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IndexIQ Hedge Fund Indexes Continue Positive Trend In January

RYE BROOK, N.Y., Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IndexIQ, the leading provider of innovative investment solutions, today announced the January 2017 performance of its family of IQ Hedge™ Indexes and the updated holdings in the firm's IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF (NYSE Arca: MNA).  

Five of the six IndexIQ Hedge Indexes were positive for the month, with the IQ Hedge Event Drive Index up 1.7% and the IQ Hedge Long/Short Index up 1.17%.  The IQ Hedge Global Macro Index, which had declined slightly in December, bounced back to return 1.34% in January.  The IQ Hedge Market Neutral Index was the sole decliner, dropping -0.02%.

"The so-called 'Trump' market marched on in January, while international stocks had an additional tailwind following a drop in the dollar, also inspired by the President," said Salvatore Bruno, IndexIQ's Chief Investment Officer.  "This set the stage for what was another very positive month for liquid alternatives."

Designed as investable benchmarks that replicate the performance characteristics of sophisticated hedge fund strategies, the IQ Hedge Indexes comprise the first family of investable benchmark indexes covering hedge fund replication/alternative beta strategies.  IQ Hedge Index returns for the period ended January 31, 2017 were as follows:

IQ Hedge Indexes




1 Month

3 Month

YTD

1 Year

3 Year

5 Year


IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Index

IQHGMS

0.45%

0.00%

0.45%

3.64%

2.05%

2.88%











IQ Hedge Market Neutral Index

IQHGMN

-0.02%

0.08%

-0.02%

3.17%

1.71%

2.24%











IQ Hedge Global Macro Index

IQHGMA

1.34%

-0.47%

1.34%

4.57%

0.26%

-0.10%











IQ Hedge Event Driven Index

IQHGED

1.70%

1.98%

1.70%

10.84%

4.80%

4.85%











IQ Hedge Long/Short Index

IQHGLS

1.17%

3.66%

1.17%

10.34%

3.90%

5.44%











IQ Merger Arbitrage Index

IQMNA

0.82%

2.65%

0.82%

6.35%

4.58%

4.77%










 

The latest updates to MNA's holdings, including recent additions and deletions, can be found here:

Additions to the IQ Merger Arbitrage Index

Target

Acquirer

Target

Target

Announce

Added

Name

Name

Sector

Country

Date

Date

Actelion Ltd.

Johnson & Johnson

Health Care

Switzerland

12/21/2016

02/03/2017

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Health Care

United States

01/09/2017

02/03/2017

CEB, Inc.

Gartner, Inc.

Industrials

United States

01/05/2017

02/03/2017

Clayton Williams Energy, Inc. (Delaware)

Noble Energy, Inc.

Energy

United States

01/16/2017

02/03/2017

DUET Group

CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd.

Utilities

Australia

12/04/2016

02/03/2017

Sky Plc

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.

Consumer Discretionary

United Kingdom

12/09/2016

02/03/2017

VCA, Inc.

Mars, Inc.

Health Care

United States

01/09/2017

02/03/2017

WGL Holdings, Inc.

AltaGas Ltd.

Utilities

United States

01/25/2017

02/03/2017

Zodiac Aerospace SA

Safran SA

Industrials

France

01/19/2017

02/03/2017

 

Deletions from the IQ Merger Arbitrage Index since last rebalance

Target

Acquirer



Announce

Added

Deal

Name

Name

Sector

Country

Date

Date

Result

AEP Industries, Inc.

Berry Plastics Group, Inc.

Materials

United States

08/25/2016

09/06/2016

Completed

Accordia Golf Co., Ltd.

MBK Partners, Ltd.

Consumer Discretionary

Japan

11/29/2016

01/05/2017

Completed

Applied Micro Circuits Corp.

MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc.

Information Technology

United States

11/21/2016

12/05/2016

Completed

Columbia Pipeline Partners LP

TransCanada Corp.

Energy

United States

09/26/2016

10/05/2016

Completed

Huabao International Holdings Ltd.

Huabao International Holdings Ltd. /Private Group/

Materials

Hong Kong

11/23/2016

12/05/2016

Completed

Apollo Education Group, Inc.

Apollo Education Group, Inc. /Private Group/

Consumer Discretionary

United States

02/07/2016

04/05/2016

Completed

Team Health Holdings, Inc.

The Blackstone Group LP

Health Care

United States

10/31/2016

12/05/2016

Completed

Alere, Inc.

Abbott Laboratories

Health Care

United States

02/01/2016

03/03/2016

Max Age

Linear Technology Corp.

Analog Devices, Inc.

Information Technology

United States

07/26/2016

08/03/2016

Max Age

London Stock Exchange Group Plc

Deutsche Börse AG

Financials

United Kingdom

02/23/2016

03/03/2016

Max Age

Yadkin Financial Corp.

F.N.B. Corp. (Pennsylvania)

Financials

United States

07/21/2016

09/06/2016

Max Age

 

About IndexIQ

IndexIQ is a pioneer and leading provider of innovative investment solutions focused on absolute return, real assets, international and fixed income strategies. IndexIQ's solutions are offered as ETFs, mutual funds, separately managed accounts, and ETF model portfolios. The company's philosophy is to democratize investment management by providing all investors with cost-effective access to the types of high-quality, sophisticated investment products that typically have been reserved for institutional and ultra high-net-worth investors. IndexIQ's mission is to take indexing to the next level by combining the best attributes of both passive and active investing, and make strategies available to investors in low cost, liquid, and transparent products*. IndexIQ is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company.

Additional information about IndexIQ and its products can be found at IQetfs.com.  

For more ETF market insights, click here.

* The nature of IndexIQ's products allows for these potential benefits, which typically are not associated with traditional hedge funds.

ETF PERFORMANCE: The performance data quoted above represents past performance. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Investment return and value of the Fund shares will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than performance data quoted. Fund returns reflect dividends and capital gains distributions. Fund performance current to the most recent month-end is available by calling 1-888-934-0777 or by visiting IQetfs.com.

IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF (MNA) Risk Discussion: Certain of the proposed takeover transactions in which the Fund invests may be renegotiated, terminated or involve a longer time frame than originally contemplated, which may negatively impact the Fund's returns. The Fund's investment strategy may result in high portfolio turnover, which, in turn, may result in increased transaction costs to the Fund and lower total returns. The Fund is susceptible to foreign securities risk – since the Fund invests in foreign markets, it will be subject to risk of loss not typically associated with domestic markets, including currency transaction risk. Diversification does not eliminate the risk of experiencing investment losses. Stock prices of mid and small capitalization companies generally are more volatile than those of larger companies and also more vulnerable than those of larger capitalization companies to adverse economic developments. The Fund is non-diversified and is susceptible to greater losses if a single portfolio investment declines than would a diversified fund. The ETF should be considered a speculative investment with a high degree of risk, does not represent a complete investment program and is not suitable for all investors.

About Risk: Certain of the proposed takeover transactions in which the Fund invests may be renegotiated, terminated or involve a longer time frame than originally contemplated, which may negatively impact the Fund's returns. The Fund's investment strategy may result in high portfolio turnover, which, in turn, may result in increased transaction costs to the Fund and lower total returns. The Fund is susceptible to foreign securities risk – since the Fund invests in foreign markets, it will be subject to risk of loss not typically associated with domestic markets, including currency transaction risk. Diversification does not eliminate the risk of experiencing investment losses. Stock prices of mid and small capitalization companies generally are more volatile than those of larger companies and also more vulnerable than those of larger capitalization companies to adverse economic developments. The Fund is non-diversified and is susceptible to greater losses if a single portfolio investment declines than would a diversified fund. The ETF should be considered a speculative investment with a high degree of risk, does not represent a complete investment program and is not suitable for all investors. Alternative investment/strategies are speculative, not suitable for all clients, an intended for experienced and sophisticated investors who are willing to bear the high economic risks of the investment.  Funds that invest in bonds are subject to interest-rate risk and can lose principal value when interest rates rise.  Investors cannot invest in an index.

Consider the Funds' investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses carefully before investing. The prospectus and the statement of additional information include this and other relevant information about the Funds and are available by visiting IQetfs.com or calling 888-934-0777. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.

IndexIQ® is the indirect wholly owned subsidiary of New York Life Investment Management Holdings LLC. ALPS Distributors, Inc. (ALPS) is the principal underwriter of the ETFs. NYLIFE Distributors LLC is a distributor of the ETFs and the principal underwriter of the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Plus Fund. NYLIFE Distributors LLC is located at 30 Hudson Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302. ALPS Distributors, Inc. is not affiliated with NYLIFE Distributors LLC. NYLIFE Distributors LLC is a Member FINRA/SIPC.

*IndexIQ's ETF holdings are available daily on IndexIQ's website. Brokerage commissions apply to ETFs. ETFs are liquid in that they are exchange-traded.

Index performance does not reflect charges and expenses associated with the Funds or brokerage commissions associated with buying and selling ETF shares.  One cannot invest directly in an index.

Liquid alternatives are alternative investment strategies that are available through vehicles that provide daily liquidity, such as mutual funds and ETFs.

For additional information, please contact:



Chris Sullivan/Mike MacMillan

Allison Scott

MacMillan Communications

New York Life Insurance

(212) 473-4442

(212) 576-4517

chris@macmillancom.com 

allison_scott@newyorklife.com

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