FlexShares To Begin Trading The FlexShares STOXX Global Broad Infrastructure Index Fund (NYSEArca:NFRA)
the Index Provider as the physical structures and networks upon which the operation, growth and development of a community depends, and include: (a) communication (cable and satellite, data centers, wireless, wireless towers and wireline); (b) energy (energy utilities and midstream energy); (c) government outsourcing/social (correctional facilities, hospitals and postal services); (d) transportation (air transportation, passenger transportation, rail transportation, road transportation and water transportation; and (e) utilities (waste management and water utilities). Constituents of the Underlying Index may include common and preferred stocks, publicly-traded units of master limited partnerships (“MLPs”), and real estate investment trusts (“REITs”). In addition to tracking the performance of the Underlying Index, the Investment Adviser also seeks to minimize portfolio turnover and tax inefficiencies.
As of September 19, 2013, the Underlying Index comprised 155 stocks with market capitalizations ranging from $97.47 million to $228.03 billion. As of the same date, the Underlying Index’s five largest constituents (by weighting) were AT&T Inc., Vodafone Group, Canadian National Railway Company, Verizon Communications and East Japan Railway Company. As of September 19, 2013, the top five countries (by weighting) represented in the Underlying Index were the United States (38%), Japan (11.6%), United Kingdom (10.6%), Canada (10.4%) and Germany (6.1%). The Underlying Index is governed by published, objective rules for security selection, exclusion, rebalancing and adjustments for corporate actions and is reconstituted on a semi-annual basis. The Index Provider’s index methodology and other factors will cause the composition of the Underlying Index to change over time.
NTI uses a “passive” or indexing approach to try to achieve the Fund’s investment objective. Unlike many investment companies, the Fund does not try to “beat” the index it tracks and does not seek temporary defensive positions when markets decline or appear overvalued.
NTI uses a representative sampling strategy to manage the Fund. “Representative sampling” is investing in a representative sample of securities that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Underlying Index. Securities selected are expected to have, in the aggregate, investment characteristics (based on factors such as market capitalization and industry weightings), fundamental characteristics (such as return variability and yield) and liquidity measures similar to those of the Underlying Index. The Fund may or may not hold all of the securities that are included in the Underlying Index. Funds that employ a representative sampling strategy may incur tracking error to a greater extent than a fund that seeks to replicate an index. “Replication” is an indexing strategy in which a fund invests in substantially all of the securities in its underlying index in approximately the same proportions as in the underlying index. The Fund reserves the right to use a replication indexing strategy if NTI determines that it is in the best interests of the Fund.
The Fund generally will invest under normal circumstances at least 80% of its total assets in the securities of the Underlying Index and in American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) and Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”) (collectively “Depositary Receipts”) based on the securities in its Underlying Index. The Fund may also invest up to 20% of its assets in cash and cash equivalents, including shares of money market funds advised by NTI or its affiliates, futures contracts, options on futures contracts, forward currency contracts, options and swaps, as well as securities not included in the Underlying Index, but which NTI believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index.
The Underlying Index is sponsored by the Index Provider, an organization that is independent of the Fund and NTI. The Index Provider determines the composition and relative weightings of the securities in the Underlying Index and publishes information regarding the market value of the Underlying Index. Additional information regarding the Index Provider is provided in the “More Information about Underlying Index and Index Provider section of the Prospectus.
The Fund is “non-diversified” under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and may invest more of its assets in fewer issuers than “diversified” funds.
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