iShares has filed for a “Global Inflation-Linked Bond Fund ETF.” The iShares Global Inflation-Linked Bond Fund (the “Fund”) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the BofA Merrill Lynch Global Diversified Inflation-Linked Index. They plan to trade this fund on the NYSE Arca under the symbol (NYSE:GTIP)
PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES
The Underlying Index is a broad, market value weighted, capped total return index designed to measure the performance of inflation-linked sovereign debt that is publicly issued and denominated in the issuer’s own domestic market and currency.
The Underlying Index includes debt issued by countries that (a) have at least $2 billion outstanding face value in index qualifying debt at initial inclusion and maintain at least $1 billion outstanding face value in index qualifying debt; (b) have not defaulted on any of their sovereign debt (including non-inflation-linked debt and debt that is not payable in the issuer’s local
currency) within ten years of the Underlying Index’s annual review date; and (c) are not included on the U.S. Department of State’s list of state sponsors of terrorism as of the Underlying Index’s annual review date. For purposes of inclusion in the Underlying Index, Euro member countries are considered collectively with respect to the country size requirements but individually with respect to the default requirement and the U.S. Department of State’s list of state sponsors of terrorism requirement.
As of August 31, 2010, the Underlying Index consisted of 167 issues. The list of countries included in the Underlying Index as of August 31, 2010, is as follows: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Underlying Index is rebalanced monthly on the last calendar day of the month based on information available up to and including the third business day before the last business day of the month.
With the exception of the U.S. Treasury, no issuer can hold greater than a 22.5% share of the Underlying Index. In addition, no more than 48% of the Underlying Index can be comprised of issuers other than the U.S. Treasury that individually hold a 5% or greater share of the Underlying Index. Finally, all issuers that hold less than a 5% share of the Underlying Index are capped at
4.55%. These caps are imposed at each month-end rebalancing date. Adjustments to a given country’s weight are applied proportionately to all of its constituent securities. In between rebalancing dates, issuer weights are allowed to float above the caps.
BFA 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.
Indexing may eliminate the chance that the Fund will substantially outperform the Underlying Index but also may reduce some of the risks of active management, such as poor security selection. Indexing seeks to achieve lower costs and better after-tax performance by keeping portfolio turnover low in comparison to actively managed investment companies.
BFA uses a representative sampling indexing strategy to manage the Fund. “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, duration, maturity or credit ratings 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 will generally invest at least 80% of its assets in the securities of the Underlying Index or in depositary receipts representing securities of the Underlying Index. However, the Fund may at times invest up to 20% of its assets in certain futures, options and swap contracts, cash and cash equivalents, including money market funds advised by BFA or its affiliates, not included in
the Underlying Index, but which BFA believes will help the Fund track the Underlying Index.
The Underlying Index is sponsored by an organization (the “Index Provider”) that is independent of the Fund and BFA. 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. The Fund’s Index Provider is Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated
(“BofA Merrill Lynch”).
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