Years ago, when we started talking about Digital Assets and Blockchain, one of the early criticisms among sceptics was the lack of “real-life”, practical use-cases. Well, one is playing out in “real time” with regard to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, leading some to describe it as the “first crypto war”.
Retail was already under a massive transformation prior to the pandemic, with shoppers shunning brick-and-mortar stores in favor of online retail’s 24/7 shopping convenience, greater product selection, competitive pricing, and rapid delivery options. But the pandemic has permanently changed retail shopping habits forever.
The modern world is full of acronyms, but one acronym relevant to the Blockchain is MEV or miner extractable value. MEV is the measure of profit a blockchain miner can make through their ability to include, exclude or reorder transactions.
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