Each Portfolio seeks to provide a total investment return in excess of the performance of its benchmark index (the "Index") over the long term.
BENCHMARK: MSCI Emerging Markets Index
Equity securities of emerging market companies with market capitalizations comparable to companies included in the Index. "Emerging market companies" are companies domiciled, or doing a substantial portion of their business, in countries that SSGA considers at the time to have developing, emerging or frontier economies or securities markets.
SSGA uses proprietary analytical processes to identify countries and companies offering what SSGA believes to be the greatest potential for outperformance from the Index. In performing this analysis, SSGA considers factors such as relative valuations, the quality of a company's earnings, the company's balance sheet and cash flows, and investor sentiment. We also incorporate in our model an evaluation of the macroeconomic environment, to take into account prevailing market conditions. This process seeks to maintain a disciplined approach that is adaptive to the macroeconomic environment and responsive to changing conditions.
The Strategy may invest in emerging markets indirectly through other investment pools. SSGA may, but will not necessarily, enter into foreign currency exchange transactions for the Strategy. A Portfolio may also invest in the securities of Chinese companies, normally restricted to residents of the People's Republic of China (commonly known as "A Shares" or "China A Shares"), through the Stock Connect program or other channels. SSGA seeks to outperform the Index by 200 basis points (on an annualized basis) over the long term, with a projected active risk* of approximately 200 to 500 basis points. There can of course be no assurance that any Portfolio will achieve that level of performance or will maintain that level of active risk.
SSGA may implement the Strategy's asset allocations through investments in other investment vehicles. These will typically include investment pools (which may, but will not necessarily, be registered under the U.S. Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended) managed or sponsored by SSGA or an affiliate. Because of the unit issuance processes employed by the various underlying investment pools, allocations by the Strategy to certain pools on a given trading day may be invested in such pools at the next trading day's net asset value per unit. This will result in the portion of the Strategy's assets being invested in such investment pools being held in cash for the trading day and may result in increased active risk. This could adversely impact the return to any investor.
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a trademark of MSCI Inc.
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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