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Alternative Investments/ESG: VegTech Invest Launches Plant-Based Innovation & Climate ETF

January 4, 2022

VegTech Invest advisory has launched the VegTech Plant-based Innovation & Climate ETF (Ticker: EATV), its first financial product. The ETF offers exposure to publicly traded companies actively innovating with plants and plant-derived ingredients and producing primary products that are animal-free. These companies also have a beneficial impact on the environment and solve certain pressing global problems.

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Alternative Investments/AI: Global X Launches Seven New “Paradigm Shift” ETFs In Europe

November 18, 2021

ETF provider Global X ETFs announced today its launch of seven new UCITS ETFs in Europe that would trade on the London Stock Exchange and Xetra. The seven new ETFs complement Global X’s existing five thematic UCITS ETFs launched after Global X entered Europe in December 2020. The new ETFs center around disruptive, digital transformation around the world.

Alternative Investments/Digital: ETC and HANetf Launch ETF For Digital Assets And Blockchain

November 17, 2021

The proposed ETC Group Digital Assets & Blockchain Equity UCITS ETF (KOIN) from long-time collaborators ETC Group and HANetf will offer thematic exposure to companies active in the digital assets and blockchain system.

Alternative Investments: Amplify Plans ETF Targeting ‘Inflation Beneficiaries’ Including Cryptos

November 16, 2021

Amplify ETFs has filed for the launch of the Amplify Enhanced Inflation Beneficiaries ETF, which will provide investors exposure to businesses that benefit from inflationary pressures, such as companies whose revenues are expected to increase with rising consumer demand for land, increased rental income or higher raw-materials prices.

Alternative Investments: Yieldstreet Launches Art Equity Fund To Democratize Ownership Of Fine Art

November 15, 2021

Yieldstreet, the multi-asset platform for alternative investments, announced the launch of its new fund, the Art Equity Fund. The new fund is a precursor to a series of new funds that will allow retail investors the opportunity to enjoy fractional ownership in a portfolio of prominent physical art works. The Art Equity Fund will own a portfolio of artworks by Post-War and Contemporary artists, Keith Haring, George Condo and Kenny Scharf.

Alternative Investments/Real Estate: Goldman Sachs Rolls Out Sustainable Real Estate ETF

November 12, 2021

The fund manager launches a trio of new ETFs aimed at disruptive investing; one of them is themed on sustainable real estate and infrastructure. Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) launched this week the Goldman Sachs Future Consumer Equity ETF (NYSEARCA: GBUY), the Goldman Sachs Future Health Care Equity ETF (NYSEARCA: GDOC) and the Goldman Sachs…

Alternative Investments/ESG: VanEck Targets Energy Transition, Launches New Green Metals ETF

November 12, 2021

VanEck launched Thursday a new ETF focused on ‘green metals.’ The VanEck Green Metals ETF (NYSEARCA: GMET) will invest in companies whose businesses focus on metals including copper, cobalt, lithium, nickel, zinc and rare earths metals, which are essential for clean energy technology as well as lithium batteries.

Alternative Investments/ESG: iShares Launches ESG Corporate Bond ETF

November 11, 2021

The fund manager has expanded its range of sustainable products with the launch of new fixed income and low volatility ETFs. On Wednesday, iShares launched the iShares ESG Advanced Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (ELQD), which tracks the iBoxx MSCI ESG Advanced USD Liquid Investment Grade Index and carries an expense ratio of 0.18%. (ETF…

Alternative Investments/Digital: New ETF From Tuttle Capital Bets Against Cathie Wood And Ark

November 10, 2021

The Tuttle Capital Short Innovation ETF (NASDAQ: SARK), which started for trading Tuesday, takes a contrarian view on famed stock picker and fund manager Cathie Wood’s flagship fund – the ARK Innovation ETF (NYSEARCA: ARKK). The new ETF, a type of fund also known as a “short” or “inverse” ETF, is actively managed and is structured to achieve the inverse of the return of the ARK ETF in a single day.

Alternative Investments/FinTech: Grayscale Files To Launch “Future Of Finance” Equity ETF

November 9, 2021

Grayscale Investments LLC filed Friday with the SEC for the Future of Finance ETF (GFOF), an ETF product focused on companies involved in the advancement of the digital economy. The new ETF would be sub-advised by Vident Investment Advisory, and US Bank would function as custodian.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Canada’s Purpose Investments To Launch Carbon Neutral Crypto ETFs

November 9, 2021

Purpose Investments, a Canadian fund manager with AUM in excess of $1 billion as of March 2021, is launching today the Purpose Bitcoin ETF and the Purpose Ether ETF. Both funds offer ‘green’ exposure to the respective spot cryptocurrencies through an inbuilt carbon offsetting feature in the funds.

Alternative Investments/ESG: iShares Launches ESG ETF For Low Volatility Large And Mid-cap Stocks

November 8, 2021

The iShares ESG MSCI USA Min Vol Factor ETF (NASDAQ: ESMV) is a newly launched fund from Blackrock that offers investors the opportunity to invest in U.S. large and mid cap stocks that have low volatility and yet offer reduced carbon exposure and better ESG characteristics.

Alternative Investments/ESG: NTZO, A New Climate ETF From Impact Shares, Will Donate Fees To A UN Fund

November 5, 2021

Rockefeller Foundation backed, non-profit ETF sponsor Impact Shares has launched the Impact Shares MSCI Global Climate Select ETF (NYSEArca: NTZO) in collaboration with the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). The launch of NTZO was announced November 3 in Glasgow at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange the same day.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Schwab Launches Small And Midcap ESG ETF

November 3, 2021

A new ETF from Schwab Asset Management will start trading from November 16, 2021. The Schwab Ariel ESG ETF offers investors exposure to small and mid cap stocks that have been screened for ESG factors. The actively managed, semi-transparent ETF has an operating expense ratio of 0.59%.

Alternative Investments/ESG: VanEck’s Lineup Of Moat Investing ETFs Now Has An ESG Version

November 2, 2021

VanEck launched in October the VanEck Morningstar ESG Moat ETF (CBOE: MOTE), a sustainable addition to its lineup of “moat” investing ETFs. Investors can hope to get exposure to US companies that have the advantages of being attractively priced, have competitive moats, and are screened for ESG risks.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Roundhill Investments Launches Digital Infrastructure ETF

October 29, 2021

Roundhill Investments and IO Digital Partners have launched a new ETF to provide investors with exposure to the digital infrastructure sector. The Roundhill IO Digital Infrastructure ETF (NYSE: BYTE) will invest in companies that own high-tech assets that support the efficient storage and transmission of data, powering the internet.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs Create New Clean Energy Index

October 29, 2021

Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs asset Management have launched a new clean energy index. The Bloomberg Goldman Sachs Global Clean Energy Index was jointly developed by Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs Asset Management and identifies companies that have a significant business exposure to the clean energy sector.

Alternative Investments/ESG: On The Eve Of COP26, Hedge Funds Ambivalent On ESG (Survey)

October 28, 2021

The results of a poll of hedge fund managers conducted by Hedge Fund Research showed that 53% of them (687 managers) incorporated ESG factors and sustainability metrics into their investment processes. However, 47% (609 managers) said they did not do so. The results are significant, coming as they do ahead of the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this weekend.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Invesco Launches Two New Nasdaq-100 ESG ETFs

October 27, 2021

Global asset management firm Invesco Ltd (NYSE: IVZ) announced today the launch of trading of Invesco ESG NASDAQ 100 ETF (NASDAQ: QQMG) and Invesco ESG NASDAQ Next Gen 100 ETF (NASDAQ: QQJG). The new ESG ETF offerings expand the number of investment structures in the Invesco QQQ Innovation Suite to six.

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…

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.