Banking sector stress has eased with the Fed stepping in to offer emergency short-term loans for those banks and institutions in need, clearing the way for continued rate hikes for now, though Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has indicated that an end could be near, given bank sector stressors. Continued rate hikes increase recession risks, and for those advisors looking to increase their exposure to steadily performing blue-chip companies through a risk-managed lens, the Nationwide Dow Jones® Risk-Managed Income ETF (NDJI) is worth consideration.
The Fed raised interest rates another quarter point in March, and most Fed officials predict another quarter-point raise this year, ending the year at 5.1%, according to the Fed dot plot. Fed officials are resoundingly signaling that interest rates will be raised and held there all year, a policy that increases recession risk odds, creating an environment where blue-chip companies could be better positioned than broader equities. Blue-chip companies are known for their stability and ability to perform over prolonged periods, including during times of economic downturn, offering steadier income opportunities within equities.
NDJI is an actively managed fund that follows a proprietary, systematic, rules-based options trading model that seeks to generate high current monthly income and utilizes a replication strategy to invest in stocks 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.
NDJI utilizes a collar strategy to seek to provide monthly income while reducing volatility and offering a measure of downside protection. A collar strategy entails holding shares of underlying securities 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 particular day until the put expires. In contrast, a call option gives its owner the right but not the obligation to buy the asset instead.
The monthly income that the Fund seeks to generate comes from a combination of dividends on the equity holdings and the premiums earned from the options collar. NDJI had a distribution yield of 7.03%, a 30-day SEC yield of 1.57%, and a trailing 12-month yield of 7.47%, all as of 02/28/2023. (Click this link to see the factsheet that has standardized performance and 30-day SEC yield.)
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The model that NDJI employs sometimes signals that the written call options should be closed early; such signals can be generated when the market is moving upwards and exiting the call position would allow for more upside potential to be captured or if markets are falling and most of the premium has been captured already from the call.
The options collar is intended to reduce the Fund’s volatility and provide a measure of downside protection, or hedge, via the protective puts while seeking to generate income from the premiums earned from selling covered calls. Options that the Fund buys and sells generally expire one month from when they were bought or sold, and options are rolled the day before expiration on the third Friday of each month.
NDJI has an expense ratio of 0.68%.
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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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Consumer Price Index (CPI) – The price of a weighted average market basket of consumer goods and services purchased by households. Changes in measured CPI track changes in prices over time.
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Dow Jones Industrial Average®: A price-weighted index composed of 30 “blue-chip” U.S. stocks. The index covers all industries except transportation and utilities, respectively.
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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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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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S&P 500®: Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, is a market-capitalization-weighted index of the 500 largest U.S. publicly traded companies.
The S&P 500® index is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC or its affiliates (“SPDJI”), and has been licensed for use by Nationwide Fund Advisors. Standard & Poor’s®, S&P®, and S&P 500® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”); Dow Jones® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC (“Dow Jones”); and these trademarks have been licensed for use by SPDJI and sublicensed for certain purposes by Nationwide Fund Advisors. The Nationwide S&P 500® Risk-Managed Income ETF (“NSPI”) is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, or their respective affiliates, and none of such parties make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product(s) nor do they have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of the S&P 500® Index.
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