As Stocks Decline for the Third Consecutive Quarter, Consider This Risk-Managed ETF

Inflation appears to be more broadly entrenched than previously thought, and rising interest rates, domestic inflation fears, an aggressively tightening Fed, and global inflation fears have created an environment of prolonged investor uncertainty, with U.S. markets officially ending their third consecutive quarter on the decline.

Core CPI, the measure of inflation without the more volatile influence of food and energy, rose in August by 0.6%. The CPI is one of the primary data points upon which  the Fed bases its monetary policy; it has risen every single month this year. The personal consumption expenditures price index was also up in August, with core PCE (minus food and energy) up 0.6% as well. Core PCE is the primary gauge the Fed relies on to place the directionality of prices for consumers.

All measures of inflation for August beat analyst expectations to the upside, and there are strong indicators that it is broadening across the economy. The Fed remains steadfast in its commitment to driving down inflation and curtailing the labor market, even at the cost of the economy.

“Monetary policy will need to be restrictive for some time to have confidence that inflation is moving back to target,” cautioned Fed Vice Chair Lael Brainard in a speech after the release of August’s PCE. “Inflation is very high in the United States and abroad, and the risk of additional inflationary shocks cannot be ruled out.”

The S&P 500® Index has had a difficult first three quarters this year and the worst first nine months in a calendar year since 2002. The third quarter began with a rally in June, but aggressive Fed action and talk alongside consistent price pressures eventually led to market declines to close out the quarter at its lowest since 2020.

Seek Income in Challenging Times With This Risk-Managed Strategy

A strategy for advisors looking for investment opportunities within equities for their clients is the Nationwide S&P 500\® Risk-Managed Income ETF (NSPI), which seeks current income with a measure of downside protection.

NSPI is an actively managed ETF that 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 about 80% of the U.S. equity market capitalization.

NSPI currently has a distribution yield of 7.01% as of June 30, 2022, offering investors income within equities during a challenging time for the economy and markets. (Click this link for the fact sheet with standardized performance and 30-day SEC yield.)

The fund also utilizes 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 particular day, while a call option gives its owner the right but not the obligation to buy the asset instead.

The options collar is intended to reduce the fund’s volatility and provide a measure of downside protection while also providing the opportunity for the underlying holdings to participate in any upward price action that happens as markets rise.

NSPI carries an expense ratio of 0.68%.

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