investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before fees and expenses, of the MSCI Asia Pacific ex Japan US Dollar Hedged Index.
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses: 0.60
Principal Investment Strategies
The Underlying Index is designed to provide exposure to equity securities in developed and emerging stock markets in the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan), while at the same time mitigating exposure to fluctuations between the value of the U.S. dollar and selected non-U.S. currencies. As of August 13, 2013, the Underlying Index consisted of issuers from the following 12 developed and emerging market countries: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. As of August 13, 2013, the MSCI Asia Pacific ex Japan US Dollar Hedged Index consisted of 684 securities with an average market capitalization of approximately $5.5 billion and a minimum market capitalization of approximately $188.2 million. The Underlying Index hedges each foreign currency in the Underlying Index to the U.S. dollar by selling the applicable foreign currency forward at the one-month forward rate published by WM/Reuters.
For U.S. investors, international equity investments include two components of return. The first is the return attributable to stock prices in the non-U.S. market or markets in which an investment is made. The second is the return attributable to the value of non-U.S. currencies in these markets relative to the U.S. dollar. The Underlying Index and the Fund seek to track the performance of equity securities in these developed and emerging markets that is attributable solely to stock prices.
The Fund, using a “passive” or indexing investment approach, attempts to approximate the investment performance of the Underlying Index. The Adviser and/or Sub-Adviser expect that, over time, the correlation between the Fund’s performance and that of the Underlying Index before fees and expenses will be 95% or better. A figure of 100% would indicate perfect correlation.
The Adviser and/or Sub-Adviser use a representative sampling indexing strategy in seeking to achieve the Fund’s investment objective. “Representative sampling” is an indexing strategy that involves investing in a representative sample of securities that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Underlying Index. The 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 in the Underlying Index. The Fund intends to enter into forward currency contracts designed to offset the Fund’s exposure to non-U.S. currencies. A forward currency contract is a contract between two parties to buy or sell a specific currency in the future at an agreed-upon rate. The amount of forward contracts in the Fund is based on the aggregate exposure of the Fund and Underlying Index to each non-U.S. currency based on currency weights as of the beginning of each month. While this approach is designed to minimize the impact of currency fluctuations on Fund returns, this does not necessarily eliminate exposure to all currency fluctuations. The return of the forward currency contracts may not perfectly offset the actual fluctuations of non-U.S. currencies relative to the U.S. dollar.
The Fund will normally invest at least 80% of its net assets, plus the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes, in equity securities of issuers from the Asia Pacific region (excluding Japan) and in instruments designed to hedge the Fund’s exposure to non-U.S. currencies. In addition, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its total assets, but typically far more, in instruments that comprise the Underlying Index. The Fund may also invest in depositary receipts (which are securities issued by banks representing an issuer’s shares that are publicly traded in another country) in respect of equity securities that comprise the Underlying Index to seek performance that corresponds to the Underlying Index. Investments in such depositary receipts will count towards the 80% investment policy discussed above with respect to instruments that comprise the Underlying Index.
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