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New ETF in Advance of Memorial Day: BBQ–Contributor Column

Contributed by Chris Hempstead, Head of ETF Execution for WallachBeth Capital

Chris Hempstead, WallachBeth Capital
Chris Hempstead, WallachBeth Capital

This week we saw 2 large creates in funds we don’t hear much about. The first was FBG (FI Enhanced Big Cap Growth ETN) with what looks to be about a $600mm creation on Monday. The second worth mentioning was the ESR (iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Eastern Europe) with a roughly $100mm creation on Tuesday.

There were some very heavy directional flows today despite lighter volume on the pre-holiday Friday.
Equities: Inflows today were clear in VUG (Vanguard Growth), VTV (Vanguard Value), IJH (iShares Core S&P MidCap and XLP (Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR).

Where there are inflows there are also outflows and here they are: EEM (iShares MSCI Emerging Markets), VWO (Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets), FXI (iShares FTSE China 25), AAXJ (iShares MSCI Asia Ex-Japan), EPP (iShares MSCI Pacific Ex-Japan) and EWH (iShares MSCI Hong Kong).

Fixed Income: The fun didn’t stop at the equities level. MINT (Pimco Enhanced Short Maturity), SHY (iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury) and HYG (iShares Iboxx High Yield Corp); all had nice inflows today.
On the flip side, we saw heavy outflow in EMB (iShares JP Morgan Emerging Market Bond), SHV (iShares Barclays Short Treasury) and JNK (SPDR Barclays High Yield).

Given the Memorial Day Weekend and Holiday, I wanted to be one of those stock market guys who throw out stats that don’t actually tell you anything except what markets did in the past.  So I looked at the S&P performance for 1 month following the Memorial Day Holiday back to 2005. Do you know what I saw?  Nada!  Except for a rough patch in 2008 (-7.5%), I wasn’t really sensing anything worth analyzing and little or no trend. SO, just in case you were wondering, now you know.

My gift to you for the start of grilling season is a special dish I invented during a power outage (I had to cook the stiff that was defrosting): A few lbs of thick cut or slab bacon, seasoned heavily with Cajun spices.

·        Place the seasoned and dry rubbed bacon slices on a grill over medium heat and slowly cook, and regularly flip.

·        Move the slabs and lower the heat if flare ups get out of control. You can also use foil to avoid flare ups but you will lose some charring if you choose this method. Do your best to avoid burning these babies. The true magic is the slow and steady cooking.

·        Bring a cold beer outside and work the grill. You will not believe how delicious a well-done seasoned piece of slab bacon tastes.

I am reading a book about anti-gravity. I can’t put it down.
Happy Memorial Day!

Market Neutral ETF Debuts

    Courtesy of Ronald Delegge, ETFGuide.com

IndexIQ introduced the the IQ HedgeMarket Neutral Tracker ETF (QMN) in October. QMN is designed to offer investors liquid, transparent market neutral hedge fund exposure.

QMN will seek to track, before fees and expenses, the performance characteristics of the IQ Hedge Market Neutral Index (IQHGMN), part of IndexIQ’s proprietary IQ Hedge family of benchmark hedge fund replication indexes. The IQ Market Neutral Index (IQHGMN) has live performance dating from September 2008.

“Market neutral is one of the largest hedge fund investment styles, both in terms of the number of funds and in the amount of assets being put to work,” said Adam Patti, IndexIQ CEO. “After incubating the index underlying QMN for four years, we felt it was an excellent time to roll out this strategy, particularly given the volatility and uncertainty inherent in today’s market environment.

QMN is linked to the IQ Hedge Market Neutral Index and holds other ETFs within its portfolio. The top three holdings are the Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF (BSV), iShares Barclays 1-3 Yr Treasury Bond Fund (SHY) and the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND).

QMN’s market neutral approach means that it can invest in both long and short positions in various asset classes. These strategies seek to have a zero “beta” or market exposure to one or more systematic risk factors including the overall market (as represented by the S&P 500 Index), economic sectors or industries, market cap, region and country. Market neutral strategies that effectively neutralize the market exposure are not impacted by directional moves in the market.

According to IndexIQ’s prospectus, QMN will charge annual expenses of 0.99%, which include the expenses of the underlying funds held within the portfolio.