Retail clients, and some advisors, are adopting an increasingly defensive outlook on the market as the economy roars and rate hikes look more and more certain (not to mention soaring valuations). So what are the best defensive ETFs to protect a portfolio? The range of defensive strategies is broad—from dividend-focused, to shorting, to multi-factor. Some of the most popular include the AdvisorShares Dorsey Wright Short ETF, the Fidelity Dividend ETF for Rising Rates, or the Principal Mega-Cap Multi-Factor Index ETF.
FINSUM: It seems a smart choice to have defense ETFs be a decent portion of one’s portfolio right now. That said, we would be anxious to make shorting-focused ETFs a substantial holding.