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: FTSE World Government Bond Ex-U.S. 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 large number 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, or any, of the securities actually comprising the Index. In such a case, SSGA will select securities for the Strategy comprising a portfolio that SSGA expects will provide a return comparable to that of the Index.
The Strategy may at times purchase or sell futures contracts on the Index, or options on those futures, or engage in other transactions involving the use of derivatives, 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 the bonds comprising the Index or 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 does not hedge currency exposures back to its base currency.
The Strategy may use currency forwards in order to hedge non-U.S. dollar currency exposure. The Strategy seeks to follow the Index's methodology; however it may not always be possible to mirror the Index exactly; as such, any discrepancies may lead to possible tracking error. Currency hedging may also lead to increased portfolio turnover, due to the realization of profit and loss on the hedges. This increased turnover may lead to increased transaction costs. The Strategy's return may not match the return of the Index. This Strategy may at times use deliverable and undeliverable currency forwards, to take or hedge exposures, in lieu of investment directly in the securities making up the Index or to enhance the Strategy's replication of the Index return.
SSGA may implement the Strategy's asset allocations through investments in 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 tracking error. This could adversely impact the return to any investor.
All rights in the FTSE World Government Bond Ex-U.S. Index (the "Index") vest in the LSE Group company which owns the Index. "FTSE®" is a trademark of the LSE Group 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.
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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