Top Five Cannabis ETFs for Long Term Growth

The global legal cannabis market size was estimated to be valued at $9.3 billion (USD) in 2016 and is expected to balloon to $146.4 billion (USD) by the end of 2025. The cannabis space is booming but it is volatile. Adding Cannabis focused companies to your portfolio has been a challenge to get right. Luckily for those who want to enter the sector but keep a safety net of diversification there are exchange traded funds that track cannabis companies. But which index to pick? Here are five cannabis-focused ETFs to consider for long term growth.

1) Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF (TSE: HMMJ)

The Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index seeks to replicate the performance of The North American Marijuana Index (which tracks the leading cannabis stocks operating in the United States and Canada). Eligible companies are producers and suppliers of cannabis, biotechnology companies that are engaged in research and development of cannabinoids, companies that offer hydroponics supplies and equipment aimed at increasing efficiency of cannabis cultivation, and companies mainly engaged in leasing property to cannabis growers. HMMJ launched in April 2017, is equal-weighted and rebalanced quarterly with a 0.75% management fee.

2) Horizons Emerging Marijuana Growers Index ETF (NEO:HMJR)

The Horizons Emerging Marijuana Growers Index seeks to replicate the performance of the Solactive Junior Marijuana Growers Index (which tracks a basket of publicly-listed small-capitalization companies primarily involved in the cultivation, production and/or distribution of cannabis). With an emphasis on early stage small-cap companies this ETF has significant upside growth potential. HMJR launched in February 2018, rebalances quarterly and has a management fee of 0.85%.

3) ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSE: MJ)

This ETF started life as a Latin American real-estate fund before pivoting to cannabis companies last December when it benchmarked to the Prime Alternative Harvest Index. It is currently the only Cannabis focused ETF trading on a US exchange (as Cannabis is still illegal under US federal law banks are hesitant to touch the sector). This ETF allows an investor to be exposed to global cannabis stocks and major tobacco companies, with an expectation that tobacco companies will eventually enter the cannabis sector. MJ entered the cannabis space in December 2017, includes roughly 30 stocks rebalanced quarterly and has an expense ratio of 0.75%.

4) Purpose Marijuana Opportunities Fund (NEO:MJJ)

The Purpose Marijuana Opportunities Fund was the world’s first actively managed cannabis focused ETF. The fund is run by Greg Taylor. Its strategy allows for active buying, selling and shorting of pot stocks with a focus on growth and relative valuation. The ETF invests primarily in Canadian-focused companies with the potential to expand globally as regulatory clarity improves. That being said, roughly 13% of the fund’s current holdings are in U.S.-based companies. The fund holds a cash position which could be deployed in the event of a pullback in the sector. MJJ was founded in January 2018, holds 40 companies and pays a management fee of 0.75%.

5) Evolve Marijuana ETF (TSE: SEED)

The Evolve Marijuana ETF is another actively managed ETF on the list. The fund invests both in Canada and globally in the recreational and medical cannabis sector. For a taste of the private market this ETF has the option to invest up to 10% of the fund in private companies. SEED was founded in February 2018, holds 25 companies and pays a management fee of 0.75%.

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