This Small-Cap ETF Significantly Outperformed the Russell 2000 | ETF Trends

There is merit in small cap investment, but playing it smart, particularly in a bear market or potential recession, could provide upside benefits once a rebound begins while adding diversification opportunities to the portfolio.

Small-cap stocks tend to be more volatile than their large-cap peers, but volatility isn’t always a negative regarding portfolios. Small caps are small businesses, meaning they have a long runway potential for growth, and when that growth happens, it can be rapid, introducing an element of volatility. It also means that they can be hardest hit when recession and bear markets happen, but that too can provide valuation opportunities for investors.

Diversifying across market caps can benefit any portfolio, and most investors have some measure of allocation to small caps. When investing in small caps, most advisors and investors prefer to diversify broadly through investment in the Russell 2000® index, an index that tracks approximately 2,000 U.S. small-cap companies.

One option for gaining access to the small-cap space that has performed better than the broad index in the first half of 2022 is the Nationwide Russell 2000 Risk-Managed Income ETF (NTKI), 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 Russell 2000 Index.

The total return for the Russell 2000 was down 23.43% as of June 30, 2022, whereas NTKI was only down 10.47% at market price over the same period. Data is from January 1- June 30, 2022.

Notably, in a time of challenged performance for equities, NTKI had a distribution yield of 7.01% as of June 30, 2022. (Click this link for the fact sheet with standardized performance and 30-day SEC yield.)

The fund 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 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 the fund’s volatility while generating income for investors. While many funds use covered call strategies, few have historically offered a yield of 7% or greater such as NTKI.

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KEY RISKS: The Nationwide Russell 2000® Risk-Managed Income ETF is 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 subadvisor’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.

Russell 2000® Index: An unmanaged index that measures the performance of the small-capitalization segment of the U.S. equity universe.

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