The recent market volatility is spurring a need for investors to allocate their capital strategically. As such, Innovator Capital Management, LLC (Innovator) announced plans to expand its category creating “Defined Outcome ETF suite,” moving to a monthly issuance of Innovator S&P 500 Buffer ETFs, beginning with the June Series anticipated to list on the Cboe, June 3, 2019.
“Based on robust investor demand across our Defined Outcome ETFsm suite, we are moving forward with a monthly issuance of Innovator S&P 500 Buffer ETFs to provide advisors with additional return profiles to choose from, and more opportunities to allocate near the beginning of an outcome period,” said Bruce Bond, CEO of Innovator ETFs. “We believe having a broader range of S&P 500 Buffer ETFs available provides investors much greater flexibility in managing portfolios, be it to lock in gains, obtain new buffer levels to mitigate downside risk, or higher upside caps as prevailing market conditions change over time.”
The Innovator S&P 500 Buffer ETFsmsuite seeks to provide investors with exposure to the S&P 500 Price Return Index (S&P 500) up to a Cap, with downside buffer levels of 9%, 15%, or 30% over an Outcome Period of approximately one year. The ETFs reset annually and can be held indefinitely. Innovator S&P 500 Buffer ETFs, with over $686 million in AUM as of May 14, 2019, are among the fastest growing new category of ETFs in the market today.
“We anticipate the monthly issuance of Innovator S&P 500 Buffer ETFs will provide asset allocators, ETF strategists, and advisors with greater portfolio modeling capabilities,” added John Southard, Innovator’s Chief Investment Officer. “Developing portfolio strategies using Defined Outcome ETFs with built-in downside buffers against loss can be a very powerful differentiator, and this concept is beginning to resonate in the investment community.”
The Innovator Defined Outcome S&P 500 Buffer ETF Suite
- Innovator S&P 500 Buffer ETFs (Cboe: BJUN, BAPR, BJUL, BOCT, BJAN): Designed to track the return of the S&P 500 (up to a predetermined Cap) while buffering investors against the first 9% of losses over the Outcome Period, before fees and expenses.
- Innovator S&P 500 Power Buffer ETFs (Cboe: PJUN, PAPR, PJUL, POCT, PJAN): Designed to track the return of the S&P 500 (up to a predetermined Cap) while buffering investors against the first 15% of losses over the Outcome Period, before fees and expenses.
- Innovator S&P 500 Ultra Buffer ETFs (Cboe: UJUN, UAPR, UJUL, UOCT, UJAN): Designed to track the return of the S&P 500 (up to a predetermined Cap) while buffering investors against a decline of 30% of losses over the Outcome Period, from -5% to -35%, before fees and expenses. Investors are exposed to loss between 0% and 5% and over 35% over the Outcome Period, before fees and expenses.
Each Fund will hold a portfolio of custom exchange-traded FLEX Options that have varying strike prices (the price at which the option purchaser may buy or sell the security, at the expiration date), and the same expiration date (approximately one year). The layering of these FLEX Options with varying strike prices provides the mechanism for producing a Fund’s desired outcome (i.e. Cap or buffer). Each Fund intends to roll options components annually, on the last business day of the month associated with each Fund.
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