the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Dow Jones Asia/Pacific Select Dividend 30 Index.
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses: 0.49%
Principal Investment Strategies
The Underlying Index measures the stock performance of high dividend paying companies in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. The Underlying Index measures the performance of a selected group of equity securities issued by companies that have provided relatively high dividend yields on a consistent basis over time. Dividend yield is calculated using a stock’s unadjusted indicated annual dividend (not including any special dividends) divided by its unadjusted price.
The Underlying Index universe is defined as all companies in the Dow Jones Global IndexesSM (“DJGI”) country indexes for the represented markets that pass the following screens for dividend quality: (i) the company must have paid dividends in each of the previous three years; (ii) the company’s previous-year dividend-per-share must be greater than or equal to its three-year average annual dividend per-share ratio; (iii) the company’s five-year average payout ratio must be less than 1.5 times the five-year average payout ratio of the corresponding DJGI country index, or less than 85%, whichever is smaller; and (iv) the company must have an average daily trading volume of at least $3 million over the past three months. A DJGI country index’s components are included in the index universe regardless of their dividend payout ratio or trading volume.
As of February 6, 2012, component companies include consumer services, financial and telecommunications companies.
BFA uses a “passive” or indexing approach to try to achieve the Fund’s investment objective. Unlike many investment companies, the Fund does not try to “beat” the index it tracks and does not seek temporary defensive positions when markets decline or appear overvalued.
Indexing may eliminate the chance that the Fund will substantially outperform the Underlying Index but also may reduce some of the risks of active management, such as poor security selection. Indexing seeks to achieve lower costs and better after-tax performance by keeping portfolio turnover low in comparison to actively managed investment companies.
BFA uses a representative sampling indexing strategy to manage the Fund. “Representative sampling” is an indexing strategy that involves investing in a representative sample of securities that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Underlying Index. The securities selected are expected to have, in the aggregate, investment characteristics (based on factors such as market capitalization and industry weightings), fundamental characteristics (such as return variability and yield) and liquidity measures similar to those of the Underlying Index. The Fund may or may not hold all of the securities in the Underlying Index. The Fund generally invests at least 90% of its assets in securities of the Underlying Index or in depositary receipts representing securities in the Underlying Index. The Fund may invest the remainder of its assets in securities not included in the Underlying Index, but which BFA believes will help the Fund track the Underlying Index, and in other investments, including futures contracts, options on futures contracts, options, and swaps related to its Underlying Index, as well as cash and cash equivalents, including shares of money market funds advised by BFA or its affiliates.
The Fund may lend securities representing up to one-third of the value of the Fund’s total assets (including the value of the collateral received).
The Underlying Index is sponsored by an organization (the “Index Provider”) that is independent of the Fund and BFA. The Index Provider determines the composition and relative weightings of the securities in the Underlying Index and publishes information regarding the market value of the Underlying Index. The Fund’s Index Provider is CME Indexes.
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