iShares will begin trading its new “iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners Fund” (NYSEArca:SLVP) Thursday, February 2, 2012. The iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners Fund (the “Fund”) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the MSCI ACWI Select Silver Miners Investable Market Index. The MSCI ACWI Select Silver Miners Investable Market Index is a capped free float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index comprised of companies primarily engaged in the business of silver mining in both developed and emerging markets. Free-float market capitalization is calculated by taking the security’s price and multiplying it by the number of shares readily available in the market rather than the total number of shares outstanding. The Underlying Index includes companies classified under the precious metals and minerals or gold GICS category provided they derive at least 50% of their revenues from silver production. If the number of constituents in the Underlying Index is less than 30 at the SAIR, MSCI will consider the following types of companies for inclusion: (i) certain companies that derive at least 25% of their revenues from silver, (ii) companies that are in the exploration phase of silver, but which do not generate any revenues from silver production, (iii) certain micro cap companies involved in silver mining that generate at least 25% of their revenues from silver production, (iv) certain micro cap companies that are in the exploration phase of silver, but which do not generate any revenues from silver production or (v) certain companies that derive at least 10% of their revenues from silver mining. The price of the equity securities of these companies and silver may not always be closely correlated. The Underlying Index is a 25/50 Index.
Number of Components: approximately 30
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses: .39%
Principal Investment Strategies
The Underlying Index has been developed by MSCI Inc. (“MSCI”) to measure the combined performance of equity securities of companies primarily engaged in the business of silver mining in both developed and emerging markets. MSCI begins with the MSCI All Country World Investable Market Index, and then selects securities of companies that are primarily focused on the extraction and production of silver. Companies, which primarily invest in, but do not operate, gold mines and companies that mine or process gold and other precious metals, in addition to silver, may be included in the Underlying Index. The price of the equity securities of these companies and silver may not always be closely correlated. As of January 18, 2012, the Underlying Index consisted of companies in the following six countries or regions: Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States. The Fund, under normal market conditions, will invest at least 40% of its assets in issuers organized or located outside the United States or doing business outside the United States.
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 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 generally invests at least 80% of its assets in securities of the Underlying Index or in depositary receipts representing securities in the Underlying Index. The Fund may invest the remainder of its assets in securities not included in the Underlying Index, but which BFA believes will help the Fund track the Underlying Index, and in other investments, including futures contracts, options on futures contracts, options, and swaps related to its Underlying Index, as well as cash and cash equivalents, including shares of money market funds advised by BFA or its affiliates.
The Fund may lend securities representing up to one-third of the value of the Fund’s total assets (including the value of the collateral received).
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 MSCI.
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