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GraniteShares Updates HIPS ETF Index Methodology

Topic: Income
Publication Type: Viewpoints

Enhanced index provides new way for investors seeking to generate income in today’s low interest rate environment

NEW YORK – July 1, 2019 – GraniteShares, a disruptive exchange-traded fund (ETF) company, debuted a revised methodology for the index underlying the GraniteShares HIPS US High Income ETF (NYSE Arca: HIPS), a high alternative income-focused fund that invests in a diversified basket of pass-through securities.

The revised index, officially renamed the TFMS HIPS Index, rolled out July 1, 2019, and includes several key enhancements that could potentially benefit investors.

First, a quantitative screen was applied to the stock selection process to help minimize index volatility and dampen the effect of recent market uncertainty on index return. Additionally, a cap was introduced that limits the index to holding no more than 60 high-income securities, versus 300 securities measured in the original index. 

HIPS is historically one of the highest-yielding ETFs in the U.S., and currently boasts a very competitive yield.

“With the markets predicting a 99% chance of an interest rate cut in 2019, it may soon become significantly more challenging to generate consistent high levels of income,” said Will Rhind, Founder and CEO of GraniteShares. “We believe the recent updates to the index underlying HIPS uniquely positions us to better serve investors seeking high yields in today’s low interest rate environment.”

GraniteShares acquired HIPS in December 2017 as a way to democratize investor access to diversity, liquidity and yield via the ETF wrapper. HIPS invests in a basket of pass-through securities, such as master-limited partnerships (MLPs), real estate investment trusts (REITs), business development companies (BDCs) and closed-end funds, all of which are required to distribute all of their earnings to shareholders.

HIPS is part of GraniteShares’ growing ETF suite that has surpassed over $625 Million in total assets under management in just over two years*.

For more information on HIPS or other funds on the GraniteShares ETF platform, please visit or call 844-476-8747.

About GraniteShares

GraniteShares is an independent, fully funded ETF company headquartered in New York City. The firm seeks to launch disruptive ETFs. GraniteShares focuses on products that bring the excitement back to investing, using new ideas, innovative structures and low cost. William Rhind, Founder and CEO, is an established ETF entrepreneur with more than 18 years of experience in the industry.

*, June 2019

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