The capital markets abhor a vacuum and as exchange-traded funds grow more popular, their uses keep multiplying to fill every space that their creators and investors can identify.
In the world of registered investment advisors, many RIAs are now working with ETF firms to create custom-made funds to suit their clients’ portfolios.
Sometimes the ETFs that are created are relatively simple “pure play” creations focused on a single market niche. But other times, the quants on IndexIQ’s academic board create a more complex set of proprietary investments capable of making hedge fund managers turn red with rage. How? By using a rules-based philosophy that combines the beta benefits of traditional index investing with the high alpha returns sought by active managers.
In short, the firm designs cheap, liquid ETFs suitable for portfolios of any size that replicate the returns of expensive, locked-up hedge funds.
When an RIA recently came to Kevin Malone, president of Greenrock Research, which offers asset allocation strategies, Malone recommended an IndexIQ portfolio combining three hedge fund replication ETFs, a mutual fund and an absolute-return, inflation-hedging ETF: