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

 

Nocturnal enigma targeted by ETF launches by Steve Johnson

“Many of these niche alpha-generating products, when they are let loose into the wild of real markets, tend to be somewhat underwhelming.”

 

Is ESG Screaming Into the Void? by Karrie Gordon and Dave Nadig

“ESG is a terrible acronym that can cover everything from green metals funds to funds that focus solely on proxy activism to ETFs focused on Catholic values and those trying to empower women.”

 

Beware Thematic Funds’ Siren Song by Ben Johnson

“Most have done a much better job spinning stories than growing investors’ wealth.”

 

ETF Launches Outpace First Half Of 2021 by Heather Bell

“The U.S. ETF industry closed out the first half with a total of 206 launches.”

 

Grayscale Spot Bitcoin ETF Comes With a Catch by Katherine Greifeld

“A 2% fee would never fly in the ETF world, the land of low costs and never-ending fee wars.”

 

ETF Tweet of the Week:  Without question, the biggest ETF story this past week was the SEC denying spot bitcoin ETF filings from Grayscale and Bitwise.  Plenty has been written on the topic (you can read my take here), but now we all grab popcorn and watch Grayscale battle it out with the SEC…

 

ETF Chart of the Week:  Over the past 7 years, a total of $1 trillion dollars has flowed into bond ETFs.  Remarkably, out of the 84 months spanning this 7-year period, there were only three months of outflows (contrast that with bond mutual funds recently).  The takeaway from VettaFi’s Dave Nadig?  There is plenty of room for new and innovative bond ETFs to find success.

Source:  VettaFi’s Dave Nadig

 

Last Week’s ETF Buzz