Harnessing breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, asset managers like Kaiju ETF Advisors are bringing these strategies to retail investors via exchange-traded funds. Recently, the firm launched the actively managed BTD Capital Fund (DIP) based on proprietary artificial intelligence algorithms developed by a diverse group of physicists, mathematicians, and data scientists.
Let’s take a look at how the new active ETF from Kaiju ETF Advisors works and other AI-powered ETFs for investors interested in the nascent space.
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The fund holds anywhere from 20 to 40 stocks, and the portfolio turns over an average of 10% to 30% daily. As a result, the average holding period for any individual stock is two to seven trading days. These short holding times mean shareholders have limited market risk, although the fund holds most positions overnight.
Investors may consider the fund to provide equity exposure with the opportunity to outperform the S&P 500 index while minimizing downside risk. However, the fund remains new, and there’s limited historical data to compute popular risk metrics, such as standard deviations or Sharpe Ratios. As a result, investors should exercise some caution.
For instance, Qraft Advisors also offers AI-enhanced, actively managed ETFs. In particular, the asset manager looks at quality, size, value, momentum, and low volatility factors and uses machine learning to find combinations of factors that impact the market. After finding a strategy, it backtests and forward-tests the strategy to assess its performance.
Currently, Qraft offers three actively managed ETFs:
Meanwhile, Merlyn takes a fund-of-funds approach to predict sector rotation using AI algorithms. Its SectorSurfer Momentum ETF (DUDE) seeks to hold six momentum-leading ETFs, including four in economic sectors and two in geopolitical sectors. And its Bull-Rider Bear-Fighter (WIZ) ETF takes a similar approach to tactical ETF allocations.
And finally, ETFMG’s AI-Powered Equity ETF (AIEQ) uses IBM Watson to analyze millions of data points across news, social media, analyst reports, and financial statements to make fundamental investment decisions. So far this year, the fund is up more than 11% compared to a modest 3.6% gain in the broader S&P 500 SPDR ETF (SPY).
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