Advisors Believe Tech Is the Second Half Sector to Watch

According to advisors who participated in a recent webcast poll, innovation and technology hold the most promise in the second half of 2023. For advisors looking to capture income opportunities within the tech sector, the Nationwide Nasdaq-100® Risk-Managed Income ETF (NUSI) is worth consideration.

The Nasdaq-100® remains home to some of the largest growth giants and innovators that have outperformed in the second quarter. These tech companies are also likely to bounce back solidly in the wake of the recession as the sector recovers.

By investing in NUSI, advisors can take the guesswork out of timing exposure to the tech sector while seeking to earn monthly income through a risk-mitigation lens. NUSI is an actively managed fund that follows a proprietary, systematic, rules-based options trading model.

It seeks to generate high current monthly income and utilizes a replication strategy to invest in stocks included in the Nasdaq-100® Index. The Nasdaq-100® Index consists of 100 of the largest non-finance securities traded on the Nasdaq exchange. The Index is rules-based and market-capitalization-weighted.

Advisors polled in a May Nationwide webcast hosted on the VettaFi platform reported innovation and technology (48%) as the most attractive areas of investment in the next six to 12 months. Large-caps followed at 40%, small-caps at 37.3%, and industrials at 28%.

Massive gains by Nvidia lifted the Nasdaq-100 Index® in May, lending credence to the tech sector potential this year. The Index rose 8.49% between May 1 and May 30, 2023, according to Y-charts data.

Investing in the Tech Sector With NUSI

NUSI utilizes a collar strategy to seek to provide monthly income. The strategy also seeks to reduce volatility and offer a measure of downside protection. A collar strategy entails holding shares of underlying securities. At the same time, the strategy buys protective put options and writes calls for the same security.

A put option gives its owner the right but not the obligation to sell the underlying asset at a strike price on a set day until the expiration of the call. In contrast, a call option gives its owner the right but not the obligation to buy the asset at the strike price until the put expires.

The options collar is intended to reduce the Fund’s volatility and provide a measure of downside protection. It also seeks to hedge via the protective puts while generating income from the premiums earned from selling covered calls. Options that the Fund buys and sells generally expire one month from when they were purchased or sold. Options are also rolled the day before expiration on the third Friday of each month.

NUSI has an expense ratio of 0.68%.

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