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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/Digital: Amidst A Crypto Winter, 21Shares Launches The World’s Cheapest Physically Backed Bitcoin ETP

June 30, 2022

21Shares AG has launched a bitcoin ETP tailor-made for today’s crypto market, one that has been mauled by rampaging bears and gripped by a “crypto winter.” The 21Shares Bitcoin Core ETP (CBTC), which started trading on the SIX Swiss Exchange effective Wednesday, is claimed to be the lowest cost physically-backed Bitcoin ETP in the world.

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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).

Alternative Investments/Digital: Fidelity Launches Crypto And Metaverse Themed ETFs

April 12, 2022

Fidelity Investments launched today two new thematic ETFs that provide equity exposure to emerging industry ecosystems such as the crypto and metaverse industries. The Fidelity Crypto Industry and Digital Payments ETF (FDIG) and Fidelity Metaverse ETF (FMET) would be available on or about April 21, 2022, for individual investors and financial advisors to purchase commission-free through Fidelity’s online brokerage platforms.

Alternative Investments/ESG: BlackRock Launches Four New Sector ESG ETFs

April 12, 2022

BlackRock listed the iShares MSCI World Materials Sector ESG UCITS ETF (WMTS), the iShares MSCI World Industrials Sector ESG UCITS ETF (WINS), the iShares World Energy Sector ESG UCITS ETF (WENE) and the iShares MSCI World Communication Services Sector ESG UCITS ETF (WCMS) on the Euronext Amsterdam on April 11.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Dimensional Has Four Sustainable ETFs On The Anvil

April 11, 2022

Dimensional Fund Advisors is planning to launch a suite of four new sustainable ETFs offering exposures to the US, International, Emerging and Fixed Income markets, with a focus on lower emissions. Currently listed Dimensional ETFs aggregate AUM of about US$48 billion across 20 funds.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Neuberger Berman Launches Carbon Transition ETF

April 8, 2022

Neuberger Berman on Thursday launched its first actively managed ETFs covering the themes of technology disruption, digitally connected consumers, and infrastructure-enabling decarbonization. The new ETFs are Neuberger Berman’s Connected Consumer ETF (NYSEARCA: NBCC); Carbon Transition & Infrastructure ETF (NYSEARCA: NBCT); and the Disrupters ETF (NYSEARCA: NBDS).

Alternative Investments: New ETFs From Direxion Provide Leveraged Exposure To TIPS

April 7, 2022

Direxion has launched ETFs that provide 2X leveraged bullish or bearish exposure to a TIPS index. Tips are securities issued by the U.S. Treasury that are designed to provide inflation protection to investors. These are income-generating instruments whose interest and principal payments are adjusted for inflation. Inflation is a sustained increase in prices that erodes the purchasing power of money.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Blockchain.com And Altis Partners Launch Crypto Asset Management Platform

April 7, 2022

BCAM is targeted at institutions, family offices and high net worth individuals. Blockchain.com announced the launch of Blockchain.com Asset Management (BCAM), a crypto asset management platform offered in partnership with Altis Partners. The collaboration marries Blockchain.com’s expertise in digital asset trading, security, data, research and market access with Altis’ expertise in systematic trading, risk management,…

Alternative Investments/Digital: ProShares Proposes Inverse Bitcoin ETF

April 7, 2022

An inverse ETF works opposite to the index it tracks. An investor in a short bitcoin ETF would make money if bitcoin, and the tracking index, declines. In Canada, the BetaPro Inverse Bitcoin ETF (TSE: BITI) has been trading since April 2021. In the US there is no similar product, but that could change, because ProShares has applied for one.

Alternative Investments/Digital: DeFi Launches Cardano, Polkadot, And Solana ETPs on Euronext

April 6, 2022

DeFi Technologies’ subsidiary Valour Inc commenced trading of Valour Cardano (ADA), Valour Polkadot (DOT), and Valour Solana (SOL) ETPs on the Euronext exchanges in Paris and Amsterdam with effect from today. The ETPs offer a simple and secure route, through a bank or broker, to gain exposure to the ADA, DOT, and SOL tokens without the need to set up a crypto wallet.

Alternative Investments/Real Estate: First Trust Launches Disruptive Technology Real Estate ETF In Europe

April 5, 2022

The First Trust Alerian Disruptive Technology Real Estate UCITS ETF, a new launch from First Trust, offers investors exposure to unconventional, digital-related real estate plays around themes including cloud computing (through exposure to data centers), 5G connectivity (telecommunication tower sites), and e-commerce logistics (specialized buildings and warehouses).

Alternative Investments/ESG: AXS Investments Continues Acquisition Spree, Acquires Six Tuttle ETFs

April 5, 2022

AXS Investments, a leading asset management firm providing investment opportunities in the alternatives space, has acquired a suite of ETFs from Tuttle Capital Management. The six ETFs together have assets under management of $417 million and include the $334 million Tuttle Capital Short Innovation ETF (NASDAQ: SARK), the inverse bet against Cathie Wood’s flagship ARK Innovation ETF (NYSEARCA: ARKK).

Alternative Investments/Digital: Another One Bites The Dust – SEC Rejects Ark 21Shares Bitcoin ETF

April 4, 2022

The ARK 21Shares Bitcoin ETF, jointly created by ARK Investments and 21Shares, has been rejected by the SEC, the latest in a long line of spot bitcoin ETF hopefuls that have been shown the door by the regulator.

Alternative Investments/ESG: The Goldman Sachs Bloomberg Clean Energy Equity ETF Addresses $100T Opportunity

April 1, 2022

Goldman Sachs Asset Management launched last month the Goldman Sachs Bloomberg Clean Energy Equity ETF (BATS: GCLN). Investors get exposure to the USD100 trillion+, multi-decade clean energy investment opportunity offered by companies with the greatest exposure to the clean energy transition by seizing the secular growth opportunity to combat climate change and provide clean, affordable and reliable energy.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Avantis Debuts A Trio Of Sustainable ETFs

March 31, 2022

Avantis Investors, an American Century offering that combines the latest financial science with common sense investing principles and cost-effective implementation, has launched its first three environmental, social and governance (ESG) ETFs: Avantis Responsible U.S. Equity ETF (NYSEARCA: AVSU); Avantis Responsible International Equity ETF (NYSEARCA: AVSD); and Avantis Responsible Emerging Markets Equity ETF (NYSEARCA: AVSE).

Alternative Investments/ESG: Mirae Launches Three New Global X ETFs In Hong Kong

March 31, 2022

Seoul-headquartered Mirae Asset Global Investments has launched three new ETFs in Hong Kong under its Global X banner. The Global X Hang Seng ESG ETF (HKG: 3029), Global X Metaverse Theme Active ETF (HKG: 3006), and Global X Electric Vehicle and Battery Active ETF (HKG: 3139) are listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Alternative Investments/Digital Assets: VanEck’s Digital Assets Mining ETF (DAM) Offers Exposure To Crypto Miners

March 30, 2022

VanEck launched earlier this month the VanEck Digital Assets Mining ETF (NASDAQ: DAM). It offers targeted exposure to digital assets mining companies, which validate and process blockchain transactions to create new units of cryptocurrency. The new ETF expanded VanEck’s crypto and blockchain-focused investment offerings and providing investors access to companies essential to driving digital transformation.

Alternative Investments/Digital Assets: Huobi Tech To Launch Crypto ETFs In Hong Kong

March 30, 2022

Huobi Tech has proposed to launch a crypto-based financial product aimed at retail investors. The ETF plan, placed before Hong Kong regulator Securities and Futures Commission, would be Hong Kong regulated and open to retail investors with less than HK$8 million (US$1 million) in assets.

Alternative Investments/ESG: BNY Mellon Launches Active ESG Corporate Bond ETF

March 29, 2022

NY Mellon Investment Management launched the BNY Mellon Responsible Horizons Corporate Bond ETF (RHCB) last week. The actively managed ETF will focus on corporate debt securities issued by companies that demonstrate attractive investment attributes and business practices, based on Prime, a proprietary ESG rating methodology developed by Insight Investment, the sub-advisor to the new ETF. Insight Investment is a BNY Mellon investment firm with AUM of $1.2 trillion.

Alternative Investments/ESG: The World’s First “Return On Character” ETF Makes Its Debut

March 28, 2022

ROC Investments, a California-based investment company that aims to be the market leader in measuring the character habits of public company senior leadership, has launched the ROC (Return On Character) ETF (BATS: ROCI).

Alternative Investments/ESG: New Active Global Carbon Transformation ETF From KraneShares

March 24, 2022

Global asset management firm Krane Funds Advisors launched the KraneShares Global Carbon Transformation ETF (Ticker: KGHG) on the NYSE on March 16. To be managed by award-winning portfolio manager Roger Mortimer, the ETF will address the theme of decarbonization amidst climate targets.