Blockchain’s role in driving Industry 4.0 forward

December 12, 2019
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

Horizons ETF’s Blockchain Technology and Hardware Index Fund (“ETF”) is up 36.98 per cent year-to-date*. In the past, I’ve said that this ETF is a great basket that will likely do well regardless of how cryptocurrencies and blockchain, per se, perform.

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Why your ESG fund may not be as socially responsible as you think

November 06, 2019
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Are ESG investment strategies, which focus on environment, social and governance factors, truly socially responsible? While the recent increase in ESG products is a well-intentioned move to make investors consider the social and environmental repercussions of their portfolio, investors might be disappointed by how many ESG strategies fall short of owning truly socially responsible companies.

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Industry 4.0: The World of Today and Tomorrow

October 22, 2019
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

What do we mean by Industry 4.0? Put simply, it’s the current – and future – progression of today’s technology.

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Marijuana Q3 Rebalance: Are Marijuana Stocks a Value Play?

October 04, 2019
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BY: MARK NOBLE, SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, ETF STRATEGY, HORIZONS ETFS

It has been a rough six months for Marijuana equities. Could it be that the decline in these stocks has fallen too far, and for the first time, these stocks are starting to look (gasp) undervalued?

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Sharing is Caring – So Lend Me Your Robot?

September 13, 2019
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

You might have heard that the sharing economy is upon us in a very big way. But what is it exactly?

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Q2 Marijuana Equity Summary: Looking Beyond Canada + ETF Rebalances

July 09, 2019
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BY: MARK NOBLE, SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, ETF STRATEGY, HORIZONS ETFS

The second quarter was a difficult one for the Marijuana sector. The sector, as represented by the Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF (HMMJ) was down about 15% on the quarter, although on a year-to-date basis, the ETF is still up more than 30%.

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Is Gold Regaining Its Luster?

July 09, 2019
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BY: MARK NOBLE, SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT, ETF STRATEGY, HORIZONS ETFS

Gold and Gold equities have come back in favour in a big way so far in 2019 due to increased concerns about the global economic uncertainty and a worldwide deflationary environment. Gold is primarily used as a physical store of value. Therefore, when interest rates fall (which is often a direct result of a declining economic growth), Gold has historically tended to perform well. For instance, U.S. Treasuries and Gold were the primary beneficiaries of the last global economic crisis, so any hint of recession or a slowdown tends to send Gold prices up.

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Are FAANG Companies Biting the Dust?

June 27, 2019
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

The technology sector’s most recent pullback was in part due to the increasing scrutiny that is being put on big data technology behemoths (including “FAANG” companies – an acronym for five popular tech stocks: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google).

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Is Kazakhstan the Saudi Arabia of Uranium?

June 20, 2019
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BY: NICOLAS PIQUARD, CFA®, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

It is tempting to talk about Kazakhstan's dominant position as a uranium producer in the same context that Saudi Arabia dominates oil production.

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Cyber Security – It’s as Serious as a Heart Attack in Hiding

June 12, 2019
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BY: HANS ALBRECHT, CIM®, FCSI, VICE-PRESIDENT, PORTFOLIO MANAGER AND OPTIONS STRATEGIST, HORIZONS ETFS

We’re presently in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, or “Industry 4.0”. Essentially, it involves the meeting of the physical and digital in a way that is significantly transforming our world. Investors interested in this highly compelling technological shift can gain exposure to it via the Horizons Industry 4.0 Index ETF (FOUR). It provides exposure to companies involved in five areas of technology: cloud & big data, advanced robotics, augmented reality & 3D printing, the internet of things (IoT) and cyber security.

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