Quarterly Commentary - Virtus InfraCap REIT Preferred ETF


Index Description

InfraCap REIT Preferred ETF (Fund) tracks a modified market-cap-weighted index designed to provide diversified exposure to high

yielding liquid preferred securities issued by real estate investment trusts (REITs) listed in the United States.


Accessing Market Dislocations with REIT Preferred's

The real estate sector has begun to experience a comeback from the initial distress from the market downturn that began in March 2020.

The vaccine rollout has continued to accelerate, with approximately 78% of the U.S. population having received at least one vaccine dose

as of the second quarter’s end. Despite these factors and significant assistance from federal and state governments through monetary

policies and stimulus packages, undervalued securities are still available in the real estate sector. We believe investing in preferred

securities of REITs is an advantageous way to exploit market dislocations that persist and sector rotations that have arisen.


How The Fund Performed

For the quarter, the Fund had a loss of -10.49% at NAV, while the Fund’s benchmark, the Index REIT Preferred Stock Index

(Benchmark Index), had a loss of -9.20% for the quarter.

The Fund paid a monthly dividend of $0.12 per share for each month of the quarter, while NAV per share at quarter-end was

$19.13. At the end of the second quarter, the Fund’s 30-day SEC Yield1 was 6.86%. This annualized figure reflects the dividends

received during the period, minus Fund expenses. The Fund targets a dividend rate that will provide sufficient cash flows to cover

the distribution.


Portfolio Changes

Over the quarter, there were no substantial portfolio changes.


Outlook

We believe REIT preferred's offer an attractive way to access current market dislocations. Despite the COVID BA.5 variant, economies are

continuing to return to normal operations and supportive federal monetary policy and stimulus are winding down. Investors can potentially

benefit from market rotations by investing in REIT preferred's. As interest rates rise from historically low levels, investors still have difficulty

finding higher yielding opportunities. Thus, preferred securities will continue to offer attractive yields and investors can still access REIT

preferred's at discounted prices.


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