- ETC Group Global Metaverse UCITS ETF (ticker: METR) will list on the London Stock Exchange on the 17th March 2022
- METR provides exposure to the growth of the Metaverse, using the Solactive ETC Group Global Metaverse Index (Net Total Return)
- METR has been created by ETC Group and HANetf, the team behind many of Europe’s leading crypto and blockchain exchange-traded products
ETC Group and HANetf have announced the launch today through their partnership of ETC Group Global Metaverse UCITS ETF (ticker: METR). The new Metaverse ETF will list on the London Stock Exchange on the 17th March 2022 and will be passported for sale across Europe, making it Europe’s first metaverse ETF.
METR provides European investors access to this wide-scale and long-term investment opportunity megatrend. The ETF will track the Solactive ETC Group Global Metaverse Index. Solactive is a cutting-edge index provider that uses leading alternative data and methods such as Artificial Intelligence and state-of-the-art calculation engines to develop custom indexes.
While still in its infancy, the Metaverse has already attracted billions of dollars of investment, with the potential of $8.3 trillion total consumer expenditure in the US alone and a potential market size of $12 trillion globally – according to banks, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. METR will provide pure-play exposure to the Metaverse industry, composed of companies active in VR/AR, 3D graphics, semiconductors, high-speed wireless communications, online gaming, video streaming, blockchain technologies including NFTs and digital land, and connected cloud, file, and data storage.
This is the second thematic UCITS ETF from the ETC Group in collaboration with HANetf, following the ETC Group Digital Assets & Blockchain Equity UCITS ETF (ticker: KOIN). This ETF provides pure-play exposure to digital assets and blockchain ecosystem companies such as cryptocurrency miners and cryptocurrency trading and exchanges. ETC Group and HANetf have also previously worked together to launch 100% physically backed cryptocurrency exchange-traded products (ETCs) to Europe’s major exchanges.
Bradley Duke, Founder and Co-CEO of ETC Group said: “The Metaverse has been hard for investors to avoid. It has gone from an obscure, theoretical idea to being variously described as everything from the evolution of virtual reality to the next iteration of the internet. Our ETF will allow investors to gain exposure to this exciting investment opportunity.”
Hector McNeil, co-CEO and co-Founder of HANetf commented: “We are proud to have worked with ETC Group to provide another European market first, this time in the form of a Metaverse ETF. As Europe’s most extensive thematic ETF issuer, this is an exciting fund to add to our roster. Our partnership with ETC Group has had a great track record so far, with the launch of the Digital Assets & Blockchain Equity UCITS ETF and some of Europe’s most liquid and most successful crypto physically backed ETCs.”
Timo Pfeiffer, Chief Markets Officer at Solactive, stated: “Progressing technology and rising computation power are reshaping our daily lives. We are starting to see unimaginable worlds in virtual spaces, and the Metaverse is the next stage of this landscape. With our spirit of innovation, we aim at delivering the latest trends in investing to our clients and we are happy that ETC Group and HANetf share this mindset with us and launched such a cutting-edge product.”