ETF Industry’s Tower Of Babel

“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.”
                                                                      
—William Butler Yeats

When I was first interviewed in 2011 for a job at what was then IndexUniverse.com, now ETF.com, I was struck by the alphabet soup of headlines that seemed to flood the site and every other ETF website I was researching.

Sure, “ETF” is going to be necessary and ubiquitous on an ETF website, but that was the tip of the acronymical iceberg headed my way. There was a bevy of other acronyms sprinkled about as if they were common knowledge: ETN, AP (not the

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How Israel and the Arab World Are Making Peace Without a Peace Deal

Without much fanfare or notice, the first known commercial aircraft from the United Arab Emirates recently landed at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport. It was carrying Covid-19 supplies for the Palestinian Authority, which, out of pique, rejected them.

As unprecedented as the flight was, it really shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise. For the past five years, contacts between Israel and the Gulf states—especially Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain—have been booming. The examples of what amounts to a Great Thaw in an otherwise frozen political landscape are plentiful:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, together with his wife and the

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Conte’s Popularity Sparks Speculation on Grabbing Party Role

(Bloomberg) — The popularity of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has triggered speculation he might become leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, with an opinion poll suggesting he could turn the party into Italy’s leading force.

Conte, a Florentine lawyer, was picked by Five Star to become premier in 2018 but still has no party membership. He has since shown surprising resilience in surviving an attempted power grab by Matteo Salvini of the anti-migrant League last year, forging a second coalition, and managing the coronavirus emergency.

Yet Conte’s personal support is fueling tensions within his administration, led by Five Star

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EMpower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders 2020

The killing of George Floyd, and police brutality against the black community more broadly, has forced the world to no longer be a bystander to racial injustice. In fact, it has galvanised the drive to confront racism and how it permeates in all parts of life.

Now, more than ever, giving a platform and space to voices from marginalised communities, and visibility to their leaders, are fundamentally important to driving change.

The EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders lists celebrates inspirational people of colour who are not senior in their organisations but are making a significant contribution to ethnic minority … Read more

Epic Records Promotes Brian Wilson to CFO

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Epic Records has promoted Brian Wilson to chief financial officer and senior vice president, the company announced today. Reporting to chair­­­woman and CEO Sylvia Rhone, Wilson’s new role includes oversight of all finances for the label and release planning. In addition, he’ll continue to spearhead budgeting for the roster, which includes Camila Cabello, DJ Khaled, Future, Meghan Trainor, Travis Scott and 21 Savage, among others.

The New York-based Wilson has spent eight years at Epic, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment, most recently serving as vice president, finance, since 2014. Prior to his

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