We wanted to write an article about a new fund we discovered in our regular course of business, but that got us excited. One of our gripes with ETFs is that there always seems to be a dearth of ways to express short-term tactical opportunities, or own a fund that does so. That is why we were excited to find a fund in New York Life’s IndexIQ ETF lineup. The fund, the IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF (MNA), seeks to gain capital appreciation by buying companies that have had public takeover announcements. The fund also includes a short on global equities as a partial hedge. Merger arbitrage is a common hedge fund strategy.
FINSUM: This is one of those area where we often wish we had exposure, but don’t have the time to actually enact a strategy, so this IndexIQ fund is very useful. The fund has a 75 basis point expense ratio.