Investors looking for a tactical allocation approach to energy and for yield, have been looking at the Guggenheim Canadian Energy Income Fund (NYSEArca: ENY) recently.  This exchange traded fund (ETF) has experienced strong trading activity.  On Friday, March 11th, the ETF had a spike in trading volume in excess of 2.4 million shares. [Canada ETFs: An Indirect Commodity Play.]

Some of this activity was spurred by higher oil prices, as the fund tracks  a tactical allocation index that allocates between Oil Sands and High Yielding Canadian Energy Equities based upon the price trend of oil.  The 6-month average trading volume is 113,455 and assets are at $185.6M.  How does the index work?

If the current quarter’s oil price is above the four quarter moving average oil price, then oil is deemed to be in a bull phase and the allocation is 70% oil sands and 30% high yielding Canadian energy stocks.  If the oil price is below the moving average, it is deemed to be in a bear phase, with an allocation of 30% oil sands and 70% Canadian energy stocks.  This approach give investor greater exposure to oil while prices are rising and gives higher yields during the declining oil environment.

The allocation is currently in a bull phase with a yield about 2.4% gross.  At the end of the fourth quarter, the yield was 3.06%, which included a bear phase.

Natural resources are no small part of the Canadian economy and this ETF can give you that exposure.

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Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

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