Update: Closure of Russell Low P/E ETF and Russell Small Cap Contrarian ETF
Russell Low P/E ETF (LWPE) - On Friday, October 5, 2012, the earlier than anticipated closure of LWPE was announced as the result of the in-kind redemption of all outstanding shares of the Fund. In the settlement process, it was discovered that the redemption request did not include all outstanding shares, but due to the timing of this discovery, this trade was not able to be rejected. In anticipation of the final redemption of shares, October 4 was the last day the Russell Low P/E ETF traded on NYSE Arca. The Fund is closed and trading will not resume on the exchange. Trading is available on an over-the-counter basis until October 12, 2012. Shortly thereafter, Shareholders holding shares that were not delivered as part of the in-kind redemption will receive cash for their shares as part of the completion of the trade settlement process. Shareholders should contact their broker-dealer or financial advisor for additional information.
Russell Small Cap Contrarian ETF (SCTR) - On Friday, October 5, 2012, the earlier than anticipated closure of SCTR was announced as the result of the in-kind redemption of all outstanding shares of the Fund. It was discovered prior to the start of the settlement process that this redemption request did not include all outstanding shares and the redemption request was rejected. In anticipation of the final redemption of shares, October 5 was the last day the Fund traded on NASDAQ. Trading will not resume on the exchange but is available on an over-the-counter basis thru October 16, 2012. On October 16, 2012, SCTR will commence the process of liquidating its assets and, consequently, will not be pursuing its investment objective. Full liquidation of the Fund is intended to be completed by October 24, 2012. During the liquidation period between October 16 and October 24, 2012, the Fund will not carry on any business, except for the purposes of winding down its affairs and distributing investment income, capital gains and assets to shareholders. At the end of this process, Shareholders will receive cash equal to the amount of the net asset value of their Fund shares, which will include any capital gains and dividends, deposited into the cash portion of their brokerage accounts. Shareholders should contact their broker-dealer or financial advisor for additional information.
Remaining U.S. Exchange Traded Funds (“ETFs”)
As previously announced and described below, the liquidation date for the remaining 23 Funds remains unchanged. The remaining Funds (which are listed below) were closed to new investment on October 9, 2012. The last day of trading for the remaining Funds will be October 16, 2012 and full liquidation of those Funds is intended to be completed by October 24, 2012.
Shareholders may sell their holdings on the applicable exchange through October 16, 2012, incurring any applicable transaction fees from their broker-dealer. All remaining shareholders will receive cash equal to the amount of the net asset value of their Fund shares, which will include any capital gains and dividends, deposited into the cash portion of their brokerage accounts. Shareholders receiving the final liquidation cash distribution will not incur transaction fees from their broker-dealer in connection with this distribution or the cancellation of their Fund shares. Moreover, shareholders will not bear any expenses associated with the liquidation of the Funds other than bearing indirectly the portfolio transaction costs incurred in liquidating the Funds’ assets in advance of the Funds’ closure.
On October 16, 2012, the Funds will commence the process of liquidating their assets and, consequently, will not be pursuing their investment objectives. During the liquidation period between October 16 and October 24, 2012, the passively managed ETFs will not carry on any business, except for the purposes of winding down their affairs and distributing investment income, capital gains and assets to shareholders.
|ETFs to be Liquidated||Ticker||Exchange|
|Russell 1000 High Beta ETF||HBTA||NYSE Arca|
|Russell 1000 Low Beta ETF||LBTA||NYSE Arca|
|Russell 1000 High Volatility ETF||HVOL||NYSE Arca|
|Russell 1000 Low Volatility ETF||LVOL||NYSE Arca|
|Russell 1000 High Momentum ETF||HMTM||NYSE Arca|
|Russell 2000 High Beta ETF||SHBT||NYSE Arca|
|Russell 2000 Low Beta ETF||SLBT||NYSE Arca|
|Russell 2000 High Volatility ETF||SHVY||NYSE Arca|
|Russell 2000 Low Volatility ETF||SLVY||NYSE Arca|
|Russell 2000 High Momentum ETF||SHMO||NYSE Arca|
|Russell Developed ex-U.S. Low Beta ETF||XLBT||NYSE Arca|
|Russell Developed ex-U.S. Low Volatility ETF||XLVO||NYSE Arca|
|Russell Developed ex-U.S. High Momentum ETF||XHMO||NYSE Arca|
|Russell Aggressive Growth ETF||AGRG||NYSE Arca|
|Russell Consistent Growth ETF||CONG||NYSE Arca|
|Russell Contrarian ETF||CNTR||NYSE Arca|
|Russell Equity Income ETF||EQIN||NYSE Arca|
|Russell Growth at a Reasonable Price ETF||GRPC||NYSE Arca|
|Russell Small Cap Aggressive Growth ETF||SGGG||NASDAQ|
|Russell Small Cap Consistent Growth ETF||SCOG||NASDAQ|
|Russell Small Cap Low P/E ETF||SCLP||NASDAQ|
|Russell High Dividend Yield ETF||HDIV||NYSE Arca|
|Russell Small Cap High Dividend Yield ETF||DIVS||NYSE Arca|
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