State Street has filed paperwork with the SEC for a “SPDR BARCLAYS CAPITAL ZERO COUPON BOND ETF.” There was no symbol listed at this time. The SPDR Barclays Capital Zero Coupon Bond 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 Separate Trading of Registered Interest and Principal Securities (“STRIPS”) registered with the U.S. Treasury’s Bureau of Public Debt.
THE FUND’S INVESTMENT STRATEGY
In seeking to track the performance of the Barclays Capital U.S. Treasury STRIPS 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 tracks the return of STRIPS registered with the U.S. Treasury’s Bureau of Public Debt. STRIPS are a type of zero coupon bonds that are direct obligations of the U.S. Treasury. The interest payments (“coupons”) of STRIPS have been separated or “stripped” from the underlying principal by their holder. The principal or corpus is then sold at a deep discount because the buyer receives only the right to receive a future fixed payment on the security and does not receive any rights to periodic interest (cash) payments. When held to maturity, their entire income, which consists of accretion of discount, comes from the difference between the issue price and their value at maturity. The Index includes interest and principal payments stripped from existing U.S. Treasury notes and bonds. As of [___], there were approximately [___] securities in the Index.