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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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Re-Imagining ETFs with Simplify (Podcast)
April 29, 2021
The stock market looks frothy, moves up and down tend to be steeper and quicker than the old days, and the bond market isn't the hedge it used to be.…
Behind the First Mutual Fund-to-ETF Conversion (Podcast)
April 15, 2021
In March, for the first time ever, a mutual fund went to sleep and woke up as an ETF. Two of them, in fact. And Guinness Atkinson, the issuer, couldn…
Whoa, That ETF Got Big (Podcast)
March 31, 2021
Much like kids, ETFs can grow up so fast. And while you can expect the Vanguards and BlackRocks to keep hoovering up assets, there are many lesser-kn…
The REIT Stuff (Podcast)
March 18, 2021
Let's be honest, Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) ETFs probably aren't going to make you blush or quicken your pulse. But they can be extremely pr…
How to Think About Inflation With Jim Bianco (Podcast)
March 3, 2021
This month showed how much inflation concerns and an uptick in bond yields can mess with a portfolio. It showed the vulnerability of high flying inve…
ETFs Get Trippy in the Shroom Sector (Podcast)
February 18, 2021
Magic mushrooms, LSD and ketamine used to be associated with psychedelic trips and fun weekends. Now they’re increasingly viewed as serious medicine …
Help, My ETF Got Hijacked by an Internet Flash Mob (Podcast)
February 4, 2021
ETFs tend to sit in the back seat while active players drive prices in the stock market. But what happens when the driver is a hellbent Reddit messag…
Welcome to 2021 With Barry Ritholtz (Podcast)
January 21, 2021
It’s a new year, and maybe a new you. There’s also a completely new political landscape in Washington DC and probably another big round of stimulus m…
Is ARK the New Janus Twenty? (Podcast)
January 7, 2021
Cathie Wood of ARK is not the first highly concentrated active manager to shoot the lights out for half a decade while sparking a stampede of flows i…
The Jealousy List, ETF Edition (Podcast)
December 26, 2020
JealousyCovering ETFs this year was like trying to hit a constantly moving target. Businessweek's annual “Jealousy List” -- stories by other outlets …
21 ETFs to Watch in '21 (Podcast)
December 10, 2020
There’s so much going on in the ETF world right now as all kinds of trends, strategies, themes and companies collide in this hotter-than-ever market …
Invasion of the ANT ETFs (Podcast)
November 26, 2020
For years, active mutual funds sat and watched the boom in ETFs from the sidelines, unwilling to participate as it would mean showing their holdings …
Robots and the Future of Health Care (Podcast)
November 12, 2020
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…
A Halloween-Inspired Stroll Through the ETF Graveyard (Podcast)
October 29, 2020
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 …
The 2020 SPAC Attack Hits ETF Land (Podcast)
October 15, 2020
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…
The Secretive Committee Behind the S&P 500 (Podcast)
October 1, 2020
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…
Goldman's Hit ETF Looks Like the Future of Active (Podcast)
September 17, 2020
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…
Climbing the Alps with Paul Baiocchi (Podcast)
September 3, 2020
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. …
The (Almost) Trillion Dollar Man (Podcast)
August 20, 2020
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…
A Bunch of Really Important Questions for BlackRock (Podcast)
August 6, 2020
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…
Gaming ETFs Are Having a Breakout Moment (Podcast)
July 23, 2020
The gaming industry is a juggernaut, and the pandemic has been especially good for business. The thematic gaming ETFs, tickers $ESPO, $HERO, $GAMR an…
Inside the Mind of a Young Retail Day Trader (Podcast)
July 9, 2020
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…
Halftime Report: A Roundtable Discussion (Podcast)
June 25, 2020
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 …
The ETF Platform Catering to 100,000 Advisers (Podcast)
June 11, 2020
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…
Talking ETFs With the SEC’s Hester Peirce (Podcast)
May 28, 2020
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…
How a Obscure Airline ETF Became an Overnight Success (Podcast)
May 14, 2020
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…
WTF WTI: An Oil ETF Goes Wild (Podcast)
April 30, 2020
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…
A Conversation With ETF Issuer Jan Van Eck (Podcast)
April 16, 2020
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…
Takeaways From the Carnage (Podcast)
April 2, 2020
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…
How Bad Have ETFs Been Hit by the Coronavirus Crash? (Podcast)
March 19, 2020
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,…
Biotech ETFs Vs. The Coronavirus (Podcast)
March 5, 2020
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…
The Secrets of an ETF Master Picker (Podcast)
February 19, 2020
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…
Inside Inside ETFs 2020 (Podcast)
February 6, 2020
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…
Everything Is ESG Now (Podcast)
January 23, 2020
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…
Three Ways to Get the "Unbanked" Into The Market (Podcast)
January 9, 2020
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 …
Hot Takes: The Outlook for ETFs in 2020 (Podcast)
December 25, 2019
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…
Talking Markets with Mike and Sarah (Podcast)
December 11, 2019
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…
Gatekeepers and Keymasters (Podcast)
November 26, 2019
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…
Is Direct Indexing Coming for the ETF? (Podcast)
November 13, 2019
ETFs compete with just about everything, be it mutual funds, derivatives and even single security investing. Their newest competition is direct index…
Welcome to the World of VIX ETPs (Podcast)
October 31, 2019
Despite -99% returns, burning through billions, and the occasional controversy, exchange-traded products (ETPs) that track a volatility index called …
Are “Buffered” ETFs the Next Big Thing? (Podcast)
October 17, 2019
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…
Inside the Non-Transparent Active ETF Race (Podcast)
October 3, 2019
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…
Inside the World of New School Wealth Management (Podcast)
September 19, 2019
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…
Are Multi-Factor ETFs the New Active Mutual Fund? (Podcast)
September 4, 2019
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 …
Meet the SPY Kids (Podcast)
August 21, 2019
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…
Showtime with Scarlet Fu (Podcast)
August 8, 2019
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…
How to Invest in All These New Public Companies (Podcast)
July 24, 2019
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…
Disruption as an Investment Thesis (Podcast)
July 11, 2019
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…
The 2019 ETF Halftime Report (Podcast)
June 26, 2019
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…
This ETF is Rated R (Podcast)
June 20, 2019
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…
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