The recently launched Amplify Inflation Fighter ETF provides investors with access to a mix of stocks and commodities that seek to benefit directly or indirectly from inflation. The fund's portfolio manager, Mike Venuto, told FOX Business that it focuses on real estate as a store of value.
"There's plenty of real estate ETFs out there, but all of them are populated with [real estate investment trusts]," he explained. "REITs are not a great store of value because they're structured from a tax perspective to give back to investors the income. And to that end, they tend to move with interest rates and really not act very well in an inflationary environment. They tend to lose money in inflationary environments."
The Amplify Inflation Fighter ETF focuses on six components: land development companies, commodity REITs, home construction companies, real estate technology companies, consumer-related real estate names and actual commodities, including corn, copper and gold. The fund may invest up to 50% of its net assets in commodity futures, while the rest of the portfolio will be in stocks and other securities.
Since its launch on Feb. 2, the Amplify Inflation Fighter ETF is up about 5% year-to-date. Venuto noted that corn and gold prices have been the greatest contributors to the ETF's overall returns, while the greatest detractor has been real estate technology companies, which hold the smallest weight in the fund.
Last week, the Goldman Sachs Commodity Index jumped nearly 20%, the biggest weekly advance on record.
In January, the consumer price index surged 7.5%, the fastest increase since February 1982. On Thursday, the Labor Department will release February's consumer price index, which is expected to continue an upward trend as Russia's invasion of Ukraine has sent commodity prices soaring.
While Venuto is expecting inflation to remain at a sustained high number, he believes that this week's CPI will not fully capture the impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
"I think the CPI will be kind of more muted this week, but I think the next one is going to scare the heck out of people because this whole transitory argument is gone now," he said.
When it comes to investing in an inflationary environment, Venuto emphasized that investors have to "throw out their playbook" and start to look at things differently.
"There's a lot of things that work differently in an environment where the Fed is not accommodative," he added. "Most people have lived in an accommodative Fed for their entire investing career."
In addition to the Amplify Inflation Fighter ETF, Venuto says the Teucrium Agricultural Fund, WisdomTree's Enhanced Commodity Strategy Fund, the Simplify Interest Rate Hedge ETF and the FolioBeyond Rising Rates ETF are all good investments to combat inflation.
Venuto expects the Federal Reserve to hike rates at least twice this year but argued that progress on combating inflation likely won't come until after the midterm elections.
"I don't see any chance that inflation is combated in any meaningful way until the fourth quarter of this year," he said. "And then that's still being optimistic."
FOX Business' Megan Henney contributed to this report