After years of relatively low inflation and high market returns, inflation is now a growing concern among investors saving for retirement. Both experts and retirees believe that at least modest inflation is here to stay. A recent survey by Global Atlantic Financial Group revealed that 61% of retirement-age investors believe that low-interest rates and rising inflation will make it more difficult to create an income stream that will last for their entire retirement.
Meanwhile, Morningstar’s director of personal finance, Christine Benz, recently wrote that retirees might have to be more conservative with their in-retirement withdrawals than previously estimated to ensure that a spike in inflation won’t jeopardize their portfolio’s ability to last over their retirement time horizon. U.S. News & World Report quotes certified financial planner and managing partner at Evans May Wealth Brooke May as saying: “We do think modest inflation is here for a prolonged period.”
Investors looking to generate income while protecting their portfolios against inflation may want to consider the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF (NYSEArca: NUSI). The actively managed NUSI is an income-generating play on the Nasdaq-100 Index (ticker: NDX), a benchmark of the 100 largest, highest-volume U.S companies listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange.
NUSI employs two options strategies: selling covered calls and buying protective puts. A covered call, also known as “buy-write,” is an options transaction in which an investor sells options contracts equivalent to the amount of the underlying security that they own. For example, an investor looking to generate income from a 500-share position in a specific company could sell up to five calls since each options contract represents 100 shares of the underlying security. Covered calls are income-generating tools that can be important for investors looking to guard portfolios against income erosion caused by inflation.
In addition, NUSI seeks to provide a measure of downside protection using _protective puts. This options strategy involves purchasing long puts on an underlying asset in which the investor holds a long position; in this case, NDX. This is a strategy commonly used by traders looking to hold long positions in a particular asset while seeking to mitigate against possible downside in that security.
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