Odds & Ends: BlackRock Launches Its First Buffer ETFs

Plus, the likelihood of spot bitcoin ETF approval drops.

Reviewed by: Lisa Barr
Edited by: Lisa Barr

BlackRock Inc. launched its first-ever buffer exchange-traded fund today, hoping to attract investors worried about market downturns.  

Before these launches, there were 118 defined outcome ETFs, another term for buffer ETFs, with $24.6 billion in total assets. Currently the largest is the FT Cboe Vest Fund of Buffer ETF (BUFR) with $1.35 billion in assets.  

Buffer ETFs use derivatives to capture a certain percentage of market gains, meaning that gains are capped after a certain percent, while also absorbing a certain percentage of market losses 

ETF Launches 


  • 2x Bitcoin Strategy ETF (BITX) 
  • Simplify Opportunistic Income ETF (CRDT) 
  • Dimensional California Municipal Bond ETF (DFCA) 


  • MAX Auto Industry -3x Inverse Leveraged ETN (CARD) 
  • MAX Auto Industry 3x Leveraged ETN (CARU) 


  • Avantis All Equity Markets Value ETF (AVGV) 
  • Avantis Moderate Allocation ETF (AVMA) 
  • Avantis All International Markets Equity ETF (AVNM) 
  • Avantis All International Markets Value ETF (AVNV) 
  • iShares iBonds Dec 2033 Term Treasury ETF (IBTO) 
  • Natixis Loomis Sayles Focused Growth ETF (LSGR) 


  • iMGP Berkshire Dividend Growth ETF (BDVG) 
  • iShares Large Cap Deep Buffer ETF (IVVB) 
  • iShares Large Cap Moderate Buffer ETF (IVVM) 

ETF Closures 

Monday: Constrained Capital ESG Orphans ETF (ORFN) 

Wednesday: Senior Secured Credit Opportunities ETF (SECD) 

ETF Changes 


The following ETFs will undergo 2 for 1 splits. The splits will apply to shareholders of record as market close on Aug. 7, 2023, payable after markets close on Aug. 9, 2023. The ETFs will begin trading at their post-split price on Aug. 10, 2023. 

The FolioBeyond Rising Rates ETF (RISR) changed its name to the FolioBeyond Alternative Income Interest Rate Hedge ETF. 

The Invesco 1-30 Laddered Treasury ETF (PLW) changed its expense ratio from 0.25% to 0.15% 


The FIS Biblically Responsible Risk Managed ETF (PRAY) changed its name to the FIS Christian Stock Fund. 


The following ETFs changed their expense ratios: 


The following ETFs changed their names: 

The following ETFs changed their expense ratios: 


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Gabe Alpert is a former data reporter at etf.com with over seven years’ experience in financial journalism. He also previously contributed reporting and analysis to Barron’s Magazine, Investopedia and other publications.