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Alternative Investments/Real Estate: Dimensional Launches Global Real Estate ETF

December 8, 2022

Dimensional Fund Advisors has added a real estate ETF to its ETF line-up. The Dimensional Global Real Estate ETF offers investors the opportunity to invest in a variety of US and international real estate equities. The fund is a systematic active transparent ETFs built on Dimensional’s foundational investment approach that the firm has continuously refined over its 41-year history.

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Alternative Investments/ESG/Digital: Fidelity Launches Five Thematic ETFs In Europe

September 7, 2022

Fidelity International has launched in Europe five thematic equity ETFs spanning the themes of clean energy, electric vehicles & future transportation, cloud computing, digital health, and the metaverse. The ETFs will trade on European bourses including London Stock Exchange, Deutsche Börse Xetra, and SIX Swiss Exchange, and Borsa Italiana. Each ETF features an expense ratio of 0.50%.

Alternative Investments/Digital: LGIM Launches Metaverse ETF With ESG Overlay

September 7, 2022

Legal & General Asset Management (LGIM) has launched four thematic ETFs to be listed on the London Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana, Deutsche Boerse and Six Exchange. Of these, the L&G Metaverse ESG Exclusions UCITS ETF (MTVR) will be a part of LGIM’s all-new “Access” range that is intended to be a strategic tool for investors seeking access to “non-traditional investment opportunities.” On the other hand, the L&G Optical Technology Photonics ESG Exclusions UCITS ETF (LAZG), the L&G Emerging Cyber Security ESG Exclusions UCITS ETF (ESPY) and the L&G Global Thematic ESG Exclusions UCITS ETF (THMZ) will be included in LGIM’s flagship thematic range.

Alternative Investments/ESG: DWS Expands ESG Range With Three Paris-Aligned ETFs

September 7, 2022

DWS has launched three new ETFs as an extension of its existing suite of climate-focused ETFs. To be listed in Europe, the three new Paris-aligned equity ETFs provide large and mid-cap exposure to stocks from the US, Europe, and Japan. The new ETFs are the Xtrackers USA Net Zero Pathway Paris Aligned UCITS ETF (XNUS GY), which comes with an expense ratio of 0.10%, and the Xtrackers Europe Net Zero Pathway Paris Aligned UCITS ETF (XEPA GY) and Xtrackers Japan Net Zero Pathway Paris Aligned UCITS ETF (XNJP GY), both of which are priced at 0.15%.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Franklin Templeton To Debut Metaverse ETF In Europe

September 6, 2022

Franklin Templeton is launching the Franklin Metaverse UCITS ETF (FLRA) on European exchanges this week, the announcement coming on the heels of the debut of the Fidelity Metaverse UCITS ETF (FMTV) earlier this week.

Alternative Investments/ESG: AXA Investment Managers Launches ETF Platform For Responsible Investments

September 6, 2022

AXA Investment Managers has launched an ETF platform with two active UN SDG (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) aligned ETFs, classified as Article 9 funds under SFDR regulation. To focus on climate and biodiversity themes, the two ETFs will offer investors the twin benefits of long-term financial growth as well as a positive impact on the environment. The platform would also feature active strategies and enhanced liquidity for investors.

Alternative Investments/ESG: TD Asset Management Debuts Carbon Credit ESG ETF

August 31, 2022

The new ETF from TD Asset Management offers access to the global carbon credit marketplace. The TD Global Carbon Credit Index ETF (TCBN) launched by TD Asset Management offers investors the opportunity to participate in the returns from investments in global ‘cap-and-trade’ carbon emission credits, as measured by the Solactive Global Carbon Credit CAD Hedged…

Alternative Investments/Digital: The Rex Short MSTR ETF Allows Investors To Bet Against Michael Saylor’s MicroStrategy Inc

August 31, 2022

Here’s a proxy bet on a further fall in bitcoin, which is already down about 70% from its life highs reached in November 2021: Though it is difficult for average investors to short bitcoin [or MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR), one of the biggest listed investors in bitcoin], they can obtain a bearish exposure to either by buying units of the Rex Short MSTR ETF, an inverse ETF.

Artificial Intelligence: AI Detects Hidden Swimming Pools, Leads French Taxmen To Millions In Revenue

August 30, 2022

An AI software developed by Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) and French consulting firm Capgemini (EPA: CAP) deployed as an experiment by French tax authorities resulted in a handsome payoff after it detected more than 20,000 undeclared private swimming pools from aerial images of nine French regions.

Alternative Investments/ESG: NBA Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo Partners With Calamos On Sustainable ETF

August 30, 2022

NBA superstar and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, also known as the “Greek Freak,” has partnered with Illinois-based Calamos Advisors on a stock ETF that has a sustainable edge. Titled the Calamos Antetokounmpo Sustainable Equities Fund, the new ETF will invest only in firms that comply with ESG standards determined internally.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Mirae Asset Debuts Green Bond ETF In Hong Kong

August 25, 2022

The Global X Bloomberg MSCI Asia Ex Japan Green Bond ETF, launched by Mirae Asset Global Investments, provides investors an opportunity to invest in investment grade, USD denominated green bonds from issuers located in Asia, but excluding Japan. The fund commenced trading on the Hong Kong Exchange on Friday. The fund has the distinction of being the world’s first ETF to provide access to green bonds of the Asia (Ex Japan) region. It is also Mirae’s first fixed income ETF.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Inspire Advances The Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) Movement With New ETF

August 25, 2022

Inspire Investing, which is the world’s largest provider of biblically responsible ETFs, has launched the Inspire Fidelis Multi-Factor ETF, a faith-based fund comprised of 100 high-quality, biblically aligned companies seeking growth and momentum purchased at a reasonable price.

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.