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Hedge-Fund ETFs Put Sophisticated Strategies in Reach

(GlobeandMail) Hedge funds are the playground of well-heeled and institutional investors. But lower-fee exchange-traded funds (ETFs) offer similar strategies. While earning hedge fund-like returns in an ETF wrapper may be an enticing way to reduce risk or court strong performance, retail investors need to do their homework because these offerings differ vastly and can have limitations. “It’s not for everybody,” says Daniel Straus, ETF analyst at National Bank Financial Inc. “In all likelihood, they will be more complex and sophisticated than your typical S&P 500-index tracking ETF. Some of them have unique structures along with higher fees [than traditional ETF peers].”

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