One last point of differentiation is FDRR’s ability to invest up to 10% of the portfolio in international developed securities. As of today, FDRR has an approximate 5-6% position outside of the US, and this exposure is not concentrated in one country nor specific sector.

A question that could arise is how these factors (both the rate correlation and sector neutrality) affect FDRR’s ability to pay out. The following is a comparison of the dividend yield on the underlying constituents of these same dividend names (note: using the dividend yield on the underlying versus the ETF itself since FDRR has not paid a dividend yet):

Another question that may arise is “Does the rate protection actually work?” While Fidelity has data available to speak to this, the issue is the market has not seen a meaningful period of rising 10-year yields since the late 1980’s.

While there have been pockets of rate spikes here and there, the most sustained period of rising rates has been from May 2003 to June 2007, in which the 10 year slowly climbed about 160bps from 3.4% to 5%. Since the underlying index for FDRR started in the midst of this move (end of 2005), there is not really a great sustained rising rate period to measure FDRR’s effectiveness. While the relative performance during the short spikes may give a glimpse into the differentials, for now the market may have to believe in the theory and rationale versus seeing the raw data in action.

Clayton Fresk is a Portfolio Manager at Stadion Money Management, a participant in the ETF Strategist Channel.

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