Blockchain ETFs

Blockchain ETFs offer indirect exposure to the macroeconomic impacts of blockchain technology, also known as distributed ledger technology, or DLT. These ETFs invest in the stocks of public companies that develop or use blockchain technology.

Each ETF has its own strategy for deciding which stocks to own. Some ETFs invest only in the stocks of companies that are developing DLT. Others invest in companies that are using DLT to support and grow their businesses. Still others invest in both types of companies. In most cases, the stocks owned by these ETFs represent companies for which DLT might represent only a small part of their business.

Because ETFs are limited to invested in the stocks of publicly traded companies, they may miss the investment gains that these companies experience during their pre-IPO stages.

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iShares Exponential Technologies ETF (XT) seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of developed and emerging market companies that create or use exponential technologies. Investors gain access to global companies with significant exposure to technologies that displace older technologies and create new markets. The fund’s index, created by Morningstar, is comprised of 200 stocks, equal-weighted and reconstituted annually. It features global stocks of technology producers and users across nine technology themes.

Ark Invest

ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) gives investors access to ‘‘disruptive innovation,’’ defined as introducing a technologically enabled product or service that potentially changes the way the world works. ARKK is an actively managed ETF seeking long-term capital growth via equities investments.


Siren Nasdaq NexGen Economy ETF (BLCN) tracks the Reality Shares Nasdaq Blockchain Economy Index of large-cap companies that develop, research, support, innovate and use blockchain tech. The index selection committee favors pure-play blockchain.


Amplify Transformational Data Sharing ETF (BLOK) invests in stocks of companies actively developing or using blockchain technologies.

First Trust Indxx Innovative Transaction & Process ETF (LEGR)
Hashdex Nasdaq Crypto Index ETF (HDEX.BH)
Invesco Elwood Global Blockchain UCITS ETF (BCHN)

Capital Link Global Fintech Leaders ETF (NYSE Arca: KOIN)
Reality Shares Nasdaq NexGen Economy China ETF (BCNA)
VanEck Digital Transformation ETF (DAPP)

Notable ETF Issuers

Charles Schwab Corporation
Franklin Templeton Investments (LibertyShares ETFs)
Guggenheim Partners
State Street Global Advisors SPDRs (16% market share)
The Vanguard Group (25% market share)

BlackRock iShares (39% market share)
Deutsche Bank (Xtrackers / PowerShares)
Global X Funds
Invesco (PowerShares ETFs)
Van Eck Global (Market Vectors ETFs)
WisdomTree Investments

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