“Long-term, nanotech has the potential to be as significant as the steam engine, the transistor and the Internet.” (Tom Kalil, former Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Technology and Economic Policy)
Since its conceptual debut in 1959, nanotechnology has promised an staggering wealth of potential. The possibilities it suggests for uses as noble as space travel, to as mundane as car manufacturing, make it a front-running candidate for investment.
There are a variety of ways to invest in nanotechnology including stocks of individual research companies, mutual funds weighted toward nanotechnology, and more recently an ETF which also seeks to track the value of the nanotechnology sector. Each of these investment vehicles is different and you are encouraged to research them to find the one that best fits your strategy.
The exciting trajectory and the spectrum of possibilities for nanotechnology has inspired a great number of small companies, who capitalize on the United States government’s interest in leading the world in this field. Additionally, many large companies are spawning smaller ones in an effort to focus their expertise onto manageable projects.
In itself, nanotechnology is an intriguing opportunity for the investor. However, But its particular incarnations require thoughtful research into not only their potential, but also for the implications of their work.