Get Exposure to Clean Energy With The First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure Index Fund ETF

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Written By Kris Enyinnaya

The First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure Index Fund ETF  presents investors with an opportunity to participate in the electric infrastructure sector, particularly focusing on smart grid features and clean energy.

As the world transitions towards renewable energy sources, electric vehicles (EVs), and AI-driven data centers, GRID stands poised to capitalize on the surge in electricity demand and production. With a valuation slightly cheaper than the S&P 500, GRID offers a compelling combination of growth prospects and valuation, making it an attractive investment option.

GRID – Overview and Analysis

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GRID tracks the NASDAQ Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure Index, which includes companies engaged in smart grid, electric infrastructure, EV network, smart building, and related activities. With over 100 holdings, GRID offers diversified exposure to companies involved in manufacturing electrical components, grid operations, clean energy, and related sectors.

Major holdings include ABB, Eaton Corporation, National Grid plc, Enphase Energy, and SolarEdge Technologies.

Strong Growth Prospects

GRID’s investment thesis revolves around its strong growth prospects driven by multiple factors. Firstly, the global transition towards clean energy sources such as solar and wind power is expected to drive significant investments in renewable energy generation and grid infrastructure.

This trend directly benefits companies like Enphase Energy and National Grid, which are integral to the renewable energy ecosystem.

Secondly, the adoption of EVs is poised to increase electricity demand, leading to investments in energy generation, transmission, and storage infrastructure. This growth in EV adoption translates into higher revenue potential for companies involved in electric infrastructure development and maintenance.

Thirdly, the proliferation of AI-driven data centers requires substantial energy resources, driving investments in energy infrastructure to meet growing demand. Companies involved in energy storage solutions and grid optimization technologies are likely to benefit from this trend.

Reasonable Valuation

Despite its strong growth prospects, GRID maintains a reasonable valuation compared to broader market indices. While growth investments typically command premium valuations, GRID’s valuation is slightly cheaper than the S&P 500.

Additionally, GRID offers higher earnings growth compared to benchmark international equity indices, making it an attractive investment option for investors seeking exposure to the electric infrastructure sector.

Performance Track Record

GRID has demonstrated a solid performance track record, outperforming the S&P 500 and international equity benchmarks over the past ten years. The fund’s performance has been particularly strong since early 2019, driven by the soaring demand for clean energy stocks and the outperformance of international equities post-pandemic.

Although GRID has underperformed the Nasdaq-100 in the long term, its performance over the past five years has been commendable.

Investing In GRID

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Investing in GRID offers investors an opportunity to participate in the global electric energy infrastructure buildup driven by clean energy adoption, EV proliferation, and AI-driven data center growth.

With its strong growth prospects, reasonable valuation, and solid performance track record, GRID presents a compelling investment option for investors seeking exposure to the electric infrastructure sector.


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