late to the party?

Here are this week’s new fund launches:

Ticker Name Issuer Launch Date Category Expense Ratio
(BVNSC) Brandes Value NextShares Brandes Investment Partners 02/13/2018 Large Cap Value Equities 0.40%
(GRBIC) Gabelli RBI NextShares GAMCO Investors, Inc. 02/16/2018 Industrials Equities 0.90%
(RPIBC) Reinhart Intermediate Bond NextShares Reinhart Partners 02/16/2018 Total Bond Market 0.30%
(ROBT) First Trust Nasdaq Artificial Intelligence and Robotics ETF First Trust 02/21/2018 Technology Equities 0.65%

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