New products introduced over the last week and actions in the industry include Index(k) from OneAmerica, MIAX Options Exchange’s new membership on the Options Industry Council, the CurrencyShares Singapore Dollar Trust from Guggenheim Investments, the Salient Global Equity Fund from Salient Partners, the Preferred Securities and Income ETF from First Trust, and the Yorkville High Income Infrastructure MLP ETF from Yorkville ETF Advisors.
In addition, Persimmon Capital Management launched the Persimmon Long/Short Fund; John Hancock Insurance launched Protection Indexed UL; new Morningstar research indicates that daily changes to exchange-traded fund premiums can be predicted in advance; Invesco PowerShares announced expansion of its low-volatility suite of ETFs; and SunGard launched Mobile Meeting for Financial Planning.
Here are the latest developments of interest to advisors:
1) OneAmerica Introduces Index(k) Product for DC Market
The companies of OneAmerica announced Tuesday the launch of Index(k), an approach to retirement plan construction focused on indexed investing. Index(k) will offer plan sponsors a menu of 18 collective trust investment options offered through Wilmington Trust Retirement and Institutional Services Co. and managed by BlackRock. These options include nine of BlackRock’sLifePath target-date investment options, as well as the stable value investment option of the American United Life Insurance Co. (AUL), a OneAmerica company.
The companies of OneAmerica will work alongside Wilmington Trust and BlackRock to position Index(k) as an investment fund strategy option for small and midsize plans.
2) Guggenheim Investments Launches CurrencyShares Singapore Dollar Trust
Guggenheim Investments, the investment management division of Guggenheim Partners, announced Wednesday the launch of the first Singapore dollar exchange-traded product (ETP), CurrencyShares Singapore Dollar Trust (FXSG).
FXSG seeks to provide institutional and retail investors a cost-effective way to gain exposure to the Singapore dollar. The CurrencyShares structure provides pure exposure to the Singapore dollar by holding actual foreign currency deposits, not derivative instruments. In addition to pure exposure, CurrencyShares’ investing advantages include transparency, potential tax efficiency, trading flexibility, accessibility and liquidity.
3) Salient Launches Salient Global Equity Fund
Salient Partners LP has launched the Salient Global Equity Fund (A shares, SGEAX; C shares, SGECX; I shares, SGEIX). The fund seeks to generate long-term capital appreciation by primarily investing in exchange-traded global equities. Ajay Mehra, Ph.D., Salient head of equities, and Lee Partridge, Salient chief investment officer, serve as portfolio managers of the fund.
Stocks in the MSCI All Country World Index are subjected to a hybrid investment approach of top-down metrics and bottom-up fundamental research. The fund’s portfolio consists of between 40 and 60 stocks (though it may include up to 70 stocks) that have passed this investment screening process. Typically, 70% to 85% of the portfolio is composed of stocks from issuers in developed markets, while up to 30% of the equities can be from issuers located in emerging markets. 4) First Trust Launches Preferred Securities and Income ETF