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.
Bitcoin momentously broke its 2017 high on Monday, recording a new one at $19,864.15. This had all the crypto evangelists out in full force, insisting the bull market in the leading crypto was now well and truly in place.
As expected, more lofty targets were trotted out – one at $50,000, the other at $500,000.
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HSBC Global Asset Management launched earlier this month the HSBC UK Sustainable Equity UCITS ETF. Trading on the London Stock Exchange, the ETF is an extension of HSBC GAM’s range of sustainable ETFs. With a total expense ratio of just 0.12%, the ETF offers a highly cost-efficient solution to invest in UK equities with a sustainable slant.
Alternative Investments/ESG: Haitong MSCI China A Shares ESG ETF To Debut In Hong Kong On October 15
On October 15, the Haitong MSCI China A ESG ETF will open for trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Main Board. It is the first ESG ETF offering exposure to Chinese A-shares to be listed on the Hong Kong bourse.
Invesco’s new ETF launch will trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange and allow investors to invest in Canadian large-cap equities that have been screened for ethical concerns. The Invesco S&P/TSX Composite ESG Index ETF is the first Canadian-listed ETF to track the S&P/TSX Composite ESG Index.
Investors looking for sustainable investment opportunities may consider ESG criteria like the blue economy and its sectors such as renewable marine energies, biotechnologies, aquaculture and fishing, tourism and environmental protection. The new BNP Paribas Easy ECPI Global ESG Blue Economy UCITS ETF is tailor-made for this purpose.
As clean energy supporter and Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s election chances seem to brighten, so do the prices on two renewable energy ETFs.
Alternative Investments/Real Estate: Mortgage Rates Set Another Record Low; Real Estate ETFs Could Benefit
The average interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with conforming loan balances of up to $510,400 slipped to 3.01% from 3.05% last week, CNBC reports.
The iShares € Govt Bond Climate UCITS ETF seeks to track the performance of a climate risk-adjusted index offering exposure to Eurozone, investment-grade government bonds. Among Eurozone government bonds, it will provide a higher exposure to countries less exposed to climate change risks and lower exposure to countries that are more exposed to climate change risks.
Alternative Investments: Liquid Alt ETF Provider Accelerate Offers Ready-Made Alternative Investment Strategy
Last month, Accelerate Financial Technologies launched the OneChoice Alternative Model Portfolio. It’s a quick and easy route to gain exposure to a collection of alternative investment strategies as a diversification to a client’s core portfolio.
Defiance ETFs announced today the trading launch of the very first SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company)-focused ETF. Its Defiance Next Gen SPAC Derived ETF (NYSE: SPAK) begins trading today. The ETF will provide investors exposure to previously private companies that obtained listing by combining with a SPAC. The ETF will also invest in SPACS that are still holding cash pending an acquisition or merger.
Amundi Asset Management launched its Amundi MSCI Emerging ESG Universal UCITS ETF offering investors exposure to large- and mid-cap securities in 26 emerging markets countries.
iShares launched September 24 its new suite of ESG screened ETFs that track S&P 500 sustainability indexes by market capitalization. Investors looking to keep their portfolios with a greater component of S&P tracked stocks but with a sustainable focus may find these new ETFs useful additions.
Almalia is a financial services group focused on innovation in Islamic finance, especially Shariah-compliant investments that are also sustainable and ethical. Headquartered in London, and having a presence in the UAE, Almalia has launched the world’s first actively-managed global equity ETF which is compliant with Shariah laws.
Between January and end-August 2020, HSBC Private Banking received $1.6 billion from its clients for investing in alternative investments. These included hedge funds, private equity, private credit, and a private REIT strategy.
Cambria Investment Management, which focuses on alternative investments using quantitative asset management techniques, has launched a new real estate fund.
Brazilian asset management firm Hashdex and Nasdaq have collaborated on the development of a new ETF product dubbed the Hashdex Nasdaq Crypto Index ETF. The ETF will track a blockchain index that will comprise bitcoin as well as several other crypto assets. The Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX) approved the new ETF for listing on September 18.
Former Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) employee and hedge fund manager Raoul Pal cites recent developments as a regulatory thaw that may augur the approval of a bitcoin ETF.
Sustainalytics Founder Michael Jantzi says people now want to do sustainable investing. And “they’re putting their money where their mouths are,” said Jantzi at the virtual Morningstar Investment Conference on Wednesday. The COVID-19 pandemic boosted an already strong movement in favor of sustainable investing.
The NAHB/Wells Fargo National and Regional Housing Market Index (HMI) for single-family homes for the month of September rose from 78 in August to 83 in September. The reading indicates that homebuilder confidence and sentiment is at a record high – the highest in the survey’s 35-year record. It is a reflection of the strong demand for housing, particularly in the suburbs or exurbs.
BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) has unwrapped three new innovative UCITS funds that are claimed to be Europe’s first offering of tradable multi-asset ESG portfolios built with ETFs. Each of these funds are made up of iShares ETFs to provide access to a wide selection of stocks and bonds.
DWS, one of the world’s leading asset managers, has launched a USD corporate bond ETF and a euro-hedged global equity ETF under its Xtrackers ESG banner.
The S&P 500 ESG UCITS ETF from UBS Asset Management was the first passive ETF to impart the Environment-Social-Governance (ESG) screen to the S&P 500 equity index. In a statement, UBS Asset Management said the ETF had passed the milestone of $ 1 billion in assets under management.
The Listed Index Fund Nikkei ESG REIT (2566 JP) launched by Nikko Asset Management has begun to trade on the Tokyo Stock Exchange with effect from September 7. It is the first Japanese ETF that provides investors the opportunity to invest in the country’s real estate investment trust market with a sustainable approach.
Rize is Europe’s first specialist thematic ETF issuer. The firm aims to provide investors access to the most ground-breaking megatrends shaping the planet, and to companies that have the potential to become the growth stories of tomorrow. It announced twin ETFs on the themes of sustainable food and digital education.