Hey, Junior: New Biotech ETF Goes Small In Search Of Big Winners
With significant help from the fight against the Coronavirus, biotechnology stock and exchange-traded funds are setting torrid paces this year.
What happened: This year notwithstanding, one thing the biotechnology space has a history of is small stocks providing jaw-dropping gains. Even with that compelling history, only a small number of ETFs provide adequate exposure to small- and mid-cap biotech equities.
A new kid on the block, the Defiance Nasdaq Junior Biotechnology ETF, is broadening that group. IBBJ debuted on Tuesday and is the third ETF in the Defiance suite, though the issuer has a couple of more products in its pipeline.
Why It's Important: The new IBBJ follows the Nasdaq Junior Biotechnology Index, the small stock offshoot of the widely followed Nasdaq Biotechnology Index. IBBJ's underlying index only includes companies with market values of $5 billion or less at the time of inclusion.
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The securities of small-capitalization companies may be more vulnerable to adverse issuer, market, political, or economic developments than securities of large- or mid-capitalization companies. The success of biotechnology companies is highly dependent on the development, procurement and/or marketing of drugs. The values of biotechnology companies are also dependent on the development, protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights and other proprietary information, and the profitability of biotechnology companies may be affected significantly by such things as the expiration of patents or the loss of, or the inability to enforce, intellectual property rights. The research and development and other costs associated with developing or procuring new drugs, products or technologies and the related intellectual property rights can be significant, and the results of such research and expenditures are unpredictable and may not necessarily lead to commercially successful products.
The possible applications of quantum computing and 5G technologies are only in the exploration stages, and the possible returns are uncertain and may not be realized in the near future.
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