First Trust, the money manager known for its specialized sector index exchange traded funds, is adding an actively managed commodity strategy later this week.
According to a press release, the First Trust Global Tactical Commodity Strategy Fund (NasdaqGM: FTGC) is expected to begin trading on Wednesday, October 23.
Commodities provide a historically low correlation to traditional asset classes, like stocks and bonds. With an uncorrelated asset, such as commodities, investors can increase diversification and potentially diminish portfolio volatility.
Additionally, commodities provide investors with an inflation hedge as commodity prices typically rise during periods of high inflation.
FTGC tries to generate attractive risk adjusted returns through commodity futures contracts and commodity-linked exchange traded instruments, according to an updated SEC filing.
Specifically, 25% of the holdings will be in futures contracts and exchange traded instruments. The remainder of the fund’s assets will be invested in short-term investment grade fixed-income securities, money market instruments, ETFs and other instrument companies and cash.