Is Now the Time to Invest in Alternative Energy ETFs?

Several years of swimming against the tide of cheap oil have left alternative energy ETFs unloved, but the savvy investor may see this as the ideal time to buy

Kenneth Lamont 6 April, 2017 | 12:31PM
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Several years of swimming against the tide of cheap oil have left alternative energy ETFs unloved, but the savvy investor may see this as the ideal time to buy. Passive options in the space remain limited. As we speak, there are currently only two alternative energy ETFs for sale in Europe.

The historically low-oil price over recent years has contributed to uninspiring returns for alternative energy funds. However, for investors considering an investment now, the future appears much brighter. Many believe that the reliance on carbon-based energy sources is unsustainable and that we are approaching a political tipping point, when we have no choice but to fully embrace alternative energy sources.

The speed at which this takes place is heavily dependent upon political will, and by extension regulation. When the pendulum does swing towards green energy, both available funds should be well positioned to benefit.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
iShares Global Clean Energy ETF USD Dist GBP943.09 GBX0.92Rating
Lyxor New Energy (DR) ETF Dist A/I40.71 EUR0.53Rating

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Kenneth Lamont  is a passive funds research analyst for Morningstar Europe.

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