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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/ESG: The Newday Sustainable Development Equity ETF

September 27, 2022

Newday offers portfolios addressing the world’s most pressing environmental and social issues including climate action, ocean health, clean water, diversity, equity and inclusion, wildlife conservation and animal welfare, and stakeholder capitalism. It manages its portfolios in alignment with the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (pictured above) to affect positive change. Earlier this month, it launched the Newday Sustainable Development Equity ETF (SDGS).

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Alternative Investments/ESG: Strive, Which Scooped $250M On The DRLL Anti-ESG ETF, To Launch Four New ETFs

August 25, 2022

Strive Asset Management, which is backed by investors including Peter Thiel and Bill Ackman, has filed for four new ETFs on Tuesday. The firm has likely been encouraged by the success of its flagship US Energy ETF (NYSEARCA: DRLL) which has exceeded $238 million in assets under management and over $320 million in traded volume in its first two full weeks of launch.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Invesco Launches Metaverse Fund

August 23, 2022

Invesco, the global asset management firm, is launching the Invesco Metaverse Fund, to be registered in Luxembourg, and having a size of about $ 30 million. It will invest in large, medium, and small cap companies across the Metaverse Value Chain which includes many distinct and interrelated sectors that help facilitate, create, or benefit from the growth of immersive virtual worlds.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Vanguard Files For Global Environmental Opportunities Stock Fund

August 19, 2022

Vanguard has revealed its plans to launch the Vanguard Global Environmental Opportunities Stock Fund, to be actively managed by Ninety One, an experienced active investment manager with a proven track record in environmental, decarbonization, and global investing. Founded in 1991, Ninety One manages approximately $160 billion globally.

Alternative Investments/Fintech: BlackRock Launches Another ‘Megatrend’ ETF Focused On Disruptive Fintech

August 19, 2022

BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) announced the expansion of its Megatrends suite with the launch of the BlackRock Future Financial and Technology ETF (NYSEARCA: BPAY), an ETF that invests in companies delivering innovative and emerging technologies that are driving disruption within the financial services industry. The actively managed fund will be run by Lead Portfolio Manager Vasco Moreno of BlackRock’s Fundamental Equity (FE) franchise.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Morgan Stanley To Debut In ETFs With Four ESG Equity Funds

August 17, 2022

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), which coined the term “exchange traded fund” in the 1990s, is making a comeback into the $6.9 trillion ETF market with four socially conscious and sustainable funds under the Calvert label that will invest in US and international stocks. Though late to the party in terms of both ETFs and ESG, Morgan Stanley will bring to bear its $1.4 trillion AUM and marketing muscle on a market that recently saw the advent of the Capital Group and Neuberger Berman.

FinTech: Brazilian Fintech Hash Fires Dozens, May Shut Shop

August 15, 2022

Hash, a Brazilian fintech focused on white-label payments infrastructure, has handed out pink slips to “dozens” of employees and is slowly winding up its operations, according to Reuters. Sources told Reuters that the company’s talks to raise more capital from Softbank Group’s Latin America fund had proved inconclusive.

Alternative Investments/ESG: HSBC Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Biodiversity Screened ETF

August 15, 2022

HSBC Asset Management has launched the HSBC World ESG Biodiversity Screened Equity UCITS ETF (HBDV) on the London Stock Exchange with a total expense ratio (TER) of 0.35%. The ETF is labelled Article 8 under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).

Digital Assets: Brazilian Fintech PicPay Launches Crypto Exchange With Paxos

August 12, 2022

PicPay, the well-known Brazilian payment app, has got its shoe in the crypto door in partnership with Paxos, a leading regulated blockchain infrastructure company. Picpay is opening crypto trading services for its over 30 million customers and Paxos will manage the trading and custody of the digital assets. To be opened up gradually, the crypto service will initially cover bitcoin, ethereum and USDP, the regulated dollar-backed stablecoin from Paxos.

Alternative Investments/AI: Direxion Launches A Leveraged Electric And Autonomous Vehicle ETF

August 12, 2022

The Direxion ETF provides 200% exposure to the electric and autonomous vehicles industry. ETF issuer Direxion announced the launch of the Direxion Daily Electric and Autonomous Vehicles Bull 2X Shares ETF (EVAV) that benchmarks 200% of the daily performance of the Indxx US Electric and Autonomous Vehicles Index. Accordingly, it invests in 25 U.S.-listed companies…

Alternative Investments: Direxion Launches Four Single Stock Leveraged ETFs Including Inverse 1X Apple And Tesla

August 12, 2022

As single stock ETFs roll out thick and fast, Direxion jumped on the bandwagon with the launch of its first four single stock leveraged and inverse ETFs. The funds, which trade on the Nasdaq, allow sophisticated traders to obtain magnified or inverse exposure to the daily performance of the common stocks of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) and Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA).

Alternative Investments/ESG: An “Anti-ESG” ETF, Backed By Thiel And Ackmann, To Gun For Fossil Investing

August 11, 2022

Strive Asset Management announced the launch of the Strive US Energy ETF (NYSE: $DRLL) which seeks to take advantage of a likely bull run in US energy stocks from an unfolding demand-supply imbalance in the global energy markets. Taking an anti-ESG stance, the ETF will mandate U.S. energy companies to reject shortsighted political agendas and to focus on long-term profitability, including through increased investment in oil and gas production.

Alternative Investments/Digital: GraniteShares Launches The First Coinbase Leveraged ETF

August 10, 2022

US ETF issuer GraniteShares, which first launched leveraged ETFs on single stocks in the UK in 2019, and now offers 106 such products across Europe, has listed a suite of short and leveraged single stock Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange.

Alternative Investments/Digital/ESG: SoFi Launches Web3 And Smart Energy ETFs

August 10, 2022

SoFi Invest, the investing and trading arm of SoFi Technologies, announced the launch of two new ETFs, SoFi Web 32 (NASDAQ: TWEB) and SoFi Smart Energy (NYSE: ENRG) that provide exposure to two of the world’s fastest-growing industries.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Chimera Capital Launches Shariah Turkish Equity ETF

August 9, 2022

The Chimera S&P Turkey Shariah ETF seeks to invest in the most liquid Shariah-complaint stocks listed on the Borsa Istanbul. Launched by Chimera Capital, an Abu-Dhabi-based investment management firm and subsidiary of Chimera Investment, the ETF tracks the performance of the S&P Turkey Shariah Liquid 35/20 Capped Index (Bloomberg: SPTSLCAP), provided by S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Alternative Investments/Digital: A Metaverse-Themed ETF From Betashares Debuts On The ASX

August 5, 2022

The BetaShares Metaverse ETF (ASX: MTAV) has debuted on the ASX on Thursday, August 5, 2022. It is the first Australian ETF providing dedicated exposure to a portfolio of leading global companies that are building, developing and operating the Metaverse.

Alternative Investments: The New York State Common Retirement Fund Allocates $3B To Alternatives In June

August 5, 2022

The monthly transaction report from the $280 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund showed an investment outlay of more than $4 billion in June. Significantly, and in a sign of the times, more than 75% of that was plowed into alternatives such as real estate ($2.2 billion) and private equity funds (over $1 billion).

Alternative Investments/Digital Assets: New, Blockchain-Focused ETF From Horizon Kinetics

August 4, 2022

Horizon Kinetics LLC launched the Blockchain Development ETF (NYSEARCA: BCDF) on August 2. The ETF will invest in companies benefit, either directly or indirectly, from the issuance, facilitation, custody, trading and administration of digital assets, including cryptocurrencies or distributed ledger technology.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Schwab To Debut Crypto ETF

August 2, 2022

Charles Schwab Corporation’s (NYSE: SCHW) asset management division, Schwab Asset Management, announced the debut of the Schwab Crypto Thematic ETF (NYSEARCA: STCE) on August 4 on the New York Stock Exchange. The ETF will be listed on the NYSE and trade under the symbol STCE.

Alternative Investments/ESG: New ESG Gold ETF From Sprott To List August 2

August 2, 2022

Sprott Asset Management LP, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sprott Inc. (NYSE: SII), today announced the launch of the Sprott ESG Gold ETF (NYSEARCA: SESG) that will begin trading on the NYSE ARCA with effect from August 2, 2022. The new ETF will invest solely in gold (“Sprott ESG Approved Gold”) that satisfies the ESG and provenance standards developed by Sprott. (Financial Post)

Alternative Investments/Digital: The KuCoin Crypto Exchange Launches An ETF Zone For NFTs

August 1, 2022

Seychelles head-quartered, global cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin announced July 29 the launch of its NFT ETF Trading Zone that will allow the listing of 5 NFT ETFs covering hiBAYC, hiPUNKS, hiSAND33, hiKODA, and hiENS4 as underlying assets as a beginning. The ETFs shall be denominated in USDT, another first for KuCoin, rather than Ether (ETH). The exchange intends to improve the liquidity of NFT assets and lower the investment threshold of blue-chip NFTs for over 20 million users, as well as alleviate risks of holding these assets individually.

Alternative Investments/Digital: The Schwab Crypto Thematic ETF To Debut On August 4

July 29, 2022

The Schwab Crypto Thematic ETF (NYSEARCA: STCE), launched by Schwab Asset Management, the asset management arm of The Charles Schwab Corporation, will start trading on or about August 4, 2022. It will provide investors with global exposure to companies that may benefit from the development or utilization of cryptocurrencies and other digital assets.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Pando Asset Lists A Crypto Basket ETP On Swiss SIX

July 28, 2022

Pando Asset makes its debut in the European market with an ETP comprising the following six cryptos: 39.6% bitcoin, 27.3% ethereum, 11.9% binance, 8.1% solana, 7.3% cardano and 6% polkadot. The ETP listed on the Swiss SIX Exchange and has a total expense ratio of 2%.

Alternative Investments: As Single Stock ETFs Become The Flavor Of The Season, Innovator Launches The Hedged TSLA Strategy ETF (TSLH)

July 27, 2022

Innovator Capital Management, which pioneered Defined Outcome ETFs, listed the Innovator Hedged TSLA Strategy ETF (ticker: TSLH) on July 26th, on the Cboe. It is the first ETF to provide long exposure to a single stock, in this case Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), with an inbuilt system of risk management and protection against the volatility of the stock.

Alternative Investments/ESG: State Street Launches Paris-Aligned Emerging Markets Stock ETF

July 26, 2022

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) has launched a climate-friendly emerging market ETF. The SPDR MSCI Emerging Markets Climate Paris Aligned UCITS ETF (SPF7) is listed on Deutsche Boerse, Borsa Italiana, the London Stock Exchange, and Euronext Amsterdam.