Saba Capital Management, L.P. (“Saba”) Launches an ETF Focused on Closed-End Funds, Including a Rates Hedge (Bats: CEFS)
(Date) – Saba launches CEFS, an actively managed ETF that seeks to generate high income by investing in closed-end funds trading at a discount to net asset value (“NAV”) and hedging the ETF’s risk to rising interest rates. This is Saba’s first ETF; Saba is a well-known alternative investment products firm.
Closed-end funds are listed investment vehicles that trade at a premium or discount to NAV as a result of market technicals and sentiment. Saba specializes in fixed income and equity closed-end funds trading at a discount to NAV, given they typically offer higher yield and return potential than the underlying securities. A small portion of that excess return is utilized to finance the portfolio’s interest rate hedge.
“Many closed-end funds are trading at an attractive discount to their net asset value,” said Boaz Weinstein, Founder and Chief Investment Officer at Saba. “In an environment where investors are searching for yield, we believe closed-end funds offer high income and a margin of safety due to the discount.”
The ETF offers access to Saba Capital’s portfolio managers who have years of experience trading and hedging closed-end funds. Saba Capital’s investment process includes proprietary models that dynamically rank closed-end funds across a variety of factors, including yield, discount to NAV and quality of underlying securities. In addition, CEFS seeks to outperform index-based closed-end fund products by actively trading the portfolio in an attempt to capture the widening and narrowing of discounts to net asset value.
About Saba Capital Management, L.P.
Saba is an Investment Adviser founded in 2009. The firm manages over $1.7bn across three primary strategies: Closed-End Funds, Credit Relative Value and Tail Hedge. Saba’s investors are predominately institutions and include corporate pensions, public pensions, foundations, endowments, fund of funds and family offices. The heritage of the firm dates back to 1998 at Deutsche Bank where Saba’s CIO, Boaz Weinstein, founded one of the largest proprietary trading groups on Wall Street, known as Saba Principal Strategies. The senior members of Saba Principal Strategies spun off together to begin Saba Capital. The firm is headquartered in the historic Chrysler Building in New York with an investment office in London. www.sabacapital.com.
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