A big thanks to David Hoffman at InvestmentNews.com (who covers ETFs in a big way!), as we now have more information on the new infrastructure ETF that I wrote about Saturday. SSGA’s infrastructure ETF begins trading today under the ticker GII. Some further details on the underlying index are in this latest press release from SSGA:
State Street Expands International ETF Offering
New SPDR Tracks Infrastructure Investments in Developed and Emerging Countries
BOSTON--Jan. 29, 2007--State Street Global Advisors ("State Street")*, the investment management arm of State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT), today announced that it will launch the SPDR[R] FTSE/Macquarie Global Infrastructure 100 ETF (NYSEARCA:GII) on January 30.
This SPDR seeks to track an index of developed and emerging country stocks involved in infrastructure industries such as pipelines, transportation services, electricity, water, and telecommunications. The Macquarie Global Infrastructure 100 Index, calculated by leading global index provider FTSE Group, serves as the underlying benchmark for GII.
"With the launch of this SPDR, we are responding to our clients' demands for access to stocks that cover infrastructure industries on a global scale," said Anthony Rochte, senior managing director of State Street Global Advisors. “This product is part of our steadfast commitment to provide quality offerings that precisely align with investors' investment strategies."
This SPDR complements State Street's series of international ETF offerings. Recently, State Street launched the SPDR[R] MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) ex-US ETF (NYSEARCA:CWI) on the American Stock Exchange[R] (Amex[R]). It is benchmarked against the MSCI All Country World exUSA Index and includes both developed and emerging markets outside of the United States.
State Street manages more than $113 billion ETF assets worldwide (as of December 31, 2006) and is one of the largest providers in the U.S. and globally, with a market share of more than 20 percent.** State Street continues to experience significant demand for these investment strategies and today manages a total of 70 ETFs worldwide.
About State Street Global Advisors
State Street Global Advisors, the investment management arm of State Street Corporation, delivers investment strategies and integrated solutions to clients worldwide across every asset class, investment approach and style. With S$1.7 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2006, State Street Global Advisors has investment centers in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Milan, Montreal, Munich, Paris, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and Zurich, and offices in 25 cities worldwide.
* The Funds are advised by SSgA Funds Management Inc., a registered investment adviser and a wholly owned subsidiary of State Street Corporation.
** Source: SSgA Advisor Consulting Services as of December 31, 2006
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The Macquarie Global Infrastructure 100 Index is a trademark of Macquarie and has been licensed for use by State Street Bank and Trust Company through its State Street Global Advisors Division. The SPDR[R] FTSE/Macquarie Global Infrastructure 100 ETF is not in any way sponsored, endorsed, managed, sold or promoted by FTSE International Limited ("FTSE"), Macquarie Bank Limited or its affiliates or subsidiaries, the London Stock Exchange Plc (the "Exchange") or by The Financial Times Limited ("FT"). For further important information and disclaimers regarding Macquarie, see spdretfs.com.
The "SPDR" trademark is used under license from The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. ("McGraw-Hill"). No financial product offered by State Street Corporation or its affiliates is sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by McGraw-Hill.
The SPDR[R] MSCI ACWI ex-US ETF is based on an MSCI Index. This ETF is not sponsored, endorsed, or promoted by MSCI, and MSCI bears no liability with respect to any such financial product or any index on which such financial product is based. The prospectus contains a more detailed description of the limited relationship MSCI has with State Street.
The Macquarie Global Infrastructure 100 Index (''MGI 100 Index'') calculated by the Financial Times Stock Exchange (''FTSE'') is designed to reflect the stock performance of companies within the infrastructure industry, principally those engaged in management, ownership and operation of infrastructure and utility assets. The MGI 100 Index is a composite of the broader Macquarie Global Infrastructure Index (''MGII'') which is based on 255 stocks (as of September 30, 2006) in the FTSE Global Equity Index Series. The MGI 100 Index is based on the universe of the MGII with a further country screen allowing only constituents in the FTSE developed and FTSE Advanced Emerging regions. Eligible countries from the MGII are then re-ranked by investable market with the top 100 being included in the index.
The MSCI ACWISM ex USA Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity market performance in all global developed and emerging markets outside of the US.
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