Defence spending and nuclear power emerge as popular themes in Q1 2024

In the first quarter of 2024, the global investment landscape has seen a surge in ETF flows towards defence spending and nuclear power themes, according to data.

According to HANetf, the data provider, this trend reflects a focus on geopolitical stability and energy security. With ongoing geopolitical tensions, defence stocks are seen as a hedge against geopolitical risk. Similarly, nuclear power is gaining recognition as a means to ensure energy independence.

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The firm’s offerings, Sprott Uranium Miners Ucits ETF has emerged as “Europe’s largest uranium-focused ETF”, while the Future of Defence Ucits ETF recently surpassed $303.30 million in assets under management, underscoring investor interest in these sectors.

The current geopolitical landscape, marked by conflicts such as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and tensions in the Middle East, has prompted a reassessment of defence spending among Nato members, according to its analysis. Despite recent increases, many Nato countries still fall short of the alliance’s 2% of GDP target for defence spending.

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In response to these geopolitical challenges, investors are turning to ETFs which provide exposure to companies involved in defence and cyber defence spending. Similarly, the demand for nuclear power is on the rise, driven by concerns over energy security and the need to meet net-zero targets.
As countries seek alternatives to fossil fuels, nuclear power is emerging as a viable solution. However, the forecast uranium supply-demand imbalance poses challenges for the industry. Uranium ETFs offer investors a way to capitalise on the growing demand for nuclear power and the potential opportunities in uranium mining, estimated the data providers.

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