Many of the heavily growth-oriented companies in the U.S. are making large reductions in 2023 to weather the predicted economic challenges this year and position for recovery on the other side of the economic downturn. For advisors looking to take the guesswork out of timing exposure to the space or looking to reduce the volatility of their current exposure, the Nationwide Nasdaq-100® Risk-Managed Income ETF (NUSI) that seeks high monthly income, is worth consideration, particularly given its volatility mitigation in 2022.
Few indexes underperformed quite like the Nasdaq Composite in 2022, an Index composed primarily of the tech giants and home to the heaviest growth-oriented companies. Many of these companies, like Microsoft, Alphabet, Meta, and Amazon, have announced substantial layoffs to begin the year in historic cuts for the sector.
“None of these companies obviously are on the brink of disappearance, but I do think they are doing what they can to prepare what might be to come — expecting some of their customers to pull back in spending,” Carolina Milanesi, a consumer tech analyst for Creative Strategies, told NPR.
The tech industry has been a large driver of economic growth within the U.S. in the last decade and is likely to play an outsized role in its recovery. Having exposure to the space through a risk-management lens that seeks to reduce volatility can take the guesswork out of timing recovery while also potentially offering lower volatility than the underlying index.
NUSI Offered Volatility Reduction Within the Nasdaq in 2022
As volatility continues, seeking income has become a more challenging task for advisors, particularly for retirement clients. A strategy for advisors looking for investment opportunities for their retirement clients is NUSI, which seeks current income while offering downside protection.
NUSI is an actively managed ETF that follows a rules-based options trading strategy that seeks to generate high current income every month and invests in stocks included in the Nasdaq-100® Index. The Nasdaq-100® Index consists of 100 of the largest non-finance securities that trade on the Nasdaq exchange and is a rules-based, market capitalization-weighted index.
The fund utilizes an options collar in seeking to generate monthly income; a collar strategy is a strategy that entails holding shares of underlying security while simultaneously buying protective put options as well as writing calls for the same security. A put option gives its owner the right but not the obligation to sell the underlying asset at a specific price on a specific day. In contrast, a call option gives its owner the right but not the obligation to buy the asset instead.
The options collar is intended to reduce the fund’s volatility and provide a measure of downside protection.
The Nasdaq-100® Index was an index that experienced pronounced volatility in 2022. For reference purposes, the Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ), which seeks to track the Nasdaq-100, had a beta of 1.167 in 2022. Beta is a measurement of volatility compared to the broader market and an indicator of systematic risk. A beta of 1 is correlated to the market, where a measurement above indicates higher volatility, and measurements below one indicate reduced volatility.
In 2022, NUSI had a beta of just 0.609, significantly below its benchmark according to Y-charts data.
2023 looks to be another challenging year for equities and growth-oriented companies, and a fund like NUSI that seeks to offer downside protection while also generating monthly income within the high growth exposures that many advisors have come to appreciate in the last decade could be worth consideration.
The fund carries an expense ratio of 0.68%.
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