33 episodes

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.

    Building Your Own ETF Portfolio: A Case Study

    Building Your Own ETF Portfolio: A Case Study

    One of the best things about exchange-traded funds is how compatible they are with a do-it-yourself ethos. Unlike with mutual funds, ETFs are fully transparent and easy to research meaning investors know exactly what they are getting with each fund they add to their portfolio. On the latest Let's Talk ETFs, host Jonathan Liss takes a break from the usual expert interview format to help his friend build her own ETF portfolio.

    • 36 min
    Game On: The Case For Pure-Play eSports Exposure

    Game On: The Case For Pure-Play eSports Exposure

    On the heels of the Super Bowl, Let's Talk ETFs takes an in-depth look at the world of competitive gaming and the burgeoning entertainment complex sprouting up around it. Known collectively as "eSports", this growing phenomenon already has a huge following in China and South Korea - and has started to gain traction in the U.S. and Europe. Having launched the Roundhill BITKRAFT Esports & Digital Entertainment ETF (NERD) in June, Roundhill Investments CEO Will Hershey joins the podcast to make the long case for eSports.

    • 59 min
    EMQQ: Will The Next Internet Revolution Come From Emerging Markets?

    EMQQ: Will The Next Internet Revolution Come From Emerging Markets?

    Starting out as a classic value investor ala Graham and Buffett, EMQQfounder Kevin Carter had a revelation after the unwinding of the late 1990s tech bubble that emerging markets were going to be at the forefront of the next massive wave of internet growth. As Carter puts it, "You have billions of people just starting to go online, changing their consumer behavior... this is the greatest investing opportunity of our lifetimes." As a result of his revelation, Carter gradually made the shift from traditional value investing to high-octane emerging markets internet growth. 
    At first he recommended funds like the Columbia Emerging Markets Consumer ETF (ECON) to friends and colleagues believing it to be the best fund available to capture this growth. But then about 7 years ago, Carter had a second revelation: The best fund to capture emerging market internet growth doesn't yet exist. Teaming up with his friend Dr. Burton Malkiel of "A Random Walk Down Wall Street" fame, he decided to form an index committee to create a pure-play index and accompanying ETF, the Emerging Markets Internet & Ecommerce ETF (EMQQ). The fund launched in 2014, gathering more than $400M in AUM over the past 5-plus years. 
    Show Notes

    1:45 - How did you get started in investing generally and in ETFs specifically?  

    14:00 - Why the pivot to emerging markets? 

    25:45 - Changing habits of consumption in emerging markets

    27:15 - Why is now the time to invest in emerging market technologies?

    35:45 - How do address concerns of EMQQ's being too heavily weighted towards China?

    40:30 - Why does EMQQ have an 8% weighting cap, and a limit to US listed companies and ADRs?

    44:15 - Digging in EMQQ's holdings: Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), Pinduoduo (PDD), StoneCo (STNE), Yandex (YNDX), Jumia Technologies (JMIA)  

    54:45 - Future plans for EMQQ

    • 1 hr
    Net-Lease REITs: An Underappreciated Sector in a Crowded Market

    Net-Lease REITs: An Underappreciated Sector in a Crowded Market

    REITs were a popular choice for income seeking investors in 2019 with healthy inflows and strong performance for broad REIT ETFs like VNQ and SCHH. Net Lease REITs account for roughly 8-10% of broad REIT ETFs; investors that wanted greater exposure to the relative safety of this REIT sub-sector were required to buy individual names. That all changed with the launch of NETL - the first ETF to offer targeted exposure to an index comprised exclusively of the 23 U.S.-listed net lease REITs in March 2019. NETL's founders, Chris Burbach and Alexi Panagiotakopoulos, join the latest Let's Talk ETFs to explain why net lease REITs are at the sweet spot of a relatively safe and balanced total strategy.
    Show Notes

    2:45 - Chris and Alexi's backstories - Why a net lease REIT-focused ETF? 

    6:30 - What is a "triple net" lease?

    11:45 - Why do REITs generally hold just one type of property?

    12:30 - How many publicly traded net lease REITs are there in the US?

    18:15 - Are triple net leases a growing phenomenon?

    19:30 - Is this a U.S.-specific model, or are there international equivalents?

    22:00 - Why is the current 8-10% exposure to triple net lease REITs offered by broad ETFs like Vanguard Real Estate ETF (VNQ), iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF (IYR) and Schwab U.S. REIT ETF (SCHH) not nearly enough? 

    30:45 - Breaking down the index: Tiered cap-weighting strategy, single company limitations, geographical diversification 

    35:15 - NETL's top holding... STOR breakdown.

    42:45 - Is this a true total return strategy: Dividend income vs. capital appreciation

    • 50 min
    Welcome To The Machine: The AI Revolution Comes To ETFs

    Welcome To The Machine: The AI Revolution Comes To ETFs

    Artificial Intelligence, and the machine learning algorithms that underlie it, is showing up pretty much everywhere these days so it's no surprise that there's now an AI-powered ETF firm, EquBot. EquBot's founders, CEO Chida Khatua and COO Art Amador, join the latest episode of Let's Talk ETFs to explain the inner workings of their AI Powered Equity (AIEQ) and International Equity (AIIQ) ETFs. They believe placing artificial intelligence investing strategies into an ETF wrapper offers investors the best chance of obtaining persistent alpha. And while there are reasons for skepticism, the performance of AIEQ and AIEQ versus relevant index benchmarks makes this a story worth watching in the coming years.
    Topics Covered

    2:30 - Given your very different backgrounds in tech and finance, how did you end up starting this company together?

    4:15 - After years of smart beta indexes and academic approaches to investing, what does AI bring to the table that is new?

    8:45 - Welcome to the Machine: Zeroing in on the stock selection process for AIEQ and AIIQ

    14:30 - Why roll this out as a low cost ETF and not an 'over-priced' Hedge Fund?

    16:45 - Are capital markets too dynamic for AI and machine learning at this stage?

    21:00 - As AI strategies proliferate, will they not reach a point where they mimic the human investing experience, with some beating the market and others not?

    23:30 - How did Alphabet (GOOG) (GOOGL) and Toyota (TM) become the top holdings in your two funds?

    25:45 - Factoring in "Black Swan" risks to your models

    29:45 - How can you call an AI managed fund "actively managed"?

    33:15 - Is there a set number of holdings in these funds, or is it open ended?

    38:00 - What about things like annual turnover and tax management?

    41:45 - What has AIEQ gathered so much more in the way of assets than AIIQ? 

    45:00 - What does the future hold for EquBot?

    • 52 min
    VanEck: Staying One Step Ahead of the ETF Innovation Curve

    VanEck: Staying One Step Ahead of the ETF Innovation Curve

    Ed Lopez, Head of ETF Product at VanEck, joins Let's Talk ETFs for a special end-of-year episode - our final one of 2019. One of the ETF industry's brightest lights, Ed walks listeners through VanEck's unique innovation process - and how the firm has managed to continually innovate over the years. We take a deep dive into many of VanEck's best performing funds - from gold miners (GDX) (GDXJ) to unique fixed income (ANGL), sector (ESPO) and thematic (MOAT) (MOTI) strategies.
    Show Notes:

    2:15 - What is it about the culture at VanEck that has allowed the firm to remain at the forefront of innovation?

    7:45 - Process for deciding what/when to launch a new ETF

    12:45 - Genesis of funds where similar types of funds already existed (OUNZ) (RTH) (ISRA) 

    19:45 - Why hasn't VanEck jumped on the smart beta bandwagon?

    26:30 - Was self indexing just about cost cutting? How do you decide when to self index and when to go with an outside firm?

    29:30 - Naming process of ticker symbols

    30:30 - What's the case for the gold miners to continue to outperform in the coming year? (GDX) (GDXJ)

    34:00 - What is it about the "Fallen Angles" bond strategy that has proved so successful over time? (ANGL)

    38:15 - A deep-dive into the Morningstar wide moat index (MOAT) (MOTI)

    43:00 - One new fund (ESPO)

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

Peter in Japan ,

A fantastic way to approach ETFs

I subscribed to this not thinking I’d actually listen to it, but every episode has been superior, talking to someone important about the history of ETFs, and focusing on some really important ones for my own portfolio.

Definitely subscribe and listen!

CBB Bettor ,

Great podcast

Great podcast to learn about the exciting world of ETFs from the leading minds in the industry. One small note: Pease begin to provide the ETF tickers that are discussed in the episode description so listeners can do further research! Thanks

nennifer ,

Excited

As an avid ETF Investor/Researcher, I’m very excited to hear about this podcast. Very much looking forward to what I’m sure will be another great podcast from seeking alpha.

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