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ETRACS MLP ETN Continues To Be The Top Performing Exchange Traded Product Tracking The Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index

Stocks in this article: AMLP MLPI UBS

UBS Investment Bank today announced that the ETRACS Alerian MLP Infrastructure ETN (Ticker: MLPI) continues to be the year to date top performing exchange-traded product linked to the Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index (Ticker: AMZI) for the month of November 2011.

Both MLPI and the Alerian MLP ETF (Ticker: AMLP) are designed to deliver the performance of the Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index (the “Index”). The table below summarizes their performance during the month of November 2011, year-to-date and since the day that both products could be purchased on an exchange:

          Total Return
Price Return Total Return Price Return Total Return Since
Ticker   (November)   (November)   (YTD)   (YTD)   8/25/2010*
MLPI 0.16% 0.16% 3.89% 9.41% 24.83%
AMLP -1.30% 0.31% -0.62% 5.82% 15.27%
Index   0.22%   0.73%   3.77%   10.37%   26.52%

Source: Bloomberg, 11/30/2011

*The first day that both products could be purchased on an exchange

MLPI first day of trading: 04/01/2010

AMLP first day of trading: 8/25/2010

About the Index

The Index is a liquid, midstream-focused subset of the Alerian MLP Index comprised of 25 energy infrastructure MLPs. The Index, whose constituents generally earn the majority of their cash flow from the transportation and storage of energy commodities provides investors with a benchmark for the infrastructure component of this emerging asset class. The Index is calculated using a capped, float-adjusted, capitalization-weighted methodology that results in greater diversification versus a pure market capitalization-weighted index.

MLPI offers:

  • Exposure to a portfolio of 25 energy infrastructure MLPs through a single, exchange-traded security
  • Income via quarterly coupons linked to cash distributions, if any, paid by the MLPs in the Index, less fees 1
  • No K-1s: the coupons associated with the ETN are reported as ordinary income on Form 1099, and therefore the administrative burden associated with K-1 forms is eliminated 2. AMLP, unlike MLPI, is taxed as a regular corporation, resulting in a potential discrepancy between after tax performance and the performance of the Index


For further information about ETRACS ETNs, go to

Exchange Traded Access Securities ETNs (“ETRACS ETNs”), are exchange-traded notes, an innovative class of investment products offering access to markets and strategies that may not be readily available to investors, and offer unique diversification opportunities in a number of different sectors. ETRACS ETNs may offer:

  • Access to asset classes with historically low correlations to more traditional asset classes
  • Convenience of an exchange-traded security
  • Transparent exposure to a published index

ETRACS ETNs are senior unsecured notes issued by UBS AG (“UBS”), are traded on NYSE Arca, and can be bought and sold through a broker or financial advisor. An investment in ETRACS ETNs is subject to a number of risks, including the risk of loss of some or all of the investor’s principal, and is subject to the creditworthiness of UBS. We urge you to read the more detailed explanation of risks described under “Risk Factors” in the prospectus supplement for the ETRACS ETN.

There are 41 ETRACS ETNs:





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*TR=Total Return and ER=Excess Return

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