ProShares: Equity Tips for Rising Rates

See why targeted sector and stock selection are both key as rates rise.

Reviewed by: ProShares
Edited by: ProShares

[This ETF Industry Perspective is sponsored by ProShares.]


The ProShares Equities for Rising Rates ETF (EQRR ) is a fund built on a strategy specifically designed to provide relative outperformance during periods when interest rates increase. That’s because its underlying index is:

Built To Outperform As Rates Increase

EQRR's underlying index, the Nasdaq U.S. Large Cap Equities for Rising Rates Index, has significantly outperformed the S&P 500 after the yield on the 10-year Treasury started rising during the summer of 2020.

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Source: ProShares and Bloomberg, 8/4/20-6/30/22. Index information does not reflect any management fees, transaction costs, or expenses. Indexes are unmanaged, and one cannot directly invest in an index. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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A Rules-Based Approach

EQRR tracks the Nasdaq U.S. Large-Cap Equities for Rising Rates Index, which is built using a rules-based engine designed to target sectors that have outperformed as interest rates climb.

1. Focused On 5 Sectors With Outperformance Potential

The index first targets the five sectors that have had a tendency to outperform when rates rise—those sectors that have demonstrated the highest correlation with the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield over the prior 36 months. The sectors with the highest correlations receive the highest weighting.

Three-year average correlation of S&P 500 sectors to rising 10-year Treasury rates

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Source: Bloomberg, as of 12/31/21. Sectors based on GICS classification within the S&P. For illustrative purposes only. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

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2. Focused On 50 Stocks With Outperformance Potential

The index next targets 10 stocks within each of those sectors that have demonstrated the highest correlation to the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield over the past 36 months. The 10 stocks in each sector are then equally weighted.

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3. Reconstituted Every 3 Months
The index is reconstituted using this rules-based approach on a quarterly basis, allowing sectors and stocks to help keep pace with evolving market conditions.

Go On The Offensive When Rates Rise

EQRR has outperformed the S&P 500 as the 10-year Treasury yield has risen, and sector allocation and stock selection components were both key contributors to the fund's performance.

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Source: FactSet, Bloomberg, 8/4/20-6/30/22. Performance is cumulative. Contribution is annualized.

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A Compelling Strategy With The Convenience Of An ETF

Equity strategists and portfolio managers have traditionally addressed rising rates environments with a variety of fragmented approaches. EQRR synthesizes these strategies with a rules-driven, sector and stock selection approach that delivers:

  • A focused strategy that includes only those U.S. large-cap sectors and stocks that have demonstrated a tendency to outperform when interest rates rise.
  • A complement to a core equity allocation for a rising rate environment.
  • The ease and convenience of an ETF.

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Periods greater than one year are annualized.

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