the performance, before the Fund’s fees and expenses, of a high yield corporate bond index called the BulletShares USD High Yield Corporate Bond 2018 Index.
Total annual Fund operating expenses: 0.42%
Principal Investment Strategies The Fund, using a low cost “passive” or “indexing” investment approach, will seek to replicate, before the Fund’s fees and expenses, the performance of the High Yield 2018 Index. The High Yield 2018 Index is a rules-based index comprised of, as of March 30, 2012, approximately 219 high yield corporate bonds with effective maturities in the year 2018. The High Yield 2018 Index is designed to represent the performance of a held-to-maturity portfolio of U.S. dollar-denominated high yield corporate bonds with effective maturities in 2018. The effective maturity of an eligible corporate bond is determined by its actual maturity or, in the case of callable securities, the effective maturity of the security as determined in accordance with a rules-based methodology developed by Accretive Asset Management LLC (“Accretive” or the “Index Provider”). The Fund has a designated year of maturity of 2018 and will terminate on or about December 31, 2018. In connection with such termination, the Fund will make a cash distribution to then-current shareholders of its net assets after making appropriate provisions for any liabilities of the Fund. The Fund does not seek to return any predetermined amount at maturity. The Fund will invest at least 80% of its total assets in component securities that comprise the Index. Under normal conditions, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets in high yield securities (“junk bonds”), which are debt securities that are rated below investment grade by nationally recognized statistical rating organizations, or are unrated securities that the Investment Adviser believes are of comparable quality. There are no minimum credit rating requirements for securities that the Fund may purchase; however, the Fund will not purchase securities that are in default. The Fund has adopted a policy that requires the Fund to provide shareholders with at least 60 days notice prior to any material change in this policy or the Index. In the last twelve months of operation, when the bonds held by the Fund mature, the Fund’s portfolio will transition to cash and cash equivalents, including without limitation U.S. Treasury Bills and investment grade commercial paper. The Fund will terminate on or about the date above without requiring additional approval by the Trust’s Board of Trustees (the “Board”) or Fund shareholders. The Board may change the termination date to an earlier or later date without shareholder approval if a majority of the Board determines the change to be in the best interest of the Fund. The Board may change the Fund’s investment strategy and other policies without shareholder approval, except as otherwise indicated. The Fund expects to use a sampling approach in seeking to achieve its investment objective. Sampling means that the Investment Adviser uses quantitative analysis to select securities from the Index universe to obtain a representative sample of securities that resemble the Index in terms of key risk factors, performance attributes and other characteristics. These characteristics include maturity, credit quality, sector, duration and other financial characteristics of fixed income securities. The quantity of holdings in the Fund will be based on a number of factors, including the asset size of the Fund, potential transaction costs in acquiring particular securities, the anticipated impact of particular index securities on the performance of the Index and the availability of particular securities in the secondary market. However, the Fund may use replication to achieve its objective if practicable. A replication strategy involves generally investing in all of the securities in the Index with the same weights as the Index. There may also be instances in which the Investment Adviser may choose to overweight another security in the Index, or purchase (or sell) securities not in the Index which the Investment Adviser believes are appropriate to substitute for one or more Index components, in seeking to accurately track the Index. In addition, from time to time securities are added to or removed from the Index. The Fund may sell securities that are represented in the Index or purchase securities that are not yet represented in the Index in anticipation of their removal from or addition to the Index. If the Index concentrates in a particular industry or group of industries, the Fund’s investments will be concentrated accordingly.
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