Industrial metals

Invest in the potential of industrial metals

Why industrial metals

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Industrial metals are a unique asset class within the commodities sector that may allow investors to gain exposure to the global energy transition, providing diversification potential within an investment portfolio.



Energy is necessary for economic activity and, globally, economies are shifting from fossil fuel-derived energy to renewable energy sources which require industrial metal-based infrastructure.


Almost every renewable energy system uses large amounts of industrial metals, including electric vehicles (EVs), wind turbines, solar panels, grid-level batteries and carbon-capture systems.

Industrial metal diversification [1]

The Bloomberg Industrial Metals Subindex Total Return consists of aluminum, copper, lead, nickel and zinc futures contracts with a maturity between one and three months. These metals are at the foundation of the global energy transition. Holding a variety of industrial metals offers exposure to a broader range of potential market opportunities and may perform more consistently than owning any single metal.



Aluminum's strength and weight make it a good choice for construction of aircraft, railroad cars and automobiles.



The housing and construction industry represents the largest market for copper. There is nearly 400 lbs of copper in just about every American home.



Lead is a soft, dense metal that is an important component in battery production due to its low melting point. Lead-acid batteries are used to store energy in a variety of applications, including electric vehicles, e-bikes, and renewable energy installations.



Nickel is primarily used in the production of stainless steel and other corrosion resistant alloys. But it's also useful in power generation and pollution control, as well as chemical and pharmaceutical production.



Zinc is commonly used to galvanize steel and is used in other metal alloys because of its anti-corrosion properties.

Potential benefits of the abrdn Bloomberg Industrial Metals Strategy K-1 Free ETF (BCIM)

Within a diversified investment portfolio, the abrdn Bloomberg Industrial Metals Strategy K-1 Free ETF (Ticker: BCIM) may provide a cost-effective way to gain exposure to industrial metals that are integral to the future foundation of energy needs. BCIM combines the diversification potential of aluminum, copper, lead, nickel and zinc with the convenience of one investment option.

Access to the diversification potential of industrial metals.

Dollar price tag

Competitive net expense ratio of .40% helps keep portfolio costs low.

ETF structure is designed to be easily accessible and liquid.

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The abrdn Bloomberg Industrial Metals Strategy K-1 Free ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to provide investment results that closely correspond, before fees and expenses, to the performance of the Bloomberg Industrial Metals Total Return SubindexSM.

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[1] Diversification does not eliminate the risk of experiencing investment losses.