State Street has filed paperwork with the SEC for a “SPDR BARCLAYS CAPITAL CMBS ETF.” There was no symbol listed at this time. The SPDR Barclays Capital CMBS ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the price and yield performance of an index that tracks the ERISA-eligible sector of the U.S. dollar denominated investment-grade commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) market.
THE FUND’S INVESTMENT STRATEGY
In seeking to track the performance of the Barclays Capital CMBS ERISA-Eligible Index (the “Index”), the Fund employs a sampling strategy, which means that the Fund is not required to purchase all of the securities represented in the Index. Instead, the Fund may purchase a subset of the securities in the Index in an effort to hold a portfolio of securities with generally the same risk and return characteristics of the Index. The quantity of holdings in the Fund will be based on a number of factors, including asset size of the Fund. SSgA Funds Management, Inc. (“SSgA FM” or the “Adviser”) , the investment adviser to the Fund, generally expects the Fund to hold less than the total number of securities in the Index, but reserves the right to hold as many securities as it believes necessary to achieve the Fund’s investment objective.
Under normal market conditions, the Fund generally invests substantially all, but at least 80%, of its total assets in the securities comprising the Index or in securities that the Adviser has determined have economic characteristics that are substantially identical to the economic characteristics of the securities that comprise the Index. The Fund will provide shareholders with at least 60 days notice prior to any material change in this 80% investment policy. In addition, the Fund may invest in securities that are not included in the Index, futures, options, swap contracts and other derivatives, cash and cash equivalents or money market instruments, such as repurchase agreements and money market funds (including money market funds advised by the Adviser).
The Index is designed to measure the performance of the ERISA-eligible sector of the U.S. dollar denominated investment-grade commercial mortgage backed securities market. The Index is part of the Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Index. To be included in the Index, the following criteria must be met: (i) the original aggregate transaction must have a minimum deal size of $500 million and a minimum tranche size of $25 million, and the aggregate outstanding transaction size must be at least $300 million to remain in the Index; (ii) collateral for each transaction must be new origination and originated specifically for securitization; (iii) certificates must have an expected life of one year; (iv) certificates must be either fixed rate weighted average coupon (WAC) or capped WAC securities; and (v) the security must be ERISA-eligible. ERISA-eligible securities refer to those asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities that are covered by the various prohibited transaction exemptions granted by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”), known as the “Underwriter Exemptions.” Additionally, securities must be rated investment grade (Baa3/BBB- or higher) by at least two of the rating agencies (Moody’s Investor Service, Inc., Standard & Poor’s, Inc. and Fitch Inc.). Excluded from the Index are floating rate certificates and securities issued under Rule 144A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The Index is market capitalization weighted and the securities in the Index are updated on the last business day of each month. As of [___], there were approximately [___] securities in the Index.
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