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Solactive Aztlan Global Developed Markets SMID Cap Index
The Index is comprised of equity securities of companies from the following three developed markets (DM) regions: North America, Western Europe, and Developed Asia. The Index includes securities of small-and mid-capitalization companies (“SMID-capitalization companies”), which are those with market caps between $500 million USD and $10 billion USD at the time of first purchase and as of five weekdays prior to each monthly rebalance of the Index. The Index includes securities from each of the following nine broad sectors: Materials, Industrials, Consumer Discretionary, Consumer Staples, Health Care (excluding pharmaceutical industry or sub-sector), Financials, Information Technology, Communication Services, and Utilities. The Index excludes the Energy and Real Estate sectors. The securities included in the Index will have an average daily traded value (over the most recent 30-day period) of at least $10 million USD.
Concentrated Portfolio Risk. Although the Fund will not be concentrated in any particular industry, it will be concentrated in a limited number of securities. As a result, it may be more volatile and have a greater risk of loss than more broadly diversified funds.
Equity Market Risk. The equity securities held in the Fund’s portfolio may experience sudden, unpredictable drops in value or long periods of decline in value. This may occur because of factors that affect securities markets generally or factors affecting specific issuers, industries, or sectors in which the Fund invests. Common stocks, such as those held by the Fund, are generally exposed to greater risk than other types of securities, such as preferred stocks and debt obligations, because common stockholders generally have inferior rights to receive payment from issuers.
Foreign Securities Risk. Investments in securities or other instruments of non-U.S. issuers involve certain risks not involved in domestic investments and may experience more rapid and extreme changes in value than investments in securities of U.S. companies. Financial markets in foreign countries often are not as developed, efficient, or liquid as financial markets in the United States, and therefore, the prices of non-U.S. securities and instruments can be more volatile. In addition, the Fund will be subject to risks associated with adverse political and economic developments in foreign countries, which may include the imposition of economic sanctions. Generally, there is less readily available and reliable information about non-U.S. issuers due to less rigorous disclosure or accounting standards and regulatory practices. The growth of Japan’s economy has historically lagged that of its Asian neighbors and other major developed economies. The Japanese economy is heavily dependent on international trade and has been adversely affected by trade tariffs, other protectionist measures, competition from emerging economies and the economic conditions of its trading partners.
High Portfolio Turnover Risk. The Index has historically had a high portfolio turnover rate. As a result, the Fund is likewise expected to frequently trade all or a significant portion of the securities in its portfolio. A high portfolio turnover rate increases transaction costs, which may increase the Fund’s expenses. Frequent trading may also cause adverse tax consequences for investors in the Fund due to an increase in short-term capital gains.