Issuer Scored Corporate Index Strategy


Investment Objective

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.

The Index is an alternatively weighted bond index that weights corporate issuers that also have publicly traded equity using factors other than the market value of their outstanding debt. Preserving the same sector weights as the broad Bloomberg Barclays Capital US Corporate Index (Ex Subordinated Debt), this Index uses the financial ratios (return on assets, interest coverage and current ratio) of publicly listed companies to calculate issuer scores that are used as factors to weight specific issuers within each sector.

BENCHMARK: Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Issuer Scored Corporate Bond Index


Investment Strategy

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 seeking to approximate the performance of the Index, SSGA expects to employ a sampling strategy where SSGA purchases a subset of the securities in the Index in an effort to create a portfolio of securities with generally the same risk and return characteristics of the Index. The actual number of holdings in the Portfolio will be based on a number of factors, including the size of the account in question. SSGA generally expects the number of securities in any account managed using the Strategy to be less (in some cases substantially less) than the number of securities comprising the Index. SSGA may use other techniques in attempting to track the performance of the Index, including the use of derivatives, such as options, futures contracts, and swap transactions. Because the Index holdings are reweighted periodically based on financial measures, the ability of the Strategy to track the Index performance will be highly dependent on SSGA's ability to implement, and to adjust, its portfolio sampling to match the Index's risk and return characteristics over time.

SSGA expects that it will typically seek to replicate index returns for the Portfolio through investments in the "cash" bond markets - actual holdings of debt securities and other instruments - rather than through "notional" or "synthetic" positions achieved through the use of derivatives, such as futures contracts or swap transactions (except in the case where SSGA believes that use of derivatives is necessary to achieve an exposure that is not readily available through the cash markets).

The Strategy's return may not match the return of the Index. In particular, because the Strategy will not typically own all of the securities comprising the Index at any given time, the success of the Strategy in tracking the Index return will depend to a large extent on the ability of SSGA to create a portfolio of securities and other instruments that will provide a return comparable to that of the Index.

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Source: Bloomberg Barclays Indices. ©2019 Bloomberg Finance L.P. and its affiliates. Used with permission.

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.