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Global X Files For Global X Risk Parity ETF

April 23rd, 2012

Global X has filed paperwork with the SEC for a “Global X Risk Parity ETF.” The Global X Risk Parity ETF (“Fund”) seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the FXcube Risk Parity Index. They did not specify a trading symbol or expense ratio in the initial filing.


The Fund will invest at least 80% of its total assets in the securities of the Underlying Index and in ADRs and GDRs based on the securities in the Underlying Index. The Fund also may invest up to 20% of its total assets in derivatives such as futures contracts, options on future contracts, options and swaps, as well as cash, cash equivalents, other investment companies, and securities not included in the Underlying Index but which the Adviser believes will assist the Fund in tracking the performance of its Underlying Index. The Fund’s 80% investment policy is non-fundamental and requires 60 days’ prior written notice to shareholders before it can be changed.

The Underlying Index seeks to preserve and increase its value, over the long term, through risk balancing across asset classes. The Underlying Index consists of multiple asset classes which may include bonds, equities, commodities, currencies and real estate. Exposure may include global developed and emerging markets.

In allocating assets among asset classes, the Underlying Index follows a “risk parity” approach. The “risk parity” approach to asset allocation seeks to balance the allocation of risk across asset classes (as measured by volatility) when building the Underlying Index. This means that lower risk asset classes (such as global fixed income and inflation-linked government bonds) will generally have higher notional allocations than higher risk asset classes (such as global developed and emerging market equities). The Underlying Index rebalances [ ] as it aims to keep the risk contribution of each asset in the portfolio equal.

The Fund may gain exposure to different asset classes by investing in many different types of instruments including, but not limited to, equity securities, equity futures, currency forwards, commodity futures, swaps on commodity futures, bond futures, swaps on bond futures, cash corporate and government bonds, including inflation protected government bonds, cash and cash equivalents. The Fund may also invest in U.S. and foreign exchange traded vehicles, including exchange traded funds (“ETFs”), exchange traded commodities (“ETCs”) or exchange traded notes (“ETNs”) through which the Fund can participate in the performance of one or more asset classes.

The Underlying Index and the Fund may have leveraged exposure to one or more asset classes. The 1940 Act and the rules and interpretations thereunder impose certain limitations on the Fund’s ability to use leverage. While the Fund normally does not engage in borrowing, leverage may be created when the Fund engages in futures contracts, forward contracts, swaps and certain other derivative instruments. Leveraging tends to magnify, sometimes significantly, the effect of any increase or decrease in the Fund’s exposure to an asset class and may cause the Fund’s NAV to be volatile.

The Underlying Index is sponsored by an organization (“Index Provider”) that is independent of the Fund and Global X Management Company LLC, the investment adviser for the Fund (“Adviser”).   The Fund’s Index Provider is FXcube Strategies, LLC. The Underlying Index is calculated and maintained by Structured Solutions AG.

The Adviser will use 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 Underlying Index 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.

The Fund uses a representative sampling strategy with respect to the Underlying Index. “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 in terms of key risk factors, performance attributes and other characteristics. The Fund may or may not hold all of the securities in the Underlying Index.

For the complete filing click: HERE



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