The information technology sector has been a star performer for much of the year. However, concerns are growing that the momentum could lose steam if rate hikes continue this year. Advisors seeking to make the most of their tech exposures with an eye toward volatility should consider the Nationwide Nasdaq-100® Risk-Managed Income ETF (NUSI).
Weekly jobless claims at the beginning of September revealed the labor market remains resilient. Less jobless claims alongside reports of second-quarter gains in labor costs led to investor concerns that Fed rate hikes may continue this year.
“People were hoping the Fed would be on hold for the rest of the year, but it’s possible that we got one or two more rate hikes to come,” Chris Zaccarelli, CIO at Independent Advisor Alliance, told CNBC.
The major tech stocks known as the “Magnificent 7” have been on the decline since summer peaks, except Alphabet. Alphabet hit a 12-month high on August 31, while the rest peaked earlier. Tesla remains the other outlier, reaching a 52-week high on September 21, 2022, with declines ever since.
Tech remains alluring, however, despite the threat of more rate hikes. For those investors wanting to make the most out of income potential in the sector while also seeking volatility mitigation, the Nationwide Nasdaq-100® Risk-Managed Income ETF (NUSI) is worth consideration.
Seeking Income and Mitigating Volatility in Tech
As of August 31, 2023, the Fund had a distribution yield of 7.80% and a 30-day SEC yield over the same period of 0.20%. Distribution yield is calculated using the Fund’s most recent distribution (annualized) and dividing that by the Fund’s most recent NAV.
NUSI is an actively managed fund that follows a proprietary, systematic, rules-based options trading model. It seeks to generate high current monthly income and utilizes a replication strategy to invest in stocks included in the Nasdaq-100® Index. The Nasdaq-100® Index consists of 100 of the largest non-finance securities traded on the Nasdaq exchange. The Index follows a rules-based, market-capitalization-weighted strategy.
NUSI utilizes a collar strategy to seek to provide monthly income. The strategy also seeks to reduce volatility and offer a measure of downside protection. A collar strategy entails holding shares of underlying securities. At the same time, the strategy buys protective put options and writes calls for the same security.
A put option gives its owner the right but not the obligation to sell the underlying asset at a strike price on a set day until the expiration of the call. In contrast, a call option gives its owner the right but not the obligation to buy the asset at the strike price until expiration.
The options collar intends to reduce the Fund’s volatility and provide a measure of downside protection. It also seeks to hedge via the protective puts while generating income from the premiums earned from selling covered calls. Options that the Fund buys and sells generally expire one month from when they were purchased or sold. Options are also rolled the day before expiration on the third Friday of each month.
NUSI has an expense ratio of 0.68%.
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