IndexIQ has introduced the first merger arbitrage exchange-traded fund, the IQ ARB Merger Arbitrage ETF. The fund will invest in global companies that an acquirer has announced it will acquire through a “merger arbitrage.” Thus, the fund will try to take advantage of any price differentials between the current price of a stock and the expected value when the deal is completed.
“To date, investors have not had broad access to capitalize on mergers and acquisitions activity in an ETF,” said Adam Patti, chief executive officer at IndexIQ. “The Merger Arbitrage ETF is a hedged strategy designed to take advantage of price disparities that exist in merger activity and strengthen investor portfolios by buying below the target price and realizing the capital appreciation if the deal closes at or above the target price. As such a strategy has not previously been accessible in an ETF offering investors a highly liquid, transparent, low cost and easily tradable product, we are very excited about providing this ETF solution to investors.”