Here’s Where To Look For 2018 Profits

A Low-Risk Play

What’s the best way to play this kind of trend?

You can bet on individual stocks. For instance, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (NYSE: BMY) and Biogen Inc. (Nasdaq: BIIB) are sometimes mentioned as potential buyout candidates in the pharma sector.

Among the hard-hit retail sector, Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN) — with its stock down 40% since 2015 — has been mentioned as a potential buyout target.

In the tech sector, Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM) shares leapt 14% on Monday on rising prospects for a buyout.

But such investments are all-or-nothing bets. A better way is to invest through an exchange-traded fund (ETF), such as the IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF (NYSE: MNA). It’s up 5% this year, and up 24% in the last five years.

If you’re looking for the best place to invest in 2018, one of your best bets is to bet on “M&As” — mergers and acquisitions.


The ETF, developed by New York Life Investment Management LLC and managed by IndexIQ Advisors LLC, invests across a range of publicly announced mergers and acquisitions candidates. It’s a good, low-risk way to play the coming explosion of deals in 2018.

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