VERS ETF is designed to capture the evolving metaverse investment opportunity across a range of technology-focused industries
Bethesda, MD – [March 17, 2022] – ProShares, a premier provider of ETFs, today launched a Metaverse ETF (VERS). VERS is designed to give investors access to leading companies shaping the next frontier of digital interactions.
“The metaverse may be as impactful on society as the arrival of the internet or the mobile phone, and the investment opportunity has the potential to be just as compelling,” said Michael L. Sapir, ProShares Founder and CEO. “VERS provides investors with a diversified basket of innovative companies that are positioned to potentially benefit from the metaverse’s rapid rise.”
ProShares’ VERS ETF tracks the Solactive Metaverse Theme Index, which relies on state-of-the-art algorithms designed to capture the metaverse investment opportunity as it evolves. The index tracks 40 companies spanning a broad range of industries – from device makers to data processers, as well as social media, gaming, and other platforms that facilitate digital interaction. These companies are placing significant stakes in this virtual ground with the hope that its development represents the next phase of the internet.
“The metaverse has the potential to revolutionize a range of industries,” said Scott Helfstein, executive director, thematic investing at ProShares. “In the not-too-distant future, anything from a work meeting to time with family could take place in the metaverse, and VERS provides investors an easy way to access the potential growth.”
ProShares launched the first bitcoin-linked ETF (BITO) in 2021, building on the firm’s long history of product innovation. VERS is the latest addition to ProShares’ growing lineup of thematic funds, which make it easy to invest in long-term, transformational trends such as the increasing influence of e-commerce, on-demand services, big data, and nanotechnology.
ProShares has been at the forefront of the ETF revolution since 2006. ProShares now offers one of the largest lineups of ETFs, with more than $60 billion in assets. The company is a leader in strategies such as dividend growth, interest rate hedged bond, thematics and geared (leveraged and inverse) ETF investing. ProShares continues to innovate with products that provide strategic and tactical opportunities for investors to manage risk and enhance returns.