Zombie Companies, The Amazon Effect, and ETFs

Episode #194 | February 18, 2021

Episode #194 | February 18, 2021

Zombie Companies, The Amazon Effect, and ETFs

In This Episode

Bitcoin is back in the news again…

The world’s largest asset manager BlackRock – responsible for over $8 trillion in assets under management as of January 2021 – just announced they’re “dabbling” in Bitcoin due to increased demand from their clients. 

Dan explores what that could mean for Bitcoin’s price long term if others follow suit.

Then on this week’s interview, Dan invites Scott Helfstein onto the show for a conversation about the long-term rise of ETFs and passive investing as popular avenues for retail investors. 

Scott joined ProShares and ProFunds as an executive Director of Thematic Investing in 2020. He is responsible for product development, investment research, business strategy, and external engagement for the company’s expanding lineup of thematic ETFs.

Scott explains how highly specialized ETFs allow retail investors to take advantage of megatrends in the market in ways that were not available to investors in the past.

Scott says he looks at changes in technology, consumer behavior, and demographics in order to identify areas of high growth and develop these ETFs.

Scott and Dan discuss some of the thematic ETFs offered by ProShares that take advantage of trends that are accelerating in high growth areas today… Plus a few useful nuggets about passive investing you may have never heard before.

Listen to their conversation and much more on this week’s episode.