IQ Global Resources ETF (GRES) and IQ Real Return ETF (CPI) Both Outperform Benchmarks at 3-Year Ann

IQ Global Resources ETF (GRES) and IQ Real Return ETF (CPI) Both Outperform Benchmarks at 3-Year Anniversary

GRES has proven itself as an outperforming commodity ETF with low volatility; CPI has proven itself as an outperforming "cash alternative" and a low volatility inflation hedge

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- IndexIQ, a leading developer of index-based, liquid alternative investment solutions, announced today that two of its Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) have marked their third anniversaries on October 27, 2012: the IQ Global Resources ETF (NYSE Arca: GRES) and the IQ Real Return ETF (NYSE Arca: CPI).


GRES was introduced on October 27, 2009 and is the broadest commodities and natural resources ETF, including: livestock; precious metals; grains, food and fiber; energy; industrial metals; plus timber, water, and coal. GRES is based on an index with over 5 years of live history, designed to reweight its allocations to individual commodity sectors monthly with a goal to "buy low and sell high." The fund is diversified both geographically and by sector. This unique and market proven methodology has made GRES among the highest performing ETFs in the commodities and natural resources category during its three-year live history, as well as exhibiting among the lowest levels of volatility in its class.

From inception through its three-year anniversary, GRES performed as follows:

                                                   
  As of 10/27/12     As of 9/30/12
   

 

1 Month

   

 

3 month

   

 

YTD

   

 

1 Year

   

 

3 Year

   

 

5 Year

   

Since

Inception*

   

 

1 Year

   

Since

Inception*

IQ Global Resources ETF (GRES)                                                    
NAV   2.53%     10.72%     4.13%     -0.81%     5.34%     n/a     5.34%     4.80%     4.68%
Share Price   2.69%     11.04%     4.46%     -1.48%     5.39%     n/a     5.39%     4.96%     4.43%
Volatility   10.24%     10.50%     11.44%     13.84%     14.81%     n/a     14.81%     14.75%     14.81%
IQ Global Resources Index (IQGREST)                                                    
Returns   2.45%     11.17%     5.72%     2.82%     7.65%     2.12%     7.65%     9.15%     7.07%
Volatility   10.27%     10.73%     11.50%     13.64%     14.82%     19.87%    

14.82%

    14.62%     14.82%
S&P North American Natural Resources Sector Index                                                    
Returns   -1.14%     6.99%     3.11%     0.74%     6.50%     -1.13%     6.50%     20.48%     7.50%
Volatility   17.65%     17.75%     19.86%     23.63%     25.65%     37.37%     25.65%     25.55%     25.65%
Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index                                                    
Returns   -1.74%     0.43%     1.72%     -2.80%     1.99%     -4.07%     1.99%     5.99%     3.37%
Volatility   12.44%     12.61%     14.26%     14.72%     16.53%     21.00%     16.53%     15.21%     16.53%
                                 

Fund inception date is October 27, 2009. Performance data shown represents past performance and 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. GRES has an expense ratio of 0.75%. Fund performance current to the most recent month-end is available by calling 1-888-934-0777 or by visiting www.IndexIQ.com .

"We designed GRES to provide exposure to the full spectrum of the commodity universe and it remains the broadest commodity ETF available to investors today," said IndexIQ CEO Adam Patti. "It is also the only broad-based commodity equity ETF to provide exposure to Timber, Water and Coal. We designed GRES to help solve what we believe to be significant structural issues of other leading commodity products, including the deleterious effects of contango and backwardation, the issuance of K-1s for the derivative-based ETFs, the significant overweight of energy inherent in many of the other competing products, and the high correlation to broad equities and high volatility that the equity-based commodity products exhibit. GRES has accomplished all of these goals through in its 3-year track-record, as well as the 5-year track-record of its underlying index."

CPI also began trading on October 27, 2009 and is based on an index designed to provide investors with a hedge against the U.S. inflation rate by providing a "real return," or return above the rate of inflation, as represented by the Consumer Price Index ("CPI"). CPI provides exposure to 12 asset classes, including broad commodities, gold, oil, U.S. government short-, intermediate-, and long-term maturity obligations; U.S. real estate; foreign currencies and currency futures; foreign equity; and U.S. large and small cap equity. Investors have gravitated to CPI for use as an alternative to long-term cash holdings or in lieu of other short-term fixed income holdings.

From inception through its three-year anniversary, CPI performed as follows:

                                                   
  As of 10/27/12     As of 9/30/12
   

 

1 Month

   

 

3 month

   

 

YTD

   

 

1 Year

   

 

3 Year

   

 

5 Year

   

Since

Inception*

   

 

1 Year

   

Since

Inception*

IQ Real Return ETF (CPI)                                                    
NAV   -0.60%     0.27%     1.77%     1.89%     1.83%     n/a     1.83%     3.26%     2.13%
Share Price   -0.74%     0.34%     1.44%     1.99%     1.80%     n/a     1.80%     3.41%     2.14%
Volatility   1.65%     1.89%     2.04%     2.27%     1.94%     n/a     1.94%     2.34%     1.94%
IQ Real Return Index (IQHGCPIT)                                                    
Returns   -0.56%     0.39%     2.19%     2.64%     2.48%     n/a     2.48%     4.00%     2.78%
Volatility   1.66%     1.87%     2.03%     2.25%     1.91%     n/a     1.91%     2.30%     1.91%
Barclays Capital U.S. Short Treasury Bond Index                                                    
Returns   0.00%     0.03%     0.10%     0.12%     0.21%     0.94%     0.21%     0.14%     0.22%
Volatility   0.05%     0.05%     0.05%     0.05%     0.06%     0.78%     0.06%     0.05%     0.06%
                                 

Fund inception date is October 27, 2009. Performance data shown represents past performance and 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. CPI has an expense ratio: 0.48% and total annual fund operating expenses of 0.71%. Fund performance current to the most recent month-end is available by calling 1-888-934-0777 or by visiting www.IndexIQ.com .

"CPI was created in part as an alternative to Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS), which we believe to be an insufficient hedge against inflation," said Patti. "Our research has shown that a multi-asset approach to inflation hedging tends to be more effective than the exposure offered by TIPS and we're pleased with the track record that CPI has been able to develop over the last three years. CPI has accomplished its goal of providing approximately 2-3% return above that of short term fixed income, with a consistent volatility profile of approximately 2%."

Both GRES and CPI were the first ETFs of their kind at the time they were introduced and were designed to address serious limitations which IndexIQ believes to exist in other products, namely the issues with TIPS cited above and in the case of GRES, providing exposure to markets IndexIQ believes would benefit from growing demand for commodities, and to act as an alternative to energy-heavy commodity ETFs, while avoiding the complexities of direct commodity ownership through derivatives.

"GRES and CPI were designed from the start to provide investors with exposure to specific segments of the market that we believed were not being adequately addressed at the time the funds were launched," said Adam S. Patti, Chief Executive Officer at IndexIQ. "We are pleased to note on this third anniversary that both funds have performed as we had hoped they would, and that both have posted returns that exceed their respective benchmarks over the three-year period."

Since its founding in 2006, IndexIQ has been an innovator in the development and application of index-based, liquid alternative investment solutions. IndexIQ has launched a number of first-of-their-kind products, and has emerged as a leader in the "hedge-style" ETF category by assets under management (AUM). Its IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (QAI) is the largest "hedge-style" ETF in the market by assets. Other funds launched by IndexIQ in the alternatives space include:

  • IQ Alpha Hedge Strategy Fund (IQHIX - Institutional Share Class; IQHOX - Investor Share Class), designed to be a core portfolio holding in the alternative category, and the first open-end, no-load hedge fund replication mutual fund;
  • IQ Hedge Market Neutral Tracker ETF (NYSE Arca: QMN), designed to replicate the performance of the Market Neutral segment of the hedge fund universe;
  • IQ Hedge Macro Tracker ETF (NYSE Arca: MCRO), designed as an equity alternative, and the first Global Macro hedge fund replication ETF; and
  • IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF (NYSE Arca: MNA), designed as an equity alternative, and the first merger arbitrage ETF;

IndexIQ also has developed ETFs focused on providing real asset exposure, including:

  • IQ US Real Estate Small Cap ETF (NYSE Arca: ROOF), the first US Real Estate Small Cap ETF;
  • IQ Global Agribusiness Small Cap ETF (NYSE Arca: CROP), the first agribusiness small cap ETF;
  • IQ Global Oil Small Cap ETF (NYSE Arca: IOIL), the first global oil small cap ETF;

The firm's international investment strategies include:

  • IQ Canada Small Cap ETF (NYSE Arca: CNDA), the first Canada small cap ETF;
  • IQ Australia Small Cap ETF (NYSE Arca: KROO), the first Australia small cap ETF; and
  • IQ Emerging Markets Mid Cap ETF (NYSE Arca: EMER), the first Emerging Markets mid cap ETF.

About IndexIQ

IndexIQ is a leading issuer of index-based liquid alternative solutions focused on absolute return, real asset and international strategies. IndexIQ solutions are offered as ETFs, Mutual Funds & Separate Accounts. IndexIQ's philosophy is to democratize investment management by making innovative alternative investment strategies available to investors in low cost, liquid and transparent products.* IndexIQ strategies are marketed through the company's proprietary investment products and select partnerships with leading global financial institutions. Additional information about the company and its products can be found at www.IndexIQ.com.

*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.

Investors in GRES do not receive K-1s for tax reporting purposes, as do investors in other commodities and natural resources investments. GRES distributes a single Form 1099 to its shareholders. Contango (backwardation) occurs when the futures price is above (below) the expected future spot price, resulting in the price declining (rising) to the spot price before the delivery date.

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. The S&P North American Natural Resources Sector Index measures the performance of U.S.-traded natural resource related stocks. The Dow Jones-UBS Commodity Index is composed of futures contracts on physical commodities traded on U.S. exchanges, with the exception of aluminum, nickel and zinc, which trade on the London Metal Exchange (LME). The Barclays Capital U.S. Short Treasury Bond Index measures the performance of U.S. Treasury securities that have a remaining maturity between one and twelve months.

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