Why Bitcoin Isn’t Gold 2.0

Juan Carlos Artigas is director of investment research at the World Gold Council. He authors many of the gold research reports published by the WGC and is an expert on the factors affecting the price of the yellow metal. Artigas argues that gold is a unique asset with characteristics not found in any other asset, including bitcoin specifically and cryptocurrencies more broadly. ETF.com recently spoke up with Artigas to get his views on the bitcoin versus gold debate. (For the flip side of this gold coin debate, read: “‘Drop Gold…

‘Drop Gold For Bitcoin’ | ETF.com

Michael Sonnenshein is managing director at Grayscale Investments, the world’s largest digital currency asset manager and the firm behind the $1.2 billion Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), which is an open-ended trust fund. GBTC currently holds just over 1.2% of the outstanding bitcoin supply. ETF.com recently spoke to Sonnenshein to discuss Grayscale’s push to get investors to drop gold in favor of bitcoin. ETF.com: Tell me about this #DropGold campaign you recently started. Michael Sonnenshein: #DropGold is an idea that came to be sometime last year. We’ve long looked at the overlapping…

India ETFs Will React To Election

Gaurav Sinha is an asset allocation strategist at WisdomTree, an ETF issuer with nearly $40 billion in assets under management. He writes frequently about emerging markets, and India in particular. ETF.com recently spoke with him about the ongoing elections in that country—what Sinha calls the largest and most expensive democratic exercise in the world—and what they mean for India stocks and ETFs. ETF.com: India is in the midst of countrywide elections. Would you fill us in with what’s going on? Gaurav Sinha: Not many people realize how complicated elections in…

One Health Care ETF Stands Above All

Fears about “Medicare for all” and politics in general have weighed on health care stocks this year. The group, as measured by the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV), is the worst-performing sector within the U.S. stock market in 2019—by far. Through the close of trading on April 30, XLV was up a relatively meager 3.5%, well behind the 18.2% year-to-date return for the S&P 500. But as health care as a whole has lagged the market, one health care ETF has bucked the trend in a big way.…

Oil ETFs Surging This Year On Big Rally

Stocks have been getting all the headlines this year, and rightfully so. The S&P 500’s best start to a year in two decades is certainly worthy of attention. But lost in the commotion about stocks is another key asset—oil—which is also seeing its best start to a year in a long time. WTI crude oil prices (the U.S. benchmark) surged 32.4% during the first quarter, good enough for the best Q1 since 2002—and the rally hasn’t let up. As of April 9, crude oil increased its year-to-date gains to 41.2%…