ProShares Announces Changes to Silver and Gold ETFs
December 20, 2018 at 16:30 PM EST
ProShares, a premier provider of ETFs, announced today that each of the ProShares Ultra Silver and the ProShares UltraShort Silver ETFs (the “Silver Funds”) and the ProShares Ultra Gold and the ProShares UltraShort Gold ETFs (the “Gold Funds) will change their respective benchmarks on or about January 7, 2019. The new benchmark for the Silver Funds (tickers: AGQ and ZSL) will be the Bloomberg Silver Subindex (ticker: BCOMSI) and the new benchmark for the Gold Funds (tickers: UGL and GLL) will be the Bloomberg Gold Subindex (ticker: BCOMGC).
The Bloomberg Silver and Gold Subindexes are single-commodity indexes designed to reflect the performance of silver and gold, as measured by the price of COMEX silver and gold futures contracts, respectively.
Benchmark Change Details
Important Details About Changes to NAV Calculation Times and Creation/Redemption Order Cutoff Times
In order to facilitate the implementation of the benchmark changes, beginning on January 4, 2019 the Silver and Gold Funds will strike their net asset values (“NAVs”) as of 1:25 p.m. ET and 1:30 p.m. ET, respectively, and their creation and redemption order cutoff times will be 1:00 p.m. ET.
ProShares has been at the forefront of the ETF revolution since 2006. ProShares now offers one of the largest lineups of ETFs, with more than $30 billion in assets. The company is the leader in strategies such as dividend growth, alternative and geared (leveraged and inverse). ProShares continues to innovate with products that provide strategic and tactical opportunities for investors to manage risk and enhance returns.
Geared (leveraged or short) ProShares ETFs seek returns that are a multiple of (e.g., 2x or -2x) 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 holdings as frequently as daily. For more on risks, please read the prospectus.
Shares of any ETF are generally bought and sold at market price (not NAV) and are not individually redeemed from the fund. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns.
Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. Investing in ETFs involves a substantial risk of loss. These geared ProShares ETFs are non-diversified and entail certain risks, including 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 ETFs should lose money when their benchmarks or indexes rise. The prices of gold and silver are volatile and may be affected by a number of factors, including large institutional purchases or sales, indirect investment in gold and silver, industrial usage, and political and economic concerns. Certain derivative instruments are subject to counterparty risk and credit risk, which could result in significant losses for each fund. Please see the full prospectuses for a more complete description of risks. There is no guarantee any ProShares ETF will achieve its investment objective.
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