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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: 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.

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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.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Osprey Launches Investment Vehicle For The Algorand Blockchain

June 4, 2021

Digital asset management firm Osprey Funds launched last week the Osprey Algorand Trust, which offers accredited investors an easy and cost-effective way to obtain exposure to ALGO, the native token of the Algorand network. Efforts are on to list the fund on the OTCQX market as soon as possible.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Horizons ETFs Launches Global Green Bond ETF

June 3, 2021

Horizons ETF Management launched the Horizons S&P Green Bond Index ETF. It is Canada’s first ETF focused exclusively on providing exposure to a portfolio of global green bonds. Green bonds are instruments used to raise capital for environmental projects.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Simplify Launches A New ETF For 80:20 Exposure To Stocks: Bitcoin

June 2, 2021

Simplify announced last week the launch of the Simplify U.S. Equity PLUS GBTC ETF (NASDAQ: SPBC), an ETF that will invest at least 80% of its net assets in U.S. equity securities and expects to invest up to 15% of net assets in bitcoin via the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC).

Venture Capital: YieldStreet, Which Brings Private Investing To Retail, Raises $100M

June 2, 2021

Yieldstreet’s mission is to reinvent an industry by providing investors access to investments previously available to the top 1%. Mom and pop investors can now access opportunities that were typically off-limits. Yieldstreet announced Wednesday its raise of $100 million via a Series C funding round.

Alternative Investments/FinTech: LGIM Launches UCITS ETF Focused On Digital Payments

May 27, 2021

The L&G Digital Payments UCITS ETF from Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) gives investors the opportunity to profit from the significant growth potential of digital payment technologies. As a thematic play on this market, the new ETF invests in payment acquirer and card issuers, payment gateways and processors, payment technology providers, and card-less payment service providers.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Putnam Launches New Active ETFs Based On Its Leading Equity Strategies

May 26, 2021

Putnam Investments has leveraged four of its leading equity strategies to launch its first ETF products. The actively managed ETFs are Putnam Sustainable Leaders ETF (PLDR), Putnam Sustainable Future ETF (PFUT), Putnam Focused Large-Cap Growth ETF (PGRO), and Putnam Focused Large-Cap Value ETF (PVAL). They all trade on the NYSE effective today.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Vanguard Launches ESG Corporate Bonds ETF

May 25, 2021

Vanguard’s Fixed Income Group, which manages more than $1.7 trillion in assets under management (AUM) across the globe, now has an ESG corporate bond ETF under its wings. The Vanguard ESG Global Corporate Bond UCITS ETF (V3GD) is launched on the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse with an ongoing charges figure (OCF) of 0.15%.

Alternative Investments/ESG: The Solar Energy UCITS ETF Focuses On The Global Solar Industry

May 21, 2021

The Solar Energy UCITS ETF (LON: TANN) will be launched on the HANetf platform and list on the LSE in June. Solar is now the cheapest source of energy in many large economies and is, therefore, the fastest-growing source of new energy capacity. Investments in capacity could aggregate $4.2 trillion by 2050. This ETF will provide “pure-play” exposure to this huge opportunity.

Alternative Investments/ESG: An ETF That Aligns With LGBTQ Diversity And Inclusion, Along With ESG

May 19, 2021

Loyalty Preference Index, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of LGBTQ Loyalty Holdings, Inc., announced Tuesday the launch of the LGBTQ + ESG100 ETF (NASDAQ: LGBT). The ETF provides investors with exposure to equity securities of companies that have demonstrated a commitment to LGBTQ diversity and inclusion, along with ESG compliance, as part of their corporate social responsibility fundamental mandate.

Alternative Investments/ESG: New ETF From Credit Suisse For ESG Exposure To German Stocks

May 18, 2021

Credit Suisse Asset Management has launched the which tracks the DAX 50 ESG Index. The ETF offers exposure to the 50 largest German equities that are high on ESG performance. Trading on the Deutsche Boerse and SIX Swiss Exchange, the new ETF charges a total expense ratio of 0.12%.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Wealthsimple Launches An ETF For Shariah-Compliant Stocks

May 17, 2021

The first ETF from Wealthsimple has launched on the Neo Exchange, Canada. The Wealthsimple Shariah World Equity Index ETF (NEO: WSHR) commenced trading on the exchange on May 12, 2021. The ETF provides investors exposure to a diversified index of Shariah-compliant stocks. Shariah-compliant funds are a type of socially responsible investment which conforms to the requirements of Shariah law and the principles of the Islamic religion.

Alternative Investments/Digital: A New ETF From Bitwise For “Crypto-Adjacent” Assets

May 14, 2021

The new Crypto Industry Innovators ETF (NYSE: BITQ) from Bitwise Asset Management offers investors exposure to shares of “public companies that are participants in the growing bitcoin and cryptocurrency sector.” The fund may address investors’ zeal for crypto given the SEC’s continued reluctance to green-light a bitcoin ETF.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Raisin’s ETF Configurator Allows Investors ‘Do-It-Yourself’ ESG

May 14, 2021

The pan-European savings marketplace Raisin launched its Raisin Invest ETF platform in Germany in 2018. Raisin Invest has since become one of the market’s biggest robo advisers and now boasts of AUM of €950 million. On Wednesday, Raisin announced the launch of a new hybrid-robo “ETF Configurator” for Raisin Invest, and simultaneously, a new ESG pre-set portfolio within the Configurator that offers more than 30 sustainable equity and bond ETFs to choose from.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Ninepoint’s Bitcoin ETF To Offset Carbon Footprint Of Bitcoin Holdings

May 12, 2021

Bitcoin has been getting a lot of flak recently for the impact that its mining has on the environment. As verification computations get more complex, bitcoin mining rigs consume more and more energy for generating mining rewards. This process becomes a vicious circle when bitcoin prices are on a rally because it becomes more profitable to mine and sell the cryptocurrency. ETFs and other funds holding bitcoin are becoming increasingly concerned about the carbon footprint inherent in their holdings.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Mark Yusko Sees Bitcoin At $250K In Five Years

May 11, 2021

Mark Yusko’s Morgan Creek Capital Management has assets under management of about $2 billion. Assuming his usually bullish stance on bitcoin in an interview on Friday, Yusko said the leading crypto could scale a price of $100,000 in 2021 or 2022. He went further and said it could go up to $250,000 in five years.

Alternative Investments/Digital: VanEck Lists Digital Assets UCITS ETF In Europe

May 6, 2021

The VanEck Vectors Digital Assets Equity UCITS ETF (DAPP) is listed on the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse. It will offer exposure to blockchain-focused companies involved in various digital businesses. It is claimed to be the first ETF on the continent to target companies engaged specifically in digital asset projects.

Alternative Investments/Digital: eToro Launches Bitcoin-Themed Portfolio

May 5, 2021

Last week, eToro flagged off its BitcoinWorldWide product, a thematic portfolio. The platform described it as “a new innovative CopyPortfolio,” covering the value chain created from activities related to bitcoin.

Alternative Investments/ESG: In A World First, Evolve Offers Investments In Major Indices Sans Carbon Footprints

May 3, 2021

Evolve Funds Group has filed the final prospectus for its launch of the world’s first ETFs that bring carbon neutrality to traditional indices. The Evolve CleanBeta series of ETFs will flag off with the Evolve S&P/TSX 60 CleanBeta Fund (SIXT) and the Evolve S&P 500 CleanBeta Fund (FIVE).