The Securities and Exchange Commission approved a rule change in late December that allowing ETF Securities to proceed with the launch of the ETFS Physical Platinum Shares ETF (PPLT). The investment objective of the Trust is for the Shares to reflect the performance of the price of physical platinum, less the Trust’s expenses. The Shares are intended to constitute a simple and cost-effective means of making an investment similar to an investment in platinum. An investment in physical platinum requires expensive and sometimes complicated arrangements in connection with the assay, transportation, warehousing and insurance of the metal. Although the Shares will not be the exact equivalent of an investment in platinum, they provide investors with an alternative that allows a level of participation in the platinum market through the securities market.
Strategy Behind the Shares
The Shares are intended to offer investors an opportunity to participate in the platinum market through an investment in securities. The logistics of storing and insuring platinum are dealt with by the Custodian and the related expenses are built into the price of the Shares. Therefore, the investor does not have any additional tasks or costs over and above those associated with dealing in any other publicly traded security.
The Shares are intended to provide institutional and retail investors with a simple and cost-efficient means, with minimal credit risk, of gaining investment benefits similar to those of holding physical platinum. The Shares offer an investment that is:
• Easily Accessible and Relatively Cost Efficient. Investors can access the platinum market through a traditional brokerage account. The Sponsor believes that investors will be able to more effectively implement strategic and tactical asset allocation strategies that use platinum by using the Shares instead of using the traditional means of purchasing, trading and holding platinum and for many investors, transaction costs related to the Shares will be lower than those associated with the purchase, storage and insurance of physical platinum.
• Exchange Traded and Transparent. The Shares will trade on the NYSE Arca, providing investors with an efficient means to implement various investment strategies. Upon effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part, the Shares will be eligible for margin accounts and will be backed by the assets of the Trust and the Trust will not hold or employ any derivative securities. Furthermore, the value of the Trust’s holdings will be reported on the Trust’s website daily.
• Minimal Credit Risk. The Shares represent an interest in physical platinum owned by the Trust (other than an amount held in unallocated form which is not sufficient to make up a whole plate or ingot or which is held temporarily to effect a creation or redemption of Shares). Physical platinum of the Trust in the Custodian’s possession is not subject to borrowing arrangements with third parties. Other than the platinum temporarily being held in an unallocated platinum account with the Custodian, the physical platinum of the Trust is not subject to counterparty or credit risks. See “Risk Factors—Platinum held in the Trust’s unallocated platinum account and any Authorized Participant’s unallocated platinum account will not be segregated from the Custodian’s assets….” This contrasts with most other financial products that gain exposure to bullion through the use of derivatives that are subject to counterparty and credit risks.
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