New York, October 17th, 2012 – UBS Investment Bank announced that today is the first day of trading on the NYSE Arca for the ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Mortgage REIT ETN (NYSEArca:MORL). MORL is linked to the monthly compounded 2x leveraged performance of the Market Vectors Global Mortgage REITs Index (the “Index”), reduced by investor fees.
Income Potential Variable monthly coupon linked to 2 times the cash distributions, if any, of the Index constituents, less any withholding taxes
2x Index Yield* 24.82%
Underlying Index Market Vectors
® Global Mortgage REITs Index
Leverage 2x Leverage with Monthly Reset
* Based on 2 times the Index dividend yield calculated as of September 30, 2012 by Market Vectors. Investors are not guaranteed any coupon or distribution.
MORL Offers Investors:
“This ETN is designed for investors who seek a high yield and are bullish on the mortgage REIT sector,” said Paul Somma, Executive Director and Senior ETRACS Structurer. “MORL offers high monthly income potential and leveraged exposure to a mortgage REIT index, all by way of a single, exchange-traded security.”
About Mortgage REITs
Mortgage real estate investment trusts (“mortgage REITs”) raise capital in the secondary market, primarily through the use of short-term loans, and use that capital to issue mortgages and/or acquire longer-termed, higher yielding mortgage-related assets, primarily mortgage-backed securities. The mortgage REIT business model relies heavily on the “spread” or difference between the mortgage REIT’s short-term borrowing costs and the investment yield earned by it on its longer-termed investments. In general, wider spreads result in greater operating margins for mortgage REITs. Narrower spreads will generally compress margins and negatively affect mortgage REITs. Because mortgage REITs, like all REITs, must distribute at least 90% of their ordinary taxable income to investors, mortgage REITs have typically produced attractive historical yields.
About the Market Vectors® Global Mortgage REITs Index
The Market Vectors® Global Mortgage REITs Index (the “Index”) is a float-adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index designed to measure the performance of publicly-traded mortgage REITs. The index provides 90% coverage of the investable mortgage REIT universe based on strict size and liquidity requirements. The Index is a price return index (i.e., the reinvestment of dividends is not reflected in the Index; rather, any cash distributions on the Index constituents, less any withholding taxes, are reflected in the variable monthly coupon that may be paid to investors of the ETN). While the Index is designed to represent global mortgage REITs, it currently consists of only US-listed mortgage REITs. The Index was created on August 4, 2011 and, therefore, has no performance history prior to that date.
|Top 10 Index Constituents*
Company Ticker Listing Country Index Weighting
Annaly Capital Management Inc NLY US 19.03%
American Capital Agency Corp AGNC US 14.53%
Two Harbors Investment Corp TWO US 5.20%
MFA Financial Inc MFA US 5.17%
Hatteras Financial Corp HTS US 4.84%
Invesco Mortgage Capital IVR US 4.70%
Armour Residential REIT Inc ARR US 4.64%
Chimera Investment Corp CIM US 4.63%
Starwood Property Trust Inc STWD US 4.43%
CYS Investments Inc. CYS US 4.37%
* Source: Market Vectors; as of October 11, 2012
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ETRACS ETNs (the “ETRACS ETNs”), are exchange-traded notes, an innovative class of investment products offering access to markets and strategies that may not be readily available to investors, and offer unique diversification opportunities in a number of different sectors. ETRACS ETNs may offer:
- Access to asset classes with historically low correlations to more traditional asset classes
- Convenience of an exchange-traded security
- Transparent exposure to a published index
ETRACS ETNs are senior unsecured notes issued by UBS AG, are traded on NYSE Arca, and can be bought and sold through a broker or financial advisor. An investment in ETRACS ETNs involves risks including the risk of loss of some or all of the investor’s principal, and is subject to the creditworthiness of UBS AG. You are not guaranteed any coupon or distribution amount under the ETNs. We urge you to read the more detailed explanation of risks described under “Risk Factors” in the product supplement and applicable pricing supplement for the ETRACS ETNs in which you are interested.
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ETRACS ETNs are sold only in conjunction with the relevant offering materials. UBS has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus, as supplemented by a Product Supplement and Pricing Supplement for the offering of the ETRACS ETNs) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) for the offering to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read these documents and any other documents that UBS has filed with the SEC for more complete information about UBS and the offering to which this communication relates. You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, you can request the prospectus and the applicable Product Supplement and Pricing Supplement by calling toll-free (+1-877-387 2275). In the US, securities underwriting, trading and brokerage activities and M&A advisor activities are provided by UBS Securities LLC, a registered broker/dealer that is a wholly owned subsidiary of UBS AG, a member of the New York Stock Exchange and other principal exchanges, and a member of SIPC. UBS Financial Services Inc. is a registered broker/dealer and affiliate of UBS Securities LLC.
MORL is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Market Vectors Index Solutions GmbH (“Market Vectors”) (a wholly owned subsidiary of Van Eck Associates Corporation (“Van Eck”)) and Market Vectors makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of MORL or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities, generally, or in MORL, particularly, or the ability of the Index to track the performance of the mortgage REIT market.
The Index is the exclusive property of Market Vectors, which has contracted with Structured Solutions AG (the “Index Calculation Agent”) to maintain and calculate the Index. The Index Calculation Agent uses its best efforts to ensure that the Index is calculated correctly. Irrespective of its obligations towards Market Vectors, the Index Calculation Agent has no obligation to point out errors in the Index to third parties including, but not limited to, investors and/or financial intermediaries of MORL. MORL is not sponsored, promoted, sold or supported in any other manner by the Index Calculation Agent nor does the Index Calculation Agent offer any express or implicit guarantee or assurance either with regard to the results of using the Index and/or Index trade mark or the Index level at any time or in any other respect. Neither publication of the Index by the Index Calculation Agent nor the licensing of the Index or Index trademark for the purpose of use in connection with the financial instrument constitutes a recommendation by the Index Calculation Agent to invest capital in said financial instrument nor does it in any way represent an assurance or opinion of the Index Calculation Agent with regard to any investment in MORL. The Index Calculation Agent is not responsible for fulfilling the legal requirements concerning the accuracy and completeness of the financial instrument’s prospectus.
MORL is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Van Eck. Van Eck makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, nor accepts any responsibility, regarding the accuracy or completeness of this pricing supplement, or the advisability of investing in securities or financial instruments, or in MORL.
VAN ECK AND ITS AFFILIATES DO NOT GUARANTEE THE ACCURACY AND/OR COMPLETENESS OF THE INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN AND SHALL NOT HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR INTERRUPTIONS, AND MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY OWNERS OF MORL OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF MORL. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL VAN ECK OR ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR LOSSES, EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY THEREOF.
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