While there are other Blockchain ETFs, BLOK is the original, launching back in January 17, 2018, with more than $1 billion in assets under management. With all the fuss about Bitcoin ETFs, some issuers and investors may have overlooked the investment opportunity in Blockchain itself.
Ecommerce and the disruption of retail is a theme that is not going away, and some of the fastest growing companies and markets are located outside the U.S. ETFs are a nice vehicle to give U.S. investors access to many of these foreign ecommerce companies, not easily accessible on an individual share basis.
The speakers at the event were Gabriella Herculano, CEO and founder of iClima Earth, Stephen Derkash, head of global products and ESG at EQM Indexes, Sam Dickens, portfolio manager at IG Group and Nicholas Mersch, portfolio manager at Purpose Investments
Thanks to a confluence of factors, Value stocks have significantly outpaced their Growth peers year-to-date, with the Russell 1000 Value up 16.3% versus 11.2% for the year. But the performance gap between Value and Growth has been closing since its 10.3% spread at the end of the first quarter of 2021.
As mentioned in our previous article on Seeking Alpha entitled, Blockchain ETFs And Their Holdings Have Finally Come Of Age, Amplify’s Transformational Data Sharing ETF (BLOK) has the highest correlation to crypto assets, in part due to its ownership of many of the top crypto miners.
One of the criticisms of the first Blockchain ETFs when they launched back in January of 2018 was that there were too few "pure-play" names to hold. Indeed, at the time, regulators would not even let these products use blockchain in the name, as they could not easily meet revenue test standards.
The Amplify Pure Junior Gold Miners ETF (JGLD) holds a portfolio of companies engaged in junior and exploratory mining. Using the Investopedia definition, junior gold mining stocks are exploration companies in search of new gold deposits. Most of these companies are in the development and exploration phase. And like in other industries, market cap is often another criteria used to define junior mining companies.
What is Smart Beta? Smart beta investing seeks to combine the benefits of passive, rule-based investing with active management. The goal of smart beta is to generate alpha (excess return above the benchmark) either through better portfolio construction, such as a more optimal weighting scheme and/or by rule-based, quantitatively-driven security selection.
Although it was a bit overshadowed by the COVID-19 crisis, GraniteShares US Large Cap ETF (XOUT) was named ETF.com's Best New Smart Beta or Factor ETF last year, beating out formidable competition from Pacer, Fidelity, and Pimco.
EQM Indexes CEO Jane Edmondson joins Yahoo Finance's Seana Smith to break down the ETFs and indexes that are capitalizing on the coronavirus pandemic.