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The global alternative investment space now sits at more than $9 trillion in global assets, and we’re just getting started. Roughly 40% of RIAs are using alternative investments. With the RIA space expanding and alternative investment demand rising among investors – a surge in data, news, and opinion will continue. This channel cuts through the noise to give you the most important actionable insight.

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Alternative Investments/Hedge Funds: Inflation Fears Boost Hedge Funds’ AUM To Nearly $4T

July 23, 2021

A market survey by alternatives technology provider Vidrio Financial shows that fears of inflation have helped move substantial fund allocations during the first half of 2021 to alternative assets such as private equity and hedge funds. Market sentiment has tended to favor these asset classes during inflationary periods in the economy. Total hedge fund assets burgeoned to nearly $4 trillion by the end of the period, according to HedgeWeek.

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Alternative Investments/Digital: Global X Throws Its Hat In The Bitcoin ETF Ring

July 23, 2021

Global X, the New York-based ETF provider and subsidiary of $560 billion investment manager Mirae Asset, has filed with the SEC for permission to launch a bitcoin ETF titled the Global X Bitcoin Trust on the Cboe BZX Exchange. No ticker symbol was suggested, but this would be announced before the commencement of trading if the ETF wins the much sought-after approval from the SEC.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Bridgewater Launches New Fund Aligned With UN Sustainable Goals

July 22, 2021

Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, has unveiled the Lyxor/Bridgewater All Weather Sustainability Fund, which will use a UCITS-compliant investing strategy seeking a range of assets compliant with the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) benchmarks.

Alternative Investments: ‘Nasdaq Private Market’ To Be Spun Out As New Venue For Private Company Stocks

July 21, 2021

Issuers, brokers, shareholders and prospective investors of private company stock will soon be able to deal on a new platform to be set up as a partnership between Nasdaq (NASDAQ: NDAQ), SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB), Citi (NYSE: C), Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS). Nasdaq’s existing “Nasdaq Private Market,” which was launched in 2014, will be spun off and contributed to this new JV between Nasdaq and the Wall Street financial giants.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Viridi Launches The First Clean Energy Crypto Mining ETF In The US

July 20, 2021

Coinshares-backed Viridi Funds, a registered investment adviser and emerging fund manager, has launched the Viridi Cleaner Energy Crypto-Mining & Semiconductor ETF (RIGZ), a first-of-its-kind clean energy crypto mining product in the US.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Faith+Knights Of Columbus Launch ETF Designed For Catholic Investors

July 19, 2021

Faith Investor Services, LLC (FIS) and Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors (KoCAA) have together launched a new ETF that seeks to offer investors access to a global portfolio of financially attractive stocks whose business practices align with the investment criteria established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The new fund, the FIS Knights of Columbus Global Belief ETF, will trade under the ticker symbol KOCG.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Goldman Sachs Launches Active, Climate-Focused ETF

July 16, 2021

Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) has launched its first actively managed, transparent ETF that extends its range of thematic funds. The Goldman Sachs Future Planet Equity ETF will invest in companies that seek to provide solutions to environmental problems aligned with five key themes: clean energy, resource efficiency, sustainable consumption, the circular economy and water sustainability.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Global X Launches ETFs For Blockchain, Agtech, And Hydrogen Exposure

July 15, 2021

Global X ETFs, of the Mirae Asset Financial Group, has launched the Global X Blockchain ETF (BKCH), the Global X AgTech & Food Innovation ETF (KROP), and the Global X Hydrogen ETF (HYDR). The three new ETFs bring up the number of Global X’s thematic funds to 30. They offer investors a focused exposure to “long-term, paradigm-shifting themes.”

Alternative Investments/ESG: Brazil’s Hashdex To Offset Mining Emissions In New Bitcoin ETF

July 14, 2021

Brazilian asset manager Hashdex said Tuesday it will launch a bitcoin ETF that will be carbon-neutral in respect of its holdings of the cryptocurrency. The fund manager will purchase carbon credits to offset the emission footprint of its bitcoin using a portion of its management fee. The ETF, titled the Hashdex Nasdaq Bitcoin Reference Price Index Fund (BITH11), will commence trading on the Brazilian B3 stock exchange effective August 4.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Roundhill Launches A Virtual Worlds’-Focused “Metaverse” ETF

July 9, 2021

Roundhill Investments launched last week a new ETF built around the theme of the Metaverse. The Roundhill Ball Metaverse ETF is the first-of-its-kind ETF to provide investors exposure to the market of the Metaverse – “a successor-state to today’s mobile Internet, but which will involve countless interoperable and persistent virtual worlds, be richly integrated into the physical world as well, thereby creating a new medium and economy for work, leisure, and innovation.”

Alternative Investments/ESG: Sprott’s To Reorganize UPC Into Physical Uranium Fund

July 8, 2021

Sprott’s has agreed with Uranium Participation Corp (TSE: U), a Toronto-based company focused on investing in physical uranium, to reorganize the latter into an investment-fund listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Subsequent to such reorganization, the fund will pursue a listing on the NYSE Arca exchange.

Artificial Intelligence: AI Nabs Belgian Politicians Using Phones On Public Time

July 7, 2021

Dries Depoorter, a Belgium artist who handles themes such as privacy, artificial intelligence, surveillance & social media, is using artificial intelligence (AI) to scan the live streams on YouTube of meetings of the Flemish government. Using machine learning and facial recognition, Depoorter’s software picks out politicians distracted by their mobile phones.

Alternative Investments/ESG: AuAg Funds Launches ESG-Screened Gold Mining ETF

July 6, 2021

The AuAg ESG Gold Mining UCITS ETF (ESGO) will list on the London Stock Exchange. Sweden-based AuAg Funds, a boutique brand with a focus on precious metals & green-tech elements, and white-label ETF platform HANetf have come together to launch Europe’s first ESG-focused gold mining ETF. The AuAg ESG Gold Mining UCITS ETF (ESGO) provides…

Alternative Investments/ESG: Horizons Launches Lithium and Hydrogen ETFs for Exposure to Future Clean Energy Technologies

June 25, 2021

Horizons ETFs launches the Horizons Global Lithium Producers Index ETF (HLIT), and the Horizons Global Hydrogen Index ETF (HYDR) on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The new lithium and hydrogen ETFs are each a category-first in Canada.

Alternative Investments/Real Estate: Janus Henderson Launches Real Estate ETF

June 24, 2021

Janus Henderson Group plc (NYSE: JHG) announced Wednesday the launch of its Janus Henderson U.S. Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA: JRE) that focuses on real estate opportunities in the U.S. and in Canada. The actively managed fund will target real estate securities driving the future of the sector, which may include cell towers, data centers, gaming REITs, cold storage and more, without bias toward style, property type or market cap.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Engine No 1 Rides Momentum Of Exxon Win With ETF Launch

June 23, 2021

It’s been nearly a month since that seismic day when Engine No 1 won backing from key institutional investors in Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) and got three of its representatives to sit on the energy giant’s board. Engine demanded that Exxon needed to shift its operations and significantly reduce emissions in order to ensure long-term financial viability. Engine No 1 is making waves again, this time with its announcement of the launch of its first ETF.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Franklin Templeton Canada Launches New Sustainable Funds

June 21, 2021

The asset manager announced five ETFs and four mutual funds, all with a sustainability skew. Franklin Templeton Canada launches new sustainable funds managed by its boutique investment managers. New funds from Franklin Templeton Canada Type of Fund Investment Manager Investing target Features MUTUAL FUNDS Franklin ClearBridge Sustainable Global Infrastructure Income Fund ClearBridge Investments: Global Equity…

Alternative Investments/ESG: Fidelity Expands ESG Funds Lineup With Mutual Funds, ETFs, And A Bond Fund

June 18, 2021

Fidelity Investments announced Wednesday the launch of five new actively managed Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) funds. These comprise two mutual funds, two ETFs, and one bond fund.

Alternative Investments: HSBC Consolidates Alternatives Units Into “HSBC Alternatives”

June 16, 2021

HSBC (NYSE: HSBC) has created HSBC Alternatives, an umbrella unit to house its disparate alternatives assets. It will be formed from multi-manager Hedge Fund and Private Market teams, as well as the firm’s Private Debt, Venture Capital, and direct Real Estate teams, with existing capabilities in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and the US. With 150 employees, the new business unit will house assets under management and advice of US$53 billion.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Invesco Files For Two ETFs That Would Invest In Blockchain And Crypto Companies

June 15, 2021

Invesco has filed to launch two cryptocurrency-focused exchange-traded funds, joining other asset managers that propose to work their way around the impasse at the SEC on a bitcoin ETF. The proposed ETFs are named the Invesco Galaxy Blockchain Economy ETF and the Invesco Galaxy Crypto Economy ETF.

Alternative Investments/ESG: U.K.-Based Vitality Launches EnVIRO Range Of ESG Funds

June 14, 2021

Vitality, the U.K.-based health and life insurance and investment business that sells its products through financial advisers and brokers, announced a new range of funds called EnVIRO. EnVIRO is a set of five index-tracking funds spanning different asset classes but with a focus on ESG.

Alternative Investments/Digital: State Street Digital, A New Division At State Street, To Focus On Crypto

June 11, 2021

State Street (NYSE: STT), which has $40.3 trillion in assets under custody or administration, said Thursday it is establishing a new digital finance division called State Street Digital. The new unit will focus on digital financial services for crypto, tokenization, blockchain and CBDCs.

Alternative Investments/ESG: A New ETF From iClima For Exposure To Distributed Renewable Generation

June 10, 2021

iClima Earth, a fintech with a mission to decarbonize the planet, will launch an ETF, the world’s first, focusing on companies promoting the decentralisation of energy generation. The term refers to industries that enable the creation and management of clean energy close to the point of use, for example at home.

Alternative Investments/ESG: New SPDR ETFs For Dividends As Well As ESG

June 9, 2021

Three new ETFs from State Street Global Advisors offer investors exposure to equities with high dividend yields from across global, US and eurozone as well as a good ESG profile.
The SPDR S&P Global Dividend Aristocrats ESG UCITS ETF (GEDV), SPDR S&P US Dividend Aristocrats ESG UCITS ETF (UEDV) and SPDR S&P Euro Dividend Aristocrats ESG UCITS ETF (ZPD9) have listed on the Deutsche Boerse and Euronext Amsterdam on 8 June.

Alternative Investments/Digital: 21Shares Launches Bitcoin ETP On London’s Aquis Exchange

June 8, 2021

Institutional investors in Britain looking for exposure to bitcoin can now trade a bitcoin exchange traded product (ETP) on the U.K.’s Aquis Exchange. The new ETP, launched by Swiss crypto exchange traded product issuer 21Shares, is named 21Shares bitcoin ETP.