Investing.com – Uptick In ‘Digital Dollar’ Effort Is Encouraging, But How Realistic Is It?

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In tandem with the COVID-19 global pandemic there’s been a recent, significant uptick in discussion about the launch of a ‘digital dollar.’ To be fair, given the far more accute priorities currently pressing national governments and a significant portion of the scientific community, it’s likely the idea won’t become a reality anytime soon.

Still, there have been some new, additional moves toward adapting the way the global reserve currency might be transferred to U.S. taxpayers and other constituents.

In March, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a bill called the ‘Banking For All Act‘ that has been referred to the Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. It would require member banks, meaning national or state banks, or bank or trust companies that are members of one of the Federal Reserve banks, to maintain digital wallets, held by the Fed, for interested individuals and organizations that would be used to directly receive government payments. This would allow consumers to set up “FedAccounts” at their local banks.

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WSJ.COM – Oil ETF Is Down 83% So Far This Year

As oil prices plummeted in April, U.S. Oil Fund (USO) exchange-traded fund took it on the chin. And short-selling activity soared. The $3.2 billion futures-based ETF saw shorting activity pick up after a lull in early April. USO ETF is down 83% for the year so far, through Friday [May 1st]. 

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WSJ.COM – Strong Flows in Bond ETFs After Fed Interest

Exchange-traded funds focused on non-investment-grade bonds rallied in April after the Federal Reserve signaled interest in buying ETFs exposed to the sector to support the markets. Investment-grade bond funds benefited, too.

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WSJ.COM – SPY ETF Sees Spike in Volatility

Panic selling in many funds caused large inflows for some of the largest broad-market index funds.

State Street’s SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) gained the highest inflows for the ETF industry at $11 billion for the month of March.

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WSJ.COM – ETF Closures Continue at Brisk Pace

The first two months of 2020 saw a record number of exchange-traded funds close—a reflection of the flurry of new ETFs that have tried to attract investors in recent years, many of them unsuccessfully.

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WSJ.COM – Passive Investing Gains Traction in Europe

The European appetite for exchange-traded funds has increased, and BlackRock iShares continues to dominate with the largest market share.

Morningstar predicts European-listed ETFs will hit $1 trillion in assets under management this month.

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WSJ.COM – Swiss ETFs Remain a Refuge

Investors consider Switzerland to be a relatively safe, steady and stable economy, and analysts expect exchange-traded funds exposed to Swiss equities to continue to shine in 2020 as a result.

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WSJ.COM – Nordic ETFs Lost Assets in 2019

In 2019, exchange-traded funds exposed to the Nordic countries in Northern Europe absorbed declines in assets as the region remained overlooked by U.S. investors.

Currently there are six U.S.-domiciled ETFs that track the Nordic region. Global X FTSE Nordic Region ETF (GXF), Global X MSCI Norway ETF (NORW), iShares MSCI Denmark ETF (EDEN), iShares MSCI Finland ETF (EFNL), iShares MSCI Norway ETF (ENOR) and iShares MSCI Sweden ETF (EWD).

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WSJ.COM – Japan’s Topix ETFs Continue to Attract Cash

Japan doesn’t get nearly the attention from global investors that it did in the glory years for its stock market. But exchange-traded funds that track the Tokyo Stock Price Index (Topix) have attracted heavy buying during the past three years.

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WSJ.COM – Marijuana ETFs Drag Despite the Interest in Them

Fund flows are strong for marijuana-related ETF investments, but bracing year-to-date declines range from 45% to 26%.

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WSJ.COM – Brexit Jitters Trigger ETF Outflows

Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK) absorbed net outflows of $405 million in September 2019 amid continuing political turmoil in the U.K. as the government wrestled with how to leave the European Union.

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WSJ.COM – A Greek ETF Rises, After Earlier Turmoil

Global X MSCI Greece is a top performer this year among U.S. ETFs focused on foreign stocks. Last year was a different story.

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WSJ.COM – Vegans May Soon Have an ETF

Investors who identify as passionate vegans and environmentalists may soon have an exchange-traded fund that invests according to those principles.

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HedgeWeek Profile: Valley Forge Capital Management

High conviction investment ideas rule at Valley Forge Capital Management, a Wayne, Pennsylvania-based equity hedge fund manager with around $450 million in assets. Here, founder Dev Kantesaria explains the firm’s ‘different’ approach to value investing and why there’s no place for ‘speculative securities’ and ‘ineffective financial engineering’ in the investment playbook…

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WSJ.COM – ETFs Join the Socially Responsible Investing Surge

ETF issuers are jumping on the ESG bandwagon. But many haven’t had a chance to prove they can perform strongly over time.

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WSJ.COM – U.S. Midterm Elections Could Test Health-Care ETFs – November 2018

Investors this year have poured almost $9 billion into exchange-traded funds focused on health care, one of the main sectors that could feel an impact from the U.S. midterm elections on Nov. 6, according to ETF analysts.

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ETF for U.K. Stocks Feels the Brexit Impact. August 2018

The biggest U.K.-focused exchange-traded fund available in the U.S. has been losing investors amid the political turmoil in the United Kingdom.

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WSJ.com — Marijuana ETF Is In The Right Spot

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WSJ.com — Turkey ETF Draws Optimists

As the country struggles, an ETF devoted to it is down 54% this year but attracting cash. Read more …. WSJ.COM

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Bitcoin Bull Mark Yusko On The Future of Crypto, ETFs & Blockchain

Published in the The Street and CryptoNews.com

Mark Yusko, the Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Morgan Creek Capital Management, a hedge fund with more than USD 1 billion in assets under management, is a true a bitcoin believer.

In this interview with Cryptonews.com, Yusko talks about the opportunities he sees in the blockchain technology, the future of cryptocurrency, and the bitcoin-based exchange traded fund (ETF) approval saga.

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WSJ.com – July 2018

European-Stock ETFs Absorb Outflows Triggered by Italy

Concern about EU economic growth and a stronger dollar also contribute to outflows

 

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The Wall Street Journal – April 2018

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WSJ: German ETFs Ride on More Than the Election

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WSJ: Europe’s ETF Market Shifts Into Higher Gear 

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Citywire PassiveBeat – ETFs Coverage

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WSJ.COM – Investors Buy TIPS Funds After Trump

Investors Buy TIPS Funds After Trump

Exchange-traded funds focusing on Treasury inflation-protected securities, or TIPS, have seen record inflows in November due to expectations that inflation will pick up in a Donald Trump presidency.

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A VanEck Russia ETF Surges

If Russia were a stock, it would be considered cheap but well-positioned—and that has boosted a Russia-focused exchange-traded fund.

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The Wall Street Journal – November 2016

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The Future For Big Data In FinTech Is Bright

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CIO UK – RSA Insurance Group Profile

Former banking CIO discusses leading digital transformation at 300-year-old insurer. 

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The Wall Street Journal – Sept, 6th 2016

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Euromoney: Swedish krona in line of fire amid Brexit

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FRONTIER FUNDS: SEARCHING FOR GOLD ON THE FRONTIER

After months of poor performance, managers of frontier market funds are looking to countries such as Pakistan to deliver returns to investors. Tanzeel Akhtar reports.

Frontier markets faced a challenging year in 2015, with most indices posting negative returns. The MSCI Frontier Markets index, one of the most widely followed, fell more than 14%.

However, managers of frontier market funds are not losing hope. According to Hedi Ben Mlouka, who runs the Duet EM Frontier Fund with Matthew Vogel, markets such as Vietnam and Pakistan offer good investment opportunities.

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Europe Trails the U.S. in the ETF Race

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      Author Biography

      Tanzeel Akhtar trained as a foreign correspondent at the University of Helsinki, Finland in 2007 and newspaper journalist at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.
      NCTJ Qualified - Media Law, Public Administration and Shorthand 100wpm.

      Contributed to The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Bloomberg, Investing.com, Benzinga, The Street, Kitco News, Financial Times' This is Africa, African Business Magazine, CNBC, Hedge Week, Campden Family Office, Citywire, Modern Investor, Spear's Wealth Management Magazine, The Local, Euromoney, Yahoo! Finance, Global Investor, ETF.com, CIO UK, Forbes, Funds Global Asia and Portfolio Institutional.

      She has held full-time positions at Interactive Investor, Fund Strategy, Money Marketing, Money Observer, Mining Journal, Marketing Week, Futures and Options Intelligence and Waters Technology. Interned at The Independent, South Wales Argus and Lancashire Evening Post.

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