Transamerica ETFs Help Retail Investors Access Institutional-Level Strategies

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Money managers with years of experience working with institutional-level investment strategies have translated their expertise into ETF strategies to reach a wider audience.

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For instance, Transamerica Asset Management has partnered with Milliman Financial Risk Management in providing the DeltaShares ETF suite to help investors gain a core equity strategy with an innate risk-management feature that is implemented by some of the largest insurers in the financial industry.

"They wanted to get into the market with very strategic products, and one of them was the managed risk space. We think, given our background and partnership with Milliman, it made sense to enter this marketplace," Irma Bribiesca, Director of ETF Product management for Transamerica, said at the Inside ETFs 2018 conference.

The DeltaShares S&P 500 Managed Risk ETF (NYSEArca: DMRL), which tracks the S&P 500 Managed Risk 2.0 Index, is a benchmark designed to measure U.S. large-cap equities using a managed risk strategy seeking to limit losses and capture the upside in rising markets.

The DeltaShares S&P 400 Managed Risk ETF (NYSEArca: DMRM), which tracks the S&P 400 Managed Risk 2.0 Index, is a benchmark designed to measure U.S. mid-cap equities using a managed risk strategy seeking to limit losses and capture the upside in rising markets.

The DeltaShares S&P 600 Managed Risk ETF (NYSEAcra: DMRS), which tracks the S&P 600 Managed Risk 2.0 Index, is a benchmark designed to measure U.S. small-cap equities using a managed risk strategy seeking to limit losses and capture the upside in rising markets.

The DeltaShares S&P International Managed Risk ETF (NYSEAcra: DMRI), which tracks the S&P EPAC Ex. Korea LargeMidCap Managed Risk 2.0 Index, is a benchmark that offers broad international developed markets equity exposure using a managed risk strategy seeking to limit losses and capture the upside in rising markets.

The methodology determines allocation shifts to the Treasury Bond Index and T-Bill Index based on three factors. The methodology allocates more of the shift from the Equity Index to the T-Bill Index when the yield-to-maturity on the Treasury Bond Index is not sufficiently higher than the effective Federal Funds Rate for a sustained period of time, when the volatility of the Treasury Bond Index is high, and/or when the correlation between the Treasury Bond Index and the Equity Index is positive.

"These strategies have a more institutional base, so we wanted to kind of put it in a wrapper of the ETF... to kind of have access for advisors or retail investors," Bribiesca said.

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