The metaverse is a term that is being used to describe a growing collection of existing and future technologies that allow people to engage with the digital world. From virtual reality real estate to cryptocurrencies fueling digital economies, the metaverse is a theme that captures emerging sectors that are driving the future forward. Steve Hawkins, President & CEO of Horizons ETFs joins Mark Noble, Horizons ETFs’ Executive Vice President of ETF Strategy to discuss what the metaverse is today and what it could be tomorrow, the investment opportunity in the years ahead and the best ways to get exposure to the companies making it possible. (Transcript)
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Executive Vice-President, ETF Strategy, Horizons ETFsMark Noble is Executive Vice-President, ETF Strategy for Horizons ETFs. Mr. Noble has been with Horizons ETFs since 2010 and is responsible for the communication of its sales strategy. Mr. Noble works with Horizons ETFs’ sales and marketing teams to build out client education tools and initiatives that help Canadians become better ETF investors. Prior to working at Horizons ETFs, Mr. Noble was a personal finance journalist at the Advisor Group, a leading financial services publication that serves the Canadian financial advisor market.
President and CEO, Horizons ETFsSteve Hawkins is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizons ETFs (a member of the Mirae Asset Global Investments Group), where he is responsible for the day-to-day business and affairs of the firm. With more than 30 years of experience in the investment industry, Mr. Hawkins has been with Horizons ETFs for more than 12 years including as its CIO, prior to becoming CEO in 2015. Mr. Hawkins is partly responsible for the proliferation of ETFs in Canada, bringing many first-of-their-kind ETFs to market. He spearheaded the launch of the first family of actively managed ETFs in Canada, the world’s first marijuana ETF and the world’s first global equity ETF driven by artificial intelligence. As an innovative ETF and capital markets thought leader, he is frequently quoted in the news media, appears regularly on business television and is a globally sought-after speaker for his expertise on his three favourite topics: ETFs, derivatives and cannabis. He was recognized as CEO of the Year at the 2018 Wealth Professional Awards and is a past Chair of the Canadian ETF Association. Mr. Hawkins studied mathematics and philosophy at the University of Toronto and holds a Derivative Market Specialist (DMS) designation.