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: Bloomberg U.S. High Yield Custom BB/B ex-144A Index
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. The Strategy will not necessarily own all of the securities included in the Index.
The Strategy may attempt to invest in the securities comprising the Index, in the same proportions as they are represented in the Index, in limited cases where we believe it is practical to do so. However, due to the diverse composition of securities in the Index and the fact that many of the securities comprising the Index may be unavailable for purchase, it may not be possible for the Strategy to purchase some of the securities comprising the Index. In such a case, SSGA will select securities for the Portfolio that SSGA expects will provide a return comparable to that of the Index.
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. The Strategy may at times use derivatives, including credit default swaps and futures, in lieu of investment directly in the securities making up the Index. The Strategy might do so, for example, in order to increase its investment exposure pending investment of cash in securities or otherwise as part of an index replication strategy.
Alternatively, the Strategy might use such instruments to reduce its investment exposure in situations where it intends to sell a portion of the securities in its portfolio but the sale has not yet been completed.
The Strategy's return may not match the return of the Index. There may be an increased variance between the return of the Strategy and the return of the Index due to differences between the Index pricing source and the source utilized to price the Strategy.
“Bloomberg®” and all Bloomberg Indices are service marks of Bloomberg Finance L.P. and its affiliates, including Bloomberg Index Services Limited (“BISL”), the administrator of the index (collectively, “Bloomberg”) and have been licensed for use for certain purposes by SSGA. Bloomberg is not affiliated with SSGA, and Bloomberg does not approve, endorse, review, or recommend any SSGA product. Bloomberg does not guarantee the timeliness, accurateness, or completeness of any data or information relating to any SSGA product. Prior to 3/31/2022, all Bloomberg fixed income indices were known as Bloomberg Barclays fixed income indices.
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.
This information is for informational purposes only, not to be construed as investment advice or a recommendation or offer to buy or sell any security. Investors should always obtain and read an up-to-date investment services description or prospectus before deciding whether to appoint an investment manager or to invest in a fund. Any views expressed herein are those of the author(s), are based on available information, and are subject to change without notice. Individual portfolio management teams may hold different views and may make different investment decisions for different clients. There are no guarantees regarding the achievement of investment objectives, target returns, portfolio construction, allocations or measurements such as alpha, tracking error, stock weightings and other information ratios. The views and strategies described may not be suitable for all investors. SSGA does not provide tax or legal advice. Prospective investors should consult with a tax or legal advisor before making any investment decision. Investing entails risks and there can be no assurance that SSGA will achieve profits or avoid incurring losses.
Performance quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so you may have a gain or loss when shares are sold. Current performance may be higher or lower than that quoted.
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