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Alternative Investments/ESG: New York Life Floats ETFs For Gender Equality, Clean Oceans, Cleaner Transport

October 22, 2021

The three thematic ETFs meet investor demand for ESG approaches. IndexIQ, the New York Life Investments company, announced Wednesday the launch of three new ETFs. The IQ Engender Equality ETF (EQUL), IQ Clean Oceans ETF (OCEN), and IQ Cleaner Transport ETF (CLNR) represent an expansion of IndexIQ’s Dual Impact family of thematic investment strategies. (ETF…


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Alternative Investments/Digital: Bitcoin Futures ETFs By Vaneck And Valkyrie Set To Launch

October 21, 2021

Wealth manager Vaneck has won SEC approval to launch a bitcoin futures ETF after October 23, according to a post-effective filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This is the second such ETF to be cleared after the ProShares bitcoin ETF (NYSEArca: BITO), and will trade under the moniker XBTF.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Alpha Architect Mulls ETF For Companies Led By High-Character CEOs

October 20, 2021

If you like CEO’s that have high character, a clean non-controversial record, and achieved solid financial returns for their company’s shareholders with a focus on ESG, you’re in luck. You can now invest in companies led by such CEOs though Alpha Architect’s Return on Character ETF.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Encouraged By BITO, Grayscale Files To Convert GBTC Into An ETF

October 19, 2021

Grayscale Investments LLC, together with the NYSE, has filed with the SEC to convert the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) into a physical bitcoin ETF. They applied on the same day that the first bitcoin futures ETF, the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF (NYSEArca: BITO) opened for trading.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Bitcoin Futures ETF From ProShares To Start Trading Tomorrow On The NYSE [Updated]

October 18, 2021

By a notice on Form 8-A dated October 15 the US SEC has notified registration of the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF for trading on the NYSEArca Exchange. The notice referred to a post-effective amendment number 238 filed on the same date by ProShares in Form N-1A that states the approximate date of the proposed public offering as October 18, 2021.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Bitcoin Spikes In Anticipation Of SEC’s Clearance Of Bitcoin ETF

October 15, 2021

Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency, is within handshaking distance of its April all-time high of $64,895 after spiking over the last 24 hours on rising market expectations of an imminent SEC approval for a futures-based bitcoin ETF.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest Partners With 21Shares For Bitcoin Futures ETF

October 14, 2021

Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest has lent its brand name to the ARK 21Shares Bitcoin Futures Strategy ETF which will trade under the ticker symbol ARKA on the CBOE BZX Exchange, according to a filing Wednesday. While Philadelphia-based, white-label ETF issuer Alpha Architect will act as adviser to the ETF, cryptocurrency asset manager 21Shares will be sub-adviser. ARK will lend marketing support.

Alternative Investments/Digital: BetaShares To Soon Launch Crypto ETF On The ASX

October 13, 2021

BetaShares is to launch the BetaShares Crypto Innovators ETF (ASX: CRYP) on the ASX. The fund will track the Bitwise Crypto Industry Innovators Index (BITQ).

Alternative Investments/Digital: The Volt ETF, Focused On Bitcoin Companies, Gets SEC Nod

October 8, 2021

The SEC approved on October 5 a new ETF that provides investors exposure to companies that hold a majority of their net assets in bitcoin or derive a majority of their profit or revenue from bitcoin-related activities.

Alternative Investments/ESG: A Hydrogen-Themed ETF Lists On The ASX

October 7, 2021

ETF Securities, the Australian fund manager that brought the first physically-backed gold ETF to the world in 2003, has launched a thematic equity ETF to target the world’s leading hydrogen companies. The ETFS Hydrogen ETF (ASX: HGEN) tracks the Solactive Global Hydrogen ESG Index.

Alternative Investments/ESG: After Blockbuster KRBN, KraneShares Launches European and California Carbon ETFs

October 6, 2021

Asset management firm Krane Funds has launched two new ETFs that expand its range of carbon market offerings – the KraneShares European Carbon Allowance ETF (KEUA) and the KraneShares California Carbon Allowance ETF (KCCA).

Alternative Investments/Real Estate: Avantis Launches Active Real Estate ETF

October 5, 2021

Avantis Investors has launched Avantis Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA: AVRE), an actively managed real estate ETF that provides exposure to real estate securities focused on income derived from real estate investments and structured in a similar way as real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Alternative Investments/AI: New ETFs From ProShares For Exposure To High Tech Sectors

October 4, 2021

ProShares launched three new thematic ETFs that address high technology themes such as automated manufacturing, big data and clean tech. “Each ETF is designed to offer investors exposure to a rapidly changing industry, from the automation of manufacturing to enhanced analytics and big data processing to powering the transition to clean energy,” ProShares CEO Michael Sapir said Thursday in a statement.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Evolve Launches Canada’s First Multi-Crypto ETF

October 1, 2021

It’s Canada’s, and perhaps North America’s first multi-crypto ETF, but maybe not the world. “We thought we were the world’s first, but I got a message from a Brazilian issuer saying it’s actually not the first in the world,” said Raj Lala, Evolve’s President and CEO, to Wealth Professional. Nevertheless, the Evolve Cryptocurrencies ETF provides investors with exposure to both bitcoin and ether.

FinTech: Validity Finance, A Legal Dispute Funder And Alternative Asset Manager, Raises $70M

October 1, 2021

Validity Finance is a commercial litigation finance company with nearly $150 million of assets under management. The company has raised a new managed “sidecar” fund of $70 million from a major family office, its existing private equity investors as well as other third-party investors.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Nuveen Launches ESG Dividend ETF

September 29, 2021

Nuveen has launched two new ETFs, the Nuveen Growth Opportunities ETF (NYSE: NUGO) and the Nuveen ESG Dividend ETF (CBOE: NUDV) in its drive to help investors build better financial futures.

Alternative Investments/ESG: New, Climate-Focused, Emerging Market ETFs From Northern Trust

September 28, 2021

The FlexShares ETF unit of Northern Trust Asset Management announced Monday the launch of two new emerging markets climate-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) in Europe. The FlexShares Emerging Markets High Dividend Climate ESG UCITS ETF (QDFE) and the FlexShares Emerging Markets Low Volatility Climate ESG UCITS ETF (QVFE) are listed on the Euronext exchange and Deutsche Börse and are available in five countries across Europe: the UK, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Invesco And Galaxy Digital To Partner On Crypto ETFs

September 27, 2021

Global asset management firm Invesco (NYSE: IVZ) and Galaxy Digital, (TSE: GLXY), the crypto and digital asset-focused company led by Mike Novogratz, have announced a collaboration for the development of U.S.-listed, physically-backed, digital asset exchange-traded funds.

Alternative Investments/FinTech: Roundhill To Launch ETF For The “Digital Payment Universe”

September 24, 2021

Roundhill Investments will soon launch the Roundhill Digital Payments ETF (PAYY) which will invest in companies that are a part of the so-called “digital-payment universe” as defined by the Roundhill Digital Payments Leaders Index.

Alternative Investments/Real Estate: Hoya Capital Launches High Dividend Yield ETF (RIET)

September 23, 2021

ETF issuer and investment advisor Hoya Capital Real Estate announced the launch of the Hoya Capital High Dividend Yield ETF, which invests in 100 of the highest dividend-yielding real estate securities in the United States.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Four New Climate-Focused ESG ETFs From FlexShares

September 22, 2021

FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds from Northern Trust Asset Management have launched a new suite of climate-focused ESG ETFs that help investors improve their portfolio’s overall ESG score and reduce carbon risk, while maintaining core equity and fixed-income exposure.

Alternative Investments/ESG: ETFMG Launches Maritime Decarbonization ETF

September 21, 2021

ETF Managers Group, which created the highly successful Breakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF (NYSE: BDRY), has launched a sister ETF – the ETFMG Breakwave Sea Decarbonization Tech ETF (BSEA). The new ETF will give investors exposure to global companies active in fields related to marine or ocean decarbonization.

Alternative Investments/Digital/ESG: Accelerate’s Carbon-Negative Bitcoin ETF

September 20, 2021

Accelerate Financial Technologies’ world-first Carbon Negative Bitcoin ETF (TSE: ABTC), now trading on the TSE, offsets more than 100% (“negative”) of the estimated carbon emissions from associated bitcoin mining and transaction activities.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Scaramucci’s Skybridge Mulls $250M Fund Based On The Algorand Blockchain

September 17, 2021

Skybridge Capital, Anthony Scaramucci’s New York-based investment firm and hedge fund, plans to make a foray into blockchain in partnership with the NAX trading platform to raise up to $250 million for a fund based on the Algorand blockchain.

Alternative Investments: EisnerAmper’s 6th Annual Alternative Investment Summit – “What’s Around The Bend?”

September 16, 2021

This year’s theme of the virtual summit is – “What’s Around the Bend: The Future of Alternative Investments” EisnerAmper’s 6th Annual Alternative Investment Summit will be held virtually on Thursday, 7 October, 2021. This thought-provoking event features highly interactive panel discussions that will cover trends, issues and insights affecting the future of the alternative investments…