Innovator Announces Upside Cap Ranges on 17 Defined Outcome ETFs™ and Listing of Four New Premium Income Barrier ETFs™
ETFs seek to offer investors a range of upside potential and income levels across a variety of enhancement rates and outcome periods
CHICAGO, June 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Innovator Capital Management, LLC (Innovator), pioneer and provider of the largest lineup of Defined Outcome ETFs, today announced July upside cap and rate ranges on its Buffer, Barrier, and Accelerated ETFs™.
“In early 2023, widespread bearish sentiment had many calling for increased cash and bond allocations as a way to defend against a market downturn; yet equity markets had a stronger first half of the year than expected,” said Bruce Bond, founder and CEO of Innovator ETFs. “Investors in our Defined Outcome ETFs were able to position defensively with known-levels of built-in buffers against loss while also benefitting from the equity market rally. We believe the case for our July Series of Defined Outcome ETFs and upcoming Premium Income Barrier ETFs™ is strong given continued uncertainty in both bond and equity markets heading into the second half of the year.
CIO Graham Day also noted, “In addition to offering refreshed levels of upside potential on 17 existing Defined Outcome ETFs™, we’re also pleased to be listing four more Premium Income Barrier ETFs™, providing more ways for investors to pursue high levels of income with built-in barriers of 10%, 20%, 30% or 40% against loss.”
Below is the full list of ETFs resetting or listing on July 3rd:
|INNOVATOR PREMIUM INCOME BARRIER ETFS™|
|JULD||Premium Income 10 Barrier ETF™||9.1%-10.1%||SPX||1x/1x + 10% Barrier||12 mos|
|JULH||Premium Income 20 Barrier ETF™||8.0%-8.9%||SPX||1x/1x + 20% Barrier||12 mos|
|JULJ||Premium Income 30 Barrier ETF™||6.8%-7.6%||SPX||1x/1x + 30% Barrier||12 mos|
|JULQ||Premium Income 40 Barrier ETF™||5.8%-6.6%||SPX||1x/1x + 40% Barrier||12 mos|
|INNOVATOR BUFFER & FLOOR ETFS™|
|Ticker||ETF Name||Upside Cap
|NJUL||Growth-100 Power Buffer ETF||17.2%-18.5%||QQQ||1x/1x + 15% Buffer||12 mos|
|KJUL||U.S. Small Cap Power Buffer ETF||17.5%-19.7%||IWM||1x/1x + 15% Buffer||12 mos|
|EJUL||Emerging Markets Power Buffer ETF||11.8%-17.7%||EEM||1x/1x + 15% Buffer||12 mos|
|IJUL||Intl Developed Power Buffer ETF||7.3%-14.4%||EFA||1x/1x + 15% Buffer||12 mos|
|UJUL||U.S. Equity Ultra Buffer ETF||13.3%-14.6%||SPY||1x/1x + 30% Buffer||12 mos|
|PJUL||U.S. Equity Power Buffer ETF||14.6%-15.4%||SPY||1x/1x + 15% Buffer||12 mos|
|BJUL||U.S. Equity Buffer ETF||19.5%-21.7%||SPY||1x/1x + 9% Buffer||12 mos|
|BALT||Defined Wealth Shield ETF||2.5%-2.8%||SPY||1x/1x + 15% Buffer||3 mos|
|TBJL||20+ Year Treasury Bond 9 Buffer ETF™||21.9%-30.3%||TLT||1x/1x + 9% Buffer||12 mos|
|TFJL||20+ Year Treasury Bond 5 Floor ETF||8.8%-11.3%||TLT||1x/1x + 5% Floor||3 mos|
|TSLH||Hedged TSLA Strategy ETF||11.1%-14.9%||TSLA||1x/1x + 10% Floor||3 mos|
|INNOVATOR ACCELERATED ETFS™|
|Ticker||ETF Name||Upside Cap
|QTJL||Growth Accelerated Plus ETF||19.3%-7.0%||QQQ||3x/1x||12 mos|
|XDJL||U.S. Equity Accelerated ETF||16.6%-9.2%||SPY||2x/1x||12 mos|
|XTJL||U.S. Equity Accelerated Plus ETF||15.2%-5.7%||SPY||3x/1x||12 mos|
|XBJL||U.S. Equity Accelerated 9 Buffer ETF||12.4%-6.8%||SPY||2x/1x + 9% Buffer||12 mos|
|XDSQ||U.S. Equity Accelerated ETF||5.9%-3.5%||SPY||2x/1x||3 mos|
|XDQQ||Growth Accelerated ETF||8.2%-4.7%||QQQ||2x/1x||3 mos|
Cap ranges are based on the highest and lowest values based on the 20 trading days prior to 6/25/23 and are shown gross of fund management fees. Distribution rate ranges are based on the highest and lowest values based on the 20 trading days prior to 6/14/23 and are shown gross of fund management fees.
* “Cap” refers to the maximum potential return, before fees and expenses and any shareholder transaction fees and any extraordinary expenses, if held over the full Outcome Period. The Caps above are shown gross of each fund’s management fee (.79% annually for all funds in the table above, except for BALT (.69% annual, .175% quarterly); IJUL (.85%); and EJUL (.89%)). Along with BALT, TFJL and TSLH operate on quarterly outcome periods and, at .79% annual fees, the funds carry .2% fees on a quarterly basis.
**“Buffer” refers to the amount of downside protection the fund seeks to provide, before fees and expenses, over the full Outcome Period. Outcome Period is the intended length of time over which the defined outcomes are sought. Upon commencement of any fund’s Outcome Period, the Caps can be found on a daily basis via www.innovatoretfs.com
*** Although BALT targets a 20% buffer, the buffer may fall into a range of 15% to 20%; there is no guarantee that the buffer will be within this range or that the Fund will provide the buffer. The Upside Cap above is shown gross of the .175% quarterly (0.69% annual) management fee for BALT. Upon commencement of the Outcome Period, the remaining Cap and/or Buffer can be found on a daily basis via www.innovatoretfs.com
****“Floor” refers to the projected maximum amount of loss an investor can expect to incur prior to the downside protection the fund seeks to provide, before fees and expenses, over the full Outcome Period. The Floor is only operative against Underlying share price losses exceeding approximately 5% for TFJL and 10% for TSLH over the duration of the Outcome Period. There is no guarantee that the Fund will be successful in its attempt to provide the Floor. If an investor is considering purchasing Shares during the Outcome Period, and the Fund has already increased in value, then a shareholder may experience losses prior to gaining the protection offered by the Floor, which is not guaranteed.
* “Defined Distribution Rate” refers to the maximum potential return, before fees and expenses and any shareholder transaction fees and any extraordinary expenses, if held over the full Outcome Period. The ranges are based on the highest and lowest distribution rates as illustrated by the Funds’ strategy, based upon the 20 trading days prior to June 14th. “Barrier” refers to the initial amount of downside protection the fund seeks to provide, before fees and expenses, over the full Outcome Period. If the decrease in the price of the reference asset at the end of the Outcome Period exceeds the barrier level, investors will experience the entirety of reference asset losses. Outcome Period is the length of time over which the defined outcomes are sought. Upon fund launch, the distribution rates can be found on a daily basis via www.innovatoretfs.com. The Defined Distribution Rate is applicable only to those investors who hold Shares for an entire Outcome Period and is not guaranteed.
The Funds’ investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses should be considered carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other important information, and it may be obtained at innovatoretfs.com. Read it carefully before investing.
The Funds have characteristics unlike many other traditional investment products and may not be suitable for all investors. For more information regarding whether an investment in the Fund is right for you, please see “Investor Suitability” in the prospectus.
Although each Fund seeks to achieve the defined outcomes stated in its investment objective, there is no guarantee that it will do so. The returns that the Funds seek to provide do not include the costs associated with purchasing shares of the Fund and certain expenses incurred by the Fund.
The Outcomes may only be realized by investors who continuously hold Shares from the commencement of the Outcome Period until its conclusion. Investors who purchase Shares after the Outcome Period has begun or sell Shares prior to the Outcome Period’s conclusion may experience investment returns very different from those that the Fund seeks to provide.
Important risk information regarding Barrier ETFs
There are material differences between traditional fixed income asset classes and the Innovator Barrier ETFs, which seek to provide a high level of income. The NAV of Barrier ETFs are tied to the underlying options on the S&P 500, a broad-based measure of the large cap U.S. equity market. The value of fixed income products is tied to the value of the fixed income instruments the products hold. Within a corporate capital structure, equity is generally subordinate to fixed income assets and, as such, carries a higher level of risk than fixed income assets.
Investment Objective: The Funds seeks to provide investors, over a 1 year period (outcome period), with an investment that provides a high level of income through a Defined Distribution Rate and that is not subject to any losses experienced by the U.S. Equity Index that are at or below a the respective Barrier (10, 20, 30, 40) and is subject to initial losses experienced by the U.S. Equity Index beginning at the Barrier and to the full extent of U.S. Equity Index losses on a one-to-one basis beginning after the barrier threshold has been crossed.
Barrier ETFs distribution rate sought by the Funds are based upon a yield rate that is comprised of the yield generated by the U.S. Treasuries and the premiums received from the Fund selling FLEX Options (the ““Defined Distribution Rate”).
Over each Outcome Period, shareholders will also be subject to U.S. Equity Index losses that are based upon an investment “barrier,” which is an investment strategy whereby a payoff depends on whether an underlying asset has breached a predetermined performance level. The Funds seek to provide a pre-determined barrier at 10, 20, 30, or 40%, respectively, of U.S. Equity Index losses for each Outcome Period (the “Barrier”) by selling FLEX Options that reference the U.S. Equity Index for each Outcome Period (the “Barrier Options”). There is no guarantee that the Fund will be successful in its attempt to implement the Barrier. At the commencement of the new Outcome Period, the Fund will sell new Barrier Options with an expiration date of approximately one year and invest in U.S Treasuries with a maturity date that aligns with the expiration of the new Outcome Period.
Fund shareholders also will be subject to all losses experienced by the U.S. Equity Index if the U.S. Equity Index experiences losses that exceed the Barrier at the end of the Outcome Period. If at the end of the Outcome Period the U.S. Equity Index has experienced a positive price return, or price return losses that are less than the Barrier, the Fund is designed to provide returns that equal the Yield Rate. However, if the U.S. Equity Index has decreased in value below the Barrier at the end of the Outcome Period, the Fund’s investments will generate Outcomes that equal the Yield Rate less the entirety of the U.S. Equity Index’s losses over the course of the Outcome Period. The Fund will not benefit from any increases in the U.S. Equity Index over the course of an Outcome Period but is subject to the possibility of significant losses experienced by the U.S. Equity Index if the value of the U.S. Equity Index drops below the Barrier at the end of the Outcome Period. An investor could lose its entire investment. The Fund will not receive or benefit from any dividend payments made by the constituents of the U.S. Equity Index.
A shareholder may lose its entire investment. In the event an investor purchases Shares after the commencement of the Outcome Period or sells Shares prior to the expiration of the Outcome Period, the Barrier that the Fund seeks to provide may not be available. In addition, the operationality of the Barrier is such that the Fund may experience dramatic changes in value of its NAV at the end of the Outcome Period, even if the changes in the U.S. Equity Index are minimal. If the U.S. Equity Index’s value is at or near the Barrier at the end of the Outcome Period, small changes in the value of the U.S. Equity Index could result in dramatic changes in the value of the Barrier Options and therefore the Fund’s NAV. Investors should understand these risks before investing in the Fund.
The Funds’ website, www.innovatoretfs.com, provides important Fund information as well information relating to the potential outcomes of an investment in a Fund on a daily basis.
The Fund uses its net assets (including the premiums received by selling Barrier Options) to purchase U.S. Treasuries that expire at the end of the Outcome Period. The U.S. Treasuries are entitled to an interest rate, which when added to the premiums received for selling Barrier Options, produce the Yield Rate. The Yield Rate is distributed to shareholders in Fund Distributions. The amount of the Fund Distributions is dependent, in part, upon the income received from the U.S. Treasuries, which is not guaranteed. If the U.S. Treasuries fail to pay income or pay less income than anticipated, the Yield Rate will not be obtained, and a Fund Distribution will be less than anticipated.
Investing involves risks. Loss of principal is possible. The Funds face numerous market trading risks, including active markets risk, authorized participation concentration risk, correlation risk, liquidity risk, management risk, market maker risk, market risk, non-diversification risk, operation risk, options risk, trading issues risk, upside participation risk and valuation risk. For a detail list of fund risks see the prospectus.
FLEX Options Risk. The Fund will utilize FLEX Options issued and guaranteed for settlement by the Options Clearing Corporation (OCC). In the unlikely event that the OCC becomes insolvent or is otherwise unable to meet its settlement obligations, the Fund could suffer significant losses. Additionally, FLEX Options may be less liquid than standard options. In a less liquid market for the FLEX Options, the Fund may have difficulty closing out certain FLEX Options positions at desired times and prices. The values of FLEX Options do not increase or decrease at the same rate as the reference asset and may vary due to factors other than the price of reference asset.
These Funds are designed to provide point-to-point exposure to the price return of the Reference Asset via a basket of Flex Options. As a result, the ETFs are not expected to move directly in line with the Reference Asset during the interim period.
Buffer and Accelerated ETF shareholders are subject to an upside return cap (the “Cap”) that represents the maximum percentage return an investor can achieve from an investment in the funds’ for the Outcome Period, before fees and expenses. If the Outcome Period has begun and the Fund has increased in value to a level near to the Cap, an investor purchasing at that price has little or no ability to achieve gains but remains vulnerable to downside risks. Additionally, the Cap may rise or fall from one Outcome Period to the next. The Cap, and the Fund’s position relative to it, should be considered before investing in the Fund. The Funds’ website, www.innovatoretfs.com, provides important Fund information as well information relating to the potential outcomes of an investment in a Fund on a daily basis.
The Funds with buffer mechanisms only seek to provide shareholders that hold shares for the entire Outcome Period with their respective buffer level against Reference Asset losses during the Outcome Period. You will bear all Reference Asset losses exceeding 9, 15 or 30%. Depending upon market conditions at the time of purchase, a shareholder that purchases shares after the Outcome Period has begun may also lose their entire investment. For instance, if the Outcome Period has begun and the Fund has decreased in value beyond the pre-determined buffer, an investor purchasing shares at that price may not benefit from the buffer. Similarly, if the Outcome Period has begun and the Fund has increased in value, an investor purchasing shares at that price may not benefit from the buffer until the Fund’s value has decreased to its value at the commencement of the Outcome Period.
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