The name says it all. ProShares Equities for Rising Rates ETF (EQRR) is an ETF built on a strategy specifically designed to seek relative outperformance over traditional U.S. large-cap indexes during periods of rising interest rates. EQRR’s index—Nasdaq U.S. Large Cap Equities for Rising Rates Index—has more than quadrupled the return of the S&P 500 since the 10-Year U.S. Treasury’s lowest historical closing level in the summer of 2020.
EQRR’s index targets sectors that have had the highest correlation to 10-Year U.S. Treasury yields, and within those sectors targets the stocks that have had a tendency to outperform as rates rise. Perhaps not surprisingly, financials have been at the top of the list as rising rates can lead to higher margins. In addition, energy and materials stocks both stand to benefit from the inflation that usually accompanies rising rates. As the graph that follows illustrates, EQRR’s index has a total allocation of more than 80% to the financials, energy and materials sectors, while the S&P 500’s allocation to these totals approximately 20%.
Source: Bloomberg and ProShares. Industry Classification Benchmark (ICB) sector composition as of 12/31/22.
If interest rates continue to rise in 2023, now may be the time to explore strategies for your large-cap equities sleeve. ProShares Equities for Rising Rates ETF (EQRR) seeks investment results, before fees and expenses, that track the performance of the Nasdaq U.S. Large Cap Equities for Rising Rates Index. The goal of the fund is to provide relative outperformance, as compared to traditional U.S. large-cap indexes, such as the S&P 500, during periods of rising U.S. Treasury interest rates.
Built on a strategy that is specifically designed to seek relative outperformance over traditional U.S. large-cap indexes during periods of rising interest rates.
Targets sectors that have had the highest correlation to 10-Year U.S. Treasury yields and, within those sectors, the stocks that have had a strong tendency to generate relative outperformance as rates rise.
Can be used to complement traditional large-cap equity investments.
Periods greater than one year are annualized.
The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when sold or redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted. Performance data current to the most recent month-end may be obtained by calling 866.776.5125 or visiting ProShares.com. Index performance does not reflect any management fees, transaction costs or expenses. Indexes are unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in any index.
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The fund is designed to provide relative outperformance, as compared to traditional U.S. large-cap indexes, such as the S&P 500, during periods of rising U.S. Treasury interest rates. As a result, the fund may be more susceptible to underperformance in a falling rate environment. There can be no guarantee that the fund will provide positive returns or outperform other indexes.
The fund concentrates its investments in certain sectors. Narrowly focused investments typically exhibit higher volatility.
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