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Alternative Investments/Digital: Osprey Funds Launches Solana Fund On The OTCQB Market

June 24, 2022

Crypto asset manager Osprey Funds has launched the the Osprey Solana Trust (OSOL). The firm said earlier this month that the fund has commenced trading via the OTCQB market. OSOL is the first publicly traded fund based on the SOL token of the Solana network.

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Alternative Investments: As 60:40 Crumbles, Simplify Launches Macro Strategy ETF

May 17, 2022

Simplify Asset Management has launched the Simplify Macro Strategy ETF (NYSEARCA: FIG) offering it to investors as a total portfolio solution through exposure to a diversified set of risk drivers. By utilizing a combination of equity futures, put options, and call options, the new ETF aims to provide core equity exposure that is hedged and positively convex.

Digital Assets: Grayscale Launches Its First ETF in Europe

May 16, 2022

Grayscale Investments’ first European ETF, the Grayscale Future of Finance UCITS ETF, will list on European bourses and offer investors exposure to companies that are at the intersection of finance, technology, and digital assets and building the digital economy.

Alternative Investments/ESG: A New ETF From KraneShares Provides Exposure To Carbon Offsets

May 16, 2022

Asset management firm Krane Funds Advisors launched the KraneShares Global Carbon Offset Strategy ETF (NYSEARCA: KSET) on the New York Stock Exchange on April 27. The ETF provides investors with exposure to the voluntary carbon market by tracking carbon offset futures contracts traded on the CME, the largest derivative exchange in the world.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Crypto Funds Launching Overseas

May 10, 2022

Three Crypto ETFs are finally expected to debut in Australia after a delay of two weeks pending resolution of “downstream issues.” Separately, three new crypto ETPs from CoinShares providing directly backed exposure to FTT, LINK, and UNI, the native tokens underpinning the FTX, Chainlink, and Uniswap networks, have already begun trading on the Deutsche Börse Xetra.

Alternative Investments/ESG: State Street Global Advisors Introduces Paris Aligned Climate ETFs Supported By Early Investor UCLA

May 9, 2022

State Street Global Advisors have launched the SPDR MSCI USA Climate Paris Aligned ETF (NZUS) and SPDR MSCI ACWI Climate Paris Aligned ETF (NZAC) that are intended to help investors achieve thier climate ambitions. The ETFs are geared toward the growing number of investors interested in addressing climate change in their portfolios, both to mitigate climate risk and to invest in climate solutions.

Alternative Investments/Fintech: AXS Investments Launches Leveraged Innovation ETF

May 6, 2022

Alternative investment asset manager AXS Investments launched the AXS 2X Innovation ETF (NASDAQ: TARK), a 2X leveraged product focused on companies involved in transformational industries, such as fintech, autonomous vehicles, genomics and next-gen internet.

Alternative Investments/AI: Pacer Launches Robotics & 3D Printing ETF

May 5, 2022

Pacer ETFs has announced the launch of its all-new Pacer BlueStar Engineering the Future ETF (BULD) that tracks the BlueStar Global Robotics & 3D Printing Index. Accordingly, the ETF targets manufacturing and engineering developments leading to The Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, which is characterized by disruptive industrial automation, and dependency on 3D printing and robotics.

Alternative Investments/Real Estate: Merk Investments Launches First Stagflation-Themed ETF

May 5, 2022

Merk Investments announced the Merk Stagflation ETF (NYSEARCA: STGF) which focuses on investments that would benefit from stagflation, or a situation comprising high and persistent inflation amidst weak economic growth. These investments are a dynamic basket of inflation hedges in the sectors of real estate, oil, bullion, and Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS).

Alternative Investments/Digital: CI Global Launches Blockchain and Metaverse ETFs

May 4, 2022

CI Global Asset Management has launched two new ETFs focused on the digital megatrends of blockchain and metaverse. The CI Galaxy Blockchain ETF and CI Galaxy Metaverse ETF commenced trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on May 3 under the tickers CBCX and CMVX, respectively.

Alternative Investments/ESG: RBC iShares Launches Four Megatrend ETFs

May 3, 2022

RBC iShares has expanded its ETFs suite with the launch of four new Megatrend ETFs focused on the transformational themes of exponential technologies, clean energy, immunology and healthcare, and cybersecurity.

Alternative Investments/AI: AdvisorShares Offers Drone Technology ETF

May 2, 2022

The AdvisorShares Drone Technology ETF (NYSEARCA: UAV) has commenced trading from April 27, according to an announcement from AdvisorShares, a sponsor of active ETFs. The ETF offers investment opportunities in the commercial drone economy including drones and autonomous vehicles (AVs).

Alternative Investments/Digital: Global X Launches Metaverse Themed ETF

April 29, 2022

The metaverse opportunity could exceed $1 trillion according to Global X. Morevoer, the ETF provider categorizes the metaverse as a “long term, paradigm-shifting theme” suitable for inclusion in its Thematic Growth family of funds. Hence its launch of the Global X Metaverse ETF (VR), which will seek opportunities in the metaverse including virtual reality, augmented reality, semiconductors, and creator platforms and economies.

Alternative Investments/Digital: BlackRock Launches Thematic ETFs On FoodTech And Blockchain

April 28, 2022

BlackRock has launched the iShares Emergent Food and AgTech Multisector ETF (IVEG) and the iShares Blockchain and Tech ETF (IBLC) as a part of its Megatrends range of products.
“The expansion of our megatrends line-up today reflects the power of the millennial and rise of the self-directed investor, whose buying habits have reshaped mainstream consumer behaviors, and in turn, the companies in which they invest,” said Rachel Aguirre, Head of U.S. iShares Product at BlackRock. “We believe the moment is now to embrace these forward-looking investment themes before the market recognizes their full potential.”

Alternative Investments/Digital: An ETP That Combines Gold And Bitcoin Now Trades On A Swiss Exchange

April 27, 2022

The new ETP from ByteTree Asset Management and 21Shares is based on the principle that in inflationary times such as these, “BOLD is the 60/40.” That’s because it balances a risk-on asset (bitcoin) with a risk-off asset (gold). The 21Shares ByteTree Bold Index ETP (BOLD) is the first exchange traded product (ETP) to combine gold and bitcoin in a single fund.

Alternative Investments/ESG: FlexShares Launches EM Equities ETF With ESG Focus

April 26, 2022

Northern Trust’s FlexShares Exchange Traded Funds has introduced a new sustainable and low carbon ETF investing in emerging market (EM) equities. The new ETF, the FlexShares ESG & Climate Emerging Markets Core Index Fund (FEEM), is an expansion of FlexShares’ bouquet of climate-friendly ETFs launched in September and including U.S. large cap equities, developed markets ex-U.S. equities, and two fixed-income ETFs.

Alternative Investments/ESG: HSBC Launches Europe ex UK Sustainable Equity Ucits ETF

April 25, 2022

HSBC Asset Management has introduced a Europe ex UK Sustainable Equity Ucits ETF, classified as an Article 8 product under the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). The HSBC Europe ex UK Sustainable Equity UCITS ETF expands its sustainable range after the recent launches of the firm’s Paris Aligned Benchmark and fixed income sustainable ranges.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Fractional Investment In $500M Hedge Fund Through NFTs

April 22, 2022

Blockchain startup IO Investment Academy is giving investors the opportunity to invest small amounts in a $500 million, blockchain-focused hedge fund that delivered a 300% return rate in 2021 and had an investment minimium starting at $100,000. This first DeFi NFT project is introducing fractional investment into the blockchain world to completely rewrite the traditional investing process.

Alternative Investments/ESG: New Japanese ESG Equity ETF Gets EUR 300M From Varma

April 21, 2022

Finnish pension insurance company Varma has invested EUR 300 million in the NEXT FUNDS Solactive Japan ESG Core Index ETF that was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on April 8. The ETF, custom-designed for Varma, is the largest ever environmentally responsible ETF to be listed in Japan.

Alternative Investments/Digital: First Trust Launches Index Metaverse ETF

April 20, 2022

ETF provider and asset manager First Trust Advisors announced the launch of the First Trust Indxx Metaverse ETF (NASDAQ: ARVR), which tracks an index called the Indxx Metaverse Index. This index comprises companies that are involved in offering technologies that assist in creating the Metaverse.

Digital Assets/Alternative Investments: Australia’s First Bitcoin ETF May Debut Next Week

April 19, 2022

A bitcoin ETF could debut Down Under following its approval by ASX Clear, the country’s primary clearing house for capital markets. Four market participants (one retail, four institutional) agreed to stump up the hefty 42% margin required for settlement risks. A seven-day notice period now kicks in, and at the end of that, the bitcoin ETF from Cosmos Asset Management could begin trading as early as April 27 on Cboe’s Australian trading venue.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Allianz’ El-Erian Says Fed Waited Too Long To Recognize Inflation

April 19, 2022

Speaking to CNBC on Monday, Allianz Chief Economic Advisor Mohamed El-Erian said bitcoin is likely to move higher when the Fed responds to inflation. He commented: “That’s what you get when you’ve waited too long to recognize what inflation is and to take action.”

Alternative Investments/ESG: Low Carbon Singapore Companies Now In An ETF Wrapper

April 18, 2022

A new ETF that focuses on Singapore companies with low carbon intensity is being launched by OCBC Securities and Lion Global Investors on April 28, becoming the first such ETF in Singapore.

Alternative Investments/Real Estate: Global X Launches Green Building ETF

April 18, 2022

Global X has launched a new Green Building ETF that will allow investors exposure to the theme of rising global demand for environmentally-friendly buildings. With buildings responsible for up to 38% of energy-related carbon emissions globally and 50% of all extracted materials, green buildings are key to reducing building-related emissions and improving urban resiliency in the face of climate change.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Fidelity Launches Five Fixed Income Sustainable Funds And ETFs

April 14, 2022

Fidelity Investments has strengthens its suite of sustainable fixed income funds with the launch of five new fixed income sustainable funds and ETFs – Fidelity Sustainable Core Plus Bond Fund (FIAEX), Fidelity Sustainable Core Plus Bond ETF (FSBD), Fidelity Sustainable Low Duration Bond Fund (FAPGX), Fidelity Sustainable Low Duration Bond ETF (FSLD), and Fidelity Sustainable Intermediate Municipal Income Fund (FSIKX).