As workers retire and look to their retirement savings to make ends meet, balancing risk exposure with steady income generation is important. Investors can turn to a risk-managed income exchange traded fund strategy to help diversify their portfolios.
Vivek Rege, founder and CEO of VR Wealth Advisors, warned that the theoretical rule of becoming more conservative with age is shifting as we consider market-linked risk, Money Control reports.
For example, Deepali Sen, founder of Srujan Financial Services, recommended some equity exposure for her senior citizen clients, coupled with risk-mitigating assets.
“The exact proportion of equity in the portfolio depends on the risk-taking ability, expenses, and also the presence of pension income. First, emergency money is kept aside. Then, funds needed for daily expenses over the next 5-7 years are structured into short and medium-term investments such as money market, short term income, and corporate bond schemes. Requirements which fall beyond the first 7-8 years are catered for through equity-linked investments, mainly equity mutual funds,” Sen told Money Control.
Rege also advised investors to focus on quality to even out risk exposure in an investment portfolio.
“Risks in individual financial products have to be evaluated, and we are willing to settle for a lower yield in favor of options where there is the slightest chance of capital destruction because of portfolio quality or construct. Similarly, we evaluate and research the risks around every startup investing option that some clients bring to the table. We have refused many, purely based on the level of uncertainty involved,” Rege told Money Control.
Alternatively, as retirees look for ways to maintain their retirement accounts through their golden years, they can turn to ETF strategies like the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF (NYSE Arca: NUSI), which seeks to provide current income with a measure of downside protection.
NUSI follows a rules-based options trading strategy that seeks to produce high income using the Nasdaq-100 Index, an index of the 100 largest non-financial stocks on the Nasdaq exchange. The ETF potentially may complement traditional equity and fixed income allocations or function as a possible hedge for investors.
The Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF establishes a collar strategy to generate monthly income. Collar strategies involve holding shares of the underlying stock while at the same time buying protective put options and 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 specified price and on a specified date. A call option gives its owner the right but not the obligation to buy that asset instead.
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