Hull Tactical Allocation Launches New Liquid Alternative ETF

Jun 25 2015 | 1:29pm ET

Blair Hull’s Hull Tactical Asset Allocation LLC has launched a new actively managed ETF aimed at delivering hedge fund-like trading tactics to a broad investor audience. 

The Hull Tactical US ETF, which trades under the symbol HTUS, seeks long-term growth from investments in the U.S. equity and Treasury markets, independent of their direction, according to a press release.

It will operate through long and short positions in ETFs that seek to track the performance of the S&P 500, as well as leveraged ETFs or inverse ETFs that seek to deliver multiples, or the inverse, of the performance of the S&P 500.

The new liquid alternative ETF is powered by a proprietary, patent-pending, quantitative trading model, according to Hull, which drives investment selection and timing. Hull Tactical Allocation LLC is working in partnership with white-label ETF issuer platform Exchange Traded Concepts on the new fund.

“Investing in the S&P 500 can be an uncertain game, but a disciplined and systematic approach can help you to outperform on a risk-adjusted basis,” said Blair Hull, founder of Hull Tactical Asset Allocation, in the statement. “Our aim is to help investors avoid another 2008 in their portfolios, with a strategy not available in ETF form until now.”

“We want to provide investors access to hedge fund-like investing. Investors need a strategy to gain lower volatility exposure to the equity market, especially in today’s volatile environment, and we believe HTUS delivers just that,” he continued.

“Incorporating alternative strategies can help reduce overall volatility while increasing portfolio diversification – investors and advisors alike tend to name diversification as the top driver of investing in alternative strategies,” added Steve McCarten, COO of Hull Tactical Asset Allocation. “A wide range of investors – from sophisticated retail investors, to independent advisors to endowments and pension funds in the institutional space – should find our product advantageous.”

The new fund is the first from Hull Tactical Asset Allocation, which is an SEC registered RIA founded in 2013 by well-known industry veteran Blair Hull. 

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