Six Hedge Fund ETFs For Average Investors

This weekend’s Barron’s has an article Hedge-Fund Strategies for the Masses that discussed the following ETFs:

WisdomTree Managed Futures Strategy    (WDTI)
Credit Suisse Merger Arbitrage Liquid Index ETN  (CSMA)
Cambria Global Tactical ETF  (GTAA)
Credit Suisse Long/Short Liquid ETN  (CSLS)

Regular readers might be familiar with our report published on SeekingAlpha 5 Hedge Fund ETFs to Watch. These ETFs are monitored weekly on our ETFs in asset classes page.The following shows the performance table:

As of 07/15/2011

Description Symbol 1 Yr 3 Yr 5 Yr Avg. Volume(K) 1 Yr Sharpe
IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy QAI 5.2% NA NA 30 130.52%
Credit Suisse Merger Arbitrage CSMA NA NA NA 28 NA
Mars Hill Global Relative Value GRV -13.38% NA NA 10 -101.0%
PowerShares S&P 500 BuyWrite PBP 4.27% -1.32% NA 31 74.32%
ProShares Credit Suisse 130/30 CSM 20.51% NA NA 19 146.25%
Cambria Global Tactical ETF GTAA NA NA NA 53 NA

Cambria Global Tactical ETF (NYSE:GTAA) was just recently added to the table. This ETF is managed by Mebane Faber and Eric Richardson, authors of The Ivy Portfolio: How to Invest Like the Top Endowments and Avoid Bear Markets.

Mebane Faber is no stranger to MyPlanIQ’s strategies. Our tactical asset allocation strategy bears some similarity with some ideas proposed in his articles. It is thus interesting to undestand more on this ETF.

Based on Barron’s, GTAA’s neutral allocation is 20% in five categories: real estate, commodities, bonds, U.S. stocks and foreign stocks. These five assets are part of our six core asset classes (other than emerging market stocks). The fund holds about 80 ETFs. Let’s compare it with our simplest Six Core Asset ETFs Tactical Asset Allocation Moderate Portfolio.

Portfolio Performance Comparison

Portfolio/Fund Name 2010 2011 2011 Sharpe 2011 Drawdown
GTAA 1.96% 2.19% 0.46    6.1%
Six Core Asset ETFs Tactical Asset Allocation Moderate 9.27% 4.25% 0.49    4.6%
S&P 500 (SPY, SPX) 14.58% 5.7% 0.84   6.9%

Since GTAA was started on 10/26/2010, the comparison in 2010 is not meaningful. Furthermore, with the fund’s $184 million asset size, it is understandable that it tries to invest in many ETFs for diversification purpose.

Since all of these hedge funds are very new, investors need to monitor these for a while to fully understand how they behave. However, with its simplicity and long history of practice in wealth management, we have confidence on GTAA’s future.

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