NSPI Offered Better Total Returns, Less Volatility in 2022

In a year of volatile markets, advisors and investors were often taken along for the ride as uncertainty, persistent inflation, and continued rising interest rates pulled markets down before sending them rallying, only to fall once more. Strategies that focused on volatility mitigation became increasingly popular, and the Nationwide S&P 500® Risk-Managed Income ETF (NSPI) is a fund that offered solid total returns against its benchmark in the first three quarters of the year.

2022 is a year destined for the history books when inflation hit its highest levels in four decades, the Federal Reserve enacted a monetary policy of aggressive quantitative tightening coupled with equally aggressive interest rate hikes, and it was the year that equities and bonds both fell in correlation. There was little refuge for portfolios, with many of the usual inflation hedges proving to offer less mitigation and diversification than they have historically.

In such a challenging environment, strategies that focused on risk management, volatility management, and income all collectively gained traction with advisors and investors. The Nationwide S&P 500® Risk-Managed Income ETF (NSPI) is an actively managed fund 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® is weighted by market capitalization and comprises approximately 500 of the top U.S.-listed companies that make up the majority of the U.S. equity market cap (80%).

NSPI utilizes a collar strategy to seek to provide monthly income while also reducing volatility and offering a measure of downside protection. A collar strategy entails holding shares of underlying security while simultaneously buying protective put options and 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 collar strategy has meant that the fund has offered a smoother ride in the first three quarters of 2022 compared to the S&P 500®, and also that as of September 30, 2022, the fund had average annual total returns at a market price of -18.53% YTD, compared to the S&P 500®‘s average annual total return of -23.87% over the same period. (Click this link to see the factsheet that has standardized performance and 30-day SEC yield.)

As market volatility is anticipated to continue into 2023, the Nationwide ETFs are a suite of funds that might warrant consideration.

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KEY RISKS: The Nationwide Nasdaq-100® Risk-Managed Income ETF, Nationwide S&P 500® Risk-Managed Income ETF, Nationwide Dow Jones® Risk-Managed Income ETF, and Nationwide Russell 2000® Risk-Managed Income ETF (collectively, the “Risk-Managed Income ETFs”) are subject to the risks of investing in equity securities, including tracking stock (a class of common stock that “tracks” the performance of a unit or division within a larger company). A tracking stock’s value may decline even if the larger company’s stock increases in value. The Risk-Managed Income ETFs are subject to the risks of investing in foreign securities (currency fluctuations, political risks, differences in accounting and limited availability of information, all of which are magnified in emerging markets).

The Risk-Managed Income ETFs may invest in more-aggressive investments such as derivatives (which create investment leverage and illiquidity and are highly volatile). The Risk-Managed Income ETFs employ a collared options strategy (using call and put options is speculative and can lead to losses because of adverse movements in the price or value of the reference asset). The success of the Risk-Managed Income ETFs’ investment strategy may depend on the effectiveness of the subadviser’s quantitative tools for screening securities and on data provided by third parties. The Risk-Managed Income ETFs expect to invest a portion of their assets to replicate the holdings of an index. Correlation between Fund performance and index performance may be affected by Fund expenses and because the Fund may not be invested fully in the securities of the index or may hold securities not included in the index.

The Risk-Managed Income ETFs frequently may buy and sell portfolio securities and other assets to rebalance its exposure to various market sectors. Higher portfolio turnover may result in higher levels of transaction costs paid by the Risk-Managed Income ETFs and greater tax liabilities for shareholders. The Risk-Managed Income ETFs may concentrate on specific sectors or industries, subjecting them to greater volatility than that of other ETFs. The Risk-Managed Income ETFs may hold large positions in a small number of securities, and an increase or decrease in the value of such securities may have a disproportionate impact on the Funds’ value and total return. Although the Risk-Managed Income ETFs intend to invest in a variety of securities and instruments, the Risk-Managed Income ETFs will be considered non-diversified.

Additional risks include: Collared options strategy risk, correlation risk, derivatives risk, foreign investment risk, and industry concentration risk.

The Fund expects to invest a portion of its assets to replicate the holdings of an index. Correlation between Fund performance and index performance may be affected by Fund expenses and because the Fund may not be invested fully in the securities of the index or may hold securities not included in the index. The Fund frequently may buy and sell portfolio securities and other assets to rebalance its exposure to various market sectors. Higher portfolio turnover may result in higher levels of transaction costs paid by the Fund and greater tax liabilities for shareholders. The Fund may concentrate on specific sectors or industries, subjecting it to greater volatility than that of other ETFs. The Fund may hold large positions in a small number of securities, and an increase or decrease in the value of such securities may have a disproportionate impact on the Fund’s value and total return. Although the Fund intends to invest in a variety of securities and instruments, the Fund will be considered nondiversified. Additional Fund risk includes: Collared options strategy risk, correlation risk, derivatives risk, foreign investment risk, and industry concentration risk.

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