Russell has announced that they will begin trading the Russell Small Cap High Dividend Yield ETF (NYSEArca:DVIS) Thursday, March 15, 2012. The Fund seeks investment results that closely correspond to the total return of the Russell U.S. Small Cap High Dividend Yield Index.
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses: 0.38%
Principal Investment Strategies of the Fund
The Fund is an index-based exchange-traded fund that seeks investment results that closely correspond to the total return of the Russell U.S. Small Cap High Dividend Yield Index (the “Index”). The Fund’s investment adviser, Russell Investment Management Company (“RIMCo”), 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. The Fund will normally invest at least 80% of its total assets in securities that comprise the Index. The Fund is required to provide 60 days’ notice to its shareholders prior to a change in this policy. The Fund’s investment objective and the index upon which the Fund seeks to track its performance may be changed without shareholder approval.
RIMCo, using a replication strategy, generally invests in all of the stocks comprising the Index in proportion to their weightings in the Index. However, under various circumstances, it may not be possible or practicable to purchase all of those stocks in those weightings due to, for example, limited liquidity in the market for a particular stock. In those circumstances, the Fund may (i) purchase a sample of stocks in the Index; (ii) overweight another stock in the Index; (iii) purchase securities not in the Index which RIMCo believes are appropriate to substitute for certain securities in the Index; or (iv) utilize various combinations of the foregoing, or other available investment techniques, in seeking to track the Index. The Fund may sell stocks that are represented in the Index in anticipation of their removal from the Index or purchase stocks not represented in the Index in anticipation of their addition to the Index.
The Index is designed to select securities with high dividend yields. The Index includes securities in the Russell 2000® Index (an index comprised of U.S. small capitalization securities) with high dividend yields and quality characteristics such as dividend growth, earnings stability and sustained profitability. The Index is market-cap weighted and reconstituted quarterly.
Indexing may reduce the chance that the Fund will substantially outperform its Index but also may reduce some of the risks of active management, such as security selection.
The Index is sponsored by Frank Russell Company (“Russell” or the “Index Provider”), an affiliate of the Fund and RIMCo. The Index Provider determines the composition and relative weightings of the securities in the Index and publishes information regarding the market value of the Index. Additional information regarding the Index Provider is provided in the “Index Provider” section of the Fund’s Prospectus.
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