This ETF offers exposure to a group of companies operating generally in the water industry, including both water utilities and infrastructure companies and water equipment and materials companies. As such, this ETF likely doesn't belong in a long-term buy-and-hold portfolio due to the targeted nature of exposure, but may be appealing to those who believe that scarcity issues will prompt increased demand for water treatment companies. While this investment thesis may seem compelling, it is not clear how strong the link between water usage/scarcity trends and performance will be going forward. Given the complexity of the issues, as well as the various other business operations of component companies, we're skeptical of the ability of this ETF to accomplish the objective investors may be expecting of it. Moreover, PIO faces severe concentration issues, as a few individual stocks receive huge allocations-- arguably the most so out of the Category-- and it is the priciest fund in the Category as well. From the universe of water ETFs--which includes FIW, PHO, and CGW, this fund is probably the worst choice; it it the most concentrated and expensive and investors looking for exposure to the industry would be better served by looking elsewhere.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for PIO on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Water Equities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb.com Category.
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb.com Category.
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This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.
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