State Street To Begin Trading The SPDR S&P 1500 Value Tilt ETF Thursday, October 25, 2012
State Street has announced that they will begin trading The SPDR S&P 1500 Value Tilt ETF (NYSEARCA:VLU) Thursday, October 25, 2012. The SPDR S&P 1500 Value Tilt ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the total return performance of an index that tracks the performance of U.S. equity securities exhibiting “value” characteristics.
THE FUND’S PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY
In seeking to track the performance of the S&P 1500 Low Valuation Tilt 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. 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 equity 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 applies an alternative weighting methodology to the S&P 1500 Index so that stocks with relatively low valuations (i.e., relatively “cheap”) are overweight relative to the S&P 1500 Index and stocks with relatively high valuations (i.e., relatively “rich”) are underweight. In constructing the Index, Standard & Poor’s, Inc. (“S&P” or the “Index Provider”) estimates the valuation of each stock in the S&P 1500 Index based on the ratio of its price to its level of earnings, cash flow, sales, book value, and dividends. S&P weights this data from the last five calendar years to create a composite valuation measure, and ranks all 1,500 index constituents in order of composite valuation. S&P then forms 20 sub-portfolios of approximately equal market capitalization, grouped by composite valuations. S&P derives a sub-portfolio allocation factor using each sub-portfolio’s composite valuation, so that a sub-portfolio with relatively low valuation will have a higher allocation factor than a sub-portfolio with relatively high valuation. The weight of each stock in the Index is proportionate to its market capitalization and to its sub-portfolio allocation factor. The Index is rebalanced annually on or about the end of March. As of [_______ __, ___], there were approximately [ ] securities in the Index.
The Index is sponsored by S&P which is not affiliated with the Fund or the Adviser. The Index Provider determines the composition of the Index, relative weightings of the securities in the Index and publishes information regarding the market value of the Index.
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