ProShares, a premier provider of alternative exchange traded funds (ETFs), announced today the launch of ProShares Ultra Australian Dollar (NYSE: GDAY) and ProShares UltraShort Australian Dollar (NYSE: CROC), the first ETFs in the U.S. providing magnified or inverse exposure to the Australian dollar. The ETFs list on NYSE Arca today.
- GDAY seeks to provide 2x the daily performance of the U.S. dollar price of the Australian dollar, before fees and expenses.
- CROC seeks to provide -2x the daily performance of the U.S. dollar price of the Australian dollar, before fees and expenses.
“The Australian dollar is one of the world’s most actively traded currencies,” said Michael L. Sapir, Chairman and CEO of ProShare Capital Management, the sponsor of the funds. “We are pleased to offer investors additional ways to manage risk or potentially take advantage of moves in this widely followed currency market.”
The introduction of GDAY and CROC brings ProShares’ popular lineup of geared currency ETFs to seven. The firm’s existing geared currency ETFs on the euro and the yen have garnered more than $1 billion1 of assets since launching less than four years ago.
ProShares offers the nation's largest lineup of alternative ETFs,2 which includes the world’s largest family of geared ETFs,3 with assets of nearly $22 billion.
New currency ETFs:
|Ultra Australian Dollar||GDAY||AUD/USD cross rate||2x|
|UltraShort Australian Dollar||CROC||AUD/USD cross rate||-2x|
*Before fees and expenses.
Existing currency ETFs:
|Ultra Euro||ULE||EUR/USD cross rate||2x|
|UltraShort Euro||EUO||EUR/USD cross rate||-2x|
|Short Euro||EUFX||EUR/USD cross rate||-1x|
|Ultra Yen||YCL||JPY/USD cross rate||2x|
|UltraShort Yen||YCS||JPY/USD cross rate||-2x|
*Before fees and expenses.
Offering the nation’s largest lineup of alternative ETFs, ProShares enables investors to go beyond the limitations of conventional investing and meet today’s market challenges. Each ProShares ETF provides access to an alternative investment strategy delivered with the liquidity, transparency and cost effectiveness of an ETF. ProShares’ lineup of 138 ETFs includes Global Fixed Income, Hedge Strategies, Geared (leveraged and inverse), and Inflation and Volatility ETFs.
1 $1.16 billion as of July 17, 2012
2 Source: FRC. As of March 31, 2012
3 Source: Lipper, based on a worldwide analysis of all known providers of funds in these categories. The analysis covered ETFs and ETNs by the number of funds and assets (as of June 30, 2011).
These Short or Ultra ProShares ETFs seek returns that are 2x, -1x or -2x of the return of an index or other benchmark (target) for a single day, as measured from one NAV calculation to the next. Due to the compounding of daily returns, ProShares' returns over periods other than one day will likely differ in amount and possibly direction from the target return for the same period. These effects may be more pronounced in funds with larger or inverse multiples and in funds with volatile benchmarks. Investors should monitor their ProShares holdings consistent with their strategies, as frequently as daily. For more on correlation, leverage and other risks, please read the prospectus.
Currency ProShares ETFs are not investment companies regulated under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and are not afforded its protections. Investing in these ETFs involves a substantial risk of loss. These ETFs may not be suitable for all investors. ProShares are non-diversified and each entails certain risks, which may include risk associated with the use of derivatives (swap agreements, futures contracts and similar instruments), imperfect benchmark correlation, leverage and market price variance, all of which can increase volatility and decrease performance. Short ProShares should lose money when their benchmarks or indexes rise. There are additional risks due to debt levels in the underlying countries, inflation and interest rates, investment activity, and global political and economic concerns. Certain derivative instruments will subject the fund to counterparty risk and credit risk, which could result in significant losses for the fund. For more on correlation, price variance and other risks, please read the prospectus. There is no guarantee any ProShares ETF will achieve its investment objective. These funds generate K-1 tax forms.
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ProShares are distributed by SEI Investments Distribution Co., which is not affiliated with the funds' sponsor.
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