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Legg Mason Files For Legg Mason Western Asset Ultra-Short Duration ETF

December 1st, 2011

Legg Mason has filed paperwork with the SEC for a “Legg Mason Western Asset Ultra-Short Duration ETF.” The fund seeks current income. The fund invests, under normal circumstances, primarily in U.S. dollar-denominated short-term, investment grade fixed income securities. The fund will typically invest in money market securities and short-term debt securities, corporate debt securities, bank obligations, commercial paper, asset backed and mortgage backed securities, structured securities and instruments and securities issued by the U.S. government and its agencies and instrumentalities, U.S. states and municipalities, or foreign governments. Foreign securities will generally be limited to issuers, including banks, corporations and foreign governments, located in the major industrialized countries.

The fund is not a money market fund and does not seek to maintain a stable net asset value of $1.00 per share.

Under normal circumstances, the effective duration of the fund’s portfolio, as estimated by the fund’s portfolio managers, is expected to be one year or less. Duration is a measure of the underlying portfolio’s price sensitivity to changes in prevailing interest rates. The assumptions that are made about a security’s features and options when calculating effective duration may prove to be incorrect. As a result, investors should be aware that effective duration is not an exact measurement and may not reliably predict a security’s price sensitivity to changes in yield or interest rates. The fund expects to maintain a dollar-weighted average effective maturity of not more than 18 months but in any event will maintain a dollar-weighted average effective maturity of not more than three years. The “average effective portfolio maturity” of the fund is a weighted average of all the maturities of the securities in the portfolio, computed by weighting each security’s effective maturity, as estimated by the fund’s portfolio managers, by the market value of the security. For the purposes of determining the fund’s average effective maturity, a security’s maturity date will generally be deemed to be the next interest rate reset date for an adjustable rate security or, if earlier, the date of the next demand feature such as a put feature, when the fund would be entitled to receive payment of principal and interest. The portfolio managers may also take into account estimated future prepayments on securities, such as mortgage-backed securities, with uncertain future cash flows and estimations of call features and similar features and options. These estimates may prove to be incorrect. In addition, the fund will not purchase a security if, at the time of purchase, the security has a remaining final maturity, taking into account demand features, but without taking into account any interest reset provisions, of more than five years, or, with respect to asset- or mortgage-backed securities, an average life of more than five years. Average life refers to the weighted average of the times at which principal repayments are expected to be fully repaid.


The fund invests only in securities that, at the time of purchase, are rated in one of the top three rating categories (which may include gradations within each category) or the equivalent short term rating by one or more rating agencies followed by the fund or, if unrated, are judged by the subadviser to be of comparable quality.

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