Investment Profile: Water The World

Water conservation tips may seem simple. Turn off the faucet. Take shorter showers. It’s so important that Colgate even paid $5 million to get that message to you in a Super Bowl 50 commercial. As a nation, we don’t do a great job of protecting and conserving our world’s most precious resource. It is estimated that we waste 2 trillion gallons of water every year.* The culprit? Not your shower, or brushing your teeth. It’s the leaky pipes, broken water mains, and faulty meters of our nation’s infrastructure. If you like the idea of investing in companies addressing this issue, Water the World may be for you.

Water the world

What’s this investment all about?

Water the World is an ETF, or ‘exchange-traded fund’, officially called the PowerShares Water Resources Portfolio. The focus of this investment theme is on the leading companies that seek to engineer solutions for water conservation and purification. And there is a great need for these solutions. Last year, the World Economic Forum listed water crises as the highest impact global risk. That places the projected impact of a future water crisis ahead of infectious disease, weapons of mass destruction, and war.**

What companies does this investment include?

Roper Technologies serves the water and wastewater treatment industries by engineering solutions to test for leaky valves and provide accurate measurements for steam turbines and cooling towers. Ecolab provides solutions for businesses around the world that set ambitious water treatment goals. HD Supply Holdings distributes water, sewer, fire protection, and storm drain products to make sure cities and private business are able to maintain their water systems.

Who is this investment for?

Water the World could be for you if you want to back companies that help others to become more efficient with their water usage. Since Water the World tracks a specific industry, it shouldn’t be your only investment. This fund could be a good addition to a diverse portfolio.

Why did it make the cut on Stash?

The global population is growing, and with it, the demand for water. Recent reports suggest that there will not be enough water to meet the demand of half the world’s population by 2030. We are already seeing water issues in the United States, like the recent droughts in California and the contamination of water in Flint, Michigan. If water becomes more valuable over time, these companies may stand to profit. Take a look at the underlying fund. While it is focused on one industry, the ETF provides exposure to large, mid-sized, and small companies that perform various services in the water resources sector. It has a reasonable expense ratio and has historically paid dividends on a quarterly basis.

What are some other Stash investments like this one?

If you are interested in investments that track a specific industry, check out these investments on Stash:



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*npr.org **weforum.org




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