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Horizons ETF Management is expanding its horizon after the money manager entered into an agreement to acquire Recon Capital Advisors and its line of exchange traded funds.

The members of Recon Capital Advisors will join Horizons USA and the four Recon Capital ETFs will be managed by Horizons USA, according to a press release.

“We are very excited to have the Recon Capital team join Horizons ETFs,” Taeyong Lee, President and Global Head of Mirae Asset Global Investment’s ETF Business, said in a press release. “They have proven expertise in the U.S. ETF market and have extensive insights on how to manage and grow the business in the U.S. As we manage approximately US$11.8 billion in assets under our global ETF business, this new team will be crucial in helping lead the US expansion and contribute to the strong momentum in the growth of our global ETF business.”

While Horizon has a number of globally listed ETFs, the fund manager previously only had one U.S.-listed ETF, the Horizons S&P 500 Covered Call ETF (NYSEArca: HSPX), which takes a covered call strategy on the S&P 500.

With the Recon Capital Advisors acquisition, Horizon will now operate the Recon Capital DAX Germany ETF (NasdaqGM: DAX), Recon Capital NASDAQ-100 Covered Call ETF (NasdaqGM: QYLD), Recon Capital USA Managed Risk ETF (NYSEArca: USMR) and BullMark LatAm Select Leaders ETF (NasdaqGM: BMLA).

DAX tracks the DAX Index, which is comprised of major German companies trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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QYLD employs a covered call or buywrite strategy by writing call options on the Nasdaq-100 Index.

USMR follows a rules-based methodology that weights securities to minimize the portfolio variance compared to the parent STOXX USA 900 USD Index.

BMLA is a high-quality dividend paying stock ETF that focuses on emerging Latin American companies.

Looking ahead, Horizons plans on expanding its ETF lineup with three additional managed risk strategies, which are expected to hit the markets in the first quarter of 2017.

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