SEC approval of a Bitcoin is likely to have a positive impact for sure, but is it really going to cause the underlying price to skyrocket? For those who forget, Bitcoin ETFs already exist in a number of countries so a Bitcoin ETF is not exactly new.
God loves a trier and so we are back with a new Podcast: ETF SUCCESS STORIES. The first episode is out now featuring the Co-Founders of BondBloxx and it’s pretty cool if you ask us. Getting the inside story of what it takes to succeed in the ETF industry should spark the interest of everyone, so we hope you take the time to check it out. Plus, lots of great more interviews to come.
ACTIVE, ACTIVE , ACTIVE, that’s all we hear about now as if it’s like some sort of new found discovery. Correct us if we are wrong, but the ETF industry has been advocating passive investing since the beginning of time claiming ‘you can’t beat the market’, ‘active management doesn’t work’, blah blah blah.
A new report of Charles Schwab advocates the take up of ETFs as the investment vehicle of choice from the tech savvy generations. Whilst this report was US focused, its findings very much mirror what BlackRock published earlier in the summer about the European ETF landscape. Younger people like ETFs, simple.
What started out as something so promising has quickly turned into a bit of a car crash, it seems. We are now at the stage where firms are actually avoiding using the term ESG altogether.
It reminds us a bit like the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where one of the kids eats so much candy that she ends up exploding. Similarly, so many ETF asset managers jumped on the ESG bandwagon and the green washing became so prevalent, that they ended up in a similar situation to poor Violet.
Everyone says that ETFs are a scale game and only the large firms can succeed. However, there are many small firms who one could claim to be very successful in ETFs, punching above their weight so to speak.
But what is the secret to their success? Is it good luck, good timing, good management, good products, good branding and distribution or a sprinkling of all of the above?
Sometimes you wait for a bus for ages and then all of a sudden two of them come along together. It felt a bit like that this week in Europe when it was announced ARK Invest was taking over RIZE and then that Robeco would be launching a European ETF business. Both of these are Active managers so we can assume they will NOT be launching passive products.