Computer chip outlook remains very positive

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The current supply shortfall in the global semiconductor industry is creating major problems for many manufacturers of vehicles, computers, and other connected devices. While the imbalance will resolve itself as the supply chains return to normal and demand stabilizes, the longer-term demand trend for computer chips remains strong. In the Supplement, we consider the reasons for the supply shortfall, longer-term demand trends, and actions taken by major suppliers to boost supply. Meanwhile, here are three ETFs that invest in semiconductor companies. ISHARES SEMICONDUCTOR ETF $463.14 (Nasdaq symbol SOXX; TSINetwork ETF Rating: Aggressive; Market cap: $7.3 billion) provides investors with exposure to U.S.- listed companies that design, manufacture and distribute semiconductors (computer chips). The fund tracks the ICE Semiconductor Index. The index is comprised of the 30 largest U.S.-listed semiconductor companies. This includes companies that either make semiconductors for use in electronic applications, as well as companies that provide services or equipment associated with semiconductor manufacturing and distribution such as packaging and…

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