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My favorite ETF reads over the past week, along with my ETF tweet and chart of the week!

 

Competition for Attention in the ETF Space by Tommi Johnsen

“Essentially, the explosive growth in ETFs is a function of ETF providers competing for market share by advertising a low price OR some unique feature of the ETF other than the price.”

 

Grayscale’s Bitcoin Golden Goose: ‘GBTC’ by Sumit Roy

“For Grayscale to generate close to a $1 billion from just two products – the amount Vanguard takes in from all 82 of its ETFs – is truly impressive.”

 

The Race to the First Bitcoin ETF by Lara Crigger

“All eight are variations of a physically backed ETF – meaning, the fund would hold bitcoins in cold storage somewhere, much like the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) holds gold bars in a vault.”

 

Market for Ultra-Short Active Bond ETFs Grows by Bernice Napach

“They are a good alternative to money market funds if you’re willing to take on a slight bit of risk.”

 

eNAV Brings Transparency to an Age-Old ETF Best Trading Practice by Michael Barrer

“Transparency is one of the cornerstones of the ETF structure. We believe eNAV only improves on this aspect and adds to the overall ETF investor experience.”

 

Lifetime Achievement Award: Matt Hougan by Drew Voros

“He’s seen as a simple messenger: a teacher, preacher and prophet, leading investors to understand and use the greatest investment vehicle ever created: the exchange-traded product.”

 

ETF Tweet of the Week:  ClearShares recently changed the ticker symbol on their Intermediate Fixed Income ETF from PIFI to BTC, the de facto ticker for bitcoin.  They also announced Grayscale, a leading crypto fund provider, had taken an equity ownership stake in the company.  That spurred speculation that Grayscale would utilize the BTC ticker upon converting the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust into an ETF.  However, after the ClearShares ETF saw its assets double, an SEC filing this week indicated the ticker symbol would be changing back to PIFI. What happens next?

 

ETF Chart of the Week:  Despite all of the media attention focused on more expensive thematic and actively managed ETFs, the lion’s share of investor dollars are still finding their way into the lowest cost ETFs.

Source:  Bloomberg’s Eric Balchunas

 

Last Week’s ETF Buzz