IndexIQ's IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (Ticker: QAI) Named "Best 40 Act Liquid Alternatives Fund" By Hedgeweek

RYE BROOK, New York, March 21,2016 – IndexIQ, a leading provider of alternative investment solutions, today announced that its IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (QAI) has been named “Best 40 Act Liquid Alternatives Fund” for 2016 by the readership of Hedgeweek. QAI, the oldest and largest liquid alternatives ETF, will mark its seventh anniversary in the marketplace on March 25.

The announcement was made at the Hedgeweek Global Awards ceremony in London on February 26. The shortlist of top performers was produced by Prequin, a leading source of data and intelligence for the alternative asset industry, and the final winners were voted on by Hedgeweek readers.

“At its launch, QAI created a whole new category of ETFs, giving advisors and investors access to an investment strategy that had previously been available only to institutions and high net worth individuals,” said Adam Patti, chief executive officer at IndexIQ. “Seven years later, the approach pioneered by QAI is more relevant than ever as investors continue to deal with dramatically increased levels of global market volatility, a trend that shows no sign of slowing as we head further into 2016.”

“Against that backdrop, advisors and investors continue to search for investment options that have the potential to provide exposure to the markets while at the same time managing volatility,” continued Patti. “We’re very pleased that QAI has been recognized as the ‘Best 40 Act Liquid Alternatives Fund’.”

Launched in 2009, QAI seeks to replicate, before fees and expenses, the returns of the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Index. The Index attempts to replicate the risk-adjusted return characteristics of hedge funds using multiple hedge fund investment styles, including long/short equity, global macro, market neutral, event-driven, fixed income arbitrage, and emerging markets.

IndexIQ was the innovator of the liquid alternative ETF category and remains the largest fund provider in the space. Other liquid alternative offerings in IndexIQ’s family of funds include:

  • IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Plus Fund (IQHIX – Class I Shares; IQHOX – Class A Shares);
  • 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); and
  • IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF (NYSE Arca: MNA).

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.

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

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 mutual fund. NYLIFE Distributors LLC is located at 169 Lackawanna Ave, Parsippany, NJ 07054. 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.

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.
Investors cannot invest in an index.

The IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Plus Fund (IQ Fund), the IQ Hedge Multi-Strategy Tracker ETF (IQ Multi-Strategy ETF), the IQ Hedge Market Neutral Tracker ETF (QMN ETF), the IQ Hedge Long/Short Tracker ETF (QLS ETF), the IQ Hedge Event-Driven Tracker ETF (QED ETF), and the IQ Macro Tracker ETF (IQ Macro ETF) are not hedge funds and do not invest in hedge funds. The IQ Hedge-Multi Strategy Plus Fund is a registered open-end mutual fund that invests in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and similar securities in an attempt to replicate the performance characteristics of certain hedge fund investing styles, but with less cost, more liquidity, and greater portfolio transparency than traditional hedge funds. There can be no assurance that the Funds’ investment strategies will be successful. The investment performance of the IQ Multi-Strategy ETF, the QMN ETF, the IQ Macro ETF, the QLS ETF, the QED ETF, and the IQ Real Return ETF (collectively, the IQ ETFs), because they are funds of funds, depends on the investment performance of the underlying ETFs in which they invest. There is no guarantee that the IQ ETFs themselves, or each of the underlying ETFs in the Funds’ portfolios, will perform exactly as its underlying index. The IQ ETFs are non-diversified and susceptible to greater losses if a single portfolio investment declines than would a diversified mutual fund. The IQ ETFs’ underlying ETFs invest in: foreign securities, which subject them to risk of loss not typically associated with domestic markets, such as currency fluctuations and political uncertainty; commodities markets, which subject them to greater volatility than investments in traditional securities, such as stocks and bonds; and fixed income securities, which subject them to credit risk; the possibility that the issuer of a security will be unable to make interest payments and/or repay the principal on its debt; and interest rate risk; changes in the value of a fixed-income security resulting from changes in interest rates. Leverage, including borrowing, will cause some of the IQ ETF’s underlying ETFs to be more volatile than if the underlying ETFs had not been leveraged.

For additional information, please contact:

Chris Sullivan/Mike MacMillan
MacMillan Communications
(212) 473-4442
chris@macmillancom.com

Allison Scott
New York Life Insurance
(212) 576-4517
allison_scott@newyorklife.com