State Street will begin trading its new “SPDR Barclays Capital Emerging Markets Local Bond ETF” (NYSE:EBND) Thursday, February 24, 2011. The SPDR Barclays Capital Emerging Markets Local 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 the fixed-rate local currency sovereign debt of emerging market countries.
THE FUND’S INVESTMENT STRATEGY
In seeking to track the performance of the Barclays Capital EM Local Currency Government Diversified 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. State Street Global Advisors Limited (“SSgA LTD” or the “Subadviser”) 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 Subadviser 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 fixed-income 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 SSgA Funds Management, Inc. (the “Adviser”)). The Fund may also enter into forward currency exchange contracts for hedging purposes.
The Index is designed to measure the performance of the fixed-rate local currency sovereign debt of emerging market countries. The Index includes government bonds issued by investment-grade countries outside the United States, in local currencies, that have a remaining maturity of one year or more and are rated B3/B-/B- or higher using the middle rating of Moody’s Investor Service,
Inc., Standard & Poor’s, Inc. and Fitch Inc., respectively). Each of the component securities in the Index is a constituent of the Barclays Capital EM Local Currency Government Index, screened such that the following countries are included: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South
Korea, Thailand and Turkey. In addition, the securities in the Index must be fixed-rate and have certain minimum amounts outstanding, depending upon the currency in which the bonds are denominated. As of [__], there were approximately [__] securities in the Index and the modified adjusted duration of securities in the Index was approximately [__] years.
The Index is calculated by Barclays Capital, Inc. (“Barclays Capital”) using a modified “market capitalization” methodology. This design ensures that each constituent country within the Index is represented in a proportion consistent with its percentage with respect to the total market capitalization of the Index. Component securities in each constituent country are represented in a
proportion consistent with their percentage relative to the other component securities in the constituent country. Under certain conditions, however, the par amount of a component security within the Index may be adjusted to conform to Internal Revenue Code requirements.
The Index is sponsored by Barclays Capital (the “Index Provider”) which is not affiliated with the Fund, the Adviser or the Subadviser. 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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