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Leverage Shares brings Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway in ETP form with ARK Invest ETPs to come


Leverage Shares writes that for the first time, European investors will be able to access the ‘Oracle of Omaha’s’ investment prowess in a number of currencies and from a range of exchanges. 

The firm writes that shares of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway on the New York Stock Exchange are priced at over USD430,000 per share, which means many investors are unable to invest in the stock. 

Leverage Shares is launching the Leverage Shares Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B) Tracker ETP (tickers: BERK – GBP; WRRN – USD; BRK1 – EUR), which allows investors to invest in fractions of the shares through an ETP wrapper.

The firm writes that for those who truly believe in the magic of Buffet, there is a 2x Long Berkshire Hathaway Investment Strategy available, the Leverage Shares 2x Long Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-B) ETP Securities (tickers: 2BRK – GBP; BRK2 – USD; 2BRE – EUR)
The ETPs physically own the underlying stock, so no swaps or derivatives are used to gain exposure.  
Listing on the London Stock Exchange, Euronext Paris and Euronext Amsterdam from the 14 December 2021, the Leverage Shares Berkshire Hathaway ETP will mimic the daily return of the underlying stock, giving investors 1:1 exposure from GBP5.

These launches form part of a larger expansion to the Leverage Shares offering – growing the existing 103 ETPs to 145. Additional ETPs will cover blue chip names in healthcare, airlines, financials and other growth stocks – broadening the Leverage Shares focus which has, until now, been more focused on big tech.

Leverage Shares writes that it will also be listing a range of ETPs replicating ARK Invest’s renowned range of thematic ETFs. European investors will now be able to access three of ARK’s most popular thematic strategies, including ARK Innovation (ARKK), ARK Next Generation Internet (ARKW) and ARK Genomic Revolution (ARKG) in either short, neutral or leveraged formats. 

Since they will all be listed on European and London stock exchanges in USD, GBP and EUR, investors can trade on their own time zone and in their local currency via their local broker. 

Commenting on the launch of the Berkshire Hathaway ETPs, Dr Dobromir Kamburov, COO of Leverage Shares says: “Berkshire Hathaway created B Class stocks in 1996 to try and provide smaller investors access to their investment approach. Originally, they were offered at one-thirtieth of the price of Class A-shares but in 2010 the shares were split, so now offer one-1500th of the Class A shares. At c.USD280 per share, these B Class stocks are still not exactly cheap. 

“At Leverage Shares we are determined to democratise access to some of the biggest and most successful businesses in the investment universe. For this reason, we have pursued an offering of trackers that give investors partial shares in a security. We already have these on offer for big names such as Tesla, Netflix and Microsoft and wanted to add some diversification to big tech through Berkshire Hathaway, some healthcare names, airlines and other growth stock trackers.”

Leverage Shares now has 145 ETPs, offering access to big names such as Moderna, Airbus, Tesla, Microsoft, Meta, and Apple. According to FE Analytics, four of Leverage Shares’ ETPs appeared in the top 10 best-performing ETFs of 2020.

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