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Some of the best ETFs to buy in 2015 help investors get a piece of a very lucrative trend: mergers and acquisitions.
At the current pace, M&A activity is on track to exceed $3.7 trillion in 2015. That would make this year the second biggest for deal-making since 2007. A total $4.3 trillion in deals was inked that year.
Deals announced so far this year are both numerous and hefty in size. Fifteen of this year's deals carry a price tag of more than $10 billion. That's the highest on record, Dealogic reports.
Last Wednesday brought two deals worth some $100 billion. Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (NYSE ADR: RGS.A) announced it will buy BG Group Plc. (LON: BG) for $70 billion. And Mylan NV (Nasdaq: MYL) courted Perrigo Co. Plc. (Nasdaq: PGRO) with a $29 billion proposal.
These latest deals further stoked hopes that more transactions are on the horizon.
It's never wise to buy a stock purely based on takeover speculation. But dedicating a small allocation to this strategy affords a way to play merger mania with less risk. And ETFs offer a great way to do so.
Following are two of the best ETFs to buy to get exposure to the lucrative M&A market. Both ETFs have bested the year-to-date gains for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (1.6%) and S&P 500 (2.24%) - one by a wide margin.
Best ETFs to Buy to Profit from M&A Activity
Best ETFs to Buy, No. 1: The IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF (NYSE Arca: MNA) covers takeover targets worldwide.
The fund's goal is to achieve capital appreciation by investing in global companies for which there has been a public announcement of a takeover by an acquirer. The approach is based on a passive strategy of owning certain announced takeover targets. The aim is to generate returns representative of global merger arbitrage activity.
MNA also includes short exposure to global equities as a partial equity market hedge.
The fund's one-, three-, and five-year returns are 6.79%, 11.99%, and 10.71% respectively. Its year-to-date return is 3.73%.