ETF Prime

Recapping 2018 & Looking Ahead to 2019   |   December 18th, 2018’s Lara Crigger unveils her 2019 ETF predictions.  Morningstar’s Ben Johnson recaps ETFs in 2018, offers a few ETF predictions of his own, and fields rapid-fire ETF questions.  iSectors’ Chuck Self discusses recent financial market action and looks ahead to next year.

Bitwise’s Matt Hougan Talks Crypto Innovation, ETFs   |   December 11th, 2018

Matt Hougan, Global Head of Research at Bitwise and ETF industry veteran, discusses innovation in cryptoassets and the prospects for a crypto ETF.’s Dave Nadig talks ETF innovation, highlighting some of his favorite new launches in 2018 and emphasizing the importance of ETF due diligence.  Nate & Conor recap the recent market action.

Stocks, Bonds, & Crypto – Making Sense of 2018   |   December 4th, 2018

With most major asset classes posting negative returns in 2018, Nate & Jason discuss the Fed, trade, and investor sentiment.  Sean O’Hara, President of Pacer ETFs Distributors, highlights several ETF strategies including their Trendpilot ETF’s Dave Nadig talks bond ETF flows, active management in bonds, and recent concerns over BBB-rated debt & leveraged loans.

Best of ETF Prime   |   November 27th, 2018

We revisit conversations with Bloomberg’s Eric Balchunas, Exponential ETFs’ Phil Bak,’s Dave Nadig, and Abnormal Returns’ Tadas Viskanta.

Nuveen’s Take on ESG   |   November 20th, 2018

Nuveen’s Martin Kremenstein goes in-depth on ESG investing.’s Sumit Roy explains the wild price swings in oil and natural gas.  Reality Shares CEO Eric Ervin spotlights their recently launched Fundstrat DQM Long ETF (DQML).

Is the Time Right for Emerging Markets?   |   November 13th, 2018’s Dave Nadig discusses the investment case for emerging market stocks and ETFs to play the space.  CFRA’s Todd Rosenbluth explains why investors shouldn’t overemphasize “low cost” when evaluating ETFs.  Sabretooth Advisors’ Dave Chojnacki spotlights the AdvisorShares New Tech & Media ETF (FNG).

USAA’s Lance Humphrey Highlights ETF Lineup, Talks Value & Momentum   |   November 6th, 2018

Lance Humphrey, Portfolio Manager on USAA’s Global Multi-Asset Team, highlights USAA’s ETF’s Lara Crigger discusses October’s ETF flows and record trading volume.  Dr. Victor Chow, Distinguished Professor of Global Business & Finance at West Virginia University, explains the index he developed which powers the Vesper U.S. Large Cap Short-Term Reversal Strategy ETF (UTRN).

iShares’ Heather Brownlie: ETFs Have Revolutionized Bond Investing   |   October 30th, 2018

15 years ago, iShares launched the first broad-based bond ETF – the iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG).  Heather Brownlie, U.S. Head of iShares Fixed Income, describes how ETFs have revolutionized bond investing since.  Nate & Jason explain how personal technology can short circuit financial’s Lara Crigger goes in-depth on homebuilder ETFs.

Tadas Viskanta on Investor Behavior, ETFs, & More   |   October 23rd, 2018

Tadas Viskanta, Director of Investor Education at Ritholtz Wealth Management & Founder of Abnormal Returns, talks investor behavior and fields rapid-fire questions on ETFs and investing.’s Dave Nadig discusses several recent ETF launches.  Ted Lucas, Head of Investment Strategies & Solutions at Hartford Funds, spotlights their Multifactor Developed Markets ex-US ETF (RODM).’s Sumit Roy Discusses Oil, Gold, & Broad Commodities   |   October 16th, 2018 analyst Sumit Roy highlights commodity ETF flows and performance so far this year.  Vince Birley, CEO of Vident Financial, explains their principles-based approach to ETFs, including the Vident Core U.S. Equity Fund (VUSE).  Nate & Conor offer perspective on last week’s stock market decline and explain the impact of rising interest rates.

Playing Defense with ETFs   |   October 9th, 2018’s Dave Nadig highlights several ETFs that can help hedge against stock market risk, while still offering some exposure to the upside.  Nate & Conor discuss the performance of financial markets so far this year.  Steven Schoenfeld, Founder & CIO of BlueStar Indexes, talks ETF growth and innovation, bitcoin ETFs, the Israeli ETF market, and more.

Thematic ETFs in Focus   |   October 2nd, 2018

Jon Maier, Chief Investment Officer at Global X, goes in-depth on thematic investing, explaining the role of thematic ETFs in a portfolio and highlighting several Global X thematic ETFs.’s Drew Voros recaps the latest ETF flow data.  Phil Bak, CEO of Exponential ETFs, discusses the regulatory backdrop for bitcoin ETFs.

Behind-the-Scenes Look at Seeding New ETFs   |   September 25th, 2018

Mark Esposito, CEO of Esposito Securities, explains the process behind seeding new ETFs and keys to a successful ETF launch.’s Drew Voros spotlights Vanguard’s new ESG ETFs and offers perspective on the future of ESG investing. Ryan Kirlin, Head of Capital Markets at Alpha Architect, makes his case for why “smart beta” is dead.

Bloomberg’s Eric Balchunas Talks ETF Flows, Fields Rapid-Fire ETF Questions   |   September 18th, 2018

Eric Balchunas, Senior ETF Analyst at Bloomberg, talks ETF flows and fields questions on everything from “smart beta” to marijuana ETFs.’s Dave Nadig explains the similarities and differences between ETNs and ETFs.  Jillian DelSignore, Head of ETF Distribution with J.P. Morgan’s Asset Management business, discusses their rapid ETF growth and diverse ETF lineup.

10 Years After Financial Crisis, What’s Next for Stocks?   |   September 11th, 2018

Nate & Jason examine what’s changed in the markets over the 10 years since the global financial crisis and whether there’s cause for concern.  Chuck Self, Chief Investment Officer at iSectors, offers his perspective on the current financial markets.’s Lara Crigger discusses the recent surge in marijuana stocks and the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ).

Best of ETF Prime   |   September 4th, 2018

BKCM’s Brian Kelly highlights the investment case for the REX BKCM ETF (BKC) and talks cryptocurrencies and blockchain.  Gerry O’Reilly, who oversees $1 trillion+ at Vanguard, provides a behind-the-scenes look at managing index funds.’s Dave Nadig dissects the proposed ETF rule.

Bitcoin, Bond, & Bullion ETFs   |   August 28th, 2018’s Lara Crigger discusses the latest SEC rejection of bitcoin ETF proposalsInvesco’s Tim Urbanowicz explains the merits of factor-based bond ETFs and the BulletShares target maturity bond ETFs.  Perth Mint’s Jerry Hicks spotlights the first physical gold ETF backed by a sovereign guarantee.

The Aging Brain & Financial Decision-Making   |   August 21st, 2018

How does aging affect financial decision-making? Brie Williams, V.P. of State Street Global Advisors & Head of Practice Management for the Global SPDR Business, discusses the financial implications of cognitive decline and how investors can better prepare themselves.  Drew Voros,’s Editor-in-Chief, goes in-depth on thematic ETFs.

Fidelity Goes to Zero   |   August 14th, 2018

Fidelity recently made a splash by offering the first-ever free index funds.’s Dave Nadig discusses the impact for both investors and fund companies.  Todd Rosenbluth, Director of ETF & Mutual Fund Research at CFRA, also offers perspective on Fidelity’s move, but explains why underlying ETF holdings matter much more than fees.  Gerry O’Reilly, Principal & Portfolio Manager at Vanguard, provides a behind-the-scenes look at managing over $1 trillion in index funds.

What’s Behind J.P. Morgan’s Record ETF Flows?   |   August 7th, 2018

J.P. Morgan’s BetaBuilders Japan ETF (BBJP) recently became the second fastest ETF to reach $1 billion.’s Drew Voros goes behind-the-scenes, explaining J.P. Morgan’s “bring your own assets” ETF strategy.  Toby Loftin, Managing Principal at BP Fund Capital Advisors, spotlights the NYSE Pickens Oil Response ETF (BOON).  Defiance ETFs CEO Matt Bielski explains their recently launched Future Tech ETF (AUGR).

The Investment Case for Blockchain ETFs   |   July 31st, 2018

Brian Kelly, Head of BKCM, highlights the investment case for the REX BKCM ETF (BKC), which owns companies involved in cryptocurrencies and blockchain.  Eric Ervin, President & CEO of Reality Shares, spotlights the first China-focused blockchain ETF, the Reality Shares Nasdaq NexGen Economy China ETF (BCNA). Also,’s Dave Nadig discusses risk-managed ETFs designed to help hedge against market declines.

Can iShares Evolve Sector Classifications?   |   July 24th, 2018

Chris Dhanraj, Head of U.S. iShares Investment Strategy, recaps the upcoming GICS sector reclassifications and explains how iShares’ new suite of Evolved Sector ETFs seeks to stay ahead of the curve.’s Drew Voros highlights the best and worst performing ETFs so far in 2018.  Chris Buck, Head of Capital Markets & Sales at ROBO Global, spotlights the ROBO Global Robotics and Automation Index ETF (ROBO).

The White Label ETF Business & ETF Innovation   |   July 17th, 2018

Garrett Stevens, CEO of Exchange Traded Concepts (ETC), goes in-depth on the white label ETF business model and talks ETF innovation.  Bryce Coward, Portfolio Manager & Deputy CIO at Knowledge Leaders Capital, spotlights an ETF falling under ETC’s umbrella – the Knowledge Leaders Developed World ETF (KLDW).’s Lara Crigger explains how the upcoming GICS sector reclassifications are impacting ETFs.

The Future of ESG Investing   |   July 10th, 2018

Linda Zhang, Founder of Purview Investments, discusses the importance of socially responsible investing and the future of ESG ETFs.’s Dave Nadig recaps year-to-date ETF flows.  Nate & Conor explain the motivation behind Vanguard’s recent move to offer 1,800+ commission-free ETFs.’s Dave Nadig Dissects Proposed ETF Rule   |   July 3rd, 2018

The Securities & Exchange Commission recently voted to propose a new rule which would help streamline ETF launches and level the playing field among fund companies.’s Dave Nadig explains the potential impact.  Tony Barchetto, Founder & CIO at Salt Financial, spotlights the Salt truBeta High Exposure ETF (SLT).  Nate & Conor discuss why a new physical gold ETF and a new robotics ETF have broader implications.

Artificial Intelligence and ETFs: The Future of Investing?   |   June 26th, 2018’s Dave Nadig goes in-depth on investments powered by “artificial intelligence”, one of the hottest buzzwords in ETFs.  Phil Mackintosh, Global Head of Economic Research at Nasdaq, explains the role of stock exchanges and offers several best ETF trading practices.  Nate and Conor discuss Howard Marks’ latest investor memo.

2018 ETF Launches in Focus   |   June 19th, 2018

So far in 2018, more than 110 new ETFs have come to market.  Nate & Jason parse through the list, highlighting everything from blockchain ETFs to Vanguard factor ETFs.’s Lara Crigger also weighs in with several new ETFs catching her attention.  Leah Jordan, V.P. of Investor Relations at Saba Capital Management, explains closed-end fund basics and spotlights the Saba Closed-End Funds ETF (CEFS).

Will Rhind Spotlights GraniteShares ETFs   |   June 12th, 2018

Will Rhind, Founder of GraniteShares, spotlights their suite of ETFs featuring the lowest cost gold, platinum, and broad-based commodity ETFs on the market.’s Dave Nadig offers his perspective on active equity ETFs, including why larger mutual fund companies haven’t launched ETF clones of their flagship active strategies.  Nate & Jason recap the financial markets in the first half of 2018.

Smart Beta ETFs: Useful Tools or Smart Marketing?   |   June 5th, 2018’s Dave Nadig goes in-depth on smart beta ETFs including how to sort through the growing number of options and using them in a portfolio.  David Varadi, Co-Founder & Portfolio Manager for QuantX Funds, offers his views on the limitations of buy-and-hold investing and spotlights several QuantX ETFs.  Nate & Conor discuss four key factors BlackRock sees driving ETF growth.

Next ETF Growth Frontiers? ESG & Active ETFs in Focus   |   May 22nd, 2018‘s Lara Crigger offers perspective on the current ESG ETF landscape, along with potential drivers of future growth.  Dodd Kittsley, Director at Davis Advisors, spotlights their suite of actively managed ETFs and discusses what’s next for the active ETF space as a whole.  Todd Rosenbluth, Director of ETF & Mutual Fund Research at CFRA, fields a wide range of ETF questions, including on both ESG and active ETFs.

Gold, Bitcoin, & Blockchain   |   May 8th, 2018’s Dave Nadig explains the drivers behind recent strong inflows into gold ETFs.  Nate & Jason discuss bitcoin and the prospects for bitcoin ETFs.  Matt Markiewicz, Managing Director at Innovation Shares, spotlights their NextGen Protocol ETF (KOIN) and offers the investment case for blockchain technology.

Rating ETFs: Pros, Cons, & Challenges For the Industry   |   May 1st, 2018

Nate, Conor, & Jason debate whether standardized ETF ratings are needed and highlight several rating options currently available to investors.’s Lara Crigger goes in-depth on marijuana ETFs.  Ben Phillips, CIO at EventShares, spotlights the U.S. Policy Alpha ETF (PLCY).

Does Active Share Matter in Fund Selection?   |   April 24th, 2018

The New York Attorney General recently announced 13 mutual fund companies agreed to report active share to retail investors.  Nate & Jason discuss potential implications and highlight new research on this metric’s usefulness to investors.’s Dave Nadig offers key takeaways from Greenwich Associates’ latest ETF survey of institutional investors.  Larry Medin, Founder & CEO of Brandometry spotlights the index behind the Brand Value ETF (BVAL).

iShares’ Daniel Prince on ETF Tax Efficiency   |   April 17th, 2018

Daniel Prince, Head of iShares U.S. Wealth Advisory Product Consulting, discusses the tax efficiency of ETFs and why tax costs shouldn’t be overlooked in investing.  Nate & Conor also provide insight into the potential tax savings ETFs can provide and explain why actively managed mutual funds are at a disadvantage.

Hedging a Portfolio for Rising Inflation   |   April 10th, 2018

Michael Natale, Head of Intermediary Distribution at Northern Trust, discusses growing investor concern over rising inflation and spotlights several FlexShares ETFs that could potentially serve as inflation hedges in a portfolio.  Nate & Conor recap financial market performance in the first quarter of 2018.

Best of The ETF Store Show   |   April 3rd, 2018

Three of the hottest themes in ETFs this year are blockchain, marijuana, and artificial intelligence.  We revisit several conversations with key players in each of these areas including Amplify’s Christian Magoon, AdvisorShares’ Dan Ahrens, Level ETF Ventures’ Kris Monaco, and EquBot’s Art Amador.

ETF Q&A with Toroso’s Mike Venuto   |   March 27th, 2018

A rapid fire Q&A with Mike Venuto, ETF industry veteran and CIO at Toroso Investments.  Mike also spotlights the index behind the ETF Industry Exposure & Financial Services ETF (TETF).  Nate & Jason delve into the thorny topic of corporate governance and index investing.

Is DOL Fiduciary Rule Dead?   |   March 20th, 2018

The DOL fiduciary rule, which would have required brokers to put clients’ best interests ahead of their own, was recently vacated.  Nate & Conor discuss the impact and how best to protect yourself as an investor.  D.J. Tierney, Managing Director & Client Portfolio Strategist at Charles Schwab Investment Management, highlights their low cost approach to ETFs and explains the importance of ETF due diligence.

Hedging a Portfolio for Rising Rates   |   March 13th, 2018

Nate & Jason explain how investors might think about hedging a portfolio in a rising interest rate environment.  Ed Lopez, Head of ETF Product at VanEck, offers his perspective on rising rate hedges, including spotlighting the VanEck Vectors Investment Grade Floating Rate ETF (FLTR) and the VanEck Vectors Fallen Angel High Yield Bond ETF (ANGL).

Biotech Expert Brad Loncar on Cancer Immunotherapy, Biotech ETFs   |   February 20th, 2018

Brad Loncar, biotech expert & CEO of Loncar Investments, discusses the latest in cancer immunotherapy and highlights the index behind the Loncar Cancer Immunotherapy ETF (CNCR).  Brad also offers insight into the broader biotech sector, including the three largest biotech ETFs.

Active ETFs in Focus, Including a Recently Launched Blockchain ETF   |   February 13th, 2018

Kip Meadows, Founder & CEO of Nottingham, discusses white label ETF providers, active ETFs, and the broader ETF landscape.  Christian Magoon, Founder & CEO of Amplify ETFs, spotlights the Amplify Transformational Data Sharing ETF (BLOK) and explains the potential of blockchain technology.  Nate & Conor offer perspective on the recent market declines.

ETF Growth Accelerating   |   February 6th, 2018

Nate & Jason discuss accelerating ETF growth and what, if anything, may shift the tide for mutual funds.  Marc Chaikin, a 50-year Wall Street veteran and Founder of Chaikin Analytics, explains the methodology behind the IQ Chaikin U.S. Large Cap ETF (CLRG) and IQ Chaikin U.S. Small Cap ETF (CSML).

Recapping the World’s Largest ETF Conference   |   January 30th, 2018

Nate & Conor recap the world’s largest ETF conference, Inside ETFs.  Nick Fullerton, Co-Founder & President of SportsETFs, spotlights the index behind the ProSports Sponsors ETF (FANZ) – and offers a bonus Super Bowl prediction.

State Street’s Matt Bartolini on SPY Turning 25   |   January 23rd, 2018

The first U.S.-listed ETF, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), recently turned 25 years old.  Nate & Conor recount the backstory on SPY and Matt Bartolini, Head of SPDR Americas Research at State Street Global Advisors, offers his unique perspective on ETF history.

Marijuana ETFs   |   January 16th, 2018

Nate & Conor discuss the investment opportunities and risks surrounding the marijuana business and marijuana ETFs.  Kris Monaco, Managing Partner at Level ETF Ventures, spotlights the index behind the recently launched ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJX), the first marijuana-focused ETF in the U.S.

Why Are Investors Still Paying High Mutual Fund Fees?   |   January 9th, 2018

Despite high fees and underperformance, investors still have more than $10 trillion placed in active mutual funds.  Nate & Jason explain the reasons why and highlight an example of why switching to lower cost funds may not be as easy as you think.  Maxwell Gold, Director of Investment Strategy at ETF Securities, discusses the current gold market, a bull and bear case for gold in 2018, and bitcoin.

AEI’s Michael Strain on Country’s “Populist Moment”, Impact of Tax Reform   |   January 2nd, 2018

Michael Strain, Director of Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, describes the country’s current “populist moment” and discusses the potential impact of tax reform.  Hal Lambert, Founder & CEO of Point Bridge Capital, spotlights the Point Bridge GOP Stock Tracker ETF (MAGA) and explains the merits of “politically responsible investing”.