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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/Real Estate: UOB Launches APAC-Focused, Green REIT ETF

November 30, 2021

Singapore’s United Overseas Bank ( UOB ) Asset Management has launched the UOB APAC Green REIT ETF (GRE SP), which has been listed on Singapore Exchange and provides ESG-tilted exposure to high-yielding real estate investment trusts (REITs) listed in Asia Pacific and Oceania. The fund is said to be the first of its kind in the world that brings investors access to sustainable investments in real estate in the region.


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Alternative Investments/ESG: Horizons Launches Lithium and Hydrogen ETFs for Exposure to Future Clean Energy Technologies

June 25, 2021

Horizons ETFs launches the Horizons Global Lithium Producers Index ETF (HLIT), and the Horizons Global Hydrogen Index ETF (HYDR) on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The new lithium and hydrogen ETFs are each a category-first in Canada.

Alternative Investments/Real Estate: Janus Henderson Launches Real Estate ETF

June 24, 2021

Janus Henderson Group plc (NYSE: JHG) announced Wednesday the launch of its Janus Henderson U.S. Real Estate ETF (NYSEARCA: JRE) that focuses on real estate opportunities in the U.S. and in Canada. The actively managed fund will target real estate securities driving the future of the sector, which may include cell towers, data centers, gaming REITs, cold storage and more, without bias toward style, property type or market cap.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Engine No 1 Rides Momentum Of Exxon Win With ETF Launch

June 23, 2021

It’s been nearly a month since that seismic day when Engine No 1 won backing from key institutional investors in Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) and got three of its representatives to sit on the energy giant’s board. Engine demanded that Exxon needed to shift its operations and significantly reduce emissions in order to ensure long-term financial viability. Engine No 1 is making waves again, this time with its announcement of the launch of its first ETF.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Franklin Templeton Canada Launches New Sustainable Funds

June 21, 2021

The asset manager announced five ETFs and four mutual funds, all with a sustainability skew. Franklin Templeton Canada launches new sustainable funds managed by its boutique investment managers. New funds from Franklin Templeton Canada Type of Fund Investment Manager Investing target Features MUTUAL FUNDS Franklin ClearBridge Sustainable Global Infrastructure Income Fund ClearBridge Investments: Global Equity…

Alternative Investments/ESG: Fidelity Expands ESG Funds Lineup With Mutual Funds, ETFs, And A Bond Fund

June 18, 2021

Fidelity Investments announced Wednesday the launch of five new actively managed Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) funds. These comprise two mutual funds, two ETFs, and one bond fund.

Alternative Investments: HSBC Consolidates Alternatives Units Into “HSBC Alternatives”

June 16, 2021

HSBC (NYSE: HSBC) has created HSBC Alternatives, an umbrella unit to house its disparate alternatives assets. It will be formed from multi-manager Hedge Fund and Private Market teams, as well as the firm’s Private Debt, Venture Capital, and direct Real Estate teams, with existing capabilities in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and the US. With 150 employees, the new business unit will house assets under management and advice of US$53 billion.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Invesco Files For Two ETFs That Would Invest In Blockchain And Crypto Companies

June 15, 2021

Invesco has filed to launch two cryptocurrency-focused exchange-traded funds, joining other asset managers that propose to work their way around the impasse at the SEC on a bitcoin ETF. The proposed ETFs are named the Invesco Galaxy Blockchain Economy ETF and the Invesco Galaxy Crypto Economy ETF.

Alternative Investments/ESG: U.K.-Based Vitality Launches EnVIRO Range Of ESG Funds

June 14, 2021

Vitality, the U.K.-based health and life insurance and investment business that sells its products through financial advisers and brokers, announced a new range of funds called EnVIRO. EnVIRO is a set of five index-tracking funds spanning different asset classes but with a focus on ESG.

Alternative Investments/Digital: State Street Digital, A New Division At State Street, To Focus On Crypto

June 11, 2021

State Street (NYSE: STT), which has $40.3 trillion in assets under custody or administration, said Thursday it is establishing a new digital finance division called State Street Digital. The new unit will focus on digital financial services for crypto, tokenization, blockchain and CBDCs.

Alternative Investments/ESG: A New ETF From iClima For Exposure To Distributed Renewable Generation

June 10, 2021

iClima Earth, a fintech with a mission to decarbonize the planet, will launch an ETF, the world’s first, focusing on companies promoting the decentralisation of energy generation. The term refers to industries that enable the creation and management of clean energy close to the point of use, for example at home.

Alternative Investments/ESG: New SPDR ETFs For Dividends As Well As ESG

June 9, 2021

Three new ETFs from State Street Global Advisors offer investors exposure to equities with high dividend yields from across global, US and eurozone as well as a good ESG profile.
The SPDR S&P Global Dividend Aristocrats ESG UCITS ETF (GEDV), SPDR S&P US Dividend Aristocrats ESG UCITS ETF (UEDV) and SPDR S&P Euro Dividend Aristocrats ESG UCITS ETF (ZPD9) have listed on the Deutsche Boerse and Euronext Amsterdam on 8 June.

Alternative Investments/Digital: 21Shares Launches Bitcoin ETP On London’s Aquis Exchange

June 8, 2021

Institutional investors in Britain looking for exposure to bitcoin can now trade a bitcoin exchange traded product (ETP) on the U.K.’s Aquis Exchange. The new ETP, launched by Swiss crypto exchange traded product issuer 21Shares, is named 21Shares bitcoin ETP.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Osprey Launches Investment Vehicle For The Algorand Blockchain

June 4, 2021

Digital asset management firm Osprey Funds launched last week the Osprey Algorand Trust, which offers accredited investors an easy and cost-effective way to obtain exposure to ALGO, the native token of the Algorand network. Efforts are on to list the fund on the OTCQX market as soon as possible.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Horizons ETFs Launches Global Green Bond ETF

June 3, 2021

Horizons ETF Management launched the Horizons S&P Green Bond Index ETF. It is Canada’s first ETF focused exclusively on providing exposure to a portfolio of global green bonds. Green bonds are instruments used to raise capital for environmental projects.

Alternative Investments/Digital: Simplify Launches A New ETF For 80:20 Exposure To Stocks: Bitcoin

June 2, 2021

Simplify announced last week the launch of the Simplify U.S. Equity PLUS GBTC ETF (NASDAQ: SPBC), an ETF that will invest at least 80% of its net assets in U.S. equity securities and expects to invest up to 15% of net assets in bitcoin via the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC).

Venture Capital: YieldStreet, Which Brings Private Investing To Retail, Raises $100M

June 2, 2021

Yieldstreet’s mission is to reinvent an industry by providing investors access to investments previously available to the top 1%. Mom and pop investors can now access opportunities that were typically off-limits. Yieldstreet announced Wednesday its raise of $100 million via a Series C funding round.

Alternative Investments/FinTech: LGIM Launches UCITS ETF Focused On Digital Payments

May 27, 2021

The L&G Digital Payments UCITS ETF from Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) gives investors the opportunity to profit from the significant growth potential of digital payment technologies. As a thematic play on this market, the new ETF invests in payment acquirer and card issuers, payment gateways and processors, payment technology providers, and card-less payment service providers.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Putnam Launches New Active ETFs Based On Its Leading Equity Strategies

May 26, 2021

Putnam Investments has leveraged four of its leading equity strategies to launch its first ETF products. The actively managed ETFs are Putnam Sustainable Leaders ETF (PLDR), Putnam Sustainable Future ETF (PFUT), Putnam Focused Large-Cap Growth ETF (PGRO), and Putnam Focused Large-Cap Value ETF (PVAL). They all trade on the NYSE effective today.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Vanguard Launches ESG Corporate Bonds ETF

May 25, 2021

Vanguard’s Fixed Income Group, which manages more than $1.7 trillion in assets under management (AUM) across the globe, now has an ESG corporate bond ETF under its wings. The Vanguard ESG Global Corporate Bond UCITS ETF (V3GD) is launched on the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse with an ongoing charges figure (OCF) of 0.15%.

Alternative Investments/ESG: The Solar Energy UCITS ETF Focuses On The Global Solar Industry

May 21, 2021

The Solar Energy UCITS ETF (LON: TANN) will be launched on the HANetf platform and list on the LSE in June. Solar is now the cheapest source of energy in many large economies and is, therefore, the fastest-growing source of new energy capacity. Investments in capacity could aggregate $4.2 trillion by 2050. This ETF will provide “pure-play” exposure to this huge opportunity.

Alternative Investments/ESG: An ETF That Aligns With LGBTQ Diversity And Inclusion, Along With ESG

May 19, 2021

Loyalty Preference Index, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of LGBTQ Loyalty Holdings, Inc., announced Tuesday the launch of the LGBTQ + ESG100 ETF (NASDAQ: LGBT). The ETF provides investors with exposure to equity securities of companies that have demonstrated a commitment to LGBTQ diversity and inclusion, along with ESG compliance, as part of their corporate social responsibility fundamental mandate.

Alternative Investments/ESG: New ETF From Credit Suisse For ESG Exposure To German Stocks

May 18, 2021

Credit Suisse Asset Management has launched the which tracks the DAX 50 ESG Index. The ETF offers exposure to the 50 largest German equities that are high on ESG performance. Trading on the Deutsche Boerse and SIX Swiss Exchange, the new ETF charges a total expense ratio of 0.12%.

Alternative Investments/ESG: Wealthsimple Launches An ETF For Shariah-Compliant Stocks

May 17, 2021

The first ETF from Wealthsimple has launched on the Neo Exchange, Canada. The Wealthsimple Shariah World Equity Index ETF (NEO: WSHR) commenced trading on the exchange on May 12, 2021. The ETF provides investors exposure to a diversified index of Shariah-compliant stocks. Shariah-compliant funds are a type of socially responsible investment which conforms to the requirements of Shariah law and the principles of the Islamic religion.

Alternative Investments/Digital: A New ETF From Bitwise For “Crypto-Adjacent” Assets

May 14, 2021

The new Crypto Industry Innovators ETF (NYSE: BITQ) from Bitwise Asset Management offers investors exposure to shares of “public companies that are participants in the growing bitcoin and cryptocurrency sector.” The fund may address investors’ zeal for crypto given the SEC’s continued reluctance to green-light a bitcoin ETF.