Work From Home ETF (WFH): What You Need to Know

The Direxion Work From Home ETF (WFH) puts investors in touch with dozens of companies benefiting from the suddenly accelerating trend of remote work.

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Buying "work-from-home" stocks just got a lot easier.

Direxion launched the Direxion Work From Home ETF (WFH (opens in new tab)) in June, providing the market with its first one-stop shop for a trend that has been around for years but been magnified because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remote work might just be a months-old concept to many Americans, but this more flexible work style has been on the rise for years. Direxion points out that even in 2017, 43% of employed Americans were spending "at least some time working remotely."

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However, the coronavirus outbreak has rapidly changed the landscape of working from home. More than half of U.S. companies say they plan on making remote work a permanent option in the wake of COVID-19, and three-quarters of Fortune 500 CEOs say they plan on accelerating their companies' technological transformations.

In other words, the success of tech stocks related to the work-from-home push likely aren't just a flash in the pan.

"We've never faced a global pandemic like this that has impacted countries around the globe," says David Mazza, Managing Director, Head of Product, Direxion. "And unlike a natural disaster where we see a swift economic recovery, how we get there this time will require us to change."

The WFH exchange-traded fund is the first such product to give investors pure-play access to this rising trend.

A Look Inside WFH

The Work From Home ETF tracks the Solactive Remote Work Index, which focuses on four technologies crucial to keeping companies operating efficiently with remote workforces: cloud technologies; cybersecurity; online project and document management; and remote communications.

The resulting portfolio is an equal-weighted group of 40 stocks – many of which have become much more popular with investors (and American workers) in 2020.

Top 10 holdings include the likes of Zoom Video (ZM (opens in new tab)), Box (BOX (opens in new tab)), Crowdstrike Holdings (CRWD (opens in new tab)) and Twilio (TWLO (opens in new tab)).

Like many of these companies, Twilio — which provides communications infrastructure for companies — is enjoying the dual burst of COVID-specific demand, as well as pick-up as firms move to improve their technology.

"(Twilio is) powering the communication structure that New York City is going to use for their contact tracing. The voice calls and the SMS text messages are being powered by this firm," Mazza says. "While they're also powering the ability for people to communicate remotely and work more efficiently and effectively, their technology can allow a city which is devastated by COVID to have one of the key requirements to see a successful recovery."

While the fund also holds mega-caps such as Amazon.com (AMZN (opens in new tab)) and Microsoft (MSFT (opens in new tab)), equal-weighting the portfolio ensures that they don't have an outsized pull on the fund's performance like they do in cap-weighted products.

WFH charges a competitive 0.45%, or $45 annually on a $10,000 investment, in expenses. Investors can get a closer look at the fund at the Direxion provider site (opens in new tab).

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Kyle Woodley
Senior Investing Editor, Kiplinger.com

Kyle is senior investing editor for Kiplinger.com. As a writer and columnist, he also specializes in exchange-traded funds. He joined Kiplinger in September 2017 after spending six years at InvestorPlace.com, where he managed the editorial staff. His work has appeared in several outlets, including U.S. News & World Report and MSN Money, he has appeared as a guest on Fox Business Network and Money Radio, and he has been quoted in MarketWatch, Vice and Univision, among other outlets. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a BA in journalism.