IndexIQ Hedge Fund Indexes all Turn Positive In March

Monthly performance of firm’s IQ Hedge family of benchmark hedge fund replication indexes released today

Updated holdings in the IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF (MNA) available as well


RYE BROOK, New York, April 14,2016 – IndexIQ, the leading provider of innovative investment solutions, today announced the performance of its family of IQ Hedge™ Indexes and the updated holdings in the firm’s IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF (NYSE Arca: MNA).

"March saw a strong rebound in the equity markets and positive returns across our index family," said Salvatore Bruno, Chief Investment Officer at IndexIQ. "Volatility persisted, however, as the U.S. Treasury unexpectedly announced new regulations governing so-called 'tax inversions' in early April. While this is already having an impact on some cross border M&A activity, we don't believe domestic deals will be impacted."

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.

"Performance in our IQ Hedge family of indexes was positive across the board in March," added Adam Patti, CEO of IndexIQ. "One of the trends we recommended that investors and advisors watch for this year was hedge fund strategies potentially becoming more attractive and all six of the IQ Hedge indices ended the first quarter of 2016 in positive territory."

IQ Hedge index returns for the period ended March 31, 2016 were as follows:

IQ Hedge Indexes
    1 Month 3 Month YTD 1 Year 3 Year 5 Year
IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Index IQHGMS 2.27% 1.49% 1.49% -1.71% 3.14% 3.20%
IQ Hedge Market Neutral Index IQHGMN 1.06% 1.82% 1.82% 0.30% 1.80% 2.15%
IQ Hedge Global Macro Index IQHGMA 2.94% 1.90% 1.90% -1.46% -0.94% -0.36%
IQ Hedge Event Driven Index IQHGED 3.26% 1.52% 1.52% 0.08% 4.92% 3.39%
IQ Hedge Long/Short Index IQHGLS 3.83% 0.65% 0.65% -2.57% 3.46% 3.35%
IQ Merger Arbitrage Index IQMNA 0.79% 3.01% 3.01% 1.88% 5.46% 4.02%

 

"Merger and acquisition activity was largely positive across sectors in March," added Bruno. "Exposures in our IQ Merger Arbitrage Index from the consumer, industrial and healthcare sectors all helped drive positive returns. Positive contributions from the technology sector also played a role in March's returns.”

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

Additions to the IQ Merger Arbitrage Index

Target
Name
Acquirer
Name
Target
Sector
Target
Country
Announce
Date
Added
Date
Amaya, Inc. Amaya, Inc. /Management/ Consumer Discretionary Canada 02/01/2016 04/05/2016
Apollo Education Group, Inc. Apollo Education Group, Inc. /Private Group/ Industrials United States 02/08/2016 04/05/2016
Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. TransCanada Corp. Energy United States 03/17/2016 04/05/2016
Empire District Electric Co. Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. Utilities United States 02/09/2016 04/05/2016
The Fresh Market, Inc. Apollo Global Management LLC Consumer Staples United States 03/14/2016 04/05/2016
IHS Inc Markit Ltd Energy United States 03/21/2016 04/05/2016
Rofin-Sinar Technologies, Inc. Coherent, Inc. Information Technology United States 03/16/2016 04/05/2016
Tumi Holdings, Inc. Samsonite International SA Consumer Discretionary United States 03/03/2016 04/05/2016
The Valspar Corp. The Sherwin-Williams Co. Materials United States 03/20/2016 04/05/2016

 

Deletions from the IQ Merger Arbitrage Index

Target
Name
Acquirer
Name
Sector Country Announce
Date
Added
Date
Deal
Result
RealD, Inc. Rizvi Traverse Management LLC Information Technology United States 11/09/2015 02/03/2016 Completed
Cameron International Corp. Schlumberger NV Energy United States 08/26/2015 09/03/2015 Completed
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Marriott International, Inc. Consumer Discretionary United States 11/16/2015 02/03/2016 Completed
Atmel Corp. Microchip Technology, Inc. Information Technology United States 01/13/2016 02/03/2016 Completed
Jarden Corp. Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. Consumer Discretionary United States 12/14/2015 01/06/2016 Completed
National Penn Bancshares, Inc. BB&T Corp. Financials United States 08/17/2015 09/03/2015 Completed
Media General, Inc. Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. Consumer Discretionary United States 09/28/2015 10/06/2015 Max Age
TNT Express NV FedEx Corp. Industrials Netherlands 04/07/2015 07/07/2015 Max Age
Time Warner Cable, Inc. Charter Communications, Inc. Consumer Discretionary United States 05/26/2015 06/03/2015 Max Age

 

The IndexIQ family of funds includes:

  • IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Plus Fund (IQHIX – Class I Shares; IQHOX – Class A Shares);
  • IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (NYSE Arca: QAI);
  • IQ Hedge Market Neutral Tracker ETF (NYSE Arca: QMN);
  • IQ Hedge Macro Tracker ETF (NYSE Arca: MCRO);
  • IQ Hedge Long/Short Tracker ETF (NYSE Arca: QLS);
  • IQ Hedge Event-Driven Tracker ETF (NYSE Arca: QED);
  • IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF (NYSE Arca: MNA);
  • IQ 50 Percent Hedged FTSE International ETF (NYSE Arca: HFXI);
  • IQ 50 Percent Hedged FTSE Europe ETF (NYSE Arca: HFXE);
  • IQ 50 Percent Hedged FTSE Japan ETF (NYSE Arca: HFXJ);
  • IQ Leaders GTAA Tracker ETF (NYSE Arca: QGTA);
  • IQ Real Return ETF (NYSE Arca: CPI);
  • IQ US Real Estate Small Cap ETF (NYSE Arca: ROOF);
  • IQ Global Resources ETF (NYSE Arca: GRES);
  • IQ Global Agribusiness Small Cap ETF (NYSE Arca: CROP);
  • IQ Global Oil Small Cap ETF (NYSE Arca: IOIL);
  • IQ Canada Small Cap ETF (NYSE Arca: CNDA); and,
  • IQ Australia Small Cap ETF (NYSE Arca: KROO)

About IndexIQ

IndexIQ is a pioneer and leading provider of innovative investment solutions focused on absolute return, real assets, and international 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.

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