BARCLAYS GLOBAL AGGREGATE
The Global Aggregate Index provides a broad-based measure of the global investment grade fixed-rate debt markets. The Global Aggregate Index contains three major components: the U.S. Aggregate (USD 300mn), the Pan-European Aggregate (EUR 300mn), and the Asian-Pacific Aggregate Index (JPY 35bn). In addition to securities from these three benchmarks (94.0% of the overall Global Aggregate market value as of December 31, 2010), the Global Aggregate Index includes Global Treasury, Eurodollar (USD 300mn), Euro-Yen (JPY 25bn), Canadian (USD 300mn equivalent), and Investment Grade 144A (USD 300mn) index-eligible securities not already in the three regional aggregate indices.
BARCLAYS GLOBAL TREASURY EX-US CAPPED INDEX
The Barclays Global Treasury Ex-U.S. Capped Index tracks fixed-rate, local currency sovereign debt of investment-grade countries outside the United States.
BARCLAYS U.S. AGGREGATE CREDIT - CORPORATE - INVESTMENT GRADE
The Index is designed to measure the performance of U.S. corporate bonds that have a maturity of greater than or equal to 1 year. The Index is a component of the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index and includes investment grade, fixed-rate, taxable, U.S. dollar-denominated debt with $250 million or more par amount outstanding, issued by U.S. and non-U.S. industrial, utility, and financial institutions. The Index is rebalanced monthly, on the last day business day of the month.
BARCLAYS U.S. AGGREGATE GOVERNMENT - TREASURY
The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index provides a measure of the performance of the U.S. dollar denominated investment grade bond market, which includes investment grade (must be Baa3/BBB- or higher using the middle rating of Moody’s Investor Service, Inc., Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch Inc.) government bonds, investment grade corporate bonds, mortgage pass through securities, commercial mortgage backed securities and asset backed securities that are publicly for sale in the United States. The securities in the U.S. Aggregate Index must have at least 1 year remaining to maturity and must have $250 million or more of outstanding face value. Asset backed securities must have a minimum deal size of $500 million and a minimum tranche size of $25 million. For commercial mortgage backed securities, the original aggregate transaction must have a minimum deal size of $500 million, and a minimum tranche size of $25 million; the aggregate outstanding transaction sizes must be at least $300 million to remain in the index. In addition, the securities must be U.S. dollar denominated, fixed rate, non convertible, and taxable. Certain types of securities, such as flower bonds, TINs, and state and local government series bonds are excluded from the U.S. Aggregate Index. Also excluded from the U.S. Aggregate Index are structured notes with embedded swaps or other special features, private placements, floating rate securities and Eurobonds. The U.S. Aggregate Index is market capitalization weighted and the securities in the Index are updated on the last business day of each month
BARCLAYS U.S. AGGREGATE INDEX
The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index represents the securities of the U.S. dollar-denominated, investment grade bond market. The Index provides a measure of the performance of the U.S. dollar-denominated, investment grade, bond market, which includes investment grade (must be Baa3/BBB- or higher using the middle rating of Moody’s Investor Service, Inc., Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch Rating) government bonds, investment grade corporate bonds, mortgage pass through securities, commercial mortgage backed securities and asset backed securities that are publicly offered for sale in the United States.
BARCLAYS U.S. GOVERNMENT INFLATION-LINKED BOND INDEX
The Barclays U.S. Government Inflation-linked Bond Index measures the performance of the inflation-protected public obligations of the U.S. Treasury. Inflation-protected public obligations of the U.S. Treasury, commonly known as “TIPS,” are securities issued by the U.S. Treasury that are designed to provide inflation protection to investors. The Index includes publicly-issued, U.S. Treasury inflation-protected securities that have at least 1 year remaining to maturity on index rebalancing date, with an issue size equal to or in excess of $500 million.
BARCLAYS U.S. HIGH YIELD – CORPORATE
The Index measures the market of USD-denominated, non-investment grade, fixed-rate, taxable corporate bonds. Securities are classified as high yield if the middle rating of Moody’s, Fitch, and S&P is Ba1/BB+/BB+ or below, excluding emerging market debt. The U.S. Corporate High-Yield Index was created in 1986.
DB GLOBAL GOVERNMENT EX-US INFLATION-LINKED BOND CAPPED INDEX
The DB Global Government ex-US Inflation-Linked Bond Capped Index measures the total return performance of inflation-linked government bonds from developed and emerging market countries outside of the United States. The Index includes government debt (direct obligations of the issuer country) but does not include quasi-government debt or corporate debt.
Bloomberg Commodity Index, BCOM
The Bloomberg Commodity Index, BCOM is a broadly diversified index that allows investors to track commodity futures through a single, simple measure. The index is composed of futures contracts on physical commodities. Commodity weightings are based on production and liquidity, subject to weighting restrictions applied annually such that no related group of commodities constitutes more than 33% of the index and no single commodity constitutes more than 15% or less than 2% of the index.
DOW JONES US SELECT REIT INDEX
The Dow Jones US Select REIT Index is comprised of companies whose charters are the equity ownership and operation of commercial real estate and which operate under the REIT Act of 1960. The Index is generally rebalanced monthly, and returns are calculated on a buy and hold basis except as necessary to reflect the occasional occurrence of Index changes in the middle of the month. Each REIT in the Index is weighted by its float-adjusted market capitalization. That is, each security is weighted to reflect the attainable market performance of the security which reflects that portion of securities shares that are accessible to investors.
GOLD (LONDON PM FIX)
The London Gold Fix involves gold dealers from London’s five biggest bullion banks establishing a common transaction price for a large pool of purchase and sale orders. They do this twice each business day - first at 10:30am EST(the Morning Fix) and then again at 3pm EST (the Afternoon Fix).
MSCI AC WORLD IMI
The MSCI ACWI IMI Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the combined equity market performance of developed and emerging markets. The Index covers approximately 98% of the global equity investment opportunity set.
MSCI EAFE INDEX
The MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the US & Canada. As of May 30, 2011, the MSCI EAFE Index consists of the following 22 developed market country indices: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
MSCI EMERGING MARKETS (EM) INDEX
The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets. As of May 30, 2011, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index consists of the following 21 emerging market country indices: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.
S&P 500® INDEX
The S&P 500 Index is composed of 500 selected stocks, all of which are listed on the Exchange, the NYSE or NASDAQ, and spans over 24 separate industry groups. Since 1968, the S&P 500 Index has been a component of the US Commerce Department’s list of Leading Indicators that track key sectors of the US economy. Current information regarding the market value of the S&P 500 Index is available from market information services. The S&P 500 Index is determined, comprised and calculated without regard to the Trust.
S&P® DEVELOPED EX UNITED STATES <2BN
The S&P Developed Ex–US Under USD 2 Billion is a market capitalization weighted index that defines and measures the investable universe of publicly traded companies domiciled in developed countries outside the US The Developed Small Cap Index is “float adjusted”, meaning that only those shares publicly available to investors are included in the Developed Small Cap Index calculation.
S&P® EMERGING MARKETS <2BN INDEX
S&P Emerging Markets Under USD 2 Billion Index is a float-adjusted, market cap-weighted index that represents the small capitalization segment of emerging countries included in the S&P Global BMI Index. The Global BMI Index captures the full universe of institutionally investable stocks in developed and emerging markets with float-adjusted market capitalizations of at least $100 million.
S&P® MIDCAP 400 INDEX
The S&P MidCap 400 Index covers over 7% of the US equities market, and is part of a series of S&P US indices. Included in the index are companies with market cap in the range of US $1 billion to US $4.5 billion. This range is reviewed from time to time to ensure consistency with market conditions. The index also includes companies that should have four consecutive quarters of positive as-reported earnings, where as-reported earnings are defined as GAAP Net Income excluding discontinued operations and extraordinary items.
S&P® SMALLCAP 600 INDEX
The S&P SmallCap 600 Index measures the performance of the small-capitalization sector in the US equity market. The selection universe for the Index includes all US common equities listed on the NYSE, NASDAQ Global Select Market, NASDAQ Select Market and NASDAQ Capital Market with market capitalizations between $250 million and $1.2 billion. The Index is float-adjusted and market capitalization weighted.