State Street Global Advisors (SSgA)*, the asset management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT), today announced that the SPDR ® SSgA Multi-Asset Real Return ETF (Symbol: RLY), the SPDR SSgA Income Allocation ETF (Symbol: INKM), and the SPDR SSgA Global Allocation ETF (Symbol: GAL) began trading on the NYSE Arca on April 26, 2012. The new funds, which are actively managed by SSgA’s Investment Solutions Group (ISG), provide investors and advisors with access to the firm’s institutional asset management expertise.
“The launch of these three new actively managed SPDR ETFs opens a new chapter in our longstanding commitment to democratizing access to institutional asset classes, strategies, and expertise,” said James Ross, senior managing director and global head of SPDR Exchange Traded Funds at State Street Global Advisors. “In providing a convenient, cost effective vehicle for investors and financial advisors to benefit from SSgA’s experience in global tactical asset allocation, our actively managed ETFs are an innovative addition to the SPDR ETF family.”
Designed to capture inefficiencies that occur due to temporary mis-pricings in the market, SSgA’s first actively managed SPDR ETFs feature tactical asset allocation strategies that are built on a disciplined risk-managed quantitative process that is supplemented with fundamental analysis. The new funds, which are powered by multiple exchange traded products, include:
SPDR SSgA Multi-Asset Real Return ETF: seeks to achieve a real return consisting of capital appreciation and current income by utilizing a fund-of-funds structure to invest in multiple exchange traded products representing asset classes, such as inflation protected securities, real estate, commodities, and natural resources. Its annual expense ratio is 0.70%.SPDR SSgA Income Allocation ETF: seeks to provide exposure to income and yield-generating investments using a fund-of-funds structure that invests in multiple exchanged traded products representing asset classes, such as domestic and international equities, investment grade and high yield debt securities, hybrid equity/debt securities (preferred stock and convertible securities), and real estate. Its annual expense ratio is 0.70%. SPDR SSgA Global Allocation ETF: seeks to provide income, capital preservation, and low volatility using a fund-of-funds structure that invests in multiple exchange traded products and a SSgA money market fund representing asset classes, such as domestic and international equities, real estate, debt securities, and cash. Its annual expense ratio is 0.35%. SSgA’s Investment Solutions Group, a dedicated team of investment professionals that manages more than $160 billion in assets across a wide range of tactical and strategic asset allocation portfolios, will manage the new SPDR active asset allocation ETFs. When implementing tactical asset allocation portfolios, the ISG relies on a dynamic approach to identifying risk environments and multi-factor quantitative models, with a layer of qualitative analysis by applying market insight and experience to the models.