The monthly options premiums also provided a buffer from market volatility and helped hedge traditional investment allocations. The covered-call ETF strategy may act as a decent alternative investment strategy to a traditional equity and fixed-income portfolio, especially in the environment ahead.

“Unlike many fixed income investments, QYLD faces no headwinds from rising interest rates, nor is it susceptible to duration risk,” Kevin R. Kelly, Managing Partner of Recon Capital, said in the press release. “Rather, QYLD seeks to provide investors with a low volatility, non-leveraged, tax-efficient product that pays out a monthly income, instead of making distributions by quarter or on an annual basis. We are proud to round out 2014 – and the first year of QYLD trading — with a 10.4 percent yield for our investors, particularly as the 30 Year Treasury sits below 2.75 percent.”

Recon Capital NASDAQ-100 Covered Call ETF

For more information on the covered call strategy, visit our covered call ETFs category.

Max Chen contributed to this article.

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