COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — At a time when interest rates are pervasively near historic lows and income investors are concerned about heightened market uncertainty, the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF (TRADING SYMBOL: NUSI) has surpassed the $100 million mark of assets under management by serving the needs of investors seeking income with a measure of downside protection since its inception on Dec. 19, 2019.
“We recognized the challenges income investors face when seeking to generate high current income in today’s market,” said Mike Spangler, senior vice president of Nationwide’s Investment Management Group. “Income from the asset classes that investors have traditionally turned to has decreased with interest rates, and those still offering higher current income have heightened exposure to principal risk. We believed the market was ready for an innovative approach when we partnered with Harvest Volatility Management to launch NUSI. It’s exciting to surpass $100 million just seven months after launch.”
The Fund seeks to generate investment income and provide a measure of downside protection through an innovative approach to traditional income investing by deploying an options strategy called a protective net-credit collar. This strategy is established by combining a covered call, where it sells an upside call option, and a protective put, where it uses a portion of the proceeds received to fully finance the purchase of a downside put option.
“We’re excited that partnering with Nationwide to offer an income solution has had such a strong reception and think it’s because of NUSI’s benefits that make it a timely addition to income-generating alternatives available to investor’s today,” said Jonathan Molchan, Harvest Managing Director and Lead Portfolio Manager for NUSI. “Given current market conditions, systematic, rules-based options strategies seek to navigate not only the here and now, but to also deliver income and risk mitigation outcomes inherent to successful retirement planning.”
Fundamentally designed with income-generation in mind, the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF potentially offers several benefits that may address the yield enhancement and volatility management needs of investors, including:
- High monthly income generation
- Portfolio volatility reduction
- Reduced duration risk and interest rate sensitivity
- Capital appreciation from equity participation
- Downside risk mitigation
The Fund is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and has an expense ratio of 0.68%.
Investors interested in learning more about the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF should contact their financial professional or visit the website. Financial professionals interested in learning more about Nationwide ETFs can call 1- 877-893-1830.
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Founded in 2008, Harvest Volatility Management (“Harvest”) is a leading options and volatility risk management-focused investment firm that offers a robust suite of actively-managed options-based strategies that span yield enhancement overlays, risk reduction, alternative beta, and absolute return investment solutions. Led by investment professionals with decades of experience in advising, structuring and managing option-related strategies, Harvest is an accomplished provider of derivative trading strategies, as well as risk management solutions designed to enhance yield and reduce asset class risk exposure.
This material is not a recommendation to buy, sell, hold or roll over any asset, adopt an investment strategy, retain a specific investment manager or use a particular account type. It does not take into account the specific investment objectives, tax and financial condition, or particular needs of any specific person. Investors should work with their financial professional to discuss their specific situation.
Call 800-617-0004 to request a summary prospectus and/or a prospectus, or download prospectuses at etf.nationwide.com. These prospectuses outline investment objectives, risks, fees, charges and expenses, and other information that you should read and consider carefully before investing.
Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. Shares of any ETF are bought and sold at market price (not NAV), may trade at a discount or premium to NAV and are not individually redeemed from the Fund. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns. The Fund’s return may not match or achieve a high degree of correlation with the return of the underlying index.
Beta is a measure of price variability relative to the market.
KEY RISKS: The Fund is subject to the risks of investing in equity securities, including tracking stock (a class of common stock that “tracks” the performance of a unit or division within a larger company). A tracking stock’s value may decline even if the larger company’s stock increases in value. The Fund is subject to the risks of investing in foreign securities (currency fluctuations, political risks, differences in accounting and limited availability of information, all of which are magnified in emerging markets). The Fund may invest in more-aggressive investments such as derivatives (which create investment leverage and illiquidity and are highly volatile). The Fund employs a collared options strategy (using call and put options is speculative and can lead to losses because of adverse movements in the price or value of the reference asset). The success of the Fund’s investment strategy may depend on the effectiveness of the subadviser’s quantitative tools for screening securities and on data provided by third parties. The Fund expects to invest a portion of its assets to replicate the holdings of an index. Correlation between Fund performance and index performance may be affected by Fund expenses and because the Fund may not be invested fully in the securities of the index or may hold securities not included in the index. The Fund frequently may buy and sell portfolio securities and other assets to rebalance its exposure to various market sectors. Higher portfolio turnover may result in higher levels of transaction costs paid by the Fund and greater tax liabilities for shareholders. The Fund may concentrate on specific sectors or industries, subjecting it to greater volatility than that of other ETFs. The Fund may hold large positions in a small number of securities, and an increase or decrease in the value of such securities may have a disproportionate impact on the Fund’s value and total return. Although the Fund intends to invest in a variety of securities and instruments, the Fund will be considered nondiversified. Additional Fund risk includes: Collared options strategy risk, correlation risk, derivatives risk, foreign investment risk, and industry concentration risk.
Nasdaq-100 Index: An unmanaged, market capitalization-weighted index of the 100 largest, most actively traded U.S companies listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. The Index includes companies from various industries except for the financial industry, like commercial and investment banks. These non-financial sectors include retail, biotechnology, industrial, technology, health care, and others.
A call option is a financial contract that give the option buyer the right, but not the obligation, to buy a stock, bond, commodity other asset or instrument at a specified price within a specific time period.
A put option is a contract giving the owner the right, but not the obligation, to sell a specified amount of an underlying security at a pre-determined price within a specified time frame.
Duration is a measure of the sensitivity of the price of a bond or other debt instrument to a change in interest rates.
Nationwide Fund Advisors (NFA) is the registered investment advisor to Nationwide ETFs, which are distributed by Quasar Distributors LLC. Nationwide Funds distributed by Nationwide Fund Distributors LLC (NFD), member FINRA, Columbus, OH. NFD is not affiliated with any subadviser contracted by Nationwide Fund Advisors (NFA), with the exception of Nationwide Asset Management, LLC (NWAM). Nationwide Investment Services Corporation (NISC), member FINRA.
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