State Street Global Advisors has filed paperwork with the SEC for a “ SPDR S&P 1500 Volatility Tilt ETF.” The SPDR S&P 1500 Volatility Tilt ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the total return performance of an index that tracks the performance of U.S. equity securities based on low price volatility. They did not specify a trading symbol or expense ratio in the initial filing.
THE FUND’S PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGY
In seeking to track the performance of the S&P 1500 Reduced Volatility Tilt 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. 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 equity securities that are not included in the Index, 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 applies an alternative weighting methodology to the S&P 1500 Index so that stocks with relatively low volatility are overweight relative to the S&P 1500 Index and stocks with relatively high volatility are underweight. The S&P 1500 Index, one of the leading indices of the U.S. equity market, is a capitalization-weighted combination of the large-cap S&P 500 Index, the S&P MidCap 400 Index, and the S&P Small Cap 600 Index. In constructing the Index, Standard & Poor’s, Inc. (“S&P” or “Index Provider”) estimates the volatility of each stock in the S&P 1500 Index based on its monthly price return variance over the past five years, and ranks all 1,500 index constituents in order of volatility. S&P then forms 20 sub-portfolios of approximately equal market capitalization, grouped by volatility. S&P derives a sub-portfolio allocation factor using the inverse of each sub-portfolio’s volatility, so that a sub-portfolio with relatively low volatility will have a higher allocation factor than a sub-portfolio with relatively high volatility. The weight of each stock in the Index is proportionate to its market capitalization and to its sub-portfolio allocation factor. The Index is rebalanced annually on or about the end of March. As of [_______ __, ___], there were approximately [ ] securities in the Index.
The Index is sponsored by S&P which is not affiliated with the Fund or the Adviser. The Index Provider determines the composition of the Index, relative weightings of the securities in the Index and publishes information regarding the market value of the Index.
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