485APOS 1 d517535d485apos.htm 485APOS 485APOS

As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 8, 2013

1933 Act File No. 333-150525

1940 Act File No. 811-22201

 

 

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM N-1A

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933    x
Pre-Effective Amendment No.    ¨
Post-Effective Amendment No. 84    x

and/or

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940    x
Amendment No. 86    x

(Check appropriate box or boxes.)

 

 

DIREXION SHARES ETF TRUST

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

 

1301 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue), 35th Floor

New York, New York 10019

(Address of Principal Executive Office) (Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, including Area Code: (646) 572-3390

Daniel D. O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer

1301 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue), 35th Floor

New York, New York 10019

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

 

 

Copy to:

 

Adam R. Henkel   Eric S. Purple
U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC   K&L Gates LLP
615 East Michigan   1601 K Street, NW
Milwaukee, WI 53202   Washington, DC 20006

 

 

It is proposed that this filing will become effective (check appropriate box)

 

  ¨ immediately upon filing pursuant to paragraph (b)
  ¨ On (date) pursuant to paragraph (b)
  ¨ 60 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(1)
  ¨ On (date) pursuant to paragraph (a)(1)
  x 75 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(2)
  ¨ on (date) pursuant to paragraph (a)(2) of Rule 485.

If appropriate, check the following box:

 

  ¨ This post-effective amendment designates a new effective date for a previously filed post-effective amendment.

 

 

 


DIREXION FUNDS

CONTENTS OF REGISTRATION STATEMENT

This registration document is comprised of the following:

Cover Sheet

Contents of Registration Statement:

Combined Prospectus and Statement of Additional Information for the following funds:

 

3X BULL FUNDS    3X BEAR FUNDS
Direxion Daily Chile Bull 3X Shares    Direxion Daily Chile Bear 3X Shares
Direxion Daily Hong Kong Bull 3X Shares    Direxion Daily Hong Kong Bear 3X Shares
Direxion Daily Japan Bull 3X Shares    Direxion Daily Japan Bear 3X Shares
Direxion Daily Mexico Bull 3X Shares    Direxion Daily Mexico Bear 3X Shares

and

Part C of Form N-1A; and

Signature Page.


The information in this Prospectus is not complete and may be changed. We may not sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. This Prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities and is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted.

Subject to completion, dated April 8, 2013

 

LOGO

DIREXION SHARES ETF TRUST

PROSPECTUS

 

1301 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue), 35th Floor

New York, New York 10019 866-476-7523

 

3X BULL FUNDS

     3X BEAR FUNDS
 

International Funds

  

Direxion Daily Chile Bull 3X Shares

     Direxion Daily Chile Bear 3X Shares

Direxion Daily Hong Kong Bull 3X Shares

     Direxion Daily Hong Kong Bear 3X Shares

Direxion Daily Japan Bull 3X Shares

     Direxion Daily Japan Bear 3X Shares

Direxion Daily Mexico Bull 3X Shares

     Direxion Daily Mexico Bear 3X Shares

[            ], 2013

The funds offered in this prospectus (collectively, the “Funds”) trade on, or will trade on, NYSE Arca, Inc. The Funds seek daily leveraged investment results and are intended to be used as short-term trading vehicles. The Funds with “Bull” in their names attempt to provide daily investment results that correlate to the performance of an index or benchmark and are collectively referred to as the “3X Bull Funds.” The Funds with “Bear” in their names attempt to provide daily investment results that correlate to the inverse (or opposite) of the performance of an index or benchmark and are collectively referred to as the “3X Bear Funds.” The Funds are not intended to be used by, and are not appropriate for, investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios. The Funds are very different from most mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Investors should note that:

(1) The Funds pursue daily leveraged investment goals, which means that the Funds are riskier than alternatives that do not use leverage because the Funds magnify the performance of the benchmark of an investment.

(2) Each 3X Bear Fund pursues investment goals that are inverse to the performance of its benchmark, a result opposite of most mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.

(3) The Funds seek daily leveraged investment results. The pursuit of these investment goals means that the return of a Fund for a period longer than a full trading day will be the product of the series of daily leveraged returns for each trading day during the relevant period. As a consequence, especially in periods of market volatility, the path of the benchmark during the longer period may be at least as important to a Fund’s return for the longer period as the cumulative return of the benchmark for the relevant longer period. Further, the return for investors that invest for periods less than a full trading day or for a period different than a trading day will not be the product of the return of the Fund’s stated goal and the performance of the target index for the full trading day. The Funds are not suitable for all investors.

The Funds are designed to be utilized only by sophisticated investors, such as traders and active investors employing dynamic strategies. Such investors are expected to monitor and manage their portfolios frequently. Investors in the Funds should:

 

  (a) understand the risks associated with the use of leverage,


  (b) understand the consequences of seeking daily leveraged investment results,

 

  (c) understand the risk of shorting, and

 

  (d) intend to actively monitor and manage their investments.

Investors who do not understand the Funds or do not intend to actively manage their funds and monitor their investments should not buy the Funds. There is no assurance that any of the Funds offered in this prospectus will achieve their objectives and an investment in a Fund could lose money. No single Fund is a complete investment program.

If a Fund’s underlying benchmark moves more than 33% on a given trading day in a direction adverse to the Fund, the Fund’s investors would lose all of their money. The Funds’ investment adviser, Rafferty Asset Management, LLC (“Rafferty” or “Adviser”), will attempt to position each Fund’s portfolio to ensure that a Fund does not lose more than 90% of its net asset value on a given trading day. The cost of such downside protection will be limitations on a Fund’s gains. As a consequence, a Fund’s portfolio may not be responsive to benchmark movements beyond 33% on a given trading day in a direction favorable to the Fund. For example, if a 3X Bull Fund’s underlying benchmark was to gain 35%, that Fund might be limited to a daily gain of 90%, which corresponds to 300% of a benchmark gain of 30%, rather than 300% of a benchmark gain of 35%.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has not approved or disapproved these securities or passed upon the adequacy of this prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

SUMMARY OF DIREXIONSHARES

     1   

DIREXION DAILY CHILE BULL 3X SHARES

     1   

DIREXION DAILY CHILE BEAR 3X SHARES

     9   

DIREXION DAILY HONG KONG BULL 3X SHARES

     17   

DIREXION DAILY HONG KONG BEAR 3X SHARES

     25   

DIREXION DAILY JAPAN BULL 3X SHARES

     33   

DIREXION DAILY JAPAN BEAR 3X SHARES

     41   

DIREXION DAILY MEXICO BULL 3X SHARES

     48   

DIREXION DAILY MEXICO BEAR 3X SHARES

     56   

OVERVIEW OF THE DIREXION SHARES ETF TRUST

     64   

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING INVESTMENT TECHNIQUES AND POLICIES

     66   

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING RISKS

     75   

UNDERLYING INDEX LICENSORS

     90   

HOW TO BUY AND SELL SHARES

     91   

ABOUT YOUR INVESTMENT

     91   

SHORT-TERM TRADING

     92   

CREATIONS, REDEMPTIONS AND TRANSACTION FEES

     92   

MANAGEMENT OF THE FUNDS

     96   

PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS

     96   

OTHER SERVICE PROVIDERS

     96   

PAYMENTS BY RAFFERTY

     96   

DISTRIBUTIONS

     96   

TAXES

     97   

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

     99   

MORE INFORMATION

     BACK COVER   


SUMMARY of Direxionshares

DIREXION DAILY CHILE BULL 3X SHARES

Important Information Regarding the Fund

The Direxion Daily Chile Bull 3X Shares (“Fund”) seeks daily leveraged investment results. The pursuit of daily leveraged goals means that the Fund is riskier than alternatives that do not use leverage because the Fund’s objective is to magnify the performance of an index. The pursuit of daily leveraged investment goals means that the return of the Fund for a period longer than a full trading day may bear no resemblance to 300% of the return of its index for such longer period because the aggregate return of the Fund is the product of the series of daily leveraged returns for each trading day. The path of the benchmark during the longer period may be at least as important to the Fund’s return for the longer period as the cumulative return of the benchmark for the relevant longer period, especially in periods of market volatility. Further, the return for investors that invest for periods less than a full trading day or for a period different than a trading day will not be the product of the return of the Fund’s stated goal and the performance of the target index for the full trading day.

Investment Objective

The Fund seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 300% of the performance of the MSCI Chile IMI 25/50 Index. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results and does not seek to achieve its stated investment objective over a period of time greater than one day. The Fund is different and much riskier than most exchange-traded funds.

The Fund is designed to be utilized only by knowledgeable investors who understand the potential consequences of seeking daily leveraged investment results, understand the risks associated with the use of leverage and are willing to monitor their portfolios frequently. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results relative to the Index and is different and riskier than similarly benchmarked exchange-traded funds that do not use leverage. Therefore, the Fund is not intended to be used by, and is not appropriate for, investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy or hold shares of the Fund (“Shares”). Investors purchasing shares in the secondary market may pay costs (including customary brokerage commissions) charged by their broker.

ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES(1)

(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

  

Management Fees

     0.75

Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees

     0.00

Other Expenses of the Fund

     0.25

Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses

     0.15

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

     1.15

Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     0.05

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     1.10

 

(1) 

The Fund’s adviser, Rafferty Asset Management, LLC (“Rafferty” or the “Adviser”) has contractually agreed to cap all or a portion of its management fee and/or reimburse the Fund for Other Expenses through [            ], 2014, to the extent that the Fund’s Total Annual Operating Expenses exceed 0.95% (excluding, as applicable, among other expenses, taxes, leverage interest, Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses, dividends or interest on short positions, other interest expenses, brokerage commissions, expenses incurred in connection with any merger or reorganization and extraordinary expenses such as litigation). Any expense cap is subject to reimbursement by the Fund within the following three years only if overall expenses fall below these percentage limitations. This agreement may be terminated or revised at any time with the consent of the Board of Trustees.

Expense Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

  1 Year    3 Years
  $112    $360

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund, under normal circumstances, creates long positions by investing at least 80% of its assets in the securities that comprise the MSCI Chile IMI 25/50 Index (“Index”) and/or financial instruments that provide leveraged and unleveraged exposure to the Index. These financial instruments include: futures contracts; options on securities, indices and futures contracts; equity caps, floors and collars; swap agreements; forward contracts; short

 

 

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positions; reverse repurchase agreements; exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”); and other financial instruments. On a day-to-day basis, the Fund also may hold short-term debt instruments that have terms-to-maturity of less than 397 days and exhibit high quality credit profiles, including U.S. government securities and repurchase agreements.

Chile is considered an “emerging market,” as that term is defined by the index provider. The determination that Chile is an “emerging market” is based on it being an economy that is in the initial stages of industrialization and has been historically marked by low per capita income and lack of capital market transparency, but appears to be implementing political and/or market reforms resulting in greater capital market transparency, increased access for foreign investors and generally improved economic conditions. Emerging markets have the potential for significantly higher or lower rates of return and carry greater risks than more developed economies.

The Index is designed to measure the performance of the large, mid and small cap segments of the Chilean equity market, covering approximately 99% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in Chile. As of February 28, 2013, the Index has an average market capitalization of $2.1 billion and a median market capitalization of $1.3 billion.

The Index applies certain screens and weightings to take into account the investment limits placed on regulated investment companies (“RICs”) under federal tax regulations. One such requirement is that at the end of each quarter of a RIC’s tax year, no more than 25% of its assets may be invested in a single issuer and the sum of the weights of all issuers representing more than 5% of the RIC should not exceed 50% of its total assets. The Index aims to reflect these requirements in the selection and weighting of its component securities.

The Fund may gain exposure to only a representative sample of the securities in the Index that have aggregate characteristics similar to those of the Index. The Fund gains this exposure either by directly investing in the underlying securities of the Index or by investing in derivatives that provide exposure to those securities. The Fund seeks to remain fully invested at all times consistent with its stated goal. At the close of the markets each trading day, Rafferty positions the Fund’s portfolio so that its exposure to the Index is consistent with the Fund’s investment objective. The impact of the Index’s movements during the day will affect whether the Fund’s portfolio needs to be re-positioned. For example, if the Index has risen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should rise, meaning that the Fund’s exposure will need to be increased. Conversely, if the Index has fallen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should fall, meaning the Fund’s exposure will need to be reduced. This re-positioning strategy typically results in high portfolio turnover.

Because of daily rebalancing and the compounding of each day’s return over time, the return of the Fund for periods longer than a single day will be the result of each day’s returns compounded over the period, which will very likely differ from 300% of the return of the Index over the same period. The Fund will lose money if the Index performance is flat over time, and as a result of daily rebalancing, the Index’s volatility and the effects of compounding, it is even possible that the Fund will lose money over time while the Index’s performance increases.

Additionally, because a significant portion of the assets of the Fund may come from investors using “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies, the Fund may further need to engage in frequent trading. The Fund will concentrate its investment in a particular industry or group of industries to approximately the same extent as the Index is so concentrated.

Principal Risks

An investment in the Fund entails risk. The Fund could lose money or its performance could trail that of other investment alternatives. The Adviser cannot guarantee that the Fund will achieve its objective. In addition, the Fund presents some risks not traditionally associated with most mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. It is important that investors closely review all of the risks listed below and understand how these risks interrelate before making an investment in the Fund. Turbulence in financial markets and reduced liquidity in equity, credit and fixed income markets could negatively affect issuers worldwide, including the Fund. There is the risk that you could lose all or a portion of your money invested in the Fund.

Adverse Market Conditions Risk

Because the Fund magnifies the performance of the Index, its performance will suffer during conditions in which the Index declines.

Adviser’s Investment Strategy Risk

The Adviser utilizes a quantitative methodology to select investments for the Fund. Although this methodology is designed to correlate the Fund’s performance with the performance of the Index, there is no assurance that such methodology will be successful and will enable the Fund to achieve its investment objective.

Chilean Securities Risk

Investment in securities of Chilean issuers involves risks that may be greater than if the Fund’s investments were more geographically diverse. Chile’s economy is heavily dependent on trading with key partners. Any increases or decreases in the volume of this trading, changes in taxes or tariffs, or variance in political relationships between nations may impact the Chilean economy overall in a way that would be adverse to the Fund’s investments. Additionally, investment in Chile may be subject to any positive or adverse effects of the varying nature of its

 

 

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economic landscape with respect to expropriation and/or nationalization of assets, strengthened or lessened restrictions on and government intervention in international trade, confiscatory taxation, political instability, including authoritarian and/or military involvement in governmental decision making, armed conflict, the impact on the economy as a result of civil war and social instability as a result of religious, ethnic and/or socioeconomic unrest.

Counterparty Risk

The Fund may invest in financial instruments involving counterparties for the purpose of attempting to gain exposure to a particular group of securities or an asset class without actually purchasing those securities or investments, or to hedge a position. These financial instruments may include swap agreements. The use of swap agreements and other counterparty instruments involves risks that are different from those associated with ordinary portfolio securities transactions. For example, the Fund bears the risk of loss of the amount expected to be received under a swap agreement in the event of the default or bankruptcy of a swap agreement counterparty. Swap agreements and other counterparty instruments also may be considered to be illiquid. In addition, the Fund may enter into swap agreements that involve a limited number of counterparties, which may increase the Fund’s exposure to counterparty credit risk. The Fund does not specifically limit its counterparty risk with respect to any single counterparty. Further, there is a risk that no suitable counterparties will be willing to enter into, or continue to enter into, transactions with the Fund and, as a result, the Fund may not be able to achieve its investment objective.

Currency Exchange Rate Risk

Changes in foreign currency exchange rates will affect the value of what the Fund owns and the Fund’s share price. Generally, when the U.S. dollar rises in value against a foreign currency, an investment in that country loses value because that currency is worth fewer U.S. dollars. Devaluation of a currency by a country’s government or banking authority also will have a significant impact on the value of any investments denominated in that currency. Currency markets generally are not as regulated as securities markets.

Daily Correlation Risk

There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve a high degree of correlation to the Index and therefore achieve its daily investment objective. To achieve a high degree of correlation with the Index, the Fund seeks to rebalance its portfolio daily to keep leverage consistent with its daily target. The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs and costs associated with the use of leveraged investment techniques and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. Market disruptions, regulatory restrictions or extreme volatility will also adversely affect the Fund’s ability to adjust exposure to the required levels. The Fund

may not have investment exposure to all securities in its underlying Index, or its weighting of investment exposure to such stocks or industries may be different from that of the Index. In addition, the Fund may invest in securities or financial instruments not included in the underlying Index. The Fund may be subject to large movements of assets into and out of the Fund, potentially resulting in the Fund being over- or under-exposed to its Index. In addition, the target amount of portfolio exposure to the Index is impacted dynamically by the Index’s movement. Because of this, it is unlikely that the Fund will be perfectly exposed to the Index at the end of each day. The possibility of the Fund being materially over- or under-exposed to its Index increases on days when the Index is volatile near the close of the trading day. Activities surrounding annual index reconstitutions and other index rebalancing or reconstitution events may hinder the Fund’s ability to meet its daily investment objective on that day.

Depositary Receipt Risk

To the extent the Fund seeks exposure to foreign companies, the Fund’s investments may be in the form of depositary receipts or other securities convertible into securities of foreign issuers, including American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”), European Depositary Receipts (“EDRs”), and Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”). While the use of ADRs, EDRs and GDRs, which are traded on exchanges and represent and ownership in a foreign security, provide an alternative to directly purchasing the underlying foreign securities in their respective national markets and currencies, investments in ADRs, EDRs, and GDRs continue to be subject to certain of the risks associated with investing directly in foreign securities.

Derivatives Risk

The Fund uses investment techniques, including investments in derivatives such as futures and forward contracts, options and swaps, which may be considered aggressive. Investments in such derivatives are subject to market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time and may increase the volatility of the Fund. The use of derivatives may expose the Fund to additional risks that it would not be subject to if it invested directly in the securities underlying those derivatives, such as counterparty risk and the risk that the derivatives may become illiquid. The use of derivatives may result in larger losses or smaller gains than otherwise would be the case. Additionally, with respect to the use of swap agreements, if the Index has a dramatic intraday move in value that causes a material decline in the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”), the terms of the swap agreement between the Fund and its counterparty may allow the counterparty to immediately close out of the transaction with the Fund. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to enter into another swap agreement or invest in other derivatives to achieve the desired exposure consistent with the Fund’s daily investment objective. This may prevent the Fund from achieving its daily investment objective particularly if the Index reverses all or a portion of its intraday move

 

 

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by the end of the day. In addition, the Fund’s investments in derivatives, as of the date of this Prospectus, are subject to the following risks:

Futures and Forward Contracts. There may be an imperfect correlation between the changes in market value of the securities held by the Fund and the prices of futures contracts. There may not be a liquid secondary market for the futures contracts. Forward currency transactions include the risks associated with fluctuations in currency.

Options. There may be an imperfect correlation between the prices of options and movements in the price of the securities (or indices) hedged or used for cover, which may cause a given hedge not to achieve its objective.

Swap Agreements. Interest rate swaps are subject to interest rate and credit risk. Total return swaps are subject to counterparty risk, which relates to credit risk of the counterparty and liquidity risk of the swaps themselves.

Early Close/Trading Halt Risk

An exchange or market may close or issue trading halts on specific securities, or the ability to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments may be restricted, which may result in the Fund being unable to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to rebalance its portfolio, may be unable to accurately price its investments and/or may incur substantial trading losses.

Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk

The Fund does not attempt to, and should not be expected to, provide returns which are a multiple of the return of the Index for periods other than a single day. The Fund rebalances its portfolio on a daily basis, increasing exposure in response to that day’s gains or reducing exposure in response to that day’s losses. This means that for a period longer than one day, the pursuit of daily goals may result in daily leveraged compounding. It also means that the return of an index over a period of time greater than one day multiplied by the Fund’s daily target (300%) generally will not equal the Fund’s performance over that same period.

As a result, over time, the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the value of the Fund’s portfolio may diverge significantly from the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the multiple of the return of the Fund’s underlying index due to the compounding effect of losses and gains on the returns of the Fund. It also is expected that the Fund’s use of leverage will cause the Fund to underperform the return of three times its benchmark in a trendless or flat market.

The effect of compounding becomes more pronounced on the Fund’s performance as the Index experiences volatility.

The Index’s volatility rate is a statistical measure of the magnitude of fluctuations in the returns of the Index. The table below provides examples of how Index volatility could affect the Fund’s performance. The chart shows estimated Fund returns for a number of combinations of performance and volatility over a one-year period and is shown to illustrate how holding the Fund for a period longer than one day may negatively impact investment return. As shown below, this Fund, or any other 3X Bull Fund, would be expected to lose 17.1% (as shown in Table 1 below) if its Index provided no return over a one year period during which the Index experienced annualized volatility of 25%. If the Index’s annualized volatility were to rise to 75%, the hypothetical loss for a one year period for the Fund widens to approximately 81.5%.

At higher ranges of volatility, there is a chance of a near complete loss of value even if the Index is flat. For instance, if the Index’s annualized volatility is 100%, the Fund would be expected to lose 95% of its value, even if the cumulative Index return for the year was only 0%.

Table 1

 

One

Year

Index

   300%
One
Year
Index
    Volatility Rate  

Return

   Return     10%     25%     50%     75%     100%  
-60%      -180     -93.8     -94.7     -97.0     -98.8     -99.7
-50%      -150     -87.9     -89.6     -94.1     -97.7     -99.4
-40%      -120     -79.0     -82.1     -89.8     -96.0     -98.9
-30%      -90     -66.7     -71.6     -83.8     -93.7     -98.3
-20%      -60     -50.3     -57.6     -75.8     -90.5     -97.5
-10%      -30     -29.3     -39.6     -65.6     -86.5     -96.4
    0%      0     -3.0     -17.1     -52.8     -81.5     -95.0
 10%      30     29.2     10.3     -37.1     -75.4     -93.4
 20%      60     67.7     43.3     -18.4     -68.0     -91.4
 30%      90     113.2     82.1     3.8     -59.4     -89.1
 40%      120     166.3     127.5     29.6     -49.2     -86.3
 50%      150     227.5     179.8     59.4     -37.6     -83.2
 60%      180     297.5     239.6     93.5     -24.2     -79.6

The Index’s annualized historical volatility rate for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. The Index’s highest volatility rate for any one calendar year during the five-year period is [    ]% and volatility for a shorter period of time may have been substantially higher. The Index’s annualized performance for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. Historical Index volatility and performance are not indications of what the Index volatility and performance will be in the future.

For additional graphs and charts demonstrating the effects of volatility and index performance on the long-term performance of the Fund, see “Additional

 

 

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Information Regarding Investment Techniques and Policies” and “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” in the Fund’s statutory prospectus, and “Special Note Regarding the Correlation Risks of the Funds” in the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information.

Holding an unmanaged position opens the investor to the risk of market volatility adversely affecting the performance of the investment. The Fund is not appropriate for investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios. This table is intended to underscore the fact that the Fund is designed as a short-term trading vehicle for investors who intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

To fully understand the risks of market volatility on the Fund, see “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” found in the statutory prospectus.

Emerging Markets Risk

Indirectly investing in emerging markets instruments involve greater risks than indirectly investing in foreign instruments in general. Risks of investing in emerging market countries include: political or social upheaval; nationalization of businesses; restrictions on foreign ownership; prohibitions on the repatriation of assets; and risks from an economy’s dependence on revenues from particular commodities or industries. In addition, currency transfer restrictions, limited potential buyers for such instruments, delays and disruption in settlement procedures and illiquidity or low volumes of transactions may make exits difficult or impossible at times.

Equity Securities Risk

Investments in publicly issued equity securities and securities that provide exposure to equity securities, including common stocks, in general are subject to market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time. Fluctuations in the value of equity securities in which the Fund invests will cause the NAV of the Fund to fluctuate.

Foreign Securities Risk

Indirectly investing in foreign instruments may involve greater risks than investing in domestic instruments. As a result, the Fund’s returns and NAVs may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates, interest rates, political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements in other countries. The laws and accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards in foreign countries typically are not as strict as they are in the U.S., and there may be less public information available about foreign companies.

Gain Limitation Risk

If the Fund’s benchmark moves more than 33% on a given trading day in a direction adverse to the Fund, you would lose all of your money. Rafferty will attempt to position the Fund’s portfolio to ensure that the Fund does not lose more than 90% of its NAV on a given day. The cost of

such downside protection will be limitations on the Fund’s gains. As a consequence, the Fund’s portfolio may not be responsive to Index gains beyond 30% in a given day. For example, if the Index were to gain 35%, the Fund might be limited to a daily gain of 90% rather than 105%, which is 300% of the Index gain of 35%.

Geographic Concentration Risk

Investments in a particular country or geographic region may be particularly susceptible to political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements. As a result, the Fund may be more volatile than a more geographically diversified fund.

High Portfolio Turnover Risk

Daily rebalancing of the Fund’s holdings pursuant to its daily investment objective causes a much greater number of portfolio transactions when compared to most exchange-traded funds. Such frequent and active trading leads to significantly higher transaction costs because of increased broker commissions resulting from such transactions. In addition, there is the possibility of significantly increased capital gains, including short-term and/or long-term capital gains that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income. The Fund calculates portfolio turnover without including the short term cash instruments or derivative transactions that comprise the majority of the Fund’s trading. As such, if the Fund’s extensive use of derivative instruments were reflected, the calculated portfolio turnover rate would be significantly higher.

Intra-Day Investment Risk

The Fund seeks leveraged investment results from the close of the market on a given trading day until the close of the market on the subsequent trading day. The exact exposure of an investment in the Fund intraday in the secondary market is a function of the difference between the value of the Index at the market close on the first trading day and the value of the Index at the time of purchase. If the Index gains value, the Fund’s net assets will rise by the same amount as the Fund’s exposure. Conversely, if the Index declines, the Fund’s net assets will decline by the same amount as the Fund’s exposure. Since a Fund starts each trading day with exposure which is 300% of its net assets, a change in both the exposure and the net assets of the Fund by the same absolute amount results in a change in the comparative relationship of the two. As an example (using simplified numbers), if the Fund had $100 in net assets at the market close, it would seek $300 of exposure to the next trading day’s Index performance. If the Index rose by 1% by noon the following trading day, the exposure of the Fund will have risen by 1% to $303 and the net assets will have risen by that $3 gain to $103. With net assets of $103 and exposure of $303, a purchaser at that point would be receiving 294% exposure of her investment instead of 300%.

 

 

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Leverage Risk

If you invest in the Fund, you are exposed to the risk that a decline in the daily performance of the Index will be leveraged. This means that your investment in the Fund will be reduced by an amount equal to 3% for every 1% daily decline, not including the cost of financing the portfolio and the impact of operating expenses, which would further lower your investment. The Fund could theoretically lose an amount greater than its net assets in the event of an Index decline of more than 33%. Further, purchasing shares during a day may result in greater than 300% exposure to the performance of the Index if the Index declines between the close of the markets on one trading day and before the close of the markets on the next trading day.

To fully understand the risks of using leverage in the Fund, see “Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk” above.

Liquidity Risk

Some securities held by the Fund, including derivatives, may be difficult to sell or illiquid, particularly during times of market turmoil. Illiquid securities also may be difficult to value. If the Fund is forced to sell an illiquid security at an unfavorable time or at a price that is lower than Rafferty’s judgment of the security’s true market value, the Fund may be forced to sell the security at a loss. Such a situation may prevent the Fund from limiting losses, realizing gains or achieving a high correlation with the Index.

Market Risk

The Fund is subject to market risks that can affect the value of its shares. These risks include political, regulatory, market and economic developments, including developments that impact specific economic sectors, industries or segments of the market.

Market Timing Risk

Rafferty expects a significant portion of the assets of the Fund to come from professional money managers and investors who use the Funds as part of “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies. These strategies often call for frequent trading which may lead to increased portfolio turnover, higher transaction costs, and the possibility of increased capital gains, including short-term and/or long-term capital gain that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income.

Non-Diversification Risk

The Fund is non-diversified, which means it invests a high percentage of its assets in a limited number of securities. A non-diversified fund’s NAV and total return may fluctuate more or fall greater in times of weaker markets than a conventional diversified fund.

Regulatory Risk

The Fund is subject to the risk that a change in U.S. law and related regulations will impact the way the Fund

operates, increase the particular costs of the Fund’s operations and/or change the competitive landscape.

Risks of Investing in Other Investment Companies (including ETFs)

Investments in the securities of other investment companies, including ETFs, may involve duplication of advisory fees and certain other expenses. Fund shareholders indirectly bear the Fund’s proportionate share of the fees and expenses indirectly paid by shareholders of the other investment company or ETF, in addition to the fees and expenses Fund shareholders bear in connection with the Fund’s own operations. The Fund’s performance may be magnified positively or negatively by virtue of its investment in other investment companies. If the investment company or ETF fails to achieve its investment objective, the value of the Fund’s investment will decline, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance. In addition, closed end investment company and ETF shares potentially may trade at a discount or a premium and are subject to brokerage and other trading costs, which could result in greater expenses to the Fund. Finally, because the value of ETF shares depends on the demand in the market, the Adviser may not be able to liquidate the Fund’s holdings in those shares at the most optimal time, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance.

Small and Mid Capitalization Company Risk

Investing in the securities of small and/or mid capitalization companies, and securities that provide exposure to small and/or mid capitalization companies, involves greater risks and the possibility of greater price volatility than investing in more-established, larger capitalization companies. Small and mid capitalization companies often have narrower markets for their goods and/or services and more limited managerial and financial resources than larger, more established companies. Furthermore, those companies often have limited product lines, services, markets, financial resources or are dependent on a small management group. In addition, because these stocks are not well-known to the investing public, do not have significant institutional ownership and are followed by relatively few security analysts, there will normally be less publicly available information concerning these securities compared to what is available for the securities of larger companies. Adverse publicity and investor perceptions, whether based on fundamental analysis, can decrease the value and liquidity of securities held by the Fund. As a result, their performance can be more volatile and they face greater risk of business failure, which could increase the volatility of the Fund’s portfolio.

Tax and Distribution Risk

The Fund has extremely high portfolio turnover which causes the Fund to generate significant amounts of taxable income. This income is typically short-term capital gain, which is generally treated as ordinary income when distributed to shareholders, or short-term capital loss. The Fund rarely generates long-term capital gain or loss. The Fund will generally need to distribute net short-term

 

 

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capital gain to satisfy certain tax requirements. As a result of the Fund’s high portfolio turnover, the Fund could make larger and/or more frequent distributions than traditional unleveraged ETFs. Because the Fund’s asset level changes frequently, these distributions could comprise a substantial portion or even all of the Fund’s net assets if the Fund distributes this income after a decline in its net assets. In addition, the Fund may be held by short-term investors and these investors may exit the Fund prior to the record date of a distribution. As a result, shareholders in the Fund on the day of a distribution may receive substantial distributions, which could lead to negative tax implications for such shareholders. Potential investors are urged to consult their own tax advisers for more detailed information.

Rules governing the federal income tax aspects of certain derivatives, including total return equity swaps, real estate-related swaps, credit default swaps and other credit derivatives are not entirely clear. Because the Fund’s status as a regulated investment company might be affected if the Internal Revenue Service did not accept the Fund’s treatment of certain transactions involving derivatives, the Fund’s ability to engage in these transactions may be limited.

Tracking Error Risk

The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs, and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. A failure to achieve a daily target may cause the Fund to provide returns for a longer period that are worse than expected. In addition, even though the Fund may meet its daily target for a period of time, this will not necessarily produce the returns that might be expected in light of the returns of the Index or the Fund’s benchmark for that period.

Valuation Time Risk

The Fund values its portfolio as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) (generally
4:00 P.M. Eastern time). In some cases, foreign market indices close before the NYSE opens or may not be open for business on the same calendar days as the Fund. As a result, the daily performance of the Fund can vary from the performance of the Index.

Special Risks of Exchange-Traded Funds

Not Individually Redeemable. Shares are not individually redeemable and may be redeemed by the Fund at NAV only in large blocks known as Creation Units. You may incur brokerage costs purchasing enough Shares to constitute a Creation Unit.

Trading Issues. Trading in Shares on an exchange may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of that exchange, make trading in Shares inadvisable, such as extraordinary market volatility or other reasons. There can be no assurance that Shares will continue to

meet the listing requirements of the exchange on which it trades, and the listing requirements may be amended from time to time.

Market Price Variance Risk. Individual Shares of the Fund that are listed for trading on an exchange can be bought and sold in the secondary market at market prices. The market prices of Shares will fluctuate in response to changes in NAV and supply and demand for Shares. The Adviser cannot predict whether Shares will trade above, below or at their NAV. Differences between secondary market prices and NAV for Shares may be due largely to supply and demand forces in the secondary market, which forces may not be the same as those influencing prices for securities or instruments held by the Fund at a particular time. Given the fact that Shares can be created and redeemed in Creation Units, the Adviser believes that large discounts or premiums to the NAV of Shares should not be sustained. There may, however, be times when the market price and the NAV vary significantly and you may pay more than NAV when buying Shares on the secondary market, and you may receive less than NAV when you sell those Shares. The market price of Shares, like the price of any exchange-traded security, includes a “bid-ask spread” charged by the exchange specialists, market makers or other participants that trade the particular security. In times of severe market disruption, the bid-ask spread often increases significantly. This means that Shares may trade at a discount to NAV and the discount is likely to be greatest when the price of Shares is falling fastest, which may be the time that you most want to sell your Shares. The Fund’s investment results are measured based upon the daily NAV of the Fund over a period of time. Investors purchasing and selling Shares in the secondary market may not experience investment results consistent with those experienced by those creating and redeeming directly with the Fund. There is no guarantee that an active secondary market will develop for Shares of the Fund.

Fund Performance

The Fund has not yet commenced operations; therefore, performance information is not yet available. In the future, performance information for the Fund will be presented in this section. Performance information also will be available on the Fund’s website at http://www.direxionfunds.com/products?presets=etfs&activetab=performance or by calling the Fund toll free at 1-866-476-7523.

Management

Investment Adviser

Rafferty Asset Management, LLC is the Fund’s investment adviser.

Portfolio Manager

Paul Brigandi, the Fund’s Portfolio Manager, is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund and has served in this role since the Fund’s inception.

 

 

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Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The Fund will issue and redeem Shares only to Authorized Participants (typically, broker-dealers) in exchange for the deposit or delivery of a basket of assets (securities and/or cash) in large blocks, known as Creation Units, each of which is comprised of 50,000 Shares. Retail investors may only purchase and sell Fund Shares on a national securities exchange through a broker-dealer. Because the Shares trade at market prices rather than NAV, Shares may trade at a price greater than NAV (premium) or less than NAV (discount).

Tax Information

The Fund intends to make distributions that may be taxed as ordinary income or long-term capital gains. Those distributions will be subject to federal income taxes and may also be subject to state and local taxes. Distributions by the Fund may be significantly higher than those of most exchange-traded funds.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund and/or the Adviser may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

    

 

 

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DIREXION DAILY CHILE BEAR 3X SHARES

Important Information Regarding the Fund

The Direxion Daily Chile Bear 3X Shares (“Fund”) seeks daily leveraged investment results. The pursuit of daily leveraged goals means that the Fund is riskier than alternatives that do not use leverage because the Fund’s objective is to magnify the performance of an index. The pursuit of daily leveraged investment goals means that the return of the Fund for a period longer than a full trading day may bear no resemblance to -300% of the return of its index for such longer period because the aggregate return of the Fund is the product of the series of daily leveraged returns for each trading day. The path of the benchmark during the longer period may be at least as important to the Fund’s return for the longer period as the cumulative return of the benchmark for the relevant longer period, especially in periods of market volatility. Further, the return for investors that invest for periods less than a full trading day or for a period different than a trading day will not be the product of the return of the Fund’s stated goal and the performance of the target index for the full trading day.

Investment Objective

The Fund seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 300% of the inverse (or opposite) of the performance of the MSCI Chile IMI 25/50 Index. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results and does not seek to achieve its stated investment objective over a period of time greater than one day. The Fund is different and much riskier than most exchange-traded funds.

The Fund is designed to be utilized only by knowledgeable investors who understand the potential consequences of seeking daily leveraged investment results, understand the risks associated with shorting and the use of leverage, and are willing to monitor their portfolios frequently. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results relative to the Index and is different and riskier than similarly benchmarked exchange-traded funds that do not use leverage. Therefore, the Fund is not intended to be used by, and is not appropriate for, investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy or hold shares of the Fund (“Shares”). Investors purchasing shares in the secondary market may pay costs (including customary brokerage commissions) charged by their broker.

ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES(1)

(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

  

Management Fees

     0.75

Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees

     0.00

Other Expenses of the Fund

     0.25

Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses

     0.15

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

     1.15

Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     0.05

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     1.10

 

(1) 

The Fund’s adviser, Rafferty Asset Management, LLC (“Rafferty” or the “Adviser”) has contractually agreed to cap all or a portion of its management fee and/or reimburse the Fund for Other Expenses through [            ], 2014, to the extent that the Fund’s Total Annual Operating Expenses exceed 0.95% (excluding, as applicable, among other expenses, taxes, leverage interest, Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses, dividends or interest on short positions, other interest expenses, brokerage commissions, expenses incurred in connection with any merger or reorganization and extraordinary expenses such as litigation). Any expense cap is subject to reimbursement by the Fund within the following three years only if overall expenses fall below these percentage limitations. This agreement may be terminated or revised at any time with the consent of the Board of Trustees.

Expense Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

 

1 Year

     3 Years
 

$112

     $360

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund, under normal circumstances, creates short positions by investing at least 80% of its assets in: futures contracts; options on securities, indices and futures contracts; equity caps, floors and collars; swap agreements; forward contracts; short positions; reverse repurchase agreements; exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”); and other financial instruments that, in combination, provide leveraged and unleveraged exposure to the MSCI

 

 

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Chile IMI 25/50 Index (“Index”). The Fund invests the remainder of its assets in short-term debt instruments that have terms-to-maturity of less than 397 days and exhibit high quality credit profiles, including U.S. government securities and repurchase agreements. The Fund does not invest in equity securities.

Chile is considered an “emerging market,” as that term is defined by the index provider. The determination that Chile is an “emerging market” is based on it being an economy that is in the initial stages of industrialization and has been historically marked by low per capita income and lack of capital market transparency, but appears to be implementing political and/or market reforms resulting in greater capital market transparency, increased access for foreign investors and generally improved economic conditions. Emerging markets have the potential for significantly higher or lower rates of return and carry greater risks than more developed economies.

The Index is designed to measure the performance of the large, mid and small cap segments of the Chilean equity market, covering approximately 99% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in Chile. As of February 28, 2013, the Index has an average market capitalization of $2.1 billion and a median market capitalization of $1.3 billion.

The Index applies certain screens and weightings to take into account the investment limits placed on regulated investment companies (“RICs”) under federal tax regulations. One such requirement is that at the end of each quarter of a RIC’s tax year, no more than 25% of its assets may be invested in a single issuer and the sum of the weights of all issuers representing more than 5% of the RIC should not exceed 50% of its total assets. The Index aims to reflect these requirements in the selection and weighting of its component securities.

The Fund may gain exposure to only a representative sample of the securities in the Index that have aggregate characteristics similar to those of the Index. The Fund gains this exposure by investing in a combination of financial instruments that, in combination, provide exposure to the underlying securities of the Index. The Fund seeks to remain fully invested at all times consistent with its stated goal. At the close of the markets each trading day, Rafferty positions the Fund’s portfolio so that its exposure to the Index is consistent with the Fund’s investment objective. The impact of the Index’s movements during the day will affect whether the Fund’s portfolio needs to be re-positioned. For example, if the Index has fallen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should rise, meaning that the Fund’s exposure will need to be increased. Conversely, if the Index has risen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should fall, meaning the Fund’s exposure will need to be reduced. This re-positioning strategy typically results in high portfolio turnover.

Because of daily rebalancing and the compounding of each day’s return over time, the return of the Fund for periods longer than a single day will be the result of each day’s returns compounded over the period, which will very likely differ from -300% of the return of the Index over the same period. The Fund will lose money if the Index performance is flat over time, and as a result of daily rebalancing, the Index’s volatility and the effects of compounding, it is even possible that the Fund will lose money over time while the Index’s performance decreases.

Additionally, because a significant portion of the assets of the Fund may come from investors using “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies, the Fund may further need to engage in frequent trading. The Fund will concentrate its investment in a particular industry or group of industries to approximately the same extent as the Index is so concentrated.

Principal Risks

An investment in the Fund entails risk. The Fund could lose money or its performance could trail that of other investment alternatives. The Adviser cannot guarantee that the Fund will achieve its objective. In addition, the Fund presents some risks not traditionally associated with most mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. It is important that investors closely review all of the risks listed below and understand how these risks interrelate before making an investment in the Fund. Turbulence in financial markets and reduced liquidity in equity, credit and fixed income markets could negatively affect issuers worldwide, including the Fund. There is the risk that you could lose all or a portion of your money invested in the Fund.

Adverse Market Conditions Risk

Because the Fund magnifies the inverse performance of the Index, its performance will suffer during conditions in which the Index rises.

Adviser’s Investment Strategy Risk

The Adviser utilizes a quantitative methodology to select investments for the Fund. Although this methodology is designed to correlate the Fund’s performance with the performance of the Index, there is no assurance that such methodology will be successful and will enable the Fund to achieve its investment objective.

Cash Transaction Risk

Unlike most ETFs, the Fund currently intends to effect creations and redemptions principally for cash, rather than principally for in-kind securities, because of the nature of the financial instruments held by the Fund. As such, investments in Shares may be less tax efficient than investments in conventional ETFs.

Chilean Securities Risk

Investment in securities of Chilean issuers involves risks that may be greater than if the Fund’s investments were

 

 

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more geographically diverse. Chile’s economy is heavily dependent on trading with key partners. Any increases or decreases in the volume of this trading, changes in taxes or tariffs, or variance in political relationships between nations may impact the Chilean economy overall in a way that would be adverse to the Fund’s investments. Additionally, investment in Chile may be subject to any positive or adverse effects of the varying nature of its economic landscape with respect to expropriation and/or nationalization of assets, strengthened or lessened restrictions on and government intervention in international trade, confiscatory taxation, political instability, including authoritarian and/or military involvement in governmental decision making, armed conflict, the impact on the economy as a result of civil war and social instability as a result of religious, ethnic and/or socioeconomic unrest.

Counterparty Risk

The Fund may invest in financial instruments involving counterparties for the purpose of attempting to gain exposure to a particular group of securities or an asset class without actually purchasing those securities or investments, or to hedge a position. These financial instruments may include swap agreements. The use of swap agreements and other counterparty instruments involves risks that are different from those associated with ordinary portfolio securities transactions. For example, the Fund bears the risk of loss of the amount expected to be received under a swap agreement in the event of the default or bankruptcy of a swap agreement counterparty. Swap agreements and other counterparty instruments also may be considered to be illiquid. In addition, the Fund may enter into swap agreements that involve a limited number of counterparties, which may increase the Fund’s exposure to counterparty credit risk. The Fund does not specifically limit its counterparty risk with respect to any single counterparty. Further, there is a risk that no suitable counterparties will be willing to enter into, or continue to enter into, transactions with the Fund and, as a result, the Fund may not be able to achieve its investment objective.

Currency Exchange Rate Risk

Changes in foreign currency exchange rates will affect the value of what the Fund owns and the Fund’s share price. Generally, when the U.S. dollar rises in value against a foreign currency, an investment in that country loses value because that currency is worth fewer U.S. dollars. Devaluation of a currency by a country’s government or banking authority also will have a significant impact on the value of any investments denominated in that currency. Currency markets generally are not as regulated as securities markets.

Daily Correlation Risk

There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve a high degree of correlation to the Index and therefore achieve its daily investment objective. To achieve a high degree of correlation with the Index, the Fund seeks to rebalance its portfolio daily to keep leverage consistent with its daily

target. The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs and costs associated with the use of leveraged investment techniques and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. Market disruptions, regulatory restrictions or extreme volatility will also adversely affect the Fund’s ability to adjust exposure to the required levels. The Fund may not have investment exposure to all securities in its underlying Index, or its weighting of investment exposure to such stocks or industries may be different from that of the Index. In addition, the Fund may invest in securities or financial instruments not included in the underlying Index. The Fund may be subject to large movements of assets into and out of the Fund, potentially resulting in the Fund being over- or under-exposed to its Index. In addition, the target amount of portfolio exposure to the Index is impacted dynamically by the Index’s movement. Because of this, it is unlikely that the Fund will be perfectly exposed to the Index at the end of each day. The possibility of the Fund being materially over- or under-exposed to its Index increases on days when the Index is volatile near the close of the trading day. Activities surrounding annual index reconstitutions and other index rebalancing or reconstitution events may hinder the Fund’s ability to meet its daily investment objective on that day.

Derivatives Risk

The Fund uses investment techniques, including investments in derivatives such as futures and forward contracts, options and swaps, which may be considered aggressive. Investments in such derivatives are subject to market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time and may increase the volatility of the Fund. The use of derivatives may expose the Fund to additional risks that it would not be subject to if it invested directly in the securities underlying those derivatives, such as counterparty risk and the risk that the derivatives may become illiquid. The use of derivatives may result in larger losses or smaller gains than otherwise would be the case. Additionally, with respect to the use of swap agreements, if the Index has a dramatic intraday move in value that causes a material decline in the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”), the terms of the swap agreement between the Fund and its counterparty may allow the counterparty to immediately close out of the transaction with the Fund. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to enter into another swap agreement or invest in other derivatives to achieve the desired exposure consistent with the Fund’s daily investment objective. This may prevent the Fund from achieving its daily investment objective particularly if the Index reverses all or a portion of its intraday move by the end of the day. In addition, the Fund’s investments in derivatives, as of the date of this Prospectus, are subject to the following risks:

Futures and Forward Contracts. There may be an imperfect correlation between the changes in market value of the securities held by the Fund and the prices of futures contracts. There may not

 

 

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be a liquid secondary market for the futures contracts. Forward currency transactions include the risks associated with fluctuations in currency.

Options. There may be an imperfect correlation between the prices of options and movements in the price of the securities (or indices) hedged or used for cover, which may cause a given hedge not to achieve its objective.

Swap Agreements. Interest rate swaps are subject to interest rate and credit risk. Total return swaps are subject to counterparty risk, which relates to credit risk of the counterparty and liquidity risk of the swaps themselves.

Early Close/Trading Halt Risk

An exchange or market may close or issue trading halts on specific securities, or the ability to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments may be restricted, which may result in the Fund being unable to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to rebalance its portfolio, may be unable to accurately price its investments and/or may incur substantial trading losses.

Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk

The Fund does not attempt to, and should not be expected to, provide returns which are a multiple of the return of the Index for periods other than a single day. The Fund rebalances its portfolio on a daily basis, increasing exposure in response to that day’s gains or reducing exposure in response to that day’s losses. This means that for a period longer than one day, the pursuit of daily goals may result in daily leveraged compounding. It also means that the return of an index over a period of time greater than one day multiplied by the Fund’s daily target (-300%) generally will not equal the Fund’s performance over that same period.

As a result, over time, the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the value of the Fund’s portfolio may diverge significantly from the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the multiple of the return of the Fund’s underlying index due to the compounding effect of losses and gains on the returns of the Fund. It also is expected that the Fund’s use of leverage will cause the Fund to underperform the return of three times its benchmark in a trendless or flat market.

The effect of compounding becomes more pronounced on the Fund’s performance as the Index experiences volatility. The Index’s volatility rate is a statistical measure of the magnitude of fluctuations in the returns of the Index. The table below provides examples of how Index volatility could affect the Fund’s performance. The chart shows estimated Fund returns for a number of combinations of performance and volatility over a one-year period and is shown to illustrate how holding the Fund for a period longer than one day may negatively impact investment

return. As shown below, this Fund, or any other 3X Bear Fund, would be expected to lose 31.3% (as shown in Table 1 below) if its Index provided no return over a one year period during which the Index experienced annualized volatility of 25%. If the Index’s annualized volatility were to rise to 75%, the hypothetical loss for a one year period for the Fund widens to approximately 96.6%.

At higher ranges of volatility, there is a chance of a near complete loss of value even if the Index is flat. For instance, if the Index’s annualized volatility is 100%, the Fund would be expected to lose approximately 100% of its value, even if the cumulative Index return for the year was only 0%.

Table 1

 

One

Year

Index

   -300%
One
Year
Index
    Volatility Rate  

Return

   Return     10%     25%     50%     75%     100%  

-60%

     180     1371.5     973.9     248.6     -46.5     -96.1

-50%

     150     653.4     449.8     78.5     -72.6     -98.0

-40%

     120     336.0     218.2     3.3     -84.2     -98.9

-30%

     90     174.6     100.4     -34.9     -90.0     -99.3

-20%

     60     83.9     34.2     -56.4     -93.3     -99.5

-10%

     30     29.2     -5.7     -69.4     -95.3     -99.7

   0%

     0     -5.8     -31.3     -77.7     -96.6     -99.8

 10%

     -30     -29.2     -48.4     -83.2     -97.4     -99.8

 20%

     -60     -45.5     -60.2     -87.1     -98.0     -99.9

 30%

     -90     -57.1     -68.7     -89.8     -98.4     -99.9

 40%

     -120     -65.7     -75.0     -91.9     -98.8     -99.9

 50%

     -150     -72.1     -79.6     -93.4     -99.0     -99.9

 60%

     -180     -77.0     -83.2     -94.6     -99.2     -99.9

The Index’s annualized historical volatility rate for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. The Index’s highest volatility rate for any one calendar year during the five-year period is [    ]% and volatility for a shorter period of time may have been substantially higher. The Index’s annualized performance for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. Historical Index volatility and performance are not indications of what the Index volatility and performance will be in the future.

For additional graphs and charts demonstrating the effects of volatility and index performance on the long-term performance of the Fund, see “Additional Information Regarding Investment Techniques and Policies” and “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” in the Fund’s statutory prospectus, and “Special Note Regarding the Correlation Risks of the Funds” in the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information.

 

 

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Holding an unmanaged position opens the investor to the risk of market volatility adversely affecting the performance of the investment. The Fund is not appropriate for investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios. This table is intended to underscore the fact that the Fund is designed as a short-term trading vehicle for investors who intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

To fully understand the risks of market volatility on the Fund, see “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” found in the statutory prospectus.

Emerging Markets Risk

Indirectly investing in emerging markets instruments involve greater risks than indirectly investing in foreign instruments in general. Risks of investing in emerging market countries include: political or social upheaval; nationalization of businesses; restrictions on foreign ownership; prohibitions on the repatriation of assets; and risks from an economy’s dependence on revenues from particular commodities or industries. In addition, currency transfer restrictions, limited potential buyers for such instruments, delays and disruption in settlement procedures and illiquidity or low volumes of transactions may make exits difficult or impossible at times.

Foreign Securities Risk

Indirectly investing in foreign instruments may involve greater risks than investing in domestic instruments. As a result, the Fund’s returns and NAVs may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates, interest rates, political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements in other countries. The laws and accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards in foreign countries typically are not as strict as they are in the U.S., and there may be less public information available about foreign companies.

Gain Limitation Risk

If the Fund’s benchmark moves more than 33% on a given trading day in a direction adverse to the Fund, you would lose all of your money. Rafferty will attempt to position the Fund’s portfolio to ensure that the Fund does not lose more than 90% of its NAV on a given day. The cost of such downside protection will be limitations on the Fund’s gains. As a consequence, the Fund’s portfolio may not be responsive to Index losses beyond 30% in a given day. For example, if the Index were to lose 35%, the Fund might be limited to a daily gain of 90% rather than 105%, which is -300% of the Index loss of 35%.

Geographic Concentration Risk

Investments in a particular country or geographic region may be particularly susceptible to political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements. As a result, the Fund may be more volatile than a more geographically diversified fund.

High Portfolio Turnover Risk

Daily rebalancing of the Fund’s holdings pursuant to its daily investment objective causes a much greater number of portfolio transactions when compared to most exchange-traded funds. Such frequent and active trading leads to significantly higher transaction costs because of increased broker commissions resulting from such transactions. In addition, there is the possibility of significantly increased capital gains, including short-term and/or long-term capital gains that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income. The Fund calculates portfolio turnover without including the short term cash instruments or derivative transactions that comprise the majority of the Fund’s trading. As such, if the Fund’s extensive use of derivative instruments were reflected, the calculated portfolio turnover rate would be significantly higher.

Intra-Day Investment Risk

The Fund seeks leveraged investment results from the close of the market on a given trading day until the close of the market on the subsequent trading day. The exact exposure of an investment in the Fund intraday in the secondary market is a function of the difference between the value of the Index at the market close on the first trading day and the value of the Index at the time of purchase. The Fund’s gains occur as its market exposure declines and its losses are accompanied by increases in market exposure. If the Index declines, the Fund’s net assets will rise by an amount equal to the decline in the Fund’s exposure. Conversely, if the Index rises the Fund’s net assets will decline by the same amount as the increase in the Fund’s exposure. As an example (using simplified numbers), if the Fund had $100 in net assets at the market close, it would seek -$300 of exposure to the next trading day’s Index performance. If the Index declined by 1% by noon the following trading day, the exposure of the Fund will fall by 1% to -$297 and the net assets will rise by $3 to $103. With net assets of $103 and exposure of -$297, a purchaser at that point would be receiving -288% exposure of her investment instead of -300%

Inverse Correlation Risk

Shareholders should lose money when the Index rises, which is a result that is the opposite from traditional funds.

Leverage Risk

If you invest in the Fund, you are exposed to the risk that an increase in the daily performance of the Index will be leveraged. This means that your investment in the Fund will be reduced by an amount equal to 3% for every 1% daily increase, not including the cost of financing the portfolio and the impact of operating expenses, which would further lower your investment. The Fund could theoretically lose an amount greater than its net assets in the event of an Index increase of more than 33%. Further, purchasing shares during a day may result in greater than -300% exposure to the performance of the Index if the Index rises between the close of the markets on one trading

 

 

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day and before the close of the markets on the next trading day.

To fully understand the risks of using leverage in the Fund, see “Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk” above.

Liquidity Risk

Some securities held by the Fund, including derivatives, may be difficult to sell or illiquid, particularly during times of market turmoil. Illiquid securities also may be difficult to value. If the Fund is forced to sell an illiquid security at an unfavorable time or at a price that is lower than Rafferty’s judgment of the security’s true market value, the Fund may be forced to sell the security at a loss. Such a situation may prevent the Fund from limiting losses, realizing gains or achieving a high correlation with the Index.

Market Risk

The Fund is subject to market risks that can affect the value of its shares. These risks include political, regulatory, market and economic developments, including developments that impact specific economic sectors, industries or segments of the market.

Market Timing Risk

Rafferty expects a significant portion of the assets of the Fund to come from professional money managers and investors who use the Funds as part of “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies. These strategies often call for frequent trading which may lead to increased portfolio turnover, higher transaction costs, and the possibility of increased capital gains, including short-term and/or long-term capital gain that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income.

Non-Diversification Risk

The Fund is non-diversified, which means it invests a high percentage of its assets in a limited number of securities. A non-diversified fund’s NAV and total return may fluctuate more or fall greater in times of weaker markets than a conventional diversified fund.

Regulatory Risk

The Fund is subject to the risk that a change in U.S. law and related regulations will impact the way the Fund operates, increase the particular costs of the Fund’s operations and/or change the competitive landscape.

Risks of Investing in Other Investment Companies (including ETFs)

Investments in the securities of other investment companies, including ETFs, may involve duplication of advisory fees and certain other expenses. Fund shareholders indirectly bear the Fund’s proportionate share of the fees and expenses indirectly paid by shareholders of the other investment company or ETF, in addition to the fees and expenses Fund shareholders bear in connection with the Fund’s own operations. The Fund’s performance

may be magnified positively or negatively by virtue of its investment in other investment companies. If the investment company or ETF fails to achieve its investment objective, the value of the Fund’s investment will decline, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance. In addition, closed end investment company and ETF shares potentially may trade at a discount or a premium and are subject to brokerage and other trading costs, which could result in greater expenses to the Fund. Finally, because the value of ETF shares depends on the demand in the market, the Adviser may not be able to liquidate the Fund’s holdings in those shares at the most optimal time, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance.

Shorting Risk

The Fund may engage in short sales designed to earn the Fund a profit from the decline in the price of particular securities, baskets of securities or indices. However, there is a risk that the Fund will experience a loss as a result of engaging in these short sales.

Small and Mid Capitalization Company Risk

Investing in the securities of small and/or mid capitalization companies, and securities that provide exposure to small and/or mid capitalization companies, involves greater risks and the possibility of greater price volatility than investing in more-established, larger capitalization companies. Small and mid capitalization companies often have narrower markets for their goods and/or services and more limited managerial and financial resources than larger, more established companies. Furthermore, those companies often have limited product lines, services, markets, financial resources or are dependent on a small management group. In addition, because these stocks are not well-known to the investing public, do not have significant institutional ownership and are followed by relatively few security analysts, there will normally be less publicly available information concerning these securities compared to what is available for the securities of larger companies. Adverse publicity and investor perceptions, whether based on fundamental analysis, can decrease the value and liquidity of securities held by the Fund. As a result, their performance can be more volatile and they face greater risk of business failure, which could increase the volatility of the Fund’s portfolio.

Tax and Distribution Risk

The Fund has extremely high portfolio turnover which causes the Fund to generate significant amounts of taxable income. This income is typically short-term capital gain, which is generally treated as ordinary income when distributed to shareholders, or short-term capital loss. The Fund rarely generates long-term capital gain or loss. The Fund will generally need to distribute net short-term capital gain to satisfy certain tax requirements. As a result of the Fund’s high portfolio turnover, the Fund could make larger and/or more frequent distributions than traditional unleveraged ETFs. Because the Fund’s asset level changes frequently, these distributions could comprise a substantial portion or even all of the Fund’s net assets if the Fund

 

 

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distributes this income after a decline in its net assets. In addition, the Fund may be held by short-term investors and these investors may exit the Fund prior to the record date of a distribution. As a result, shareholders in the Fund on the day of a distribution may receive substantial distributions, which could lead to negative tax implications for such shareholders. Potential investors are urged to consult their own tax advisers for more detailed information.

Rules governing the federal income tax aspects of certain derivatives, including total return equity swaps, real estate-related swaps, credit default swaps and other credit derivatives are not entirely clear. Because the Fund’s status as a regulated investment company might be affected if the Internal Revenue Service did not accept the Fund’s treatment of certain transactions involving derivatives, the Fund’s ability to engage in these transactions may be limited.

Tracking Error Risk

The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs, and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. A failure to achieve a daily target may cause the Fund to provide returns for a longer period that are worse than expected. In addition, even though the Fund may meet its daily target for a period of time, this will not necessarily produce the returns that might be expected in light of the returns of the Index or the Fund’s benchmark for that period.

Valuation Time Risk

The Fund values its portfolio as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) (generally 4:00 P.M. Eastern time). In some cases, foreign market indices close before the NYSE opens or may not be open for business on the same calendar days as the Fund. As a result, the daily performance of the Fund can vary from the performance of the Index.

Special Risks of Exchange-Traded Funds

Not Individually Redeemable. Shares are not individually redeemable and may be redeemed by the Fund at NAV only in large blocks known as Creation Units. You may incur brokerage costs purchasing enough Shares to constitute a Creation Unit.

Trading Issues. Trading in Shares on an exchange may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of that exchange, make trading in Shares inadvisable, such as extraordinary market volatility or other reasons. There can be no assurance that Shares will continue to meet the listing requirements of the exchange on which it trades, and the listing requirements may be amended from time to time.

Market Price Variance Risk. Individual Shares of the Fund that are listed for trading on an exchange can be

bought and sold in the secondary market at market prices. The market prices of Shares will fluctuate in response to changes in NAV and supply and demand for Shares. The Adviser cannot predict whether Shares will trade above, below or at their NAV. Differences between secondary market prices and NAV for Shares may be due largely to supply and demand forces in the secondary market, which forces may not be the same as those influencing prices for securities or instruments held by the Fund at a particular time. Given the fact that Shares can be created and redeemed in Creation Units, the Adviser believes that large discounts or premiums to the NAV of Shares should not be sustained. There may, however, be times when the market price and the NAV vary significantly and you may pay more than NAV when buying Shares on the secondary market, and you may receive less than NAV when you sell those Shares. The market price of Shares, like the price of any exchange-traded security, includes a “bid-ask spread” charged by the exchange specialists, market makers or other participants that trade the particular security. In times of severe market disruption, the bid-ask spread often increases significantly. This means that Shares may trade at a discount to NAV and the discount is likely to be greatest when the price of Shares is falling fastest, which may be the time that you most want to sell your Shares. The Fund’s investment results are measured based upon the daily NAV of the Fund over a period of time. Investors purchasing and selling Shares in the secondary market may not experience investment results consistent with those experienced by those creating and redeeming directly with the Fund. There is no guarantee that an active secondary market will develop for Shares of the Fund.

Fund Performance

The Fund has not yet commenced operations; therefore, performance information is not yet available. In the future, performance information for the Fund will be presented in this section. Performance information also will be available on the Fund’s website at http://www.direxionfunds.com/products?presets=etfs&activetab=performance or by calling the Fund toll free at 1-866-476-7523.

Management

Investment Adviser

Rafferty Asset Management, LLC is the Fund’s investment adviser.

Portfolio Manager

Paul Brigandi, the Fund’s Portfolio Manager, is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund and has served in this role since the Fund’s inception.

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The Fund will issue and redeem Shares in exchange for cash only to Authorized Participants in large blocks, known as Creation Units, each of which is comprised of

 

 

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50,000 Shares. Retail investors may only purchase and sell Fund Shares on a national securities exchange through a broker-dealer. Because the Shares trade at market prices rather than NAV, Shares may trade at a price greater than NAV (premium) or less than NAV (discount).

Tax Information

The Fund intends to make distributions that may be taxed as ordinary income or long-term capital gains. Those distributions will be subject to federal income taxes and may also be subject to state and local taxes. Distributions by the Fund may be significantly higher than those of most exchange-traded funds.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund and/or the Adviser may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

    

 

 

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DIREXION DAILY HONG KONG BULL 3X SHARES

Important Information Regarding the Fund

The Direxion Daily Hong Kong Bull 3X Shares (“Fund”) seeks daily leveraged investment results. The pursuit of daily leveraged goals means that the Fund is riskier than alternatives that do not use leverage because the Fund’s objective is to magnify the performance of an index. The pursuit of daily leveraged investment goals means that the return of the Fund for a period longer than a full trading day may bear no resemblance to 300% of the return of its index for such longer period because the aggregate return of the Fund is the product of the series of daily leveraged returns for each trading day. The path of the benchmark during the longer period may be at least as important to the Fund’s return for the longer period as the cumulative return of the benchmark for the relevant longer period, especially in periods of market volatility. Further, the return for investors that invest for periods less than a full trading day or for a period different than a trading day will not be the product of the return of the Fund’s stated goal and the performance of the target index for the full trading day.

Investment Objective

The Fund seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 300% of the performance of the MSCI Hong Kong Index. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results and does not seek to achieve its stated investment objective over a period of time greater than one day. The Fund is different and much riskier than most exchange-traded funds.

The Fund is designed to be utilized only by knowledgeable investors who understand the potential consequences of seeking daily leveraged investment results, understand the risks associated with the use of leverage and are willing to monitor their portfolios frequently. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results relative to the Index and is different and riskier than similarly benchmarked exchange-traded funds that do not use leverage. Therefore, the Fund is not intended to be used by, and is not appropriate for, investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy or hold shares of the Fund (“Shares”). Investors purchasing shares in the secondary market may pay costs (including customary brokerage commissions) charged by their broker.

ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES(1)

  
(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)   

Management Fees

     0.75

Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees

     0.00

Other Expenses of the Fund

     0.25

Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses

     0.13

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

     1.13

Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     0.05

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     1.08

 

(1) 

The Fund’s adviser, Rafferty Asset Management, LLC (“Rafferty” or the “Adviser”) has contractually agreed to cap all or a portion of its management fee and/or reimburse the Fund for Other Expenses through [            ], 2014, to the extent that the Fund’s Total Annual Operating Expenses exceed 0.95% (excluding, as applicable, among other expenses, taxes, leverage interest, Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses, dividends or interest on short positions, other interest expenses, brokerage commissions, expenses incurred in connection with any merger or reorganization and extraordinary expenses such as litigation). Any expense cap is subject to reimbursement by the Fund within the following three years only if overall expenses fall below these percentage limitations. This agreement may be terminated or revised at any time with the consent of the Board of Trustees.

Expense Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

  1 Year      3 Years
  $110      $354

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund, under normal circumstances, creates long positions by investing at least 80% of its assets in the securities that comprise the MSCI Hong Kong Index (“Index”) and/or financial instruments that provide leveraged and unleveraged exposure to the Index. These financial instruments include: futures contracts; options on securities, indices and futures contracts; equity caps, floors and collars; swap agreements; forward contracts; short

 

 

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positions; reverse repurchase agreements; exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”); and other financial instruments. On a day-to-day basis, the Fund also may hold short-term debt instruments that have terms-to-maturity of less than 397 days and exhibit high quality credit profiles, including U.S. government securities and repurchase agreements.

Hong Kong is considered an “emerging market,” as that term is defined by the index provider. The determination that Hong Kong is an “emerging market” is based on it being an economy that is in the initial stages of industrialization and has been historically marked by low per capita income and lack of capital market transparency, but appears to be implementing political and/or market reforms resulting in greater capital market transparency, increased access for foreign investors and generally improved economic conditions. Emerging markets have the potential for significantly higher or lower rates of return and carry greater risks than more developed economies.

The Index is designed to measure the performance of the large and mid cap segments of the Hong Kong equity market, covering approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in Hong Kong. As of February 28, 2013, the Index has an average market capitalization of $8.8 billion and a median market capitalization of $5.4 billion. Additionally, as of February 28, 2013, the Index is concentrated in the financial sector, but this concentration may change in the future based on the Index’s methodology and the varying nature of Hong Kong’s economy.

The Fund may gain exposure to only a representative sample of the securities in the Index that have aggregate characteristics similar to those of the Index. The Fund gains this exposure either by directly investing in the underlying securities of the Index or by investing in derivatives that provide exposure to those securities. The Fund seeks to remain fully invested at all times consistent with its stated goal. At the close of the markets each trading day, Rafferty positions the Fund’s portfolio so that its exposure to the Index is consistent with the Fund’s investment objective. The impact of the Index’s movements during the day will affect whether the Fund’s portfolio needs to be re-positioned. For example, if the Index has risen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should rise, meaning that the Fund’s exposure will need to be increased. Conversely, if the Index has fallen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should fall, meaning the Fund’s exposure will need to be reduced. This re-positioning strategy typically results in high portfolio turnover.

Because of daily rebalancing and the compounding of each day’s return over time, the return of the Fund for periods longer than a single day will be the result of each day’s returns compounded over the period, which will very likely differ from 300% of the return of the Index over the same period. The Fund will lose money if the Index

performance is flat over time, and as a result of daily rebalancing, the Index’s volatility and the effects of compounding, it is even possible that the Fund will lose money over time while the Index’s performance increases.

Additionally, because a significant portion of the assets of the Fund may come from investors using “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies, the Fund may further need to engage in frequent trading. The Fund will concentrate its investment in a particular industry or group of industries to approximately the same extent as the Index is so concentrated.

Principal Risks

An investment in the Fund entails risk. The Fund could lose money or its performance could trail that of other investment alternatives. The Adviser cannot guarantee that the Fund will achieve its objective. In addition, the Fund presents some risks not traditionally associated with most mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. It is important that investors closely review all of the risks listed below and understand how these risks interrelate before making an investment in the Fund. Turbulence in financial markets and reduced liquidity in equity, credit and fixed income markets could negatively affect issuers worldwide, including the Fund. There is the risk that you could lose all or a portion of your money invested in the Fund.

Adverse Market Conditions Risk

Because the Fund magnifies the performance of the Index, its performance will suffer during conditions in which the Index declines.

Adviser’s Investment Strategy Risk

The Adviser utilizes a quantitative methodology to select investments for the Fund. Although this methodology is designed to correlate the Fund’s performance with the performance of the Index, there is no assurance that such methodology will be successful and will enable the Fund to achieve its investment objective.

Concentration Risk

The Index is concentrated in the financial sector, however, in the future, the Index concentration may change. The Fund will concentrate its investments in a particular industry or group of industries to approximately the same extent as the Index is so concentrated. The performance of the Fund may be more volatile than a fund that does not concentrate its investments in a specific industry or group of industries. The Fund also may be more susceptible to any single economic market, political or regulatory occurrence affecting that industry or group of industries. However, the Fund only may concentrate its investments (i.e., hold 25% or more of its total assets in the stocks of a particular industry or group of industries) to approximately the same extent that its underlying index concentrates in the stocks of a particular industry or group of industries. For purposes of this limitation, securities of the U.S.

 

 

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Government (including its agencies and instrumentalities), repurchase agreements collateralized by U.S. Government securities, and securities of state or municipal governments and their political subdivisions are not considered to be issued by members of any industry.

Counterparty Risk

The Fund may invest in financial instruments involving counterparties for the purpose of attempting to gain exposure to a particular group of securities or an asset class without actually purchasing those securities or investments, or to hedge a position. These financial instruments may include swap agreements. The use of swap agreements and other counterparty instruments involves risks that are different from those associated with ordinary portfolio securities transactions. For example, the Fund bears the risk of loss of the amount expected to be received under a swap agreement in the event of the default or bankruptcy of a swap agreement counterparty. Swap agreements and other counterparty instruments also may be considered to be illiquid. In addition, the Fund may enter into swap agreements that involve a limited number of counterparties, which may increase the Fund’s exposure to counterparty credit risk. The Fund does not specifically limit its counterparty risk with respect to any single counterparty. Further, there is a risk that no suitable counterparties will be willing to enter into, or continue to enter into, transactions with the Fund and, as a result, the Fund may not be able to achieve its investment objective.

Currency Exchange Rate Risk

Changes in foreign currency exchange rates will affect the value of what the Fund owns and the Fund’s share price. Generally, when the U.S. dollar rises in value against a foreign currency, an investment in that country loses value because that currency is worth fewer U.S. dollars. Devaluation of a currency by a country’s government or banking authority also will have a significant impact on the value of any investments denominated in that currency. Currency markets generally are not as regulated as securities markets.

Daily Correlation Risk

There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve a high degree of correlation to the Index and therefore achieve its daily investment objective. To achieve a high degree of correlation with the Index, the Fund seeks to rebalance its portfolio daily to keep leverage consistent with its daily target. The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs and costs associated with the use of leveraged investment techniques and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. Market disruptions, regulatory restrictions or extreme volatility will also adversely affect the Fund’s ability to adjust exposure to the required levels. The Fund may not have investment exposure to all securities in its underlying Index, or its weighting of investment exposure to such stocks or industries may be different from that of the Index. In addition, the Fund may invest in securities or

financial instruments not included in the underlying Index. The Fund may be subject to large movements of assets into and out of the Fund, potentially resulting in the Fund being over- or under-exposed to its Index. In addition, the target amount of portfolio exposure to the Index is impacted dynamically by the Index’s movement. Because of this, it is unlikely that the Fund will be perfectly exposed to the Index at the end of each day. The possibility of the Fund being materially over- or under-exposed to its Index increases on days when the Index is volatile near the close of the trading day. Activities surrounding annual index reconstitutions and other index rebalancing or reconstitution events may hinder the Fund’s ability to meet its daily investment objective on that day.

Depositary Receipt Risk

To the extent the Fund seeks exposure to foreign companies, the Fund’s investments may be in the form of depositary receipts or other securities convertible into securities of foreign issuers, including American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”), European Depositary Receipts (“EDRs”), and Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”). While the use of ADRs, EDRs and GDRs, which are traded on exchanges and represent and ownership in a foreign security, provide an alternative to directly purchasing the underlying foreign securities in their respective national markets and currencies, investments in ADRs, EDRs, and GDRs continue to be subject to certain of the risks associated with investing directly in foreign securities.

Derivatives Risk

The Fund uses investment techniques, including investments in derivatives such as futures and forward contracts, options and swaps, which may be considered aggressive. Investments in such derivatives are subject to market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time and may increase the volatility of the Fund. The use of derivatives may expose the Fund to additional risks that it would not be subject to if it invested directly in the securities underlying those derivatives, such as counterparty risk and the risk that the derivatives may become illiquid. The use of derivatives may result in larger losses or smaller gains than otherwise would be the case. Additionally, with respect to the use of swap agreements, if the Index has a dramatic intraday move in value that causes a material decline in the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”), the terms of the swap agreement between the Fund and its counterparty may allow the counterparty to immediately close out of the transaction with the Fund. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to enter into another swap agreement or invest in other derivatives to achieve the desired exposure consistent with the Fund’s daily investment objective. This may prevent the Fund from achieving its daily investment objective particularly if the Index reverses all or a portion of its intraday move by the end of the day. In addition, the Fund’s investments in derivatives, as of the date of this Prospectus, are subject to the following risks:

 

 

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Futures and Forward Contracts. There may be an imperfect correlation between the changes in market value of the securities held by the Fund and the prices of futures contracts. There may not be a liquid secondary market for the futures contracts. Forward currency transactions include the risks associated with fluctuations in currency.

Options. There may be an imperfect correlation between the prices of options and movements in the price of the securities (or indices) hedged or used for cover, which may cause a given hedge not to achieve its objective.

Swap Agreements. Interest rate swaps are subject to interest rate and credit risk. Total return swaps are subject to counterparty risk, which relates to credit risk of the counterparty and liquidity risk of the swaps themselves.

Early Close/Trading Halt Risk

An exchange or market may close or issue trading halts on specific securities, or the ability to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments may be restricted, which may result in the Fund being unable to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to rebalance its portfolio, may be unable to accurately price its investments and/or may incur substantial trading losses.

Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk

The Fund does not attempt to, and should not be expected to, provide returns which are a multiple of the return of the Index for periods other than a single day. The Fund rebalances its portfolio on a daily basis, increasing exposure in response to that day’s gains or reducing exposure in response to that day’s losses. This means that for a period longer than one day, the pursuit of daily goals may result in daily leveraged compounding. It also means that the return of an index over a period of time greater than one day multiplied by the Fund’s daily target (300%) generally will not equal the Fund’s performance over that same period.

As a result, over time, the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the value of the Fund’s portfolio may diverge significantly from the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the multiple of the return of the Fund’s underlying index due to the compounding effect of losses and gains on the returns of the Fund. It also is expected that the Fund’s use of leverage will cause the Fund to underperform the return of three times its benchmark in a trendless or flat market.

The effect of compounding becomes more pronounced on the Fund’s performance as the Index experiences volatility. The Index’s volatility rate is a statistical measure of the magnitude of fluctuations in the returns of the Index. The table below provides examples of how Index volatility could affect the Fund’s performance. The chart shows

estimated Fund returns for a number of combinations of performance and volatility over a one-year period and is shown to illustrate how holding the Fund for a period longer than one day may negatively impact investment return. As shown below, this Fund, or any other 3X Bull Fund, would be expected to lose 17.1% (as shown in Table 1 below) if its Index provided no return over a one year period during which the Index experienced annualized volatility of 25%. If the Index’s annualized volatility were to rise to 75%, the hypothetical loss for a one year period for the Fund widens to approximately 81.5%.

At higher ranges of volatility, there is a chance of a near complete loss of value even if the Index is flat. For instance, if the Index’s annualized volatility is 100%, the Fund would be expected to lose 95% of its value, even if the cumulative Index return for the year was only 0%.

Table 1

 

One
Year
Index

   300%
One
Year
Index
   

Volatility Rate

 

Return

   Return    

10%

   25%     50%     75%     100%  
-60%      -180   -93.8%      -94.7     -97.0     -98.8     -99.7
-50%      -150   -87.9%      -89.6     -94.1     -97.7     -99.4
-40%      -120   -79.0%      -82.1     -89.8     -96.0     -98.9
-30%      -90   -66.7%      -71.6     -83.8     -93.7     -98.3
-20%      -60   -50.3%      -57.6     -75.8     -90.5     -97.5
-10%      -30   -29.3%      -39.6     -65.6     -86.5     -96.4
   0%      0   -3.0%      -17.1     -52.8     -81.5     -95.0
 10%      30   29.2%      10.3     -37.1     -75.4     -93.4
 20%      60   67.7%      43.3     -18.4     -68.0     -91.4
 30%      90   113.2%      82.1     3.8     -59.4     -89.1
 40%      120   166.3%      127.5     29.6     -49.2     -86.3
 50%      150   227.5%      179.8     59.4     -37.6     -83.2
 60%      180   297.5%      239.6     93.5     -24.2     -79.6

The Index’s annualized historical volatility rate for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. The Index’s highest volatility rate for any one calendar year during the five-year period is [    ]% and volatility for a shorter period of time may have been substantially higher. The Index’s annualized performance for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. Historical Index volatility and performance are not indications of what the Index volatility and performance will be in the future.

For additional graphs and charts demonstrating the effects of volatility and index performance on the long-term performance of the Fund, see “Additional Information Regarding Investment Techniques and Policies” and “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” in the Fund’s statutory prospectus, and “Special Note Regarding the Correlation Risks of

 

 

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the Funds” in the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information.

Holding an unmanaged position opens the investor to the risk of market volatility adversely affecting the performance of the investment. The Fund is not appropriate for investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios. This table is intended to underscore the fact that the Fund is designed as a short-term trading vehicle for investors who intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

To fully understand the risks of market volatility on the Fund, see “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” found in the statutory prospectus.

Emerging Markets Risk

Indirectly investing in emerging markets instruments involve greater risks than indirectly investing in foreign instruments in general. Risks of investing in emerging market countries include: political or social upheaval; nationalization of businesses; restrictions on foreign ownership; prohibitions on the repatriation of assets; and risks from an economy’s dependence on revenues from particular commodities or industries. In addition, currency transfer restrictions, limited potential buyers for such instruments, delays and disruption in settlement procedures and illiquidity or low volumes of transactions may make exits difficult or impossible at times.

Equity Securities Risk

Investments in publicly issued equity securities and securities that provide exposure to equity securities, including common stocks, in general are subject to market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time. Fluctuations in the value of equity securities in which the Fund invests will cause the NAV of the Fund to fluctuate.

Financial Services Companies Risk

The Fund currently focuses its investments in securities issued by, and/or has exposure to, financial services companies. As a result, the Fund is subject to risks of legislative or regulatory changes, adverse market conditions and/or increased competition affecting the financial services companies. Profitability is largely dependent on the availability and cost of capital, and can fluctuate significantly when interest rates change. Credit losses resulting from financial difficulties of borrowers also can negatively impact the sector.

Foreign Securities Risk

Indirectly investing in foreign instruments may involve greater risks than investing in domestic instruments. As a result, the Fund’s returns and NAVs may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates, interest rates, political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements in other countries. The laws and accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards in foreign countries typically are not as strict as they are in

the U.S., and there may be less public information available about foreign companies.

Gain Limitation Risk

If the Fund’s benchmark moves more than 33% on a given trading day in a direction adverse to the Fund, you would lose all of your money. Rafferty will attempt to position the Fund’s portfolio to ensure that the Fund does not lose more than 90% of its NAV on a given day. The cost of such downside protection will be limitations on the Fund’s gains. As a consequence, the Fund’s portfolio may not be responsive to Index gains beyond 30% in a given day. For example, if the Index were to gain 35%, the Fund might be limited to a daily gain of 90% rather than 105%, which is 300% of the Index gain of 35%.

Geographic Concentration Risk

Investments in a particular country or geographic region may be particularly susceptible to political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements. As a result, the Fund may be more volatile than a more geographically diversified fund.

High Portfolio Turnover Risk

Daily rebalancing of the Fund’s holdings pursuant to its daily investment objective causes a much greater number of portfolio transactions when compared to most exchange-traded funds. Such frequent and active trading leads to significantly higher transaction costs because of increased broker commissions resulting from such transactions. In addition, there is the possibility of significantly increased capital gains, including short-term and/or long-term capital gains that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income. The Fund calculates portfolio turnover without including the short term cash instruments or derivative transactions that comprise the majority of the Fund’s trading. As such, if the Fund’s extensive use of derivative instruments were reflected, the calculated portfolio turnover rate would be significantly higher.

Hong Kong Securities Risk

Investment in securities of Hong Kong issuers involves risks that may be greater than if the Fund’s investments were more geographically diverse. Hong Kong’s reversion to China has been marked by increased volatility and uncertainty in its economic and political status, which may result in adverse affects for the Fund’s investments. Hong Kong’s economy has become more dependent on China’s role in the global market and the strength or diminishment of that relationship may impact Hong Kong issuers. Additionally, because Hong Kong has few natural resources, any surplus or shortage in the commodity markets could impact the Hong Kong economy as a whole.

Intra-Day Investment Risk

The Fund seeks leveraged investment results from the close of the market on a given trading day until the close of the market on the subsequent trading day. The exact exposure of an investment in the Fund intraday in the

 

 

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secondary market is a function of the difference between the value of the Index at the market close on the first trading day and the value of the Index at the time of purchase. If the Index gains value, the Fund’s net assets will rise by the same amount as the Fund’s exposure. Conversely, if the Index declines, the Fund’s net assets will decline by the same amount as the Fund’s exposure. Since a Fund starts each trading day with exposure which is 300% of its net assets, a change in both the exposure and the net assets of the Fund by the same absolute amount results in a change in the comparative relationship of the two. As an example (using simplified numbers), if the Fund had $100 in net assets at the market close, it would seek $300 of exposure to the next trading day’s Index performance. If the Index rose by 1% by noon the following trading day, the exposure of the Fund will have risen by 1% to $303 and the net assets will have risen by that $3 gain to $103. With net assets of $103 and exposure of $303, a purchaser at that point would be receiving 294% exposure of her investment instead of 300%.

Leverage Risk

If you invest in the Fund, you are exposed to the risk that a decline in the daily performance of the Index will be leveraged. This means that your investment in the Fund will be reduced by an amount equal to 3% for every 1% daily decline, not including the cost of financing the portfolio and the impact of operating expenses, which would further lower your investment. The Fund could theoretically lose an amount greater than its net assets in the event of an Index decline of more than 33%. Further, purchasing shares during a day may result in greater than 300% exposure to the performance of the Index if the Index declines between the close of the markets on one trading day and before the close of the markets on the next trading day.

To fully understand the risks of using leverage in the Fund, see “Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk” above.

Liquidity Risk

Some securities held by the Fund, including derivatives, may be difficult to sell or illiquid, particularly during times of market turmoil. Illiquid securities also may be difficult to value. If the Fund is forced to sell an illiquid security at an unfavorable time or at a price that is lower than Rafferty’s judgment of the security’s true market value, the Fund may be forced to sell the security at a loss. Such a situation may prevent the Fund from limiting losses, realizing gains or achieving a high correlation with the Index.

Market Risk

The Fund is subject to market risks that can affect the value of its shares. These risks include political, regulatory, market and economic developments, including developments that impact specific economic sectors, industries or segments of the market.

Market Timing Risk

Rafferty expects a significant portion of the assets of the Fund to come from professional money managers and investors who use the Funds as part of “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies. These strategies often call for frequent trading which may lead to increased portfolio turnover, higher transaction costs, and the possibility of increased capital gains, including short-term and/or long-term capital gain that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income.

Mid Capitalization Company Risk

Investing in the securities of mid capitalization companies, and securities that provide exposure to mid capitalization companies, involves greater risks and the possibility of greater price volatility than investing in more-established, larger capitalization companies. Mid capitalization companies often have narrower markets for their goods and/or services and more limited managerial and financial resources than larger, more established companies. Furthermore, those companies often have limited product lines, services, markets, financial resources or are dependent on a small management group. In addition, because these stocks are not well-known to the investing public, do not have significant institutional ownership and are followed by relatively few security analysts, there will normally be less publicly available information concerning these securities compared to what is available for the securities of larger companies. Adverse publicity and investor perceptions, whether based on fundamental analysis, can decrease the value and liquidity of securities held by the Fund. As a result, their performance can be more volatile and they face greater risk of business failure, which could increase the volatility of the Fund’s portfolio.

Non-Diversification Risk

The Fund is non-diversified, which means it invests a high percentage of its assets in a limited number of securities. A non-diversified fund’s NAV and total return may fluctuate more or fall greater in times of weaker markets than a conventional diversified fund.

Regulatory Risk

The Fund is subject to the risk that a change in U.S. law and related regulations will impact the way the Fund operates, increase the particular costs of the Fund’s operations and/or change the competitive landscape.

Risks of Investing in Other Investment Companies (including ETFs)

Investments in the securities of other investment companies, including ETFs, may involve duplication of advisory fees and certain other expenses. Fund shareholders indirectly bear the Fund’s proportionate share of the fees and expenses indirectly paid by shareholders of the other investment company or ETF, in addition to the fees and expenses Fund shareholders bear in connection with the Fund’s own operations. The Fund’s performance may be magnified positively or negatively by virtue of its investment in other investment companies. If the

 

 

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investment company or ETF fails to achieve its investment objective, the value of the Fund’s investment will decline, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance. In addition, closed end investment company and ETF shares potentially may trade at a discount or a premium and are subject to brokerage and other trading costs, which could result in greater expenses to the Fund. Finally, because the value of ETF shares depends on the demand in the market, the Adviser may not be able to liquidate the Fund’s holdings in those shares at the most optimal time, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance.

Tax and Distribution Risk

The Fund has extremely high portfolio turnover which causes the Fund to generate significant amounts of taxable income. This income is typically short-term capital gain, which is generally treated as ordinary income when distributed to shareholders, or short-term capital loss. The Fund rarely generates long-term capital gain or loss. The Fund will generally need to distribute net short-term capital gain to satisfy certain tax requirements. As a result of the Fund’s high portfolio turnover, the Fund could make larger and/or more frequent distributions than traditional unleveraged ETFs. Because the Fund’s asset level changes frequently, these distributions could comprise a substantial portion or even all of the Fund’s net assets if the Fund distributes this income after a decline in its net assets. In addition, the Fund may be held by short-term investors and these investors may exit the Fund prior to the record date of a distribution. As a result, shareholders in the Fund on the day of a distribution may receive substantial distributions, which could lead to negative tax implications for such shareholders. Potential investors are urged to consult their own tax advisers for more detailed information.

Rules governing the federal income tax aspects of certain derivatives, including total return equity swaps, real estate-related swaps, credit default swaps and other credit derivatives are not entirely clear. Because the Fund’s status as a regulated investment company might be affected if the Internal Revenue Service did not accept the Fund’s treatment of certain transactions involving derivatives, the Fund’s ability to engage in these transactions may be limited.

Tracking Error Risk

The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs, and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. A failure to achieve a daily target may cause the Fund to provide returns for a longer period that are worse than expected. In addition, even though the Fund may meet its daily target for a period of time, this will not necessarily produce the returns that might be expected in light of the returns of the Index or the Fund’s benchmark for that period.

Valuation Time Risk

The Fund values its portfolio as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) (generally
4:00 P.M. Eastern time). In some cases, foreign market indices close before the NYSE opens or may not be open for business on the same calendar days as the Fund. As a result, the daily performance of the Fund can vary from the performance of the Index.

Special Risks of Exchange-Traded Funds

Not Individually Redeemable. Shares are not individually redeemable and may be redeemed by the Fund at NAV only in large blocks known as Creation Units. You may incur brokerage costs purchasing enough Shares to constitute a Creation Unit.

Trading Issues. Trading in Shares on an exchange may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of that exchange, make trading in Shares inadvisable, such as extraordinary market volatility or other reasons. There can be no assurance that Shares will continue to meet the listing requirements of the exchange on which it trades, and the listing requirements may be amended from time to time.

Market Price Variance Risk. Individual Shares of the Fund that are listed for trading on an exchange can be bought and sold in the secondary market at market prices. The market prices of Shares will fluctuate in response to changes in NAV and supply and demand for Shares. The Adviser cannot predict whether Shares will trade above, below or at their NAV. Differences between secondary market prices and NAV for Shares may be due largely to supply and demand forces in the secondary market, which forces may not be the same as those influencing prices for securities or instruments held by the Fund at a particular time. Given the fact that Shares can be created and redeemed in Creation Units, the Adviser believes that large discounts or premiums to the NAV of Shares should not be sustained. There may, however, be times when the market price and the NAV vary significantly and you may pay more than NAV when buying Shares on the secondary market, and you may receive less than NAV when you sell those Shares. The market price of Shares, like the price of any exchange-traded security, includes a “bid-ask spread” charged by the exchange specialists, market makers or other participants that trade the particular security. In times of severe market disruption, the bid-ask spread often increases significantly. This means that Shares may trade at a discount to NAV and the discount is likely to be greatest when the price of Shares is falling fastest, which may be the time that you most want to sell your Shares. The Fund’s investment results are measured based upon the daily NAV of the Fund over a period of time. Investors purchasing and selling Shares in the secondary market may not experience investment results consistent with those experienced by those creating and redeeming directly with the Fund. There is no guarantee that an active secondary market will develop for Shares of the Fund.

 

 

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Fund Performance

The Fund has not yet commenced operations; therefore, performance information is not yet available. In the future, performance information for the Fund will be presented in this section. Performance information also will be available on the Fund’s website at http://www.direxionfunds.com/products?presets=etfs&activetab=performance or by calling the Fund toll free at 1-866-476-7523.

Management

Investment Adviser

Rafferty Asset Management, LLC is the Fund’s investment adviser.

Portfolio Manager

Paul Brigandi, the Fund’s Portfolio Manager, is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund and has served in this role since the Fund’s inception.

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The Fund will issue and redeem Shares only to Authorized Participants (typically, broker-dealers) in exchange for the deposit or delivery of a basket of assets (securities and/or cash) in large blocks, known as Creation Units, each of which is comprised of 50,000 Shares. Retail investors may only purchase and sell Fund Shares on a national securities exchange through a broker-dealer. Because the Shares trade at market prices rather than NAV, Shares may trade at a price greater than NAV (premium) or less than NAV (discount).

Tax Information

The Fund intends to make distributions that may be taxed as ordinary income or long-term capital gains. Those distributions will be subject to federal income taxes and may also be subject to state and local taxes. Distributions by the Fund may be significantly higher than those of most exchange-traded funds.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund and/or the Adviser may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

    

 

 

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DIREXION DAILY HONG KONG BEAR 3X SHARES

Important Information Regarding the Fund

The Direxion Daily Hong Kong Bear 3X Shares (“Fund”) seeks daily leveraged investment results. The pursuit of daily leveraged goals means that the Fund is riskier than alternatives that do not use leverage because the Fund’s objective is to magnify the performance of an index. The pursuit of daily leveraged investment goals means that the return of the Fund for a period longer than a full trading day may bear no resemblance to -300% of the return of its index for such longer period because the aggregate return of the Fund is the product of the series of daily leveraged returns for each trading day. The path of the benchmark during the longer period may be at least as important to the Fund’s return for the longer period as the cumulative return of the benchmark for the relevant longer period, especially in periods of market volatility. Further, the return for investors that invest for periods less than a full trading day or for a period different than a trading day will not be the product of the return of the Fund’s stated goal and the performance of the target index for the full trading day.

Investment Objective

The Fund seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 300% of the inverse (or opposite) of the performance of the MSCI Hong Kong Index. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results and does not seek to achieve its stated investment objective over a period of time greater than one day. The Fund is different and much riskier than most exchange-traded funds.

The Fund is designed to be utilized only by knowledgeable investors who understand the potential consequences of seeking daily leveraged investment results, understand the risks associated with shorting and the use of leverage, and are willing to monitor their portfolios frequently. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results relative to the Index and is different and riskier than similarly benchmarked exchange-traded funds that do not use leverage. Therefore, the Fund is not intended to be used by, and is not appropriate for, investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy or hold shares of the Fund (“Shares”). Investors purchasing shares in the secondary market may pay costs (including customary brokerage commissions) charged by their broker.

ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES(1)

  
(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)   

Management Fees

     0.75

Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees

     0.00

Other Expenses of the Fund

     0.25

Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses

     0.13

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

     1.13

Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     0.05

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     1.08

 

(1) 

The Fund’s adviser, Rafferty Asset Management, LLC (“Rafferty” or the “Adviser”) has contractually agreed to cap all or a portion of its management fee and/or reimburse the Fund for Other Expenses through [            ], 2014, to the extent that the Fund’s Total Annual Operating Expenses exceed 0.95% (excluding, as applicable, among other expenses, taxes, leverage interest, Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses, dividends or interest on short positions, other interest expenses, brokerage commissions, expenses incurred in connection with any merger or reorganization and extraordinary expenses such as litigation). Any expense cap is subject to reimbursement by the Fund within the following three years only if overall expenses fall below these percentage limitations. This agreement may be terminated or revised at any time with the consent of the Board of Trustees.

Expense Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

 

1 Year

     3 Years
 

$110

     $354

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund, under normal circumstances, creates short positions by investing at least 80% of its assets in: futures contracts; options on securities, indices and futures contracts; equity caps, floors and collars; swap agreements; forward contracts; short positions; reverse repurchase agreements; exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”); and other financial instruments that, in combination, provide leveraged and unleveraged exposure to the MSCI

 

 

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Hong Kong Index (“Index”). The Fund invests the remainder of its assets in short-term debt instruments that have terms-to-maturity of less than 397 days and exhibit high quality credit profiles, including U.S. government securities and repurchase agreements. The Fund does not invest in equity securities.

Hong Kong is considered an “emerging market,” as that term is defined by the index provider. The determination that Hong Kong is an “emerging market” is based on it being an economy that is in the initial stages of industrialization and has been historically marked by low per capita income and lack of capital market transparency, but appears to be implementing political and/or market reforms resulting in greater capital market transparency, increased access for foreign investors and generally improved economic conditions. Emerging markets have the potential for significantly higher or lower rates of return and carry greater risks than more developed economies.

The Index is designed to measure the performance of the large and mid cap segments of the Hong Kong equity market, covering approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in Hong Kong. As of February 28, 2013, the Index has an average market capitalization of $8.8 billion and a median market capitalization of $5.4 billion. Additionally, as of February 28, 2013, the Index is concentrated in the financial sector, but this concentration may change in the future based on the Index’s methodology and the varying nature of Hong Kong’s economy.

The Fund may gain exposure to only a representative sample of the securities in the Index that have aggregate characteristics similar to those of the Index. The Fund gains this exposure by investing in a combination of financial instruments that, in combination, provide exposure to the underlying securities of the Index. The Fund seeks to remain fully invested at all times consistent with its stated goal. At the close of the markets each trading day, Rafferty positions the Fund’s portfolio so that its exposure to the Index is consistent with the Fund’s investment objective. The impact of the Index’s movements during the day will affect whether the Fund’s portfolio needs to be re-positioned. For example, if the Index has fallen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should rise, meaning that the Fund’s exposure will need to be increased. Conversely, if the Index has risen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should fall, meaning the Fund’s exposure will need to be reduced. This re-positioning strategy typically results in high portfolio turnover.

Because of daily rebalancing and the compounding of each day’s return over time, the return of the Fund for periods longer than a single day will be the result of each day’s returns compounded over the period, which will very likely differ from -300% of the return of the Index over the same period. The Fund will lose money if the Index performance is flat over time, and as a result of daily

rebalancing, the Index’s volatility and the effects of compounding, it is even possible that the Fund will lose money over time while the Index’s performance decreases.

Additionally, because a significant portion of the assets of the Fund may come from investors using “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies, the Fund may further need to engage in frequent trading. The Fund will concentrate its investment in a particular industry or group of industries to approximately the same extent as the Index is so concentrated.

Principal Risks

An investment in the Fund entails risk. The Fund could lose money or its performance could trail that of other investment alternatives. The Adviser cannot guarantee that the Fund will achieve its objective. In addition, the Fund presents some risks not traditionally associated with most mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. It is important that investors closely review all of the risks listed below and understand how these risks interrelate before making an investment in the Fund. Turbulence in financial markets and reduced liquidity in equity, credit and fixed income markets could negatively affect issuers worldwide, including the Fund. There is the risk that you could lose all or a portion of your money invested in the Fund.

Adverse Market Conditions Risk

Because the Fund magnifies the inverse performance of the Index, its performance will suffer during conditions in which the Index rises.

Adviser’s Investment Strategy Risk

The Adviser utilizes a quantitative methodology to select investments for the Fund. Although this methodology is designed to correlate the Fund’s performance with the performance of the Index, there is no assurance that such methodology will be successful and will enable the Fund to achieve its investment objective.

Cash Transaction Risk

Unlike most ETFs, the Fund currently intends to effect creations and redemptions principally for cash, rather than principally for in-kind securities, because of the nature of the financial instruments held by the Fund. As such, investments in Shares may be less tax efficient than investments in conventional ETFs.

Concentration Risk

The Index is concentrated in the financial sector, however, in the future, the Index concentration may change. The Fund will concentrate its investments in a particular industry or group of industries to approximately the same extent as the Index is so concentrated. The performance of the Fund may be more volatile than a fund that does not concentrate its investments in a specific industry or group of industries. The Fund also may be more susceptible to any single economic market, political or regulatory

 

 

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occurrence affecting that industry or group of industries. However, the Fund only may concentrate its investments (i.e., hold 25% or more of its total assets in the stocks of a particular industry or group of industries) to approximately the same extent that its underlying index concentrates in the stocks of a particular industry or group of industries. For purposes of this limitation, securities of the U.S. Government (including its agencies and instrumentalities), repurchase agreements collateralized by U.S. Government securities, and securities of state or municipal governments and their political subdivisions are not considered to be issued by members of any industry.

Counterparty Risk

The Fund may invest in financial instruments involving counterparties for the purpose of attempting to gain exposure to a particular group of securities or an asset class without actually purchasing those securities or investments, or to hedge a position. These financial instruments may include swap agreements. The use of swap agreements and other counterparty instruments involves risks that are different from those associated with ordinary portfolio securities transactions. For example, the Fund bears the risk of loss of the amount expected to be received under a swap agreement in the event of the default or bankruptcy of a swap agreement counterparty. Swap agreements and other counterparty instruments also may be considered to be illiquid. In addition, the Fund may enter into swap agreements that involve a limited number of counterparties, which may increase the Fund’s exposure to counterparty credit risk. The Fund does not specifically limit its counterparty risk with respect to any single counterparty. Further, there is a risk that no suitable counterparties will be willing to enter into, or continue to enter into, transactions with the Fund and, as a result, the Fund may not be able to achieve its investment objective.

Currency Exchange Rate Risk

Changes in foreign currency exchange rates will affect the value of what the Fund owns and the Fund’s share price. Generally, when the U.S. dollar rises in value against a foreign currency, an investment in that country loses value because that currency is worth fewer U.S. dollars. Devaluation of a currency by a country’s government or banking authority also will have a significant impact on the value of any investments denominated in that currency. Currency markets generally are not as regulated as securities markets.

Daily Correlation Risk

There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve a high degree of correlation to the Index and therefore achieve its daily investment objective. To achieve a high degree of correlation with the Index, the Fund seeks to rebalance its portfolio daily to keep leverage consistent with its daily target. The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs and costs associated with the use of leveraged investment techniques and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the

Fund. Market disruptions, regulatory restrictions or extreme volatility will also adversely affect the Fund’s ability to adjust exposure to the required levels. The Fund may not have investment exposure to all securities in its underlying Index, or its weighting of investment exposure to such stocks or industries may be different from that of the Index. In addition, the Fund may invest in securities or financial instruments not included in the underlying Index. The Fund may be subject to large movements of assets into and out of the Fund, potentially resulting in the Fund being over- or under-exposed to its Index. In addition, the target amount of portfolio exposure to the Index is impacted dynamically by the Index’s movement. Because of this, it is unlikely that the Fund will be perfectly exposed to the Index at the end of each day. The possibility of the Fund being materially over- or under-exposed to its Index increases on days when the Index is volatile near the close of the trading day. Activities surrounding annual index reconstitutions and other index rebalancing or reconstitution events may hinder the Fund’s ability to meet its daily investment objective on that day.

Derivatives Risk

The Fund uses investment techniques, including investments in derivatives such as futures and forward contracts, options and swaps, which may be considered aggressive. Investments in such derivatives are subject to market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time and may increase the volatility of the Fund. The use of derivatives may expose the Fund to additional risks that it would not be subject to if it invested directly in the securities underlying those derivatives, such as counterparty risk and the risk that the derivatives may become illiquid. The use of derivatives may result in larger losses or smaller gains than otherwise would be the case. Additionally, with respect to the use of swap agreements, if the Index has a dramatic intraday move in value that causes a material decline in the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”), the terms of the swap agreement between the Fund and its counterparty may allow the counterparty to immediately close out of the transaction with the Fund. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to enter into another swap agreement or invest in other derivatives to achieve the desired exposure consistent with the Fund’s daily investment objective. This may prevent the Fund from achieving its daily investment objective particularly if the Index reverses all or a portion of its intraday move by the end of the day. In addition, the Fund’s investments in derivatives, as of the date of this Prospectus, are subject to the following risks:

Futures and Forward Contracts. There may be an imperfect correlation between the changes in market value of the securities held by the Fund and the prices of futures contracts. There may not be a liquid secondary market for the futures contracts. Forward currency transactions include the risks associated with fluctuations in currency.

 

 

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Options. There may be an imperfect correlation between the prices of options and movements in the price of the securities (or indices) hedged or used for cover, which may cause a given hedge not to achieve its objective.

Swap Agreements. Interest rate swaps are subject to interest rate and credit risk. Total return swaps are subject to counterparty risk, which relates to credit risk of the counterparty and liquidity risk of the swaps themselves.

Early Close/Trading Halt Risk

An exchange or market may close or issue trading halts on specific securities, or the ability to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments may be restricted, which may result in the Fund being unable to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to rebalance its portfolio, may be unable to accurately price its investments and/or may incur substantial trading losses.

Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk

The Fund does not attempt to, and should not be expected to, provide returns which are a multiple of the return of the Index for periods other than a single day. The Fund rebalances its portfolio on a daily basis, increasing exposure in response to that day’s gains or reducing exposure in response to that day’s losses. This means that for a period longer than one day, the pursuit of daily goals may result in daily leveraged compounding. It also means that the return of an index over a period of time greater than one day multiplied by the Fund’s daily target (-300%) generally will not equal the Fund’s performance over that same period.

As a result, over time, the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the value of the Fund’s portfolio may diverge significantly from the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the multiple of the return of the Fund’s underlying index due to the compounding effect of losses and gains on the returns of the Fund. It also is expected that the Fund’s use of leverage will cause the Fund to underperform the return of three times its benchmark in a trendless or flat market.

The effect of compounding becomes more pronounced on the Fund’s performance as the Index experiences volatility. The Index’s volatility rate is a statistical measure of the magnitude of fluctuations in the returns of the Index. The table below provides examples of how Index volatility could affect the Fund’s performance. The chart shows estimated Fund returns for a number of combinations of performance and volatility over a one-year period and is shown to illustrate how holding the Fund for a period longer than one day may negatively impact investment return. As shown below, this Fund, or any other 3X Bear Fund, would be expected to lose 31.3% (as shown in Table 1 below) if its Index provided no return over a one year period during which the Index experienced annualized

volatility of 25%. If the Index’s annualized volatility were to rise to 75%, the hypothetical loss for a one year period for the Fund widens to approximately 96.6%.

At higher ranges of volatility, there is a chance of a near complete loss of value even if the Index is flat. For instance, if the Index’s annualized volatility is 100%, the Fund would be expected to lose approximately 100% of its value, even if the cumulative Index return for the year was only 0%.

Table 1

 

One

Year

Index

   -300%
One
Year
Index
    Volatility Rate  

Return

   Return     10%     25%     50%     75%     100%  

-60%

     180     1371.5     973.9     248.6     -46.5     -96.1

-50%

     150     653.4     449.8     78.5     -72.6     -98.0

-40%

     120     336.0     218.2     3.3     -84.2     -98.9

-30%

     90     174.6     100.4     -34.9     -90.0     -99.3

-20%

     60     83.9     34.2     -56.4     -93.3     -99.5

-10%

     30     29.2     -5.7     -69.4     -95.3     -99.7

   0%

     0     -5.8     -31.3     -77.7     -96.6     -99.8

 10%

     -30     -29.2     -48.4     -83.2     -97.4     -99.8

 20%

     -60     -45.5     -60.2     -87.1     -98.0     -99.9

 30%

     -90     -57.1     -68.7     -89.8     -98.4     -99.9

 40%

     -120     -65.7     -75.0     -91.9     -98.8     -99.9

 50%

     -150     -72.1     -79.6     -93.4     -99.0     -99.9

 60%

     -180     -77.0     -83.2     -94.6     -99.2     -99.9

The Index’s annualized historical volatility rate for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. The Index’s highest volatility rate for any one calendar year during the five-year period is [    ]% and volatility for a shorter period of time may have been substantially higher. The Index’s annualized performance for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. Historical Index volatility and performance are not indications of what the Index volatility and performance will be in the future.

For additional graphs and charts demonstrating the effects of volatility and index performance on the long-term performance of the Fund, see “Additional Information Regarding Investment Techniques and Policies” and “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” in the Fund’s statutory prospectus, and “Special Note Regarding the Correlation Risks of the Funds” in the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information.

Holding an unmanaged position opens the investor to the risk of market volatility adversely affecting the performance of the investment. The Fund is not appropriate for investors who do not intend to actively

 

 

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monitor and manage their portfolios. This table is intended to underscore the fact that the Fund is designed as a short-term trading vehicle for investors who intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

To fully understand the risks of market volatility on the Fund, see “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” found in the statutory prospectus.

Emerging Markets Risk

Indirectly investing in emerging markets instruments involve greater risks than indirectly investing in foreign instruments in general. Risks of investing in emerging market countries include: political or social upheaval; nationalization of businesses; restrictions on foreign ownership; prohibitions on the repatriation of assets; and risks from an economy’s dependence on revenues from particular commodities or industries. In addition, currency transfer restrictions, limited potential buyers for such instruments, delays and disruption in settlement procedures and illiquidity or low volumes of transactions may make exits difficult or impossible at times.

Financial Services Companies Risk

The Fund currently focuses its investments in securities issued by, and/or has exposure to, financial services companies. As a result, the Fund is subject to risks of legislative or regulatory changes, adverse market conditions and/or increased competition affecting the financial services companies. Profitability is largely dependent on the availability and cost of capital, and can fluctuate significantly when interest rates change. Credit losses resulting from financial difficulties of borrowers also can negatively impact the sector.

Foreign Securities Risk

Indirectly investing in foreign instruments may involve greater risks than investing in domestic instruments. As a result, the Fund’s returns and NAVs may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates, interest rates, political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements in other countries. The laws and accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards in foreign countries typically are not as strict as they are in the U.S., and there may be less public information available about foreign companies.

Gain Limitation Risk

If the Fund’s benchmark moves more than 33% on a given trading day in a direction adverse to the Fund, you would lose all of your money. Rafferty will attempt to position the Fund’s portfolio to ensure that the Fund does not lose more than 90% of its NAV on a given day. The cost of such downside protection will be limitations on the Fund’s gains. As a consequence, the Fund’s portfolio may not be responsive to Index losses beyond 30% in a given day. For example, if the Index were to lose 35%, the Fund might be limited to a daily gain of 90% rather than 105%, which is -300% of the Index loss of 35%.

Geographic Concentration Risk

Investments in a particular country or geographic region may be particularly susceptible to political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements. As a result, the Fund may be more volatile than a more geographically diversified fund.

High Portfolio Turnover Risk

Daily rebalancing of the Fund’s holdings pursuant to its daily investment objective causes a much greater number of portfolio transactions when compared to most exchange-traded funds. Such frequent and active trading leads to significantly higher transaction costs because of increased broker commissions resulting from such transactions. In addition, there is the possibility of significantly increased capital gains, including short-term and/or long-term capital gains that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income. The Fund calculates portfolio turnover without including the short term cash instruments or derivative transactions that comprise the majority of the Fund’s trading. As such, if the Fund’s extensive use of derivative instruments were reflected, the calculated portfolio turnover rate would be significantly higher.

Hong Kong Securities Risk

Investment in securities of Hong Kong issuers involves risks that may be greater than if the Fund’s investments were more geographically diverse. Hong Kong’s reversion to China has been marked by increased volatility and uncertainty in its economic and political status, which may result in adverse affects for the Fund’s investments. Hong Kong’s economy has become more dependent on China’s role in the global market and the strength or diminishment of that relationship may impact Hong Kong issuers. Additionally, because Hong Kong has few natural resources, any surplus or shortage in the commodity markets could impact the Hong Kong economy as a whole.

Intra-Day Investment Risk

The Fund seeks leveraged investment results from the close of the market on a given trading day until the close of the market on the subsequent trading day. The exact exposure of an investment in the Fund intraday in the secondary market is a function of the difference between the value of the Index at the market close on the first trading day and the value of the Index at the time of purchase. The Fund’s gains occur as its market exposure declines and its losses are accompanied by increases in market exposure. If the Index declines, the Fund’s net assets will rise by an amount equal to the decline in the Fund’s exposure. Conversely, if the Index rises the Fund’s net assets will decline by the same amount as the increase in the Fund’s exposure. As an example (using simplified numbers), if the Fund had $100 in net assets at the market close, it would seek -$300 of exposure to the next trading day’s Index performance. If the Index declined by 1% by noon the following trading day, the exposure of the Fund will fall by 1% to -$297 and the net assets will rise by $3 to $103. With net assets of $103 and exposure of -$297, a

 

 

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purchaser at that point would be receiving -288% exposure of her investment instead of -300%

Inverse Correlation Risk

Shareholders should lose money when the Index rises, which is a result that is the opposite from traditional funds.

Leverage Risk

If you invest in the Fund, you are exposed to the risk that an increase in the daily performance of the Index will be leveraged. This means that your investment in the Fund will be reduced by an amount equal to 3% for every 1% daily increase, not including the cost of financing the portfolio and the impact of operating expenses, which would further lower your investment. The Fund could theoretically lose an amount greater than its net assets in the event of an Index increase of more than 33%. Further, purchasing shares during a day may result in greater than -300% exposure to the performance of the Index if the Index rises between the close of the markets on one trading day and before the close of the markets on the next trading day.

To fully understand the risks of using leverage in the Fund, see “Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk” above.

Liquidity Risk

Some securities held by the Fund, including derivatives, may be difficult to sell or illiquid, particularly during times of market turmoil. Illiquid securities also may be difficult to value. If the Fund is forced to sell an illiquid security at an unfavorable time or at a price that is lower than Rafferty’s judgment of the security’s true market value, the Fund may be forced to sell the security at a loss. Such a situation may prevent the Fund from limiting losses, realizing gains or achieving a high correlation with the Index.

Market Risk

The Fund is subject to market risks that can affect the value of its shares. These risks include political, regulatory, market and economic developments, including developments that impact specific economic sectors, industries or segments of the market.

Market Timing Risk

Rafferty expects a significant portion of the assets of the Fund to come from professional money managers and investors who use the Funds as part of “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies. These strategies often call for frequent trading which may lead to increased portfolio turnover, higher transaction costs, and the possibility of increased capital gains, including short-term and/or long-term capital gain that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income.

Mid Capitalization Company Risk

Investing in the securities of mid capitalization companies, and securities that provide exposure to mid capitalization

companies, involves greater risks and the possibility of greater price volatility than investing in more-established, larger capitalization companies. Mid capitalization companies often have narrower markets for their goods and/or services and more limited managerial and financial resources than larger, more established companies. Furthermore, those companies often have limited product lines, services, markets, financial resources or are dependent on a small management group. In addition, because these stocks are not well-known to the investing public, do not have significant institutional ownership and are followed by relatively few security analysts, there will normally be less publicly available information concerning these securities compared to what is available for the securities of larger companies. Adverse publicity and investor perceptions, whether based on fundamental analysis, can decrease the value and liquidity of securities held by the Fund. As a result, their performance can be more volatile and they face greater risk of business failure, which could increase the volatility of the Fund’s portfolio.

Non-Diversification Risk

The Fund is non-diversified, which means it invests a high percentage of its assets in a limited number of securities. A non-diversified fund’s NAV and total return may fluctuate more or fall greater in times of weaker markets than a conventional diversified fund.

Regulatory Risk

The Fund is subject to the risk that a change in U.S. law and related regulations will impact the way the Fund operates, increase the particular costs of the Fund’s operations and/or change the competitive landscape.

Risks of Investing in Other Investment Companies (including ETFs)

Investments in the securities of other investment companies, including ETFs, may involve duplication of advisory fees and certain other expenses. Fund shareholders indirectly bear the Fund’s proportionate share of the fees and expenses indirectly paid by shareholders of the other investment company or ETF, in addition to the fees and expenses Fund shareholders bear in connection with the Fund’s own operations. The Fund’s performance may be magnified positively or negatively by virtue of its investment in other investment companies. If the investment company or ETF fails to achieve its investment objective, the value of the Fund’s investment will decline, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance. In addition, closed end investment company and ETF shares potentially may trade at a discount or a premium and are subject to brokerage and other trading costs, which could result in greater expenses to the Fund. Finally, because the value of ETF shares depends on the demand in the market, the Adviser may not be able to liquidate the Fund’s holdings in those shares at the most optimal time, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance.

 

 

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Shorting Risk

The Fund may engage in short sales designed to earn the Fund a profit from the decline in the price of particular securities, baskets of securities or indices. However, there is a risk that the Fund will experience a loss as a result of engaging in these short sales.

Tax and Distribution Risk

The Fund has extremely high portfolio turnover which causes the Fund to generate significant amounts of taxable income. This income is typically short-term capital gain, which is generally treated as ordinary income when distributed to shareholders, or short-term capital loss. The Fund rarely generates long-term capital gain or loss. The Fund will generally need to distribute net short-term capital gain to satisfy certain tax requirements. As a result of the Fund’s high portfolio turnover, the Fund could make larger and/or more frequent distributions than traditional unleveraged ETFs. Because the Fund’s asset level changes frequently, these distributions could comprise a substantial portion or even all of the Fund’s net assets if the Fund distributes this income after a decline in its net assets. In addition, the Fund may be held by short-term investors and these investors may exit the Fund prior to the record date of a distribution. As a result, shareholders in the Fund on the day of a distribution may receive substantial distributions, which could lead to negative tax implications for such shareholders. Potential investors are urged to consult their own tax advisers for more detailed information.

Rules governing the federal income tax aspects of certain derivatives, including total return equity swaps, real estate-related swaps, credit default swaps and other credit derivatives are not entirely clear. Because the Fund’s status as a regulated investment company might be affected if the Internal Revenue Service did not accept the Fund’s treatment of certain transactions involving derivatives, the Fund’s ability to engage in these transactions may be limited.

Tracking Error Risk

The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs, and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. A failure to achieve a daily target may cause the Fund to provide returns for a longer period that are worse than expected. In addition, even though the Fund may meet its daily target for a period of time, this will not necessarily produce the returns that might be expected in light of the returns of the Index or the Fund’s benchmark for that period.

Valuation Time Risk

The Fund values its portfolio as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) (generally
4:00 P.M. Eastern time). In some cases, foreign market indices close before the NYSE opens or may not be open for business on the same calendar days as the Fund.

As a result, the daily performance of the Fund can vary from the performance of the Index.

Special Risks of Exchange-Traded Funds

Not Individually Redeemable. Shares are not individually redeemable and may be redeemed by the Fund at NAV only in large blocks known as Creation Units. You may incur brokerage costs purchasing enough Shares to constitute a Creation Unit.

Trading Issues. Trading in Shares on an exchange may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of that exchange, make trading in Shares inadvisable, such as extraordinary market volatility or other reasons. There can be no assurance that Shares will continue to meet the listing requirements of the exchange on which it trades, and the listing requirements may be amended from time to time.

Market Price Variance Risk. Individual Shares of the Fund that are listed for trading on an exchange can be bought and sold in the secondary market at market prices. The market prices of Shares will fluctuate in response to changes in NAV and supply and demand for Shares. The Adviser cannot predict whether Shares will trade above, below or at their NAV. Differences between secondary market prices and NAV for Shares may be due largely to supply and demand forces in the secondary market, which forces may not be the same as those influencing prices for securities or instruments held by the Fund at a particular time. Given the fact that Shares can be created and redeemed in Creation Units, the Adviser believes that large discounts or premiums to the NAV of Shares should not be sustained. There may, however, be times when the market price and the NAV vary significantly and you may pay more than NAV when buying Shares on the secondary market, and you may receive less than NAV when you sell those Shares. The market price of Shares, like the price of any exchange-traded security, includes a “bid-ask spread” charged by the exchange specialists, market makers or other participants that trade the particular security. In times of severe market disruption, the bid-ask spread often increases significantly. This means that Shares may trade at a discount to NAV and the discount is likely to be greatest when the price of Shares is falling fastest, which may be the time that you most want to sell your Shares. The Fund’s investment results are measured based upon the daily NAV of the Fund over a period of time. Investors purchasing and selling Shares in the secondary market may not experience investment results consistent with those experienced by those creating and redeeming directly with the Fund. There is no guarantee that an active secondary market will develop for Shares of the Fund.

Fund Performance

The Fund has not yet commenced operations; therefore, performance information is not yet available. In the future, performance information for the Fund will be presented in

 

 

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this section. Performance information also will be available on the Fund’s website at http://www.direxionfunds.com/products?presets=etfs&activetab=performance or by calling the Fund toll free at 1-866-476-7523.

Management

Investment Adviser

Rafferty Asset Management, LLC is the Fund’s investment adviser.

Portfolio Manager

Paul Brigandi, the Fund’s Portfolio Manager, is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund and has served in this role since the Fund’s inception.

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The Fund will issue and redeem Shares in exchange for cash only to Authorized Participants in large blocks, known as Creation Units, each of which is comprised of 50,000 Shares. Retail investors may only purchase and sell Fund Shares on a national securities exchange through a broker-dealer. Because the Shares trade at market prices rather than NAV, Shares may trade at a price greater than NAV (premium) or less than NAV (discount).

Tax Information

The Fund intends to make distributions that may be taxed as ordinary income or long-term capital gains. Those distributions will be subject to federal income taxes and may also be subject to state and local taxes. Distributions by the Fund may be significantly higher than those of most exchange-traded funds.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund and/or the Adviser may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

    

 

 

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DIREXION DAILY JAPAN BULL 3X SHARES

Important Information Regarding the Fund

The Direxion Daily Japan Bull 3X Shares (“Fund”) seeks daily leveraged investment results. The pursuit of daily leveraged goals means that the Fund is riskier than alternatives that do not use leverage because the Fund’s objective is to magnify the performance of an index. The pursuit of daily leveraged investment goals means that the return of the Fund for a period longer than a full trading day may bear no resemblance to 300% of the return of its index for such longer period because the aggregate return of the Fund is the product of the series of daily leveraged returns for each trading day. The path of the benchmark during the longer period may be at least as important to the Fund’s return for the longer period as the cumulative return of the benchmark for the relevant longer period, especially in periods of market volatility. Further, the return for investors that invest for periods less than a full trading day or for a period different than a trading day will not be the product of the return of the Fund’s stated goal and the performance of the target index for the full trading day.

Investment Objective

The Fund seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 300% of the performance of the MSCI Japan Index. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results and does not seek to achieve its stated investment objective over a period of time greater than one day. The Fund is different and much riskier than most exchange-traded funds.

The Fund is designed to be utilized only by knowledgeable investors who understand the potential consequences of seeking daily leveraged investment results, understand the risks associated with the use of leverage and are willing to monitor their portfolios frequently. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results relative to the Index and is different and riskier than similarly benchmarked exchange-traded funds that do not use leverage. Therefore, the Fund is not intended to be used by, and is not appropriate for, investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy or hold shares of the Fund (“Shares”). Investors purchasing shares in the secondary market may pay costs (including customary brokerage commissions) charged by their broker.

ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES(1)

(expenses that you pay each year as a

percentage of the value of your investment)

  

  

  

Management Fees

     0.75

Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees

     0.00

Other Expenses of the Fund

     0.25

Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses

     0.13

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

     1.13

Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     0.05

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     1.08

 

(1) 

The Fund’s adviser, Rafferty Asset Management, LLC (“Rafferty” or the “Adviser”) has contractually agreed to cap all or a portion of its management fee and/or reimburse the Fund for Other Expenses through [            ], 2014, to the extent that the Fund’s Total Annual Operating Expenses exceed 0.95% (excluding, as applicable, among other expenses, taxes, leverage interest, Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses, dividends or interest on short positions, other interest expenses, brokerage commissions, expenses incurred in connection with any merger or reorganization and extraordinary expenses such as litigation). Any expense cap is subject to reimbursement by the Fund within the following three years only if overall expenses fall below these percentage limitations. This agreement may be terminated or revised at any time with the consent of the Board of Trustees.

Expense Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

 

1 Year

     3 Years
 

$110

     $354

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund, under normal circumstances, creates long positions by investing at least 80% of its assets in the securities that comprise the MSCI Japan Index (“Index”) and/or financial instruments that provide leveraged and unleveraged exposure to the Index. These financial instruments include: futures contracts; options on securities, indices and futures contracts; equity caps, floors and collars; swap agreements; forward contracts; short

 

 

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positions; reverse repurchase agreements; exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”); and other financial instruments. On a day-to-day basis, the Fund also may hold short-term debt instruments that have terms-to-maturity of less than 397 days and exhibit high quality credit profiles, including U.S. government securities and repurchase agreements.

The Index is designed to measure the performance of the large and mid cap segments of the Japan equity market, covering approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in Japan. As of February 28, 2013, the Index has an average market capitalization of $7.3 billion and a median market capitalization of $3.4 billion.

The Fund may gain exposure to only a representative sample of the securities in the Index that have aggregate characteristics similar to those of the Index. The Fund gains this exposure either by directly investing in the underlying securities of the Index or by investing in derivatives that provide exposure to those securities. The Fund seeks to remain fully invested at all times consistent with its stated goal. At the close of the markets each trading day, Rafferty positions the Fund’s portfolio so that its exposure to the Index is consistent with the Fund’s investment objective. The impact of the Index’s movements during the day will affect whether the Fund’s portfolio needs to be re-positioned. For example, if the Index has risen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should rise, meaning that the Fund’s exposure will need to be increased. Conversely, if the Index has fallen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should fall, meaning the Fund’s exposure will need to be reduced. This re-positioning strategy typically results in high portfolio turnover.

Because of daily rebalancing and the compounding of each day’s return over time, the return of the Fund for periods longer than a single day will be the result of each day’s returns compounded over the period, which will very likely differ from 300% of the return of the Index over the same period. The Fund will lose money if the Index performance is flat over time, and as a result of daily rebalancing, the Index’s volatility and the effects of compounding, it is even possible that the Fund will lose money over time while the Index’s performance increases.

Additionally, because a significant portion of the assets of the Fund may come from investors using “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies, the Fund may further need to engage in frequent trading. The Fund will concentrate its investment in a particular industry or group of industries to approximately the same extent as the Index is so concentrated.

Principal Risks

An investment in the Fund entails risk. The Fund could lose money or its performance could trail that of other investment alternatives. The Adviser cannot guarantee that the Fund will achieve its objective. In addition, the

Fund presents some risks not traditionally associated with most mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. It is important that investors closely review all of the risks listed below and understand how these risks interrelate before making an investment in the Fund. Turbulence in financial markets and reduced liquidity in equity, credit and fixed income markets could negatively affect issuers worldwide, including the Fund. There is the risk that you could lose all or a portion of your money invested in the Fund.

Adverse Market Conditions Risk

Because the Fund magnifies the performance of the Index, its performance will suffer during conditions in which the Index declines.

Adviser’s Investment Strategy Risk

The Adviser utilizes a quantitative methodology to select investments for the Fund. Although this methodology is designed to correlate the Fund’s performance with the performance of the Index, there is no assurance that such methodology will be successful and will enable the Fund to achieve its investment objective.

Counterparty Risk

The Fund may invest in financial instruments involving counterparties for the purpose of attempting to gain exposure to a particular group of securities or an asset class without actually purchasing those securities or investments, or to hedge a position. These financial instruments may include swap agreements. The use of swap agreements and other counterparty instruments involves risks that are different from those associated with ordinary portfolio securities transactions. For example, the Fund bears the risk of loss of the amount expected to be received under a swap agreement in the event of the default or bankruptcy of a swap agreement counterparty. Swap agreements and other counterparty instruments also may be considered to be illiquid. In addition, the Fund may enter into swap agreements that involve a limited number of counterparties, which may increase the Fund’s exposure to counterparty credit risk. The Fund does not specifically limit its counterparty risk with respect to any single counterparty. Further, there is a risk that no suitable counterparties will be willing to enter into, or continue to enter into, transactions with the Fund and, as a result, the Fund may not be able to achieve its investment objective.

Currency Exchange Rate Risk

Changes in foreign currency exchange rates will affect the value of what the Fund owns and the Fund’s share price. Generally, when the U.S. dollar rises in value against a foreign currency, an investment in that country loses value because that currency is worth fewer U.S. dollars. Devaluation of a currency by a country’s government or banking authority also will have a significant impact on the value of any investments denominated in that currency. Currency markets generally are not as regulated as securities markets.

 

 

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Daily Correlation Risk

There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve a high degree of correlation to the Index and therefore achieve its daily investment objective. To achieve a high degree of correlation with the Index, the Fund seeks to rebalance its portfolio daily to keep leverage consistent with its daily target. The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs and costs associated with the use of leveraged investment techniques and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. Market disruptions, regulatory restrictions or extreme volatility will also adversely affect the Fund’s ability to adjust exposure to the required levels. The Fund may not have investment exposure to all securities in its underlying Index, or its weighting of investment exposure to such stocks or industries may be different from that of the Index. In addition, the Fund may invest in securities or financial instruments not included in the underlying Index. The Fund may be subject to large movements of assets into and out of the Fund, potentially resulting in the Fund being over- or under-exposed to its Index. In addition, the target amount of portfolio exposure to the Index is impacted dynamically by the Index’s movement. Because of this, it is unlikely that the Fund will be perfectly exposed to the Index at the end of each day. The possibility of the Fund being materially over- or under-exposed to its Index increases on days when the Index is volatile near the close of the trading day. Activities surrounding annual index reconstitutions and other index rebalancing or reconstitution events may hinder the Fund’s ability to meet its daily investment objective on that day.

Depositary Receipt Risk

To the extent the Fund seeks exposure to foreign companies, the Fund’s investments may be in the form of depositary receipts or other securities convertible into securities of foreign issuers, including American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”), European Depositary Receipts (“EDRs”), and Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”). While the use of ADRs, EDRs and GDRs, which are traded on exchanges and represent and ownership in a foreign security, provide an alternative to directly purchasing the underlying foreign securities in their respective national markets and currencies, investments in ADRs, EDRs, and GDRs continue to be subject to certain of the risks associated with investing directly in foreign securities.

Derivatives Risk

The Fund uses investment techniques, including investments in derivatives such as futures and forward contracts, options and swaps, which may be considered aggressive. Investments in such derivatives are subject to market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time and may increase the volatility of the Fund. The use of derivatives may expose the Fund to additional risks that it would not be subject to if it invested directly in the securities underlying those derivatives, such as counterparty risk and the risk that the derivatives may

become illiquid. The use of derivatives may result in larger losses or smaller gains than otherwise would be the case. Additionally, with respect to the use of swap agreements, if the Index has a dramatic intraday move in value that causes a material decline in the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”), the terms of the swap agreement between the Fund and its counterparty may allow the counterparty to immediately close out of the transaction with the Fund. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to enter into another swap agreement or invest in other derivatives to achieve the desired exposure consistent with the Fund’s daily investment objective. This may prevent the Fund from achieving its daily investment objective particularly if the Index reverses all or a portion of its intraday move by the end of the day. In addition, the Fund’s investments in derivatives, as of the date of this Prospectus, are subject to the following risks:

Futures and Forward Contracts. There may be an imperfect correlation between the changes in market value of the securities held by the Fund and the prices of futures contracts. There may not be a liquid secondary market for the futures contracts. Forward currency transactions include the risks associated with fluctuations in currency.

Options. There may be an imperfect correlation between the prices of options and movements in the price of the securities (or indices) hedged or used for cover, which may cause a given hedge not to achieve its objective.

Swap Agreements. Interest rate swaps are subject to interest rate and credit risk. Total return swaps are subject to counterparty risk, which relates to credit risk of the counterparty and liquidity risk of the swaps themselves.

Early Close/Trading Halt Risk

An exchange or market may close or issue trading halts on specific securities, or the ability to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments may be restricted, which may result in the Fund being unable to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to rebalance its portfolio, may be unable to accurately price its investments and/or may incur substantial trading losses.

Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk

The Fund does not attempt to, and should not be expected to, provide returns which are a multiple of the return of the Index for periods other than a single day. The Fund rebalances its portfolio on a daily basis, increasing exposure in response to that day’s gains or reducing exposure in response to that day’s losses. This means that for a period longer than one day, the pursuit of daily goals may result in daily leveraged compounding. It also means that the return of an index over a period of time greater than one day multiplied by the Fund’s daily target (300%)

 

 

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generally will not equal the Fund’s performance over that same period.

As a result, over time, the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the value of the Fund’s portfolio may diverge significantly from the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the multiple of the return of the Fund’s underlying index due to the compounding effect of losses and gains on the returns of the Fund. It also is expected that the Fund’s use of leverage will cause the Fund to underperform the return of three times its benchmark in a trendless or flat market.

The effect of compounding becomes more pronounced on the Fund’s performance as the Index experiences volatility. The Index’s volatility rate is a statistical measure of the magnitude of fluctuations in the returns of the Index. The table below provides examples of how Index volatility could affect the Fund’s performance. The chart shows estimated Fund returns for a number of combinations of performance and volatility over a one-year period and is shown to illustrate how holding the Fund for a period longer than one day may negatively impact investment return. As shown below, this Fund, or any other 3X Bull Fund, would be expected to lose 17.1% (as shown in Table 1 below) if its Index provided no return over a one year period during which the Index experienced annualized volatility of 25%. If the Index’s annualized volatility were to rise to 75%, the hypothetical loss for a one year period for the Fund widens to approximately 81.5%.

At higher ranges of volatility, there is a chance of a near complete loss of value even if the Index is flat. For instance, if the Index’s annualized volatility is 100%, the Fund would be expected to lose 95% of its value, even if the cumulative Index return for the year was only 0%.

Table 1

 

One

Year

Index

   300%
One
Year
Index
    Volatility Rate  

Return

   Return     10%     25%     50%     75%     100%  

-60%

     -180     -93.8     -94.7     -97.0     -98.8     -99.7

-50%

     -150     -87.9     -89.6     -94.1     -97.7     -99.4

-40%

     -120     -79.0     -82.1     -89.8     -96.0     -98.9

-30%

     -90     -66.7     -71.6     -83.8     -93.7     -98.3

-20%

     -60     -50.3     -57.6     -75.8     -90.5     -97.5

-10%

     -30     -29.3     -39.6     -65.6     -86.5     -96.4

   0%

     0     -3.0     -17.1     -52.8     -81.5     -95.0

 10%

     30     29.2     10.3     -37.1     -75.4     -93.4

 20%

     60     67.7     43.3     -18.4     -68.0     -91.4

 30%

     90     113.2     82.1     3.8     -59.4     -89.1

 40%

     120     166.3     127.5     29.6     -49.2     -86.3

 50%

     150     227.5     179.8     59.4     -37.6     -83.2

 60%

     180     297.5     239.6     93.5     -24.2     -79.6

The Index’s annualized historical volatility rate for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. The Index’s highest volatility rate for any one calendar year during the five-year period is [    ]% and volatility for a shorter period of time may have been substantially higher. The Index’s annualized performance for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. Historical Index volatility and performance are not indications of what the Index volatility and performance will be in the future.

For additional graphs and charts demonstrating the effects of volatility and index performance on the long-term performance of the Fund, see “Additional Information Regarding Investment Techniques and Policies” and “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” in the Fund’s statutory prospectus, and “Special Note Regarding the Correlation Risks of the Funds” in the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information.

Holding an unmanaged position opens the investor to the risk of market volatility adversely affecting the performance of the investment. The Fund is not appropriate for investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios. This table is intended to underscore the fact that the Fund is designed as a short-term trading vehicle for investors who intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

To fully understand the risks of market volatility on the Fund, see “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” found in the statutory prospectus.

Equity Securities Risk

Investments in publicly issued equity securities and securities that provide exposure to equity securities, including common stocks, in general are subject to market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time. Fluctuations in the value of equity securities in which the Fund invests will cause the NAV of the Fund to fluctuate.

Foreign Securities Risk

Indirectly investing in foreign instruments may involve greater risks than investing in domestic instruments. As a result, the Fund’s returns and NAVs may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates, interest rates, political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements in other countries. The laws and accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards in foreign countries typically are not as strict as they are in the U.S., and there may be less public information available about foreign companies.

Gain Limitation Risk

If the Fund’s benchmark moves more than 33% on a given trading day in a direction adverse to the Fund, you would lose all of your money. Rafferty will attempt to position the Fund’s portfolio to ensure that the Fund does not lose

 

 

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more than 90% of its NAV on a given day. The cost of such downside protection will be limitations on the Fund’s gains. As a consequence, the Fund’s portfolio may not be responsive to Index gains beyond 30% in a given day. For example, if the Index were to gain 35%, the Fund might be limited to a daily gain of 90% rather than 105%, which is 300% of the Index gain of 35%.

Geographic Concentration Risk

Investments in a particular country or geographic region may be particularly susceptible to political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements. As a result, the Fund may be more volatile than a more geographically diversified fund.

High Portfolio Turnover Risk

Daily rebalancing of the Fund’s holdings pursuant to its daily investment objective causes a much greater number of portfolio transactions when compared to most exchange-traded funds. Such frequent and active trading leads to significantly higher transaction costs because of increased broker commissions resulting from such transactions. In addition, there is the possibility of significantly increased capital gains, including short-term and/or long-term capital gains that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income. The Fund calculates portfolio turnover without including the short term cash instruments or derivative transactions that comprise the majority of the Fund’s trading. As such, if the Fund’s extensive use of derivative instruments were reflected, the calculated portfolio turnover rate would be significantly higher.

Intra-Day Investment Risk

The Fund seeks leveraged investment results from the close of the market on a given trading day until the close of the market on the subsequent trading day. The exact exposure of an investment in the Fund intraday in the secondary market is a function of the difference between the value of the Index at the market close on the first trading day and the value of the Index at the time of purchase. If the Index gains value, the Fund’s net assets will rise by the same amount as the Fund’s exposure. Conversely, if the Index declines, the Fund’s net assets will decline by the same amount as the Fund’s exposure. Since a Fund starts each trading day with exposure which is 300% of its net assets, a change in both the exposure and the net assets of the Fund by the same absolute amount results in a change in the comparative relationship of the two. As an example (using simplified numbers), if the Fund had $100 in net assets at the market close, it would seek $300 of exposure to the next trading day’s Index performance. If the Index rose by 1% by noon the following trading day, the exposure of the Fund will have risen by 1% to $303 and the net assets will have risen by that $3 gain to $103. With net assets of $103 and exposure of $303, a purchaser at that point would be receiving 294% exposure of her investment instead of 300%.

Japanese Securities Risk

Investment in securities of Japanese issuers involves risks that may be greater than if the Fund’s investments were more geographically diverse. The Japanese economy has recently emerged from a prolonged economic downturn. Since 2000, Japan’s economic growth rate has remained relatively low. Its economy is characterized by government intervention and protectionism, an unstable financial services sector and relatively high unemployment. Japan’s economy is heavily dependent on international trade and has been adversely affected by trade tariffs and competition from emerging economies. As such, economic growth is heavily dependent on continued growth in international trade, government support of the financial services sector, among other troubled sectors, and consistent government policy. Any changes or trends in these economic factors could have a significant impact on Japan’s economy overall and may negatively affect the Fund’s investment. Japan’s economy is also closely tied to its two largest trading partners, the U.S. and China. Economic volatility in either nation may create volatility for Japan’s economy as well. Additionally, as China has increased its role with Japan as a trading partner, political tensions between the countries has become strained. Any increase or decrease in such tension may have consequences for investment in Japanese issuers.

Leverage Risk

If you invest in the Fund, you are exposed to the risk that a decline in the daily performance of the Index will be leveraged. This means that your investment in the Fund will be reduced by an amount equal to 3% for every 1% daily decline, not including the cost of financing the portfolio and the impact of operating expenses, which would further lower your investment. The Fund could theoretically lose an amount greater than its net assets in the event of an Index decline of more than 33%. Further, purchasing shares during a day may result in greater than 300% exposure to the performance of the Index if the Index declines between the close of the markets on one trading day and before the close of the markets on the next trading day.

To fully understand the risks of using leverage in the Fund, see “Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk” above.

Liquidity Risk

Some securities held by the Fund, including derivatives, may be difficult to sell or illiquid, particularly during times of market turmoil. Illiquid securities also may be difficult to value. If the Fund is forced to sell an illiquid security at an unfavorable time or at a price that is lower than Rafferty’s judgment of the security’s true market value, the Fund may be forced to sell the security at a loss. Such a situation may prevent the Fund from limiting losses, realizing gains or achieving a high correlation with the Index.

 

 

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Market Risk

The Fund is subject to market risks that can affect the value of its shares. These risks include political, regulatory, market and economic developments, including developments that impact specific economic sectors, industries or segments of the market.

Market Timing Risk

Rafferty expects a significant portion of the assets of the Fund to come from professional money managers and investors who use the Funds as part of “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies. These strategies often call for frequent trading which may lead to increased portfolio turnover, higher transaction costs, and the possibility of increased capital gains, including short-term and/or long-term capital gain that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income.

Mid Capitalization Company Risk

Investing in the securities of mid capitalization companies, and securities that provide exposure to mid capitalization companies, involves greater risks and the possibility of greater price volatility than investing in more-established, larger capitalization companies. Mid capitalization companies often have narrower markets for their goods and/or services and more limited managerial and financial resources than larger, more established companies. Furthermore, those companies often have limited product lines, services, markets, financial resources or are dependent on a small management group. In addition, because these stocks are not well-known to the investing public, do not have significant institutional ownership and are followed by relatively few security analysts, there will normally be less publicly available information concerning these securities compared to what is available for the securities of larger companies. Adverse publicity and investor perceptions, whether based on fundamental analysis, can decrease the value and liquidity of securities held by the Fund. As a result, their performance can be more volatile and they face greater risk of business failure, which could increase the volatility of the Fund’s portfolio.

Non-Diversification Risk

The Fund is non-diversified, which means it invests a high percentage of its assets in a limited number of securities. A non-diversified fund’s NAV and total return may fluctuate more or fall greater in times of weaker markets than a conventional diversified fund.

Regulatory Risk

The Fund is subject to the risk that a change in U.S. law and related regulations will impact the way the Fund operates, increase the particular costs of the Fund’s operations and/or change the competitive landscape.

Risks of Investing in Other Investment Companies (including ETFs)

Investments in the securities of other investment companies, including ETFs, may involve duplication of advisory fees and certain other expenses. Fund

shareholders indirectly bear the Fund’s proportionate share of the fees and expenses indirectly paid by shareholders of the other investment company or ETF, in addition to the fees and expenses Fund shareholders bear in connection with the Fund’s own operations. The Fund’s performance may be magnified positively or negatively by virtue of its investment in other investment companies. If the investment company or ETF fails to achieve its investment objective, the value of the Fund’s investment will decline, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance. In addition, closed end investment company and ETF shares potentially may trade at a discount or a premium and are subject to brokerage and other trading costs, which could result in greater expenses to the Fund. Finally, because the value of ETF shares depends on the demand in the market, the Adviser may not be able to liquidate the Fund’s holdings in those shares at the most optimal time, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance.

Tax and Distribution Risk

The Fund has extremely high portfolio turnover which causes the Fund to generate significant amounts of taxable income. This income is typically short-term capital gain, which is generally treated as ordinary income when distributed to shareholders, or short-term capital loss. The Fund rarely generates long-term capital gain or loss. The Fund will generally need to distribute net short-term capital gain to satisfy certain tax requirements. As a result of the Fund’s high portfolio turnover, the Fund could make larger and/or more frequent distributions than traditional unleveraged ETFs. Because the Fund’s asset level changes frequently, these distributions could comprise a substantial portion or even all of the Fund’s net assets if the Fund distributes this income after a decline in its net assets. In addition, the Fund may be held by short-term investors and these investors may exit the Fund prior to the record date of a distribution. As a result, shareholders in the Fund on the day of a distribution may receive substantial distributions, which could lead to negative tax implications for such shareholders. Potential investors are urged to consult their own tax advisers for more detailed information.

Rules governing the federal income tax aspects of certain derivatives, including total return equity swaps, real estate-related swaps, credit default swaps and other credit derivatives are not entirely clear. Because the Fund’s status as a regulated investment company might be affected if the Internal Revenue Service did not accept the Fund’s treatment of certain transactions involving derivatives, the Fund’s ability to engage in these transactions may be limited.

Tracking Error Risk

The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs, and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. A failure to achieve a daily target may cause the Fund to provide returns for a longer period that are worse than expected. In addition,

 

 

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even though the Fund may meet its daily target for a period of time, this will not necessarily produce the returns that might be expected in light of the returns of the Index or the Fund’s benchmark for that period.

Valuation Time Risk

The Fund values its portfolio as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) (generally
4:00 P.M. Eastern time). In some cases, foreign market indices close before the NYSE opens or may not be open for business on the same calendar days as the Fund. As a result, the daily performance of the Fund can vary from the performance of the Index.

Special Risks of Exchange-Traded Funds

Not Individually Redeemable. Shares are not individually redeemable and may be redeemed by the Fund at NAV only in large blocks known as Creation Units. You may incur brokerage costs purchasing enough Shares to constitute a Creation Unit.

Trading Issues. Trading in Shares on an exchange may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of that exchange, make trading in Shares inadvisable, such as extraordinary market volatility or other reasons. There can be no assurance that Shares will continue to meet the listing requirements of the exchange on which it trades, and the listing requirements may be amended from time to time.

Market Price Variance Risk. Individual Shares of the Fund that are listed for trading on an exchange can be bought and sold in the secondary market at market prices. The market prices of Shares will fluctuate in response to changes in NAV and supply and demand for Shares. The Adviser cannot predict whether Shares will trade above, below or at their NAV. Differences between secondary market prices and NAV for Shares may be due largely to supply and demand forces in the secondary market, which forces may not be the same as those influencing prices for securities or instruments held by the Fund at a particular time. Given the fact that Shares can be created and redeemed in Creation Units, the Adviser believes that large discounts or premiums to the NAV of Shares should not be sustained. There may, however, be times when the market price and the NAV vary significantly and you may pay more than NAV when buying Shares on the secondary market, and you may receive less than NAV when you sell those Shares. The market price of Shares, like the price of any exchange-traded security, includes a “bid-ask spread” charged by the exchange specialists, market makers or other participants that trade the particular security. In times of severe market disruption, the bid-ask spread often increases significantly. This means that Shares may trade at a discount to NAV and the discount is likely to be greatest when the price of Shares is falling fastest, which may be the time that you most want to sell your Shares. The Fund’s investment results are measured based upon the daily NAV of the Fund over a period of time. Investors

purchasing and selling Shares in the secondary market may not experience investment results consistent with those experienced by those creating and redeeming directly with the Fund. There is no guarantee that an active secondary market will develop for Shares of the Fund.

Fund Performance

The Fund has not yet commenced operations; therefore, performance information is not yet available. In the future, performance information for the Fund will be presented in this section. Performance information also will be available on the Fund’s website at http://www.direxionfunds.com/products?presets=etfs&activetab=performance or by calling the Fund toll free at 1-866-476-7523.

Management

Investment Adviser

Rafferty Asset Management, LLC is the Fund’s investment adviser.

Portfolio Manager

Paul Brigandi, the Fund’s Portfolio Manager, is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund and has served in this role since the Fund’s inception.

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The Fund will issue and redeem Shares only to Authorized Participants (typically, broker-dealers) in exchange for the deposit or delivery of a basket of assets (securities and/or cash) in large blocks, known as Creation Units, each of which is comprised of 50,000 Shares. Retail investors may only purchase and sell Fund Shares on a national securities exchange through a broker-dealer. Because the Shares trade at market prices rather than NAV, Shares may trade at a price greater than NAV (premium) or less than NAV (discount).

Tax Information

The Fund intends to make distributions that may be taxed as ordinary income or long-term capital gains. Those distributions will be subject to federal income taxes and may also be subject to state and local taxes. Distributions by the Fund may be significantly higher than those of most exchange-traded funds.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund and/or the Adviser may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund

 

 

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over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

    

 

 

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DIREXION DAILY JAPAN BEAR 3X SHARES

Important Information Regarding the Fund

The Direxion Daily Japan Bear 3X Shares (“Fund”) seeks daily leveraged investment results. The pursuit of daily leveraged goals means that the Fund is riskier than alternatives that do not use leverage because the Fund’s objective is to magnify the performance of an index. The pursuit of daily leveraged investment goals means that the return of the Fund for a period longer than a full trading day may bear no resemblance to -300% of the return of its index for such longer period because the aggregate return of the Fund is the product of the series of daily leveraged returns for each trading day. The path of the benchmark during the longer period may be at least as important to the Fund’s return for the longer period as the cumulative return of the benchmark for the relevant longer period, especially in periods of market volatility. Further, the return for investors that invest for periods less than a full trading day or for a period different than a trading day will not be the product of the return of the Fund’s stated goal and the performance of the target index for the full trading day.

Investment Objective

The Fund seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 300% of the inverse (or opposite) of the performance of the MSCI Japan Index. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results and does not seek to achieve its stated investment objective over a period of time greater than one day. The Fund is different and much riskier than most exchange-traded funds.

The Fund is designed to be utilized only by knowledgeable investors who understand the potential consequences of seeking daily leveraged investment results, understand the risks associated with shorting and the use of leverage, and are willing to monitor their portfolios frequently. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results relative to the Index and is different and riskier than similarly benchmarked exchange-traded funds that do not use leverage. Therefore, the Fund is not intended to be used by, and is not appropriate for, investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy or hold shares of the Fund (“Shares”). Investors purchasing shares in the secondary market may pay costs (including customary brokerage commissions) charged by their broker.

ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES(1)

(expenses that you pay each year as a

percentage of the value of your investment)

  

  

  

Management Fees

     0.75

Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees

     0.00

Other Expenses of the Fund

     0.25

Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses

     0.13

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

     1.13

Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     0.05

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     1.08

 

(1) 

The Fund’s adviser, Rafferty Asset Management, LLC (“Rafferty” or the “Adviser”) has contractually agreed to cap all or a portion of its management fee and/or reimburse the Fund for Other Expenses through [            ], 2014, to the extent that the Fund’s Total Annual Operating Expenses exceed 0.95% (excluding, as applicable, among other expenses, taxes, leverage interest, Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses, dividends or interest on short positions, other interest expenses, brokerage commissions, expenses incurred in connection with any merger or reorganization and extraordinary expenses such as litigation). Any expense cap is subject to reimbursement by the Fund within the following three years only if overall expenses fall below these percentage limitations. This agreement may be terminated or revised at any time with the consent of the Board of Trustees.

Expense Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

 

1 Year

     3 Years
 

$110

     $354

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund, under normal circumstances, creates short positions by investing at least 80% of its assets in: futures contracts; options on securities, indices and futures contracts; equity caps, floors and collars; swap agreements; forward contracts; short positions; reverse repurchase agreements; exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”); and other financial instruments that, in combination, provide leveraged and unleveraged exposure to the MSCI

 

 

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Japan Index (“Index”). The Fund invests the remainder of its assets in short-term debt instruments that have terms-to-maturity of less than 397 days and exhibit high quality credit profiles, including U.S. government securities and repurchase agreements. The Fund does not invest in equity securities.

The Index is designed to measure the performance of the large and mid cap segments of the Japan equity market, covering approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in Japan. As of February 28, 2013, the Index has an average market capitalization of $7.3 billion and a median market capitalization of $3.4 billion.

The Fund may gain exposure to only a representative sample of the securities in the Index that have aggregate characteristics similar to those of the Index. The Fund gains this exposure by investing in a combination of financial instruments that, in combination, provide exposure to the underlying securities of the Index. The Fund seeks to remain fully invested at all times consistent with its stated goal. At the close of the markets each trading day, Rafferty positions the Fund’s portfolio so that its exposure to the Index is consistent with the Fund’s investment objective. The impact of the Index’s movements during the day will affect whether the Fund’s portfolio needs to be re-positioned. For example, if the Index has fallen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should rise, meaning that the Fund’s exposure will need to be increased. Conversely, if the Index has risen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should fall, meaning the Fund’s exposure will need to be reduced. This re-positioning strategy typically results in high portfolio turnover.

Because of daily rebalancing and the compounding of each day’s return over time, the return of the Fund for periods longer than a single day will be the result of each day’s returns compounded over the period, which will very likely differ from -300% of the return of the Index over the same period. The Fund will lose money if the Index performance is flat over time, and as a result of daily rebalancing, the Index’s volatility and the effects of compounding, it is even possible that the Fund will lose money over time while the Index’s performance decreases.

Additionally, because a significant portion of the assets of the Fund may come from investors using “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies, the Fund may further need to engage in frequent trading. The Fund will concentrate its investment in a particular industry or group of industries to approximately the same extent as the Index is so concentrated.

Principal Risks

An investment in the Fund entails risk. The Fund could lose money or its performance could trail that of other investment alternatives. The Adviser cannot guarantee that the Fund will achieve its objective. In addition, the Fund presents some risks not traditionally associated with

most mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. It is important that investors closely review all of the risks listed below and understand how these risks interrelate before making an investment in the Fund. Turbulence in financial markets and reduced liquidity in equity, credit and fixed income markets could negatively affect issuers worldwide, including the Fund. There is the risk that you could lose all or a portion of your money invested in the Fund.

Adverse Market Conditions Risk

Because the Fund magnifies the inverse performance of the Index, its performance will suffer during conditions in which the Index rises.

Adviser’s Investment Strategy Risk

The Adviser utilizes a quantitative methodology to select investments for the Fund. Although this methodology is designed to correlate the Fund’s performance with the performance of the Index, there is no assurance that such methodology will be successful and will enable the Fund to achieve its investment objective.

Cash Transaction Risk

Unlike most ETFs, the Fund currently intends to effect creations and redemptions principally for cash, rather than principally for in-kind securities, because of the nature of the financial instruments held by the Fund. As such, investments in Shares may be less tax efficient than investments in conventional ETFs.

Counterparty Risk

The Fund may invest in financial instruments involving counterparties for the purpose of attempting to gain exposure to a particular group of securities or an asset class without actually purchasing those securities or investments, or to hedge a position. These financial instruments may include swap agreements. The use of swap agreements and other counterparty instruments involves risks that are different from those associated with ordinary portfolio securities transactions. For example, the Fund bears the risk of loss of the amount expected to be received under a swap agreement in the event of the default or bankruptcy of a swap agreement counterparty. Swap agreements and other counterparty instruments also may be considered to be illiquid. In addition, the Fund may enter into swap agreements that involve a limited number of counterparties, which may increase the Fund’s exposure to counterparty credit risk. The Fund does not specifically limit its counterparty risk with respect to any single counterparty. Further, there is a risk that no suitable counterparties will be willing to enter into, or continue to enter into, transactions with the Fund and, as a result, the Fund may not be able to achieve its investment objective.

Currency Exchange Rate Risk

Changes in foreign currency exchange rates will affect the value of what the Fund owns and the Fund’s share price. Generally, when the U.S. dollar rises in value against a foreign currency, an investment in that country loses value

 

 

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because that currency is worth fewer U.S. dollars. Devaluation of a currency by a country’s government or banking authority also will have a significant impact on the value of any investments denominated in that currency. Currency markets generally are not as regulated as securities markets.

Daily Correlation Risk

There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve a high degree of correlation to the Index and therefore achieve its daily investment objective. To achieve a high degree of correlation with the Index, the Fund seeks to rebalance its portfolio daily to keep leverage consistent with its daily target. The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs and costs associated with the use of leveraged investment techniques and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. Market disruptions, regulatory restrictions or extreme volatility will also adversely affect the Fund’s ability to adjust exposure to the required levels. The Fund may not have investment exposure to all securities in its underlying Index, or its weighting of investment exposure to such stocks or industries may be different from that of the Index. In addition, the Fund may invest in securities or financial instruments not included in the underlying Index. The Fund may be subject to large movements of assets into and out of the Fund, potentially resulting in the Fund being over- or under-exposed to its Index. In addition, the target amount of portfolio exposure to the Index is impacted dynamically by the Index’s movement. Because of this, it is unlikely that the Fund will be perfectly exposed to the Index at the end of each day. The possibility of the Fund being materially over- or under-exposed to its Index increases on days when the Index is volatile near the close of the trading day. Activities surrounding annual index reconstitutions and other index rebalancing or reconstitution events may hinder the Fund’s ability to meet its daily investment objective on that day.

Derivatives Risk

The Fund uses investment techniques, including investments in derivatives such as futures and forward contracts, options and swaps, which may be considered aggressive. Investments in such derivatives are subject to market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time and may increase the volatility of the Fund. The use of derivatives may expose the Fund to additional risks that it would not be subject to if it invested directly in the securities underlying those derivatives, such as counterparty risk and the risk that the derivatives may become illiquid. The use of derivatives may result in larger losses or smaller gains than otherwise would be the case. Additionally, with respect to the use of swap agreements, if the Index has a dramatic intraday move in value that causes a material decline in the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”), the terms of the swap agreement between the Fund and its counterparty may allow the counterparty to immediately close out of the transaction with the Fund. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to enter

into another swap agreement or invest in other derivatives to achieve the desired exposure consistent with the Fund’s daily investment objective. This may prevent the Fund from achieving its daily investment objective particularly if the Index reverses all or a portion of its intraday move by the end of the day. In addition, the Fund’s investments in derivatives, as of the date of this Prospectus, are subject to the following risks:

Futures and Forward Contracts. There may be an imperfect correlation between the changes in market value of the securities held by the Fund and the prices of futures contracts. There may not be a liquid secondary market for the futures contracts. Forward currency transactions include the risks associated with fluctuations in currency.

Options. There may be an imperfect correlation between the prices of options and movements in the price of the securities (or indices) hedged or used for cover, which may cause a given hedge not to achieve its objective.

Swap Agreements. Interest rate swaps are subject to interest rate and credit risk. Total return swaps are subject to counterparty risk, which relates to credit risk of the counterparty and liquidity risk of the swaps themselves.

Early Close/Trading Halt Risk

An exchange or market may close or issue trading halts on specific securities, or the ability to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments may be restricted, which may result in the Fund being unable to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to rebalance its portfolio, may be unable to accurately price its investments and/or may incur substantial trading losses.

Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk

The Fund does not attempt to, and should not be expected to, provide returns which are a multiple of the return of the Index for periods other than a single day. The Fund rebalances its portfolio on a daily basis, increasing exposure in response to that day’s gains or reducing exposure in response to that day’s losses. This means that for a period longer than one day, the pursuit of daily goals may result in daily leveraged compounding. It also means that the return of an index over a period of time greater than one day multiplied by the Fund’s daily target (-300%) generally will not equal the Fund’s performance over that same period.

As a result, over time, the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the value of the Fund’s portfolio may diverge significantly from the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the multiple of the return of the Fund’s underlying index due to the compounding effect of losses and gains on the returns of the Fund. It also is expected that the Fund’s use of leverage will cause the

 

 

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Fund to underperform the return of three times its benchmark in a trendless or flat market.

The effect of compounding becomes more pronounced on the Fund’s performance as the Index experiences volatility. The Index’s volatility rate is a statistical measure of the magnitude of fluctuations in the returns of the Index. The table below provides examples of how Index volatility could affect the Fund’s performance. The chart shows estimated Fund returns for a number of combinations of performance and volatility over a one-year period and is shown to illustrate how holding the Fund for a period longer than one day may negatively impact investment return. As shown below, this Fund, or any other 3X Bear Fund, would be expected to lose 31.3% (as shown in Table 1 below) if its Index provided no return over a one year period during which the Index experienced annualized volatility of 25%. If the Index’s annualized volatility were to rise to 75%, the hypothetical loss for a one year period for the Fund widens to approximately 96.6%.

At higher ranges of volatility, there is a chance of a near complete loss of value even if the Index is flat. For instance, if the Index’s annualized volatility is 100%, the Fund would be expected to lose approximately 100% of its value, even if the cumulative Index return for the year was only 0%.

Table 1

 

One

Year

Index

   -300%
One
Year
Index
    Volatility Rate  

Return

   Return     10%     25%     50%     75%     100%  

-60%

     180     1371.5     973.9     248.6     -46.5     -96.1

-50%

     150     653.4     449.8     78.5     -72.6     -98.0

-40%

     120     336.0     218.2     3.3     -84.2     -98.9

-30%

     90     174.6     100.4     -34.9     -90.0     -99.3

-20%

     60     83.9     34.2     -56.4     -93.3     -99.5

-10%

     30     29.2     -5.7     -69.4     -95.3     -99.7

   0%

     0     -5.8     -31.3     -77.7     -96.6     -99.8

 10%

     -30     -29.2     -48.4     -83.2     -97.4     -99.8

 20%

     -60     -45.5     -60.2     -87.1     -98.0     -99.9

 30%

     -90     -57.1     -68.7     -89.8     -98.4     -99.9

 40%

     -120     -65.7     -75.0     -91.9     -98.8     -99.9

 50%

     -150     -72.1     -79.6     -93.4     -99.0     -99.9

 60%

     -180     -77.0     -83.2     -94.6     -99.2     -99.9

The Index’s annualized historical volatility rate for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. The Index’s highest volatility rate for any one calendar year during the five-year period is [    ]% and volatility for a shorter period of time may have been substantially higher. The Index’s annualized performance for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. Historical Index volatility and performance are not indications of

what the Index volatility and performance will be in the future.

For additional graphs and charts demonstrating the effects of volatility and index performance on the long-term performance of the Fund, see “Additional Information Regarding Investment Techniques and Policies” and “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” in the Fund’s statutory prospectus, and “Special Note Regarding the Correlation Risks of the Funds” in the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information.

Holding an unmanaged position opens the investor to the risk of market volatility adversely affecting the performance of the investment. The Fund is not appropriate for investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios. This table is intended to underscore the fact that the Fund is designed as a short-term trading vehicle for investors who intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

To fully understand the risks of market volatility on the Fund, see “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” found in the statutory prospectus.

Foreign Securities Risk

Indirectly investing in foreign instruments may involve greater risks than investing in domestic instruments. As a result, the Fund’s returns and NAVs may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates, interest rates, political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements in other countries. The laws and accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards in foreign countries typically are not as strict as they are in the U.S., and there may be less public information available about foreign companies.

Gain Limitation Risk

If the Fund’s benchmark moves more than 33% on a given trading day in a direction adverse to the Fund, you would lose all of your money. Rafferty will attempt to position the Fund’s portfolio to ensure that the Fund does not lose more than 90% of its NAV on a given day. The cost of such downside protection will be limitations on the Fund’s gains. As a consequence, the Fund’s portfolio may not be responsive to Index losses beyond 30% in a given day. For example, if the Index were to lose 35%, the Fund might be limited to a daily gain of 90% rather than 105%, which is -300% of the Index loss of 35%.

Geographic Concentration Risk

Investments in a particular country or geographic region may be particularly susceptible to political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements. As a result, the Fund may be more volatile than a more geographically diversified fund.

 

 

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High Portfolio Turnover Risk

Daily rebalancing of the Fund’s holdings pursuant to its daily investment objective causes a much greater number of portfolio transactions when compared to most exchange-traded funds. Such frequent and active trading leads to significantly higher transaction costs because of increased broker commissions resulting from such transactions. In addition, there is the possibility of significantly increased capital gains, including short-term and/or long-term capital gains that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income. The Fund calculates portfolio turnover without including the short term cash instruments or derivative transactions that comprise the majority of the Fund’s trading. As such, if the Fund’s extensive use of derivative instruments were reflected, the calculated portfolio turnover rate would be significantly higher.

Intra-Day Investment Risk

The Fund seeks leveraged investment results from the close of the market on a given trading day until the close of the market on the subsequent trading day. The exact exposure of an investment in the Fund intraday in the secondary market is a function of the difference between the value of the Index at the market close on the first trading day and the value of the Index at the time of purchase. The Fund’s gains occur as its market exposure declines and its losses are accompanied by increases in market exposure. If the Index declines, the Fund’s net assets will rise by an amount equal to the decline in the Fund’s exposure. Conversely, if the Index rises the Fund’s net assets will decline by the same amount as the increase in the Fund’s exposure. As an example (using simplified numbers), if the Fund had $100 in net assets at the market close, it would seek -$300 of exposure to the next trading day’s Index performance. If the Index declined by 1% by noon the following trading day, the exposure of the Fund will fall by 1% to -$297 and the net assets will rise by $3 to $103. With net assets of $103 and exposure of -$297, a purchaser at that point would be receiving -288% exposure of her investment instead of -300%

Inverse Correlation Risk

Shareholders should lose money when the Index rises, which is a result that is the opposite from traditional funds.

Japanese Securities Risk

Investment in securities of Japanese issuers involves risks that may be greater than if the Fund’s investments were more geographically diverse. The Japanese economy has recently emerged from a prolonged economic downturn. Since 2000, Japan’s economic growth rate has remained relatively low. Its economy is characterized by government intervention and protectionism, an unstable financial services sector and relatively high unemployment. Japan’s economy is heavily dependent on international trade and has been adversely affected by trade tariffs and competition from emerging economies. As such, economic growth is heavily dependent on continued growth in international trade, government support of the financial

services sector, among other troubled sectors, and consistent government policy. Any changes or trends in these economic factors could have a significant impact on Japan’s economy overall and may negatively affect the Fund’s investment. Japan’s economy is also closely tied to its two largest trading partners, the U.S. and China. Economic volatility in either nation may create volatility for Japan’s economy as well. Additionally, as China has increased its role with Japan as a trading partner, political tensions between the countries has become strained. Any increase or decrease in such tension may have consequences for investment in Japanese issuers.

Leverage Risk

If you invest in the Fund, you are exposed to the risk that an increase in the daily performance of the Index will be leveraged. This means that your investment in the Fund will be reduced by an amount equal to 3% for every 1% daily increase, not including the cost of financing the portfolio and the impact of operating expenses, which would further lower your investment. The Fund could theoretically lose an amount greater than its net assets in the event of an Index increase of more than 33%. Further, purchasing shares during a day may result in greater than -300% exposure to the performance of the Index if the Index rises between the close of the markets on one trading day and before the close of the markets on the next trading day.

To fully understand the risks of using leverage in the Fund, see “Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk” above.

Liquidity Risk

Some securities held by the Fund, including derivatives, may be difficult to sell or illiquid, particularly during times of market turmoil. Illiquid securities also may be difficult to value. If the Fund is forced to sell an illiquid security at an unfavorable time or at a price that is lower than Rafferty’s judgment of the security’s true market value, the Fund may be forced to sell the security at a loss. Such a situation may prevent the Fund from limiting losses, realizing gains or achieving a high correlation with the Index.

Market Risk

The Fund is subject to market risks that can affect the value of its shares. These risks include political, regulatory, market and economic developments, including developments that impact specific economic sectors, industries or segments of the market.

Market Timing Risk

Rafferty expects a significant portion of the assets of the Fund to come from professional money managers and investors who use the Funds as part of “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies. These strategies often call for frequent trading which may lead to increased portfolio turnover, higher transaction costs, and the possibility of increased capital gains, including short-

 

 

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term and/or long-term capital gain that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income.

Mid Capitalization Company Risk

Investing in the securities of mid capitalization companies, and securities that provide exposure to mid capitalization companies, involves greater risks and the possibility of greater price volatility than investing in more-established, larger capitalization companies. Mid capitalization companies often have narrower markets for their goods and/or services and more limited managerial and financial resources than larger, more established companies. Furthermore, those companies often have limited product lines, services, markets, financial resources or are dependent on a small management group. In addition, because these stocks are not well-known to the investing public, do not have significant institutional ownership and are followed by relatively few security analysts, there will normally be less publicly available information concerning these securities compared to what is available for the securities of larger companies. Adverse publicity and investor perceptions, whether based on fundamental analysis, can decrease the value and liquidity of securities held by the Fund. As a result, their performance can be more volatile and they face greater risk of business failure, which could increase the volatility of the Fund’s portfolio.

Non-Diversification Risk

The Fund is non-diversified, which means it invests a high percentage of its assets in a limited number of securities. A non-diversified fund’s NAV and total return may fluctuate more or fall greater in times of weaker markets than a conventional diversified fund.

Regulatory Risk

The Fund is subject to the risk that a change in U.S. law and related regulations will impact the way the Fund operates, increase the particular costs of the Fund’s operations and/or change the competitive landscape.

Risks of Investing in Other Investment Companies (including ETFs)

Investments in the securities of other investment companies, including ETFs, may involve duplication of advisory fees and certain other expenses. Fund shareholders indirectly bear the Fund’s proportionate share of the fees and expenses indirectly paid by shareholders of the other investment company or ETF, in addition to the fees and expenses Fund shareholders bear in connection with the Fund’s own operations. The Fund’s performance may be magnified positively or negatively by virtue of its investment in other investment companies. If the investment company or ETF fails to achieve its investment objective, the value of the Fund’s investment will decline, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance. In addition, closed end investment company and ETF shares potentially may trade at a discount or a premium and are subject to brokerage and other trading costs, which could result in greater expenses to the Fund. Finally, because the value of ETF shares depends on the demand in the market,

the Adviser may not be able to liquidate the Fund’s holdings in those shares at the most optimal time, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance.

Shorting Risk

The Fund may engage in short sales designed to earn the Fund a profit from the decline in the price of particular securities, baskets of securities or indices. However, there is a risk that the Fund will experience a loss as a result of engaging in these short sales.

Tax and Distribution Risk

The Fund has extremely high portfolio turnover which causes the Fund to generate significant amounts of taxable income. This income is typically short-term capital gain, which is generally treated as ordinary income when distributed to shareholders, or short-term capital loss. The Fund rarely generates long-term capital gain or loss. The Fund will generally need to distribute net short-term capital gain to satisfy certain tax requirements. As a result of the Fund’s high portfolio turnover, the Fund could make larger and/or more frequent distributions than traditional unleveraged ETFs. Because the Fund’s asset level changes frequently, these distributions could comprise a substantial portion or even all of the Fund’s net assets if the Fund distributes this income after a decline in its net assets. In addition, the Fund may be held by short-term investors and these investors may exit the Fund prior to the record date of a distribution. As a result, shareholders in the Fund on the day of a distribution may receive substantial distributions, which could lead to negative tax implications for such shareholders. Potential investors are urged to consult their own tax advisers for more detailed information.

Rules governing the federal income tax aspects of certain derivatives, including total return equity swaps, real estate-related swaps, credit default swaps and other credit derivatives are not entirely clear. Because the Fund’s status as a regulated investment company might be affected if the Internal Revenue Service did not accept the Fund’s treatment of certain transactions involving derivatives, the Fund’s ability to engage in these transactions may be limited.

Tracking Error Risk

The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs, and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. A failure to achieve a daily target may cause the Fund to provide returns for a longer period that are worse than expected. In addition, even though the Fund may meet its daily target for a period of time, this will not necessarily produce the returns that might be expected in light of the returns of the Index or the Fund’s benchmark for that period.

Valuation Time Risk

The Fund values its portfolio as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”)

 

 

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(generally 4:00 P.M. Eastern time). In some cases, foreign market indices close before the NYSE opens or may not be open for business on the same calendar days as the Fund. As a result, the daily performance of the Fund can vary from the performance of the Index.

Special Risks of Exchange-Traded Funds

Not Individually Redeemable. Shares are not individually redeemable and may be redeemed by the Fund at NAV only in large blocks known as Creation Units. You may incur brokerage costs purchasing enough Shares to constitute a Creation Unit.

Trading Issues. Trading in Shares on an exchange may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of that exchange, make trading in Shares inadvisable, such as extraordinary market volatility or other reasons. There can be no assurance that Shares will continue to meet the listing requirements of the exchange on which it trades, and the listing requirements may be amended from time to time.

Market Price Variance Risk. Individual Shares of the Fund that are listed for trading on an exchange can be bought and sold in the secondary market at market prices. The market prices of Shares will fluctuate in response to changes in NAV and supply and demand for Shares. The Adviser cannot predict whether Shares will trade above, below or at their NAV. Differences between secondary market prices and NAV for Shares may be due largely to supply and demand forces in the secondary market, which forces may not be the same as those influencing prices for securities or instruments held by the Fund at a particular time. Given the fact that Shares can be created and redeemed in Creation Units, the Adviser believes that large discounts or premiums to the NAV of Shares should not be sustained. There may, however, be times when the market price and the NAV vary significantly and you may pay more than NAV when buying Shares on the secondary market, and you may receive less than NAV when you sell those Shares. The market price of Shares, like the price of any exchange-traded security, includes a “bid-ask spread” charged by the exchange specialists, market makers or other participants that trade the particular security. In times of severe market disruption, the bid-ask spread often increases significantly. This means that Shares may trade at a discount to NAV and the discount is likely to be greatest when the price of Shares is falling fastest, which may be the time that you most want to sell your Shares. The Fund’s investment results are measured based upon the daily NAV of the Fund over a period of time. Investors purchasing and selling Shares in the secondary market may not experience investment results consistent with those experienced by those creating and redeeming directly with the Fund. There is no guarantee that an active secondary market will develop for Shares of the Fund.

Fund Performance

The Fund has not yet commenced operations; therefore, performance information is not yet available. In the future, performance information for the Fund will be presented in this section. Performance information also will be available on the Fund’s website at http://www.direxionfunds.com/products?presets=etfs&activetab=performance or by calling the Fund toll free at 1-866-476-7523.

Management

Investment Adviser

Rafferty Asset Management, LLC is the Fund’s investment adviser.

Portfolio Manager

Paul Brigandi, the Fund’s Portfolio Manager, is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund and has served in this role since the Fund’s inception.

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The Fund will issue and redeem Shares in exchange for cash only to Authorized Participants in large blocks, known as Creation Units, each of which is comprised of 50,000 Shares. Retail investors may only purchase and sell Fund Shares on a national securities exchange through a broker-dealer. Because the Shares trade at market prices rather than NAV, Shares may trade at a price greater than NAV (premium) or less than NAV (discount).

Tax Information

The Fund intends to make distributions that may be taxed as ordinary income or long-term capital gains. Those distributions will be subject to federal income taxes and may also be subject to state and local taxes. Distributions by the Fund may be significantly higher than those of most exchange-traded funds.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund and/or the Adviser may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

 

 

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DIREXION DAILY MEXICO BULL 3X SHARES

Important Information Regarding the Fund

The Direxion Daily Mexico Bull 3X Shares (“Fund”) seeks daily leveraged investment results. The pursuit of daily leveraged goals means that the Fund is riskier than alternatives that do not use leverage because the Fund’s objective is to magnify the performance of an index. The pursuit of daily leveraged investment goals means that the return of the Fund for a period longer than a full trading day may bear no resemblance to 300% of the return of its index for such longer period because the aggregate return of the Fund is the product of the series of daily leveraged returns for each trading day. The path of the benchmark during the longer period may be at least as important to the Fund’s return for the longer period as the cumulative return of the benchmark for the relevant longer period, especially in periods of market volatility. Further, the return for investors that invest for periods less than a full trading day or for a period different than a trading day will not be the product of the return of the Fund’s stated goal and the performance of the target index for the full trading day.

Investment Objective

The Fund seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 300% of the performance of the MSCI Mexico IMI 25/50 Index. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results and does not seek to achieve its stated investment objective over a period of time greater than one day. The Fund is different and much riskier than most exchange-traded funds.

The Fund is designed to be utilized only by knowledgeable investors who understand the potential consequences of seeking daily leveraged investment results, understand the risks associated with the use of leverage and are willing to monitor their portfolios frequently. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results relative to the Index and is different and riskier than similarly benchmarked exchange-traded funds that do not use leverage. Therefore, the Fund is not intended to be used by, and is not appropriate for, investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy or hold shares of the Fund (“Shares”). Investors purchasing shares in the secondary market may pay costs (including customary brokerage commissions) charged by their broker.

ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES(1)

(expenses that you pay each year as a

percentage of the value of your investment)

  

Management Fees

     0.75

Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees

     0.00

Other Expenses of the Fund

     0.25

Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses

     0.15

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

     1.15

Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     0.05

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     1.10

 

(1) 

The Fund’s adviser, Rafferty Asset Management, LLC (“Rafferty” or the “Adviser”) has contractually agreed to cap all or a portion of its management fee and/or reimburse the Fund for Other Expenses through [            ], 2014, to the extent that the Fund’s Total Annual Operating Expenses exceed 0.95% (excluding, as applicable, among other expenses, taxes, leverage interest, Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses, dividends or interest on short positions, other interest expenses, brokerage commissions, expenses incurred in connection with any merger or reorganization and extraordinary expenses such as litigation). Any expense cap is subject to reimbursement by the Fund within the following three years only if overall expenses fall below these percentage limitations. This agreement may be terminated or revised at any time with the consent of the Board of Trustees.

Expense Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

 

1 Year

     3 Years
 

$112

     $360

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund, under normal circumstances, creates long positions by investing at least 80% of its assets in the securities that comprise the MSCI Mexico IMI 25/50 Index (“Index”) and/or financial instruments that provide leveraged and unleveraged exposure to the Index. These financial instruments include: futures contracts; options on securities, indices and futures contracts; equity caps, floors and collars; swap agreements; forward contracts; short

 

 

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positions; reverse repurchase agreements; exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”); and other financial instruments. On a day-to-day basis, the Fund also may hold short-term debt instruments that have terms-to-maturity of less than 397 days and exhibit high quality credit profiles, including U.S. government securities and repurchase agreements.

Mexico is considered an “emerging market,” as that term is defined by the index provider. The determination that Mexico is an “emerging market” is based on it being an economy that is in the initial stages of industrialization and has been historically marked by low per capita income and lack of capital market transparency, but appears to be implementing political and/or market reforms resulting in greater capital market transparency, increased access for foreign investors and generally improved economic conditions. Emerging markets have the potential for significantly higher or lower rates of return and carry greater risks than more developed economies.

The Index is designed to measure the performance of the large, mid and small cap segments of the Mexican equity market, covering approximately 99% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in Mexico. As of February 28, 2013, the Index has an average market capitalization of $4.9 billion and a median market capitalization of $2.5 billion. Additionally, as of February 28, 2013, the Index is concentrated in the consumer staples sector, but this concentration may change in the future based on the Index’s methodology and the varying nature of Mexico’s economy.

The Index applies certain screens and weightings to take into account the investment limits placed on regulated investment companies (“RICs”) under federal tax regulations. One such requirement is that at the end of each quarter of a RIC’s tax year, no more than 25% of its assets may be invested in a single issuer and the sum of the weights of all issuers representing more than 5% of the RIC should not exceed 50% of its total assets. The Index aims to reflect these requirements in the selection and weighting of its component securities.

The Fund may gain exposure to only a representative sample of the securities in the Index that have aggregate characteristics similar to those of the Index. The Fund gains this exposure either by directly investing in the underlying securities of the Index or by investing in derivatives that provide exposure to those securities. The Fund seeks to remain fully invested at all times consistent with its stated goal. At the close of the markets each trading day, Rafferty positions the Fund’s portfolio so that its exposure to the Index is consistent with the Fund’s investment objective. The impact of the Index’s movements during the day will affect whether the Fund’s portfolio needs to be re-positioned. For example, if the Index has risen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should rise, meaning that the Fund’s exposure will need to be increased. Conversely, if the Index has fallen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should fall, meaning the

Fund’s exposure will need to be reduced. This re-positioning strategy typically results in high portfolio turnover.

Because of daily rebalancing and the compounding of each day’s return over time, the return of the Fund for periods longer than a single day will be the result of each day’s returns compounded over the period, which will very likely differ from 300% of the return of the Index over the same period. The Fund will lose money if the Index performance is flat over time, and as a result of daily rebalancing, the Index’s volatility and the effects of compounding, it is even possible that the Fund will lose money over time while the Index’s performance increases.

Additionally, because a significant portion of the assets of the Fund may come from investors using “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies, the Fund may further need to engage in frequent trading. The Fund will concentrate its investment in a particular industry or group of industries to approximately the same extent as the Index is so concentrated.

Principal Risks

An investment in the Fund entails risk. The Fund could lose money or its performance could trail that of other investment alternatives. The Adviser cannot guarantee that the Fund will achieve its objective. In addition, the Fund presents some risks not traditionally associated with most mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. It is important that investors closely review all of the risks listed below and understand how these risks interrelate before making an investment in the Fund. Turbulence in financial markets and reduced liquidity in equity, credit and fixed income markets could negatively affect issuers worldwide, including the Fund. There is the risk that you could lose all or a portion of your money invested in the Fund.

Adverse Market Conditions Risk

Because the Fund magnifies the performance of the Index, its performance will suffer during conditions in which the Index declines.

Adviser’s Investment Strategy Risk

The Adviser utilizes a quantitative methodology to select investments for the Fund. Although this methodology is designed to correlate the Fund’s performance with the performance of the Index, there is no assurance that such methodology will be successful and will enable the Fund to achieve its investment objective.

Concentration Risk

The Index is concentrated in the consumer staples sector, however, in the future, the Index concentration may change. The Fund will concentrate its investments in a particular industry or group of industries to approximately the same extent as the Index is so concentrated. The performance of the Fund may be more volatile than a fund

 

 

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that does not concentrate its investments in a specific industry or group of industries. The Fund also may be more susceptible to any single economic market, political or regulatory occurrence affecting that industry or group of industries. However, the Fund only may concentrate its investments (i.e., hold 25% or more of its total assets in the stocks of a particular industry or group of industries) to approximately the same extent that its underlying index concentrates in the stocks of a particular industry or group of industries. For purposes of this limitation, securities of the U.S. Government (including its agencies and instrumentalities), repurchase agreements collateralized by U.S. Government securities, and securities of state or municipal governments and their political subdivisions are not considered to be issued by members of any industry.

Consumer Staples Sector Risk

The Fund currently focuses its investments in securities issued by, and/or has exposure to, companies in the consumer staples sector. The consumer staples sector may be affected by the permissibility of using various food additives and production methods, changing consumer tastes, marketing campaigns and other factors affecting consumer demand. In particular, tobacco companies may be adversely affected by new laws, regulations and litigation. The consumer staples sector may also be adversely affected by changes or trends in commodity prices, which may be influenced or characterized by unpredictable factors.

Counterparty Risk

The Fund may invest in financial instruments involving counterparties for the purpose of attempting to gain exposure to a particular group of securities or an asset class without actually purchasing those securities or investments, or to hedge a position. These financial instruments may include swap agreements. The use of swap agreements and other counterparty instruments involves risks that are different from those associated with ordinary portfolio securities transactions. For example, the Fund bears the risk of loss of the amount expected to be received under a swap agreement in the event of the default or bankruptcy of a swap agreement counterparty. Swap agreements and other counterparty instruments also may be considered to be illiquid. In addition, the Fund may enter into swap agreements that involve a limited number of counterparties, which may increase the Fund’s exposure to counterparty credit risk. The Fund does not specifically limit its counterparty risk with respect to any single counterparty. Further, there is a risk that no suitable counterparties will be willing to enter into, or continue to enter into, transactions with the Fund and, as a result, the Fund may not be able to achieve its investment objective.

Currency Exchange Rate Risk

Changes in foreign currency exchange rates will affect the value of what the Fund owns and the Fund’s share price. Generally, when the U.S. dollar rises in value against a foreign currency, an investment in that country loses value because that currency is worth fewer U.S. dollars.

Devaluation of a currency by a country’s government or banking authority also will have a significant impact on the value of any investments denominated in that currency. Currency markets generally are not as regulated as securities markets.

Daily Correlation Risk

There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve a high degree of correlation to the Index and therefore achieve its daily investment objective. To achieve a high degree of correlation with the Index, the Fund seeks to rebalance its portfolio daily to keep leverage consistent with its daily target. The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs and costs associated with the use of leveraged investment techniques and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. Market disruptions, regulatory restrictions or extreme volatility will also adversely affect the Fund’s ability to adjust exposure to the required levels. The Fund may not have investment exposure to all securities in its underlying Index, or its weighting of investment exposure to such stocks or industries may be different from that of the Index. In addition, the Fund may invest in securities or financial instruments not included in the underlying Index. The Fund may be subject to large movements of assets into and out of the Fund, potentially resulting in the Fund being over- or under-exposed to its Index. In addition, the target amount of portfolio exposure to the Index is impacted dynamically by the Index’s movement. Because of this, it is unlikely that the Fund will be perfectly exposed to the Index at the end of each day. The possibility of the Fund being materially over- or under-exposed to its Index increases on days when the Index is volatile near the close of the trading day. Activities surrounding annual index reconstitutions and other index rebalancing or reconstitution events may hinder the Fund’s ability to meet its daily investment objective on that day.

Depositary Receipt Risk

To the extent the Fund seeks exposure to foreign companies, the Fund’s investments may be in the form of depositary receipts or other securities convertible into securities of foreign issuers, including American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”), European Depositary Receipts (“EDRs”), and Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”). While the use of ADRs, EDRs and GDRs, which are traded on exchanges and represent and ownership in a foreign security, provide an alternative to directly purchasing the underlying foreign securities in their respective national markets and currencies, investments in ADRs, EDRs, and GDRs continue to be subject to certain of the risks associated with investing directly in foreign securities.

Derivatives Risk

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market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time and may increase the volatility of the Fund. The use of derivatives may expose the Fund to additional risks that it would not be subject to if it invested directly in the securities underlying those derivatives, such as counterparty risk and the risk that the derivatives may become illiquid. The use of derivatives may result in larger losses or smaller gains than otherwise would be the case. Additionally, with respect to the use of swap agreements, if the Index has a dramatic intraday move in value that causes a material decline in the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”), the terms of the swap agreement between the Fund and its counterparty may allow the counterparty to immediately close out of the transaction with the Fund. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to enter into another swap agreement or invest in other derivatives to achieve the desired exposure consistent with the Fund’s daily investment objective. This may prevent the Fund from achieving its daily investment objective particularly if the Index reverses all or a portion of its intraday move by the end of the day. In addition, the Fund’s investments in derivatives, as of the date of this Prospectus, are subject to the following risks:

Futures and Forward Contracts. There may be an imperfect correlation between the changes in market value of the securities held by the Fund and the prices of futures contracts. There may not be a liquid secondary market for the futures contracts. Forward currency transactions include the risks associated with fluctuations in currency.

Options. There may be an imperfect correlation between the prices of options and movements in the price of the securities (or indices) hedged or used for cover, which may cause a given hedge not to achieve its objective.

Swap Agreements. Interest rate swaps are subject to interest rate and credit risk. Total return swaps are subject to counterparty risk, which relates to credit risk of the counterparty and liquidity risk of the swaps themselves.

Early Close/Trading Halt Risk

An exchange or market may close or issue trading halts on specific securities, or the ability to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments may be restricted, which may result in the Fund being unable to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to rebalance its portfolio, may be unable to accurately price its investments and/or may incur substantial trading losses.

Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk

The Fund does not attempt to, and should not be expected to, provide returns which are a multiple of the return of the Index for periods other than a single day. The Fund rebalances its portfolio on a daily basis, increasing exposure in response to that day’s gains or reducing

exposure in response to that day’s losses. This means that for a period longer than one day, the pursuit of daily goals may result in daily leveraged compounding. It also means that the return of an index over a period of time greater than one day multiplied by the Fund’s daily target (300%) generally will not equal the Fund’s performance over that same period.

As a result, over time, the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the value of the Fund’s portfolio may diverge significantly from the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the multiple of the return of the Fund’s underlying index due to the compounding effect of losses and gains on the returns of the Fund. It also is expected that the Fund’s use of leverage will cause the Fund to underperform the return of three times its benchmark in a trendless or flat market.

The effect of compounding becomes more pronounced on the Fund’s performance as the Index experiences volatility. The Index’s volatility rate is a statistical measure of the magnitude of fluctuations in the returns of the Index. The table below provides examples of how Index volatility could affect the Fund’s performance. The chart shows estimated Fund returns for a number of combinations of performance and volatility over a one-year period and is shown to illustrate how holding the Fund for a period longer than one day may negatively impact investment return. As shown below, this Fund, or any other 3X Bull Fund, would be expected to lose 17.1% (as shown in Table 1 below) if its Index provided no return over a one year period during which the Index experienced annualized volatility of 25%. If the Index’s annualized volatility were to rise to 75%, the hypothetical loss for a one year period for the Fund widens to approximately 81.5%.

At higher ranges of volatility, there is a chance of a near complete loss of value even if the Index is flat. For instance, if the Index’s annualized volatility is 100%, the Fund would be expected to lose 95% of its value, even if the cumulative Index return for the year was only 0%.

 

 

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Table 1

 

One

Year

Index

   300%
One
Year
Index
    Volatility Rate  

Return

   Return     10%     25%     50%     75%     100%  

-60%

     -180     -93.8     -94.7     -97.0     -98.8     -99.7

-50%

     -150     -87.9     -89.6     -94.1     -97.7     -99.4

-40%

     -120     -79.0     -82.1     -89.8     -96.0     -98.9

-30%

     -90     -66.7     -71.6     -83.8     -93.7     -98.3

-20%

     -60     -50.3     -57.6     -75.8     -90.5     -97.5

-10%

     -30     -29.3     -39.6     -65.6     -86.5     -96.4

   0%

     0     -3.0     -17.1     -52.8     -81.5     -95.0

 10%

     30     29.2     10.3     -37.1     -75.4     -93.4

 20%

     60     67.7     43.3     -18.4     -68.0     -91.4

 30%

     90     113.2     82.1     3.8     -59.4     -89.1

 40%

     120     166.3     127.5     29.6     -49.2     -86.3

 50%

     150     227.5     179.8     59.4     -37.6     -83.2

 60%

     180     297.5     239.6     93.5     -24.2     -79.6

The Index’s annualized historical volatility rate for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. The Index’s highest volatility rate for any one calendar year during the five-year period is [    ]% and volatility for a shorter period of time may have been substantially higher. The Index’s annualized performance for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. Historical Index volatility and performance are not indications of what the Index volatility and performance will be in the future.

For additional graphs and charts demonstrating the effects of volatility and index performance on the long-term performance of the Fund, see “Additional Information Regarding Investment Techniques and Policies” and “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” in the Fund’s statutory prospectus, and “Special Note Regarding the Correlation Risks of the Funds” in the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information.

Holding an unmanaged position opens the investor to the risk of market volatility adversely affecting the performance of the investment. The Fund is not appropriate for investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios. This table is intended to underscore the fact that the Fund is designed as a short-term trading vehicle for investors who intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

To fully understand the risks of market volatility on the Fund, see “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” found in the statutory prospectus.

Emerging Markets Risk

Indirectly investing in emerging markets instruments involve greater risks than indirectly investing in foreign instruments in general. Risks of investing in emerging market countries include: political or social upheaval; nationalization of businesses; restrictions on foreign ownership; prohibitions on the repatriation of assets; and risks from an economy’s dependence on revenues from particular commodities or industries. In addition, currency transfer restrictions, limited potential buyers for such instruments, delays and disruption in settlement procedures and illiquidity or low volumes of transactions may make exits difficult or impossible at times.

Equity Securities Risk

Investments in publicly issued equity securities and securities that provide exposure to equity securities, including common stocks, in general are subject to market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time. Fluctuations in the value of equity securities in which the Fund invests will cause the NAV of the Fund to fluctuate.

Foreign Securities Risk

Indirectly investing in foreign instruments may involve greater risks than investing in domestic instruments. As a result, the Fund’s returns and NAVs may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates, interest rates, political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements in other countries. The laws and accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards in foreign countries typically are not as strict as they are in the U.S., and there may be less public information available about foreign companies.

Gain Limitation Risk

If the Fund’s benchmark moves more than 33% on a given trading day in a direction adverse to the Fund, you would lose all of your money. Rafferty will attempt to position the Fund’s portfolio to ensure that the Fund does not lose more than 90% of its NAV on a given day. The cost of such downside protection will be limitations on the Fund’s gains. As a consequence, the Fund’s portfolio may not be responsive to Index gains beyond 30% in a given day. For example, if the Index were to gain 35%, the Fund might be limited to a daily gain of 90% rather than 105%, which is 300% of the Index gain of 35%.

Geographic Concentration Risk

Investments in a particular country or geographic region may be particularly susceptible to political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements. As a result, the Fund may be more volatile than a more geographically diversified fund.

High Portfolio Turnover Risk

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increased broker commissions resulting from such transactions. In addition, there is the possibility of significantly increased capital gains, including short-term and/or long-term capital gains that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income. The Fund calculates portfolio turnover without including the short term cash instruments or derivative transactions that comprise the majority of the Fund’s trading. As such, if the Fund’s extensive use of derivative instruments were reflected, the calculated portfolio turnover rate would be significantly higher.

Intra-Day Investment Risk

The Fund seeks leveraged investment results from the close of the market on a given trading day until the close of the market on the subsequent trading day. The exact exposure of an investment in the Fund intraday in the secondary market is a function of the difference between the value of the Index at the market close on the first trading day and the value of the Index at the time of purchase. If the Index gains value, the Fund’s net assets will rise by the same amount as the Fund’s exposure. Conversely, if the Index declines, the Fund’s net assets will decline by the same amount as the Fund’s exposure. Since a Fund starts each trading day with exposure which is 300% of its net assets, a change in both the exposure and the net assets of the Fund by the same absolute amount results in a change in the comparative relationship of the two. As an example (using simplified numbers), if the Fund had $100 in net assets at the market close, it would seek $300 of exposure to the next trading day’s Index performance. If the Index rose by 1% by noon the following trading day, the exposure of the Fund will have risen by 1% to $303 and the net assets will have risen by that $3 gain to $103. With net assets of $103 and exposure of $303, a purchaser at that point would be receiving 294% exposure of her investment instead of 300%.

Leverage Risk

If you invest in the Fund, you are exposed to the risk that a decline in the daily performance of the Index will be leveraged. This means that your investment in the Fund will be reduced by an amount equal to 3% for every 1% daily decline, not including the cost of financing the portfolio and the impact of operating expenses, which would further lower your investment. The Fund could theoretically lose an amount greater than its net assets in the event of an Index decline of more than 33%. Further, purchasing shares during a day may result in greater than 300% exposure to the performance of the Index if the Index declines between the close of the markets on one trading day and before the close of the markets on the next trading day.

To fully understand the risks of using leverage in the Fund, see “Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk” above.

Liquidity Risk

Some securities held by the Fund, including derivatives, may be difficult to sell or illiquid, particularly during times of market turmoil. Illiquid securities also may be difficult to value. If the Fund is forced to sell an illiquid security at an unfavorable time or at a price that is lower than Rafferty’s judgment of the security’s true market value, the Fund may be forced to sell the security at a loss. Such a situation may prevent the Fund from limiting losses, realizing gains or achieving a high correlation with the Index.

Market Risk

The Fund is subject to market risks that can affect the value of its shares. These risks include political, regulatory, market and economic developments, including developments that impact specific economic sectors, industries or segments of the market.

Market Timing Risk

Rafferty expects a significant portion of the assets of the Fund to come from professional money managers and investors who use the Funds as part of “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies. These strategies often call for frequent trading which may lead to increased portfolio turnover, higher transaction costs, and the possibility of increased capital gains, including short-term and/or long-term capital gain that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income.

Mexican Securities Risk

Investment in securities of Mexican issuers involves risks that may be greater than if the Fund’s investments were more geographically diverse. Mexico’s economy is heavily dependent on trading with key partners. Any increases or decreases in the volume of this trading, changes in taxes or tariffs, or variance in political relationships between those nations may impact the Mexican economy overall in a way that would be adverse to the Fund’s investments. Additionally, investment in Mexico may be subject to any positive or adverse effects of the varying nature of its economic landscape with respect to expropriation and/or nationalization of assets, strengthened or lessened restrictions on and government intervention in international trade, confiscatory taxation, political instability, including authoritarian and/or military involvement in governmental decision making, armed conflict, the impact on the economy as a result of civil war and social instability as a result of religious, ethnic and/or socioeconomic unrest.

Non-Diversification Risk

The Fund is non-diversified, which means it invests a high percentage of its assets in a limited number of securities. A non-diversified fund’s NAV and total return may fluctuate more or fall greater in times of weaker markets than a conventional diversified fund.

 

 

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Regulatory Risk

The Fund is subject to the risk that a change in U.S. law and related regulations will impact the way the Fund operates, increase the particular costs of the Fund’s operations and/or change the competitive landscape.

Risks of Investing in Other Investment Companies (including ETFs)

Investments in the securities of other investment companies, including ETFs, may involve duplication of advisory fees and certain other expenses. Fund shareholders indirectly bear the Fund’s proportionate share of the fees and expenses indirectly paid by shareholders of the other investment company or ETF, in addition to the fees and expenses Fund shareholders bear in connection with the Fund’s own operations. The Fund’s performance may be magnified positively or negatively by virtue of its investment in other investment companies. If the investment company or ETF fails to achieve its investment objective, the value of the Fund’s investment will decline, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance. In addition, closed end investment company and ETF shares potentially may trade at a discount or a premium and are subject to brokerage and other trading costs, which could result in greater expenses to the Fund. Finally, because the value of ETF shares depends on the demand in the market, the Adviser may not be able to liquidate the Fund’s holdings in those shares at the most optimal time, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance.

Small and Mid Capitalization Company Risk

Investing in the securities of small and/or mid capitalization companies, and securities that provide exposure to small and/or mid capitalization companies, involves greater risks and the possibility of greater price volatility than investing in more-established, larger capitalization companies. Small and mid capitalization companies often have narrower markets for their goods and/or services and more limited managerial and financial resources than larger, more established companies. Furthermore, those companies often have limited product lines, services, markets, financial resources or are dependent on a small management group. In addition, because these stocks are not well-known to the investing public, do not have significant institutional ownership and are followed by relatively few security analysts, there will normally be less publicly available information concerning these securities compared to what is available for the securities of larger companies. Adverse publicity and investor perceptions, whether based on fundamental analysis, can decrease the value and liquidity of securities held by the Fund. As a result, their performance can be more volatile and they face greater risk of business failure, which could increase the volatility of the Fund’s portfolio.

Tax and Distribution Risk

The Fund has extremely high portfolio turnover which causes the Fund to generate significant amounts of taxable income. This income is typically short-term capital gain, which is generally treated as ordinary income when

distributed to shareholders, or short-term capital loss. The Fund rarely generates long-term capital gain or loss. The Fund will generally need to distribute net short-term capital gain to satisfy certain tax requirements. As a result of the Fund’s high portfolio turnover, the Fund could make larger and/or more frequent distributions than traditional unleveraged ETFs. Because the Fund’s asset level changes frequently, these distributions could comprise a substantial portion or even all of the Fund’s net assets if the Fund distributes this income after a decline in its net assets. In addition, the Fund may be held by short-term investors and these investors may exit the Fund prior to the record date of a distribution. As a result, shareholders in the Fund on the day of a distribution may receive substantial distributions, which could lead to negative tax implications for such shareholders. Potential investors are urged to consult their own tax advisers for more detailed information.

Rules governing the federal income tax aspects of certain derivatives, including total return equity swaps, real estate-related swaps, credit default swaps and other credit derivatives are not entirely clear. Because the Fund’s status as a regulated investment company might be affected if the Internal Revenue Service did not accept the Fund’s treatment of certain transactions involving derivatives, the Fund’s ability to engage in these transactions may be limited.

Tracking Error Risk

The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs, and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. A failure to achieve a daily target may cause the Fund to provide returns for a longer period that are worse than expected. In addition, even though the Fund may meet its daily target for a period of time, this will not necessarily produce the returns that might be expected in light of the returns of the Index or the Fund’s benchmark for that period.

Valuation Time Risk

The Fund values its portfolio as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) (generally
4:00 P.M. Eastern time). In some cases, foreign market indices close before the NYSE opens or may not be open for business on the same calendar days as the Fund. As a result, the daily performance of the Fund can vary from the performance of the Index.

Special Risks of Exchange-Traded Funds

Not Individually Redeemable. Shares are not individually redeemable and may be redeemed by the Fund at NAV only in large blocks known as Creation Units. You may incur brokerage costs purchasing enough Shares to constitute a Creation Unit.

Trading Issues. Trading in Shares on an exchange may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the

 

 

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view of that exchange, make trading in Shares inadvisable, such as extraordinary market volatility or other reasons. There can be no assurance that Shares will continue to meet the listing requirements of the exchange on which it trades, and the listing requirements may be amended from time to time.

Market Price Variance Risk. Individual Shares of the Fund that are listed for trading on an exchange can be bought and sold in the secondary market at market prices. The market prices of Shares will fluctuate in response to changes in NAV and supply and demand for Shares. The Adviser cannot predict whether Shares will trade above, below or at their NAV. Differences between secondary market prices and NAV for Shares may be due largely to supply and demand forces in the secondary market, which forces may not be the same as those influencing prices for securities or instruments held by the Fund at a particular time. Given the fact that Shares can be created and redeemed in Creation Units, the Adviser believes that large discounts or premiums to the NAV of Shares should not be sustained. There may, however, be times when the market price and the NAV vary significantly and you may pay more than NAV when buying Shares on the secondary market, and you may receive less than NAV when you sell those Shares. The market price of Shares, like the price of any exchange-traded security, includes a “bid-ask spread” charged by the exchange specialists, market makers or other participants that trade the particular security. In times of severe market disruption, the bid-ask spread often increases significantly. This means that Shares may trade at a discount to NAV and the discount is likely to be greatest when the price of Shares is falling fastest, which may be the time that you most want to sell your Shares. The Fund’s investment results are measured based upon the daily NAV of the Fund over a period of time. Investors purchasing and selling Shares in the secondary market may not experience investment results consistent with those experienced by those creating and redeeming directly with the Fund. There is no guarantee that an active secondary market will develop for Shares of the Fund.

Fund Performance

The Fund has not yet commenced operations; therefore, performance information is not yet available. In the future, performance information for the Fund will be presented in this section. Performance information also will be available on the Fund’s website at http://www.direxionfunds.com/products?presets=etfs&activetab=performance or by calling the Fund toll free at 1-866-476-7523.

Management

Investment Adviser

Rafferty Asset Management, LLC is the Fund’s investment adviser.

Portfolio Manager

Paul Brigandi, the Fund’s Portfolio Manager, is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund and has served in this role since the Fund’s inception.

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The Fund will issue and redeem Shares only to Authorized Participants (typically, broker-dealers) in exchange for the deposit or delivery of a basket of assets (securities and/or cash) in large blocks, known as Creation Units, each of which is comprised of 50,000 Shares. Retail investors may only purchase and sell Fund Shares on a national securities exchange through a broker-dealer. Because the Shares trade at market prices rather than NAV, Shares may trade at a price greater than NAV (premium) or less than NAV (discount).

Tax Information

The Fund intends to make distributions that may be taxed as ordinary income or long-term capital gains. Those distributions will be subject to federal income taxes and may also be subject to state and local taxes. Distributions by the Fund may be significantly higher than those of most exchange-traded funds.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund and/or the Adviser may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

 

 

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DIREXION DAILY MEXICO BEAR 3X SHARES

Important Information Regarding the Fund

The Direxion Daily Mexico Bear 3X Shares (“Fund”) seeks daily leveraged investment results. The pursuit of daily leveraged goals means that the Fund is riskier than alternatives that do not use leverage because the Fund’s objective is to magnify the performance of an index. The pursuit of daily leveraged investment goals means that the return of the Fund for a period longer than a full trading day may bear no resemblance to -300% of the return of its index for such longer period because the aggregate return of the Fund is the product of the series of daily leveraged returns for each trading day. The path of the benchmark during the longer period may be at least as important to the Fund’s return for the longer period as the cumulative return of the benchmark for the relevant longer period, especially in periods of market volatility. Further, the return for investors that invest for periods less than a full trading day or for a period different than a trading day will not be the product of the return of the Fund’s stated goal and the performance of the target index for the full trading day.

Investment Objective

The Fund seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 300% of the inverse (or opposite) of the performance of the MSCI Mexico IMI 25/50 Index. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results and does not seek to achieve its stated investment objective over a period of time greater than one day. The Fund is different and much riskier than most exchange-traded funds.

The Fund is designed to be utilized only by knowledgeable investors who understand the potential consequences of seeking daily leveraged investment results, understand the risks associated with shorting and the use of leverage, and are willing to monitor their portfolios frequently. The Fund seeks daily leveraged investment results relative to the Index and is different and riskier than similarly benchmarked exchange-traded funds that do not use leverage. Therefore, the Fund is not intended to be used by, and is not appropriate for, investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy or hold shares of the Fund (“Shares”). Investors purchasing shares in the secondary market may pay costs (including customary brokerage commissions) charged by their broker.

ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES(1)

(expenses that you pay each year as a

percentage of the value of your investment)

  

Management Fees

     0.75

Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees

     0.00

Other Expenses of the Fund

     0.25

Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses

     0.15

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

     1.15

Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     0.05

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Expense Cap/Reimbursement

     1.10

 

(1) 

The Fund’s adviser, Rafferty Asset Management, LLC (“Rafferty” or the “Adviser”) has contractually agreed to cap all or a portion of its management fee and/or reimburse the Fund for Other Expenses through [            ], 2014, to the extent that the Fund’s Total Annual Operating Expenses exceed 0.95% (excluding, as applicable, among other expenses, taxes, leverage interest, Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses, dividends or interest on short positions, other interest expenses, brokerage commissions, expenses incurred in connection with any merger or reorganization and extraordinary expenses such as litigation). Any expense cap is subject to reimbursement by the Fund within the following three years only if overall expenses fall below these percentage limitations. This agreement may be terminated or revised at any time with the consent of the Board of Trustees.

Expense Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

 

1 Year

     3 Years
 

$112

     $360

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund, under normal circumstances, creates short positions by investing at least 80% of its assets in: futures contracts; options on securities, indices and futures contracts; equity caps, floors and collars; swap agreements; forward contracts; short positions; reverse repurchase agreements; exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”); and other financial instruments that, in combination, provide leveraged and unleveraged exposure to the MSCI

 

 

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Mexico IMI 25/50 Index (“Index”). The Fund invests the remainder of its assets in short-term debt instruments that have terms-to-maturity of less than 397 days and exhibit high quality credit profiles, including U.S. government securities and repurchase agreements. The Fund does not invest in equity securities.

Mexico is considered an “emerging market,” as that term is defined by the index provider. The determination that Mexico is an “emerging market” is based on it being an economy that is in the initial stages of industrialization and has been historically marked by low per capita income and lack of capital market transparency, but appears to be implementing political and/or market reforms resulting in greater capital market transparency, increased access for foreign investors and generally improved economic conditions. Emerging markets have the potential for significantly higher or lower rates of return and carry greater risks than more developed economies.

The Index is designed to measure the performance of the large, mid and small cap segments of the Mexican equity market, covering approximately 99% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in Mexico. As of February 28, 2013, the Index has an average market capitalization of $4.9 billion and a median market capitalization of $2.5 billion. Additionally, as of February 28, 2013, the Index is concentrated in the consumer staples sector, but this concentration may change in the future based on the Index’s methodology and the varying nature of Mexico’s economy.

The Index applies certain screens and weightings to take into account the investment limits placed on regulated investment companies (“RICs”) under federal tax regulations. One such requirement is that at the end of each quarter of a RIC’s tax year, no more than 25% of its assets may be invested in a single issuer and the sum of the weights of all issuers representing more than 5% of the RIC should not exceed 50% of its total assets. The Index aims to reflect these requirements in the selection and weighting of its component securities.

The Fund may gain exposure to only a representative sample of the securities in the Index that have aggregate characteristics similar to those of the Index. The Fund gains this exposure by investing in a combination of financial instruments that, in combination, provide exposure to the underlying securities of the Index. The Fund seeks to remain fully invested at all times consistent with its stated goal. At the close of the markets each trading day, Rafferty positions the Fund’s portfolio so that its exposure to the Index is consistent with the Fund’s investment objective. The impact of the Index’s movements during the day will affect whether the Fund’s portfolio needs to be re-positioned. For example, if the Index has fallen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should rise, meaning that the Fund’s exposure will need to be increased. Conversely, if the Index has risen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should fall, meaning the Fund’s

exposure will need to be reduced. This re-positioning strategy typically results in high portfolio turnover.

Because of daily rebalancing and the compounding of each day’s return over time, the return of the Fund for periods longer than a single day will be the result of each day’s returns compounded over the period, which will very likely differ from -300% of the return of the Index over the same period. The Fund will lose money if the Index performance is flat over time, and as a result of daily rebalancing, the Index’s volatility and the effects of compounding, it is even possible that the Fund will lose money over time while the Index’s performance decreases.

Additionally, because a significant portion of the assets of the Fund may come from investors using “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies, the Fund may further need to engage in frequent trading. The Fund will concentrate its investment in a particular industry or group of industries to approximately the same extent as the Index is so concentrated.

Principal Risks

An investment in the Fund entails risk. The Fund could lose money or its performance could trail that of other investment alternatives. The Adviser cannot guarantee that the Fund will achieve its objective. In addition, the Fund presents some risks not traditionally associated with most mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. It is important that investors closely review all of the risks listed below and understand how these risks interrelate before making an investment in the Fund. Turbulence in financial markets and reduced liquidity in equity, credit and fixed income markets could negatively affect issuers worldwide, including the Fund. There is the risk that you could lose all or a portion of your money invested in the Fund.

Adverse Market Conditions Risk

Because the Fund magnifies the inverse performance of the Index, its performance will suffer during conditions in which the Index rises.

Adviser’s Investment Strategy Risk

The Adviser utilizes a quantitative methodology to select investments for the Fund. Although this methodology is designed to correlate the Fund’s performance with the performance of the Index, there is no assurance that such methodology will be successful and will enable the Fund to achieve its investment objective.

Cash Transaction Risk

Unlike most ETFs, the Fund currently intends to effect creations and redemptions principally for cash, rather than principally for in-kind securities, because of the nature of the financial instruments held by the Fund. As such, investments in Shares may be less tax efficient than investments in conventional ETFs.

 

 

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Concentration Risk

The Index is concentrated in the consumer staples sector, however, in the future, the Index concentration may change. The Fund will concentrate its investments in a particular industry or group of industries to approximately the same extent as the Index is so concentrated. The performance of the Fund may be more volatile than a fund that does not concentrate its investments in a specific industry or group of industries. The Fund also may be more susceptible to any single economic market, political or regulatory occurrence affecting that industry or group of industries. However, the Fund only may concentrate its investments (i.e., hold 25% or more of its total assets in the stocks of a particular industry or group of industries) to approximately the same extent that its underlying index concentrates in the stocks of a particular industry or group of industries. For purposes of this limitation, securities of the U.S. Government (including its agencies and instrumentalities), repurchase agreements collateralized by U.S. Government securities, and securities of state or municipal governments and their political subdivisions are not considered to be issued by members of any industry.

Consumer Staples Sector Risk

The Fund currently focuses its investments in securities issued by, and/or has exposure to, companies in the consumer staples sector. The consumer staples sector may be affected by the permissibility of using various food additives and production methods, changing consumer tastes, marketing campaigns and other factors affecting consumer demand. In particular, tobacco companies may be adversely affected by new laws, regulations and litigation. The consumer staples sector may also be adversely affected by changes or trends in commodity prices, which may be influenced or characterized by unpredictable factors.

Counterparty Risk

The Fund may invest in financial instruments involving counterparties for the purpose of attempting to gain exposure to a particular group of securities or an asset class without actually purchasing those securities or investments, or to hedge a position. These financial instruments may include swap agreements. The use of swap agreements and other counterparty instruments involves risks that are different from those associated with ordinary portfolio securities transactions. For example, the Fund bears the risk of loss of the amount expected to be received under a swap agreement in the event of the default or bankruptcy of a swap agreement counterparty. Swap agreements and other counterparty instruments also may be considered to be illiquid. In addition, the Fund may enter into swap agreements that involve a limited number of counterparties, which may increase the Fund’s exposure to counterparty credit risk. The Fund does not specifically limit its counterparty risk with respect to any single counterparty. Further, there is a risk that no suitable counterparties will be willing to enter into, or continue to enter into, transactions with the Fund and, as a result, the Fund may not be able to achieve its investment objective.

Currency Exchange Rate Risk

Changes in foreign currency exchange rates will affect the value of what the Fund owns and the Fund’s share price. Generally, when the U.S. dollar rises in value against a foreign currency, an investment in that country loses value because that currency is worth fewer U.S. dollars. Devaluation of a currency by a country’s government or banking authority also will have a significant impact on the value of any investments denominated in that currency. Currency markets generally are not as regulated as securities markets.

Daily Correlation Risk

There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve a high degree of correlation to the Index and therefore achieve its daily investment objective. To achieve a high degree of correlation with the Index, the Fund seeks to rebalance its portfolio daily to keep leverage consistent with its daily target. The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs and costs associated with the use of leveraged investment techniques and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. Market disruptions, regulatory restrictions or extreme volatility will also adversely affect the Fund’s ability to adjust exposure to the required levels. The Fund may not have investment exposure to all securities in its underlying Index, or its weighting of investment exposure to such stocks or industries may be different from that of the Index. In addition, the Fund may invest in securities or financial instruments not included in the underlying Index. The Fund may be subject to large movements of assets into and out of the Fund, potentially resulting in the Fund being over- or under-exposed to its Index. In addition, the target amount of portfolio exposure to the Index is impacted dynamically by the Index’s movement. Because of this, it is unlikely that the Fund will be perfectly exposed to the Index at the end of each day. The possibility of the Fund being materially over- or under-exposed to its Index increases on days when the Index is volatile near the close of the trading day. Activities surrounding annual index reconstitutions and other index rebalancing or reconstitution events may hinder the Fund’s ability to meet its daily investment objective on that day.

Derivatives Risk

The Fund uses investment techniques, including investments in derivatives such as futures and forward contracts, options and swaps, which may be considered aggressive. Investments in such derivatives are subject to market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time and may increase the volatility of the Fund. The use of derivatives may expose the Fund to additional risks that it would not be subject to if it invested directly in the securities underlying those derivatives, such as counterparty risk and the risk that the derivatives may become illiquid. The use of derivatives may result in larger losses or smaller gains than otherwise would be the case. Additionally, with respect to the use of swap

 

 

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agreements, if the Index has a dramatic intraday move in value that causes a material decline in the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”), the terms of the swap agreement between the Fund and its counterparty may allow the counterparty to immediately close out of the transaction with the Fund. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to enter into another swap agreement or invest in other derivatives to achieve the desired exposure consistent with the Fund’s daily investment objective. This may prevent the Fund from achieving its daily investment objective particularly if the Index reverses all or a portion of its intraday move by the end of the day. In addition, the Fund’s investments in derivatives, as of the date of this Prospectus, are subject to the following risks:

Futures and Forward Contracts. There may be an imperfect correlation between the changes in market value of the securities held by the Fund and the prices of futures contracts. There may not be a liquid secondary market for the futures contracts. Forward currency transactions include the risks associated with fluctuations in currency.

Options. There may be an imperfect correlation between the prices of options and movements in the price of the securities (or indices) hedged or used for cover, which may cause a given hedge not to achieve its objective.

Swap Agreements. Interest rate swaps are subject to interest rate and credit risk. Total return swaps are subject to counterparty risk, which relates to credit risk of the counterparty and liquidity risk of the swaps themselves.

Early Close/Trading Halt Risk

An exchange or market may close or issue trading halts on specific securities, or the ability to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments may be restricted, which may result in the Fund being unable to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments. In such circumstances, the Fund may be unable to rebalance its portfolio, may be unable to accurately price its investments and/or may incur substantial trading losses.

Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk

The Fund does not attempt to, and should not be expected to, provide returns which are a multiple of the return of the Index for periods other than a single day. The Fund rebalances its portfolio on a daily basis, increasing exposure in response to that day’s gains or reducing exposure in response to that day’s losses. This means that for a period longer than one day, the pursuit of daily goals may result in daily leveraged compounding. It also means that the return of an index over a period of time greater than one day multiplied by the Fund’s daily target (-300%) generally will not equal the Fund’s performance over that same period.

As a result, over time, the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the value of the Fund’s portfolio may diverge significantly from the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the multiple of the return of the Fund’s underlying index due to the compounding effect of losses and gains on the returns of the Fund. It also is expected that the Fund’s use of leverage will cause the Fund to underperform the return of three times its benchmark in a trendless or flat market.

The effect of compounding becomes more pronounced on the Fund’s performance as the Index experiences volatility. The Index’s volatility rate is a statistical measure of the magnitude of fluctuations in the returns of the Index. The table below provides examples of how Index volatility could affect the Fund’s performance. The chart shows estimated Fund returns for a number of combinations of performance and volatility over a one-year period and is shown to illustrate how holding the Fund for a period longer than one day may negatively impact investment return. As shown below, this Fund, or any other 3X Bear Fund, would be expected to lose 31.3% (as shown in Table 1 below) if its Index provided no return over a one year period during which the Index experienced annualized volatility of 25%. If the Index’s annualized volatility were to rise to 75%, the hypothetical loss for a one year period for the Fund widens to approximately 96.6%.

At higher ranges of volatility, there is a chance of a near complete loss of value even if the Index is flat. For instance, if the Index’s annualized volatility is 100%, the Fund would be expected to lose approximately 100% of its value, even if the cumulative Index return for the year was only 0%.

Table 1

 

One

Year

Index

   -300%
One
Year
Index
    Volatility Rate  

Return

   Return     10%     25%     50%     75%     100%  

-60%

     180     1371.5     973.9     248.6     -46.5     -96.1

-50%

     150     653.4     449.8     78.5     -72.6     -98.0

-40%

     120     336.0     218.2     3.3     -84.2     -98.9

-30%

     90     174.6     100.4     -34.9     -90.0     -99.3

-20%

     60     83.9     34.2     -56.4     -93.3     -99.5

-10%

     30     29.2     -5.7     -69.4     -95.3     -99.7

   0%

     0     -5.8     -31.3     -77.7     -96.6     -99.8

 10%

     -30     -29.2     -48.4     -83.2     -97.4     -99.8

 20%

     -60     -45.5     -60.2     -87.1     -98.0     -99.9

 30%

     -90     -57.1     -68.7     -89.8     -98.4     -99.9

 40%

     -120     -65.7     -75.0     -91.9     -98.8     -99.9

 50%

     -150     -72.1     -79.6     -93.4     -99.0     -99.9

 60%

     -180     -77.0     -83.2     -94.6     -99.2     -99.9
 

 

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The Index’s annualized historical volatility rate for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. The Index’s highest volatility rate for any one calendar year during the five-year period is [    ]% and volatility for a shorter period of time may have been substantially higher. The Index’s annualized performance for the five-year period ended December 31, 2012 is [    ]%. Historical Index volatility and performance are not indications of what the Index volatility and performance will be in the future.

For additional graphs and charts demonstrating the effects of volatility and index performance on the long-term performance of the Fund, see “Additional Information Regarding Investment Techniques and Policies” and “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” in the Fund’s statutory prospectus, and “Special Note Regarding the Correlation Risks of the Funds” in the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information.

Holding an unmanaged position opens the investor to the risk of market volatility adversely affecting the performance of the investment. The Fund is not appropriate for investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios. This table is intended to underscore the fact that the Fund is designed as a short-term trading vehicle for investors who intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

To fully understand the risks of market volatility on the Fund, see “Negative Implications of Daily Goals in Volatile Markets” found in the statutory prospectus.

Emerging Markets Risk

Indirectly investing in emerging markets instruments involve greater risks than indirectly investing in foreign instruments in general. Risks of investing in emerging market countries include: political or social upheaval; nationalization of businesses; restrictions on foreign ownership; prohibitions on the repatriation of assets; and risks from an economy’s dependence on revenues from particular commodities or industries. In addition, currency transfer restrictions, limited potential buyers for such instruments, delays and disruption in settlement procedures and illiquidity or low volumes of transactions may make exits difficult or impossible at times.

Foreign Securities Risk

Indirectly investing in foreign instruments may involve greater risks than investing in domestic instruments. As a result, the Fund’s returns and NAVs may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates, interest rates, political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements in other countries. The laws and accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards in foreign countries typically are not as strict as they are in the U.S., and there may be less public information available about foreign companies.

Gain Limitation Risk

If the Fund’s benchmark moves more than 33% on a given trading day in a direction adverse to the Fund, you would lose all of your money. Rafferty will attempt to position the Fund’s portfolio to ensure that the Fund does not lose more than 90% of its NAV on a given day. The cost of such downside protection will be limitations on the Fund’s gains. As a consequence, the Fund’s portfolio may not be responsive to Index losses beyond 30% in a given day. For example, if the Index were to lose 35%, the Fund might be limited to a daily gain of 90% rather than 105%, which is -300% of the Index loss of 35%.

Geographic Concentration Risk

Investments in a particular country or geographic region may be particularly susceptible to political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements. As a result, the Fund may be more volatile than a more geographically diversified fund.

High Portfolio Turnover Risk

Daily rebalancing of the Fund’s holdings pursuant to its daily investment objective causes a much greater number of portfolio transactions when compared to most exchange-traded funds. Such frequent and active trading leads to significantly higher transaction costs because of increased broker commissions resulting from such transactions. In addition, there is the possibility of significantly increased capital gains, including short-term and/or long-term capital gains that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income. The Fund calculates portfolio turnover without including the short term cash instruments or derivative transactions that comprise the majority of the Fund’s trading. As such, if the Fund’s extensive use of derivative instruments were reflected, the calculated portfolio turnover rate would be significantly higher.

Intra-Day Investment Risk

The Fund seeks leveraged investment results from the close of the market on a given trading day until the close of the market on the subsequent trading day. The exact exposure of an investment in the Fund intraday in the secondary market is a function of the difference between the value of the Index at the market close on the first trading day and the value of the Index at the time of purchase. The Fund’s gains occur as its market exposure declines and its losses are accompanied by increases in market exposure. If the Index declines, the Fund’s net assets will rise by an amount equal to the decline in the Fund’s exposure. Conversely, if the Index rises the Fund’s net assets will decline by the same amount as the increase in the Fund’s exposure. As an example (using simplified numbers), if the Fund had $100 in net assets at the market close, it would seek -$300 of exposure to the next trading day’s Index performance. If the Index declined by 1% by noon the following trading day, the exposure of the Fund will fall by 1% to -$297 and the net assets will rise by $3 to $103. With net assets of $103 and exposure of -$297, a

 

 

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purchaser at that point would be receiving -288% exposure of her investment instead of -300%

Inverse Correlation Risk

Shareholders should lose money when the Index rises, which is a result that is the opposite from traditional funds.

Leverage Risk

If you invest in the Fund, you are exposed to the risk that an increase in the daily performance of the Index will be leveraged. This means that your investment in the Fund will be reduced by an amount equal to 3% for every 1% daily increase, not including the cost of financing the portfolio and the impact of operating expenses, which would further lower your investment. The Fund could theoretically lose an amount greater than its net assets in the event of an Index increase of more than 33%. Further, purchasing shares during a day may result in greater than -300% exposure to the performance of the Index if the Index rises between the close of the markets on one trading day and before the close of the markets on the next trading day.

To fully understand the risks of using leverage in the Fund, see “Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk” above.

Liquidity Risk

Some securities held by the Fund, including derivatives, may be difficult to sell or illiquid, particularly during times of market turmoil. Illiquid securities also may be difficult to value. If the Fund is forced to sell an illiquid security at an unfavorable time or at a price that is lower than Rafferty’s judgment of the security’s true market value, the Fund may be forced to sell the security at a loss. Such a situation may prevent the Fund from limiting losses, realizing gains or achieving a high correlation with the Index.

Market Risk

The Fund is subject to market risks that can affect the value of its shares. These risks include political, regulatory, market and economic developments, including developments that impact specific economic sectors, industries or segments of the market.

Market Timing Risk

Rafferty expects a significant portion of the assets of the Fund to come from professional money managers and investors who use the Funds as part of “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies. These strategies often call for frequent trading which may lead to increased portfolio turnover, higher transaction costs, and the possibility of increased capital gains, including short-term and/or long-term capital gain that will be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income.

Mexican Securities Risk

Investment in securities of Mexican issuers involves risks that may be greater than if the Fund’s investments were

more geographically diverse. Mexico’s economy is heavily dependent on trading with key partners. Any increases or decreases in the volume of this trading, changes in taxes or tariffs, or variance in political relationships between those nations may impact the Mexican economy overall in a way that would be adverse to the Fund’s investments. Additionally, investment in Mexico may be subject to any positive or adverse effects of the varying nature of its economic landscape with respect to expropriation and/or nationalization of assets, strengthened or lessened restrictions on and government intervention in international trade, confiscatory taxation, political instability, including authoritarian and/or military involvement in governmental decision making, armed conflict, the impact on the economy as a result of civil war and social instability as a result of religious, ethnic and/or socioeconomic unrest.

Non-Diversification Risk

The Fund is non-diversified, which means it invests a high percentage of its assets in a limited number of securities. A non-diversified fund’s NAV and total return may fluctuate more or fall greater in times of weaker markets than a conventional diversified fund.

Regulatory Risk

The Fund is subject to the risk that a change in U.S. law and related regulations will impact the way the Fund operates, increase the particular costs of the Fund’s operations and/or change the competitive landscape.

Risks of Investing in Other Investment Companies (including ETFs)

Investments in the securities of other investment companies, including ETFs, may involve duplication of advisory fees and certain other expenses. Fund shareholders indirectly bear the Fund’s proportionate share of the fees and expenses indirectly paid by shareholders of the other investment company or ETF, in addition to the fees and expenses Fund shareholders bear in connection with the Fund’s own operations. The Fund’s performance may be magnified positively or negatively by virtue of its investment in other investment companies. If the investment company or ETF fails to achieve its investment objective, the value of the Fund’s investment will decline, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance. In addition, closed end investment company and ETF shares potentially may trade at a discount or a premium and are subject to brokerage and other trading costs, which could result in greater expenses to the Fund. Finally, because the value of ETF shares depends on the demand in the market, the Adviser may not be able to liquidate the Fund’s holdings in those shares at the most optimal time, adversely affecting the Fund’s performance.

Shorting Risk

The Fund may engage in short sales designed to earn the Fund a profit from the decline in the price of particular securities, baskets of securities or indices. However, there

 

 

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is a risk that the Fund will experience a loss as a result of engaging in these short sales.

Small and Mid Capitalization Company Risk

Investing in the securities of small and/or mid capitalization companies, and securities that provide exposure to small and/or mid capitalization companies, involves greater risks and the possibility of greater price volatility than investing in more-established, larger capitalization companies. Small and mid capitalization companies often have narrower markets for their goods and/or services and more limited managerial and financial resources than larger, more established companies. Furthermore, those companies often have limited product lines, services, markets, financial resources or are dependent on a small management group. In addition, because these stocks are not well-known to the investing public, do not have significant institutional ownership and are followed by relatively few security analysts, there will normally be less publicly available information concerning these securities compared to what is available for the securities of larger companies. Adverse publicity and investor perceptions, whether based on fundamental analysis, can decrease the value and liquidity of securities held by the Fund. As a result, their performance can be more volatile and they face greater risk of business failure, which could increase the volatility of the Fund’s portfolio.

Tax and Distribution Risk

The Fund has extremely high portfolio turnover which causes the Fund to generate significant amounts of taxable income. This income is typically short-term capital gain, which is generally treated as ordinary income when distributed to shareholders, or short-term capital loss. The Fund rarely generates long-term capital gain or loss. The Fund will generally need to distribute net short-term capital gain to satisfy certain tax requirements. As a result of the Fund’s high portfolio turnover, the Fund could make larger and/or more frequent distributions than traditional unleveraged ETFs. Because the Fund’s asset level changes frequently, these distributions could comprise a substantial portion or even all of the Fund’s net assets if the Fund distributes this income after a decline in its net assets. In addition, the Fund may be held by short-term investors and these investors may exit the Fund prior to the record date of a distribution. As a result, shareholders in the Fund on the day of a distribution may receive substantial distributions, which could lead to negative tax implications for such shareholders. Potential investors are urged to consult their own tax advisers for more detailed information.

Rules governing the federal income tax aspects of certain derivatives, including total return equity swaps, real estate-related swaps, credit default swaps and other credit derivatives are not entirely clear. Because the Fund’s status as a regulated investment company might be affected if the Internal Revenue Service did not accept the Fund’s treatment of certain transactions involving

derivatives, the Fund’s ability to engage in these transactions may be limited.

Tracking Error Risk

The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs, and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. A failure to achieve a daily target may cause the Fund to provide returns for a longer period that are worse than expected. In addition, even though the Fund may meet its daily target for a period of time, this will not necessarily produce the returns that might be expected in light of the returns of the Index or the Fund’s benchmark for that period.

Valuation Time Risk

The Fund values its portfolio as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) (generally
4:00 P.M. Eastern time). In some cases, foreign market indices close before the NYSE opens or may not be open for business on the same calendar days as the Fund. As a result, the daily performance of the Fund can vary from the performance of the Index.

Special Risks of Exchange-Traded Funds

Not Individually Redeemable. Shares are not individually redeemable and may be redeemed by the Fund at NAV only in large blocks known as Creation Units. You may incur brokerage costs purchasing enough Shares to constitute a Creation Unit.

Trading Issues. Trading in Shares on an exchange may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of that exchange, make trading in Shares inadvisable, such as extraordinary market volatility or other reasons. There can be no assurance that Shares will continue to meet the listing requirements of the exchange on which it trades, and the listing requirements may be amended from time to time.

Market Price Variance Risk. Individual Shares of the Fund that are listed for trading on an exchange can be bought and sold in the secondary market at market prices. The market prices of Shares will fluctuate in response to changes in NAV and supply and demand for Shares. The Adviser cannot predict whether Shares will trade above, below or at their NAV. Differences between secondary market prices and NAV for Shares may be due largely to supply and demand forces in the secondary market, which forces may not be the same as those influencing prices for securities or instruments held by the Fund at a particular time. Given the fact that Shares can be created and redeemed in Creation Units, the Adviser believes that large discounts or premiums to the NAV of Shares should not be sustained. There may, however, be times when the market price and the NAV vary significantly and you may pay more than NAV when buying Shares on the secondary market, and you may receive less than NAV when you sell those Shares. The market price of Shares, like the price of

 

 

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any exchange-traded security, includes a “bid-ask spread” charged by the exchange specialists, market makers or other participants that trade the particular security. In times of severe market disruption, the bid-ask spread often increases significantly. This means that Shares may trade at a discount to NAV and the discount is likely to be greatest when the price of Shares is falling fastest, which may be the time that you most want to sell your Shares. The Fund’s investment results are measured based upon the daily NAV of the Fund over a period of time. Investors purchasing and selling Shares in the secondary market may not experience investment results consistent with those experienced by those creating and redeeming directly with the Fund. There is no guarantee that an active secondary market will develop for Shares of the Fund.

Fund Performance

The Fund has not yet commenced operations; therefore, performance information is not yet available. In the future, performance information for the Fund will be presented in this section. Performance information also will be available on the Fund’s website at http://www.direxionfunds.com/products?presets=etfs&activetab=performance or by calling the Fund toll free at 1-866-476-7523.

Management

Investment Adviser

Rafferty Asset Management, LLC is the Fund’s investment adviser.

Portfolio Manager

Paul Brigandi, the Fund’s Portfolio Manager, is primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund and has served in this role since the Fund’s inception.

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The Fund will issue and redeem Shares in exchange for cash only to Authorized Participants in large blocks, known as Creation Units, each of which is comprised of 50,000 Shares. Retail investors may only purchase and sell Fund Shares on a national securities exchange through a broker-dealer. Because the Shares trade at market prices rather than NAV, Shares may trade at a price greater than NAV (premium) or less than NAV (discount).

Tax Information

The Fund intends to make distributions that may be taxed as ordinary income or long-term capital gains. Those distributions will be subject to federal income taxes and may also be subject to state and local taxes. Distributions by the Fund may be significantly higher than those of most exchange-traded funds.

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund and/or the Adviser may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

 

 

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OVERVIEW OF THE DIREXION SHARES ETF TRUST

The Direxion Shares ETF Trust (“Trust”) is a registered investment company offering a number of separate exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”). Rafferty Asset Management, LLC (“Rafferty,” or “Adviser”) serves as the investment adviser to each Fund. This Prospectus describes the exchange-traded funds (each a “Fund” and collectively, the “Funds”) noted below of the Trust.

The shares of certain of the Funds (“Shares”) are, or will be, listed on NYSE Arca, Inc. (the “Exchange”). When the Shares are listed and traded on the Exchange, the market prices for the Shares may be different from the intra-day value of the Shares disseminated by the Exchange and from their net asset value (“NAV”). Unlike conventional mutual funds, Shares are not individually redeemable securities. Rather, each Fund issues and redeems Shares on a continuous basis at NAV only in large blocks of Shares called “Creation Units.” A Creation Unit consists of 50,000 Shares. Creation Units of the 3X Bull Funds are issued and redeemed in cash and/or in-kind for securities included in the relevant underlying index. Creation Units of the 3X Bear Funds are issued and redeemed for cash.

Shares may only be purchased from or redeemed with the Funds in Creation Units. As a result, retail investors generally will not be able to purchase or redeem Shares directly from or with the Funds. Most retail investors will purchase or sell Shares in the secondary market with the assistance of a broker. Thus, some of the information contained in this prospectus, such as information about purchasing and redeeming Shares from or with a Fund and all references to the transaction fee imposed on purchases and redemptions, is not relevant to retail investors.

The Funds seek a multiple of 300% of the total return, or inverse return, of their benchmark indices on a given day. The Funds seek to provide daily leveraged investment results, before fees and expenses, which correspond to the performance of a particular index or benchmark.

As used in this prospectus, the terms “daily,” “day,” and “trading day,” refer to the period from the close of the markets one trading day to the close of the markets on the next trading day. The Funds with the word “Bull” in their name (collectively, the “3X Bull Funds”) attempt to provide investment results that correlate positively to the return of an index or benchmark, meaning the 3X Bull Funds attempt to move in the same direction as the target index or benchmark. The Funds with the word “Bear” in their name (collectively, the “3X Bear Funds”) attempt to provide investment results that correlate negatively to the return of an index or benchmark, meaning that the 3X Bear Funds attempt to move in the opposite or inverse direction of the target index or benchmark. The correlations sought by the 3X Bull Funds and the 3X Bear Funds are generally a multiple of the returns of the target index or benchmark. For example, the benchmark for the Direxion Daily Chile Bull 3X Shares is 300% of the daily total return of the performance of the MSCI Chile IMI 25/50 Index, while the benchmark for the Direxion Daily Chile Bear 3X Shares is 300% of the inverse, or opposite, of the daily total return of the performance of the MSCI Chile IMI 25/50 Index. If, on a given day, the MSCI Chile IMI 25/50 Index gains 1%, the Direxion Daily Chile Bull 3X Shares is designed to gain approximately 3% (which is equal to 300% of 1%), while the Direxion Daily Chile Bear 3X Shares is designed to lose approximately 3%. Conversely, if the MSCI Chile IMI 25/50 Index loses 1% on a given day, the Direxion Daily Chile Bull 3X Shares is designed to lose approximately 3%, while the Direxion Daily Chile Bear 3X Shares is designed to gain approximately 3% (which is equal to -300% of the 1% index loss).

 

Fund

   Index    Daily
Target
 

Direxion Daily Chile Bull 3X Shares

   MSCI Chile IMI 25/50      300

Direxion Daily Chile Bear 3X Shares

   Index      -300

Direxion Daily Hong Kong Bull 3X Shares

   MSCI Hong Kong      300

Direxion Daily Hong Kong Bear 3X Shares

   Index      -300

Direxion Daily Japan Bull 3X Shares

   MSCI Japan      300

Direxion Daily Japan Bear 3X Shares

   Index      -300

Direxion Daily Mexico Bull 3X Shares

   MSCI Mexico IMI 25/50      300

Direxion Daily Mexico Bear 3X Shares

   Index      -300

To pursue these results, the Funds listed above use aggressive investment techniques such as engaging in futures, swaps and options transactions. As a result, the Funds are designed to be utilized only by knowledgeable investors who understand the potential consequences of seeking daily and daily leveraged investment results, understand the risks associated with the Funds’ use of leverage and are willing to monitor their portfolios frequently. The Funds are not intended to be used by, and are not appropriate for, investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios. There is no assurance that any Fund will achieve its objective and an investment in a Fund could lose money. No single Fund is a complete investment program.

 

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Changes in Investment Objective. Each Fund’s investment objective is not a fundamental policy and may be changed by the Fund’s Board of Trustees without shareholder approval.

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING INVESTMENT TECHNIQUES AND POLICIES

Rafferty, the investment adviser to the Funds, uses a number of investment techniques in an effort to achieve the stated goal for each Fund. The Funds each seek a multiple of 300% of the return of their benchmark indices on a given day. For the 3X Bull Funds, Rafferty attempts to magnify the returns of a 3X Bull Fund’s index or benchmark for a one-day period. The 3X Bear Funds are managed to provide returns inverse (or opposite) by a defined percentage to the return of a 3X Bear Fund’s index or benchmark for a one-day period.

Rafferty creates net “long” positions for the 3X Bull Funds and net “short” positions for the 3X Bear Funds. (Rafferty may create short positions in 3X Bull Funds and long positions in the 3X Bear Funds even though the net exposure in the 3X Bull Funds will be long and the net exposure in the 3X Bear Funds will be short.) Long positions move in the same direction as their index or benchmark, advancing when the index or benchmark advances and declining when the index or benchmark declines. Short positions move in the opposite direction of the index or benchmark, advancing when the index or benchmark declines and declining when the index or benchmark advances. Additionally, none of the Funds seek income that is exempt from federal, state or local income taxes.

In seeking to achieve each Fund’s investment objective, Rafferty uses statistical and quantitative analysis to determine the investments each Fund makes and the techniques it employs. Rafferty relies upon a pre-determined model to generate orders that result in repositioning each Fund’s investments in accordance with its daily investment objective. Using this approach, Rafferty determines the type, quantity and mix of investment positions that it believes in combination should produce daily returns consistent with a Fund’s objective. In general, if a Fund is performing as designed, the return of the index or benchmark will dictate the return for that Fund. Each Fund pursues its investment objective regardless of the market conditions and does not take defensive positions.

Each Fund has a clearly articulated goal which requires the Fund to seek economic exposure in excess of its net assets. To meet its objectives, each Fund invests in some combination of financial instruments so that it generates economic exposure consistent with the Fund’s investment objective.

Each Fund offered in this prospectus significantly invests in: futures contracts; options on securities, indices and futures contracts; equity caps, floors and collars; swap agreements; forward contracts; short positions; reverse repurchase agreements; ETFs; and other financial instruments. In addition, Rafferty uses these types of

investments for the Funds to produce economically “leveraged” investment results. Leveraging allows Rafferty to generate a greater positive or negative return for the Funds than what would be generated on the invested capital without leverage, thus changing small market movements into larger changes in the value of the investments of a Fund.

The 3X Bull Funds generally may hold a representative sample of the securities in its benchmark index. The sampling of securities that is held by a Fund is intended to maintain high correlation with, and similar aggregate characteristics (e.g., market capitalization and industry weightings) to, the benchmark index. A Fund also may invest in securities that are not included in the index or may overweight or underweight certain components of the index. Certain Fund’s assets may be concentrated in an industry or group of industries to the extent that the Fund’s benchmark index concentrates in a particular industry or group of industries. In addition, each Fund offered in this prospectus is non-diversified, which means that it may invest in the securities of a limited number of issuers.

At the close of the markets each trading day, each Fund will position its portfolio to ensure that the Fund’s exposure to its benchmark is consistent with the Fund’s stated goals. The impact of market movements during the day determines whether a portfolio needs to be repositioned. If the target index has risen on a given day, a 3X Bull Fund’s net assets should rise, meaning their exposure may need to be increased. Conversely, if the target index has fallen on a given day, a 3X Bull Fund’s net assets should fall, meaning their exposure may need to be reduced. If the target index has risen on a given day, a 3X Bear Fund’s net assets should fall, meaning its exposure may need to be reduced. If the target index has fallen on a given day, a 3X Bear Fund’s net assets should rise, meaning its exposure may need to be increased. Any of the Funds’ portfolios may also need to be changed to reflect changes in the composition of their index. Rafferty increases a Fund’s exposure when its assets rise and reduces a Fund’s exposure when its assets fall.

The Funds are designed to provide daily leveraged investment returns, before fees and expenses, that are a multiple of the returns of their indices or benchmarks. While Rafferty attempts to minimize any “tracking error” (the statistical measure of the difference between the investment results of a Fund and the performance of its index or benchmark), certain factors will tend to cause a Fund’s investment results to vary from the stated objective. A Fund may have difficulty in achieving its daily target due to fees and expenses, high portfolio turnover, transaction costs, significant purchase and redemption activity by Fund shareholders and/or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund.

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Daily Chile Bull 3X Shares seeks to provide, before fees and expenses, 300% of the daily return of the MSCI Chile IMI 25/50 Index. If the MSCI Chile IMI 25/50 Index gains 2% on a given day, the Direxion Daily Chile Bull 3X Shares would be expected to gain about 6%. Conversely, if the MSCI Chile IMI 25/50 Index declines 2% on a given day, the Direxion Daily Chile Bull 3X Shares would be expected to lose about 6%. However, for a period longer than one day, the pursuit of daily goals may result in daily leveraged compounding for the Funds, which means that the return of an index over a period of time greater than one day multiplied by the Fund’s daily target (e.g., 300% or -300%) generally will not equal a Fund’s performance over that same period. Consider the following examples:

Mary is considering investments in two Funds, Funds A, and B. Fund A is a traditional index ETF which seeks (before fees and expenses) to match the performance of the XYZ index. Fund B is a leveraged ETF and seeks daily leveraged investment results (before fees and expenses) that correspond to 300% of the daily performance of the XYZ index.

On Day 1, the XYZ index increases in value from $100 to $105, a gain of 5%. On Day 2, the XYZ index declines from $105 back to $100, a loss of 4.76%. In the aggregate, the XYZ index has not moved.

An investment in Fund A would be expected to gain 5% on Day 1 and lose 4.76% on Day 2 to return to its original value. The following example assumes a $100 investment in Fund A when the index is also valued at $100:

 

Day    Index
Value
     Index
Performance
    Value of
Investment
 
   $ 100.00         $ 100.00   

1

   $ 105.00         5.00   $ 105.00   

2

   $ 100.00         -4.76   $ 100.00   

The same $100 investment in Fund B, however, would be expected to gain in value on Day 1 but decline in value on Day 2.

The $100 investment in Fund B would be expected to gain 15% on Day 1 (300% of 5%) but decline 14.28% on Day 2.

 

Day    Index
Performance
    300% of
Index
Performance
    Value of
Investment
 
       $ 100.00   

1

     5.00     15.0   $ 115.00   

2

     -4.76     -14.28   $ 98.57   

Although the percentage decline in Fund B is smaller on Day 2 than the percentage gain on Day 1, the loss is applied to a higher principal amount, so the investment in Fund B experiences a loss even when the aggregate index value for the two-day period has not declined.

(These calculations do not include the charges for expense ratio and financing charges.)

As you can see, an investment in Fund B has additional risks due to the effects of leverage and compounding.

The Funds are ETFs that seek daily leveraged investment results. The Funds are intended to be used as short-term trading vehicles. The Funds are not intended to be used by, and are not appropriate for, investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios. The Funds are very different from most mutual funds and ETFs. First, the Funds pursue daily leveraged investment goals, which means that the Funds are riskier than alternatives that do not use leverage because the Funds magnify the performance of the benchmark of an investment. Second, each 3X Bear Fund pursues investment goals which are inverse to the performance of its benchmark, a result opposite of most mutual funds and ETFs. Third, the Funds seek daily leveraged investment results. An investor who purchases shares of a Fund intra-day will generally receive more, or less, than 300% exposure to the target index from that point until the end of the trading day. The actual exposure is a function of the performance of the benchmark from the end of the prior trading day. If a Fund’s shares are held for a period longer than a single trading day, the Fund’s performance is likely to deviate from the multiple of the benchmark performance for the longer period. This deviation will increase with higher index volatility and longer holding periods. As a consequence, investors should not plan to hold the Funds unmonitored for periods longer than a single trading day. Further, the return for investors that invest for periods less than a full trading day or for a period different than a trading day will not be the product of the return of the Fund’s stated goal and the performance of the target index for the full trading day. The Funds are not suitable for all investors.

For investments held for longer than a trading day, volatility in the performance of the benchmark from day to day is the primary cause of any disparity between a Fund’s actual returns, the product of the Fund’s beta and the returns of the benchmark for such longer period. Volatility causes such disparity because it exacerbates the effects of compounding on a Fund’s returns. In addition, the effects of volatility are magnified in the Funds due to leverage. For example, consider the following three examples that demonstrate the effect of volatility on a hypothetical Fund:

Example 1 – Benchmark Index Experiences Low Volatility

Mary invests $10.00 in a 3X Bull Fund at the close of trading on Day 1. During Day 2, the Fund’s benchmark rises from 100 to 102, a 2% gain. Mary’s investment rises 6% to $10.60. Mary holds her investment through the close of trading on Day 3, during which the Fund’s benchmark rises from 102 to 104, a gain of 1.96%. Mary’s

 

 

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investment rises to $11.22, a gain during Day 3 of 5.88%. For the two day period since Mary invested in the Fund, the benchmark gained 4% although Mary’s investment increased by 12.2%. Because the benchmark index continued to trend upwards with low volatility, Mary’s return closely correlates to the 300% return of the return of the index for the period.

John invests $10.00 in a 3X Bear Fund at the close of trading on Day 1. During Day 2, the Fund’s benchmark gains 2%, and John’s investment falls by 6% to $9.40. On Day 3, the benchmark rises by 1.96%, and John’s fund falls by 5.88% to $8.85. For the two day period the benchmark returned 4% while the fund lost 11.5%. John’s return still correlates to -300% return of the index, but not as closely as Mary’s investment in a 3X Bull Fund.

Example 2 – Benchmark Index Experiences High Volatility

Mary invests $10.00 in a 3X Bull Fund after the close of trading on Day 1. During Day 2, the Fund’s benchmark rises from 100 to 102, a 2% gain, and Mary’s investment rises 6% to $10.60. Mary continues to hold her investment through the end of Day 3, during which the Fund’s benchmark declines from 102 to 98, a loss of 3.92%. Mary’s investment declines by 11.76%, from $10.60 to $9.35. For the two day period since Mary invested in the Fund, the Fund’s benchmark index lost 2% while Mary’s investment decreased from $10 to $9.35, a 6.47% loss. The volatility of the benchmark affected the correlation between the benchmark index’s return for the two day period and Mary’s return. In this situation, Mary lost more than three times the return of the benchmark index.

Conversely, John invests $10.00 in a 3X Bear Fund after the close of trading on Day 1. During Day 2, the Fund’s benchmark rises from 100 to 102, a 2% gain, and John’s investment falls 6% to $9.40. John continues to hold his investment through the end of Day 3, during which the Fund’s benchmark declines from 102 to 98, a loss of 3.92%. John’s investment rises by 11.76%, from $9.40 to $10.51. For the two day period since John invested in the Fund, the Fund’s benchmark index lost 2% while John’s investment increased from $10 to $10.51, a 5.06% gain. The volatility of the benchmark affected the correlation between the benchmark index’s return for the two day period and John’s return. In this situation, John gained less than three times the return of the benchmark index.

Example 3 – Intra-day Investment with Volatility

The examples above assumed that Mary purchased the Fund at the close of trading on Day 1 and sold her investment at the close of trading on a subsequent day. However, if she made an investment intra-day, she would have received a beta determined by the performance of the benchmark from the end of the prior trading day until her time of purchase on the next trading day. Consider the following example.

Mary invests $10.00 in a 3X Bull Fund at 11 a.m. on Day 2. From the close of trading on Day 1 until 11 a.m. on Day 2, the index moved from 100 to 102, a 2% gain. In light of that gain, the Fund beta at the point at which Mary invests is 289%. During the remainder of Day 2, the Fund’s benchmark rises from 102 to 110, a gain of 7.84%, and Mary’s investment rises 22.7% (which is the benchmark gain of 7.84% multiplied by the 289% beta that she received) to $12.27. Mary continues to hold her investment through the close of trading on Day 2, during which the Fund’s benchmark declines from 110 to 90, a loss of 18.18%. Mary’s investment declines by 54.5%, from $12.27 to $5.58. For the period of Mary’s investment, the Fund’s benchmark declined from 102 to 90, a loss of 11.76%, while Mary’s investment decreased from $10.00 to $5.58, a 44% loss. The volatility of the benchmark affected the correlation between the benchmark index’s return for period and Mary’s return. In this situation, Mary lost more than three times the return of the benchmark index. Mary was also hurt because she missed the first 2% move of the benchmark and had a beta of 289% for the remainder of Day 2.

The Funds are designed to be utilized only by sophisticated investors, such as traders and active investors employing dynamic strategies. Such investors are expected to monitor and manage their portfolios frequently. Investors in the Funds should: (a) understand the risks associated with the use of leverage, (b) understand the consequences of seeking daily leveraged investment results, (c) understand the risk of shorting, and (d) intend to actively monitor and manage their investments. Investors who do not understand the Funds or do not intend to actively manage their funds and monitor their investments should not buy the Funds. There is no assurance that any of the Funds offered in this prospectus will achieve their objectives and an investment in any Fund could lose money. No single Fund is a complete investment program.

Market Volatility. Each Fund seeks to provide a return which is a multiple of the daily performance of its benchmark. No Fund attempts to, and no Fund should be expected to, provide returns which are a multiple of the return of the benchmark for periods other than a single day. Each Fund rebalances its portfolio on a daily basis, increasing exposure in response to that day’s gains or reducing exposure in response to that day’s losses.

Daily rebalancing will impair a Fund’s performance if the benchmark experiences volatility. For instance, a hypothetical 3X Bull Fund would be expected to lose 11% (as shown in Table 1 below) if its benchmark provided no return over a one year period during which its benchmark experienced annualized volatility of 20%. A hypothetical 3X Bear Fund would be expected to lose 21% (as shown in Table 1 below) if its benchmark provided no return over a one year period during which its benchmark experienced annualized volatility of 20%. If the benchmark’s annualized volatility were to rise to 40%, the hypothetical

 

 

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loss for a one year period for a 3X Bull Fund widens to approximately 38% while the loss for a 3X Bear Fund rises to 62%.

At higher ranges of volatility, there is a chance of a near complete loss of Fund value even if the benchmark is flat. For instance, if annualized volatility of the benchmark is 90%, both the 3X Bull and the 3X Bear Funds targeted to the same benchmark would be expected to lose more than 90% of their value even if the cumulative benchmark return for the year was 0%. An index’s volatility rate is a statistical measure of the magnitude of fluctuations in the returns of an index.

Table 1

 

Volatility

Range

  

3X Bull Fund

Loss

  

3X Bear Fund

Loss

  10%

     -3%      -6%

  20%

   -11%    -21%

  30%

   -24%    -42%

  40%

   -38%    -62%

  50%

   -53%    -78%

  60%

   -67%    -89%

  70%

   -78%    -95%

  80%

   -87%    -98%

  90%

   -92%    -99%

100%

   -96%    -99%

Table 2 shows the annualized rate for each of the indexes to which one of the Funds is benchmarked over the five years ended December 31, 2012. If an index has been in existence for less than 5 years, its inception date is noted next to its name in Table 2. The indexes to which the Funds are benchmarked have annualized historical volatility rates over that period ranging from [        ]% to [        ]%. Since market volatility has negative implications for Funds which rebalance daily, investors should be sure to monitor and manage their investments in the Funds particularly in volatile markets. The negative implications of volatility in Table 1 can be combined with the recent volatility ranges of various indexes in Table 2 to give investors some sense of the risks of holding the Funds for long periods. These tables are intended to simply underscore the fact that the Funds are designed as short-term trading vehicles for investors who intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios. The Funds are not intended to be used by, and are not appropriate for, investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.

Table 2

 

Index

   Volatility  

MSCI Chile IMI 25/50 Index

     [         ]% 

MSCI Hong Kong Index

     [         ]% 

MSCI Japan Index

     [         ]% 

MSCI Mexico IMI 25/50 Index

     [         ]% 

A Precautionary Note to Investors Regarding Dramatic Index Movement. A 3X Bull Fund seeks daily exposure to its target index equal to 300% of its net assets while a 3X Bear Fund seeks daily exposure to its target index equal to -300% of its net assets. As a consequence, a Fund could theoretically lose an amount greater than its net assets in the event of a movement of its target index in excess of 33% in a direction adverse to the Fund (meaning a decline in the value of the target index of a 3X Bull Fund and a gain in the value of the target index for a 3X Bear Fund). Rafferty will attempt to position each Fund’s portfolio to ensure that a Fund does not lose more than 90% of its net asset value on a given day. The cost of such downside protection will be symmetrical limitations on gains. If Rafferty successfully positions a Fund’s portfolio to provide such limits, a Fund’s portfolio and net asset value will not be responsive to movements in its target index beyond 30% in a given day, whether that movement is favorable or adverse to the Fund. For example, if a 3X Bull Fund’s target index were to gain 35%, the 3X Bull Fund might be limited to a daily gain of 90%, which corresponds to 300% of an index gain of 30%, rather than 105%, which is 300% of the index gain of 35%. Rafferty cannot be assured of similarly limiting a Fund’s losses and shareholders should not expect such protection. In short, the risk of total loss exists. In the event of a severe index movement within one trading day, which results in such a limit on gains and losses, a Fund’s performance may be inconsistent with its stated investment objective.

The intra-day value of each Fund’s shares, otherwise known as the “intraday indicative value” or “IIV,” which is disseminated by the Exchange every 15 seconds throughout the business day, is based on the current market value of the securities and cash required to be deposited in exchange for a Creation Unit on the prior business day. The IIV does not necessarily reflect the precise composition of the current portfolio of securities held by a Fund at a particular point in time, nor the best possible valuation of the current portfolio. Therefore, the IIV should not be viewed as a “real-time” update of the Fund’s NAV, which is computed only once a day.

The Projected Return of a 3X Bull Fund for a Single Trading Day. Each 3X Bull Fund seeks to provide a daily return that is a multiple of the daily return of a target index or benchmark. Doing so requires the use of leveraged investment techniques, which necessarily incur financing

 

 

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charges. For instance, the Direxion Daily Chile Bull 3X Shares seeks exposure to its benchmark in an amount equal to 300% of its assets, meaning it uses leveraged investment techniques to seek exposure to the MSCI Chile IMI 25/50 Index in an amount equal to 300% of its net assets. In light of the financing charges and the 3X Bull Funds’ operating expenses, the expected return of the 3X Bull Funds over one trading day is equal to the gross expected return, which is the daily benchmark return multiplied by the 3X Bull Funds’ target, minus (i) financing charges incurred by the portfolio and (ii) daily operating expenses. For instance, if the MSCI Chile IMI 25/50 Index returns 2% on a given day, the gross expected return of the Direxion Daily Chile Bull 3X Shares would be 6%, but the net expected return, which factors in the cost of financing the portfolio and the impact of operating expenses, would be lower. Each Fund will reposition its portfolio at the end of every trading day. Therefore, if an investor purchases Fund shares at close of the markets on a given trading day, the investor’s exposure to the target index of a 3X Bull Fund would reflect 300% of the performance of the index during the following trading day, subject to the charges and expenses noted above, regardless of whether the investor sells the shares during that day.

The Projected Return of a 3X Bear Fund for a Single Trading Day. Each 3X Bear Fund seeks to provide a daily return which is a multiple of the inverse (or opposite) of the daily return of a target index or benchmark. To create the necessary exposure, a 3X Bear Fund engages in short selling – borrowing and selling securities it does not own. The money that a 3X Bear Fund receives from short sales – the short sale proceeds – is an asset of the 3X Bear Fund that can generate income to help offset the 3X Bear Fund’s operating expenses. However, the costs of creating short exposure, which may require the Fund’s counterparties to borrow and sell certain securities, may offset or outweigh such income. As the holder of a short position, a 3X Bear Fund also is responsible for paying the dividends and interest accruing on the short position, which is an expense to the Fund that could cause the Fund to lose money on the short sale and may adversely affect its performance. Each Fund will reposition its portfolio at the end of every trading day. Therefore, if an investor purchases Fund shares at close of the markets on a given trading day, the investor’s exposure to the target index of a 3X Bear Fund would reflect 300% of the inverse performance of the index during the following trading day, subject to the charges and expenses noted above, regardless of whether the investor sells the shares during that day.

The Projected Returns of Funds for Intra-Day Purchases. Because the Funds rebalance their portfolios once daily, an investor who purchases shares during a day will likely have more, or less, than 300% leveraged investment exposure to the target index. The exposure to the target index received by an investor who purchases a Fund intra-day will differ from the Fund’s stated daily leveraged investment goal (e.g., 300% or -300%) by an amount determined by the movement of the target index

from its value at the end of the prior day. If the target index moves in a direction favorable to the Fund between the close of the market on one trading day through the time on the next trading day when the investor purchases Fund shares, the investor will receive less exposure to the target index than the stated fund daily goal (e.g., 300% or -300%). Conversely, if the target index moves in a direction adverse to the Fund, the investor will receive more exposure to the target index than the stated fund daily goal (e.g., 300% or -300%).

Table 3 below indicates the exposure to the target index that an intra-day purchase of a 3X Bull Fund would be expected to provide based upon the movement in the value of a 3X Bull Fund’s target index from the close of the market on the prior trading day. Such exposure holds until a subsequent sale on that same trading day or until the close of the market on that trading day. For instance, if the target index of a 3X Bull Fund has moved 2% in a direction favorable to a 3X Bull Fund, the investor would receive exposure to the performance of the target index from that point until the investor sells later that day or the end of the day equal to approximately 289% of the investor’s investment.

Conversely, if the target index has moved 2% in a direction unfavorable to a 3X Bull Fund, an investor at that point would receive exposure to the performance of the target index from that point until the investor sells later that day or the end of the day equal to approximately 313% of the investor’s investment.

The table includes ranges of index moves from 5% to -5% for the 3X Bull Fund. Index moves beyond the range noted below will result in exposure further from the Fund’s daily goal.

Table 3

 

Index Move

   Resulting Exposure
for 3X Bull Fund
 

-5%

     3.35   

-4%

     3.27   

-3%

     3.20   

-2%

     3.13   

-1%

     3.06   

 0%

     3.00   

 1%

     2.94   

 2%

     2.89   

 3%

     2.83   

 4%

     2.79   

 5%

     2.74   

Table 4 below indicates the exposure to the target index that an intra-day purchase of a 3X Bear Fund would be expected to provide based upon the movement in the value

 

 

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of the 3X Bear Fund’s target index from the close of the market on the prior trading day. Such exposure holds until a subsequent sale on that same trading day or until the close of the market on that trading day. Table 4 indicates that, if the target index of a 3X Bear Fund has moved 2% in a direction favorable to the 3X Bear Fund, the investor would receive exposure to the performance of the target index from that point until the investor sells later that day or the end of the day equal to approximately -277% of the investor’s investment. Conversely, if the target index has moved 2% in a direction unfavorable to the 3X Bear Fund, an investor would receive exposure to the performance of the target index from that point until the investor sells later that day or the end of the day equal to approximately -326% of the investor’s investment.

The table includes a range of index moves from 5% to -5% for the 3X Bear Fund. Index moves beyond the range noted below will result in exposure further from the Fund’s daily goal.

Table 4

 

Index Move

   Resulting Exposure
for 3X Bear Fund
 

-5%

     -2.48   

-4%

     -2.57   

-3%

     -2.67   

-2%

     -2.77   

-1%

     -2.88   

 0%

     -3.00   

 1%

     -3.12   

 2%

     -3.26   

 3%

     -3.40   

 4%

     -3.55   

 5%

     -3.71   

    

 

 

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The Projected Returns of Funds for Periods Other Than a Single Trading Day. The Funds seek leveraged investment results on a daily basis – from the close of regular trading on one trading day to the close on the next trading day - which should not be equated with seeking a leveraged goal for any other period. For instance, if the MSCI Chile IMI 25/50 Index gains 10% for a week, the Direxion Daily Chile Bull 3X Shares should not be expected to provide a return of 30% for the week even if it meets its daily target throughout the week. This is true because of the financing charges noted above but also because the pursuit of daily goals may result in daily leveraged compounding, which means that the return of an index over a period of time greater than one day multiplied by a Fund’s daily target or inverse daily target (e.g., 300% or -300%) will not generally equal a Fund’s performance over that same period. In addition, the effects of compounding become greater the longer Shares are held beyond a single trading day.

The following charts set out a range of hypothetical daily performances during a given 10 trading days of an index and demonstrate how changes in the index impact the Funds’ performance for trading day and cumulatively up to, and including, the entire 10 trading day period. The charts are based on a hypothetical $100 investment in the Funds over a 10 trading day period and do not reflect expenses of any kind.

Table 5 – The Market Lacks a Clear Trend

 

Index

    3X Bull Fund     3X Bear Fund  
     Value      Daily
Performance
    Cumulative
Performance
    NAV      Daily
Performance
    Cumulative
Performance
    NAV      Daily
Performance
    Cumulative
Performance
 
     100           $ 100.00           $ 100.00        

Day 1

     105         5.00     5.00   $ 115.00         15.00     15.00   $ 85.00         -15.00     -15.00

Day 2

     110         4.76     10.00   $ 131.43         14.29     31.43   $ 72.86         -14.29     -27.14

Day 3

     100         -9.09     0.00   $ 95.58         -27.27     -4.42   $ 92.73         27.27     -7.27

Day 4

     90         -10.00     -10.00   $ 66.91         -30.00     -33.09   $ 120.55         30.00     20.55

Day 5

     85         -5.56     -15.00   $ 55.76         -16.67     -44.24   $ 140.64         16.67     40.64

Day 6

     100         17.65     0.00   $ 85.28         52.94     -14.72   $ 66.18         -52.94     -33.82

Day 7

     95         -5.00     -5.00   $ 72.48         -15.00     -27.52   $ 76.11         15.00     -23.89

Day 8

     100         5.26     0.00   $ 83.93         15.79     -16.07   $ 64.09         -15.79     -35.91

Day 9

     105         5.00     5.00   $ 96.52         15.00     -3.48   $ 54.48         -15.00     -45.52

Day 10

     100         -4.76     0.00   $ 82.73         -14.29     -17.27   $ 62.26         14.29     -37.74

The cumulative performance of the index in Table 5 is 0% for 10 trading days. The hypothetical return of the 3X Bull Fund for the 10 trading day period is -17.27%, while the hypothetical return of the 3X Bear Fund is -37.74%. The volatility of the benchmark performance and lack of clear trend results in performance for each Fund for the period which bears little relationship to the performance of the index for the 10 trading day period.

 

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Table 6 – The Market Rises in a Clear Trend

 

Index

    3X Bull Fund     3X Bear Fund  
     Value      Daily
Performance
    Cumulative
Performance
    NAV      Daily
Performance
    Cumulative
Performance
    NAV      Daily
Performance
    Cumulative
Performance
 
     100           $ 100.00           $ 100.00        

Day 1

     102         2.00     2.00   $ 106.00         6.00     6.00   $ 94.00         -6.00     -6.00

Day 2

     104         1.96     4.00   $ 112.24         5.88     12.24   $ 88.47         -5.88     -11.53

Day 3

     106         1.92     6.00   $ 118.71         5.77     18.71   $ 83.37         -5.77     -16.63

Day 4

     108         1.89     8.00   $ 125.43         5.66     25.43   $ 78.65         -5.66     -21.35

Day 5

     110         1.85     10.00   $ 132.40         5.56     32.40   $ 74.28         -5.56     -25.72

Day 6

     112         1.82     12.00   $ 139.62         5.45     39.62   $ 70.23         -5.45     -29.77

Day 7

     114         1.79     14.00   $ 147.10         5.36     47.10   $ 66.46         -5.36     -33.54

Day 8

     116         1.75     16.00   $ 154.84         5.26     54.84   $ 62.97         -5.26     -37.03

Day 9

     118         1.72     18.00   $ 162.85         5.17     62.85   $ 59.71         -5.17     -40.29

Day 10

     120         1.69     20.00   $ 171.13         5.08     71.13   $ 56.67         -5.08     -43.33

The cumulative performance of the index in Table 6 is 20% for 10 trading days. The hypothetical return of the 3X Bull Fund for the 10 trading day period is 71.13%, while the hypothetical return of the 3X Bear Fund is -43.33%. In this case, because of the positive index trend, the 3X Bull Fund gain is greater than 300% of the index gain and the 3X Bear Fund decline is less than -300% of the index gain for the 10 trading day period.

 

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Table 7 – The Market Declines in a Clear Trend

 

Index

    3X Bull Fund     3X Bear Fund  
     Value      Daily
Performance
    Cumulative
Performance
    NAV      Daily
Performance
    Cumulative
Performance
    NAV      Daily
Performance
    Cumulative
Performance
 
     100           $ 100.00           $ 100.00        

Day 1

     98         -2.00     -2.00   $ 94.00         -6.00     -6.00   $ 106.00         6.00     6.00

Day 2

     96         -2.04     -4.00   $ 88.24         -6.12     -11.76   $ 112.49         6.12     12.49

Day 3

     94         -2.08     -6.00   $ 82.73         -6.25     -11.76   $ 119.52         6.25     19.52

Day 4

     92         -2.13     -8.00   $ 77.45         -6.38     -22.55   $ 127.15         6.38     27.15

Day 5

     90         -2.17     -10.00   $ 72.40         -6.52     -27.60   $ 135.44         6.52     35.44

Day 6

     88         -2.22     -12.00   $ 67.57         -6.67     -32.43   $ 144.47         6.67     44.47

Day 7

     86         -2.27     -14.00   $ 62.96         -6.82     -37.04   $ 154.32         6.82     54.32

Day 8

     84         -2.33     -16.00   $ 58.57         -6.98     -41.43   $ 165.09         6.98     65.09

Day 9

     82         -2.38     -18.00   $ 54.39         -7.14     -45.61   $ 176.88         7.14     76.88