performance of an index that tracks the US corporate bond market.
The Barclays Capital Issuer Scored Corporate Bond Index is designed to measure the performance of the US corporate bond market. The Index includes publiclyissued US dollar denominated corporate issues that are rated investment grade and have $250 million or more of par amount outstanding. Monthly maintenance rebalancing to reflect the addition and subtraction of securities occurs on the last business day of each month. Factor rebalancing occurs every six months on the last business day of March and September.
FUND GROSS EXPENSE RATIO: 0.16%
THE FUND’S PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY
In seeking to track the performance of the Barclays Capital Issuer Scored 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”) 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 the U.S. corporate bond market. The Index includes publicly issued U.S. dollar denominated corporate issues that are rated investment grade (Baa3/BBB- or higher) by at least two of Moody’s Investors Service, Inc., Fitch Inc., or Standard & Poor’s, Inc., and have $250 million or more of par amount outstanding. Only securities issued by companies with publicly traded equity are eligible for inclusion. In addition, the securities must be denominated in U.S. dollars, fixed rate and non-convertible. The Index includes only corporate sectors. The corporate sectors are Industrial, Utility, and Financial Institutions, which include both U.S. and non-U.S. corporations. The following instruments are excluded from the Index: structured notes with embedded swaps or other special features; subordinated debt; private placements; floating rate securities; and Eurobonds. Individual issuers in the Index are weighted using the following financial ratios: return on assets, interest coverage and current ratio (“factors”). Individual security weights are then calculated by the relative market value of each eligible security issued by the issuer. Monthly maintenance rebalancing to reflect the addition and subtraction of securities occurs on the last business day of each month. Factor rebalancing occurs every six months on the last business day of March and September. As of February 28, 2011, there were approximately 3,502 securities in the Index and the modified adjusted duration of securities in the Index was approximately 6.11 years.
The Index is sponsored by Barclays Capital, Inc. (the “Index Provider”) 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.