old robot

Old school artificial intelligence

Our interview this week is with Chris Natividad of Equbot who, working with ETF Managers Group, is enjoying success with AIEQ, an ETF based on IBM Watson. According to Bloomberg, new AI kid on the block ChatGPT was unable to create a market beating ETF due to market volatility, but IBM Watson has given AIEQ returns twice that of the S&P 500.

The result has been asset and performance growth of USD30 million this year. Natividad says that the firm welcomes more competition as they feel they are still very much in the educational phase. “Most of the large banks are going through the exercise of should they build or buy an AI investment piece. Our ETF was a proof of concept and something we are proud of,” he says.

The popular team behind MacMillan Communications became the news themselves this week as the respected New York-based PR firm rebranded as Craft & Capital. Chris Sullivan, President of Craft & Capital explained the new name and what it means for a firm to bring both craft and capital to the PR process.

The second week in the month brought the usual raft of news of asset flows from the previous month and apparently, 2023 has started out well for ETFs. ETFGI reported third highest inflows ever in January for European ETFs, and Amundi noted that globally, fixed income ETFs surpassed equity ETFs in asset flows.

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Companies in this issue

Calamos Investments
Craft & Capital
ETF Managers Group
IBM Watson
MarketVector Indexes
REX Shares
Van Eck Europe


Amundi reports that global ETFs markets gained EUR62.3 billion in January with investors favouring fixed income slightly more than equity, gaining EUR32.4 billion and EUR28.6 billion respectively. The US ETF market collected EUR41.5 billion while European UCITS ETF attracted EUR18.5 billion of net new assets. The Asian ETF market was slightly positive, the firm says.
ETFs in Europe gathered net inflows of USD19.34 billion during January, according to ETF data gatherers ETFGI. During the month, assets invested in the ETFs industry in Europe increased by 7.4 per cent, the firm says, from USD1.42 trillion at the end of December to USD1.52 trillion.
Market conditions bring us news of old-school AI, IBM Watson, up against the new kid on the block, ChatGPT, which, when asked to create a market-beating ETF failed, according to Bloomberg.
This week saw a new investment manager, Investlinx, launch two active ETFs on the Italian stock exchange and European white labeller, HANetf, team up with Algo-Chain, to launch six free to licence ETF model portfolios, aimed at wealth managers and financial advisers keen to use ETFs.


Craft Capital
After 27 years as MacMillan Communications, one of the leading providers of PR services to the asset and wealth management industries, the firm recently rebranded as Craft & Capital. We caught up with Chris Sullivan, President of Craft & Capital for this partner feature, during the Exchange conference to learn more about what it means for a firm to bring both craft and capital to the PR process…
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