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Let’s Talk ETFs is Seeking Alpha's podcast dedicated to the exchange traded fund space. Hosted by Seeking Alpha’s ETF expert, Jonathan Liss, the podcast features long-form conversations with industry insiders, ETF issuers, asset managers and investment advisers to explore the ways in which ETFs continue to evolve, helping investors to reach their financial goals.

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Let’s Talk ETFs is Seeking Alpha's podcast dedicated to the exchange traded fund space. Hosted by Seeking Alpha’s ETF expert, Jonathan Liss, the podcast features long-form conversations with industry insiders, ETF issuers, asset managers and investment advisers to explore the ways in which ETFs continue to evolve, helping investors to reach their financial goals.

    The Perception & Truth Behind ESG ETFs and Investing

    The Perception & Truth Behind ESG ETFs and Investing

    In this week's episode, we sit down with Ari Polychronopoulos, Partner, Product Management & Head of ESG at Research Affiliates. Together we uncover and discuss the details and nuances of environmental, social, and governance investing within the exchange traded fund space.
    Tickers: (SPY)
    Show Notes:
    2:30 - Introduction with Ari Polychronopoulos
    4:00 - What is ESG and what is it all about?
    8:00 - How can investors examine a an ESG score and see if it's appropriate for their portfolio?
    10:30 - Is there a centralized rating system investors can go to when evaluating ESG funds?
    16:45 - Do all ESG scores matter or is there a threshold to where they are impactful?
    20:15 - Of the 3 ESG areas is there one that's more of a focus in the investment community?
    21:45 - What would you say to an investor who doesn't care about ESG ratings?
    26:15 - Do you see any future government mandates affecting ESGs?
    29:10 - Where do you see ESG as part of an individual's portfolio?
    31:30 - Outro
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    • 34 min
    The Universe of Thematic ETF Investing with ProShares' Scott Helfstein

    The Universe of Thematic ETF Investing with ProShares' Scott Helfstein

    Contents:
    2:30 - Background of Scott Helfstein, Executive Director of Thematic Investing at ProShares.
    3:30 - What is thematic investing, and what qualifies something as a thematic exchange traded fund.
    7:00 - Does having to put the funds in an index tie an investor's hands?
    10:45 - Breakdown of Proshares thematic ETFs that have developed the most investor traction.
    19:45 - How important is thematic investing to the growth of Proshares business, and are there any future thematic ETFs that might come to market by ProShares?
    27:00 - How do you avoid making a thematic ETFs theme too narrow where it is unlikely to resonate with investors?
    32:15 - Where do thematic ETFs fit into an investor's portfolio, and how should exposure be looked at?  
    38:00 - What does the future hold for the thematic investing space?
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    • 46 min
    The ETF Space Race Heats Up: ARKX Versus UFO

    The ETF Space Race Heats Up: ARKX Versus UFO

    The launch of the ARK Space Exploration ETF (ARKX) in late March was one of the most hyped ETF launches in recent memory. Of course there's the Cathie Wood component to the excitement, with the fund manager she runs, ARK, crushing markets and growing AUM eleven-fold in 2020. But there's something about space as a sector that has many investors particularly excited at this moment in time.
    Cestrian Capital Research's Alex King has been following the space sector very closely for years now, He even enrolled at the Space University, completing his executive education there in 2018. The following year, he launched his Seeking Alpha Marketplace service, The Fundamentals, with a focus on space and cloud computing names. We cover the space sector from top to bottom in this episode of Let's Talk ETFs. Most importantly for investors considering investing in space via ETFs, Alex does a deep-dive head to head comparison of the two pure play space ETFs investors currently have a choice between: The ARK Space Exploration ETF (ARKX) and the Procure Space ETF (UFO).
    Show Notes

    3:00 - Alex's general approach to investing

    7:45 - Why the space sector?

    13:15 - Why is space a theme investors should be paying attention to at the current moment in time?

    17:00 - Cathie Wood and ARK's investing style

    22:00 - ARKX Under the Hood: Too much concentration in the top holdings?

    24:30 - Analyzing top holding Trimble (TRMB)

    28:45 - A head to head comparison: The ARK Space Exploration ETF (ARKX) vs. the Procure Space ETF (UFO)


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    • 40 min
    QQQJ May Just Be Invesco's Most Innovative ETF Yet

    QQQJ May Just Be Invesco's Most Innovative ETF Yet

    In this week's episode of Let's Talk ETFs, Ryan McCormack, Factor & Core Equity ETF Strategist at Invesco US joins new host Jason Capul and the Seeking Alpha team to discuss the early success of the Invesco NASDAQ Next Gen 100 ETF (QQQJ). QQQJ has been the most successful ETF launch of all-time by Invesco, gathering over one billion in assets under management in less than three months.
    Tickers Covered: QQQ, QQQJ
    Show Notes:

    4:30 - What is the concept behind QQQJ?

    9:30 - Where do you see QQQJ fitting into an investor's portfolio?

    12:00 - What has been the Investor feedback on QQQJ?

    14:45 - Weighting of QQQJ relative to QQQ.

    16:00 - Is there a mechanism to unload QQQJs top performing holdings before they join QQQ?

    19:00 - How can rising yields affect QQQJ?

    23:15 - What separates QQQJ from other ETFs that focus on the mid-cap range?

    25:15 - Why should market participants invest in this ETF?

    29:00 -Are there any plans to roll out additional funds in the future?


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    • 33 min
    Playing The SPAC Craze With ETFs

    Playing The SPAC Craze With ETFs

    2020 was the year of the SPAC, with money raised through "blank check" companies outpacing traditional IPOs for the first time. With so many SPACs listing, finding the right ones to invest in them can be an often-times confusing and overwhelming process. Sifting the World's Chris DeMuth Jr. has been investing in SPACs, through the hedge fund he founded, Rangeley Capital, for more than a decade. In the latest episode of Let's Talk ETFs, DeMuth and host Jonathan Liss take investors through the SPAC "alphabet", going under the hood of each of the three currently available SPAC ETFs.
    Show Notes

    3:00 - What are SPACs and why are they so hot right now?

    10:00 - Chris' early and ongoing involvement with SPACs

    12:30 - Specifics of the SPAC structure

    16:45 - The case of DraftKings, the third most successful SPAC listing of all time

    26:30 - Chris' favorite SPAC ETF

    43:45 - What's an individual SPAC Chris is currently excited about?

    50:00 - Sifting the World: Chris' investing process


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Shareholder Yield and Tail Risk With Kirk Spano and Meb Faber

    Shareholder Yield and Tail Risk With Kirk Spano and Meb Faber

    Cambria Funds co-founder, CEO and CIO Meb Faber joins Margin of Safety Investing's Kirk Spano to discuss his firm's tail risk and shareholder yield ETF suites. Funds covered include: TAIL, FAIL, SYLD, FYLD and EYLD.
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    • 44 min

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80 Ratings

80 Ratings

Lech-lecha ,

Genuine, deeply curious, objective

Excellent opportunity to join Jonathan as he explores the structure and innovations in the ETF space. It’s valuable to get to know the managers and thought leaders behind a wide range of ETF strategies. He’s at his best when he makes points and ask question that test the integrity, logic, and soundness of his guest’s strategies.

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Very smart and informative investing podcast and the host is handsome and talented as well

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Best investment podcast

The best etf podcast you will ever find. The interviewer is alway extremely well prepared. You won’t be disappointed.

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