PowerShares To Begin Trading The PowerShares S&P 500 Downside Hedged Portfolio ETF (INDEXSP:.INX, NYSEArca:SPY)
PowerShares has announced that they will begin trading The PowerShares S&P 500 Downside Hedged Portfolio ETF (NYSEARCA:PHDG) Thursday, December 06, 2012. The PowerShares S&P 500® Downside Hedged Portfolio (the “Fund”) is an actively managed exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) that seeks to achieve positive total returns in rising or falling markets that are not directly correlated to broad equity or fixed income market returns.
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses: 0.39%
Principal Investment Strategies
The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by using a quantitative, rules-based strategy designed to provide returns that correspond to the performance of the S&P 500® Dynamic VEQTOR Index (the “Benchmark”). The Fund, in accordance with strategy allocation rules provided by Standard & Poor’s (“S&P”), will invest in a combination of (i) equity securities contained in the S&P 500® Index and that are listed on a U.S. securities exchange, (ii) Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (“VIX Index”) related instruments, such as listed VIX Index futures contracts that reflect exposure to the S&P 500® VIX Short Term Futures Index (“VIX Futures Index”), and (iii) money market instruments, cash and cash equivalents. The Fund will invest in money market instruments, cash and cash equivalents to provide liquidity, collateralize its futures contracts, or to track the Benchmark during times when the Benchmark moves its entire allocation to cash. In addition to its investments in the components of the Benchmark, the Fund also may invest in other VIX Index related instruments, including ETFs and exchange-traded notes (“ETNs”) that are listed on a U.S. securities exchange and that provide exposure to the VIX Index (collectively with VIX Index futures contracts, the “VIX Index Related Instruments”) and U.S. listed futures contracts that track the S&P 500® Index (“E-mini S&P 500 Futures”) and are listed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (“CME”).
The Benchmark is comprised of up to three types of components at any given time: an equity component, represented by the S&P 500® Index; a volatility component, represented by the VIX Futures Index; and cash. The VIX Futures Index measures the return from a long position in the VIX Index futures contracts traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (“CBOE”). The Benchmark’s allocation to the VIX Futures Index serves as an implied volatility hedge, as volatility historically tends to correlate negatively to the performance of the U.S. equity markets (i.e., rapid declines in the performance of the U.S. equity markets generally are associated with particularly high volatility in such markets). “Implied volatility” is a measure of the expected volatility of the S&P 500® Index that is reflected in the value of the VIX Index. The VIX Index is a theoretical calculation and cannot be traded. The VIX Index measures the 30-day forward volatility of the S&P 500® Index as calculated based on the prices of certain put and call options on the S&P 500® Index.
The allocation among the Fund’s investments will approximate the allocation among the components of the Benchmark. During periods of low volatility, a greater portion of the Fund’s assets will be invested in equity securities and during periods of increased volatility, a greater portion of the Fund’s assets will be invested in VIX Index Related Instruments. Although the Fund seeks returns comparable to the returns of the Benchmark, the Fund can have a higher or lower exposure to any component within the Benchmark at any time.
The U.S. Index Committee of S&P (the “Committee”), a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., maintains the Benchmark. That Committee meets monthly. At each meeting, the Committee reviews pending corporate actions that may affect Benchmark constituents, statistics comparing the composition of the Benchmark to the market, companies that are being considered as candidates for addition to the Benchmark, and any significant market events. In addition, the Committee may revise the Benchmark’s policy covering rules for selecting companies, treatment of dividends, share counts or other matters.
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