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Traditional open-end mutual fund provider Northern Lights is stepping into the exchange traded fund arena under the QuantX suite and rolled out five smart index-based strategies advised by Blue Sky Asset Management.

On Thursday, Northern Lights added the QuantX Risk Managed Multi-Asset Income ETF (BATS: QXMI), QuantX Risk Managed Multi-Asset Total Return ETF (BATS: QXTR), QuantX Risk Managed Real Return ETF (BATS: QXRR), QuantX Risk Managed Growth ETF (BATS: QXGG) and QuantX Dynamic Beta US Equity ETF (BATS: XUSA).

QXMI has a 0.79% expense ratio. QXTR has a 1.25% expense ratio. QXRR and QXGG have a 0.95% expense ratio. XUSA has a 0.59% expense ratio.

The five ETFs will incorporate various proprietary strategies from Blue Sky Asset Management, which were originally developed over the past several years and previously only available to investors in a separate account.

“Investors don’t have an infinite time horizon, which is one of the main reasons we find traditional modern portfolio theory-based approaches to be sub-optimal,” David Varadi, a Partner and Director of Research at Blue Sky, said in a note. “Our dynamic, quantitative approach provides for a more rapid response to changing markets, while filtering out the emotions that can have a negative impact on decision-making. We have built this intellectual property into the indexes underlying the QuantX ETFs.”

Specifically, XUSA will follow a type of dynamic beta strategy while QXMI, QXGG, QXRR and QXTR will take a risk-managed approach.

The Dynamic Beta US Equity ETF selects large- and mid-cap stocks taken from the Russell 1000 but includes a screening process designed to increase exposure to those that have the highest estimated upside volatility relative to downside volatility.

“With XUSA, investors are able to capture key asymmetries in the US equity market, by identifying opportunities for upside participation and lowering downside risk,” Varadi said.

The “Risk Managed” ETF line will incorporate Blue Sky’s “Dynamic Asset Allocation” to provide exposure to key asset classes while optimizing cash and fixed income holdings to manage downside risk. Consequently, the underlying indices have the ability to move their entire portfolios to cash or fixed income instruments to diminish downside risk.

QXMI may include domestic and international treasury bonds; corporate and high-yield bonds; dividend-paying utilities, common stock and preferred stock; real assets like real estate investment trusts, master limited partnerships royal trusts; and option income from option-selling strategies or selling volatility that either sell uncovered put options or employ covered call writing strategies.

QXTR includes other investment companies, limited or master limited partnerships, and real estate investment trusts that invest in foreign and domestic equity securities, real estate, commodities, corporate bonds and high-yield bonds pursuant to a proprietary selection methodology that is designed to increase exposure to the best performing markets.

QXRR includes real assets, or asset classes that are positively correlated to traditional measures of inflation like real estate and commodities, as well as certain inflation-hedged fixed income securities such as Treasury-Inflation-Protected Securities and equity securities.

Lastly, QXGG invests in foreign and domestic equity securities of any market capitalization pursuant to a proprietary selection methodology that is designed to increase exposure to the best performing markets.

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CORRECTION: Updated XUSA’s fees.