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The Case for Cannabis ETFs

original air date:7/9/2019

Start Time:on demand

Duration:60 minutes


Supported by favorable regulatory trends, increasing use cases and growing public acceptance, cannabis is one of the fastest-growing investment themes in 2019. As the global cannabis market is estimated to reach $630 billion by 2040, the time is now to pay attention to players that will shape the industry in the decades ahead.

Please join ETF.com and Innovation Shares as we take a deeper dive into what’s driving investors to this budding industry and how they can participate in its growth.

CE Credits are available for this education session.

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Matt Markiewicz

Managing Director

Innovation Shares

Managing Director
Innovation Shares

Matt runs Innovation Shares, bringing 21 years of financial industry experience to the company, with over 6 years spent at BlackRock as a director within the iShares ETF business. During his tenure at iShares, the firm launched over 150 ETFs. Before BlackRock, Matt had his own consulting venture, which focused on strategic development opportunities for smaller companies in the U.S. energy industry.

Before striking out on his own, he was a managing director & partner at VDM Specialists, a NYSE market-making firm, where he was responsible for corporate client relations and trading research. His Wall Street career started at UBS Warburg, initially in equity research, followed by a role in institutional equity sales covering asset manager and hedge fund clients. Matt has an undergraduate degree from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

Jon Najarian

Professional Investor


Professional Investor

John is a professional investor, globally recognized media analyst as well as a co-founder of Najarian Family Office and Rebellion Partners, a seed-stage private equity fund.

After a stint with the NFL’s Chicago Bears, Jon began his financial career at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange and in 1990 founded Mercury Trading, a market-maker that was sold to hedge-fund giant, Citadel, in 2004. In 2005, Jon and his brother, Pete, co-founded optionMONSTER and tradeMONSTER which were ultimately sold to E*TRADE in 2016.

Jon’s next venture was co-founding Investitute, a world-class website & service dedicated to educating & training investors to become smarter traders. In addition to being a regular on-air contributor to CNBC, Jon is the co-founder of TCB Productions LLC, a production company for television programs and movies.

Lara Crigger

Senior Staff Writer

Lara is responsible for covering breaking news, ETF trends and educational topics. Her beats include marijuana, ESG, cryptocurrency, commodities and more. Before joining ETF.com, Crigger was a freelance financial journalist for 10 years. Previously, she served as an associate editor at Index Universe and as managing editor of Hard Assets Investor.

Dave Nadig

Managing Director

Previously, Dave was director of ETFs at FactSet Research Systems, a position he took when ETF.com divested itself of the ETF data business. Dave returned to ETF.com in November 2016, picking up after first joining the firm in 2008. He has been involved in researching, reporting and analyzing the investment management industry for more than 20 years, and recently co-authored a definitive book on ETFs, “A Comprehensive Guide To Exchange Traded Funds” for the CFA Institute.

As a managing director at Barclays Global Investors, Dave helped design and market some of the first ETFs. With partner Don Luskin, he went on to found MetaMarkets.com, a revolutionary transparent mutual fund company that pushed fund disclosure to the top of the SEC agenda. As co-founder at Cerulli Associates in the early '90s, Dave conducted some of the earliest research on fee-only financial advisors and the rise of indexing. He is widely quoted in the financial press, a regular speaker at finance conferences, and publishes a widely read blog at ETF.com. Dave has an MBA in finance from Boston University.


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