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Jul 7, 2020

Evolving & ever-changing ETFs—considerations from an asset manager’s point of view

Asset managers are fortunate to have a number of fund structures to choose from to launch their various strategies, either within active or passive constructs. As ETFs have gained in popularity with investors for their low cost, tax-efficient, transparent and tradeable structures, asset managers have increasingly concentrated on the ETF wrapper for their new product launches. While the basic blocking and tackling of ETF management is very similar to other fund structures, managing a product that simultaneously trades on a listed exchange presents many new challenges for asset managers that may require additional expertise.

Apr 9, 2020

Shielded Alpha℠: One-on-One with Blue Tractor Group

Simon Goulet and Terence Norman, co-founders of Blue Tractor Group, recently discussed with SS&C ALPS the challenges and opportunities of the Shielded Alpha℠ ETF wrapper. Blue Tractor’s Shield Alpha℠ was one of four semi-transparent models approved by the SEC late in 2019.

Feb 24, 2020

The ETF “ANTs” go marching one by one: active non- and semi-transparent models

“If you’re a mutual fund warehouse, you’re trying to figure out how to grow your business without giving away your secret sauce.” ~Nichole M. Kramer*, Wall Street Journal, February 8, 2019

May 3, 2019

Active non-transparent ETFs and mutual funds – A transformational change?

In a March 2019 blog titled ETFs – Looking into the future, I referenced an earlier blog post from February 2018, ETFs: An industry in flux.  I wrote in this earlier blog that, subject to regulatory approval, I hoped to see a great deal of product innovation in 2018—namely actively-managed, non-transparent ETFs.  Well, it seems that at last, and better late than never, the SEC has finally given conditional approval to one strategy: Precidian’s ActiveShares.


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