Reality Shares to Launch China ETF

Reality Shares Nasdaq NexGen Economy China ETF, will focus on Chinese companies committed to “developing, researching, supporting, or utilizing blockchain.”
21 June 2018   618

Asset management company Reality Shares launched the world's first ETF, the basket of which consists of Chinese blockbuster companies. The firm said that its goal is to "“democratize the world’s best investing ideas". This is reported by CCN.

Reality Shares Nasdaq NexGen Economy China ETF (Nasdaq: BCNA) will focus on Chinese companies engaged in "development, research, support or use of blockchain." Companies will be evaluated in accordance with several key factors, including their role in the ecosystem of the detachment, the stage of product development, etc. Reality Shares argues that its methodology is based on a number of quantitative factors and is designed to "identify and evaluate the most highly rated companies" in the space of the blockbuster.

BCNA includes 31 components and will undergo changes to the basket on a semi-annual basis. CEO of Reality Shares Erik Erwin said that this approach will allow investors to freely access the blockchain companies in China. He also noted that the Asian country "is rapidly becoming the global epicenter of blockchain innovations," and the blockchain industry "provides incredibly exciting and long-term investment opportunities."

The company expects that its new investment fund will be able to demonstrate impressive performance due to the growth of the blockbuster industry in China. It notes that this market has several characteristics that may be attractive to investors, namely "the historical lack of correlation with the US market, the size of the securities market and strong credit quality." In addition, in 2017, Chinese companies were the leader in the number of issued patents in the field of blockchain.

Samsung to Invest $2.9M in Ledger

The fact of a round of investments was confirmed by a spokesman for Ledger, but he did not disclose details
25 April 2019   27

The developer of hardware wallets Ledger attracted 2.6 million euros ($ 2.9 million) from the South Korean conglomerate Samsung. The company's investment valuation reached $ 290 million, according to the French edition of Capital.

Thus, the very fact of a round of investments was confirmed by a spokesman for Ledger, but he did not disclose details. Co-founder Eric Larchevêque, who had recently transfered power to the new CEO Pascal Gauthier, also did not shed light on the details of the transaction.

Larchevêque himself will focus on the company's strategy, cooperation with regulators and legal compliance as the executive chairman.

Ledger raised $ 7 million in a round of financing for Series A in early 2017, which was headed by MAIF Avenir, a division of large French insurance company with the support of Xange, Wicklow Capital, GDTRE, Libertus Capital, Digital Currency Group, The Whittemore Collection, Kima Ventures, BHB Network and Nicolas Pinto as an individual investor.

At the beginning of 2018, a round of financing for Series B took place, within which the hardware wallets maker raised $ 75 million. The round was led by Draper Esprit, the other participants were Draper Venture Network, FirstMark Capital, Cathay Innovation and Korelya Capital.