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Invest Thematically in New Economy ETFs

As emerging technologies reshape the global economy at a breath taking pace, ‘New Economies’ are being created that upend more traditional industries. The World Economic Forum has dubbed this the Fourth Industrial Revolution, during which the means of production are characterized by technologies that blur the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.1

Position for the New Economy

Merging Characteristics of Man and Machine

This New Economy we live in today merges the characteristics of man and machine. This is driven by:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Hyper connectivity
  • Exponential processing power
  • Robotics and automation
  • Democratized infrastructure

Smart Cities. Self-driving Cars. Space Travel.

The New Economy creates new opportunities for investors. Every day, traditional sectors and industries are transforming as innovation and artificial intelligence (AI) create technological shifts in our modern economy. These shifts will impact everything from where we live and the jobs we do to the food we eat and how long we live.

What are the New Economy Sectors?

Smart Transportation

From ridesharing to flying taxis, autonomous vehicles present an enormous opportunity for growth. McKinsey & Co. estimates that shared mobility and autonomous vehicles will garner 73% market share of the automobile industry, driving that industry’s growth over the next decade.2

Future Security

From drones to cybersecurity, AI is changing every aspect of war. In response, the line between technology and defense is blurring, with worldwide spending on militarized AI projected to rise to $118 billion by 2023.3

Intelligent Infrastructure

An estimated $4.6 trillion in infrastructure spending is needed to fix America’s aging infrastructure by 2025.4 Beyond roads, bridges and tunnels, tomorrow’s infrastructure will extend to smart buildings, power grids and intelligent water.

Final Frontiers

From the satellites that guide our GPS, to pharma trials in micro-gravity and tourists on Mars, space industry revenues have grown at 7% per year since 2005 and are forecast to account for 5% of US GDP by 2040.5

Clean Power

Significant progress has been made to improve energy efficiency and reduce the costs of the underlying technology involved in generating power from wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal sources. Renewable energy is projected to account for 75% of the global power new capacity addition by 2050 —up from 56% at the end of 2018.6

Capitalize on the Opportunity

Portfolio Construction Ideas

Investors looking to incorporate New Economy thinking into their portfolio allocations could consider:

Complement an Existing Core or Growth Allocation

Pursue more dynamic growth by focusing on future disruption to potentially control both growth and sector drivers.

Amplify Existing Sector Positions

Emphasize an emerging trend within a particular segment of the economy to create a more robust growth profile.

Replace a Narrow Thematic Position

Target a broad theme and capture the entire ecosystem fueling innovation.

Pursue the Potential

Technological change knows no bounds. Product innovation shouldn't either.

SPDR® S&P Kensho ETFs

SPDR ETFs has partnered with Kensho Technologies, Inc., a specialist in identifying innovative companies that are positioned for growth, to bring six thematic ETFs to market:


SPDR® S&P Kensho New Economies Composite ETF


SPDR® S&P Kensho Smart Mobility ETF


SPDR® S&P Kensho Future Security ETF


SPDR® S&P Kensho Intelligent Structures ETF


SPDR® S&P Kensho Final Frontiers ETF


SPDR® S&P Kensho Clean Power ETF


1 “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: What it means, how to respond,”, as of 01/14/2016.

2 Automotive revolution perspective towards 2030, McKinsey & Co. 2016.

3 “Artificial Intelligence Market Forecasts,” Tractica Research, as of 04/30/2019.

4 American Society of Civil Engineers 2017 Infrastructure Report Card.


6Bloomberg New Energy Finance, as of 03/20/2019.


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