This week I am pleased to be able to bring you a new column for ETF Express, the ETF Innovators, with our writer Philippa Aylmer interviewing Vinit Srivastava, co-founder of MerQube, a new and innovative index provider taking on the index industry with a brace of Silicon Valley veterans in their team. Read our extensive interview here.
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Meanwhile, nominations have been flowing thick and fast for our ETF Express European Awards’ service providers. Voting closes today, Friday 21st at 12.00 GMT and voting will open for both the European nominated service providers and ETF issuers on Monday 24th January, based on data provided by our data partners, Trackinsight.
Features this week brought interviews with Oktay Kavrak of Leverage Shares on the firm’s record-breaking launch of short and leveraged ETPs offering access to US household names, ARKK and Berkshire Hathaway and a host of long and short products on popular stocks.
The BAD Investment Company enjoyed a pre-Christmas launch bringing us investment in betting, alcohol and drugs. Tommy Mancuso, president of the BAD Investment Company, stoutly defends his approach, which, all irony aside, sees his ETF invested in sectors that are, as he puts it, historically unbothered by the volatility of certain market conditions.
News this week brought more numbers confirming that 2021 was a record-breaking year for ETFs, both in Europe and the US, in terms of asset flows, and the announcement that the UK government is to crack down on crypto advertising but there is no let-up in sight for regulated crypto ETPs.
Finally, ETF Express will be visiting the Exchange conference in Miami in April. The dates have changed from the original February outing – find out more here.
Beverly Chandler, managing editor, ETF Express
Companies in this issue
The BAD Investment Company
Scotia Global Asset Management