These examples have provided refuge in volatile times. Perhaps most importantly, in each week that stocks and bonds both fall, at a minimum one of the three ETFs listed has been positive, suggesting combining uncorrelated strategies makes a lot of sense. Those critical of alternatives, especially ETFs, should bear in mind the benefits of these products in such an environment, and users of alternative mutual funds should consider the benefits of cutting their costs in half (and then some).

The potential for growth in the alternative ETF space is tremendous. However, it will likely take established alternative asset managers to enter the ETF space in order to spark this growth. JP Morgan Asset Management launching a multi-alternative ETF this year is a great sign (it’s already one of the largest in the space). Others will have to grapple with cannibalization of their own higher-margin funds and strategies if they want to move into the space. However, as any true ETF believer will tell you, not launching an ETF is delaying the inevitable!

Grant Engelbart is a Portfolio Manager at CLS Investments, a participant in the ETF Strategist Channel.

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