With market volatility seeming to be the new norm, many investors are caught in the crossfire between paring losses and benefitting from upswings.
In this webinar, CFRA Research, Innovator ETFs, and Parametric discussed the factors currently contributing to market uncertainty and how investors can seek protection against losses while remaining positioned for growth.
Sam Stovall, CFP
Chief Investment Strategist, CFRA Research
As Chief Investment Strategist, Sam Stovall serves as analyst, publisher, and communicator of CFRA’s outlooks for the economy, market, and sectors. He is the author of The Seven Rules of Wall Street and The S&P Guide to Sector Investing. He also writes weekly “Sector Watch” and “Investment Policy” reports on CFRA’s MarketScope Advisor platform, and maintains the Industry Momentum and Seasonal Rotation portfolios. His work is also found in CFRA’s flagship weekly newsletter The Outlook.
Head, ETF Data & Analytics, CFRA Research
Aniket Ullal heads CFRA’s Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) data and analytics business and has worked in the ETF industry since early in its development. He founded First Bridge, one of the industry’s leading ETF data sets that became acquired by CFRA in 2019. Previously, he was the product head for US index products at S&P Dow Jones Indices, which included responsibility for the widely tracked S&P 500 and S&P /Case-Shiller indices. In that role, he partnered with several global asset managers to successfully launch a wide range of index-linked ETFs. He is the author of ETF Investment Strategies (McGraw-Hill; 2013), a featured contributor for Nasdaq.com and his work is frequently cited in the financial press.
Graham Day, CFA
Chief Investment Officer, Innovator Capital Management
Graham joined Innovator Capital Management in 2017 and is Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer, responsible for product development, capital markets and research efforts. Prior to joining Innovator, Graham was SVP - head of product & research at a startup ETF issuer and a Senior Strategist at Invesco PowerShares. He has been quoted in CNBC.com, TheStreet.com, FA magazine, FOX Business and Investopedia.com. Graham is a CFA charter holder, a member of the CFA Society of Chicago and holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College.
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The Defined Outcome ETFs seek to generate returns that match the Price Index, up to the Cap, while buffering against losses, before fees and expenses, over the course of a 3-month or 1-year period. The Defined Outcome Series Funds have characteristics unlike many other traditional investment products and may not be suitable for all investors. For more information regarding whether an investment in the Fund is right for you, please see "Investor Suitability" in the prospectus. There is no guarantee the fund will achieve its investment objective.
The Funds are designed to provide point-to-point exposure to the price return of an index via a basket of Flex Options. As a result, the ETFs are not expected to move directly in line with the index during the interim period. Additionally, FLEX Options may be less liquid than standard options. In a less liquid market for the FLEX Options, the Fund may have difficulty closing out certain FLEX Options positions at desired times and prices.
If the Outcome Period has begun and the Fund has experienced an Accelerated Return, an investor purchasing Shares at that price may be subject to losses that exceed any losses of the Underlying ETF for the remainder of the Outcome Period and may have diminished or no ability to experience further Accelerated Return, therefore exposing the investor to greater downside risks.
The Outcomes may only be realized by investors who continuously hold Shares from the commencement of the Outcome Period until its conclusion. Investors who purchase Shares after the Outcome Period has begun, or sell Shares prior to the Outcome Period’s conclusion, may experience investment returns very different from those that the Fund seeks to provide.
Fund shareholders are subject to an upside return cap (the Cap) that represents the maximum percentage return an investor can achieve from an investment in the funds' for the Outcome Period, before fees and expenses. If the Outcome Period has begun and the Fund has increased in value to a level near to the Cap, an investor purchasing at that price has little or no ability to achieve gains but remains vulnerable to downside risks. Additionally, the Cap may rise or fall from one Outcome Period to the next. The Cap, and the Fund's position relative to it, should be considered before investing in the Fund. The Funds' website, www.innovatoretfs.com, provides important Fund information as well information relating to the potential outcomes of an investment in a Fund on a daily basis.
The Funds only seek to provide shareholders that hold shares for the entire Outcome Period with their respective buffer level against index losses during the Outcome Period. You will bear all index losses exceeding 9, 15 or 30%. Depending upon market conditions at the time of purchase, a shareholder that purchases shares after the Outcome Period has begun may also lose their entire investment. For instance, if the Outcome Period has begun and the Fund has decreased in value beyond the pre-determined buffer, an investor purchasing shares at that price may not benefit from the buffer. Similarly, if the Outcome Period has begun and the Fund has increased in value, an investor purchasing shares at that price may not benefit from the buffer until the Fund's value has decreased to its value at the commencement of the Outcome Period.
The Funds' investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses should be considered carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other important information, and it may be obtained at innovatoretfs.com. Read it carefully before investing.
Innovator ETFs are distributed by Foreside Fund Services, LLC.
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