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Fiona Nicolson talked to Stuart Chaussée this week, author of e-book ‘Investor’s Guide to Buffer ETFs: Upside Growth Potential with Downside Protection’. Buffer or targeted outcome strategies in ETFs have seen enormous growth over recent years, attracting more than USD35 billion in assets, allowing investors to protect against downside volatility while capping their total outcome.

Chaussée says: “Most of my clients are nearing retirement or are already retired and want to avoid the effects of deep drawdowns in their portfolios. The primary attraction of buffer ETFs is that they greatly reduce the likelihood of losing a lot of money.” Which is an attraction not to be sniffed at.

More evidence of the popularity of cryptocurrency and particularly bitcoin based ETPs came this week, with Fineqia International’s Matteo Greco reporting on the launch of the first spot bitcoin ETF in Australia, from Monochrome Asset Management, plus a significant development, with Blackrock Bitcoin ETF (IBIT) now officially holding more BTC than Grayscale’s ETF (GBTC).

GBTC had previously operated as a trust before transitioning to an ETF in January 2024. Both ETFs currently manage over USD19 billion in assets, with IBIT holding approximately USD19.7 billion and GBTC closely trailing at around USD19.2 billion, Greco says.

These are extraordinary asset flow figures and represent the enormous appetite for crypto in ETP form.

CoinShares also noted that Ethereum, recently approved for inclusion as a spot ETF, has enjoyed a turnaround in sentiment with a second week of inflows ahead of the predicted July 2024 launch date of the first products. The positive news for Ethereum has also had an impact on Solana, CoinShares says.

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EFAMA’s March figures reveal that UCITS and AIFs recorded net inflows of EUR24 billion, up from EUR21 billion in February.
In January this year, global data and business intelligence platform, Statista reported that there are now more than 8000 ETFs worldwide – and that the number of ETFs has grown by 3000 per cent since 2003.
Last week saw Australia launch spot bitcoin ETFs, with Matteo Greco, Research Analyst at Fineqia International, writing that Monochrome Asset Management, the issuer, obtained approval for its BTC Spot ETF (IBTC) in April, and launched its product on Cboe Australia, after obtaining the green light from the Australian regulator.

Global ETF Launches

Global Launches sponsored by STOXX
Just the one non-North American launch this week with UBS launching a carbon credit ETC.

US ETF Launches

US Launches sponsored by STOXX
11 new ETF offerings were launched for the week, each with a distinct value proposition for investors. Detailed below are the respective launches from each asset manager.


Canada Launches sponsored by STOXX
A summary of the Canadian ETF launches that occurred in May 2024.
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