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Investment company TRUE Private Wealth Advisors (Current Portfolio) buys BTC iShares Gold Trust, iShares Intermediate Credit Bond ETF, iShares Core MSCI Total International Stock ETF, BTC iShares National Muni Bond ETF, BTC iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF, sells iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF, ISHARES TRUST, BTC iShares S&P 500 Growth ETF, iShares Core 1-5 Year USD Bond ETF, ISHARES TRUST during the 3-months ended 2020Q3, according to the most recent filings of the investment company, TRUE Private Wealth Advisors. As of 2020Q3, TRUE Private Wealth Advisors owns 708 stocks with a total value of $580 million. These are the details of the buys and sells.

For the details of TRUE Private Wealth Advisors’s stock buys and sells,go to https://www.gurufocus.com/guru/true+private+wealth+advisors/current-portfolio/portfolio

These are the top 5 holdings of TRUE Private Wealth Advisors

  1. BTC iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (ITOT) – 1,008,857 shares, 13.14% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 9.14%
  2. BTC iShares Gold Trust (IAU) – 2,923,496 shares, 9.07% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 120.14%
  3. iShares Core MSCI Total International Stock ETF (IXUS) – 733,295 shares, 7.38% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 125.61%
  4. iShares Intermediate Credit Bond ETF (IGIB) – 428,435 shares, 4.49% of the total portfolio. New Position
  5. BTC iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG) – 388,609 shares, 3.54% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 190.23%

New Purchase: iShares Intermediate Credit Bond ETF (IGIB)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors initiated holding in iShares Intermediate Credit Bond ETF. The purchase prices were between $59.92 and $61.31, with an estimated average price of $60.73. The stock is now traded at around $60.90. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 4.49%. The holding were 428,435 shares as of .

New Purchase: BTC iShares National Muni Bond ETF (MUB)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors initiated holding in BTC iShares National Muni Bond ETF. The purchase prices were between $115.26 and $117.22, with an estimated average price of $116.18. The stock is now traded at around $115.23. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 3.43%. The holding were 171,476 shares as of .

New Purchase: iShares MSCI USA ESG Optimized ETF (ESGU)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors initiated holding in iShares MSCI USA ESG Optimized ETF. The purchase prices were between $70.41 and $81.56, with an estimated average price of $75.29. The stock is now traded at around $79.02. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.46%. The holding were 34,782 shares as of .

New Purchase: ISHARES TRUST (GOVT)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors initiated holding in ISHARES TRUST. The purchase prices were between $27.79 and $28.25, with an estimated average price of $27.99. The stock is now traded at around $27.76. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.32%. The holding were 66,710 shares as of .

New Purchase: ProShares UltraShort QQQ (QID)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors initiated holding in ProShares UltraShort QQQ. The purchase prices were between $8.25 and $12.37, with an estimated average price of $10.37. The stock is now traded at around $8.95. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.06%. The holding were 38,463 shares as of .

New Purchase: Amcor PLC (AMCR)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors initiated holding in Amcor PLC. The purchase prices were between $10.3 and $11.43, with an estimated average price of $10.88. The stock is now traded at around $11.43. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 0.06%. The holding were 28,892 shares as of .

Added: BTC iShares Gold Trust (IAU)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors added to a holding in BTC iShares Gold Trust by 120.14%. The purchase prices were between $16.92 and $19.71, with an estimated average price of $18.26. The stock is now traded at around $18.40. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 4.95%. The holding were 2,923,496 shares as of .

Added: iShares Core MSCI Total International Stock ETF (IXUS)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors added to a holding in iShares Core MSCI Total International Stock ETF by 125.61%. The purchase prices were between $54.89 and $60.22, with an estimated average price of $58.23. The stock is now traded at around $60.31. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 4.11%. The holding were 733,295 shares as of .

Added: BTC iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors added to a holding in BTC iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF by 190.23%. The purchase prices were between $48.22 and $54.44, with an estimated average price of $52.43. The stock is now traded at around $54.82. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 2.32%. The holding were 388,609 shares as of .

Added: BTC iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF (IJH)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors added to a holding in BTC iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF by 387.53%. The purchase prices were between $173.64 and $195.6, with an estimated average price of $186.16. The stock is now traded at around $199.32. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 2.2%. The holding were 86,566 shares as of .

Added: BTC iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (IJR)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors added to a holding in BTC iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF by 263.60%. The purchase prices were between $65.42 and $75.64, with an estimated average price of $71.4. The stock is now traded at around $76.19. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 2.19%. The holding were 249,505 shares as of .

Added: BTC iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF (IWD)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors added to a holding in BTC iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF by 105.58%. The purchase prices were between $110.59 and $123.5, with an estimated average price of $117.94. The stock is now traded at around $123.42. The impact to a portfolio due to this purchase was 1.49%. The holding were 142,413 shares as of .

Sold Out: Direxion Daily Aerospace & Defense Bull 3X Shares (DFEN)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors sold out a holding in Direxion Daily Aerospace & Defense Bull 3X Shares. The sale prices were between $9.86 and $13.65, with an estimated average price of $11.82.

Sold Out: MGM Resorts International (MGM)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors sold out a holding in MGM Resorts International. The sale prices were between $14.96 and $23.86, with an estimated average price of $19.83.

Sold Out: Pinduoduo Inc (PDD)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors sold out a holding in Pinduoduo Inc. The sale prices were between $73.7 and $97.46, with an estimated average price of $85.82.

Sold Out: Aurora Cannabis Inc (21P1)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors sold out a holding in Aurora Cannabis Inc. The sale prices were between $4.05 and $11.11, with an estimated average price of $8.17.

Sold Out: FS KKR Capital Corp (FS5A)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors sold out a holding in FS KKR Capital Corp. The sale prices were between $11.62 and $13.98, with an estimated average price of $13.15.

Sold Out: Kitov Pharma Ltd (KTOV)

TRUE Private Wealth Advisors sold out a holding in Kitov Pharma Ltd. The sale prices were between $3.93 and $9.3, with an estimated average price of $6.19.

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7 Sin Stocks To Buy That Will Outperform the S&P 500

While the S&P 500 and a wide range of stocks continue their September slide, many investors are understandably jittery, wondering if a second market crash is coming this year. In response, they’re searching for industries that can offer more stability, but also growth and income over the coming quarters. One such group are the so-called “sin stocks,” which benefit when humans indulge in vices.Although there may be different definitions of sin stocks, these businesses include those in alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, gambling, adult entertainment, weapons and defense industries. What is viewed as a sin stock today may also change over time.Recent research by David Blitzo of Robeco Asset Management in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Frank J. Fabozzi of EDHEC Business School in Nice, France, highlights how “various studies … [of] the historical performance of sin stocks … [show] they have delivered significantly positive abnormal returns.”InvestorPlace – Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThat is to say, sin stocks outperform the broader market time and again, and that isn’t based on one study; it’s based on many studies, by different researchers at different times.Sales figures from companies back up the anecdotal evidence that even in economically difficult periods, tobacco and alcohol consumption remain fairly stable. In fact, during the early weeks of the pandemic, alcohol sales in the U.S. increased by 27%. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now Therefore, for investors whose convictions allow them to invest in these firms, such stocks can provide meaningful diversification during volatile market periods. On the other hand, some sin stocks, particularly casino stocks, have suffered greatly as gambling locations remain closed due to lockdowns.With all that in mind, here are seven sin stocks to invest for the long-run: * Advisor Shares Vice ETF (NASDAQ:ACT) * Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) * ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEARCA:MJ) * iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (CBOE:ITA) * Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWBI) * VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (NASDAQ:BJK) * Vanguard Consumer Staples Index Fund ETF (NYSEARCA:VDC)Most sin industry stocks also bear juicy dividends. Thus, they could be appropriate for investors seeking passive income, especially in a low-interest environment such as this. Sin Stocks to Buy: Advisor Shares Vice ETF (ACT)Source: Shutterstock 52-Week Range: $16.16 – 26.95Dividend Yield: 2.41%Net Expense Ratio: 0.99 % per yearOur first choice is an exchange-traded fund (ETF), best for investors who would rather not risk capital on one company. The AdvisorShares Vice ETF concentrates mainly on U.S.-listed alcohol and tobacco companies. It may also hold stocks of firms conducting federally legal cannabis business, per the U.S. government.As regular InvestorPlace readers likely know, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level in the U.S. At the state level, legal status depends on the laws of the individual state. Outside of Canada, which was the first G7 country to nationally legalize cannabis, the size of the legalized marijuana industry remains very small. Yet that market is expected to reach $40 billion by 2023.In terms of ETF composition, cannabis-related firms top the list with a 40.9% weighting. Next are alcohol (27.1%), Restaurant & Entertainment (12.2%), and Tobacco with Cannabis Exposure (11.3%). Close to 80% of the companies come from North America, followed by Europe (13.3%).ACT’s top ten holdings comprise around 60% of total net assets, which stand close to $10 million. ACT’s top five companies are Boston Beer (NYSE:SAM), Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE:TMO), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), Turning Point Brands (NYSE:TPB) and Abbvie (NYSE:ABBV). A closer examination of the holdings shows that there is considerable emphasis on life-sciences. For example, in Canada, Thermo Fisher undertakes cannabis compliance activities. Another holding is Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE:SMG), which is known for its fertilizer products, used by marijuana producers.So far in 2020, the fund is up around 3%. Yet since the lows seen in early spring, ACT is up around 55%. In fact, on September 16, it hit a 52-week high.Any decline toward the $22.5-level would make the fund more attractive for long-term investors. However, we’d like to underscore the high management fee as well as the fact that it is still a smaller size fund. Constellation Brands (STZ)Source: ShinoStock / Shutterstock.com 52-Week Range: $104.28 – $210.65Dividend Yield: 1.62%Victor, New York-headquartered Constellation Brands’ website highlights that it is the fastest-growing large consumer packaged goods (CPG) company in the U.S. at the retail level. And in addition to the U.S., the global alcoholic beverage company has operations in Mexico, New Zealand and Italy as well.The group produces and markets beer, wine and a diverse range of spirits. Several of its well-known brands include Corona, Modelo, Pacifico, Robert Mondavi, SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.In 2018, Constellation Brands took a considerable stake in Canada-based Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), providing the company with managerial and financial backing. There may be investors who are hoping that Constellation Brands, which holds a 38% stake in the company, will acquire the remaining shares of Canopy Growth. Given the question marks surrounding the cannabis industry and the global economy, we don’t expect such an acquisition to happen in the near-term.Year-to-date (YTD) the stock is down about 2%. Part of the weakness in price may come from the fact that its wine and spirits business has seen lower shipments in 2020. But the beer business is strong, posting the tenth consecutive year of rising shipments. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now Since the lows seen in March, the shares are up about 80%. As a result of the rapid increase, forward P/E and P/S ratios have also been pushed up, standing at 20.75 and 4.33 respectively. We’d look to buy the shares around $170. ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ)Source: Shutterstock 52-Week Range: $8.81 – $23.44Dividend Yield: 10.76%Expense Ratio: 0.75%Our next choice is an ETF from the cannabis space. The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF tracks the Prime Alternative Harvest index. MJ stock invests in companies that have exposure to global medicinal and recreational cannabis legalization moves.Pharmaceuticals (56.4%), Tobacco (24.7%) and Biotechnology (9.1%) are the top 3 sectors for MJ, which has 35 holdings. The top ten holdings comprise about 60% of total net assets, which are around $550 million. MJ’s top five companies are GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH), Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON), Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), Corbus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CRBP) and Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB).It’s important to note that U.K.-based GW Pharmaceuticals, a leading cannabinoid-focused biotech company, is MJ’s largest holding, accounting for 11.1% of its assets. Its drugs are widely used to treat spasms in multiple sclerosis patients. The fund also owns shares of the companies providing ancillary products and services to the cannabis companies.So far in 2020, Canada-based marijuana stocks have been plumbing new lows. Producing cannabis is capital-intensive, meaning pot firms make substantial initial and ongoing investments. These companies are also vulnerable to supply and demand issues.Over the past year, a wide range of Canadian regulatory logjams have resulted in supply problems for companies like Cronos, Canopy Growth, and Aurora Cannabis. Plus, most of the demand for cannabis is currently limited to Canada where there is still a resilient black market. As a result, the next few months may see consolidation in the industry north of the border.YTD, the fund is down about 36%. It is likely that MJ may re-test its lows seen earlier in March. Investors who are able to spare risk capital may consider investing for the long-run around $7.5. iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (ITA)Source: Shutterstock 52-Week Range: $112.47 – $240.62Dividend Yield: 2.26%Expense Ratio: 0.42%The iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF provides exposure to U.S. companies that manufacture commercial and military aircrafts and other defense equipment. ITA, which has 35 holdings, tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Select Aerospace & Defense Index.The top ten companies comprise 75% of net assets under management, which stand close to $2.7 billion. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Raytheon Technologies (NYSE:RTX) and Boeing (NYSE:BA) are the top three holdings for ITA. Put another way, investors are relying on a few major players for returns. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now Many analysts concur that U.S. defense spending is likely to remain high. However, the headwinds affecting orders, especially for Boeing, may stay with us for some time. This fact is potentially already reflected in the price, which is down close to 30% YTD.Contrarian and dividend-seeking investors may find this fund appealing. Smith & Wesson (SWBI)Source: Supakorn Pe / Shutterstock.com 52-Week Range: $4.16 – $22.40Dividend Yield: 1.26%Springfield, Massachusetts-based firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson is our next stock. The company was founded in 1852. Earlier in August, it spun off American Outdoor Brands (NASDAQ:AOUT) as a separate entity.In August, the company released FY 2020 annual report and highlighted that nationwide firearm demand remained extremely high. Sales numbers and anecdotal evidence suggest that guns have recently been flying off the shelves in many parts of the country.During the year, the group introduced 230 new firearms. A third of those were brand new products, while the rest were line extensions. Net sales for the fiscal year were $678.4 million, an increase of 6.3% from a year ago. The firearms segment gross sales represented a 10% increase over fiscal 2019 sales. The company’s gross margins have been climbing and now stand at a robust 40.2%.YTD, SWBI shares are up close to 70%. The upcoming U.S. Presidential election may bring volatility in the stock price. However, long-term investors may consider buying the dips. Its P/S and P/B ratios stand out, at 1.01 and 1.95 respectively. VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (BJK)Source: Shutterstock 52 Week Range: $ 20.02 – 43.73Dividend Yield: 3.23%Expense Ratio: 0.65%The VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF provides exposure to companies in the global gaming industry. That includes casinos and casino hotels, sports betting, lottery and gaming services, and gaming technology and equipment.BJK, which has 42 holdings, tracks the MVIS Global Gaming Index. The top sector allocation is Consumer Discretionary (91.1%), followed by Real Estate (9.2%).The top ten holdings constitute over 55% of net assets, which stand around $53 million. Flutter Entertainment (OTC:PDYPY), Galaxy Entertainment Group (OTC:GXYEF) and Draftkings (NASDAQ:DKNG) are the top three firms in BJK.At present, in the U.S., DraftKings and FanDuel, which is part of Europe-based Flutter Entertainment, are the two main online platforms for sports and sports fantasy betting. DKNG stock, which went public in late April, is up over 400%. Flutter Entertainment, which is one of the largest gambling companies in the world by revenue, is also up about 23%. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now However, the fund as a whole is down about 9% so far in 2020. Investors who want to capitalize on the potential of sports betting as well as the growth in fantasy sports both in the U.S. and worldwide may want to do further due diligence on the fund. We’d look to buy the dips. Vanguard Consumer Staples Index Fund ETF (VDC)Source: Shutterstock 52-week range: $120.70-$172.31Dividend Yield: 3.05%Expense Ratio: 0.10% per yearOur final pick is another ETF. However, it’s not a pure play on sin stocks. Instead the Vanguard Consumer Staples Index Fund ETF provides exposure to a range of large-, mid-, and small-cap U.S. stocks in the consumer staples sector. As a result, this fund is defensive in nature.VDC, which has has 94 holdings, tracks the Spliced US IMI Consumer Staples 25/50 Index. The most important sectors (by weighting) are Household Products, Soft Drinks, Packaged Foods & Meats and Hypermarkets & Super Centers. In total, these four sectors make up about three-quarters of the fund.The top ten holdings comprise 65% of total net assets, which stand at $6.5 billion. These are businesses with competitive positions and strong balance sheets and revenue streams. Among those ten companies are two businesses that would be considered sin stocks, i.e., Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) and Altria (NYSE:MO).Phillip Morris International is a global cigarette and tobacco manufacturing company, whose products are sold in over 180 countries outside the U.S. The most recognized brand is Marlboro. Altria’s subsidiaries, on the other hand, include Philip Morris USA, which is engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes in the U.S. as well as several other brands which manufacture, produce and market tobacco products and wine.In 2020, the fund has returned about 0.3%, i.e. it’s flat. Given the health and economic uncertainties due to the pandemic, market participants may consider allocating some capital into VDC. We’d look to buy the dips, especially around $155 or below.On the date of publication, Tezcan Gecgil did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.Tezcan Gecgil has worked in investment management for over two decades in the U.S. and U.K. In addition to formal higher education in the field, she has also completed all 3 levels of the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) examination. Her passion is for options trading based on technical analysis of fundamentally strong companies. She especially enjoys setting up weekly covered calls for income generation. She also publishes educational articles on long-term investing. 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7 Sin Stocks To Buy That Will Outperform the S&P 500

While the S&P 500 and a wide range of stocks continue their September slide, many investors are understandably jittery, wondering if a second market crash is coming this year. In response, they’re searching for industries that can offer more stability, but also growth and income over the coming quarters. One such group are the so-called “sin stocks,” which benefit when humans indulge in vices.Although there may be different definitions of sin stocks, these businesses include those in alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, gambling, adult entertainment, weapons and defense industries. What is viewed as a sin stock today may also change over time.Recent research by David Blitzo of Robeco Asset Management in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Frank J. Fabozzi of EDHEC Business School in Nice, France, highlights how “various studies … [of] the historical performance of sin stocks … [show] they have delivered significantly positive abnormal returns.”InvestorPlace – Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThat is to say, sin stocks outperform the broader market time and again, and that isn’t based on one study; it’s based on many studies, by different researchers at different times.Sales figures from companies back up the anecdotal evidence that even in economically difficult periods, tobacco and alcohol consumption remain fairly stable. In fact, during the early weeks of the pandemic, alcohol sales in the U.S. increased by 27%. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now Therefore, for investors whose convictions allow them to invest in these firms, such stocks can provide meaningful diversification during volatile market periods. On the other hand, some sin stocks, particularly casino stocks, have suffered greatly as gambling locations remain closed due to lockdowns.With all that in mind, here are seven sin stocks to invest for the long-run: * Advisor Shares Vice ETF (NASDAQ:ACT) * Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) * ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEARCA:MJ) * iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (CBOE:ITA) * Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWBI) * VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (NASDAQ:BJK) * Vanguard Consumer Staples Index Fund ETF (NYSEARCA:VDC)Most sin industry stocks also bear juicy dividends. Thus, they could be appropriate for investors seeking passive income, especially in a low-interest environment such as this. Sin Stocks to Buy: Advisor Shares Vice ETF (ACT)Source: Shutterstock 52-Week Range: $16.16 – 26.95Dividend Yield: 2.41%Net Expense Ratio: 0.99 % per yearOur first choice is an exchange-traded fund (ETF), best for investors who would rather not risk capital on one company. The AdvisorShares Vice ETF concentrates mainly on U.S.-listed alcohol and tobacco companies. It may also hold stocks of firms conducting federally legal cannabis business, per the U.S. government.As regular InvestorPlace readers likely know, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level in the U.S. At the state level, legal status depends on the laws of the individual state. Outside of Canada, which was the first G7 country to nationally legalize cannabis, the size of the legalized marijuana industry remains very small. Yet that market is expected to reach $40 billion by 2023.In terms of ETF composition, cannabis-related firms top the list with a 40.9% weighting. Next are alcohol (27.1%), Restaurant & Entertainment (12.2%), and Tobacco with Cannabis Exposure (11.3%). Close to 80% of the companies come from North America, followed by Europe (13.3%).ACT’s top ten holdings comprise around 60% of total net assets, which stand close to $10 million. ACT’s top five companies are Boston Beer (NYSE:SAM), Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE:TMO), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), Turning Point Brands (NYSE:TPB) and Abbvie (NYSE:ABBV). A closer examination of the holdings shows that there is considerable emphasis on life-sciences. For example, in Canada, Thermo Fisher undertakes cannabis compliance activities. Another holding is Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE:SMG), which is known for its fertilizer products, used by marijuana producers.So far in 2020, the fund is up around 3%. Yet since the lows seen in early spring, ACT is up around 55%. In fact, on September 16, it hit a 52-week high.Any decline toward the $22.5-level would make the fund more attractive for long-term investors. However, we’d like to underscore the high management fee as well as the fact that it is still a smaller size fund. Constellation Brands (STZ)Source: ShinoStock / Shutterstock.com 52-Week Range: $104.28 – $210.65Dividend Yield: 1.62%Victor, New York-headquartered Constellation Brands’ website highlights that it is the fastest-growing large consumer packaged goods (CPG) company in the U.S. at the retail level. And in addition to the U.S., the global alcoholic beverage company has operations in Mexico, New Zealand and Italy as well.The group produces and markets beer, wine and a diverse range of spirits. Several of its well-known brands include Corona, Modelo, Pacifico, Robert Mondavi, SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.In 2018, Constellation Brands took a considerable stake in Canada-based Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), providing the company with managerial and financial backing. There may be investors who are hoping that Constellation Brands, which holds a 38% stake in the company, will acquire the remaining shares of Canopy Growth. Given the question marks surrounding the cannabis industry and the global economy, we don’t expect such an acquisition to happen in the near-term.Year-to-date (YTD) the stock is down about 2%. Part of the weakness in price may come from the fact that its wine and spirits business has seen lower shipments in 2020. But the beer business is strong, posting the tenth consecutive year of rising shipments. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now Since the lows seen in March, the shares are up about 80%. As a result of the rapid increase, forward P/E and P/S ratios have also been pushed up, standing at 20.75 and 4.33 respectively. We’d look to buy the shares around $170. ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ)Source: Shutterstock 52-Week Range: $8.81 – $23.44Dividend Yield: 10.76%Expense Ratio: 0.75%Our next choice is an ETF from the cannabis space. The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF tracks the Prime Alternative Harvest index. MJ stock invests in companies that have exposure to global medicinal and recreational cannabis legalization moves.Pharmaceuticals (56.4%), Tobacco (24.7%) and Biotechnology (9.1%) are the top 3 sectors for MJ, which has 35 holdings. The top ten holdings comprise about 60% of total net assets, which are around $550 million. MJ’s top five companies are GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH), Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON), Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), Corbus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CRBP) and Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB).It’s important to note that U.K.-based GW Pharmaceuticals, a leading cannabinoid-focused biotech company, is MJ’s largest holding, accounting for 11.1% of its assets. Its drugs are widely used to treat spasms in multiple sclerosis patients. The fund also owns shares of the companies providing ancillary products and services to the cannabis companies.So far in 2020, Canada-based marijuana stocks have been plumbing new lows. Producing cannabis is capital-intensive, meaning pot firms make substantial initial and ongoing investments. These companies are also vulnerable to supply and demand issues.Over the past year, a wide range of Canadian regulatory logjams have resulted in supply problems for companies like Cronos, Canopy Growth, and Aurora Cannabis. Plus, most of the demand for cannabis is currently limited to Canada where there is still a resilient black market. As a result, the next few months may see consolidation in the industry north of the border.YTD, the fund is down about 36%. It is likely that MJ may re-test its lows seen earlier in March. Investors who are able to spare risk capital may consider investing for the long-run around $7.5. iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (ITA)Source: Shutterstock 52-Week Range: $112.47 – $240.62Dividend Yield: 2.26%Expense Ratio: 0.42%The iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF provides exposure to U.S. companies that manufacture commercial and military aircrafts and other defense equipment. ITA, which has 35 holdings, tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Select Aerospace & Defense Index.The top ten companies comprise 75% of net assets under management, which stand close to $2.7 billion. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Raytheon Technologies (NYSE:RTX) and Boeing (NYSE:BA) are the top three holdings for ITA. Put another way, investors are relying on a few major players for returns. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now Many analysts concur that U.S. defense spending is likely to remain high. However, the headwinds affecting orders, especially for Boeing, may stay with us for some time. This fact is potentially already reflected in the price, which is down close to 30% YTD.Contrarian and dividend-seeking investors may find this fund appealing. Smith & Wesson (SWBI)Source: Supakorn Pe / Shutterstock.com 52-Week Range: $4.16 – $22.40Dividend Yield: 1.26%Springfield, Massachusetts-based firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson is our next stock. The company was founded in 1852. Earlier in August, it spun off American Outdoor Brands (NASDAQ:AOUT) as a separate entity.In August, the company released FY 2020 annual report and highlighted that nationwide firearm demand remained extremely high. Sales numbers and anecdotal evidence suggest that guns have recently been flying off the shelves in many parts of the country.During the year, the group introduced 230 new firearms. A third of those were brand new products, while the rest were line extensions. Net sales for the fiscal year were $678.4 million, an increase of 6.3% from a year ago. The firearms segment gross sales represented a 10% increase over fiscal 2019 sales. The company’s gross margins have been climbing and now stand at a robust 40.2%.YTD, SWBI shares are up close to 70%. The upcoming U.S. Presidential election may bring volatility in the stock price. However, long-term investors may consider buying the dips. Its P/S and P/B ratios stand out, at 1.01 and 1.95 respectively. VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (BJK)Source: Shutterstock 52 Week Range: $ 20.02 – 43.73Dividend Yield: 3.23%Expense Ratio: 0.65%The VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF provides exposure to companies in the global gaming industry. That includes casinos and casino hotels, sports betting, lottery and gaming services, and gaming technology and equipment.BJK, which has 42 holdings, tracks the MVIS Global Gaming Index. The top sector allocation is Consumer Discretionary (91.1%), followed by Real Estate (9.2%).The top ten holdings constitute over 55% of net assets, which stand around $53 million. Flutter Entertainment (OTC:PDYPY), Galaxy Entertainment Group (OTC:GXYEF) and Draftkings (NASDAQ:DKNG) are the top three firms in BJK.At present, in the U.S., DraftKings and FanDuel, which is part of Europe-based Flutter Entertainment, are the two main online platforms for sports and sports fantasy betting. DKNG stock, which went public in late April, is up over 400%. Flutter Entertainment, which is one of the largest gambling companies in the world by revenue, is also up about 23%. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now However, the fund as a whole is down about 9% so far in 2020. Investors who want to capitalize on the potential of sports betting as well as the growth in fantasy sports both in the U.S. and worldwide may want to do further due diligence on the fund. We’d look to buy the dips. Vanguard Consumer Staples Index Fund ETF (VDC)Source: Shutterstock 52-week range: $120.70-$172.31Dividend Yield: 3.05%Expense Ratio: 0.10% per yearOur final pick is another ETF. However, it’s not a pure play on sin stocks. Instead the Vanguard Consumer Staples Index Fund ETF provides exposure to a range of large-, mid-, and small-cap U.S. stocks in the consumer staples sector. As a result, this fund is defensive in nature.VDC, which has has 94 holdings, tracks the Spliced US IMI Consumer Staples 25/50 Index. The most important sectors (by weighting) are Household Products, Soft Drinks, Packaged Foods & Meats and Hypermarkets & Super Centers. In total, these four sectors make up about three-quarters of the fund.The top ten holdings comprise 65% of total net assets, which stand at $6.5 billion. These are businesses with competitive positions and strong balance sheets and revenue streams. Among those ten companies are two businesses that would be considered sin stocks, i.e., Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) and Altria (NYSE:MO).Phillip Morris International is a global cigarette and tobacco manufacturing company, whose products are sold in over 180 countries outside the U.S. The most recognized brand is Marlboro. Altria’s subsidiaries, on the other hand, include Philip Morris USA, which is engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes in the U.S. as well as several other brands which manufacture, produce and market tobacco products and wine.In 2020, the fund has returned about 0.3%, i.e. it’s flat. Given the health and economic uncertainties due to the pandemic, market participants may consider allocating some capital into VDC. We’d look to buy the dips, especially around $155 or below.On the date of publication, Tezcan Gecgil did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.Tezcan Gecgil has worked in investment management for over two decades in the U.S. and U.K. In addition to formal higher education in the field, she has also completed all 3 levels of the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) examination. Her passion is for options trading based on technical analysis of fundamentally strong companies. She especially enjoys setting up weekly covered calls for income generation. She also publishes educational articles on long-term investing. 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Will a Flood of New Startups Continue to Boost Tech?

The index seeks to measure the performance of the equity securities of the 100 largest and typically most liquid initial public offerings (“IPOs”) …

The Covid-19 pandemic threw a wrench into a number of initial public offering (IPO) plans, but a flood of new startups are ready to enter the market. As such, this could continue to make the technology sector the darling of the markets.

“Everybody and their mother filed an S-1 registration document with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, or so it seemed,” a Crunchbase News article noted “Tech companies Unity, Asana, Snowflake, Sumo Logic, and JFrog all filed on Monday, along with telemedicine company Amwell. And on Tuesday, Palo Alto-based data-mining unicorn Palantir filed its long-anticipated S-1 with the SEC outlining its plans to go public via a direct listing on the New York Stock Exchange.”

One exchange-traded fund (ETF) to consider to take advantage of IPOs is the Renaissance IPO ETF (NYSEArca: IPO). IPO seeks to replicate the price and yield performance of the Renaissance IPO Index, which is a portfolio of companies that have recently completed an initial public offering (“IPO”) and are listed on a U.S. exchange.

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Another fund to check out is the First Trust US Equity Opportunities ETF (FPX). FPX seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the fund’s fees and expenses) of an equity index called the IPOX®-100 U.S. Index.

The fund will normally invest at least 90% of its net assets (including investment borrowings) in the common stocks that comprise the index. The index seeks to measure the performance of the equity securities of the 100 largest and typically most liquid initial public offerings (“IPOs”) (including spin-offs and equity carve-outs) of U.S. companies.

Tech ETFs to Trade if You’re a Bull

With IPOs ready to enter the market, traders looking to play the bullish side of tech can use the Direxion Daily Technology Bull 3X ETF (NYSEArca: TECL). TECL seeks daily investment results of 300% of the daily performance of the Technology Select Sector Index, which includes domestic companies from the technology sector.

For broad market exposure without leverage, investors wanting a piece large cap tech action can look to the Fidelity MSCI Information Technology Index ETF (FTEC). FTEC tries to reflect the performance of the Nasdaq-100 Technology Sector Index, which consists of companies in the Nasdaq-100 Index classified as technology according to the Industry Classification Benchmark.

Other ways to get broad tech exposure include the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEArca: XLK). XLK tries to reflect the performance of the Technology Select Sector Index, which is comprised of technology and telecom sector of the S&P 500.

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The 5 Best Tech ETFs to Buy for Safer Growth

The top ten account for approximately 50% of total net assets. Its top five companies are Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), 2U (NASDAQ:TWOU), Xilinx (NASDAQ: …

The novel coronavirus has made it clear that technology is indispensable. Although tech stocks were not immune from the selloff in February and March, most tech stocks have made remarkable comebacks since hitting 52-week lows in late March. For many of these names, second-quarter earnings were extremely resilient. With that in mind, this article will focus on what I believe to be the best five tech ETFs to buy for safer growth.

So how do you find tech ETFs to buy? Start by looking at the tech-heavy Nasdaq Exchange, which includes giants like Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), among others. Especially over the past decade, these companies have had a substantial influence on our lives, becoming household names. Shares in these tech leaders are not necessarily cheap. But investors seem willing to pay for the stability and growth they provide.

There are also companies in emerging fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics and big data.

According to Mahesh Srinivasan, an associate professor and director of the Institute for Global Business at The University of Akron, “Some of the major technologies that will dominate in the coming decade include 5G telecommunications, block chains, autonomous driving technology and the evolution of aerospace technologies including space exploration.”

However, Srinivasan highlights that while the U.S. has long driven tech development, things are changing. Foreign firms are stepping up to help lead the way in all corners of the tech sector.

With all that in mind, here are five of the best tech ETFs to buy right now:

  • ARK Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF (BATS:ARKQ)
  • Communication Services Select Sector Fund (NYSEARCA:XLC)
  • Global X Robotics & Artificial Intelligence ETF (NASDAQ:BOTZ)
  • iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (NASDAQ:IBB)
  • SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (NYSEARCA:XSD)

Tech ETFs to Buy: ARK Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF (ARKQ)

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Expense Ratio: 0.75% per year, or $75 on an initial $10,000 investment

TheARK Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF is comprised of companies that may develop, produce or enable autonomous transportation, robotics and automation, 3D printing, energy storage and space exploration.

ARKQ currently includes 38 holdings. The top ten account for approximately 50% of total net assets. Its top five companies are Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), 2U (NASDAQ:TWOU), Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX), Materialise (NASDAQ:MTLS) and Proto Labs (NYSE:PRLB).

Year-to-date, the fund is up about 50%. In fact, ARKQ recently hit an all-time high. However, it is important to note that Tesla’s weighting within this ETF is 9.9%. Therefore, daily moves in TSLA affect the price of ARKQ. 2U has also contributed to the growth of the fund so far in the year as global demand for e-learning solutions is on the rise.

If you are looking to invest in disruptive innovation for the long run, you may want to research ARKQ further. In case of a price decline toward $50, long-term investors may find better value in the fund.

Communication Services Select Sector Fund (XLC)

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Expense ratio: 0.13%

The Communication Services Select Sector Fund provides exposure to businesses from the media, retailing and software industries in the U.S. Since early spring, broader equity markets in the U.S. have been charging ahead. Yet, many investors wonder if they should take off their rose-colored glasses, especially given the upcoming presidential election.

Since markets are always forward-looking, between now and November, they will likely factor in election developments. With the uncertainty of an election, we can expect some degree of volatility. Still, particular stocks stand to benefit from the election itself, no matter who is in the lead.

XLC, which tracks the Communication Services Select Sector index, is an ETF which could benefit as the presidential race heats up in the coming weeks. It currently has 26 holdings. These include Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Alphabet and Disney (NYSE:DIS). Shares of these Facebook and Alphabet comprise around 45% of net assets.

Past elections have shown that media companies tend to reap billions of dollars in advertising around this significant event. Facebook and Alphabet’s combined share of the U.S. digital ad market duopoly is well over 50%. Therefore, those investors who believe social media and advertising will likely be dominant themes during the election season may want to research XLC further.

YTD, the fund is up over 14%. It has also recently hit an all-time high at $61.76. XLC is likely to offer better value if the price dips below $60 — and especially if it dips toward $55.

Tech ETFs to Buy: Global X Robotics & Artificial Intelligence ETF (BOTZ)

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Expense Ratio: 0.68%

The Global X Robotics & Artificial Intelligence ETF invests in companies that stand to benefit from increased adoption and of robotics and AI. Such businesses may include those involved with industrial robotics and automation, non-industrial robots and autonomous vehicles. The fund tracks the Indxx Global Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Thematic Index.

BOTZ currently includes 31 holdings. The top ten make up approximately 60% of total net assets, which stand close to $1.7 billion. This top group holds Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA), Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) and Brooks Automation (NASDAQ:BRKS). One perk of this fund is that it provides exposure to non-U.S. markets.

So far in the year, BOTZ is up about 24%. In case of short-term selling in the fund, long-term investors may consider buying the dips, especially if the price goes toward or even below $25. While the role of technology becomes increasingly important, I expect BOTZ to perform well in the future.

iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB)

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Expense Ratio: 0.46%

Launched in 2001, the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF is one of the most followed ETFs. It tracks the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, which contains securities of Nasdaq-listed companies classified as either biotechnology or pharmaceutical names that also meet other eligibility criteria.

IBB’s five largest holdings are Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX), Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD), Regeneron (NASDAQ:REGN) and Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN). They make up around 35% of the fund, which overall invests in 207 companies.

So far in 2020, IBB is up over 8%. Given the increases in prices of individual shares since March, there may be some profit-taking in the short term. A decline toward the $125 level is likely. This could provide potential IBB investors with a better entry point.

Its beta value of 1.01 means IBB is more volatile than the broader market. This value is partly a reflection of the fact that biotech ETFs and biopharma stocks may have higher risk-return profiles than the broader markets. Therefore, short-term traders may want to exercise caution as prices can be choppy.

Tech ETFs to Buy: SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF (XSD)

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Expense ratio: 0.35%

The SPDR S&P Semiconductor ETF is an equal-weight fund, making it potentially appropriate for investors looking for exposure to mid- and small-cap semiconductor names.

Semiconductors are the brains inside electronic devices. Chips are used in a wide range of products in computing, telecommunications, gaming, transportation, military systems and healthcare. As a result, shares of semiconductor companies usually act as a bellwether for the technology sector as a whole.

Note however that the semiconductor industry is cyclical. During periods of high demand, upturns occur. There may also be supply shortages, leading to higher prices and revenue growth. Thus profits of chip companies may ebb and flow dramatically. It’s never easy to know whether the downside of a given cycle might take longer than previously expected.

For most semiconductor companies, China is both a consumer and a supplier. China consumes more than 50% of all semiconductors made worldwide. Furthermore, many U.S. tech companies either have manufacturing plants in China or use Chinese companies in their supply chains. Thus, in 2018 and 2019, pressures like the U.S.-China trade war weighed significantly on the sector.

Since early spring, semiconductor shares have been buoyed by the tech tailwinds as well as the expectation that global economies will recover in a V-shaped manner. However, in case of a prolonged economic slump, investor sentiment could easily turn south.

The fund currently has 36 holdings, the largest of which is SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) at just 4.4%. Two other stocks held include Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD).

Trailing price-earnings and price-book ratios stand at 28.4 times and 4.3 times respectively. Due to the run-up in price in recent months, a pullback toward $110 is likely. Long-term investors may regard such a decline in price as an opportunity to go long the ETF.

Tezcan Gecgil has worked in investment management for over two decades in the U.S. and U.K. In addition to formal higher education in the field, including a Ph.D. degree, she has also completed all 3 levels of the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) examination. Her passion is for options trading based on technical analysis of fundamentally strong companies. She especially enjoys setting up weekly covered calls for income generation. She also writes about UK-based shares. As of this writing, Tezcan did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.