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Nationwide celebrates NUSI ETF $500 million milestone with NYSE bell ringing

Income investors continue to flock to the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF (TRADING SYMBOL: NUSI), which recently surpassed the $500 million mark for assets under management. Nationwide celebrated the milestone by ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 16.

The fund has achieved this success in less than two years by serving the needs of investors seeking income with a measure of downside protection during a period with interest rates remaining near historic lows and continued market uncertainty.

“We recognized the challenges income investors face when seeking to generate high current income in today’s market when we introduced NUSI,” said Mike Spangler, senior vice president of Nationwide’s Investment Management Group. “Income from the asset classes that investors have traditionally turned to has decreased with interest rates, and those still offering higher income have heightened exposure to principal risk.”

“We believed the market was ready for an innovative approach when we partnered with Harvest Volatility Management to launch NUSI in late 2019,” said Marge Farquharson, senior director, Exchange Traded Funds at Nationwide. “Reaching $500 million just twenty months after launch is a testament to the interest investors have in a solution that seeks to balance income generation and risk reduction as the foundation for retirement readiness and long-term financial wellness.”

NUSI seeks to generate investment income and provide a measure of downside protection through an innovative approach to traditional income investing by deploying an options strategy called a protective net-credit collar. This strategy is established by combining a covered call, where it sells an upside call option, and a protective put, where it uses a portion of the proceeds received to fully finance the purchase of a downside put option.

“Nationwide’s unwavering commitment to broadening investor access to institutional-quality solutions and its emphasis on long-term value creation made Nationwide an ideal strategic partner for Harvest,” said Curt Brockelman, co-founder and managing partner of Harvest Volatility Management LLC, the named subadvisor for NUSI. “We are tremendously pleased with the partnership and the success of NUSI and look forward to continuing to lend our distinct expertise in seeking to deliver positive investor outcomes.”

Fundamentally designed with income-generation in mind, the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF potentially offers several benefits that may address the yield enhancement and volatility management needs of investors, including seeking:

  • High monthly income generation
  • Portfolio volatility reduction
  • Reduced duration risk and interest rate sensitivity
  • Capital appreciation from equity participation
  • Downside risk mitigation

The Fund is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and has an expense ratio of 0.68%.

Investors interested in learning more about the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF should contact their financial professional or visit here. Financial professionals interested in learning more about Nationwide ETFs can call 1-877-893-1830.



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Beta is a measure of price variability relative to the market.

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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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A call option is a financial contract that give the option buyer the right, but not the obligation, to buy a stock, bond, commodity other asset or instrument at a specified price within a specific time period.

A covered call is a financial market transaction in which the seller of call options owns the corresponding amount of the underlying instrument, such as shares of a stock or other securities.

A put option is a contract giving the owner the right, but not the obligation, to sell a specified amount of an underlying security at a pre-determined price within a specified time frame.

Duration is a measure of the sensitivity of the price of a bond or other debt instrument to a change in interest rates.

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