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Liquid Alternative investments have emerged over the past decade as one of the fastest-growing areas within asset management. As pensions, endowments, foundations and other institutional investors have long benefited from Alternative Investments within their portfolios, Liquid Alternatives enable investors to have access to alternative investment strategies in fund structures that provide daily liquidity, full transparency, low investment minimums and other key attributes for investors. DailyAlts is your source for the most up-to-the-minute news, commentary and analysis on the global market for Liquid Alternatives.

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Liquid Alternatives: Swiss Asset Manager Unigestion Launches Global Macro Fund

September 30, 2021

Unigestion, the Geneva-headquartered, independent, asset management company specializing in risk-managed equity portfolios and alternatives, has launched a global macro fund within its liquid alternatives cross-asset range.

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Liquid Alternatives: Ultimus’ Clients Are Among the First to Market With ETFs Under Rule 6c-11

March 5, 2020

So long as they comply with the SEC’s conditionalities, asset managers can launch a new ETF. Rule 6c-11 became effective on December 23, 2019, and fund administrators Ultimus Fund Solutions have been quick off the mark. Ultimus helped two of its adviser clients launch active transparent exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in accordance with new Rule 6c-11.

Liquid Alternatives: Recharge Your Portfolio With This Battery-Themed ETF

March 3, 2020

WisdomTree has launched a battery solutions-themed ETF that trades on the London Stock Exchange.
The WisdomTree Battery Solutions UCITS ETF (LON: CHRG) comes with a total expense ratio (TER) of 0.40%.
The fund tracks the price and net dividend performance, before fees and expenses, of the WisdomTree Battery Solutions Index. This index was designed in collaboration with energy experts Wood Mackenzie.

Liquid Alternatives: Investors Flock To Gold In Risk-Off Move; Goldman Predicts $1,800

March 2, 2020

Gold has earned a year-to-date return of 3.83%. Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) thinks gold could touch $1,800/oz in the near future given the confluence of macroeconomic factors that currently erodes risk-on investments. Meanwhile, investors have lapped up gold, and gold ETFs, in a move smacking of global risk aversion.

Liquid Alternatives: Now, An AI-Enabled ETF That Delivers Investors’ Five Favorite Things

February 28, 2020

Merlyn.AI Corporation (MAI), the Palo Alto-based ETF provider that previously introduced the WIZ ETF, has now launched the Merlyn.AI Tactical Growth and Income ETF (Nasdaq: SNUG) on the Nasdaq exchange. The ETF is a conservative investment that seeks to improve returns in both bull and bear markets. The ETF tracks the MAI Tactical Growth and Income Index.

Liquid Alternatives: Invesco Launches New Sterling Corporate Bond ETF With ESG

February 27, 2020

Invesco, the fund manager with $1.23 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2019, has launched in Europe a new, first-of-its-kind, sterling-denominated, corporate bond ETF with an ESG tilt. The Invesco GBP Corporate Bond ESG UCITS ETF (IGBE) is listed on the London Stock Exchange with a total expense ratio (TER) of 0.10%.

Liquid Alternatives: Advisers Sitting on Trillions of Dollars of Potential ETF Investments – Report

February 24, 2020

A survey by ETF Trends and ETF Database titled “How Financial Advisors Buy ETFs” found that more than half (or about 63%) of advisors said that the percentage of ETFs in their clients’ portfolios were below 40%.

Liquid Alternatives: CI First Asset Opens the TSX on February 20

February 21, 2020

To mark the occasion of the listing of three liquid alternative ETFs, Rohit Mehta, Executive Vice-President, CI Financial, and President, CI First Asset ETFs, and Graham Mackenzie, Head, ETFs, and Structured Products, Toronto Stock Exchange, opened the market on February 20.

Liquid Alternatives: Franklin Templeton Buys Legg Mason in $6.5B Deal

February 19, 2020

Franklin Templeton will become a $1.5 trillion behemoth after its acquisition, announced Tuesday, of rival Legg Mason for $6.5 billion including debt. It will pay $50 per share of Legg Mason in cash – a premium of $10 over the latter’s Monday closing price. In addition, it will assume $2 billion of the latter’s debt.

Liquid Alternatives: American Century May Unveil the Very First Non-Transparent ETFs

February 18, 2020

Two American Century funds may be the first to test waters as “actively managed” ETFs.
Having received the SEC’s approval for its final key filing, Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc. is close to launching its proposed actively managed ETFs, also known as “non-transparent” ETFs. The two ETFs, based on Precidian’s ActiveShares model, will disclose their holdings on a quarterly schedule, instead of on a daily basis as other ETFs.

Liquid Alternatives: New CP ETF Is a Defensive High Yield Fixed Income Diversifier

February 18, 2020

CP ETFS is a fund house that specializes in managing downside risk with the ability to participate in market upside with a low-correlation diversifier strategy. This strategy reduces the impact of advisor and client emotion on portfolio performance. CP ETFs has launched CP High Yield Trend ETF (HYTR), which alternates exposure between the US high yield corporate market and three-seven year US Treasuries.

Liquid Alternatives: Lyxor Launches High Yield Bond ETFs With ESG Exposure

February 14, 2020

Lyxor launches three new ETFs for investors looking to invest in high yield bonds with a sustainability angle.
Lyxor’s new ETFs have a total expense ratio (TER) of 0.25%, the lowest among ETFs tracking High Yield indices with ESG filters.

Liquid Alternatives: Credit Suisse Back In The ETF Game; Launches Three Funds including ESG

February 13, 2020

Credit Suisse announced the addition of three new, “ultra-efficient” ETFs to its range of funds. These funds will supplement the existing Credit Suisse index Funds.
Credit Suisse Asset Management had an AUM of CHF 132 billion as of end-December 2019. It has a core business of index funds and has been replicating indices for a wide array of asset classes, regions and currencies since 1994. Currently, it has a range of more than 90 index funds on offer. It has extended this capability to ESG sustainability indices.
Two of the new funds have a focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects.

Liquid Alternatives: New Fixed Income ETFs From BMO Now Trading in Toronto

February 12, 2020

New Fixed Income ETFs From BMO are Now Trading in Toronto. The three new ETFs include a first-of-its-kind one that is based on mortgage-backed securities.
Two of these new fixed-income ETFs from BMO Global Asset Management invest in corporate bonds, while the third invests in mortgage-backed securities.

Liquid Alternatives: Simon-Taubman Deal for Malls Sparks Rally in REITs ETF

February 11, 2020

Simon Property Group will buy Taubman Centers in a $3.6 billion deal.
The Invesco KBW Premium Yield Equity REIT ETF (NYSEArca: KBWY) shot up 3.6% on Monday on news of the transaction. Taubman Centers (NYSE: TCO) constitutes 3.7% of the ETF’s portfolio. Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG) will pay $ 52.50 in cash per share of Taubman to acquire a majority stake in TCO.

Liquid Alternatives: Sustainable Investing Meets Munis in New Van Eck ETF

February 10, 2020

Van Eck will soon launch the VanEck Vectors Sustainable Muni ETF.
The fund manager will meet investors’ growing preference for sustainable investing by offering it inside of a fixed income vehicle. It filed with the SEC for its plans to launch the VanEck Vectors Sustainable Muni ETF

Liquid Alternatives: Investors Get Currency Hedged Versions of Vanguard’s Flagship Japan Fund

February 7, 2020

Investors seeking currency-neutral exposure to Japanese stocks can invest in the new Vanguard currency-hedged Japan ETFs.
Vanguard has addressed a long-pending demand from European investors for currency-hedged versions of its Vanguard FTSE Japan ETF (VJPN).
The US Dollar hedge version, The Vanguard FTSE Japan USD Hedged ETF (VJPU), is listed on the London Stock Exchange and carries a total expense ratio of 0.20%.
However, the Euro hedge version, the Vanguard FTSE Japan EUR Hedged ETF (VJPE), is listed on the Deutsche Boerse with a total exchange ratio of 0.20%.

Liquid Alternatives: The KraneShares ESG China ETF Lists in London

February 5, 2020

Kraneshares, the asset management company that believes “the relationship between the US and China will be the most important economic partnership of our lifetimes,” and specializes in China-facing ETFs, launched the KraneShares MSCI China ESG Leaders UCITS ETF (KESG).

Liquid Alternatives: The First Trust Merger Arbitrage ETF Will Skim Merger Spreads

February 4, 2020

The First Trust Merger Arbitrage ETF Will Skim Merger Spreads. It’s a hedge fund type, actively managed ETF. But don’t balk at its fees.

Liquid Alternatives: UK Investors Can Now Get Their Hands On First Trust’s US Capital Strength Strategy

February 3, 2020

First Trust launches a highly successful US strategy for UK investors. The First Trust Capital Strength UCITS ETF (FTCS) will replicate one that swept up $1.5 billion in inflows in the US.
“Over the last twenty-five years in times of market instability, quality and less volatile US equities have historically outperformed the S&P 500 index in down months by 74% and 85% respectively,” said Gregg Guerin, senior product specialist at First Trust. “We are pleased to bring this rules-based strategy to market and believe FTCS offers advisers and wealth managers the potential for protecting in negative markets while participating in increasing markets.”

Liquid Alts: China Urges Funds to Avoid Selling Shares

February 3, 2020

Chinese mutual funds are facing new regulatory scrutiny in the face of a sharp selloff Monday. During the first day since the Lunar New Year holiday, the Shanghai Index fell by 7%. Chinese officials are doing everything they can to prevent a sharper decline.

Liquid Alternatives: Short the Pandemic! Buy an Inverse China ETF

January 31, 2020

As the Chinese coronavirus endemic gathers momentum, gloom and doom prognostications on the Chinese economy are quickly out of the gate. Short the Pandemic! Buy an Inverse China ETF. It’s a no-brainer that the Chinese economy, hence Chinese stocks, will take a hit from the coronavirus. And certain ETF’s reflected investors’ sentiments.

Liquid Alternatives: CI Investments Floats Three Liquid Alt ETFs in Modernization Drive

January 30, 2020

CI Investments Floats Three Liquid Alt ETFs in Modernization Drive. The ETFs will trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
The new ETFs from CI Investments are a take on the strategies followed in the fund manager’s liquid alternative mutual funds launched in November 2018. These funds have scooped up inflows above US$1.1 billion as of December 31, 2019.

Liquid Alternatives: The Goldman Sachs “Stealth” ETF

January 29, 2020

Earlier this month, Goldman Sachs filed to set up a non-transparent ETF that would not disclose its investments daily. The fund would, therefore, be different from run-of-the-mill ETFs which are required to publish details of their holdings every day in the interests of transparency.

Liquid Alternatives: 5G-Themed, “The First 5G ETF” (NYSE: FIVG) Rakes in $200 Million

January 28, 2020

The First 5G ETF (NYSE: FIVG), from the Defiance stable, mopped up AUM of over $200 million in less than 12 months.
FIVG, a thematic ETF focused on investing around the theme of 5G connectivity, has met with an enthusiastic response from investors.