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Green and Alternative Energy ETFs List
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Claymore Global Solar Energy ETF (NYSEARCA:TAN)
First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy Index Fund (NYSEARCA:FAN)
First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge ETF (NASDAQ:QCLN)
PowerShares Cleantech Portfolio ETF (NYSEARCA:PZD)
PowerShares Global Clean Energy Portfolio ETF (NYSEARCA:PBD)
PowerShares Global Nuclear Energy Portfolio ETF (NYSEARCA:PKN)
PowerShares Nasdaq OMX Clean Edge Global Wind Energy ETF (NASDAQ:PWND)
PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy Portfolio ETF (NYSEARCA:PBW)
PowerShares WilderHill Progressive Energy Portfolio ETF (NYSEARCA:PUW)
Van Eck Market Vectors Environmental Services ETF (NYSEARCA:EVX)
Van Eck Market Vectors Global Alternative Energy ETF (NYSEARCA:GEX)
Van Eck Market Vectors Nuclear Energy ETF (NYSEARCA:NLR)


What Are They?

  • Green ETFs hold a basket of alternative energy stocks or stocks of companies perceived to support energy production with lower environmental impact than fossil fuels produce.


Why & How To Use Them

  • Green ETFs tend to be narrow, usually focused on alternative energy stocks. The lack of diversification makes them less suitable as a core holding for long term investors. Moreover, since alternative energy stocks are often driven by sentiment and news, green ETFs may be significantly more volatile than broader sector funds.
  • Long term investors can use green ETFs to supplement a core porfolio of index ETFs, "tilting" the portfolio to alternative energy stocks in the hope that those stocks will outperform the broader market in the long term.
  • Green ETFs are also attractive to short term traders, as they tend to be volatile but less risky than individual stocks.

What to Look Out For

  • Green ETFs tend to have higher expense ratios than broader US index ETFs. Check the annual expense ratios before you buy.
  • There are dramatic differences between the holdings of the green ETFs, leading to dramatic differences in the ETFs' performance. See the "Further Reading" section below for more detail.

Further Reading

This page is part of The Seeking Alpha ETF Selector which sorts ETFs by type, highlights how to use them and what to look out for, and provides links to articles that discuss key issues for investors.