BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the asset management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT), announced that the SPDR MSCI EAFE Fossil Fuel Reserves Free ETF (EFAX) and the SPDR MSCI Emerging Markets Fossil Fuel Reserves Free ETF (EEMX) began trading on the NYSE Arca. Developed to address growing client demand for ESG strategies and help investors divest from companies owning fossil fuel reserves while maintaining the benefits of core exposures to key benchmarks, the newest additions to SSGA’s ESG line-up are the first MSCI EAFE and Emerging Markets ex Fossil Fuel Reserves Free ETFs.
“SPDR ETFs continue to build on SSGA’s heritage of ESG investing,” said Nick Good, co-head of the Global SPDR business at State Street Global Advisors. “We are excited to add EFAX and EEMX to our SPDR line-up, complementing the SPDR S&P 500 Fossil Fuel Reserves Free ETF (SPYX)1 launched in 2015. Together, this suite of funds is designed to allow investors to maintain geographical diversification within the broader equity market while using their capital to create change.”
The SPDR MSCI EAFE Fossil Fuel Reserves Free ETF (EFAX) seeks to track the MSCI EAFE ex Fossil Fuels Index. The Index is designed to measure the performance of companies in the MSCI EAFE Index that do not own fossil fuel reserves. Fossil fuel reserves are defined as economically and technically recoverable sources of crude oil, natural gas and thermal coal but do not include metallurgical or coking coal, which are used in connection with steel production.
The SPDR MSCI Emerging Markets Fossil Fuel Reserves Free ETF (EEMX) seeks to track the MSCI Emerging Markets ex Fossil Fuels Index. The Index is designed to measure the performance of companies in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index that do not own fossil fuel reserves, as defined above. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index captures large and mid-capitalization representation across 23 emerging market countries.
The gross expense ratio for EFAX is 0.30 percent and the net expense ratio is 0.20 percent. The gross and net expense ratio for EEMX is 0.30 percent.
“With governments across the world committed to addressing climate change, investors have been increasingly looking to minimize the potential negative impact that exposure to companies owning fossil fuel reserves could have on their portfolios as traditional market-cap based passive strategies that do not screen out certain industries or business practices may not account for this risk,” said Christopher McKnett, managing director and head of ESG at State Street Global Advisors. “SSGA has managed ESG portfolios for 30 years and with client demand for these strategies higher than it’s ever been, this suite of SPDR funds is designed to provide investors with passively managed tools to divest from companies owning fossil fuel reserves while maintaining exposure to core US, international and emerging markets benchmarks.”
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SPDR ETFs are a comprehensive family spanning an array of international and domestic asset classes. SPDR ETFs are managed by SSGA Funds Management, Inc., a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of State Street Corporation. The funds provide investors with the flexibility to select investments that are precisely aligned to their investment strategy. Recognized as an industry pioneer, State Street created the first US listed ETF in 1993 (SPDR S&P 500® – Ticker SPY) and has remained on the forefront of responsible innovation, as evidenced by the introduction of many ground-breaking products, including first-to-market launches with gold, international real estate, international fixed income, and sector ETFs. For more information, visit www.spdrs.com.
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For nearly four decades, State Street Global Advisors has been committed to helping financial professionals and those who rely on them achieve their investment objectives. We partner with institutions and financial professionals to help them reach their goals through a rigorous, research-driven process spanning both active and index disciplines. We take pride in working closely with our clients to develop precise investment strategies, including our pioneering family of SPDR ETFs. With trillions* in assets under management, our scale and global footprint provide unrivaled access to markets and asset classes, and allow us to deliver expert insights and investment solutions.
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*Assets under management were $2.3 trillion as of June 30, 2016. AUM reflects approx. $40 billion (as of 6/30/2016) with respect to which State Street Global Markets, LLC (SSGM) serves as marketing agent; SSGM and State Street Global Advisors are affiliated.
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ETFs trade like stocks, are subject to investment risk, fluctuate in market value and may trade at prices above or below the ETFs net asset value. Brokerage commissions and ETF expenses will reduce returns.
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1 Prior to August 31, 2016, the SPDR® S&P® 500 Fossil Fuel Reserves Free ETF was known as the SPDR S&P 500 Fossil Fuel Free ETF. There were no changes to the investment objective, strategy or policies of the fund in connection with the fund’s name change