Invesco's PowerShares announced that it plans to change the underlying indexes and names of ten ETFs. It also plans to close four ETFs.
The name, investment objective, underlying index, and investment policy and strategy changes are approved by the ETFs' Board of Trustees on December 17th.
The ten funds that experienced these changes:
1. PowerShares Dynamic OTC Portfolio to PowerShares DWA NASDAQ Momentum Portfolio
2. PowerShares Dynamic Basic Materials Sector Portfolio to PowerShares DWA Basic Materials Momentum Portfolio
3. PowerShares Dynamic Consumer Discretionary Sector Portfolio to PowerShares DWA Consumer Cyclicals Momentum Portfolio
4. PowerShares Dynamic Consumer Staples Sector Portfolio to PowerShares DWA Consumer Staples Momentum Portfolio
5. PowerShares Dynamic Energy Sector Portfolio to PowerShares DWA Energy Momentum Portfolio
6. PowerShares Dynamic Financial Sector Portfolio to PowerShares DWA Financial Momentum Portfolio
7. PowerShares Dynamic Healthcare Sector Portfolio to PowerShares DWA Healthcare Momentum Portfolio
8. PowerShares Dynamic Industrials Sector Portfolio to PowerShares DWA Industrials Momentum Portfolio
9. PowerShares Dynamic Technology Sector Portfolio to PowerShares DWA Technology Momentum Portfolio
10. PowerShares Dynamic Utilities Portfolio to PowerShares DWA Utilities Momentum Portfolio
Meanwhile, the following four funds will be closed: PowerShares KBW International Financial Portfolio; PowerShares MENA Frontier Countries Portfolio; PowerShares Dynamic MagniQuant Portfolio, and PowerShares Lux Nanotech Portfolio.
Here is the press release:
Company Press Release
Invesco PowerShares Announces Changes to ETF Family
Plans to change the indexes and names of ten ETFs and close four ETFs
CHICAGO – December 18, 2013 - Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC, a leading global provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with more than $97 billion in franchise assets, announced changes to its product line.
Reflective of its ongoing commitment to place investors’ interests first, Invesco PowerShares announced that it plans to change the underlying indexes and names of ten ETFs. In addition, it also announced plans to close four ETFs, which together represent less than 1% of Invesco PowerShares’ total assets.
“We regularly evaluate our ETF product offerings using numerous factors including investment results, how investors may utilize them in portfolios and length of time in the market, among others,” said Dan Draper, Invesco PowerShares managing director of global ETFs. “For more than a decade, our focus has been to ensure that we provide innovative ETFs that can help investors meet their financial goals amidst a changing investment landscape. We believe these changes will provide investors a unique set of investment opportunities and position our family of ETFs for continued growth.”
On December 17th, the Board of Trustees approved name, investment objective, underlying index, and investment policy and strategy changes for the following ETFs. These changes are scheduled to take effect on February 19, 2014:
Current Portfolio Name
New Portfolio Name
PowerShares Dynamic OTC Portfolio
PowerShares DWA NASDAQ Momentum Portfolio
PowerShares Dynamic Basic Materials Sector Portfolio
PowerShares DWA Basic Materials Momentum Portfolio
PowerShares Dynamic Consumer Discretionary Sector Portfolio
PowerShares DWA Consumer Cyclicals Momentum Portfolio
PowerShares Dynamic Consumer Staples Sector Portfolio
PowerShares DWA Consumer Staples Momentum Portfolio
PowerShares Dynamic Energy Sector Portfolio
PowerShares DWA Energy Momentum Portfolio
PowerShares Dynamic Financial Sector Portfolio
PowerShares DWA Financial Momentum Portfolio
PowerShares Dynamic Healthcare Sector Portfolio
PowerShares DWA Healthcare Momentum Portfolio
PowerShares Dynamic Industrials Sector Portfolio
PowerShares DWA Industrials Momentum Portfolio
PowerShares Dynamic Technology Sector Portfolio
PowerShares DWA Technology Momentum Portfolio
PowerShares Dynamic Utilities Portfolio
PowerShares DWA Utilities Momentum Portfolio
“As with our existing PowerShares DWA Momentum ETF lineup, these portfolios will be based on momentum strategies as measured by Dorsey Wright’s definition of relative strength characteristics, which can be a powerful tool for stock selection,” said Lorraine Wang, Invesco PowerShares global head of ETF products and research. “The momentum indexes were developed by Dorsey Wright who we believe remains a leader in relative strength investing.”
On December 17th, the Board of Trustees also approved the following ETF closures. The final day of trading for the ETFs on The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ”) and NYSE Arca, Inc. (“NYSE Arca”) will be February 18, 2014:
Fund Names Closing
PowerShares KBW International Financial Portfolio
PowerShares MENA Frontier Countries Portfolio
PowerShares Dynamic MagniQuant Portfolio
PowerShares Lux Nanotech Portfolio
Shareholders may sell their holdings on or before February 18, 2014 and may incur typical transaction fees from their broker-dealer. Shareholders who do not sell their holdings on or beforeFebruary 18, 2014 will receive cash equal to the amount of the net asset value of their shares, which will include any capital gains and dividends in the cash portion of their brokerage accounts. The shareholder payment date is currently scheduled for on or about February 25, 2014. Shareholders will generally recognize a capital gain or loss equal to the amount received for their shares over their adjusted basis in such shares.
For additional information, shareholders of the ETFs which are scheduled for changes or liquidation may call Invesco PowerShares at 800-983-0903.
About Dorsey, Wright & Associates, LLC
Dorsey, Wright & Associates (DWA) is an independent and privately owned registered investment advisory firm based in Richmond, Virginia. Thomas Dorsey and Watson Wright founded Dorsey, Wright & Associates in 1987 to provide technical equity analysis services to professional and individual investors. Today, DWA remains a leader in Point & Figure analysis and Relative Strength investing. Dorsey Wright maintains a Global Technical Research Platform, available by subscription, and provides advisory, subadvisory and licensing services. For more information, please visitdorseywright.com.
About Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC and Invesco, Ltd.
Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC is leading the Intelligent ETF Revolution® through its family of more than 140 domestic and international exchange-traded funds, which seek to outperform traditional benchmark indexes while providing advisors and investors access to an innovative array of focused investment opportunities. With franchise assets over $97 billion as of November 30, 2013, PowerShares ETFs trade on both US stock exchanges. For more information, please visit us at invescopowershares.com or follow us on Twitter @PowerShares.
Invesco Ltd. is a leading independent global investment management firm, dedicated to helping investors worldwide achieve their financial objectives. By delivering the combined power of our distinctive investment management capabilities, Invesco provides a wide range of investment strategies and vehicles to our clients around the world. Operating in more than 20 countries, the firm is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol IVZ. Additional information is available at www.invesco.com.
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