• Higher Upside Cap Ranges Available for January 2019 Series1

CHICAGO, Jan. 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Innovator Capital Management, LLC (Innovator) announced today the January Series of Innovator S&P 500 Defined Outcome ETFs has begun trading on the Cboe.

“The equity market is completely unpredictable, and no one really knows where the market will be a year from now; there are just too many variables,” said Bruce Bond, Chief Executive Officer of Innovator Capital Management. “Defined Outcome ETFs solve this issue by providing investors market exposure with downside buffers of 9%, 15%, or 30%. Today’s launch of the January Series adds three new S&P 500 Defined Outcome ETFs and expands our current suite to nine in total. Defined Outcome ETFs are delivering outcome based investing in a way that is more accessible, liquid, transparent, and cost-effective than ever before, and without corporate credit exposure.”

“Volatility is back and traditional asset management techniques might be at risk,” said John Southard, chief investment officer at Innovator Capital Management. “After years of abnormally low rates, investors are now facing a rising interest rate environment. If rates continue to move higher, bonds may not provide the portfolio cushion they did for investors in 2008 joining other asset classes that became highly correlated. Through the volatile year of 2018, the benchmark Cboe S&P 500 Buffer Protect January Index Series upon which our latest Defined Outcome ETFs are based has demonstrated outperformance compared to the S&P 500 Price Return Index with about half the volatility.”2

Innovator S&P 500 Defined Outcome ETFs seek to provide investors’ exposure to the S&P 500 Price Return Index (S&P 500) to a Cap, with downside buffer levels of 9%, 15%, or 30% over an Outcome Period of approximately one year. The ETFs reset annually and can be held indefinitely.

Return profiles for January 2019 Series - Innovator Defined Outcome ETFs, as of 1/02/19

Ticker NameBuffer LevelCap *Outcome Period
BJANInnovator S&P 500
Buffer ETF
9.00% 22.30% (gross)
21.51% (net of management fee)
12 months
1/01/19 - 12/31/19
PJANInnovator S&P 500
Power Buffer ETF
15.00% 13.90% (gross)
13.11% (net of management fee)
12 months
1/01/19 - 12/31/19
UJANInnovator S&P 500
Ultra Buffer ETF
(-5% to -35%)
12.00% (gross)
11.21% (net of management fee)
12 months
1/01/19 - 12/31/19

* The Caps above are shown gross and net of the 0.79% management fee.  “Cap” refers to the maximum potential return, before fees and expenses and any shareholder transaction fees and any extraordinary expenses, if held over the full Outcome Period. “Buffer” refers to the amount of downside protection the fund seeks to provide, before fees and expenses, over the full Outcome Period. Outcome Period is the intended length of time over which the defined outcomes are sought.

Innovator S&P 500 Defined Outcome ETFs were selected as a Hidden Gem for 2018 by ETF.com and Inside ETFs in their annual effort to shine light on the best innovation taking place within the ETF marketplace. For additional information visit: Hidden Gem ETFs: 2018.

Continuing educational efforts around the Innovator Defined Outcome ETFs, Innovator will host its next webinar titled, "S&P 500 ETFs That Buffer Against Losses of 9%, 15%, or 30%".

Webinar - Invest confidently in 2019: Learn how to use Defined Outcome ETFs in your practice - Thursday, Jan 3, 2019 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM MST

Click on the link above to register.

The Funds have characteristics unlike many other traditional investment products and may not be suitable for all investors. For more information regarding whether an investment in the Fund is right for you, please see “Investor Suitability” in the prospectus.

Innovator S&P 500 Defined Outcome ETFs – January Series

Innovator S&P 500 Buffer ETF (Cboe: BJAN): Designed to track the return of the S&P 500 (up to a predetermined Cap) while buffering investors against the first 9% of losses over the Outcome Period, before fees and expenses.

Innovator S&P 500 Power Buffer ETF (Cboe: PJAN): Designed to track the return of the S&P 500 (up to a predetermined Cap) while buffering investors against the first 15% of losses over the Outcome Period, before fees and expenses.

Innovator S&P 500 Ultra Buffer ETF (Cboe: UJAN): Designed to track the return of the S&P 500 (up to a predetermined Cap) while buffering investors against a decline of 30% of losses over the Outcome Period, from -5% to -35%, before fees and expenses. Investors are exposed to loss between 0% and 5% and over 35% over the Outcome Period, before fees and expenses.

About Innovator S&P 500 Defined Outcome ETFs

Each Innovator S&P 500 Defined Outcome ETF seeks to provide investors defined exposure to the S&P 500, where the downside buffer level, upside growth potential to a Cap, and Outcome Period are all known, prior to investing.

Innovator plans to issue Defined Outcome ETFs in a quarterly series to provide investors an opportunity to purchase shares as close to the beginning of their respective Outcome Periods as possible. Investors can also purchase shares of a previously listed Defined Outcome ETF throughout the entire Outcome Period; and obtain a current set of defined outcome parameters, which are disclosed daily through a web tool available at: http://innovatoretfs.com/define/.

Innovator is focused on delivering defined outcome based solutions inside the benefit-rich ETF wrapper, retaining many of the features that have contributed to the success of structured products3 (e.g., downside buffer levels, defined outcome parameters), but with the added benefits of transparency, liquidity and lower costs afforded by the ETF structure.

Interim Period Shareholders

Unlike structured notes, which offer limited liquidity, Innovator Defined Outcome ETFs trade throughout the day on an exchange, like a stock. As a result, investors purchasing shares of a Fund after its launch date will achieve a different payoff profile than those who entered the Fund on day one. Innovator recognizes this as a benefit of the Funds and provides a web-based tool that allows investors to know, in real-time throughout the trading day, their potential defined outcome profile before they invest, based on the current ETF price and the Outcome Period remaining. Innovator’s web tool can be accessed at http://www.innovatoretfs.com/define.

ETF Construction

Each Fund will hold a portfolio of custom exchange-traded FLEX Options that have varying strike prices (the price at which the option purchaser may buy or sell the security, at the expiration date), and the same expiration date (approximately one year). The layering of these FLEX Options with varying strike prices provides the mechanism for producing a Fund’s desired outcome (i.e. Cap or buffer). Each Fund intends to roll options components annually, on the last business day of the month associated with each Fund.

The ETFs will be subadvised by Milliman Financial Risk Management LLC (Milliman FRM), a global leader in financial risk management. Milliman FRM was also instrumental in the design of the Cboe S&P 500 Target Outcome Indexes, which the Innovator Defined Outcome ETFs are benchmarked against.

Although each Fund seeks to achieve the defined outcomes stated in its investment objective, there is no guarantee that it will do so. The returns that the Funds seek to provide do not include the costs associated with purchasing shares of the Fund and certain expenses incurred by the Fund.

About Innovator Capital Management, LLC

Innovator Capital Management, LLC is an SEC registered investment advisor (RIA) based in Wheaton, IL. Formed in 2014, the firm is currently headed by ETF visionaries Bruce Bond and John Southard, founders of one of the largest ETF providers in the world. Innovation is our hallmark and acts as a guide to our company principles. Innovator is committed to helping investors better control their financial outcomes by providing investment opportunities they never considered or thought possible. For additional information, visit www.innovatoretfs.com.

About Cboe Global Markets, Inc.

Cboe Global Markets, Inc. (Cboe: CBOE | Nasdaq: CBOE) is one of the world’s largest exchange-holding companies, offering cutting-edge trading and investment solutions to investors around the world. For more information, visit www.cboe.com.

About Milliman Financial Risk Management LLC

Milliman Financial Risk Management LLC (Milliman FRM) is a global leader in financial risk management to the retirement industry, providing investment advisory, hedging, and consulting services on over $149 billion in global assets as of June 30, 2018. For more information about Milliman FRM, visit www.Milliman.com/FRM.

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1 Due to prevailing market conditions the January Series is able to offer higher upside caps than the June and October Series.

2 Source: Bloomberg L.P. as of Dec. 31, 2018. Note - There is no 9% Cboe S&P 500 Buffer Protect Index.

2018 Index Performance ComparisonReturnVolatilityExcess Return over
S&P 500 (PR)
% Risk of
S&P 500
Cboe S&P 500 15% Buffer Protect Index - January0.0%7.1%6.2%41%
Cboe S&P 500 30% (-5% to -35%) Buffer Protect Index - January-5.0%8.4%1.2%50%
S&P 500 Index (PR)-6.2%17.0%0.0%100%
S&P 500 Index (TR)-4.4%17.0%1.9%100%
20+ Year Treasuries-2.0%9.3%4.3%55%

Structured notes and structured annuities are financial instruments designed and created to afford investors exposure to an underlying asset through a derivative contract. It is important to note that these ETFs are not structured notes or structured annuities.

Investing involves risks. The Funds face numerous market trading risks, including active markets risk, authorized participation concentration risk, buffered loss risk, Cap change risk, capped upside return risk, correlation risk, FLEX Option counterparty risk, cyber security risk, fluctuation of net asset value risk, investment objective risk, limitations of intraday indicative value risk, liquidity risk, management risk, market maker risk, market risk, non-diversification risk, operation risk, options risk, Outcome Period risk, tax risk, trading issues risk, upside participation risk and valuation risk. Unlike mutual funds, the Funds may trade at a premium or discount to their net asset value. ETFs are bought and sold at market price and not individually redeemed from the Fund. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.

The outcomes that a Fund seeks to provide may only be realized if you are holding shares on the first day of the Outcome Period and continue to hold them on the last day of the Outcome Period, approximately one year. If you purchase shares after the Outcome Period has begun or sell shares prior to the Outcome Period’s conclusion, you may experience very different investment returns from those that a Fund seeks to provide.

These Funds are designed to provide point-to-point exposure to the price return of the S&P 500 via a basket of FLEX Options. As a result, the ETFs are not expected to move directly in line with the S&P 500 during the interim period.

FLEX Options Risk. The Fund will utilize FLEX Options issued and guaranteed for settlement by the OCC. The Fund bears the risk that the OCC will be unable or unwilling to perform its obligations under the FLEX Options contracts. In the unlikely event that the OCC becomes insolvent or is otherwise unable to meet its settlement obligations, the Fund could suffer significant losses. Additionally, FLEX Options may be less liquid than certain other securities such as standardized options. In less liquid market for the FLEX Options, the Fund may have difficulty closing out certain FLEX Options positions at desired times and prices. The values of FLEX Options do not increase or decrease at the same rate as the reference asset and may vary due to factors other than the price of reference asset.

Investors are subject to an upside return Cap that represents the maximum percentage return an investor can achieve from an investment in the Fund for the Outcome Period. Therefore, even though a Fund’s returns are based upon the S&P 500, if the Fund experiences returns for the Outcome Period in excess of the Cap, you will not experience those excess gains but will remain vulnerable to significant downside risks. Regardless of the performance of the S&P 500, the Cap is the maximum return an investor can achieve from an investment in the Fund for the Outcome Period. The Cap will change from year-to-year based upon prevailing market conditions at the beginning of the Outcome Period. The Cap, and the Fund’s position relative to it, should be considered before investing in the Fund.

Similarly, the buffer that the Funds seek to provide is only operative against the percentage (i.e. 9%, 15% and 30%) of S&P 500 losses for the applicable Fund’s Outcome Period. If an investor is considering purchasing shares during the Outcome Period, and the Fund has already decreased in value by an amount equal to or greater than its buffer, an investor purchasing shares at that price will have increased gains available prior to reaching the Cap but may not benefit from the buffer that the Fund seeks to offer for the remainder of the Outcome Period. Conversely, if an investor is considering purchasing Shares during the Outcome Period, and the Fund has already increased in value, then a shareholder may experience losses prior to gaining the protection offered by the buffer. After the S&P 500 has decreased in value by more than a Fund’s buffer during an Outcome Period, the Fund will experience any subsequent losses on a one-to-one basis. There is no guarantee that a Fund will be successful in its attempt to provide buffered returns. The Funds shares will be listed for trading on the Cboe. The Funds will not terminate after the conclusion of an Outcome Period. After the conclusion of an Outcome Period, another will begin.

Each Fund’s investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses should be considered before investing. The prospectus contains this and other important information, and may be obtained at www.innovatoretfs.com or 800.208.5212. Read it carefully before investing.

Cboe Global Markets, Inc., and its affiliates do not recommend or make any representation as to possible Benefits from any securities, futures or investments, or third-party products or services. Cboe Global Markets, Inc., is not affiliated with S&P DJI, Milliman, or Innovator Capital Management. Investors should undertake their own due diligence regarding their securities, futures and investment practices.

Cboe Global Markets, Inc., and its affiliates make no warranty, expressed or implied, including, without limitation, any warranties as of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, accuracy, completeness or timeliness, or as to the results to be obtained by recipients of the products.

Innovator ETFs are distributed by Foreside Fund Services, LLC.

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