State Street Global Advisors Files For SPDR S&P Small Cap Emerging Middle East & Africa ETF

State Street Global Advisors has filed paperwork with the SEC for a “SPDR S&P Small Cap Emerging Middle East & Africa ETF.” The SPDR S&P Small Cap Emerging Middle East & Africa ETF (the “Fund”) seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the total return performance of an equity index based upon the small capitalization segment of Middle Eastern and African emerging markets. They did not specify a trading symbol or expense ratio in the initial filing.


In seeking to track the performance of the S&P Mid-East & Africa Under USD 2 Billion 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 is a market capitalization weighted index designed to define and measure the investable universe of publicly traded small-cap companies domiciled in emerging Middle Eastern and African markets. The Index component securities are a subset, based on market capitalization and region, of component securities included in the S&P Global BMI (Broad Market Index). The S&P Global BMI is a comprehensive, float-adjusted market capitalization weighted, rules-based benchmark that is readily divisible and customizable. A country will be eligible for inclusion in the S&P Global BMI if it is classified as either a developed or emerging market by the S&P Global Equity Index Committee. Country classification is reviewed annually and determined based on quantitative criteria and feedback from market participants via a publicly available market consultation. All publicly listed companies with float-adjusted market capitalization of a minimum of $100 million and at least $50 million annual trading volume are included for each country. To be included in the Index, a publicly listed company must have a total market capitalization between $100 million and $2 billion, and be located in a country that does not meet the S&P Mid-East & Africa criteria. All stocks are weighted proportionate to their float-adjusted market capitalization and the Index is rebalanced annually. The Index is “float adjusted”, meaning that only those shares publicly available to investors are included in the Index calculation. In addition, each individual stock is capped at a maximum of 25% of the index weight, and the top 5 stocks are capped at a maximum of 50% of the index weight. Countries covered in the Index have historically included, among others, Egypt, Morocco and South Africa. As of May 31, 2011, the Index was comprised of 126 securities.

The Index is sponsored by Standard & Poor’s, Inc. (the “Index Provider”) 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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