What’s Next for ETFs

What’s Next for ETFs

A conversation with Mike Akins, the founding partner at ETF Action

Welcome to the Thematic Signals podcast, where we look to distill everyday noise into clear investing signals using our thematic lens and our 10 investing themes. On this episode Chris Versace is joined by Mike Akins, founding partner at ETF Actionand former head of ETFs at Alps, which when Mike left had roughly $15 billion in assets. 

With more than 6,500 ETFs worldwide and several thousand in the US alone, Chris and Mike talk about the development of the ETF market and what’s next for it. As Mike sees it, there are four types of ETFs – cheap beta, strategic beta, tactical and a new class of ETFs emerging, which are thematic in nature. Given our thematic approach here at Tematica, we were game to talk with Mike on this as well as how ETF Action can help investors cleave through the sea of ETFs and make a more informed investment decision. 

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About the Author

Chris Versace, Chief Investment Officer
I'm the Chief Investment Officer of Tematica Research and editor of Tematica Investing newsletter. All of that capitalizes on my near 20 years in the investment industry, nearly all of it breaking down industries and recommending stocks. In that time, I've been ranked an All Star Analyst by Zacks Investment Research and my efforts in analyzing industries, companies and equities have been recognized by both Institutional Investor and Thomson Reuters’ StarMine Monitor. In my travels, I've covered cyclicals, tech and more, which gives me a different vantage point, one that uses not only an ecosystem or food chain perspective, but one that also examines demographics, economics, psychographics and more when formulating my investment views. The question I most often get is "Are you related to…."

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