Markets continue to notch weekly losses as volatility continues, driven by concerns around rising interest rates and persistent inflation.

The jobs report, while appearing to be stabilizing, still came in hotter than expected by economists, and will be yet another underlining support for continued Fed tightening in the coming months. The Fed has indicated that it will likely be increasing interest rates by 0.50% at both its June and July meetings, followed by a month break in August as there is no meeting.

Investor concerns shortly after the release of the jobs report saw markets all fall to close the week of June 3, 2022, in a loss after a brief rally.

“Good news is bad news… It reminds us that the Fed is still the swing factor, at least in investor emotion,” Mark Hackett, Nationwide’s chief of investment research, told CNBC.

As losses and volatility continue in markets, advisors and investors are seeking income options in a variety of areas. The Nationwide suite of ETFs offers investors the potential to seek income with a measure of downside protection across a variety of exposures, depending on the strategy desired in the current market environment. All the funds use similar strategies, offering the same potential for income generation within different indexes while seeking to protect a measure of the downside.

All four of the funds utilize an options collar in seeking to generate monthly income; a collar strategy is a strategy that entails holding shares of underlying security while simultaneously buying protective put options as well as writing calls for the same security. A put option gives its owner the right but not the obligation to sell the underlying asset at a specific price on a specific day. In contrast, a call option gives its owner the right but not the obligation to buy the asset instead.

The options collar is intended to reduce each fund’s volatility and provide a measure of downside protection while generating income from both premiums from the options collar and dividends from the equity holdings within the fund.

For advisors seeking equity exposure through the S&P 500, the actively managed Nationwide S&P 500 Risk-Managed Income ETF (NSPI) is an option that seeks current income with a measure of downside protection. NSPI follows a rules-based options trading strategy that seeks to generate high current income every month and invests in stocks included in the S&P 500 Index. The S&P 500 Index consists of approximately 500 leading U.S.-listed companies representing approximately 80% of the U.S. equity market capitalization.

For advisors seeking equity exposure through the technology-tilted Nasdaq-100, the actively managed Nationwide Nasdaq-100 Risk-Managed Income ETF (NUSI) is an option that seeks current income while offering some downside protection. NUSI follows a rules-based options trading strategy that seeks to generate high current income every month and invests in stocks included in the Nasdaq-100 Index. The Nasdaq-100 Index consists of 100 of the largest non-finance securities that trade on the Nasdaq exchange and is a rules-based, market capitalization-weighted index.

Advisors seeking exposure with an industrial tilt may want to consider the Nationwide Dow Jones Risk-Managed Income ETF (NDJI), an actively managed fund that seeks current income while offering a measure of downside protection. NDJI invests in a portfolio of securities included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average; the Dow Jones is weighted by price and comprises 30 well-established U.S. companies, referred to as blue-chip companies.

For advisors considering small cap exposure, the Nationwide Russell 2000 Risk-Managed Income ETF (NTKI) is an actively managed fund that seeks current income while offering some downside protection. NTKI invests in a portfolio of securities included in the Russell 2000 Index. The Russell 2000 tracks approximately 2,000 U.S. small-cap companies.

All four funds carry an expense ratio of 0.68%.

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Nasdaq-100® Index: A rules-based, market capitalization-weighted index of the 100 largest, most actively traded U.S companies listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. The Index includes companies from various industries except for the financial industry, like commercial and investment banks. These non-financial sectors include retail, biotechnology, industrial, technology, health care, and others.

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S&P 500® Index: An unmanaged, market capitalization-weighted index of 500 stocks of leading large-cap U.S. companies in leading industries; gives a broad look at the U.S. equities market and those companies’ stock price performance.

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Russell 2000® Index: An unmanaged index that seeks to measure the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe.

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