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ETFs, Alternatives and Cryptocurrencies

Nascent developments – but no cigar yet

Arange of liquid alternative strategies have been packaged into ‘40 Act funds – with daily dealing – and UCITS funds, which often also have daily dealing and must offer at least twice-monthly dealing. But so far ETFs, offering intra-day dealing, have not become a widely used vehicle for alternatives. Over 1,000 alternative UCITS exist, but we are only aware of a smaller number of alternative ETFs, in areas such as trend-following, managed futures, commodities, merger arbitrage, long/short equity, quantitative equity and senior secured loans. Few of them have raised substantial assets, and some of them are running less than $10 million. Yet overall ETF industry assets at above $3.3 trillion have now overtaken hedge fund industry assets, estimated at $3 trillion. There is speculation that some of the largest quantitative managers could soon launch active alternative ETFs, but this has not happened yet.

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