State Street To Begin Trading The SPDR BofA Merrill Lynch Emerging Markets Corporate Bond ETF Tuesday, June 19, 2012
State Street has announced that they will begin trading The SPDR BofA Merrill Lynch Emerging Markets Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:EMCD) Tuesday, June 19, 2012. The SPDR BofA Merrill Lynch Emerging Markets Corporate Bond ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the price and yield performance of an index that tracks the emerging market senior and secured corporate debt market.
THE FUND’S PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY
In seeking to track the performance of the BofA Merrill Lynch Emerging Markets Large Cap Senior Corporate Index (the “Index”), the Fund employs a sampling strategy, which means that the Fund is not required to purchase all of the securities represented in the Index. Instead, the Fund may purchase a subset of the securities in the Index in an effort to hold a portfolio of securities with generally the same risk and return characteristics of the Index. The quantity of holdings in the Fund will be based on a number of factors, including asset size of the Fund. SSgA Funds Management, Inc. (“SSgA FM” or the “Adviser”), the investment adviser to the Fund, generally expects the Fund to hold less than the total number of securities in the Index, but reserves the right to hold as many securities as it believes necessary to achieve the Fund’s investment objective.
Under normal market conditions, the Fund generally invests substantially all, but at least 80%, of its total assets in the securities comprising the Index or in securities the Adviser determines have economic characteristics substantially identical to the economic characteristics of the securities that comprise the Index. The Fund will provide shareholders with at least 60 days notice prior to any material change in this 80% investment policy. In addition, the Fund may invest in debt securities that are not included in the Index, cash and cash equivalents or money market instruments, such as repurchase agreements and money market funds (including money market funds advised by the Adviser).
The Index is designed to measure the performance of U.S. dollar-denominated emerging markets corporate senior and secured debt publicly issued in the U.S. domestic and Eurobond markets. In order to qualify for inclusion in the Index an issuer must have primary risk exposure to a country other than a member of the FX G10, a Western European country, or a territory of the US or a Western European country. Individual securities of qualifying issuers must be denominated in US dollars, must have at least one year remaining term to final maturity a fixed coupon and at least $500 million in outstanding face value. The index includes corporate debt of qualifying countries, but excludes sovereign, quasi-government, securitized and collateralized debt. Original issue zero coupon bonds, 144a securities, both with and without registration rights, and pay-in-kind securities, including toggle notes, qualify for inclusion in the Index. Callable perpetual securities qualify provided they are at least one year from the first call date. Fixed-to-floating rate securities also qualify provided they are callable within the fixed rate period and are at least one year from the last call prior to the date the bond transitions from a fixed to a floating rate security. Securities rated Ca/CC or lower by any of the three rating agencies, and any defaulted securities, are excluded from the index. Index constituents are capitalization-weighted based on their current amount outstanding times the market price plus accrued interest, subject to a 5% issuer cap. Issuers that exceed the limits are reduced to 5%, and the face value of each of their bonds is adjusted on a pro-rata basis. Similarly, the face values of bonds of all other issuers that fall below the cap are increased on a pro-rata basis. Accrued interest is calculated assuming next-day settlement. Cash flows from bond payments that are received during the month are retained in the index until the end of the month and then are removed as part of the rebalancing. Cash does not earn any reinvestment income while it is held in the Index. The Index is rebalanced on the last calendar day of the month, based on information available up to and including the third business day before the last business day of the month. Issues that meet the qualifying criteria are included in the Index for the following month. Issues that no longer meet the criteria during the course of the month remain in the Index until the next month-end rebalancing at which point they are removed from the Index. Countries covered in the Index have historically included, among others, [ ]. As of [ ], 2012, there were approximately [ ] securities in the Index and the modified adjusted duration of securities in the Index was approximately [ ] years.
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