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Russell 2000® Index Futures Strategy

Investment Objective

The Strategy seeks an investment return that approximates as closely as practicable, before expenses, the performance of its benchmark index (the "Index") over the long term.

BENCHMARK: Russell 2000® Index

Investment Strategy

The Strategy is managed using an "indexing" investment approach, by which SSGA attempts to approximate, before expenses, the performance of the Index over the long term. In lieu of investment directly in the securities making up the Index, the Portfolio will typically purchase (1) index futures contracts based on the Index, (2) an optimized basket of index futures contracts, (3) options on those futures, or (4) engage in other transactions involving the use of derivatives. The Portfolio's return may not match the return of the Index for a number of reasons. For example, the return on the investments selected by SSGA may not correlate precisely with the return on the Index. Brokerage and margin costs and expenses associated with investments in derivatives may reduce the Portfolio's return. The Portfolio may incur a number of other operating expenses not applicable to the Index. The Portfolio may not be fully invested at times as a result of cash flows into or out of the Portfolio.

The Strategy will typically maintain a substantial cash balance. The Strategy will normally invest that cash in other short-term pooled investment vehicles sponsored, managed, or otherwise affiliated with SSGA, such as, for example, registered investment companies, private investment pools, or commingled trust funds. More information on the cash strategy is available upon request. The Strategy may at any time invest in additional or different investment vehicles, or may invest directly in short term investments, in SSGA's discretion. Because the Portfolio seeks to achieve a return based on the return of the Index, it will continue to pursue the investment strategies described above, even during times when SSGA expects the level of the Index to decline.

The Strategy's return may not match the return of the Index.

As part of its proxy voting program, SSGA is offering eligible investors that hold units in certain Portfolios a range of voting policies that can be applied to the voting of shares held in that Portfolio. Investors in these select Portfolios may, from time to time, enter into arrangements with SSGA pursuant to which such investors direct that a pro rata portion of shares held by the Portfolio attributable to such investors be voted pursuant to a voting policy made available by a third party proxy voting administrator. For a Portfolio structured as a pooled investment vehicle, an investor’s choice of voting policy and the voting of shares in accordance with such policy may not reflect, and may in fact conflict with, the concerns and values of one or more other investors in the Portfolio. To the extent that shares held by the Portfolio are voted pursuant to SSGA’s proxy voting program, there is a risk that such shares may be voted in a way that is different to how other equivalent shares held by the Portfolio are being voted. Please also refer to “Essential SSGA: A Summary of State Street Global Advisors’ U.S.-Domiciled Commingled Funds, U.S.-Managed Separately Managed Accounts and Related Conflicts of Interest” for additional information on SSGA’s policy on proxy voting and the risk factors associated with the SSGA proxy voting program.

The availability of the SSGA proxy voting program is subject to any applicable regulatory, operational (including in respect of fractional voting rights), local market (including any applicable local restrictions on split voting), tax, cost or other constraints of the third party proxy voting or SSGA. SSGA reserves the right to suspend or cancel, in full or in part, the SSGA proxy voting program (in any one instance or more broadly), including with immediate effect, if required by applicable law or regulation or if SSGA otherwise considers that such action is appropriate. This may result in shares being voted in accordance with the SSGA’s proxy voting policy rather than in accordance with an investor’s choice of voting policy.


Frank Russell Company is the source and owner of the trademarks, service marks and copyrights related to the Russell Indexes. The Russell 2000® Index is a trademark of Frank Russell Company.

There are risks involved with investing, including possible loss of principal. You should refer to the Strategy's Disclosure Document (SDD) for a complete description of the risks of investing in the Strategy. Please contact SSGA's relationship management team for a copy of the SDD.