ProShares To Begin Trading The ProShares 30 Year TIPS/TSY Spread ETF Thursday, January 12th
ProShares will begin trading its new “ProShares 30 Year TIPS/TSY Spread” (NYSEArca:RINF) Thursday, January 12, 2012. The ProShares 30 Year TIPS/TSY Spread (the “Fund”) seeks investment results, before fees and expenses, that track the performance of the Dow Jones Credit Suisse 30-Year Inflation Breakeven Index (the “Index”).
The Index (Bloomberg Ticker “DJCSIN30”) tracks the performance of long positions in the most recently issued 30-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) bond and duration-adjusted short positions in U.S. Treasury bonds of the closest maturity. The difference in yield (or “spread”) between these bonds (Treasury yield minus TIPS yield) is commonly referred to as a “breakeven rate of inflation” (“BEI”). The BEI is considered to be a measure of the market’s expectations for inflation over the next thirty years.
The Index (and the Fund) is designed to appreciate as the BEI increases. An increase in the BEI occurs if: (1) the yield on Treasurys rises (i.e., the price of the Treasurys decreases) relative to the yield on TIPS; or (2) the yield on TIPS falls (i.e., the price of the TIPS increases) relative to the yield on Treasurys. Conversely, the Index (and the Fund) is designed to depreciate if the BEI decreases. A decrease in the BEI occurs if: (1) the yield on Treasurys falls (i.e., the price of the Treasurys increases) relative to the yield on TIPS; or (2) the yield on TIPS rises (i.e., the price of the TIPS decreases) relative to the yield on Treasurys. The level of the Index (and the Fund) will fluctuate based on changes in the value of the underlying bonds, which likely will not be the same on a percentage basis as changes in the BEI. The Index is not designed to measure the realized rate of inflation, nor does it seek to replicate the returns of any index or measure of actual consumer price levels.
Unlike many traditional bond funds, the Fund is not designed to provide a steady stream of income.
Total Annual Operating Expenses After Fee Waivers and Expense Reimbursements: 0.75%
Principal Investment Strategies
The Fund, under normal circumstances, seeks to remain fully exposed to the Index and will invest at least 80% of its total assets in securities of the Index. In addition, the Fund will invest in derivatives and other fixed income securities that ProShare Advisors believes, in combination, should track the performance of the Index. Cash balances arising from the use of derivatives or short positions will typically be held in money market instruments.
- U.S. Treasury Securities — The Fund has exposure to securities issued by the U.S. Treasury, in particular the following:
- U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities — The Fund generally takes long positions (or obtains long exposure via derivatives, as further described below) in U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, or TIPS, which are inflation-protected public obligations of the U.S. Treasury. TIPS are income-generating instruments whose interest and principal payments are adjusted for inflation — a sustained increase in prices that erodes the purchasing power of money. The inflation adjustment, which is typically applied monthly to the principal of the bond, follows a designated inflation index, such as the consumer price index. A fixed coupon rate is applied to the inflation-adjusted principal so that as inflation rises, the value of both the principal and the interest payments increase. This can provide investors with a hedge against inflation, as it helps preserve the purchasing power of an investment. Because of this inflation adjustment feature, inflation-protected bonds typically have lower yields than conventional fixed-rate bonds.
- U.S. Treasury Bonds — The Fund generally takes short positions (or obtains short exposure via derivatives, as further described below) in U.S. Treasury bonds, which are public obligations of the U.S. Treasury that pay a fixed coupon and have a maturity of twenty or more years.
- Derivatives — The Fund invests in derivatives, which are financial instruments whose value is derived from the value of an underlying asset, interest rate or index. The Fund invests in derivatives as a substitute for investing directly in or making short sales of the fixed income securities underlying the Index. These derivatives principally include:
- Swap Agreements — Contracts entered into primarily with major global financial institutions for a specified period ranging from a day to more than one year. In a standard “swap” transaction, two parties agree to exchange the return (or differentials in rates of return) earned or realized on particular predetermined investments or instruments. The gross returns to be exchanged or “swapped” between the parties are calculated with respect to a “notional amount,” e.g., the return on or change in value of a particular dollar amount invested in a “basket” of securities representing a particular index.
- Money Market Instruments — The Fund invests in short-term cash instruments that have a remaining maturity of 397 days or less and exhibit high quality credit profiles, including:
- U.S. Treasury Bills — U.S. government securities that have initial maturities of one year or less, and are supported by the full faith and credit of the United States.
- Repurchase Agreements — Contracts in which a seller of securities, usually U.S. government securities or other money market instruments, agrees to buy them back at a specified time and price. Repurchase agreements are primarily used by the Fund as a short-term investment vehicle for cash positions.
ProShare Advisors uses a mathematical approach to investing. Using this approach, ProShare Advisors determines the type, quantity and mix of investment positions that the Fund should hold to approximate the performance of the Index. The Fund may gain exposure to only a representative sample of the securities in the Index, which is intended to have aggregate characteristics similar to those of the Index. ProShare Advisors does not invest the assets of the Fund in securities or derivatives based on ProShare Advisors’ view of the investment merit of a particular security or instrument, other than for cash management pur-
poses, nor does it conduct conventional research or analysis (other than in determining counterparty creditworthiness), or forecast market movement or trends, in managing the assets of the Fund. The Fund seeks to remain fully invested at all times in securities and/or derivatives that, in combination, provide exposure to the Index without regard to market conditions, trends or direction.
Please see “Investment Objectives, Principal Investment Strategies and Related Risks” in the Fund’s full prospectus for additional details.
For the complete prospectus click: HERE