DEFINITION of 'Paper Industry ETF'

An exchange-traded fund that invests primarily in manufacturers of paper and pulp. The paper industry is represented in the ETF sector through timber and forestry ETFs, which have a large majority of their holdings in forest products and paper makers. Paper industry ETFs are better known as "timber & forestry ETFs".

BREAKING DOWN 'Paper Industry ETF'

Given the limited number of paper companies based in the U.S., timber & forestry ETFs tend to be global in scope. Apart from the U.S., these ETFs include companies from regions that have a significant presence in the industry, such as Asia, Canada and Finland. For this reason, these ETFs could also be considered an investment in the global economy as well.

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