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Predicting Takeovers Is Accidental Skill for This ETF: Real M&A

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Want a leg up in the game of predicting the next takeovers? This exchange-traded fund might help.

Fifty-seven members of the TrimTabs Float Shrink ETF have been acquired in the past three years -- more than one per month. The ETF gained 70 percent as those mergers handed about $100 billion to shareholders of the target companies, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Even though the fund doesn’t aim to track mergers, it has outperformed other ETFs that do and even some of the biggest hedge funds that wager on deals.