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BetaShares Cloud Computing ETF (ASX:CLDD) is the hot new ETF on the ASX

There’s a hot new exchange-traded fund (ETF) on the ASX for investors to consider. It’s called BetaShares Cloud Computing ETF (ASX: CLDD).

What is CLDD about?

This ETF is all about giving investors exposure to cloud computing businesses.

For companies to make it into this ETF’s portfolio, they must meet a minimum threshold for how much of their revenue is generated by cloud computing. Businesses that generate more of their revenue from cloud computing services are given a priority in the ETF’s portfolio.

So what businesses are in CLDD ETF portfolio?

I’m sure you’ll recognise some of the ETF’s top holdings including: Proofpoint, Dropbox, Zscaler, Twilio, Shopify, Paycom Software, Netflix, Xero Limited (ASX: XRO) and Everbridge.

There are 36 positions in total, with smaller positions of stocks in the portfolio like Zoom, Microsoft, Amazon, Alibaba and Alphabet.

Many of the cloud businesses in this portfolio are among the best companies in the world in their respective industries.

Why is it such a hot ETF?

Well, the idea of cloud computing itself is a pretty cool sector.

But this isn’t just about a theme that captures the imagination, the returns of these businesses have been strong over the long-term.

Whilst the ETF is new, the index that it tracks has been around for while and done stunningly well.

Over the past five years the index has returned an average of 38.75% per annum. Looking at the last year, the net return of the index has been 40.25%. Past performance is definitely no guarantee of future performance in this case. But even if the future returns are half of those past performance figures, it’d still be a really good return.

The ETF has an annual management fee of 0.67% per annum.

Summary thoughts

CLDD ETF has a very promising future with how much of the world is still to change to cloud computing from their current computing infrastructure.

This certainly isn’t a dividend ETF and it’s likely to be a higher risk and higher volatility ETF than many others. But I think it’s an interesting idea.

There are long-term structural tailwinds here that could carry the ETF higher for a number of years to come, barring any interest rate rising effects.

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At the time of publishing, the author of this article does not have a financial or commercial interest in any of the companies mentioned.

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