Trillions

Money goes where it's treated best. That simple truth is a big reason why more and more money—trillions, in fact—flows into a powerful, low-cost tool that's quietly transformed investing in recent years. Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, let you invest in everything from the stock market to gold like never before. This biweekly podcast will demystify them—and delight you in the process.
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Thematic ETFs need to do two things to attract cash: crush the market and capture the imagination. There's no better example of this than the ETFs co…
Death has become a growing part of life in the ETF industry. The number closures in 2020 has already blown away the old record with the total number …
One of the most interesting developments in finance this year has been the sudden popularity of the SPAC, or special-purpose acquisition company. A n…
Few organizations in finance are as mysterious as the committee that oversees the S&P 500 — a group that recently decided to exclude Tesla despite th…
In the ETF Terrordome, nothing comes easy for issuers -- even if your name is Goldman Sachs. The asset management arm of the storied Wall Street firm…
Selling an ETF has become less about about sales and more about adviser education, which has sparked many firms to create roles for ETF specialists. …
Most passive investors take for granted that their fund “tracks an index.” Well, that’s actually something of a feat because there’s so much more goi…
BlackRock is the undisputed king of the ETF hill; it’s also the world's biggest asset manager, with more than $7 trillion assets under management. An…
The gaming industry is a juggernaut, and the pandemic has been especially good for business. The thematic gaming ETFs, tickers $ESPO, $HERO, $GAMR an…
This year, millions of new young people -- many of whom are bored at home during the pandemic -- have started trading stocks, ETFs and options for th…
The first six months of 2020 has felt more like five years, at least in ETF terms. So much has happened: the lockdown, the selloff, the rebound, the …
One of the biggest rising trends in the ETF world is the rise of model portfolios, which are almost like pre-packaged meals. On this episode of Trill…
Exchange-traded funds have upended investing, so how does the Security Exchange Committee feel about them? Eric and Joel, along with Nathan Dean of B…
The US Global Jets ETF (JETS) has seen over half a billion dollars worth of inflows over 50 straight days - unheard numbers for a thematic ETF - desp…
The lockdown has roiled oil markets and with it the world's largest oil ETF, USO, which has changed its exposure almost daily, gone through a reverse…
When you are an ETF issuer, you typically have some products doing well — and other ones doing less well. No better example of that than VanEck Vecto…
March started in one place (high) and ended in another (low). Amid the carnage, traders and investors leaned on ETFs, which saw record volumes. On th…
Remember the good old days? When an unloved, decade-long bull market reigned? One that never seemed to end and where investments only went up? Well,…
While much of the stock market has fallen victim to coronapocalypse, there were a handful of virus-resistant stocks that fared better. On this corona…
If exchange traded funds are ingredients and the portfolio is the meal, then ETF strategists are the master chefs. One of the best chefs out there i…
Are active non-transparent ETFs going to be a hit or flop? How can ESG succeed when everyone’s definition is different? What can little issuers do to…
In his annual letter to CEOs earlier this month, BlackRock's Larry Fink pushed business leaders to prioritize climate change as a "defining factor in…
ETFs have democratized investing -- everything under the sun is available with the click of a button, and for cheap. Yet this really only applies to …
There’s rarely a dull moment covering ETFs. And this year, as well as the past decade, was no exception. The industry has solidified itself as the ho…
It was nothing short of a spectacular year for the U.S. stock market. Oh, and fixed income. And emerging markets. And gold. Basically everything went…
Just as a maker of organic salad dressing wants to get into Whole Foods, every ETF issuer is trying to get its products distributed by the fund super…
ETFs compete with just about everything, be it mutual funds, derivatives and even single security investing. Their newest competition is direct index…
Despite -99% returns, burning through billions, and the occasional controversy, exchange-traded products (ETPs) that track a volatility index called …
Would you give up some stock market upside for some downside protection? That's the value proposition for a fast growing new category of annuity-like…
For years active mutual funds have been looking for a way to utilize the benefits of the ETF structure without having to show their holdings every da…
One of the main drivers behind the rise of ETFs and index funds is the fast-changing world of wealth management. RIAs have always been the early adop…
Multi-factor ETFs are one of the fastest growing ETF categories. But what exactly do they do? Is the sum more than all the parts? Are they active or …
There's the Spy Kids and then there's the SPY Kids, aka the 11 millennials that unwittingly control the fate of the world's largest and most traded E…
You know ETFs have gone mainstream when there are multiple TV shows about them, including Bloomberg’s own ETF IQ. Nearing its 100th episode, the show…
A number of high-profile companies have gone public this year -- Lyft, Uber, Beyond Meat, Slack, and Zoom, to name just a few. Yet these new entrants…
Cathie Wood, founder of ARK Invest, is a successful stock picker in the era of passive. Her actively managed ETFs, which focus entirely on disruptive…
It is a time of reflection and prognostication for Trillions as we look at the notable trends and takeaways from the first of 2019 and what to expect…
Leverage and inverse ETFs are the bad boys of the ETF world - akin to Rated R movies or power tools. In the hands of a trained trader they can be hel…
Do investors value freedom? And do they really know what they're buying with emerging markets ETFs? Yes to the first, says Perth Tolle, who just laun…
If ETFs had a Mount Rushmore, QQQ (aka 'The Qs') would definitely be on it. This $72 billion legend of an ETF just turned 20 years old and is now the…
While ETFs play an increasingly large role in U.S. financial markets, they're still in their infancy in Europe. The continent has regional markets, w…
ETFs provide unique tax capabilities. And according to a recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek, some of those unique capabilities are being utiliz…
The market for exchange-traded funds is getting nasty. Especially for new ETFs. Carving out a niche for one is becoming increasingly difficult. Ther…
After a fairly long period of peace in the ETF Fee War, an unprecedented outbreak occurred, which saw about 10 different issuers reducing or undercut…
Winter is coming. Actually, it’s pretty much always winter for new ETFs. And on this Game of Thrones-inspired episode of Trillions, Joel and Eric loo…
The biggest exchange-traded fund conference in the world has come and gone. But we have you covered. The event, which has grown from 450 people to o…
When life handed Sarah Newton lemons, she used ETFs to make lemonade. Or at least to keep herself busy. On this week's Trillions we speak to Sarah, a…
Separating hope from hype can feel especially daunting when you look at ETF investing through an ESG (environmental, social, and governance) lens. On…
Now that pretty much everything has been ETF-ized here on Planet Earth, issuers are looking beyond this world into the final frontier: space. While t…
Surveys have shown that millennials are adopting ETFs at a higher percentage than any other generation, whereas baby boomers remain the lowest. To co…
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