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Strategas Asset Management’s ETF Family Marks One-Year Anniversary; Surpasses $100 Million in Total Assets

Leading macro research firm’s1 actively managed approaches gaining traction with investors, drawn to highly differentiated strategies, strong live track records

Strategas Asset Management is today marking the one-year anniversary of the launch of its Strategas Macro Thematic Opportunities ETF (SAMT) and Strategas Global Policy Opportunities ETF (SAGP), the firm’s first forays into the Exchange Traded Fund category. Simultaneously, the firm is celebrating the fact that these two funds now cumulatively have more than $100 million in assets under management as of January 31st, 2023

Both funds are actively managed by the Strategas team, with SAMT designed to invest in three to five identified themes at any given time, with the portfolio management team adjusting thematic positioning as the macro environment shifts. As of January 2023, SAMT’s exposures are currently allocated across four major themes:

  • Recession Protection: Inflation remains an issue and economic data, outside of the labor market, continues to deteriorate.
  • Cash Flow Aristocrats: The transition from quantitative easing to quantitative tightening makes it likely that interest expenses will consume a greater share of corporate cash, giving companies with the ability to generate cash to self-fund a significant advantage.
  • Energy Security: A confluence of factors, an administration hostile to the fossil fuel industry, growing political instability, and more make an “all-inclusive” energy investing strategy the recommended method to start 2023.
  • De-Globalization: the supply chain disruptions of the past few years have resulted in companies “near-shoring” more operations and countries investing more in their own energy, food supplies, and security.

“We launched SAMT because we strongly believed that investors were not being well-served by the ‘thematic’ offerings being made available to them. After all, themes come in and out of favor quickly, and often with little to no notice. But an actively managed fund, powered by our industry-leading macro research capabilities, was something we thought could provide a powerful tool for investors looking for the most meaningful opportunities amidst a sea of ‘themes,’” said Nicholas Bohnsack, CEO of Strategas Asset Management and Portfolio Manager for SAMT. “We’re very excited by the reception SAMT has gotten thus far and look forward to continuing to educate the marketplace on this fund’s highly differentiated nature.”

SAGP utilizes Strategas’ proprietary super-cyclical “lobbying intensity” analytical framework in combination with the portfolio management team’s recommended asset allocation approach. The resulting portfolio is made up of global equities we believe are best positioned for potential positive impacts tied to public policy initiatives at the U.S. federal government level. The management team also incorporates tactical tilts toward the most favorable equity sleeves, such as domestic versus international, large-cap versus small cap, and more.

“Political volatility can lead to equity performance volatility, particularly for those companies that have not built a robust, long-term public affairs program to help them have their voice heard in what has been a constantly shifting political environment in recent years,” added Dan Clifton, Partner, Head of Policy Research and Lead Portfolio Manager for SAGP. “By combining rigorous active management with our lobbying intensity framework, we’re providing investors with a means to identify the opportunities amidst a range of policy outcomes.”

Additional information can be found at the Strategas ETFs website.


Founded in 2006, Strategas Securities, is a global institutional broker-dealer. The Firm provides macro research, capital market and corporate advisory services, and financial products to institutional investors and corporate executives in more than twenty countries around the world.

Strategas Asset Management is a research-driven manager of macro-thematic investment strategies, founded to create a suite of managed strategies to assist institutional investors, family offices, and financial advisors with implementing the tactical and thematic idea generation of Strategas’ macro-oriented research. As of December 2022, Strategas Asset Management has approximately $749 million in AUM/A.

Strategas Securities, LLC and Strategas Asset Management, LLC are wholly owned subsidiaries of Baird Financial Group.

Risk Disclosures and Important Information


Carefully consider each Fund’s investment objectives, risk, and charges and expenses. This and other information can be found in the Fund’s summary or full prospectus which can be obtained by calling (855) 457-3637 or by visiting Please read the prospectus, carefully before investing.

Each Fund is new and has a limited operating history.

Strategas Asset Management, LLC serves as the investment advisor for each Fund and Vident Investment Advisory, LLC serves as a sub advisor to each Fund. The Funds are distributed by SEI Investments Distribution Co. (SIDCO), which is not affiliated with Strategas Asset Management, LLC or any of its affiliates.

Shares of any ETF are generally bought and sold at market price (not NAV) and are not individually redeemed from the fund. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.

An investment in the Funds involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

In addition to the normal risks associated with investing, the Strategas Global Policy Opportunities ETF (SAGP) is subject to lobbying focused investment risk. The adviser’s investment process utilizes lobbying intensity as the primary input when selecting investments for the Fund’s portfolio and does not consider an investment’s traditional financial metrics. The Fund may underperform other funds that select investments utilizing more traditional investment metrics. The Fund may also focus its investments in a particular country or geographic region outside the U.S. and may be more susceptible to economic, political, regulatory or other events or conditions affecting issuers and countries within that country or geographic regions well as risks of increased volatility and lower trading volume.

In addition to the normal risks associated with investing, the Strategas Macro Thematic Opportunities ETF (SAMT) is subject to macro-thematic trend investing strategy risk. Therefore, the value of the Fund may decline if, among other reasons, macro-thematic trends believed to be beneficial to the Fund do not develop as anticipated or maintain over time, or the securities selected for inclusion in the Fund’s portfolio do not perform as anticipated.

These funds may trade securities actively, may be more heavily invested in particular sectors and may be especially sensitive to factors and economic risks that specifically affect those sectors.


For the sixth year in a row Strategas was voted the top macro only research provider on Wall Street, with ranked analysts in Portfolio Strategy, Economics, Washington Policy, Tax & Accounting, and Technical Analysis according to Institutional Investor Magazine


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