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AS FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2017

No. 333-138490

No. 811-21977

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM N-1A

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

  UNDER  
  THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933  
  Pre-Effective Amendment No.  
  Post-Effective Amendment No. 626  
  and/or  
  REGISTRATION STATEMENT  
  UNDER  
  THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940  
  Amendment No. 627  

(Check appropriate box or boxes)

 

 

POWERSHARES EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND TRUST II

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

 

3500 Lacey Road, Suite 700, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515

(Address of Principal Executive Office)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, including Area Code: (800) 983-0903

Anna Paglia, Esquire

3500 Lacey Road, Suite 700, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

 

 

With Copies to:

 

Alan P. Goldberg

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP

191 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1601

Chicago, Illinois 60606

 

Eric S. Purple

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP

1250 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 500

Washington, DC 20036

 

 

APPROXIMATE DATE OF PROPOSED PUBLIC OFFERING:

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

 

immediately upon filing pursuant to paragraph (b)
on September 15, 2017 pursuant to paragraph (b)
60 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)
on (date) pursuant to paragraph (a)
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.

 

 

 


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Prospectus    September 15, 2017

PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II

 

PBUS   PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Portfolio   Bats BZX Exchange, Inc.
PBSM   PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Small Cap Portfolio   Bats BZX Exchange, Inc.
PBDM   PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio   Bats BZX Exchange, Inc.
PBEE   PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio   Bats BZX Exchange, Inc.
PBTP   PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio   Bats BZX Exchange, Inc.

 

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has not approved or disapproved these securities or passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this Prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.


Table of Contents

 

Summary Information

     3  

PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Portfolio

     3  

PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Small Cap Portfolio

     6  

PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio

     9  

PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio

     13  

PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio

     17  

Additional Information About the Funds’ Strategies and Risks

     21  

Tax-Advantaged Structure of ETFs

     30  

Portfolio Holdings

     30  

Management of the Funds

     30  

How to Buy and Sell Shares

     31  

Frequent Purchases and Redemptions of Fund Shares

     32  

Dividends, Other Distributions and Taxes

     33  

Distributor

     34  

Net Asset Value

     34  

Fund Service Providers

     34  

Financial Highlights

     35  

Index Providers

     35  

Disclaimers

     35  

Premium/Discount Information

     37  

Other Information

     37  

 

 

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PBUS

   PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Portfolio

 

 

Summary Information

Investment Objective

The PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results (before fees and expenses) of the MSCI USA Index (the “Underlying Index”).

Fund Fees and Expenses

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund (“Shares”). Investors may pay brokerage commissions on their purchases and sales of Shares, which are not reflected in the table or the example below.

 

Annual Fund Operating Expenses       
(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)      
Management Fees     0.04%  
Other Expenses(1)     0.00%  
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses     0.04%  

 

(1) “Other Expenses” are based on estimated amounts for the current fiscal year.

Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other funds.

This example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then sell 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. This example does not include the brokerage commissions that investors may pay to buy and sell Shares. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, your costs, based on these assumptions, would be:

 

1 Year   3 Years

$4

 

$13

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it purchases and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate will cause the Fund to incur additional transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the example, may affect the Fund’s performance. At the date of this Prospectus, the Fund has not yet commenced operations and portfolio turnover data therefore is not available.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund generally will invest at least 90% of its total assets in common stocks that comprise the Underlying Index. Strictly in accordance with its guidelines and mandated procedures, MSCI Inc. (the “Index Provider”) compiles, maintains and calculates the Underlying Index, which is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-capitalization segments of the U.S. equity market. The Index Provider weights securities in the Underlying Index by their free float-adjusted market capitalization. As of August 31, 2017, the Underlying Index was comprised of 634 common stocks that represent, by free float-adjusted market capitalization, approximately 85% of the equity securities listed on stock exchanges in the United States. The Fund generally invests in all of the securities comprising its Underlying Index in proportion to their weightings in the Underlying Index.

 

 

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The Fund is “non-diversified” and therefore is not required to meet certain diversification requirements under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”).

For the avoidance of doubt, “PureBeta” refers to the market-capitalization weighted methodology of the Fund’s Underlying Index. It does not refer in any way to the purity or absence of errors or flaws of the market-capitalization weighted methodology of the Underlying Index or of the Fund in seeking to track the investment results of the Underlying Index.

Concentration Policy. The Fund will concentrate its investments (i.e., invest more than 25% of the value of its net assets) in securities of issuers in any one industry or group of industries only to the extent that the Underlying Index reflects a concentration in that industry or group of industries. The Fund will not otherwise concentrate its investments in securities of issuers in any one industry or group of industries.

Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund

The following summarizes the principal risks of the Fund.

The Shares will change in value, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund may not achieve its investment objective.

Equity Risk. Equity risk is the risk that the value of equity securities, including common stocks, may fall due to both changes in general economic conditions that impact the market as a whole, as well as factors that directly relate to a specific company or its industry. Such general economic conditions include changes in interest rates, periods of market turbulence or instability, or general and prolonged periods of economic decline and cyclical change. It is possible that a drop in the stock market may depress the price of most or all of the common stocks that the Fund holds. In addition, equity risk includes the risk that investor sentiment toward particular industries will become negative. The value of a company’s common stock may fall solely because of factors, such as an increase in production costs that negatively impact other companies in the same region, industry or sector of the market. A company’s common stock also may decline significantly in price over a short period of time due to factors specific to that company, including decisions made by its management or lower demand for the company’s products or services. For example, an adverse event, such as an unfavorable earnings report or the failure to make anticipated dividend payments, may depress the value of common stock.

Mid-Capitalization Company Risk. Investing in securities of mid-capitalization companies involves greater risk than customarily is associated with investing in larger, more established companies. These companies’ securities may be more volatile and less liquid than those of more established companies. These securities may have returns that vary, sometimes significantly, from the overall securities market. Often mid-capitalization companies and the industries in which they focus are still evolving and, as a result, they may be more sensitive to changing market conditions.

Industry Concentration Risk. In following its methodology, the Underlying Index from time to time may be concentrated to a significant degree in securities of issuers located in a single

industry or sector. To the extent that the Underlying Index concentrates in the securities of issuers in a particular industry or sector, the Fund will also concentrate its investments to approximately the same extent. By concentrating its investments in an industry or sector, the Fund may face more risks than if it were diversified broadly over numerous industries or sectors. Such industry-based risks, any of which may adversely affect the companies in which the Fund invests, may include, but are not limited to, the following: general economic conditions or cyclical market patterns that could negatively affect supply and demand in a particular industry; competition for resources, adverse labor relations, political or world events; obsolescence of technologies; and increased competition or new product introductions that may affect the profitability or viability of companies in an industry. In addition, at times, such industry or sector may be out of favor and underperform other industries or the market as a whole.

Non-Correlation Risk. The Fund’s return may not match the return of the Underlying Index for a number of reasons. For example, the Fund incurs operating expenses not applicable to the Underlying Index and incurs costs in buying and selling securities, especially when rebalancing the Fund’s securities holdings to reflect changes in the composition of the Underlying Index. In addition, the performance of the Fund and the Underlying Index may vary due to asset valuation differences and differences between the Fund’s portfolio and the Underlying Index resulting from legal restrictions, costs or liquidity constraints.

Non-Diversified Fund Risk. Because the Fund is non-diversified and can invest a greater portion of its assets in securities of individual issuers than a diversified fund, changes in the market value of a single investment could cause greater fluctuations in Share price than would occur in a diversified fund. This may increase the Fund’s volatility and cause the performance of a relatively small number of issuers to have a greater impact on the Fund’s performance.

Market Risk. Securities in the Underlying Index are subject to market fluctuations. You should anticipate that the value of the Shares will decline, more or less, to the same extent as any decline in value of the securities in the Underlying Index.

Market Trading Risk. The Fund faces numerous market trading risks, including the potential lack of an active market for the Shares, losses from trading in secondary markets, and disruption in the creation/redemption process of the Fund. Any of these factors may lead to the Shares trading at a premium or discount to the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”).

Authorized Participant Concentration Risk. Only an authorized participant (“AP”) may engage in creation or redemption transactions directly with the Fund. The Fund has a limited number of institutions that may act as APs on an agency basis (i.e., on behalf of other market participants). Such market makers have no obligation to submit creation or redemption orders; consequently, there is no assurance that market makers will establish or maintain an active trading market for the Shares. In addition, to extent that APs exit the business or are unable to proceed with creation and/or redemption orders with respect to the Fund and no other AP is able to step forward to create or

 

 

 

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redeem Creation Units (as defined below), the Shares may be more likely to trade at a premium or discount to NAV and possibly face trading halts and/or delisting.

Index Risk. Unlike many investment companies, the Fund does not utilize an investing strategy that seeks returns in excess of its Underlying Index. Therefore, it would not necessarily buy or sell a security unless that security is added or removed, respectively, from the Underlying Index, even if that security generally is underperforming.

Issuer-Specific Changes Risk. The value of an individual security or particular type of security may be more volatile than the market as a whole and may perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.

Performance

As of the date of this Prospectus, the Fund has not commenced operations and therefore does not have a performance history. Once available, the Fund’s performance information will be accessible on the Fund’s website at www.powershares.com and will provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Fund.

Management of the Fund

Investment Adviser. Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (the “Adviser”).

Portfolio Managers. The following individuals are responsible jointly and primarily for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio:

 

Name    Title with Adviser/Trust   

Date Began

Managing

the Fund

Peter Hubbard    Director of Portfolio Management of the Adviser and Vice President of the Trust    Since September 2017
Michael Jeanette    Senior Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    Since September 2017
Jonathan Nixon    Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    September 2017
Tony Seisser    Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    Since September 2017

Purchase and Sale of Shares

The Fund will issue and redeem Shares at NAV only with APs and only in large blocks of 50,000 Shares (each block of Shares is called a “Creation Unit”), or multiples thereof (“Creation Unit Aggregations”), in exchange for the deposit or delivery of a basket of securities. However, the Fund also reserves the right to permit or require Creation Units to be issued in exchange for cash. Except when aggregated in Creation Units, the Shares are not redeemable securities of the Fund.

Individual Shares may be purchased and sold only on a national securities exchange through brokers. Shares will be listed for trading on the Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. (“BATS”) and because the Shares will trade at market prices rather than NAV, Shares may trade at prices greater than NAV (at a premium), at NAV, or less than NAV (at a discount).

Tax Information

The Fund’s distributions will generally be taxable, typically as either ordinary income or long-term capital gain, unless you are invested through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account; in such cases, taxation will be deferred until assets are withdrawn from the plan. A sale of Shares may result in short- or long-term capital gain or loss.

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), the Fund’s distributor or its related companies may pay the intermediary for certain Fund-related activities, including those that are designed to make the intermediary more knowledgeable about exchange traded products, such as the Fund, as well as for marketing, education or other initiatives related to the sale or promotion of Fund shares. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson or financial adviser to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or financial adviser or visit your financial intermediary’s web-site for more information.

 

 

 

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PBSM

   PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Small Cap Portfolio

 

 

Summary Information

Investment Objective

The PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Small Cap Portfolio (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results (before fees and expenses) of the MSCI USA Small Cap Index (the “Underlying Index”).

Fund Fees and Expenses

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund (“Shares”). Investors may pay brokerage commissions on their purchases and sales of Shares, which are not reflected in the table or the example below.

 

Annual Fund Operating Expenses  
(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)      
Management Fees     0.06%  
Other Expenses(1)     0.00%  
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses     0.06%  

 

(1) “Other Expenses” are based on estimated amounts for the current fiscal year.

Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other funds.

This example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then sell 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. This example does not include the brokerage commissions that investors may pay to buy and sell Shares. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, your costs, based on these assumptions, would be:

 

1 Year   3 Years

$6

 

$19

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it purchases and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate will cause the Fund to incur additional transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the example, may affect the Fund’s performance. At the date of this Prospectus, the Fund has not yet commenced operations and portfolio turnover data therefore is not available.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund generally will invest at least 90% of its total assets in common stocks that comprise the Underlying Index. Strictly in accordance with its guidelines and mandated procedures, MSCI Inc. (the “Index Provider”) compiles, maintains and calculates the Underlying Index, which is designed to measure the performance of the small-capitalization segment of the U.S. equity market. The Index Provider weights securities in the Underlying Index by their free float-adjusted market capitalization. As of August 31, 2017, the Underlying Index was comprised of 1,828 common stocks that represent the

 

 

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bottom, approximately 14% of the equity securities listed on stock exchanges in the United States, ranked by free float-adjusted market capitalization. The Fund generally invests in all of the securities comprising its Underlying Index in proportion to their weightings in the Underlying Index.

The Fund is “non-diversified” and therefore is not required to meet certain diversification requirements under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”).

For the avoidance of doubt, “PureBeta” refers to the market-capitalization weighted methodology of the Fund’s Underlying Index. It does not refer in any way to the purity or absence of errors or flaws of the market-capitalization weighted methodology of the Underlying Index or of the Fund in seeking to track the investment results of the Underlying Index.

Concentration Policy. The Fund will concentrate its investments (i.e., invest more than 25% of the value of its net assets) in securities of issuers in any one industry or group of industries only to the extent that the Underlying Index reflects a concentration in that industry or group of industries. The Fund will not otherwise concentrate its investments in securities of issuers in any one industry or group of industries.

Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund

The following summarizes the principal risks of the Fund.

The Shares will change in value, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund may not achieve its investment objective.

Equity Risk. Equity risk is the risk that the value of equity securities, including common stocks, may fall due to both changes in general economic conditions that impact the market as a whole, as well as factors that directly relate to a specific company or its industry. Such general economic conditions include changes in interest rates, periods of market turbulence or instability, or general and prolonged periods of economic decline and cyclical change. It is possible that a drop in the stock market may depress the price of most or all of the common stocks that the Fund holds. In addition, equity risk includes the risk that investor sentiment toward particular industries will become negative. The value of a company’s common stock may fall solely because of factors, such as an increase in production costs that negatively impact other companies in the same region, industry or sector of the market. A company’s common stock also may decline significantly in price over a short period of time due to factors specific to that company, including decisions made by its management or lower demand for the company’s products or services. For example, an adverse event, such as an unfavorable earnings report or the failure to make anticipated dividend payments, may depress the value of common stock.

Small-Capitalization Company Risk. Investing in securities of small-capitalization companies involves greater risk than customarily is associated with investing in larger, more established companies. These companies’ securities may be more volatile and less liquid than those of more established companies. These securities may have returns that vary, sometimes significantly, from the overall securities market. Often small-capitalization companies and the

industries in which they focus are still evolving, and, as a result, they may be more sensitive to changing market conditions.

Industry Concentration Risk. In following its methodology, the Underlying Index from time to time may be concentrated to a significant degree in securities of issuers located in a single industry or sector. To the extent that the Underlying Index concentrates in the securities of issuers in a particular industry or sector, the Fund will also concentrate its investments to approximately the same extent. By concentrating its investments in an industry or sector, the Fund may face more risks than if it were diversified broadly over numerous industries or sectors. Such industry-based risks, any of which may adversely affect the companies in which the Fund invests, may include, but are not limited to, the following: general economic conditions or cyclical market patterns that could negatively affect supply and demand in a particular industry; competition for resources, adverse labor relations, political or world events; obsolescence of technologies; and increased competition or new product introductions that may affect the profitability or viability of companies in an industry. In addition, at times, such industry or sector may be out of favor and underperform other industries or the market as a whole.

Non-Correlation Risk. The Fund’s return may not match the return of the Underlying Index for a number of reasons. For example, the Fund incurs operating expenses not applicable to the Underlying Index and incurs costs in buying and selling securities, especially when rebalancing the Fund’s securities holdings to reflect changes in the composition of the Underlying Index. In addition, the performance of the Fund and the Underlying Index may vary due to asset valuation differences and differences between the Fund’s portfolio and the Underlying Index resulting from legal restrictions, costs or liquidity constraints.

Non-Diversified Fund Risk. Because the Fund is non-diversified and can invest a greater portion of its assets in securities of individual issuers than a diversified fund, changes in the market value of a single investment could cause greater fluctuations in Share price than would occur in a diversified fund. This may increase the Fund’s volatility and cause the performance of a relatively small number of issuers to have a greater impact on the Fund’s performance.

Market Risk. Securities in the Underlying Index are subject to market fluctuations. You should anticipate that the value of the Shares will decline, more or less, to the same extent as any decline in value of the securities in the Underlying Index.

Market Trading Risk. The Fund faces numerous market trading risks, including the potential lack of an active market for the Shares, losses from trading in secondary markets, and disruption in the creation/redemption process of the Fund. Any of these factors may lead to the Shares trading at a premium or discount to the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”).

Authorized Participant Concentration Risk. Only an authorized participant (“AP”) may engage in creation or redemption transactions directly with the Fund. The Fund has a limited number of institutions that may act as APs on an agency basis (i.e., on behalf of other market participants). Such market makers have no obligation to submit creation or redemption orders;

 

 

 

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consequently, there is no assurance that market makers will establish or maintain an active trading market for the Shares. In addition, to extent that APs exit the business or are unable to proceed with creation and/or redemption orders with respect to the Fund and no other AP is able to step forward to create or redeem Creation Units (as defined below), the Shares may be more likely to trade at a premium or discount to NAV and possibly face trading halts and/or delisting.

Index Risk. Unlike many investment companies, the Fund does not utilize an investing strategy that seeks returns in excess of its Underlying Index. Therefore, it would not necessarily buy or sell a security unless that security is added or removed, respectively, from the Underlying Index, even if that security generally is underperforming.

Issuer-Specific Changes Risk. The value of an individual security or particular type of security may be more volatile than the market as a whole and may perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.

Performance

As of the date of this Prospectus, the Fund has not commenced operations and therefore does not have a performance history. Once available, the Fund’s performance information will be accessible on the Fund’s website at www.powershares.com and will provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Fund.

Management of the Fund

Investment Adviser. Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (the “Adviser”).

Portfolio Managers. The following individuals are responsible jointly and primarily for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio:

 

Name    Title with Adviser/Trust   

Date Began

Managing

the Fund

Peter Hubbard    Director of Portfolio Management of the Adviser and Vice President of the Trust    Since September 2017
Michael Jeanette    Senior Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    Since September 2017
Jonathan Nixon    Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    Since September 2017
Tony Seisser    Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    Since September 2017

Purchase and Sale of Shares

The Fund will issue and redeem Shares at NAV only with APs and only in large blocks of 50,000 Shares (each block of Shares is called a “Creation Unit”), or multiples thereof (“Creation Unit Aggregations”), in exchange for the deposit or delivery of a basket of securities. However, the Fund also reserves the right to permit or require Creation Units to be issued in exchange for cash. Except when aggregated in Creation Units, the Shares are not redeemable securities of the Fund.

Individual Shares may be purchased and sold only on a national securities exchange through brokers. Shares will be listed for trading on the Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. (“BATS”) and because the Shares will trade at market prices rather than NAV, Shares may trade at prices greater than NAV (at a premium), at NAV, or less than NAV (at a discount).

Tax Information

The Fund’s distributions will generally be taxable, typically as either ordinary income or long-term capital gain, unless you are invested through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account; in such cases, taxation will be deferred until assets are withdrawn from the plan. A sale of Shares may result in short- or long-term capital gain or loss.

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), the Fund’s distributor or its related companies may pay the intermediary for certain Fund-related activities, including those that are designed to make the intermediary more knowledgeable about exchange traded products, such as the Fund, as well as for marketing, education or other initiatives related to the sale or promotion of Fund shares. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson or financial adviser to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or financial adviser or visit your financial intermediary’s web-site for more information.

 

 

 

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PBDM

   PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio

 

 

Summary Information

Investment Objective

The PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results (before fees and expenses) of the FTSE Developed ex North America Index (the “Underlying Index”).

Fund Fees and Expenses

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund (“Shares”). Investors may pay brokerage commissions on their purchases and sales of Shares, which are not reflected in the table or the example below.

 

Annual Fund Operating Expenses       
(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)      
Management Fees     0.07%  
Other Expenses(1)     0.00%  
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses     0.07%  

 

(1) “Other Expenses” are based on estimated amounts for the current fiscal year.

Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other funds.

This example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then sell 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. This example does not include the brokerage commissions that investors may pay to buy and sell Shares. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, your costs, based on these assumptions, would be:

 

1 Year   3 Years

$7

 

$23

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it purchases and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate will cause the Fund to incur additional transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the example, may affect the Fund’s performance. At the date of this Prospectus, the Fund has not yet commenced operations and portfolio turnover data therefore is not available.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund generally will invest at least 90% of its total assets in common stocks that comprise the Underlying Index, as well as American depositary receipts (“ADRs”) and global depositary receipts (“GDRs”) that are based on the securities in the Underlying Index. Strictly in accordance with its guidelines and mandated procedures, FTSE International Limited (the “Index Provider”) compiles, maintains and calculates the Underlying Index, which is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-capitalization segments of equity markets of countries around the world that are

 

 

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classified as developed markets within the country classification definition of the Index Provider, excluding the United States and Canada. As of August 31, 2017, the Underlying Index was comprised of 1,423 stocks of companies located in 22 countries that are classified as developed markets by the Index Provider. The Fund generally invests in all of the securities comprising its Underlying Index in proportion to their weightings in the Underlying Index.

The Fund is “non-diversified” and therefore is not required to meet certain diversification requirements under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”).

For the avoidance of doubt, “PureBeta” refers to the market-capitalization weighted methodology of the Fund’s Underlying Index. It does not refer in any way to the purity or absence of errors or flaws of the market-capitalization weighted methodology of the Underlying Index or of the Fund in seeking to track the investment results of the Underlying Index.

Concentration Policy. The Fund will concentrate its investments (i.e., invest more than 25% of the value of its net assets) in securities of issuers in any one industry or group of industries only to the extent that the Underlying Index reflects a concentration in that industry or group of industries. The Fund will not otherwise concentrate its investments in securities of issuers in any one industry or group of industries.

Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund

The following summarizes the principal risks of the Fund.

The Shares will change in value, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund may not achieve its investment objective.

Foreign Investments Risk. Investments in the securities of non-U.S. issuers involve risks beyond those associated with investments in U.S. securities. Foreign securities may have relatively low market liquidity, greater market volatility, decreased publicly available information and less reliable financial information about issuers, and inconsistent and potentially less stringent accounting, auditing and financial reporting requirements and standards of practice comparable to those applicable to domestic issuers. Foreign securities also are subject to the risks of expropriation, nationalization, political instability or other adverse political or economic developments and the difficulty of enforcing obligations in other countries. Investments in foreign securities also may be subject to dividend withholding or confiscatory taxes, currency blockage and/or transfer restrictions and higher transactional costs. As the Fund will invest in securities denominated in foreign currencies, fluctuations in the value of the U.S. dollar relative to the values of other currencies may adversely affect investments in foreign securities and may negatively impact the Fund’s returns.

ADR and GDR Risk. ADRs are certificates that evidence ownership of shares of a foreign issuer and are alternatives to purchasing directly the underlying foreign securities in their national markets and currencies. GDRs are certificates issued by an international bank that generally are traded and denominated in the currencies of countries other than the home country of the issuer of the underlying shares. ADRs and GDRs may be subject to certain of the risks associated with direct investments in the securities of

foreign companies, such as currency, political, economic and market risks, because their values depend on the performance of the non-dollar denominated underlying foreign securities.

Equity Risk. Equity risk is the risk that the value of equity securities, including common stocks, may fall due to both changes in general economic conditions that impact the market as a whole, as well as factors that directly relate to a specific company or its industry. Such general economic conditions include changes in interest rates, periods of market turbulence or instability, or general and prolonged periods of economic decline and cyclical change. It is possible that a drop in the stock market may depress the price of most or all of the common stocks that the Fund holds. In addition, equity risk includes the risk that investor sentiment toward particular industries will become negative. The value of a company’s common stock may fall solely because of factors, such as an increase in production costs that negatively impact other companies in the same region, industry or sector of the market. A company’s common stock also may decline significantly in price over a short period of time due to factors specific to that company, including decisions made by its management or lower demand for the company’s products or services. For example, an adverse event, such as an unfavorable earnings report or the failure to make anticipated dividend payments, may depress the value of common stock.

Currency Risk. Because the Fund’s NAV is determined in U.S. dollars, the Fund’s NAV could decline if the currency of a non-U.S. market in which the Fund invests depreciates against the U.S. dollar. Generally, an increase in the value of the U.S. dollar against a foreign currency will reduce the value of a security denominated in that foreign currency, thereby decreasing the Fund’s overall NAV. Exchange rates may be volatile and may change quickly and unpredictably in response to both global economic developments and economic conditions, causing an adverse impact on the Fund. As a result, investors have the potential for losses regardless of the length of time they intend to hold Shares.

Mid-Capitalization Company Risk. Investing in securities of mid- capitalization companies involves greater risk than customarily is associated with investing in larger, more established companies. These companies’ securities may be more volatile and less liquid than those of more established companies. These securities may have returns that vary, sometimes significantly, from the overall securities market. Often mid-capitalization companies and the industries in which they focus are still evolving and, as a result, they may be more sensitive to changing market conditions.

Geographic Risk. A natural or other disaster could occur in a geographic region in which the Fund invests, which could affect the economy or particular business operations of companies in that specific geographic region and adversely impact the Fund’s investments in the affected region.

Industry Concentration Risk. In following its methodology, the Underlying Index from time to time may be concentrated to a significant degree in securities of issuers located in a single industry or sector. To the extent that the Underlying Index concentrates in the securities of issuers in a particular industry or sector, the Fund will also concentrate its investments to

 

 

 

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approximately the same extent. By concentrating its investments in an industry or sector, the Fund may face more risks than if it were diversified broadly over numerous industries or sectors. Such industry-based risks, any of which may adversely affect the companies in which the Fund invests, may include, but are not limited to, the following: general economic conditions or cyclical market patterns that could negatively affect supply and demand in a particular industry; competition for resources, adverse labor relations, political or world events; obsolescence of technologies; and increased competition or new product introductions that may affect the profitability or viability of companies in an industry. In addition, at times, such industry or sector may be out of favor and underperform other industries or the market as a whole.

Non-Correlation Risk. The Fund’s return may not match the return of the Underlying Index for a number of reasons. For example, the Fund incurs operating expenses not applicable to the Underlying Index and incurs costs in buying and selling securities, especially when rebalancing the Fund’s securities holdings to reflect changes in the composition of the Underlying Index. In addition, the performance of the Fund and the Underlying Index may vary due to asset valuation differences and differences between the Fund’s portfolio and the Underlying Index resulting from legal restrictions, costs or liquidity constraints.

Non-Diversified Fund Risk. Because the Fund is non-diversified and can invest a greater portion of its assets in securities of individual issuers than a diversified fund, changes in the market value of a single investment could cause greater fluctuations in Share price than would occur in a diversified fund. This may increase the Fund’s volatility and cause the performance of a relatively small number of issuers to have a greater impact on the Fund’s performance.

Market Risk. Securities in the Underlying Index are subject to market fluctuations. You should anticipate that the value of the Shares will decline, more or less, to the same extent as any decline in value of the securities in the Underlying Index.

Market Trading Risk. The Fund faces numerous market trading risks, including the potential lack of an active market for the Shares, losses from trading in secondary markets, and disruption in the creation/redemption process of the Fund. Any of these factors may lead to the Shares trading at a premium or discount to the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”).

Authorized Participant Concentration Risk. Only an authorized participant (“AP”) may engage in creation or redemption transactions directly with the Fund. The Fund has a limited number of institutions that may act as APs on an agency basis (i.e., on behalf of other market participants). Such market makers have no obligation to submit creation or redemption orders; consequently, there is no assurance that market makers will establish or maintain an active trading market for the Shares. In addition, to extent that APs exit the business or are unable to proceed with creation and/or redemption orders with respect to the Fund and no other AP is able to step forward to create or redeem Creation Units (as defined below), the Shares may be more likely to trade at a premium or discount to NAV and possibly face trading halts and/or delisting.

Valuation Risk. Financial information related to securities of non-U.S. issuers may be less reliable than information related to securities of U.S. issuers, which may make it difficult to obtain a current price for a non-U.S. security held by the Fund. In certain circumstances, market quotations may not be readily available for some Fund securities, and those securities may be fair valued. The value established for a security through fair valuation may be different from what would be produced if the security had been valued using market quotations. Fund securities that are valued using techniques other than market quotations, including “fair valued” securities, may be subject to greater fluctuation in their value from one day to the next than would be the case if market quotations were used. In addition, there is no assurance that the Fund could sell a portfolio security for the value established for it at any time, and it is possible that the Fund would incur a loss because a security is sold at a discount to its established value.

Index Risk. Unlike many investment companies, the Fund does not utilize an investing strategy that seeks returns in excess of its Underlying Index. Therefore, it would not necessarily buy or sell a security unless that security is added or removed, respectively, from the Underlying Index, even if that security generally is underperforming.

Issuer-Specific Changes Risk. The value of an individual security or particular type of security may be more volatile than the market as a whole and may perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.

Performance

As of the date of this Prospectus, the Fund has not commenced operations and therefore does not have a performance history. Once available, the Fund’s performance information will be accessible on the Fund’s website at www.powershares.com and will provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Fund.

Management of the Fund

Investment Adviser. Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (the “Adviser”).

Portfolio Managers. The following individuals are responsible jointly and primarily for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio:

 

Name    Title with Adviser/Trust   

Date Began

Managing

the Fund

Peter Hubbard    Director of Portfolio Management of the Adviser and Vice President of the Trust    Since September 2017
Michael Jeanette    Senior Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    Since September 2017
Jonathan Nixon    Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    Since September 2017
Tony Seisser    Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    Since September 2017

Purchase and Sale of Shares

The Fund will issue and redeem Shares at NAV only with APs and only in large blocks of 100,000 Shares (each block of Shares is

 

 

 

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called a “Creation Unit”), or multiples thereof (“Creation Unit Aggregations”), in exchange for the deposit or delivery of a basket of securities. However, the Fund also reserves the right to permit or require Creation Units to be issued in exchange for cash. Except when aggregated in Creation Units, the Shares are not redeemable securities of the Fund.

Individual Shares may be purchased and sold only on a national securities exchange through brokers. Shares will be listed for trading on the Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. (“BATS”) and because the Shares will trade at market prices rather than NAV, Shares may trade at prices greater than NAV (at a premium), at NAV, or less than NAV (at a discount).

Tax Information

The Fund’s distributions will generally be taxable, typically as either ordinary income or long-term capital gain, unless you are invested through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account; in such cases, taxation will be deferred until assets are withdrawn from the plan. A sale of Shares may result in short- or long-term capital gain or loss.

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), the Fund’s distributor or its related companies may pay the intermediary for certain Fund-related activities, including those that are designed to make the intermediary more knowledgeable about exchange traded products, such as the Fund, as well as for marketing, education or other initiatives related to the sale or promotion of Fund shares. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson or financial adviser to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or financial adviser or visit your financial intermediary’s web-site for more information.

 

 

 

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PBEE

   PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio

 

 

Summary Information

Investment Objective

The PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results (before fees and expenses) of the FTSE Emerging Index (the “Underlying Index”).

Fund Fees and Expenses

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund (“Shares”). Investors may pay brokerage commissions on their purchases and sales of Shares, which are not reflected in the table or the example below.

 

Annual Fund Operating Expenses  
(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)      
Management Fees     0.14%  
Other Expenses(1)     0.00%  
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses     0.14%  

 

(1) “Other Expenses” are based on estimated amounts for the current fiscal year.

Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other funds.

This example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then sell 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. This example does not include the brokerage commissions that investors may pay to buy and sell Shares. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, your costs, based on these assumptions, would be:

 

1 Year   3 Years

$14

 

$45

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it purchases and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate will cause the Fund to incur additional transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the example, may affect the Fund’s performance. At the date of this Prospectus, the Fund has not yet commenced operations and portfolio turnover data therefore is not available.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund generally will invest at least 90% of its total assets common stocks that comprise the Underlying Index, as well as American depositary receipts (“ADRs”) and global depositary receipts (“GDRs”) that are based on the securities in the Underlying Index. Strictly in accordance with its guidelines and mandated procedures, FTSE International Limited (the “Index Provider”) compiles, maintains and calculates the Underlying Index, which is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-capitalization segments of equity markets of countries around the world that are

 

 

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classified as emerging markets within the country classification definition of the Index Provider. The Index Provider defines the large-and mid-capitalization segments as approximately the top 90% of the eligible universe. As of August 31, 2017, the Underlying Index was comprised of 991 stocks of companies located in 23 countries that are classified as emerging markets by the Index Provider. The Fund does not purchase all of the securities in the Underlying Index; instead, the Fund utilizes a “sampling” methodology to seek to achieve its investment objective.

The Fund is “non-diversified” and therefore is not required to meet certain diversification requirements under the Investment Company of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”).

For the avoidance of doubt, “PureBeta” refers to the market-capitalization weighted methodology of the Fund’s Underlying Index. It does not refer in any way to the purity or absence of errors or flaws of the market-capitalization weighted methodology of the Underlying Index or of the Fund in seeking to track the investment results of the Underlying Index.

Concentration Policy. The Fund will concentrate its investments (i.e., invest more than 25% of the value of its net assets) in securities of issuers in any one industry or group of industries only to the extent that the Underlying Index reflects a concentration in that industry or group of industries. The Fund will not otherwise concentrate its investments in securities of issuers in any one industry or group of industries.

Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund

The following summarizes the principal risks of the Fund.

The Shares will change in value, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund may not achieve its investment objective.

Foreign Investments Risk. Investments in the securities of non-U.S. issuers involve risks beyond those associated with investments in U.S. securities. Foreign securities may have relatively low market liquidity, greater market volatility, decreased publicly available information and less reliable financial information about issuers, and inconsistent and potentially less stringent accounting, auditing and financial reporting requirements and standards of practice comparable to those applicable to domestic issuers. Foreign securities also are subject to the risks of expropriation, nationalization, political instability or other adverse political or economic developments and the difficulty of enforcing obligations in other countries. Investments in foreign securities also may be subject to dividend withholding or confiscatory taxes, currency blockage and/or transfer restrictions and higher transactional costs. As the Fund will invest in securities denominated in foreign currencies, fluctuations in the value of the U.S. dollar relative to the values of other currencies may adversely affect investments in foreign securities and may negatively impact the Fund’s returns.

Emerging Markets Investment Risk. Investments in the securities of issuers in emerging market countries involve risks often not associated with investments in the securities of issuers in developed countries. Securities in emerging markets may be subject to greater price fluctuations than securities in more

developed markets. Fluctuations in the value of the U.S. dollar relative to the values of other currencies may adversely affect investments in emerging market securities, and emerging market securities may have relatively low market liquidity, decreased publicly available information about issuers, and inconsistent and potentially less stringent accounting, auditing and financial reporting requirements and standards of practice comparable to those applicable to domestic issuers. Emerging market securities also are subject to the risks of expropriation, nationalization or other adverse political or economic developments and the difficulty of enforcing obligations in other countries. Investments in emerging market securities also may be subject to dividend withholding or confiscatory taxes, currency blockage and/or transfer restrictions. Emerging markets usually are subject to greater market volatility, lower trading volume, political and economic instability, uncertainty regarding the existence of trading markets and more governmental limitations on foreign investment than are more developed markets. Securities law in many emerging market countries is relatively new and unsettled. Therefore, laws regarding foreign investment in emerging market securities, securities regulation, title to securities, and shareholder rights may change quickly and unpredictably. In addition, the enforcement of systems of taxation at federal, regional and local levels in emerging market countries may be inconsistent and subject to sudden change.

ADR and GDR Risk. ADRs are certificates that evidence ownership of shares of a foreign issuer and are alternatives to purchasing directly the underlying foreign securities in their national markets and currencies. GDRs are certificates issued by an international bank that generally are traded and denominated in the currencies of countries other than the home country of the issuer of the underlying shares. ADRs and GDRs may be subject to certain of the risks associated with direct investments in the securities of foreign companies, such as currency, political, economic and market risks, because their values depend on the performance of the non-dollar denominated underlying foreign securities.

Equity Risk. Equity risk is the risk that the value of equity securities, including common stocks, may fall due to both changes in general economic conditions that impact the market as a whole, as well as factors that directly relate to a specific company or its industry. Such general economic conditions include changes in interest rates, periods of market turbulence or instability, or general and prolonged periods of economic decline and cyclical change. It is possible that a drop in the stock market may depress the price of most or all of the common stocks that the Fund holds. In addition, equity risk includes the risk that investor sentiment toward particular industries will become negative. The value of a company’s common stock may fall solely because of factors, such as an increase in production costs that negatively impact other companies in the same region, industry or sector of the market. A company’s common stock also may decline significantly in price over a short period of time due to factors specific to that company, including decisions made by its management or lower demand for the company’s products or services. For example, an adverse event, such as an unfavorable earnings report or the failure to make anticipated dividend payments, may depress the value of common stock.

 

 

 

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Currency Risk. Because the Fund’s NAV is determined in U.S. dollars, the Fund’s NAV could decline if the currency of a non-U.S. market in which the Fund invests depreciates against the U.S. dollar. Generally, an increase in the value of the U.S. dollar against a foreign currency will reduce the value of a security denominated in that foreign currency, thereby decreasing the Fund’s overall NAV. Exchange rates may be volatile and may change quickly and unpredictably in response to both global economic developments and economic conditions, causing an adverse impact on the Fund. As a result, investors have the potential for losses regardless of the length of time they intend to hold Shares.

Mid-Capitalization Company Risk. Investing in securities of mid-capitalization companies involves greater risk than customarily is associated with investing in larger, more established companies. These companies’ securities may be more volatile and less liquid than those of more established companies. These securities may have returns that vary, sometimes significantly, from the overall securities market. Often mid-capitalization companies and the industries in which they focus are still evolving and, as a result, they may be more sensitive to changing market conditions.

Geographic Risk. A natural or other disaster could occur in a geographic region in which the Fund invests, which could affect the economy or particular business operations of companies in that specific geographic region and adversely impact the Fund’s investments in the affected region.

Industry Concentration Risk. In following its methodology, the Underlying Index from time to time may be concentrated to a significant degree in securities of issuers located in a single industry or sector. To the extent that the Underlying Index concentrates in the securities of issuers in a particular industry or sector, the Fund will also concentrate its investments to approximately the same extent. By concentrating its investments in an industry or sector, the Fund may face more risks than if it were diversified broadly over numerous industries or sectors. Such industry-based risks, any of which may adversely affect the companies in which the Fund invests, may include, but are not limited to, the following: general economic conditions or cyclical market patterns that could negatively affect supply and demand in a particular industry; competition for resources, adverse labor relations, political or world events; obsolescence of technologies; and increased competition or new product introductions that may affect the profitability or viability of companies in an industry. In addition, at times, such industry or sector may be out of favor and underperform other industries or the market as a whole.

Non-Correlation Risk. The Fund’s return may not match the return of the Underlying Index for a number of reasons. For example, the Fund incurs operating expenses not applicable to the Underlying Index and incurs costs in buying and selling securities, especially when rebalancing the Fund’s securities holdings to reflect changes in the composition of the Underlying Index. In addition, the performance of the Fund and the Underlying Index may vary due to asset valuation differences and differences between the Fund’s portfolio and the Underlying Index resulting from legal restrictions, costs or liquidity constraints.

Non-Diversified Fund Risk. Because the Fund is non-diversified and can invest a greater portion of its assets in securities of individual

issuers than a diversified fund, changes in the market value of a single investment could cause greater fluctuations in Share price than would occur in a diversified fund. This may increase the Fund’s volatility and cause the performance of a relatively small number of issuers to have a greater impact on the Fund’s performance.

Sampling Risk. The Fund’s use of a representative sampling approach will result in it holding a smaller number of securities than are in the Underlying Index. As a result, an adverse development to an issuer of securities that the Fund holds could result in a greater decline in NAV than would be the case if the Fund held all of the securities in the Underlying Index. To the extent the assets in the Fund are smaller, these risks will be greater.

Market Risk. Securities in the Underlying Index are subject to market fluctuations. You should anticipate that the value of the Shares will decline, more or less, to the same extent as any decline in value of the securities in the Underlying Index.

Market Trading Risk. The Fund faces numerous market trading risks, including the potential lack of an active market for the Shares, losses from trading in secondary markets, and disruption in the creation/redemption process of the Fund. Any of these factors may lead to the Shares trading at a premium or discount to the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”).

Authorized Participant Concentration Risk. Only an authorized participant (“AP”) may engage in creation or redemption transactions directly with the Fund. The Fund has a limited number of institutions that may act as APs on an agency basis (i.e., on behalf of other market participants). Such market makers have no obligation to submit creation or redemption orders; consequently, there is no assurance that market makers will establish or maintain an active trading market for the Shares. In addition, to extent that APs exit the business or are unable to proceed with creation and/or redemption orders with respect to the Fund and no other AP is able to step forward to create or redeem Creation Units (as defined below), the Shares may be more likely to trade at a premium or discount to NAV and possibly face trading halts and/or delisting.

Valuation Risk. Financial information related to securities of non-U.S. issuers may be less reliable than information related to securities of U.S. issuers, which may make it difficult to obtain a current price for a non-U.S. security held by the Fund. In certain circumstances, market quotations may not be readily available for some Fund securities, and those securities may be fair valued. The value established for a security through fair valuation may be different from what would be produced if the security had been valued using market quotations. Fund securities that are valued using techniques other than market quotations, including “fair valued” securities, may be subject to greater fluctuation in their value from one day to the next than would be the case if market quotations were used. In addition, there is no assurance that the Fund could sell a portfolio security for the value established for it at any time, and it is possible that the Fund would incur a loss because a security is sold at a discount to its established value.

 

 

 

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Index Risk. Unlike many investment companies, the Fund does not utilize an investing strategy that seeks returns in excess of its Underlying Index. Therefore, it would not necessarily buy or sell a security unless that security is added or removed, respectively, from the Underlying Index, even if that security generally is underperforming.

Issuer-Specific Changes Risk. The value of an individual security or particular type of security may be more volatile than the market as a whole and may perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.

Performance

As of the date of this Prospectus, the Fund has not commenced operations and therefore does not have a performance history. Once available, the Fund’s performance information will be accessible on the Fund’s website at www.powershares.com and will provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Fund.

Management of the Fund

Investment Adviser. Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (the “Adviser”).

Portfolio Managers. The following individuals are responsible jointly and primarily for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio:

 

Name    Title with Adviser/Trust   

Date Began

Managing

the Fund

Peter Hubbard   

Director of Portfolio Management of the Adviser

and Vice President of the Trust

   Since September 2017
Michael Jeanette    Senior Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    Since September 2017
Jonathan Nixon    Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    Since September 2017
Tony Seisser    Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    Since September 2017

Purchase and Sale of Shares

The Fund will issue and redeem Shares at NAV only with APs and only in large blocks of 100,000 Shares (each block of Shares is called a “Creation Unit”), or multiples thereof (“Creation Unit Aggregations”), in exchange for the deposit or delivery of a basket of securities. However, the Fund also reserves the right to permit or require Creation Units to be issued in exchange for cash. Except when aggregated in Creation Units, the Shares are not redeemable securities of the Fund.

Individual Shares may be purchased and sold only on a national securities exchange through brokers. Shares will be listed for trading on the Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. (“BATS”) and because the Shares will trade at market prices rather than NAV, Shares may trade at prices greater than NAV (at a premium), at NAV, or less than NAV (at a discount).

Tax Information

The Fund’s distributions will generally be taxable, typically as either ordinary income or long-term capital gain, unless you are invested through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account; in such cases, taxation will be deferred until assets are withdrawn from the plan. A sale of Shares may result in short- or long-term capital gain or loss.

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), the Fund’s distributor or its related companies may pay the intermediary for certain Fund-related activities, including those that are designed to make the intermediary more knowledgeable about exchange traded products, such as the Fund, as well as for marketing, education or other initiatives related to the sale or promotion of Fund shares. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson or financial adviser to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or financial adviser or visit your financial intermediary’s web-site for more information.

 

 

 

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PBTP

   PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio

 

 

Summary Information

Investment Objective

The PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio (the “Fund”) seeks to track the investment results (before fees and expenses) of The BofA Merrill Lynch 0-5 Year US Inflation-Linked Treasury IndexSM (the “Underlying Index”).

Fund Fees and Expenses

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund (“Shares”). Investors may pay brokerage commissions on their purchases and sales of Shares, which are not reflected in the table or the example below.

 

Annual Fund Operating Expenses  
(expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)      
Management Fees     0.07%  
Other Expenses(1)     0.00%  
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses     0.07%  

 

(1) “Other Expenses” are based on estimated amounts for the current fiscal year.

Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other funds.

This example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then sell 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. This example does not include the brokerage commissions that investors may pay to buy and sell Shares. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, your costs, based on these assumptions, would be:

 

1 Year   3 Years

$7

 

$23

Portfolio Turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it purchases and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate will cause the Fund to incur additional transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the example, may affect the Fund’s performance. At the date of this Prospectus, the Fund has not yet commenced operations and portfolio turnover data therefore is not available.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund generally will invest at least 80% of its total assets in the component securities that comprise the Underlying Index. Strictly in accordance with its guidelines and mandated procedures, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (the “Index Provider”) compiles, maintains and calculates the Underlying Index, which is designed to measure the performance of the shorter maturity subset of the U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (“TIPS”) market, represented by TIPS with a remaining maturity of at least one month and less than five years.

TIPS are U.S. dollar-denominated, U.S. government debt securities that are publicly offered for sale in the United States. TIPS are “inflation-linked,” meaning that their

 

 

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principal and interest payments are tied to inflation (as measured by the Consumer Price Index). TIPS are issued by the U.S. Treasury, and their payments are supported by the full faith and credit of the United States.

To qualify for inclusion in the Underlying Index, securities must have: (i) at least one month but less than five years remaining term to final maturity; (ii) at least 18 months to maturity when issued; and (iii) a minimum amount outstanding of $1 billion. Original issue zero coupon bonds may be included in the Underlying Index, and the amounts outstanding of qualifying coupon securities are not reduced by any portions that have been stripped. Underlying Index constituents are market capitalization-weighted. The Fund generally invests in all of the securities comprising its Underlying Index in proportion to their weightings in the Underlying Index.

The Fund is “non-diversified” and therefore is not required to meet certain diversification requirements under the Investment Company of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”).

For the avoidance of doubt, “PureBeta” refers to the market-capitalization weighted methodology of the Fund’s Underlying Index. It does not refer in any way to the purity or absence of errors or flaws of the market-capitalization weighted methodology of the Underlying Index or of the Fund in seeking to track the investment results of the Underlying Index.

Concentration Policy. The Fund will concentrate its investments (i.e., invest more than 25% of the value of its net assets) in securities of issuers in any one industry or group of industries only to the extent that the Underlying Index reflects a concentration in that industry or group of industries. The Fund will not otherwise concentrate its investments in securities of issuers in any one industry or group of industries.

Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund

The following summarizes the principal risks of the Fund.

The Shares will change in value, and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund may not achieve its investment objective.

Fixed-Income Securities Risk. Fixed-income securities are subject to interest rate risk and credit risk. Interest rate risk refers to fluctuations in the value of a fixed-income security resulting from changes in the general level of interest rates. When the general level of interest rates goes up, the prices of most fixed-income securities go down. When the general level of interest rates goes down, the prices of most fixed-income securities go up. Fixed-income securities with longer maturities typically are more sensitive to changes in interest rates, making them more volatile than securities with shorter maturities. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the issuer of a security will be unable and/or unwilling to make timely interest payments and/or repay the principal on its debt. Debt instruments are subject to varying degrees of credit risk, which may be reflected in credit ratings. There is a possibility that the credit rating of a fixed-income security may be downgraded after purchase, which may adversely affect the value of the security.

Changing Fixed-Income Market Conditions Risk. The current historically low interest rate environment was created in part by the Federal Reserve Board (“FRB”) and certain foreign central banks keeping the federal funds and equivalent foreign rates near, at or below zero. The “tapering” in 2015 of the FRB’s quantitative easing program, combined with the FRB’s recent raising of the target range for the Federal Funds Rate (and possible continued fluctuations in equivalent foreign rates) may expose fixed-income markets to heightened volatility and reduced liquidity for certain fixed-income investments, particularly those with longer maturities, although it is difficult to predict the impact of this rate increase and any future rate increases on various markets. In addition, decreases in fixed-income dealer market-making capacity may also potentially lead to heightened volatility and reduced liquidity in the fixed-income markets. As a result, the value of the Fund’s investments and share price may decline. Changes in central bank policies could also result in higher than normal shareholder redemptions, which could potentially increase portfolio turnover rate and the Fund’s transaction costs.

Liquidity Risk. Liquidity risk exists when a particular investment is difficult to purchase or sell. If the Fund invests in illiquid securities or current portfolio securities become illiquid, it may reduce the returns of the Fund because the Fund may be unable to sell the illiquid securities at an advantageous time or price.

Call Risk. If interest rates fall, it is possible that issuers of callable securities with high interest coupons will “call” (or prepay) their bonds before their maturity date. If an issuer exercised such a call during a period of declining interest rates, the Fund may have to replace such called security with a lower yielding security. If that were to happen, the Fund’s net investment income could fall.

Short-Term and Intermediate-Term Bond Risk. The Fund will invest in bonds with short or intermediate terms (i.e., five years or less) until maturity. The amount of time until a fixed income security matures can lead to various risks, including changes in interest rates over the life of a bond. Short-term and intermediate-term fixed income securities generally provide lower returns than longer-term fixed income securities. The average maturity of the Fund’s investments will affect the volatility of the Fund’s share price.

Inflation-Linked Security Risk. The value of inflation-linked securities generally will fluctuate in response to changes in real interest rates, generally decreasing when real interest rates rise and increasing when real interest rates fall. Real interest rates represent nominal (or stated) interest rates reduced by the expected impact of inflation. In addition, interest payments on inflation-indexed securities will generally vary up or down along with the rate of inflation.

U.S. Government Obligation Risk. The Fund may invest in U.S. government obligations issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government, its agencies and instrumentalities, including bills, notes and bonds issued by the U.S. Treasury. U.S. Government securities include securities that are issued or guaranteed by the United States Treasury, by various agencies of the U.S. Government, or by various instrumentalities which have been established or sponsored by the U.S. Government. U.S. Treasury

 

 

 

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securities are backed by the “full faith and credit” of the United States. Securities issued or guaranteed by federal agencies and U.S. Government-sponsored instrumentalities may or may not be backed by the full faith and credit of the United States. In the case of those U.S. Government securities not backed by the full faith and credit of the United States, the investor must look principally to the agency or instrumentality issuing or guaranteeing the security for ultimate repayment, and may not be able to assert a claim against the United States itself in the event that the agency or instrumentality does not meet its commitment. The U.S. Government, its agencies and instrumentalities do not guarantee the market value of their securities, and consequently, the value of such securities may fluctuate.

Non-Correlation Risk. The Fund’s return may not match the return of the Underlying Index for a number of reasons. For example, the Fund incurs operating expenses not applicable to the Underlying Index and incurs costs in buying and selling securities, especially when rebalancing the Fund’s securities holdings to reflect changes in the composition of the Underlying Index. In addition, the performance of the Fund and the Underlying Index may vary due to asset valuation differences and differences between the Fund’s portfolio and the Underlying Index resulting from legal restrictions, costs or liquidity constraints.

Non-Diversified Fund Risk. Because the Fund is non-diversified and can invest a greater portion of its assets in securities of individual issuers than a diversified fund, changes in the market value of a single investment could cause greater fluctuations in Share price than would occur in a diversified fund. This may increase the Fund’s volatility and cause the performance of a relatively small number of issuers to have a greater impact on the Fund’s performance.

Industry Concentration Risk. In following its methodology, the Underlying Index from time to time may be concentrated to a significant degree in securities of issuers located in a single industry or sector. To the extent that the Underlying Index concentrates in the securities of issuers in a particular industry or sector, the Fund will also concentrate its investments to approximately the same extent. By concentrating its investments in an industry or sector, the Fund may face more risks than if it were diversified broadly over numerous industries or sectors. Such industry-based risks, any of which may adversely affect the companies in which the Fund invests, may include, but are not limited to, the following: general economic conditions or cyclical market patterns that could negatively affect supply and demand in a particular industry; competition for resources, adverse labor relations, political or world events; obsolescence of technologies; and increased competition or new product introductions that may affect the profitability or viability of companies in an industry. In

addition, at times, such industry or sector may be out of favor and underperform other industries or the market as a whole.

Market Risk. Securities in the Underlying Index are subject to market fluctuations. You should anticipate that the value of the Shares will decline, more or less, to the same extent as any decline in value of the securities in the Underlying Index.

Market Trading Risk. The Fund faces numerous market trading risks, including the potential lack of an active market for the

Shares, losses from trading in secondary markets, and disruption in the creation/redemption process of the Fund. Any of these factors may lead to the Shares trading at a premium or discount to the Fund’s net asset value (“NAV”).

Authorized Participant Concentration Risk. Only an authorized participant (“AP”) may engage in creation or redemption transactions directly with the Fund. The Fund has a limited number of institutions that may act as APs on an agency basis (i.e., on behalf of other market participants). Such market makers have no obligation to submit creation or redemption orders; consequently, there is no assurance that market makers will establish or maintain an active trading market for the Shares. In addition, to extent that APs exit the business or are unable to proceed with creation and/or redemption orders with respect to the Fund and no other AP is able to step forward to create or redeem Creation Units (as defined below), the Shares may be more likely to trade at a premium or discount to NAV and possibly face trading halts and/or delisting.

Index Risk. Unlike many investment companies, the Fund does not utilize an investing strategy that seeks returns in excess of its Underlying Index. Therefore, it would not necessarily buy or sell a security unless that security is added or removed, respectively, from the Underlying Index, even if that security generally is underperforming.

Issuer-Specific Changes Risk. The value of an individual security or particular type of security may be more volatile than the market as a whole and may perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.

Performance

As of the date of this Prospectus, the Fund has not commenced operations and therefore does not have a performance history. Once available, the Fund’s performance information will be accessible on the Fund’s website at www.powershares.com and will provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Fund.

Management of the Fund

Investment Adviser. Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (the “Adviser”).

Portfolio Managers. The following individuals are responsible jointly and primarily for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio:

 

Name    Title with Adviser/Trust   

Date Began

Managing

the Fund

Peter Hubbard   

Director of Portfolio Management of the Adviser

and Vice President of the Trust

   Since September 2017
Jeffrey W. Kernagis    Senior Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    Since September 2017
Gary Jones    Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    Since September 2017
Philip Fang    Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    Since September 2017
Richard Ose    Portfolio Manager of the Adviser    Since September 2017
 

 

 

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Purchase and Sale of Shares

The Fund will issue and redeem Shares at NAV only with APs and only in large blocks of 50,000 Shares (each block of Shares is called a “Creation Unit”), or multiples thereof (“Creation Unit Aggregations”), in exchange for the deposit or delivery of a basket of securities. However, the Fund also reserves the right to permit or require Creation Units to be issued in exchange for cash. Except when aggregated in Creation Units, the Shares are not redeemable securities of the Fund.

Individual Shares may be purchased and sold only on a national securities exchange through brokers. Shares will be listed for trading on the Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. (“BATS”) and because the Shares will trade at market prices rather than NAV, Shares may trade at prices greater than NAV (at a premium), at NAV, or less than NAV (at a discount).

Tax Information

The Fund’s distributions will generally be taxable, typically as either ordinary income or long-term capital gain, unless you are invested through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account; in such cases, taxation will be deferred until assets are withdrawn from the plan. A sale of Shares may result in short- or long-term capital gain or loss.

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), the Fund’s distributor or its related companies may pay the intermediary for certain Fund-related activities, including those that are designed to make the intermediary more knowledgeable about exchange traded products, such as the Fund, as well as for marketing, education or other initiatives related to the sale or promotion of Fund shares. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson or financial adviser to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or financial adviser or visit your financial intermediary’s web-site for more information.

 

 

 

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Additional Information About the Funds’ Strategies and Risks

Principal Investment Strategies

Each Fund (except for PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio) generally will invest at least 90% of its total assets in components of the Underlying Index. PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio generally will invest at least 80% of its total assets in components of the Underlying Index. Each Fund operates as an index fund and will not be actively managed. Each Fund uses an “indexing” investment approach to attempt to correspond, before fees and expenses, to the performance of its Underlying Index. The Adviser seeks correlation over time of 0.95 or better between a Fund’s performance and the performance of its Underlying Index; a figure of 1.00 would represent perfect correlation. Another means of evaluating the relationship between the returns of a Fund and its Underlying Index is to assess the “tracking error” between the two. Tracking error means the variation between a Fund’s annual return and the return of its Underlying Index, expressed in terms of standard deviation. Each Fund seeks to have a tracking error of less than 5%, measured on a monthly basis over a one-year period by taking the standard deviation of the difference in the Fund’s returns versus the Underlying Index’s returns. Because each Fund uses an “indexing” approach to try to achieve its investment objective, each Fund will not take temporary defensive positions during periods of adverse market, economic or other conditions.

Each Fund (other than PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio) employs a “full replication” methodology in seeking to track its Underlying Index, meaning that it generally invests in all of the securities comprising its Underlying Index in proportion to the weightings of the securities in the Underlying Index. However, under various circumstances, it may not be possible or practicable to purchase all of those securities in those same weightings. In those circumstances, a Fund may purchase a sample of securities in its Underlying Index.

A “sampling” methodology means that the Adviser uses quantitative analysis to select securities from an Underlying Index universe to obtain a representative sample of securities that have, in the aggregate, investment characteristics similar to the Underlying Index in terms of key risk factors, performance attributes and other characteristics. For equity securities, these include industry weightings, market capitalization, return variability, earnings valuation, yield and other financial characteristics of securities. For fixed-income securities, these include duration, maturity, credit quality, yield and coupon. When employing a sampling methodology, the Adviser bases the quantity of holdings in a Fund on a number of factors, including asset size of the Fund, and generally expects the Fund to hold less than the total number of securities in its Underlying Index. However, the Adviser reserves the right to invest a Fund in as many securities as it believes necessary to achieve the Fund’s investment objective.

PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio, because of the practical difficulties and expense of purchasing all of the securities in its Underlying Index, utilizes a “sampling”

methodology to seek to achieve its respective investment objective.

There also may be instances in which the Adviser may choose to (i) overweight a component of an Underlying Index, (ii) purchase securities not contained in an Underlying Index that the Adviser believes are appropriate to substitute for certain components of that Underlying Index, or (iii) utilize various combinations of other available investment techniques in seeking to track an Underlying Index. Each Fund may sell securities included in the applicable Underlying Index in anticipation of their removal from the Underlying Index, or purchase securities not included in the Underlying Index in anticipation of their addition to the Underlying Index.

Additional information about the construction of each Fund’s Underlying Index is set forth below in alphabetical order by index name.

The BofA Merrill Lynch 0-5 Year US Inflation-Linked Treasury IndexSM (PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio)

The BofA Merrill Lynch 0-5 Year US Inflation-Linked Treasury IndexSM tracks the performance of short-maturity U.S. dollar-denominated inflation-linked sovereign debt securities that are issued by the U.S. government and publicly offered for sale in the United States. Qualifying securities must have at least one month but less than five years remaining to final maturity, at least 18 months to maturity when issued, interest and principal payments tied to inflation and a minimum amount outstanding of $1 billion. Separate Trading of Registered Interest and Principal of Securities (“STRIPS”) are excluded from the Underlying Index, but original issue zero coupon bonds are included in the Underlying Index and the amounts outstanding of qualifying coupon securities are not reduced by any portions that have been stripped. Securities issued or marketed primarily to retail investors do not qualify for inclusion in the Underlying Index.

Constituents in the Underlying Index are market capitalization-weighted. Accrued interest is calculated assuming next-day settlement. Cash flows from bond payments that are received during the month are retained in the Underlying Index until the end of the month and then are removed as part of the rebalancing. Cash does not earn any reinvestment income while it is held in the Underlying Index. The Index Provider rebalances the Underlying Index on the last calendar day of the month, based on information available up to and including the third business day before the last business day of the month. The Index Provider includes issues that meet the qualifying criteria in the Underlying Index for the following month. Issues that no longer meet the criteria during the course of the month remain in the Index until the next month-end rebalancing, at which point the Index Provider removes them from the Underlying Index.

FTSE Developed ex North America Index (PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio)

The FTSE Developed ex North America Index is designed to include securities of large- and mid-capitalization companies located in countries that are classified as developed markets by the Index Provider, excluding the United States and Canada. The Underlying Index is a subset of the FTSE Global Equity Index

 

 

 

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Series, which captures approximately 98% of the world’s investable market capitalization. The securities in the Underlying Index are weighted based on their free float-adjusted market capitalization. Equity securities are eligible for inclusion in the Underlying Index subject to conforming with free-float and liquidity restrictions. Companies with a free float of 5% or below are excluded from the Underlying Index. Countries in the FTSE Global Equity Index Series are usually reviewed semi-annually in March and September, on a region by region basis, based on data as at the close of business on the last business day of December and June. Any constituent changes resulting from the periodic review will be implemented after the close of business on the third Friday (i.e. effective the following Monday) of March and September. As of August 31, 2017, the following countries were classified as developed markets by the Index Provider: Australia, Austria, Belgium/Luxembourg, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States. The Index Provider implements any changes to the Underlying Index after the close of business on the third Friday in March, June, September and December.

FTSE Emerging Index (PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio)

The FTSE Emerging Index is designed to include securities of large- and mid-capitalization companies located in countries that are classified as advanced and secondary emerging markets by the Index Provider. The Underlying Index is a subset of the FTSE Global Equity Index Series, which captures approximately 98% of the world’s investable market capitalization. The securities in the Underlying Index are weighted based on their free float-adjusted market capitalization. Equity securities are eligible for inclusion in the Underlying Index subject to conforming with free-float and liquidity restrictions. Companies with a free float of 5% or below are excluded from the Underlying Index. Countries in the FTSE Global Equity Index Series are usually reviewed semi-annually in March and September, on a region by region basis, based on data as at the close of business on the last business day of December and June. Any constituent changes resulting from the periodic review will be implemented after the close of business on the third Friday (i.e. effective the following Monday) of March and September. As of August 31, 2017, the following countries were classified by the Index Provider as (i) advanced emerging markets: Brazil, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey, and (ii) secondary emerging markets: Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia and the United Arab Emirates. The Index Provider implements any changes to the Underlying Index after the close of business on the third Friday in March, June, September and December.

MSCI USA Index (PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Portfolio)

The MSCI USA Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-capitalization segments of the U.S. equity

market. Securities eligible for inclusion in the Underlying Index include all equity securities of companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), NYSE Arca, Inc. NYSE MKT LLC, and the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (except for investment trusts other than Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”), preferred REITs, mutual funds, equity derivatives, limited partnerships and LLCs and business trusts that are structured to be taxed as limited partnerships) provided that such companies file a financial report with the SEC and four of the following five variables do not indicate that the company should be classified in a different country: operations, revenues, headquarters, management and shareholder base. The Index Provider constructs the Underlying Index using the MSCI Global Investable Market Indexes methodology, which involves: (i) defining the equity universe; (ii) determining the market investable equity universe for each market; (iii) determining market capitalization size segments for each market; and (iv) applying index continuity rules for the MSCI Standard Index.

The securities in the Underlying Index are weighted based on their free float-adjusted market capitalization. The Underling Index represents mid-sized and larger companies within the MSCI Global Investable Market Index that make up approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization.

The Index Provider conducts semi-annual reviews generally as of the close of the last business day of May and November, during which the Index Provider updates the investable equity universe and reassesses the size segment. The Index Provider also conducts quarterly reviews generally as of the close of the last business day of February and August, during which the Index Provider reflects changes in the Underlying Index that were not captured at the time of their actual occurrence, but are significant enough to be included before the next semi-annual review. The results of the reviews are announced at least two weeks in advance of implementation.

MSCI USA Small Cap Index (PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Small Cap Portfolio)

The MSCI USA Small Cap Index is designed to measure the performance of the small-capitalization segments of the U.S. equity market. Securities eligible for inclusion in the Underlying Index include all equity securities of companies listed on the NYSE, NYSE Arca, Inc. NYSE MKT LLC, and the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (except for investment trusts other than REITs, preferred REITs, mutual funds, equity derivatives, limited partnerships and LLCs and business trusts that are structured to be taxed as limited partnerships) provided that such companies file a financial report with the SEC and four of the following five variables do not indicate that the company should be classified in a different country: operations, revenues, headquarters, management and shareholder base. The Index Provider constructs the Underlying Index using the MSCI Global Investable Market Indexes methodology, which involves: (i) defining the equity universe; (ii) determining the market investable equity universe for each market; (iii) determining market capitalization size segments for each market; and (iv) applying index continuity rules for the MSCI Standard Index.

 

 

 

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The securities in the Underlying Index are weighted based on their free float-adjusted market capitalization. The Underling Index represents the smallest companies within the MSCI Global Investable Market Index that make up approximately 14% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization.

The Index Provider conducts semi-annual reviews generally as of the close of the last business day of May and November, during which the Index Provider updates the investable equity universe and reassesses the size segment. The Index Provider also conducts quarterly reviews generally as of the close of the last business day of February and August, during which the Index Provider reflects changes in the Underlying Index that were not captured at the time of their actual occurrence, but are significant enough to be included before the next semi-annual review. The results of the reviews are announced at least two weeks in advance of implementation.

Principal Risks of Investing in the Funds

The following provides additional information regarding certain of the principal risks identified under “Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund” in the Fund’s “Summary Information” section.

ADR and GDR Risk

ADRs are certificates that evidence ownership of shares of a foreign issuer and are alternatives to purchasing directly the underlying foreign securities in their national markets and currencies. GDRs are certificates issued by an international bank that generally are traded and denominated in the currencies of countries other than the home country of the issuer of the underlying shares. ADRs and GDRs may be subject to certain of the risks associated with direct investments in the securities of foreign companies, such as currency, political, economic and market risks, because their values depend on the performance of the non-dollar denominated underlying foreign securities.

Certain countries may limit the ability to convert ADRs into the underlying foreign securities and vice versa, which may cause the securities of the foreign company to trade at a discount or premium to the market price of the related ADR. ADRs may be purchased through “sponsored” or “unsponsored” facilities. A sponsored facility is established jointly by a depositary and the issuer of the underlying security. A depositary may establish an unsponsored facility without participation by the issuer of the deposited security. Unsponsored receipts may involve higher expenses and may be less liquid. Holders of unsponsored ADRs generally bear all the costs of such facilities, and the depositary of an unsponsored facility frequently is under no obligation to distribute shareholder communications received from the issuer of the deposited security or to pass through voting rights to the holders of such receipts in respect of the deposited securities.

GDRs can involve currency risk since, unlike ADRs, they may not be U.S. dollar-denominated. Because a Fund’s NAV is determined in U.S. dollars, the Fund’s NAV could decline if the currency of the non-U.S. market in which the Fund invests depreciates against the U.S. dollar, even if the value of the Fund’s holdings, measured in the foreign currency, increases.

Authorized Participant Concentration Risk

Only APs may engage in creation or redemption transactions directly with a Fund. Each Fund has a limited number of institutions that may act as APs on an agency basis (i.e., on behalf of other market participants). Such market makers have no obligation to submit creation or redemption orders; consequently, there is no assurance that market makers will establish or maintain an active trading market for the Shares. In addition, to the extent that APs exit the business or are unable to proceed with creation and/or redemption orders with respect to a Fund and no other AP is able to step forward to create or redeem Creation Units, the Fund’s Shares may be more likely to trade at a premium or discount to NAV and possibly face trading halts and/or delisting.

Changing Fixed-Income Market Conditions Risk

PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio invests in fixed-income securities, which are subject to interest rate risk. The current historically low interest rate environment was created in part by the FRB and certain foreign central banks keeping the federal funds and equivalent foreign rates near, at or below zero. The “tapering” in 2015 of the FRB’s quantitative easing program, combined with the FRB’s recent raising of the target range for the Federal Funds Rate (and possible continued fluctuations in equivalent foreign rates) may expose fixed-income markets to heightened volatility and reduced liquidity for certain fixed-income investments, particularly those with longer maturities, although it is difficult to predict the impact of this rate increase and any future rate increases on various markets. In addition, decreases in fixed-income dealer market-making capacity may persist in the future, potentially leading to heightened volatility and reduced liquidity in the fixed-income markets. As a result, the value of a Fund’s investments and share price may decline. In addition, because of changing central bank policies, a Fund may experience higher than normal shareholder redemptions, which could potentially increase portfolio turnover rate and the Fund’s transaction costs and potentially lower the Fund’s returns.

Currency Risk

Certain Funds will invest in non-U.S. dollar denominated equity securities of foreign issuers. Because each Fund’s NAV is determined in U.S. dollars, a Fund’s NAV could decline if the currency of the non-U.S. market in which the Fund invests depreciates against the U.S. dollar, even if the value of the Fund’s holdings, measured in the foreign currency, increases. Generally, an increase in the value of the U.S. dollar against a foreign currency will reduce the value of a security denominated in that foreign currency, thereby decreasing the Fund’s overall NAV. In addition, fluctuations in the exchange values of currencies could affect the economy or particular business operations of companies in a geographic region in which the Fund invests, causing an adverse impact on the Fund. As a result, investors have the potential for losses regardless of the length of time they intend to hold Shares. Much of the income that Funds receive will be in foreign currencies. However, those Funds will compute and distribute their income in U.S. dollars, and the computation of income will be made on the date that the Funds earn the income at the foreign exchange rates in effect on that date. Therefore, if the values of the relevant foreign currencies fall relative to the

 

 

 

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U.S. dollar between the earning of the income and the time at which those Funds convert the foreign currencies to U.S. dollars, the Funds may be required to liquidate securities in order to make distributions if the Funds have insufficient cash in U.S. dollars to meet distribution requirements.

Furthermore, a Fund may incur costs in connection with conversions between U.S. dollars and foreign currencies. Foreign exchange dealers realize a profit based on the difference between the prices at which they are buying and selling various currencies. Thus, a dealer normally will offer to sell a foreign currency to a Fund at one rate, while offering a lesser rate of exchange should the Fund desire immediately to resell that currency to the dealer. Such Funds will conduct their foreign currency exchange transactions either on a spot (i.e., cash) basis at the spot rate prevailing in the foreign currency exchange market, or through entering into forwards, futures or options contracts to purchase or sell foreign currencies.

Equity Risk

For each Fund (except for PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio), equity risk is the risk that the value of equity securities, including common stocks, will fall. The value of an equity security may fall due to changes in general economic conditions that impact the market as a whole and that are relatively unrelated to an issuer or its industry. These conditions include changes in interest rates, specific periods of overall market turbulence or instability, or general and prolonged periods of economic decline and cyclical change. An issuer’s common stock in particular may be especially sensitive to, and more adversely affected by, these general movements in the stock market; it is possible that a drop in the stock market may depress the price of most or all of the common stocks that the Fund holds.

In addition, equity risk includes the risk that investor sentiment toward, and perceptions regarding, particular industries or economic sectors will become negative. Price changes of equity securities may occur in a particular region, industry, or sector of the market, and as a result, the value of an issuer’s common stock may fall solely because of factors, such as increases in production costs, that negatively impact other companies in the same industry or in a number of different industries.

Equity risk also includes the financial risks of a specific company, including that the value of the company’s securities may fall as a result of factors directly relating to that company, such as decisions made by its management or lower demand for the company’s products or services. In particular, the common stock of a company may decline significantly in price over short periods of time. For example, an adverse event, such as an unfavorable earnings report, may depress the value of common stock; similarly, the common stock of an issuer may decline in price if the issuer fails to make anticipated dividend payments because, among other reasons, the issuer experiences a decline in its financial condition.

Fixed Income Securities Risk

PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio invests in fixed-income securities, which are subject to interest rate risk and credit risk. Interest rate risk refers to fluctuations in the value of a

fixed-income security resulting from changes in the general level of interest rates. When the general level of interest rates goes up, the prices of most fixed-income securities go down. When the general level of interest rates goes down, the prices of most fixed-income securities go up. Fixed-income securities with longer maturities typically are more sensitive to changes in interest rates, making them more volatile than securities with shorter maturities. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the issuer of a security will be unable and/or unwilling to make timely interest payments and/or repay the principal on its debt. Debt instruments are subject to varying degrees of credit risk, which may be reflected in credit ratings. There is a possibility that the credit rating of a fixed-income security may be downgraded after purchase, which may adversely affect the value of the security. Securities issued by the U.S. Government are subject to limited credit risk; however, securities issued by U.S. Government agencies are not necessarily backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government. Due to recent events in the fixed-income markets, including the potential impact of the Federal Reserve Board tapering its quantitative easing program, the Fund may be subject to heightened interest rate risk as a result of a rise in interest rates. In addition, the Fund is subject to the risk that interest rates may exhibit increased volatility, which could cause the Fund’s net asset value to fluctuate more. A decrease in fixed-income market maker capacity may act to decrease liquidity in the fixed-income markets and act to further increase volatility, affecting the Fund’s returns.

Foreign and Emerging Markets Investment Risk

For Funds that invest in securities of foreign issuers, investments in foreign securities involve risks that are beyond those associated with investments in U.S. securities, and investments in securities of issuers in emerging market countries involve risks not often associated with investments in securities of issuers in developed countries. Fluctuations in the value of the U.S. dollar relative to the values of other currencies may adversely affect investments in foreign and emerging market securities, and foreign and emerging market securities may have relatively low market liquidity, decreased publicly available information about issuers, and inconsistent and potentially less stringent accounting, auditing and financial reporting requirements and standards of practice comparable to those applicable to issuers in developed countries.

Foreign and emerging market securities also are subject to the risks of expropriation, nationalization or other adverse political or economic developments and the difficulty of enforcing obligations in other countries. Investments in foreign and emerging market securities also may be subject to dividend withholding or confiscatory taxes, currency blockage and/or transfer restrictions and higher transactional costs. Emerging markets are subject to greater market volatility, lower trading volume, political and economic instability, uncertainty regarding the existence of trading markets and more governmental limitations on foreign investment than more developed markets. In addition, securities in emerging markets may be subject to greater price fluctuations than securities in more developed markets. Securities law in many emerging market countries is relatively new and unsettled. Therefore, laws regarding foreign investment in emerging market securities, securities regulation, title to securities, and shareholder rights may change quickly and unpredictably. In addition, the enforcement of systems of taxation at federal, regional and local

 

 

 

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levels in emerging market countries may be inconsistent and subject to sudden change. Each country has different laws specific to that country that impact investment, which may increase the risks to which investors are subject. Country-specific rules or legislation addressing investment-related transactions may inhibit or prevent certain transactions from transpiring in a particular country.

Furthermore, foreign exchanges and broker-dealers generally are subject to less government and exchange scrutiny and regulation than their U.S. counterparts. Differences in clearance and settlement procedures in foreign markets may cause delays in settlement of a Fund’s trades effected in those markets and could result in losses to a Fund due to subsequent declines in the value of the securities subject to the trades. Depositary receipts also involve substantially identical risks to those associated with investments in foreign securities. Additionally, the issuers of certain depositary receipts, particularly unsponsored or unregistered depositary receipts, have no obligation to distribute shareholder communications to the holders of such receipts or to pass through to them any voting rights with respect to the deposited securities.

The PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio may invest in securities of companies domiciled in Russia. The United States and the European Union have imposed economic sanctions on certain Russian individuals and entities, and either the United States or the European Union also could institute broader sanctions. The current sanctions, or the threat of further sanctions, may result in the decline of the value or liquidity of Russian securities, a weakening of the ruble or other adverse consequences to the Russian economy, any of which could negatively impact the Fund’s investments in Russian securities. These economic sanctions also could result in the immediate freeze of Russian securities, which could impair the ability of the Fund to buy, sell, receive or deliver those securities. Both the existing and potential future sanctions also could result in Russia taking counter measures or retaliatory actions, which further may impair the value or liquidity of Russian securities, and therefore may negatively impact the Fund.

Geographic Concentration Risk

Funds that are less diversified across geographic regions or countries are generally riskier than more geographically diversified funds. The economies and financial markets of certain regions can be interdependent and may all decline at the same time. A natural or other disaster could occur in the geographic region in which a Fund invests, which could affect the economy or particular business operations of companies in that geographic region and adversely impact a Fund’s investments in the affected region. In particular:

Asia Pacific Economic Risk

The level of development of the economies of countries in the Asia Pacific region varies greatly. Furthermore, since the economies of the countries in the region are largely intertwined, if an economic recession is experienced by any of these countries, it will likely adversely impact the economic performance of other countries in the region. Certain economies in the region may be adversely affected by increased competition, high inflation rates, undeveloped

financial services sectors, currency fluctuations or restrictions, political and social instability and increased economic volatility. In addition, certain countries in the Asia Pacific region in which a Fund may invest are large debtors to commercial banks and foreign governments. The recent economic crisis has reduced the willingness of certain lenders to extend credit to these Asia Pacific countries and have made it more difficult for such borrowers to obtain financing on attractive terms or at all. These developments may also have a negative effect on the broader economy of such Asia Pacific countries, including issuers in which the Funds may invest. Due to heavy reliance on international trade, a decrease in demand (due to recession or otherwise in the United States, Europe or Asia) would adversely affect economic performance in the region.

Australasian Economic Risk

The economies of Australasia, which include Australia and New Zealand, are dependent on exports from the energy, agricultural and mining sectors. This makes Australasian economies susceptible to fluctuations in the commodity markets. Australasian economies are also increasingly dependent on their growing service industries. Because the economies of Australasia are dependent on the economies of Asia, Europe and the United States as key trading partners and investors, reduction in spending by any of these trading partners on Australasian products and services, or negative changes in any of these economies, may cause an adverse impact on some or all of the Australasian economies.

Central and South American Economic Risk

High interest rates, inflation, government defaults and unemployment rates characterize the economies in some Central and South American countries. Currency devaluations in any Central and South American country can have a significant effect on the entire region. Because commodities such as oil and gas, minerals and metals represent a significant percentage of the region’s exports, the economies of Central and South American countries are particularly sensitive to fluctuations in commodity prices. As a result, the economies in many Central and South American countries can experience significant volatility.

European Economic Risk

The Economic and Monetary Union of the EU requires compliance with restrictions on inflation rates, deficits, interest rates, debt levels and fiscal and monetary controls, each of which may significantly affect every country in Europe. Decreasing imports or exports, changes in governmental or EU regulations on trade, changes in the exchange rate of the euro, the default or threat of default by an EU member country on its sovereign debt, and recessions in an EU member country may have a significant adverse effect on the economies of EU member countries. In recent years, the European financial markets have experienced volatility and adverse trends due to concerns about rising government debt levels of several European countries, including Greece, Spain, Ireland, Italy and Portugal. A default or debt restructuring by any European country would adversely impact holders of that country’s debt and sellers of credit default swaps linked to that country’s creditworthiness. These events have adversely affected the

 

 

 

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exchange rate of the euro and may continue to significantly affect every country in Europe, including EU member countries that do not use the euro and non-EU member countries.

In a recent referendum, citizens in the United Kingdom voted to withdraw from the EU. The country’s departure (known as “Brexit”) sparked depreciation in the value of the British pound, short-term declines in the stock markets and heightened risk of continued economic volatility worldwide. Although the long-term effects of Brexit are difficult to gauge and cannot be fully known, they could have wide ranging implications for the United Kingdom’s economy, including: possible inflation or recession, continued depreciation of the pound, or disruption to Britain’s trading arrangements with the rest of Europe. The United Kingdom is one of the EU’s largest economies; its departure also may negatively impact the EU and Europe as a whole, such as by causing volatility within the union, trigging prolonged economic downturns in certain European countries or sparking additional member states to contemplate departing the EU (thereby perpetuating political instability in the region).

United States Economic Risk

A decrease in imports or exports, changes in trade regulations or an economic recession in any North American country can have a significant economic effect on the entire North American region. Since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994 among Canada, the United States and Mexico, total merchandise trade among the three countries has increased. Policy and legislative changes in one country may have a significant effect on North American markets generally.

Index Risk

Unlike many investment companies that are “actively managed,” the Funds are “passive” investors and therefore do not utilize investing strategies that seek returns in excess of an Underlying Index. Therefore, a Fund would not necessarily buy or sell a security unless that security is added or removed, respectively, from its respective Underlying Index, even if that stock generally is underperforming. If a specific security is removed from an Underlying Index, a Fund may be forced to sell such security at an inopportune time or for a price lower than the security’s current market value. An Underlying Index may not contain the appropriate mix of securities for any particular economic cycle. Unlike with an actively managed fund, the Adviser does not use defensive strategies designed to lessen the impact of periods of market volatility or market decline. This means that, based on certain market and economic conditions, a Fund’s performance could be lower than other types of mutual funds with investment advisers that actively manage their portfolio assets to take advantage of market opportunities.

Industry Concentration Risk

In following its methodology, a Fund’s Underlying Index from time to time may be concentrated to a significant degree in securities of issuers located in a single industry or sector. To the extent that an Underlying Index concentrates in the securities of issuers in a particular industry or sector, a Fund will also concentrate its investments to approximately the same extent.

By concentrating its investments in an industry or group of industries, a Fund faces more risks than if it were diversified broadly over numerous industries or sectors. Such industry-based risks, any of which may adversely affect the companies in which a Fund invests, may include, but are not limited to, the following: general economic conditions or cyclical market patterns that could negatively affect supply and demand in a particular industry; competition for resources, adverse labor relations, political or world events; obsolescence of technologies; and increased competition or new product introductions that may affect the profitability or viability of companies in an industry. In addition, at times, such industry or sector may be out of favor and underperform other industries or the market as a whole. Information about the Funds’ exposure to a particular industry will be available in the Funds’ Annual and Semi-Annual Reports to Shareholders, as well as on their Forms N-Q as filed with the SEC.

Inflation-Linked Security Risk

For PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio, the value of inflation-linked securities generally will fluctuate in response to changes in real interest rates, generally decreasing when real interest rates rise and increasing when real interest rates fall. Real interest rates represent nominal (or stated) interest rates reduced by the expected impact of inflation. In addition, interest payments on inflation-indexed securities will generally vary up or down along with the rate of inflation.

Issuer-Specific Changes Risk

The performance of a Fund depends on the performance of individual securities to which the Fund has exposure. The value of an individual security or particular type of security may be more volatile than the market as a whole and may perform worse than the market as a whole, causing the value of its securities to decline. Poor performance may be caused by poor management decisions, competitive pressures, changes in technology, expiration of patent protection, disruptions in supply, labor problems or shortages, corporate restructurings, fraudulent disclosures or other factors. Issuers may, in times of distress or at their own discretion, decide to reduce or eliminate dividends, which may also cause their stock prices to decline.

Liquidity Risk

Liquidity risk exists when a particular investment is difficult to purchase or sell. If a Fund invests in illiquid securities or current portfolio securities become illiquid, it may reduce the returns of the Fund because the Fund may be unable to sell the illiquid securities at an advantageous time or price. In the event that a Fund voluntarily or involuntarily liquidates portfolio assets during periods of infrequent trading, it may not receive full value for those assets.

Market Risk

The securities in each Underlying Index are subject to market fluctuations, and a Fund could lose money due to short-term market movements and over longer periods during market downturns. You should anticipate that the value of the Shares will decline, more or less, in correlation with any decline in value of the securities in the respective Underlying Index. The value of a

 

 

 

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security may decline due to general market conditions, economic trends or events that are not specifically related to the issuer of the security or due to factors that affect a particular industry or group of industries. During a general downturn in the securities markets, multiple asset classes may be negatively affected.

Market Trading Risk

The Funds face numerous market trading risks, including losses from trading in secondary markets, periods of high volatility and disruption in the creation/redemption process of a Fund. Although the Shares of each Fund are listed for trading on a securities exchange, there can be no assurance that an active trading market for the Shares will develop or be maintained by market makers or APs, that the Shares will continue to trade on any such exchange or that the Shares will continue to meet the requirements for listing on an exchange. Any of these factors, among others, may lead to the Shares trading at a premium or discount to a Fund’s NAV. As a result, an investor could lose money over short or long periods. Additionally, in stressed market conditions, the market for the Shares may become less liquid in response to deteriorating liquidity in the markets for a Fund’s portfolio holdings, which may cause a variance in the market price of the Shares and their underlying value.

Non-Correlation Risk

A Fund’s return may not match the return of its Underlying Index (that is, it may experience tracking error) for a number of reasons. For example, a Fund incurs operating expenses not applicable to its Underlying Index and incurs costs in buying and selling securities, especially when rebalancing the Fund’s securities holdings to reflect changes in the composition of its Underlying Index. If a Fund has recently commenced operations or otherwise has a relatively small amount of assets, such transaction costs could have a proportionally greater impact on the Fund. Additionally, if a Fund used a sampling approach, it may result in returns that are not as well-correlated with the return of its Underlying Index as would be the case if the Fund purchased all of the components of its Underlying Index in the proportions represented in the Underlying Index.

The performance of each Fund and its Underlying Index may vary due to asset valuation differences and differences between the Fund’s portfolio and the Underlying Index resulting from legal restrictions, costs or liquidity constraints. Additionally, a Fund that issues or redeems Creation Units principally for cash will incur higher costs in buying and selling securities than if it issued and redeemed Creation Units principally in-kind. A Fund may fair value certain of the securities it holds. To the extent a Fund calculates its NAV based on fair value prices, the Fund’s ability to track its Underlying Index may be adversely affected. Since an Underlying Index is not subject to the tax diversification requirements to which the Funds must adhere, a Fund may be required to deviate its investments from the securities contained in, and relative weightings of, its Underlying Index. A Fund may not invest in certain securities included in its Underlying Index due to liquidity constraints. Liquidity constraints also may delay a Fund’s purchase or sale of securities included in its Underlying Index. For tax efficiency purposes, a Fund may sell certain securities to realize losses, causing it to deviate from its respective Underlying Index.

The Adviser may not fully invest a Fund at times, either as a result of cash flows into the Fund or the need to reserve cash to meet redemptions and expenses, or because of low assets (particularly when a Fund is new and has operated for only a short period).

The investment activities of one or more of the Adviser’s affiliates, including other subsidiaries of the Adviser’s parent company, Invesco Ltd., for their proprietary accounts and for client accounts also may adversely impact a Fund’s ability to track its Underlying Index. For example, in regulated industries, certain emerging or international markets and corporate and regulatory ownership definitions, there may be limits on the aggregate amount of investment by affiliated investors that may not be exceeded, or that may not be exceeded without the grant of a license or other regulatory or corporate consent, or, if exceeded, may cause the Adviser, the Fund or other client accounts to suffer disadvantages or business restrictions. As a result, a Fund may be restricted in its ability to acquire particular securities due to positions held by the Adviser’s affiliates.

Non-Diversified Fund Risk

Because each Fund is non-diversified and can invest a greater portion of assets in securities of individual issuers than a diversified fund, changes in the market value of a single investment could cause greater fluctuations in Share price than would occur in a diversified fund. This may increase a Fund’s volatility and cause the performance of a relatively small number of issuers to have a greater impact on the Fund’s performance.

Sampling Risk

For certain Funds, the use of a representative sampling approach could result in a Fund holding a smaller number of securities than are in its Underlying Index. As a result, an adverse development to an issuer of securities that a Fund holds could result in a greater decline in NAV than would be the case if a Fund held all of the securities in its Underlying Index. To the extent the assets in a Fund are smaller, these risks will be greater. In addition, by sampling the securities in an Underlying Index, the Fund faces the chance that the securities selected for the Fund, in the aggregate, will not provide investment performance matching that of the Fund’s Underlying Index, thereby increasing tracking error.

Short-Term and Intermediate-Term Bond Risk

PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio invests in bonds with a short term or intermediate term (i.e., five years or less) until maturity. The amount of time until a fixed-income security matures can lead to various risks, including changes in interest rates over the life of a bond. Short- and intermediate-term fixed income securities generally provide lower returns than longer-term fixed income securities. The average maturity of the Fund’s investments will affect the volatility of the Fund’s share price.

Small- and Mid-Capitalization Company Risk

For each Fund (except for PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio), investing in securities of small- and mid-capitalization companies involves greater risk than customarily is associated with investing in larger, more established companies. These companies’ securities may be more volatile

 

 

 

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and less liquid than those of more established companies. These securities may have returns that vary, sometimes significantly, from the overall securities market. Often small- and mid-capitalization companies and the industries in which they focus are still evolving and, as a result, they may be more sensitive to changing market conditions.

U.S. Government Obligation Risk

PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio may invest in U.S. government obligations issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government, its agencies and instrumentalities, including bills, notes and bonds issued by the U.S. Treasury. U.S. Government securities include securities that are issued or guaranteed by the United States Treasury, by various agencies of the U.S. Government, or by various instrumentalities which have been established or sponsored by the U.S. Government. U.S. Treasury securities are backed by the “full faith and credit” of the United States. Securities issued or guaranteed by federal agencies and U.S. Government-sponsored instrumentalities may or may not be backed by the full faith and credit of the United States. In the case of those U.S. Government securities not backed by the full faith and credit of the United States, the investor must look principally to the agency or instrumentality issuing or guaranteeing the security for ultimate repayment, and may not be able to assert a claim against the United States itself in the event that the agency or instrumentality does not meet its commitment. The U.S. Government, its agencies and instrumentalities do not guarantee the market value of their securities, and consequently, the value of such securities may fluctuate.

Valuation Risk

Financial information related to securities of non-U.S. issuers may be less reliable than information related to securities of U.S. issuers, which may make it difficult to obtain a current price for a non-U.S. security held by a Fund. In certain circumstances, market quotations may not be readily available for some securities, and those securities may be fair valued. The value established for a security through fair valuation may be different from what would be produced if the security had been valued using market quotations. Fund securities that are valued using techniques other than market quotations, including “fair valued” securities, may be subject to greater fluctuation in their value from one day to the next than would be the case if market quotations were used. In addition, there is no assurance that a Fund could sell a portfolio security for the value established for it at any time, and it is possible that a Fund would incur a loss because a security is sold at a discount to its established value.

For Funds that invest in common stock of foreign issuers and, because foreign exchanges may be open on days when the Fund does not price its Shares, the value of the those non-U.S. securities in the Fund’s portfolio may change on days when you will not be able to purchase or sell your Shares. As a result, trading spreads and the resulting premium or discount on the Shares may widen, and, therefore, increase the difference between the market price of the Shares and the NAV of such Shares.

Non-Principal Investment Strategies

Each Fund, after investing at least 90% (and, for PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio, at least 80%) of its total assets in securities that comprise its respective Underlying Index, may invest its remaining assets in securities (including other funds) not included in its Underlying Index, in money market instruments, including repurchase agreements or other funds that invest exclusively in money market instruments (subject to applicable limitations under the 1940 Act or exemptions therefrom), convertible securities and structured notes (notes on which the amount of principal repayment and interest payments is based on the movement of one or more specified factors, such as the movement of a particular security or securities index). Convertible securities and structured notes may be used by certain funds in seeking performance that corresponds to its respective Underlying Index and in managing cash flows. The Adviser anticipates that it may take approximately two business days (a business day is any day that the NYSE is open) for the Adviser to fully reflect the additions to, and deletions from, each Fund’s Underlying Index in the portfolio composition of that Fund.

In accordance with 1940 Act rules, each Fund has adopted a policy to invest at least 80% of the value of net assets (plus the amount of any borrowing for investment purposes) in certain types of securities (e.g., inflation-linked securities, or small cap equity securities) or in securities of companies in an industry, country or geographical region, as applicable, that is suggested by its name (for each Fund, an “80% investment policy”). Each Fund considers the securities suggested by its name to be those securities that comprise its respective Underlying Index. Therefore, each Fund anticipates meeting its 80% investment policy because it already is required to invest at least 80% (and for PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Portfolio, PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Small Cap Portfolio, PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio and PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio, at least 90%) of the value of its total assets in securities that comprise its respective Underlying Index, in accordance with the terms of the Trust’s exemptive relief. The 80% investment policy of each Fund constitutes a non-fundamental policy that the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) of PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II (the “Trust”) may change at any time without shareholder approval upon 60 days’ written notice to shareholders.

Each Fund’s investment objective constitutes a non-fundamental policy that the Board of the Trust may change without shareholder approval upon 60 days written notice to shareholders. The fundamental and non-fundamental policies of the Funds are set forth in the Funds’ Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) under the section “Investment Restrictions.”

Borrowing Money

Each Fund may borrow money to the extent permitted by (i) the 1940 Act, (ii) the rules and regulations promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) under the 1940 Act, or (iii) an exemption or other relief applicable to the Fund from the provisions of the 1940 Act.

 

 

 

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Additional Risks of Investing in the Fund

The following section provides additional risk information regarding investing in the Fund.

Index Provider Risk

The Funds seek to achieve returns that generally correspond, before fees and expenses, to the performance of their Underlying Index, as published by their Index Provider. There is no assurance that an Index Provider will compile the Underlying Index accurately, or that the Underlying Index will be determined, composed or calculated accurately. While an Index Provider gives descriptions of what the Underlying Index is designed to achieve, an Index Provider generally does not provide any warranty or accept any liability in relation to the quality, accuracy or completeness of data in such indices, and it generally does not guarantee that its Underlying Index will be in line with its methodology. Errors made by the Index Provider with respect to the quality, accuracy and completeness of the data within its Underlying Index may occur from time to time and may not be identified and corrected by the Index Provider for a period of time, if at all. Therefore, gains, losses or costs associated with Index Provider errors will generally be borne by the Fund and its shareholders.

Index Rebalancing Risk

Pursuant to the methodology that each Index Provider uses to calculate and maintain its Underlying Index, a security may be removed from a Fund’s Underlying Index in the event that it does not comply with the eligibility requirements of the Underlying Index. As a result, a Fund may be forced to sell securities at inopportune times or for prices other than at current market values or may elect not to sell such securities on the day that they are removed from the Underlying Index, due to market conditions or otherwise. Due to these factors, the variation between the Fund’s annual return and the return of its Underlying Index may increase significantly.

Apart from scheduled rebalances, an Index Provider may carry out additional ad hoc rebalances to its Underlying Index, for example, to correct an error in the selection of constituents. When a Fund in turn rebalances its portfolio, any transaction costs and market exposure arising from such portfolio rebalancing will be borne by the Fund and its shareholders. Unscheduled rebalances also expose a Fund to additional tracking error risk. Therefore, errors and additional ad hoc rebalances carried out by an Index Provider may increase a Fund’s costs and market exposure.

Licensing, Custody and Settlement Risk

Approval of governmental authorities may be required prior to investing in the securities of companies based in certain foreign countries. Delays in obtaining such an approval would delay investments in the particular country, and, as a consequence, the Funds investing in foreign markets may not be able to invest in all of the securities included in their Underlying Indexes while an approval is pending. Rules adopted under the 1940 Act permit a Fund to maintain its foreign securities and cash in the custody of certain eligible non-U.S. banks and securities depositories. Certain banks in foreign countries that are eligible foreign sub-custodians may be recently organized or otherwise lack extensive operating

experience. In addition, in certain countries there may be legal restrictions or limitations on the ability of a Fund to recover assets held in custody by a foreign sub-custodian in the event of the bankruptcy of the sub-custodian. Settlement systems in emerging markets may be less well organized than in developed markets. Thus, there may be a risk that settlement may be delayed and that cash or securities of the Fund may be in jeopardy because of failures of or defects in the systems. Under the laws of certain countries in which the Funds invest, the Funds may be required to release local shares before receiving cash payment or may be required to make cash payment prior to receiving local shares.

Money Market Funds Risk

Money market funds are subject to management fees and other expenses, and a Fund’s investments in money market funds will cause it to bear proportionately the costs incurred by the money market funds’ operations while simultaneously paying its own management fees and expenses. An investment in a money market fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency; it is possible to lose money by investing in a money market fund. To the extent that a Fund invests in money market funds, the Fund will be subject to the same risks that investors experience when investing in money market funds. These risks may include the impact of significant fluctuations in assets as a result of the cash sweep program or purchase and redemption activity in those funds.

Money market funds are open-end registered investment companies that historically have traded at a stable $1.00 per share price. However, under recent amendments to money market fund regulations under the 1940 Act, money market funds that do not meet the definition of a “retail money market fund” or “government money market fund” are required to transact at a floating NAV per share (i.e., in a manner similar to how all other non-money market mutual funds transact), instead of at a $1.00 stable share price. Those rule amendments also permit money market funds to impose liquidity fees and redemption gates for use in times of market stress. If a Fund invested in a money market fund with a floating NAV, the impact on the trading and value of the money market instrument as a result of the rule amendments may negatively affect the Fund’s return potential.

Shares May Trade at Prices Different than NAV

The NAV of the Funds’ Shares generally will fluctuate with changes in the market value of the Fund’s holdings. The market prices of Shares generally will fluctuate in accordance with changes in NAV, as well as the relative supply of and demand for Shares on the exchange on which a Fund trades. The Adviser cannot predict whether a Fund’s Shares will trade below, at, or above their NAV. Price differences may be due largely to the fact that supply and demand forces at work in the secondary trading market for the Shares will be related, but not identical, to the same forces influencing the prices of the securities of each Fund’s Underlying Index trading individually or in the aggregate at any point in time. In addition, disruptions to creations and redemptions or the existence of extreme market volatility may result in trading prices that differ significantly from NAV. If a shareholder purchases at a time when the market price is at a premium to the

 

 

 

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NAV or sells at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV, the shareholder may sustain losses.

Trading Issues Risk

Investors buying or selling Shares in the secondary market may pay brokerage commissions or other charges, which may be a significant proportional cost for investors seeking to buy or sell relatively small amounts of Shares. Moreover, trading in Shares on BATS may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of BATS, make trading in Shares inadvisable. In addition, trading in Shares on BATS is subject to trading halts caused by extraordinary market volatility pursuant to BATS “circuit breaker” rules. There can be no assurance that the requirements of BATS necessary to maintain the listing of the Funds will continue to be met or will remain unchanged.

Repurchase Agreements Risk

Repurchase agreements are agreements pursuant to which a Fund acquires securities from a third party with the understanding that the seller will repurchase them at a fixed price on an agreed date. Repurchase agreements may be characterized as loans secured by the underlying securities. If the seller of securities under a repurchase agreement defaults on its obligation to repurchase the underlying securities, as a result of its bankruptcy or otherwise, a Fund will seek to dispose of such securities, which action could involve costs or delays. If the seller becomes insolvent and subject to liquidation or reorganization under applicable bankruptcy or other laws, a Fund’s ability to dispose of the underlying securities may be restricted. If the seller fails to repurchase the securities, a Fund may suffer a loss to the extent proceeds from the sale of the underlying securities are less than the repurchase prices.

Convertible Securities Risk

A convertible security generally is a preferred stock that may be converted within a specified period of time into common stock. Convertible securities nevertheless remain subject to the risks of both debt securities and equity securities. As with other equity securities, the value of a convertible security tends to increase as the price of the underlying stock goes up, and to decrease as the price of the underlying stock goes down. Declining common stock values therefore also may cause the value of a Fund’s investments to decline. Like a debt security, a convertible security provides a fixed income stream and also tends to decrease in value when interest rates rise. Moreover, many convertible securities have credit ratings that are below investment grade and are subject to the same risks as lower-rated debt securities.

Structured Notes Risk

Investments in structured notes involve risks including interest rate risk, credit risk and market risk. Depending on the factors used, changes in interest rates and movement of such factors may cause significant price fluctuations. Structured notes may be less liquid than other types of securities and more volatile than the reference factor underlying the note. This means that a Fund may lose money if the issuer of the note defaults, as the Fund may not be able to readily close out its investment in such notes without incurring losses.

 

Tax-Advantaged Structure of ETFs

Unlike interests in conventional mutual funds, which typically are bought and sold only at closing NAVs, the Shares are traded throughout the day in the secondary market on a national securities exchange, and are created and redeemed principally in-kind in Creation Units at each day’s next calculated NAV. These in-kind arrangements are designed to protect shareholders from the adverse effects on a Fund’s portfolio that could arise from frequent cash redemption transactions. In a conventional mutual fund, redemptions can have an adverse tax impact on taxable shareholders because the mutual funds may need to sell portfolio securities to obtain cash to meet redemptions. These sales may generate taxable gains that must be distributed to the shareholders of the mutual fund, whereas the Shares’ in-kind redemption mechanism generally will not lead to such taxable events for a Fund or its shareholders.

The Funds may recognize gains as a result of rebalancing their securities holdings to reflect changes in the securities included in such Funds’ Underlying Indexes. The Funds also may be required to distribute any such gains to its shareholders to avoid adverse federal income tax consequences. For information concerning the tax consequences of distributions, see the section entitled “Dividends, Other Distributions and Taxes” in this Prospectus.

 

 

Portfolio Holdings

A description of the Trust’s policies and procedures with respect to the disclosure of the Funds’ portfolio holdings is available in the Trust’s SAI, which is available at www.powershares.com.

 

 

Management of the Funds

Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC is a registered investment adviser with its offices at 3500 Lacey Road, Suite 700, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515. The Adviser serves as the investment adviser to the Trust, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares India Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Fund Trust and PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Commodity Fund Trust, a family of ETFs with combined assets under management of approximately $71.5 billion as of August 31, 2017.

As the Funds’ investment adviser, the Adviser has overall responsibility for selecting and continuously monitoring the Funds’ investments, managing the Funds’ business affairs and providing certain clerical, bookkeeping and other administrative services for the Trust.

Portfolio Managers

The Adviser uses a team of portfolio managers, investment strategists and other investment specialists in managing the Funds. This team approach brings together many disciplines and leverages the Adviser’s extensive resources.

Peter Hubbard, Vice President of the Trust, oversees all research, portfolio management and trading operations of each Fund. In this

 

 

 

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capacity, Mr. Hubbard oversees a team of portfolio managers (collectively, with Mr. Hubbard, the “Portfolio Managers”) who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the Funds. In managing the Funds, Mr. Hubbard receives management assistance from Philip Fang, Michael Jeanette, Gary Jones, Jeffrey W. Kernagis, Jonathan Nixon, Richard Ose and Tony Seisser. Each Portfolio Manager is responsible for various functions related to portfolio management, including investing cash flows, coordinating with other team members to focus on certain asset classes, implementing investment strategy and researching and reviewing investment strategy. Each Portfolio Manager has limitations on his authority for risk management and compliance purposes that the Adviser believes to be appropriate.

Peter Hubbard, Director of Portfolio Management of the Adviser, has been one of the Portfolio Managers primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of each Fund since its inception in September 2017. Mr. Hubbard has been a Portfolio Manager of the Adviser since June 2007 and has been associated with the Adviser since 2005.

Philip Fang, Portfolio Manager of the Adviser, has been one of the Portfolio Managers primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of certain Funds since their inception in September 2017. Mr. Fang has been a Portfolio Manager of the Adviser since July 2010 and has been associated with the Adviser since 2007.

Michael Jeanette, Senior Portfolio Manager of the Adviser, has been one of the Portfolio Managers primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of certain Funds since their inception in September 2017. Mr. Jeanette has been associated with the Adviser since 2008.

Gary Jones, Portfolio Manager of the Adviser, has been one of the Portfolio Managers primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of certain Funds since their inception in September 2017. Mr. Jones has been a Portfolio Manager of the Adviser since July 2012 and has been associated with the Adviser since December 2010.

Jeffrey W. Kernagis, Senior Portfolio Manager of the Adviser, has been has been one of the Portfolio Managers primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of certain Funds since their inception in September 2017. Mr. Kernagis has been associated with the Adviser since 2007.

Jonathan Nixon, Portfolio Manager of the Adviser, has been one of the Portfolio Managers primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of certain Funds since their inception in September 2017. He has been a Portfolio Manager of the Adviser since August 2013 and has been associated with the Adviser since 2011.

Richard Ose, Portfolio Manager of the Adviser, has been one of the Portfolio Managers primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of certain Funds since their inception in September 2017. Mr. Ose has been associated with the Adviser since 2011.

Tony Seisser, Portfolio Manager of the Adviser, has been one of the Portfolio Managers primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of certain Funds since their inception in September

2017. He has been associated with the Adviser since 2013. From 2010 to 2013, he was employed by Guggenheim Funds Distributors, Inc.

The Trust’s SAI provides additional information about the Portfolio Managers’ compensation structure, other accounts that the Portfolio Managers manage and the Portfolio Managers’ ownership of Shares.

Advisory Fee

Pursuant to an investment advisory agreement between the Adviser and the Trust (the “Investment Advisory Agreement”), each Fund pays the Adviser an annual unitary management fee equal to a percentage of its average daily net assets set forth in the chart below.

 

Fund   Management Fee
PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Portfolio   0.04%
PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Small Cap Portfolio   0.06%
PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio   0.07%
PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio   0.14%
PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio   0.07%

Out of the unitary management fee, the Adviser pays substantially all expenses of each Fund, including the cost of transfer agency, custody, fund administration, legal, audit and other services, except for advisory fees, distribution fees, if any, brokerage expenses, taxes, Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses, if any, interest, litigation expenses and other extraordinary expenses.

The Funds may invest in money market funds that are managed by affiliates of the Adviser. The indirect portion of the management fee that a Fund incurs through such investments is in addition to the Adviser’s unitary management fee. Therefore, the Adviser has agreed to waive the management fees that it receives in an amount equal to the indirect management fees that a Fund incurs through its investments in affiliated money market funds through August 31, 2019. There is no guarantee that the Adviser will extend the waiver of the fees past that date.

A discussion regarding the basis for the Board’s approval of the Trust’s Investment Advisory Agreement with respect to each Fund will be available in the Trust’s Annual Report to shareholders for the fiscal year ending October 31, 2017.

 

 

How to Buy and Sell Shares

Each Fund issues or redeems its Shares at NAV per Share only in Creation Units or Creation Unit Aggregations.

Most investors will buy and sell Shares of each Fund in secondary market transactions through brokers. Shares of each Fund are listed for trading on the secondary market on an Exchange. Shares can be bought and sold throughout the trading day like other publicly traded shares. There is no minimum investment. Although Shares generally are purchased and sold in “round lots” of 100 Shares, brokerage firms typically permit investors to purchase or sell Shares in smaller “oddlots,” at no per share price differential. When buying or selling Shares through a broker, you

 

 

 

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will incur customary brokerage commissions and charges, and you may pay some or all of the spread between the bid and the offered price in the secondary market on each leg of a round trip (purchase and sale) transaction. The Shares of the Funds trade on BATS under the following symbols:

 

Fund   Symbol
PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Portfolio   PBUS
PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Small Cap Portfolio   PBSM
PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio   PBDM
PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio   PBEE
PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio   PBTP

Share prices are reported in dollars and cents per Share.

APs may acquire Shares directly from each Fund, and APs may tender their Shares for redemption directly to each Fund, at NAV per Share only in Creation Units or Creation Unit Aggregations, and in accordance with the procedures described in the SAI. Under normal circumstances, a Fund will pay out redemption proceeds to a redeeming AP within two days after the AP’s redemption request is received, in accordance with the process set forth in the Fund’s SAI and in the agreement between the AP and the Fund’s distributor. However, each Fund reserves the right, including under stressed market conditions, to take up to seven days after the receipt of a redemption request (as discussed above) to pay an AP, all as permitted by the 1940 Act. Funds that track underlying indexes composed of foreign securities may pay out redemption proceeds up to 14 days after the receipt of a redemption request, consistent with the Trust’s SEC exemptive relief. The Funds anticipate regularly meeting redemption requests primarily through in-kind redemptions. However, the Funds reserve the right to pay redemption proceeds to an AP in cash, consistent with the Trust’s exemptive relief. Cash used for redemptions will be raised from the sale of portfolio assets or may come from existing holdings of cash or cash equivalents.

Each Fund may liquidate and terminate at any time without shareholder approval.

Book Entry

Shares are held in book-entry form, which means that no stock certificates are issued. The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) or its nominee is the record owner of all outstanding Shares and is recognized as the owner of all Shares for all purposes.

Investors owning Shares are beneficial owners as shown on the records of DTC or its participants. DTC serves as the securities depository for all Shares. Participants in DTC include securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies, clearing corporations and other institutions that directly or indirectly maintain a custodial relationship with DTC. As a beneficial owner of Shares, you are not entitled to receive physical delivery of stock certificates or to have Shares registered in your name, and you are not considered a registered owner of Shares. Therefore, to exercise any right as an owner of Shares, you must rely upon the procedures of DTC and its participants. These procedures are the same as those that apply to any other securities that you hold in book entry or “street name” form.

Share Trading Prices

The trading prices of Shares of each Fund on BATS may differ from the Fund’s daily NAV. Market forces of supply and demand, economic conditions and other factors may affect the trading prices of Shares.

The approximate value of Shares of each Fund, an amount representing on a per share basis the sum of the current market price of the securities accepted by the Fund in exchange for Shares of the Fund and an estimated cash component will be disseminated every 15 seconds throughout the trading day through the facilities of the Consolidated Tape Association. With respect to Funds that invest in securities of foreign issuers traded on foreign exchanges, as the respective international local markets close, the market value of the Deposit Securities will continue to be updated for foreign exchange rates for the remainder of the U.S. trading day at the prescribed 15 second intervals. This approximate value should not be viewed as a “real-time” update of the NAV per Share of a Fund because the approximate value will not be calculated in the same manner as the NAV, which is computed once a day, generally at the end of the business day. The Funds are not involved in, or responsible for, the calculation or dissemination of the approximate value of the Shares, and the Funds do not make any warranty as to the accuracy of the approximate value.

 

 

Frequent Purchases and Redemptions of Shares

Shares of the Funds may be purchased and redeemed directly from the Funds only in Creation Units by APs. The vast majority of trading in Shares of the Funds occurs on the secondary market and does not involve a Fund directly. In-kind purchases and redemptions of Creation Units by APs and cash trades on the secondary market are unlikely to cause many of the harmful effects of frequent purchases or redemptions of Shares of a Fund. Cash purchases or redemptions of Creation Units, however, can result in increased tracking error, disruption of portfolio management, dilution to the Funds and increased transaction costs, which could negatively impact the Funds’ ability to achieve their investment objectives, and may lead to the realization of capital gains. These consequences may increase as the frequency of cash purchases and redemptions of Creation Units by APs increases. However, direct trading by APs is critical to ensuring that Shares trade at or close to NAV.

To minimize these potential consequences of frequent purchases and redemptions of Shares, a Fund imposes transaction fees on purchases and redemptions of Creation Units to cover the custodial and other costs the Funds incur in effecting trades. In addition, the Adviser monitors trades by APs for patterns of abusive trading, and the Funds reserve the right to not accept orders from APs that the Adviser has determined may be disruptive to the management of the Funds or otherwise are not in the best interests of the Funds. For these reasons, the Board has not adopted policies and procedures with respect to frequent purchases and redemptions of Shares of the Funds.

 

 

 

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Dividends, Other Distributions and Taxes

Dividends and Other Distributions

Ordinarily, dividends from net investment income, if any, are declared and paid quarterly by each Fund. Each Fund also intends to distribute its net realized capital gains, if any, to shareholders annually. Dividends and other distributions may be declared and paid more frequently to comply with the distribution requirements of Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and to avoid a federal excise tax imposed on regulated investment companies.

Distributions in cash may be reinvested automatically in additional whole Shares only if the broker through whom you purchased Shares makes such option available.

Taxes

As with any investment, you should consider how your investment in Shares will be taxed. The tax information in this Prospectus is provided as general information. You should consult your own tax professional about the tax consequences of an investment in Shares.

Unless your investment in Shares is made through a tax-exempt entity or tax-deferred retirement account, such as an individual retirement account, you need to be aware of the possible tax consequences when:

 

 

Your Fund makes distributions,

 

 

You sell your Shares (including when you exchange Shares for shares of another ETF), and

 

 

You purchase or redeem Creation Units.

Taxes on Distributions

As stated above, dividends from net investment income, if any, ordinarily are declared and paid quarterly by each Fund. Each Fund also may pay a special distribution at the end of a calendar year to comply with federal tax requirements and/or to minimize or eliminate federal tax liability. In general, your distributions are subject to federal income tax when they are paid, whether you take them in cash or Shares (if reinvestment is available from the broker through whom you purchased your Shares).

Dividends paid to you out of a Fund’s net investment income and net realized short-term capital gains, if any, are taxable as ordinary income. Although (1) a Fund’s dividends attributable to its “qualified dividend income” generally will be subject to federal income tax for individual and certain other non-corporate shareholders (each, an “individual shareholder”) who satisfy certain restrictions with respect to their Shares at the lower maximum rates for long-term capital gains described in the next paragraph and (2) a portion of a Fund’s dividends also may be eligible for the dividends-received deduction allowed to corporations, each Fund does not expect to distribute a significant amount of dividends eligible for those lower rates or deduction.

Distributions to you of net long-term capital gains, if any, in excess of net short-term capital losses are taxable as long-term capital gains, regardless of how long you have held the Shares. Those gains of individual shareholders generally are subject to federal

income tax at the maximum rates of 15% (20% for certain high income taxpayers).

Distributions to you in excess of a Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits, if any, are treated as a tax-free return of capital to the extent of your basis in your Shares and as capital gain thereafter. A distribution will reduce a Fund’s NAV per Share and may be taxable to you (as ordinary income or long-term capital gain) even though, from an investment standpoint, the distribution constitutes a partial return of capital.

By law, a Fund is required to withhold 28% of distributions otherwise payable to you if you are an individual shareholder and have not provided a correct social security number or other taxpayer identification number or otherwise are subject to backup withholding.

Taxes on Share Sales

Any capital gain or loss you realize upon a sale of Shares generally is treated as long-term capital gain or loss if you held the Shares for more than one year and as short-term capital gain or loss if you held the Shares for one year or less. Your ability to deduct capital losses realized on a sale of Shares may be limited.

Taxes on Purchase and Redemption of Creation Units

An AP that exchanges securities for a Creation Unit generally will recognize a capital gain or loss equal to the difference between the market value of the Creation Unit and the sum of the AP’s aggregate basis in the securities surrendered plus any cash component paid. An AP that redeems a Creation Unit in exchange for securities generally will recognize a capital gain or loss equal to the difference between the AP’s basis in the Creation Unit and the aggregate market value of the securities received plus or minus an amount, if any, equal to the difference between the NAV of the redeemed Shares, as next determined after receipt of a request in proper form, and the value of those securities. The Internal Revenue Service, however, may assert that a loss realized upon an exchange of securities for a Creation Unit, or of a Creation Unit for securities, cannot be deducted currently under the rules governing “wash sales,” or on the ground that there has been no significant change in the AP’s economic position. An AP exchanging securities should consult its own tax advisor(s) with respect to whether wash sale rules apply and when a loss otherwise might not be deductible.

Any capital gain or loss realized upon redemption of a Creation Unit generally is treated as long-term capital gain or loss if the Shares have been held for more than one year and as short-term capital gain or loss if the Shares have been held for one year or less.

If you purchase or redeem one or more Creation Units, you will be sent a confirmation statement showing how many Shares you purchased or sold and at the price thereof.

Foreign Income Taxes

Certain foreign governments levy withholding or other taxes on dividend and interest income. A Fund also may be subject to foreign income taxes with respect to other income. Although in some countries a portion of these taxes may be recoverable, the

 

 

 

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non-recovered portion of foreign withholding taxes will reduce the income received from investments in such countries.

A Fund may elect to pass its credits for foreign income taxes, subject to certain limitations, through to its shareholders for a taxable year if more than 50% of its assets at the close of the year, by value, consists of stock and securities of foreign corporations. If a Fund makes this election, each shareholder will be treated as having paid a proportionate share of the Fund’s foreign income taxes, but the shareholder must include an equal amount in gross income.

The foregoing discussion summarizes some of the more important possible consequences under current federal, state and local tax law of an investment in the Funds. It is not a substitute for personal tax advice. You also may be subject to state, local, and/or foreign tax on a Fund’s distributions and sales and/or redemptions of Shares. Consult your personal tax advisor(s) about the potential tax consequences of an investment in the Funds’ Shares under all applicable tax laws.

The foregoing discussion summarizes some of the more important possible consequences under current federal, state and local tax law of an investment in a Fund. It is not a substitute for personal tax advice. You also may be subject to state, local, and/or foreign tax on Fund distributions and sales and/or redemptions of Shares. Consult your personal tax advisor(s) about the potential tax consequences of an investment in Shares under all applicable tax laws.

 

 

Distributor

Invesco Distributors, Inc. (the “Distributor”) serves as the distributor of Creation Units for each Fund on an agency basis. The Distributor does not maintain a secondary market in Shares. The Distributor is an affiliate of the Adviser.

 

 

Net Asset Value

The Bank of New York Mellon (“BNYM”) calculates each Fund’s NAV at the close of regular trading (normally 4:00 p.m., Eastern time) every day the NYSE is open. The NAV for each Fund will be calculated and disseminated daily on each day that the NYSE is open. NAV is calculated by deducting all of the Fund’s liabilities from the total value of its assets and dividing the result by the number of Shares outstanding, rounding to the nearest cent. Generally, the portfolio securities are recorded in the NAV no later than trade date plus one day. All valuations are subject to review by the Trust’s Board or its delegate.

In determining NAV, expenses are accrued and applied daily, and securities and other assets for which market quotations are readily available are valued at market value. Securities listed or traded on an exchange generally are valued at the last sales price or official closing price that day as of the close of the exchange where the security is primarily traded. Investment companies are valued using such company’s NAV per share, unless the shares are exchange-traded, in which case they will be valued at the last sale or official closing price on the exchanges on which they primarily

trade. Deposits, other obligations of U.S. and non-U.S. banks and financial institutions, and cash equivalents are valued at their daily account value. Debt and securities not listed on an exchange normally are valued on the basis of prices provided by independent pricing services. Pricing services generally value debt securities assuming orderly transactions of institutional round lot size, but a Fund may hold or transact in the same securities in smaller, odd lot sizes. Odd lots often trade at lower prices than institutional round lots.

If a security’s market price is not readily available, the security will be valued using pricing provided from independent pricing services or by another method that the Adviser, in its judgment, believes will better reflect the security’s fair value in accordance with the Trust’s valuation procedures approved by the Board.

Even when market quotations are available for portfolio securities, they may be stale or unreliable because the security is not traded frequently, trading on the security ceased before the close of the trading market or issuer-specific events occurred after the security ceased trading or because of the passage of time between the close of the market on which the security trades and the close of the NYSE and when a Fund calculates its NAV. Events that may cause the last market quotation to be unreliable include a merger or insolvency, events which affect a geographical area or an industry segment, such as political events or natural disasters, or market events, such as a significant movement in the U.S. market. Where market quotations are not readily available, including where the Adviser determines that the closing price of the security is unreliable, the Adviser will value the security at fair value in good faith using procedures approved by the Board. Fair value pricing involves subjective judgments, and it is possible that a fair value determination for a security is materially different than the value that could be realized upon the sale of the security. In addition, fair value pricing could result in a difference between the prices used to calculate a Fund’s NAV and the prices used by the Fund’s Underlying Index. This may adversely affect a Fund’s ability to track its Underlying Index. With respect to securities that primarily are listed on foreign exchanges, the value of a Fund’s portfolio securities may change on days when you are not able to purchase or sell your Shares.

 

 

Fund Service Providers

BNYM, 101 Barclay Street, New York, New York 10286, is the administrator, custodian, transfer agent and fund accounting agent for each Fund.

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, 191 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1601, Chicago, Illinois 60606, and 1250 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036, serves as legal counsel to the Trust.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, One North Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60606, serves as each Fund’s independent registered public accounting firm. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is responsible for auditing the annual financial statements of each Fund and performs other related audit services.

 

 

 

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Financial Highlights

Each Fund is new and has no performance history as of the date of this Prospectus. Financial information therefore is not available.

 

 

Index Providers

No entity that creates, compiles, sponsors or maintains an Underlying Index is or will be an affiliated person, as defined in Section 2(a)(3) of the 1940 Act, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Trust, the Adviser, the Distributor or a promoter of a Fund.

Neither the Adviser nor any affiliate of the Adviser has any rights to influence the selection of the securities in the Underlying Indexes.

Each Underlying Index is calculated and maintained by its respective Index Provider. Each Index Provider is not affiliated with the Trust, the Adviser or the Distributor. The Adviser has entered into a license agreement with each Index Provider. Each Fund is entitled to use its Underlying Index pursuant to a sublicensing agreement with the Adviser.

BofA Merrill Lynch. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“BofA Merrill Lynch”) is the Index Provider for the Underlying Index of PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio. BofA Merrill Lynch is not affiliated with the Trust, the Adviser or the Distributor. The BofA Merrill Lynch 0-5 Year US Inflation-Linked Treasury Index is a service mark of BofA Merrill Lynch and has been licensed for use for certain purposes by the Adviser. Each of those Funds is entitled to use its respective Underlying Index pursuant to a sub-licensing agreement with the Adviser.

FTSE International Limited. FTSE International Limited (“FTSE”) is the Index Provider for the Underlying Index of each of PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio and PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio, and such Funds’ Underlying Indexes are trademarks of FTSE and have been licensed for use for certain purposes by the Adviser.

MSCI Inc. MSCI Inc. (“MSCI”) is the Index Provider for the Underlying Index of each of PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Portfolio and PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Small Cap Portfolio, and such Funds’ Underlying Indexes are trademarks of MSCI and have been licensed for use for certain purposes by the Adviser.

Set forth below is a list of each Fund and its Underlying Index:

 

Fund    Underlying Index
PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Portfolio    MSCI USA Index
PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Small Cap Portfolio    MSCI USA Small Cap Index
PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio    FTSE Developed ex North America Index
PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio    FTSE Emerging Index
PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio    The BofA Merrill Lynch 0-5 Year US Inflation-Linked Treasury Index

 

 

Disclaimers

BofA Merrill Lynch. “BofA Merrill Lynch” and “The BofA Merrill Lynch 0-5 Year US Inflation-Linked Treasury IndexSM” (the “BofA Merrill Lynch Index”) are reprinted with permission. © Copyright 2017 Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“BofA Merrill Lynch”). All rights reserved. The Fund is not issued, sponsored, endorsed or promoted by BofA Merrill Lynch, any affiliate of BofA Merrill Lynch or any other party involved in, or related to, making or compiling the BofA Merrill Lynch Index. The BofA Merrill Lynch Index is the exclusive property of BofA Merrill Lynch and/or its affiliates. “BofA Merrill Lynch” and “The BofA Merrill Lynch 0-5 Year US Inflation-Linked Treasury Index” are service marks of BofA Merrill Lynch and/or its affiliates and have been licensed for use for certain purposes by the Adviser on behalf of the Fund. Neither BofA Merrill Lynch, any affiliate of BofA Merrill Lynch nor any other party involved in, or related to, making or compiling the BofA Merrill Lynch Index makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, to the shareholders of the Fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the Fund particularly or the ability of the BofA Merrill Lynch Index to track the corresponding market performance. BofA Merrill Lynch is the licensor of certain trademarks, trade names and service marks of BofA Merrill Lynch and/or its affiliates and of the BofA Merrill Lynch Index, which is determined, composed and calculated by BofA Merrill Lynch and/or its affiliates without regard to the Adviser, the Fund or the shareholders of the Fund. Neither BofA Merrill Lynch, any affiliate of BofA Merrill Lynch nor any other party involved in, or related to, making or compiling the BofA Merrill Lynch Index has any obligation to take the needs of the Adviser, the Fund or the shareholders of the Fund into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the BofA Merrill Lynch Index. None of BofA Merrill Lynch or any of its affiliates has the obligation to continue to provide the BofA Merrill Lynch Index to the Adviser or the Fund beyond the applicable license term. Neither BofA Merrill Lynch, any affiliate of BofA Merrill Lynch nor any other party involved in, or related to, making or compiling the BofA Merrill Lynch Index is responsible for or has participated in the determination of the timing, pricing, or quantities of the Fund to be issued or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the Fund is to be redeemable for cash. Neither BofA Merrill Lynch, any affiliate of BofA Merrill Lynch nor any other party involved in, or related to, making or compiling the BofA Merrill Lynch Index has any obligation or

 

 

 

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liability in connection with the administration, marketing or trading of the Fund. BofA Merrill Lynch and its affiliates do not provide investment advice to the Adviser or the Fund and are not responsible for the performance of the Fund.

NEITHER BOFA MERRILL LYNCH, ANY AFFILIATE OF BOFA MERRILL LYNCH NOR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN, OR RELATED TO, MAKING OR COMPILING THE BOFA MERRILL LYNCH INDEX WARRANTS OR GUARANTEES THE ACCURACY AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE BOFA MERRILL LYNCH INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN AND/OR PROVIDED THEREWITH AND SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR INTERRUPTIONS THEREIN. NEITHER BOFA MERRILL LYNCH, ANY AFFILIATE OF BOFA MERRILL LYNCH NOR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN, OR RELATED TO, MAKING OR COMPILING THE BOFA MERRILL LYNCH INDEX MAKES ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY POWERSHARES, THE FUND, SHAREHOLDERS OF THE FUND, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE BOFA MERRILL LYNCH INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. NEITHER BOFA MERRILL LYNCH, ANY AFFILIATE OF BOFA MERRILL LYNCH NOR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN, OR RELATED TO, MAKING OR COMPILING THE BOFA MERRILL LYNCH INDEX MAKES ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE WITH RESPECT TO THE BOFA MERRILL LYNCH INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN AND/OR PROVIDED THEREWITH. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL BOFA MERRILL LYNCH, ANY AFFILIATE OF BOFA MERRILL LYNCH OR ANY OTHER PARTY INVOLVED IN, OR RELATED TO, MAKING OR COMPILING THE BOFA MERRILL LYNCH INDEX HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES OR LOSSES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY THEREOF. THERE ARE NO THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARIES OF ANY AGREEMENTS OR ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN BOFA MERRILL LYNCH AND POWERSHARES.

No purchaser, seller or holder of a security, or any other person or entity, should use or refer to any BofA Merrill Lynch trade name, trademark or service mark to sponsor, endorse, market or promote this product without first contacting BofA Merrill Lynch to determine whether BofA Merrill Lynch’s permission is required. Under no circumstances may any person or entity claim any affiliation with BofA Merrill Lynch without the written permission of BofA Merrill Lynch.

FTSE International Limited. The PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio and PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio are not in any way sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by FTSE International Limited (“FTSE”) or the London Stock Exchange Group companies (“LSEG”) (together the “Licensor Parties”) and none of the Licensor Parties make any claim, prediction, warranty or representation whatsoever, expressly or impliedly, either as to

(i) the results to be obtained from the use of the FTSE Developed ex North America Index or the FTSE Emerging Index (together the “Underlying Indexes”), (ii) the figure at which the Underlying Indexes are said to stand at any particular time on any particular day or otherwise, or (iii) the suitability of an Index for the particular purpose to which it is being put in connection with the PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio and PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio. None of the Licensor Parties have provided or will provide any financial or investment advice or recommendation in relation to an Index to the Adviser or its clients. The Underlying Indexes are calculated by FTSE or its agent. None of the Licensor Parties shall be (a) liable (whether in negligence or otherwise) to any person for any error in an Index or (b) under any obligation to advise any person of any error therein. None of the Licensor Parties have provided any financial advice or recommendation in relation to the Underlying Indexes to PowerShares or to its clients.

All rights in the Underlying Indexes vest in FTSE. FTSE® is a trade mark of LSEG and is used by FTSE under license.

Any intellectual property rights in the index values and constituent lists vests in FTSE. PowerShares has obtained a full license from FTSE to use such intellectual property rights in the creation of this product.

The Underlying Indexes are selected and calculated without regard to the Distributor, the Adviser, the Trust or any holders of Shares. FTSE has no obligation to take the needs of the Distributor, the Adviser, the Trust or the owners of Shares into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the Underlying Indexes. FTSE is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the prices and amount of Shares, the timing of the issuance or sale of Shares or in the determination of any financial calculations relating thereto. FTSE has no obligation or liability in connection with the administration of the Trust or marketing of the Shares. FTSE does not guarantee the accuracy and/or the completeness of the Underlying Indexes or any data included therein, and FTSE shall have no liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions therein. FTSE makes no warranty, express or implied, as to results to be obtained by the Distributor, the Adviser, the Trust or owners of Shares, or any other person or entity, from the use of the Underlying Indexes, trading based on the Underlying Indexes, any data included therein in connection with PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio and PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio or for any other use. FTSE expressly disclaims all warranties and conditions of merchantability, title or fitness for a particular purpose or use with respect to the Underlying Indexes or any data included therein, PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio and PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio, the Trust or the Shares except as set forth in the respective license agreements with the Adviser.

MSCI INC. THE POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA PORTFOLIO AND POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA SMALL CAP PORTFOLIO ARE NOT SPONSORED, ENDORSED, SOLD OR PROMOTED BY MSCI INC. (“MSCI”), ANY OF ITS AFFILIATES, ANY OF ITS INFORMATION PROVIDERS OR ANY

 

 

 

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OTHER THIRD PARTY INVOLVED IN, OR RELATED TO, COMPILING, COMPUTING OR CREATING ANY MSCI INDEX (COLLECTIVELY, THE “MSCI PARTIES”). THE MSCI INDEXES ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF MSCI. MSCI AND THE MSCI INDEX NAMES ARE SERVICE MARK(S) OF MSCI OR ITS AFFILIATES AND HAVE BEEN LICENSED FOR USE FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES BY THE ADVISER. NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES MAKES ANY REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, TO THE ISSUER OR OWNERS OF THE POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA PORTFOLIO AND POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA SMALL CAP PORTFOLIO OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY REGARDING THE ADVISABILITY OF INVESTING IN FUNDS GENERALLY OR IN THE POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA PORTFOLIO AND POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA SMALL CAP PORTFOLIO PARTICULARLY OR THE ABILITY OF ANY MSCI INDEX TO TRACK CORRESPONDING STOCK MARKET PERFORMANCE. MSCI OR ITS AFFILIATES ARE THE LICENSORS OF CERTAIN TRADEMARKS, SERVICE MARKS AND TRADE NAMES AND OF THE MSCI INDEXES WHICH ARE DETERMINED, COMPOSED AND CALCULATED BY MSCI WITHOUT REGARD TO THE POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA PORTFOLIO AND POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA SMALL CAP PORTFOLIO OR THE ISSUER OR OWNERS OF THE POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA PORTFOLIO AND POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA SMALL CAP PORTFOLIO OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY. NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES HAS ANY OBLIGATION TO TAKE THE NEEDS OF THE ISSUER OR OWNERS OF THE POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA PORTFOLIO AND POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA SMALL CAP PORTFOLIO OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY INTO CONSIDERATION IN DETERMINING, COMPOSING OR CALCULATING THE MSCI INDEXES. NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OR HAS PARTICIPATED IN THE DETERMINATION OF THE TIMING OF, PRICES AT, OR QUANTITIES OF THE POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA PORTFOLIO AND POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA SMALL CAP PORTFOLIO TO BE ISSUED OR IN THE DETERMINATION OR CALCULATION OF THE EQUATION BY OR THE CONSIDERATION INTO WHICH THE POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA PORTFOLIO AND POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA SMALL CAP PORTFOLIO IS REDEEMABLE. FURTHER, NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES HAS ANY OBLIGATION OR LIABILITY TO THE ISSUER OR OWNERS OF THE POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA PORTFOLIO AND POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA SMALL CAP PORTFOLIO OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY IN CONNECTION WITH THE ADMINISTRATION, MARKETING OR OFFERING OF THE POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA PORTFOLIO AND POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA SMALL CAP PORTFOLIO.

ALTHOUGH MSCI SHALL OBTAIN INFORMATION FOR INCLUSION IN OR FOR USE IN THE CALCULATION OF THE MSCI INDEXES FROM SOURCES THAT MSCI CONSIDERS RELIABLE, NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES WARRANTS OR GUARANTEES THE ORIGINALITY, ACCURACY AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF ANY MSCI INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES MAKES ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR

IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY THE ISSUER OF THE POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA PORTFOLIO AND POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA SMALL CAP PORTFOLIO, OWNERS OF THE POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA PORTFOLIO AND POWERSHARES PUREBETASM MSCI USA SMALL CAP PORTFOLIO, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY, FROM THE USE OF ANY MSCI INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES SHALL HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS OR INTERRUPTIONS OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH ANY MSCI INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. FURTHER, NONE OF THE MSCI PARTIES MAKES ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, AND THE MSCI PARITES HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WITH RESPECT TO EACH MSCI INDEX AND ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY OF THE MSCI PARTIES HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, CONSEQUENTIAL OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS) EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

The Adviser does not guarantee the accuracy and/or the completeness of the Underlying Indexes or any data included therein, and the Adviser shall have no liability for any errors, omissions, restatements, re-calculations or interruptions therein. The Adviser makes no warranty, express or implied, as to results to be obtained by the Funds, owners of the Shares of the Funds or any other person or entity from the use of the Underlying Indexes or any data included therein. The Adviser makes no express or implied warranties, and expressly disclaims all warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose with respect to the Underlying Indexes or any data included therein. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall the Adviser have any liability for any special, punitive, direct, indirect or consequential damages (including lost profits) arising out of matters relating to the use of the Underlying Indexes even if notified of the possibility of such damages.

 

 

Premium/Discount Information

Information on the daily NAV per Share for each Fund, once available, will be found at www.powershares.com. Additionally, information regarding how often the Shares of each Fund traded on BATS at a price above (at a premium) or below (at a discount) the NAV of the Fund during the prior calendar year and subsequent quarters, when available, will be found at www.powershares.com.

 

 

Other Information

Section 12(d)(1) of the 1940 Act restricts investments by investment companies (and companies relying on Section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the 1940 Act) in the securities of other investment companies. However, registered investment companies are permitted to invest in the Funds beyond the limits set forth in Section 12(d)(1) subject to certain terms and conditions set forth in an SEC exemptive order issued to the Trust, including that such

 

 

 

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investment companies enter into an agreement with the Trust on behalf of the Fund prior to exceeding the limits imposed by Section 12(d)(1). Additionally, each Fund is permitted to invest in other registered investment companies beyond the limits set forth in Section 12(d)(1) subject to certain terms and conditions set forth in another exemptive order that the SEC has issued to the Trust. If a Fund relies on this exemptive relief, however, other investment companies may not invest in the Fund beyond the statutory provisions of Section 12(d)(1).

Continuous Offering

The method by which Creation Unit Aggregations of Shares are created and traded may raise certain issues under applicable securities laws. Because new Creation Unit Aggregations of Shares are issued and sold by the Funds on an ongoing basis, a “distribution,” as such term is used in the Securities Act, as amended (the “Securities Act”), may occur at any point. Broker-dealers and other persons are cautioned that some activities on their part may, depending on the circumstances, result in their being deemed participants in a distribution in a manner which could render them statutory underwriters and subject them to the prospectus delivery requirement and liability provisions of the Securities Act.

For example, a broker-dealer firm or its client may be deemed a statutory underwriter if it takes Creation Unit Aggregations after placing an order with the Distributor, breaks them down into constituent Shares and sells such Shares directly to customers, or if it chooses to couple the creation of a supply of new Shares with an active selling effort involving solicitation of secondary market demand for Shares. A determination of whether one is an underwriter for purposes of the Securities Act must take into account all the facts and circumstances pertaining to the activities of the broker-dealer or its client in the particular case, and the examples mentioned above should not be considered a complete description of all the activities that could lead to a characterization as an underwriter.

Broker-dealer firms also should note that dealers who are not “underwriters” but are effecting transactions in Shares, whether or not participating in the distribution of Shares, generally are required to deliver a prospectus. This is because the prospectus delivery exemption in Section 4(a)(3)(C) of the Securities Act is not available in respect of such transactions as a result of Section 24(d) of the 1940 Act. As a result, broker-dealer firms should note that dealers who are not “underwriters” but are participating in a distribution (as contrasted with engaging in ordinary secondary market transactions), and thus dealing with the Shares that are part of an overallotment within the meaning of Section 4(a)(3)(C) of the Securities Act, will be unable to take advantage of the prospectus delivery exemption provided by Section 4(a)(3) of the Securities Act. For delivery of prospectuses to exchange members, the prospectus delivery mechanism of Rule 153 under the Securities Act only is available with respect to transactions on a national exchange.

Delivery of Shareholder Documents—Householding

Householding is an option available to certain investors of the Funds. Householding is a method of delivery, based on the

preference of the individual investor, in which a single copy of certain shareholder documents can be delivered to investors who share the same address, even if their accounts are registered under different names. Householding for the Funds is available through certain broker-dealers. If you are interested in enrolling in householding and receiving a single copy of the Prospectus and other shareholder documents, please contact your broker-dealer. If you currently are enrolled in householding and wish to change your householding status, please contact your broker-dealer.

For More Information

For more detailed information on the Funds and Shares, you may request a copy of the Trust’s SAI. The SAI provides detailed information about the Funds and is incorporated by reference into this Prospectus. This means that the SAI legally is a part of this Prospectus. Additional information about the Funds’ investments also will appear in the Funds’ Annual and Semi-Annual Reports to Shareholders, when available. In the Funds’ Annual Reports, you will find a discussion of the market conditions and investment strategies that significantly affected each Fund’s performance during its most recent fiscal year. If you have questions about the Funds or Shares or you wish to obtain the SAI, Annual Report and/or Semi-Annual Report, when available, free of charge, or to make shareholder inquiries, please:

 

  Call: Invesco Distributors, Inc. at 1-800-983-0903 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time

 

  Write: PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II c/o Invesco Distributors, Inc. 11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1000 Houston, Texas 77046-1173

 

  Visit: www.powershares.com

Information about the Funds (including the SAI) can be reviewed and copied at the SEC’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20549, and information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-202-551-8090. Reports and other information about the Funds are available on the EDGAR Database on the SEC’s Internet site at www.sec.gov, and copies of this information may be obtained, after paying a duplicating fee, by electronic request at the following e-mail address: publicinfo@sec.gov, or by writing the SEC’s Public Reference Section, Washington, D.C. 20549-1520.

No person is authorized to give any information or to make any representations about a Fund and its Shares not contained in this Prospectus, and you should not rely on any other information. Read and keep this Prospectus for future reference.

Dealers effecting transactions in the Shares, whether or not participating in this distribution, generally are required to deliver a Prospectus. This is in addition to any obligation of dealers to deliver a Prospectus when acting as underwriters.

The Trust’s registration number under the 1940 Act is 811-21977.

 

 

 

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P-PBETA-PRO-1    LOGO

PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II

3500 Lacey Road, Suite 700

Downers Grove, IL 60515

  
www.powershares.com    800.983.0903   LOGO   @PowerShares   


Investment Company Act File No. 811-21977

 

 

PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II

 

 

STATEMENT OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Dated September 15, 2017

This Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) is not a prospectus. It should be read in conjunction with the Prospectus dated September 15, 2017, for the PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II (the “Trust”), relating to the series of the Trust listed below, as it may be revised from time to time (the “Prospectus”).

 

Fund

  

Principal U.S. Listing Exchange

   Ticker
PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Portfolio    Bats BZX Exchange, Inc.    PBUS
PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Small Cap Portfolio    Bats BZX Exchange, Inc.    PBSM
PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio    Bats BZX Exchange, Inc.    PBDM
PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio    Bats BZX Exchange, Inc.    PBEE
PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio    Bats BZX Exchange, Inc.    PBTP

Capitalized terms used herein that are not defined have the same meaning as in the Prospectus, unless otherwise noted. A copy of the Prospectus may be obtained without charge by writing to the Trust’s Distributor, Invesco Distributors, Inc. (the “Distributor”), 11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1000, Houston, Texas 77046-1173, or by calling toll free 1-800-983-0903.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

     Page  

General Description of the Trust and the Funds

     2  

Exchange Listing and Trading

     2  

Investment Restrictions

     3  

Investment Strategies and Risks

     4  

Portfolio Turnover

     10  

Disclosure of Portfolio Holdings

     10  

Management

     10  

Brokerage Transactions

     24  

Additional Information Concerning the Trust

     24  

Creation and Redemption of Creation Unit Aggregations

     27  

Taxes

     53  

Determination of NAV

     57  

Dividends and Other Distributions

     58  

Miscellaneous Information

     58  

Financial Statements

     59  

Appendix A

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GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE TRUST AND THE FUNDS

The Trust was organized as a Massachusetts business trust on October 10, 2006 and is authorized to have multiple series or portfolios. The Trust is an open-end management investment company, registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”). The Trust currently consists of 79 funds. This SAI relates to five series of the Trust: PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Portfolio, PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Small Cap Portfolio, PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio PowerShares, PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio, and PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio (each, a “Fund” and collectively, the “Funds”). Each Fund is “non-diversified,” and as such, the Fund’s investments are not required to meet certain diversification requirements under the 1940 Act. The shares of the Funds are referred to in this SAI as “Shares.”

The investment objective of each Fund is to seek to track the investment results (before fees and expenses) of its specific benchmark index (an “Underlying Index”). Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (the “Adviser”), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Invesco Ltd., manages the Funds.

Each Fund (except as indicated below) issues and redeems Shares at net asset value (“NAV”) only in aggregations of 50,000 Shares (each a “Creation Unit” or a “Creation Unit Aggregation”). The following Funds issue and redeem Shares at NAV in aggregations of 100,000 Shares: PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio and PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio. Each Fund generally issues and redeems Creation Units principally in exchange for a basket of securities included in its Underlying Index (the “Deposit Securities”), together with the deposit of a specified cash payment (the “Cash Component”), plus certain transaction fees. However, each Fund also reserves the right to permit or require Creation Units to be issued in exchange for cash, although it has no current intention of doing so.

Each Fund is expected to be approved for listing, subject to notice of issuance, on Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. (“BATS” or the “Exchange”). Shares will trade throughout the day on the Exchange at market prices that may be below, at, or above NAV. In the event of the liquidation of a Fund, the Trust may decrease the number of Shares in a Creation Unit.

Each Fund may issue Shares in advance of receipt of Deposit Securities subject to various conditions, including a requirement to maintain on deposit with the Trust cash at least equal to 105% of the market value of the missing Deposit Securities. See the “Creation and Redemption of Creation Unit Aggregations” section. To offset the added brokerage and other transaction costs a Fund incurs with using cash to purchase the requisite Deposit Securities, during each instance of cash creations or redemptions, the Funds may impose transaction fees that will be higher than the transaction fees associated with in-kind creations or redemptions. For more information, see the section below titled “Creation and Redemption of Creation Unit Aggregations.”

EXCHANGE LISTING AND TRADING

There can be no assurance that a Fund, once listed, will continue to meet the requirements of the Exchange necessary to maintain the listing of its Shares. The Exchange may, but is not required to, remove the Shares from listing if: (i) following the initial 12-month period beginning at the commencement of trading of a Fund, there are fewer than 50 beneficial owners of the Shares for 30 or more consecutive trading days; (ii) the value of a Fund’s Underlying Index no longer is calculated or available; or (iii) such other event shall occur or condition shall exist that, in the opinion of the Exchange, makes further dealings on such Exchange inadvisable. The Exchange will remove the Shares from listing and trading upon termination of a Fund.

As in the case of other stocks traded on the Exchange, brokers’ commissions on transactions will be based on negotiated commission rates at customary levels.

The Trust reserves the right to adjust the price levels of the Shares in the future to help maintain convenient trading ranges for investors. Any adjustments would be accomplished through stock splits or reverse stock splits, which would have no effect on the net assets of a Fund.

In order to provide additional information regarding the indicative value of Shares of the Funds, the Exchange or a market data vendor will disseminate every 15 seconds through the facilities of the Consolidated Tape Association or other widely disseminated means, an updated “intraday indicative value” (“IIV”) for a Fund, as calculated by an information provider or market data vendor. The Trust is not involved in, or responsible for any aspect of, the calculation or dissemination of the IIVs and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the IIVs.

Shares of the Funds are not sponsored, endorsed, or promoted by the Exchange. The Exchange makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of Shares of the Funds or any member of the public regarding the ability of a Fund to track

 

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the total return performance of an Underlying Index or the ability of an Underlying Index to track stock market performance. The Exchange is not responsible for, nor has it participated in, the determination of the compilation or the calculation of an Underlying Index, nor in the determination of the timing of, prices of, or quantities of Shares of the Funds to be issued, nor in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the shares are redeemable. The Exchange has no obligation or liability to owners of the Shares of the Funds in connection with the administration, marketing, or trading of the Shares of the Funds.

The Exchange does not guarantee the accuracy and/or the completeness of an Underlying Index or the data included therein. The Exchange makes no warranty, express or implied, as to results to be obtained by the Trust on behalf of the Funds, owners of the Shares, or any other person or entity from the use of an Underlying Index or the data included therein. The Exchange makes no express or implied warranties, and hereby expressly disclaims all warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose with respect to an Underlying Index or the data included therein. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall the Exchange have any liability for any lost profits or indirect, punitive, special, or consequential damages even if notified of the possibility thereof.

INVESTMENT RESTRICTIONS

Each Fund has adopted as fundamental policies the investment restrictions numbered (1) through (7) below. Except as otherwise noted below, each Fund, as a fundamental policy, may not:

(1) Invest more than 25% of the value of its net assets in securities of issuers in any one industry or group of industries, except to the extent that the underlying index that the Fund replicates concentrates in an industry or group of industries. This restriction does not apply to obligations issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government, its agencies or instrumentalities.

(2) Borrow money, except the Fund may borrow money to the extent permitted by (i) the 1940 Act, (ii) the rules and regulations promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) under the 1940 Act, or (iii) an exemption or other relief applicable to the Fund from the provisions of the 1940 Act.

(3) Act as an underwriter of another issuer’s securities, except to the extent that the Fund may be deemed to be an underwriter within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) in connection with the purchase and sale of portfolio securities.

(4) Make loans to other persons, except through (i) the purchase of debt securities permissible under the Fund’s investment policies, (ii) repurchase agreements or (iii) the lending of portfolio securities, provided that no such repurchase agreements or loan of portfolio securities may be made by the Fund if, as a result, the aggregate of such repurchase agreements and loans would exceed 33 1/3% of the value of the Fund’s total assets.

(5) Purchase or sell physical commodities unless acquired as a result of ownership of securities or other instruments (but this shall not prevent the Fund (i) from purchasing or selling options, futures contracts or other derivative instruments, or (ii) from investing in securities or other instruments backed by physical commodities).

(6) Purchase or sell real estate unless acquired as a result of ownership of securities or other instruments (but this shall not prohibit the Fund from purchasing or selling securities or other instruments backed by real estate or of issuers engaged in real estate activities).

(7) Issue senior securities, except as permitted under the 1940 Act.

Except for restrictions (2), (4)(ii) and (iii), and (7), if a Fund adheres to a percentage restriction at the time of investment, a later increase in percentage resulting from a change in market value of the investment or the total assets, or the sale of a security out of its portfolio, will not constitute a violation of that restriction. With respect to restrictions (2), (4)(ii) and (iii), and (7), in the event that a Fund’s borrowings, repurchase agreements and loans of portfolio securities at any time exceed 33 1/3% of the value of the Fund’s total assets (including the amount borrowed and the collateral received) less the Fund’s liabilities (other than borrowings or loans) due to subsequent changes in the value of the Fund’s assets or otherwise, within three days (excluding Sundays and holidays), the Fund will take corrective action to reduce the amount of its borrowings, repurchase agreements and loans of portfolio securities to an extent that such borrowings, repurchase agreements and loans will not exceed 33 1/3% of the value of the Fund’s total assets (including the amount borrowed and the collateral received) less the Fund’s liabilities (other than borrowings or loans).

The foregoing fundamental investment policies cannot be changed as to a Fund without approval by holders of a “majority of the Fund’s outstanding voting securities.” As defined in the 1940 Act, this means the vote of (i) 67% or more of the Fund’s Shares present at a meeting, if the holders of more than 50% of the Fund’s Shares are present or represented by proxy, or (ii) more than 50% of the Fund’s Shares, whichever is less.

 

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In addition to the foregoing fundamental investment policies, each Fund also is subject to the following non-fundamental investment restrictions and policies, which may be changed by the Board of Trustees of the Trust (the “Board”) without shareholder approval. The Fund may not:

(1) Sell securities short, unless the Fund owns or has the right to obtain securities equivalent in kind and amount to the securities sold short at no added cost, and provided that transactions in options, futures contracts, options on futures contracts or other derivative instruments are not deemed to constitute selling securities short.

(2) Purchase securities on margin, except that the Fund may obtain such short-term credits as are necessary for the clearance of transactions; and provided that margin deposits in connection with futures contracts, options on futures contracts or other derivative instruments shall not constitute purchasing securities on margin.

(3) Purchase securities of open-end or closed-end investment companies except in compliance with the 1940 Act, although the Fund may not acquire any securities of registered open-end investment companies or registered unit investment trusts in reliance on Sections 12(d)(1)(F) and 12(d)(1)(G) of the 1940 Act.

(4) Invest in direct interests in oil, gas or other mineral exploration programs or leases; however, the Fund may invest in the securities of issuers that engage in these activities.

(5) Invest in illiquid securities if, as a result of such investment, more than 15% of the Fund’s net assets would be invested in illiquid securities.

Each Fund’s investment objective is a non-fundamental policy that the Board may change without approval by shareholders upon 60 days’ written notice to shareholders.

In accordance with the 1940 Act, each Fund has adopted a non-fundamental policy to invest in securities suggested by such Fund’s name (each, an “80% investment policy”). Each Fund considers securities suggested by its name to be those securities that comprise its Underlying Index. Each Fund will meet its 80% investment policy by investing at least 80% of its net assets (plus the amount of any borrowing for investment purposes) in such securities. Each Fund will provide its shareholders with at least 60 days’ prior written notice of any change to its 80% investment policy.

INVESTMENT STRATEGIES AND RISKS

Investment Strategies

Each Fund’s investment objective is to seek to track the investment results before fees and expenses, of its respective Underlying Index. Each Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing primarily in securities that comprise its Underlying Index. Each Fund operates as an index fund and will not be actively managed.

Each Fund (other than PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio) attempts to replicate, before fees and expenses, the performance of its Underlying Index by generally investing in all of the securities comprising its Underlying Index in proportion to their weightings in the Underlying Index, although such Fund may use sampling techniques for the purpose of complying with regulatory or investment restrictions or when sampling is deemed appropriate to track an Underlying Index. PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio generally uses a “sampling” methodology to seek to achieve its respective investment objective. Funds using a sampling methodology may not be as well-correlated with the return of its Underlying Index as would be the case if such Fund purchased all of the securities in its respective Underlying Index in the proportions represented in such Underlying Index.

Investment Risks

A discussion of the principal risks associated with an investment in the Funds is contained in the Funds’ Prospectus in the “Summary Information—Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund,” “Additional Information About the Funds’ Strategies and Risks—Principal Risks of Investing in the Funds” and “—Additional Risks of Investing in the Funds” sections. The discussion below supplements, and should be read in conjunction with, these sections.

An investment in a Fund should be made with an understanding that the value of the Fund’s portfolio holdings may fluctuate in accordance with changes in the financial condition of an issuer of the portfolio securities, the value of securities in general and other factors that affect the market.

An investment in a Fund also should be made with an understanding of the risks inherent in an investment in securities, including the risk that the financial condition of the issuers may become impaired or that the general condition of the securities market

 

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may deteriorate (either of which may cause a decrease in the value of the portfolio holdings and thus in the value of Shares). Securities are susceptible to general securities market fluctuations and to volatile increases and decreases in value as market confidence and perceptions of the companies issuing the securities change. These investor perceptions are based on various and unpredictable factors, including expectations regarding government, economic, monetary and fiscal policies, inflation and interest rates, economic expansion or contraction, and global or regional political, economic or banking crises.

The Funds are not actively managed, and therefore the adverse financial condition of any one issuer will not result in the elimination of its securities from a Fund’s portfolio unless the respective index provider removes the securities from such Fund’s Underlying Index.

Correlation and Tracking Error. Correlation measures the degree of association between the returns of a Fund and its Underlying Index. Each Fund seeks a correlation over time of 0.95 or better between the Fund’s performance and the performance of the Underlying Index; a figure of 1.00 would indicate perfect correlation. Correlation is calculated at a Fund’s fiscal year-end by comparing the Fund’s average monthly total returns, before fees and expenses, to its Underlying Index’s average monthly total returns over the prior one-year period or since inception if the Fund has been in existence for less than one year. Another means of evaluating the degree of correlation between the returns of a Fund and its Underlying Index is to assess the “tracking error” between the two. Tracking error means the variation between a Fund’s annual return and the return of its Underlying Index, expressed in terms of standard deviation. Each Fund seeks to have a tracking error of less than 5%, measured on a monthly basis over a one-year period by taking the standard deviation of the difference in the Fund’s returns versus the Underlying Index’s returns.

An investment in each Fund also should be made with an understanding that the Fund will not be able to replicate exactly the performance of its Underlying Index, because the total return that the securities generate will be reduced by transaction costs incurred in adjusting the actual balance of the securities and other Fund expenses, whereas such transaction costs and expenses are not included in the calculation of its Underlying Index. Also, to the extent that a Fund were to issue and redeem Creation Units principally for cash, it will incur higher costs in buying and selling securities than if it issued and redeemed Creation Units principally in-kind.

In addition, the use of a representative sampling approach (which may arise for a number of reasons, including a large number of securities within an Underlying Index, or the limited assets of a Fund) may cause a Fund not to be as well correlated with the return of its Underlying Index as would be the case if the Fund purchased all of the securities in its Underlying Index in the proportions represented in such Underlying Index. It also is possible that, for short periods of time, a Fund may not fully replicate the performance of its Underlying Index due to the temporary unavailability of certain Underlying Index securities in the secondary market or due to other extraordinary circumstances. Such events are unlikely to continue for an extended period of time because each Fund is required to correct such imbalances by means of adjusting the composition of its portfolio holdings. It also is possible that the composition of a Fund may not replicate exactly the composition of its Underlying Index if the Fund has to adjust its portfolio holdings to continue to qualify as a “regulated investment company” (a “RIC”) under Subchapter M of Chapter 1 of Subtitle A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Internal Revenue Code”).

Common Stocks and Other Equity Securities. For those Funds that invest in equity securities and common stocks, holders of common stocks incur more risk than holders of preferred stock and debt obligations because common stockholders, as owners of the issuer, generally have inferior rights to receive payments from the issuer in comparison with the rights of creditors, or holders of debt obligations or preferred stocks. Unlike debt securities, which typically have a stated principal amount payable at maturity (whose value, however, is subject to market fluctuations prior thereto), or preferred stocks, which typically have a liquidation preference and which may have stated optional or mandatory redemption provisions, equity securities have neither a fixed principal amount nor a maturity.

Bonds. Certain Funds may invest in bonds. A bond is an interest-bearing security issued by a company, governmental unit or, in some cases, a non-U.S. entity. The issuer of a bond has a contractual obligation to pay interest at a stated rate on specific dates and to repay principal (the bond’s face value) periodically or on a specified maturity date. Bonds generally are used by corporations and governments to borrow money from investors.

An issuer may have the right to redeem or “call” a bond before maturity, in which case the investor may have to reinvest the proceeds at lower market rates. Most bonds bear interest income at a “coupon” rate that is fixed for the life of the bond. The value of a fixed-rate bond usually rises when market interest rates fall and falls when market interest rates rise. Accordingly, a fixed-rate bond’s yield (income as a percent of the bond’s current value) may differ from its coupon rate as its value rises or falls. Other types of bonds bear income at an interest rate that is adjusted periodically. Because of their adjustable interest rates, the value of “floating-rate” or “variable-rate” bonds fluctuates much less in response to market interest rate movements than the value of fixed-rate bonds. Generally, prices of higher quality issues tend to fluctuate less with changes in market interest rates than prices of lower quality issues and prices of longer maturity issues tend to fluctuate more than prices of shorter maturity issues. Bonds may be senior or subordinated obligations. Senior obligations generally have the first claim on a corporation’s earnings and assets and, in the event of liquidation, are paid before subordinated obligations. Bonds may be unsecured (backed only by the issuer’s general creditworthiness) or secured (backed by specified collateral).

 

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The investment return of corporate bonds reflects interest on the security and changes in the market value of the security. The market value of a corporate bond may be affected by the credit rating of the corporation, the corporation’s performance and perceptions of the corporation in the market place. There is a risk that the issuers of the bonds may not be able to meet their obligations on interest or principal payments at the time called for by the bond.

Ratings. An investment grade rating means the security or issuer is rated investment-grade by S&P Global Ratings, a division of S&P Global Inc. (“S&P”), Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”), Fitch Ratings, Ltd. (“Fitch”) or another nationally recognized statistical rating organization, or is unrated but considered to be of equivalent quality by the Adviser. Bonds rated Baa by Moody’s or BBB by S&P or above are considered “investment grade” securities; bonds rated Baa are considered medium grade obligations which lack outstanding investment characteristics and have speculative characteristics; and bonds rated BBB are regarded as having adequate capacity to pay principal and interest.

Money Market Instruments. Each Fund may invest a portion of its assets in high-quality money market instruments on an ongoing basis to provide liquidity. The instruments in which the Funds may invest include: (i) short-term obligations issued by the U.S. Government; (ii) negotiable certificates of deposit (“CDs”), fixed time deposits and bankers’ acceptances of U.S. and foreign banks and similar institutions; (iii) commercial paper rated at the date of purchase “Prime-1” by Moody’s or “A-1+” or “A-1” by S&P, or, if unrated, of comparable quality, as the Adviser determines; (iv) repurchase agreements; and (v) money market mutual funds, including affiliated money market funds. CDs are short-term negotiable obligations of commercial banks. Time deposits are non-negotiable deposits maintained in banking institutions for specified periods of time at stated interest rates. Banker’s acceptances are time drafts drawn on commercial banks by borrowers, usually in connection with international transactions.

Repurchase Agreements. Each Fund may enter into repurchase agreements, which are agreements pursuant to which the Fund acquires securities from a third party with the understanding that the seller will repurchase them at a fixed price on an agreed date. These agreements may be made with respect to any of the portfolio securities in which a Fund is authorized to invest. Repurchase agreements may be characterized as loans secured by the underlying securities. A Fund may enter into repurchase agreements with (i) member banks of the Federal Reserve System having total assets in excess of $500 million and (ii) securities dealers (“Qualified Institutions”). The Adviser will monitor the continued creditworthiness of Qualified Institutions.

The use of repurchase agreements involves certain risks. For example, if the seller of securities under a repurchase agreement defaults on its obligation to repurchase the underlying securities, as a result of its bankruptcy or otherwise, a Fund will seek to dispose of such securities, which action could involve costs or delays. If the seller becomes insolvent and subject to liquidation or reorganization under applicable bankruptcy or other laws, a Fund’s ability to dispose of the underlying securities may be restricted. Finally, it is possible that a Fund may not be able to substantiate its interest in the underlying securities. To minimize this risk, the custodian will hold the securities underlying the repurchase agreement at all times in an amount at least equal to the repurchase price, including accrued interest. If the seller fails to repurchase the securities, a Fund may suffer a loss to the extent proceeds from the sale of the underlying securities are less than the repurchase prices.

The resale price reflects the purchase price plus an agreed upon market rate of interest. The collateral is marked-to-market daily.

Reverse Repurchase Agreements. Each Fund may enter into reverse repurchase agreements, which involve the sale of securities with an agreement to repurchase the securities at an agreed-upon price, date and interest payment and have the characteristics of borrowing. The securities purchased with the funds obtained from the agreement and securities collateralizing the agreement will have maturity dates no later than the repayment date. Generally, the effect of such transactions is that a Fund can recover all or most of the cash invested in the portfolio securities involved during the term of the reverse repurchase agreement, while in many cases a Fund is able to keep some of the interest income associated with those securities. Such transactions are only advantageous if a Fund has an opportunity to earn a greater rate of return on the cash derived from these transactions than the interest cost of obtaining the same amount of cash. Opportunities to realize earnings from the use of the proceeds equal to or greater than the interest required to be paid may not always be available and a Fund intends to use the reverse repurchase technique only when the Adviser believes it will be advantageous to do so. The use of reverse repurchase agreements may exaggerate any interim increase or decrease in the value of a Fund’s assets. The custodian bank will maintain a separate account for a Fund with securities having a value equal to or greater than such commitments. Under the 1940 Act, reverse repurchase agreements are considered borrowings.

Russian Securities Risk. The United States and the European Union have imposed economic sanctions on certain Russian individuals and entities, and either the United States or the European Union also could institute broader sanctions. The current sanctions, or the threat of further sanctions, may result in the decline of the value or liquidity of Russian securities, a weakening of the ruble or other adverse consequences to the Russian economy, any of which could negatively impact the investments in Russian securities by certain Funds. These economic sanctions also could result in the immediate freeze of Russian securities, which could

 

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impair the ability of these Funds to buy, sell, receive or deliver those securities. Both the existing and potential future sanctions also could result in Russia taking counter measures or retaliatory actions, which may impair further the value or liquidity of Russian securities, and therefore may negatively impact the Funds.

Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”). Certain Funds may invest in the securities of REITs, which pool investors’ funds for investments primarily in real estate properties, to the extent allowed by law. Investment in REITs may be the most practical available means for a Fund to invest in the real estate industry. As a shareholder in a REIT, a Fund would bear its ratable share of the REIT’s expenses, including its advisory and administration fees. At the same time, a Fund would continue to pay its own investment advisory fees and other expenses, as a result of which the Fund and its shareholders in effect will be absorbing duplicate levels of fees with respect to investments in REITs. A REIT may focus on particular projects, such as apartment complexes, or geographic regions, such as the southeastern United States, or both.

REITs generally can be classified as equity REITs, mortgage REITs and hybrid REITs. Equity REITs generally invest a majority of their assets in income-producing real estate properties to generate cash flow from rental income and a gradual asset appreciation. The income-producing real estate properties in which equity REITs invest typically include properties such as office, retail, industrial, hotel and apartment buildings, self-storage, specialty and diversified and healthcare facilities. Equity REITs can realize capital gains by selling properties that have appreciated in value. Mortgage REITs invest the majority of their assets in real estate mortgages and derive their income primarily from interest payments on the mortgages. Hybrid REITs combine the characteristics of both equity REITs and mortgage REITs.

REITs can be listed and traded on national securities exchanges or can be traded privately between individual owners. The Funds may invest in both publicly and privately traded REITs.

A Fund conceivably could own real estate directly as a result of a default on the securities it owns. A Fund, therefore, may be subject to certain risks associated with the direct ownership of real estate, including difficulties in valuing and trading real estate, declines in the values of real estate, risks related to general and local economic conditions, adverse changes in the climate for real estate, environmental liability risks, increases in property taxes, capital expenditures and operating expenses, changes in zoning laws, casualty or condemnation losses, limitations on rents, changes in neighborhood values, the appeal of properties to tenants and increases in interest rates.

In addition to the risks described above, equity REITs may be affected by any changes in the value of the underlying property owned by the trusts, while mortgage REITs may be affected by the quality of any credit extended. Equity and mortgage REITs depend upon management skill, are not diversified and are therefore subject to the risk of financing single or a limited number of projects. Such REITs also are subject to heavy cash flow dependency, defaults by borrowers, self-liquidation and the possibility of failing to maintain an exemption from the 1940 Act. Changes in interest rates also may affect the value of debt securities held by a Fund. By investing in REITs indirectly through a Fund, a shareholder will bear not only his/her proportionate share of the expenses of the Fund, but also, indirectly, similar expenses of the REITs.

U.S. Registered Securities of Foreign Issuers. Certain Funds may invest in U.S. registered, dollar-denominated bonds of foreign corporations, governments, agencies and supra-national entities, preferred securities of foreign issuers, or preferred securities otherwise exempt from registration. Investing in U.S. registered, dollar-denominated, investment grade bonds or preferred securities issued by non-U.S. issuers involves some risks and considerations not typically associated with investing in U.S. companies. These include differences in accounting, auditing and financial reporting standards, the possibility of expropriation or confiscatory taxation, adverse changes in investment or exchange control regulations, political instability that could affect U.S. investments in foreign countries, and potential restrictions of the flow of international capital. Foreign companies may be subject to less governmental regulation than U.S. issuers. Moreover, individual foreign economies may differ favorably or unfavorably from the U.S. economy in such respects as growth of gross domestic product, rate of inflation, capital reinvestment, resource self-sufficiency and balance of payment positions.

U.S. Government Obligations. The Funds may invest in short-term U.S. government obligations. Short-term obligations issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government, its agencies and instrumentalities include bills, notes and bonds issued by the U.S. Treasury, as well as “stripped” or “zero coupon” U.S. Treasury obligations representing future interest or principal payments on U.S. Treasury notes or bonds. Stripped securities are sold at a discount to their “face value,” and may exhibit greater price volatility than interest-bearing securities because investors receive no payment until maturity.

Short-term obligations of certain agencies and instrumentalities of the U.S. Government, such as the Government National Mortgage Association (“GNMA”), are supported by the full faith and credit of the U.S. Treasury; others, such as those of the Federal National Mortgage Association (“FNMA”), are supported by the right of the issuer to borrow from the U.S. Treasury; others, such as those of the former Student Loan Marketing Association (“SLMA”), are supported by the discretionary authority of the

 

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U.S. Government to purchase the agency’s obligations; still others, although issued by an instrumentality chartered by the U.S. Government, like the Federal Farm Credit Bureau (“FFCB”), are supported only by the credit of the instrumentality. In 2008, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship.

Since that time, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have received significant capital support through U.S. Treasury preferred stock purchases as well as U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve purchases of their mortgage backed securities. While the purchase programs for mortgage-backed securities ended in 2010, the U.S. Treasury continued its support for the entities’ capital as necessary to prevent a negative net worth, no assurance can be given that the Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury, or FHFA initiatives discussed above will ensure that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will remain successful in meeting their obligations with respect to the debt and mortgage-backed securities they issue. In addition, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac also are the subject of several continuing class action lawsuits and investigations by federal regulators, which (along with any resulting financial restatements) may adversely affect the guaranteeing entities. Importantly, the future of the entities is in serious question as the U.S. Government is considering multiple options, ranging from significant reform, nationalization, privatization, consolidation, or abolishment of the entities.

The FHFA and the U.S. Treasury (through its agreements to purchase preferred stock of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) also have imposed strict limits on the size of the mortgage portfolios of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In August 2012, the U.S. Treasury amended its preferred stock purchase agreements to provide that the portfolios of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be wound down at an annual rate of 15 percent (up from the previously agreed annual rate of 10 percent), requiring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reach the $250 billion target four years earlier than previously planned. Further, when a ratings agency downgraded long-term U.S. Government debt in August 2011, the agency also downgraded the bond ratings of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, from AAA to AA+, based on their direct reliance on the U.S. Government (although that rating did not directly relate to their mortgage-backed securities). The U.S. Government’s commitment to ensure that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have sufficient capital to meet their obligations was, however, unaffected by the downgrade.

The U.S. Treasury has put in place a set of financing agreements to help ensure that these entities continue to meet their obligations to holders of bonds they have issued or guaranteed. The U.S. Government may choose not to provide financial support to U.S. Government-sponsored agencies or instrumentalities if it is not legally obligated to do so, in which case, if the issuer were to default, the Fund holding securities of such issuer might not be able to recover their investment from the U.S. Government.

Convertible Securities. A convertible security is a bond, debenture, note, preferred stock, right, warrant or other security that may be converted into or exchanged for a prescribed amount of common stock or other security of the same or a different issuer or into cash within a particular period of time at a specified price or formula. A convertible security generally entitles the holder to receive interest paid or accrued on debt securities or the dividend paid on preferred stock until the convertible security matures or is redeemed, converted or exchanged. Before conversion, convertible securities generally have characteristics similar to both debt and equity securities. As with other equity securities, the value of a convertible security tends to increase as the price of the underlying stock goes up, and to decrease as the price of the underlying stock goes down. Declining common stock values therefore also may cause the value of the Fund’s investments to decline. Like a debt security, a convertible security provides a fixed income stream with generally higher yields than those of common stock of the same or similar issuers, which tends to decrease in value when interest rates rise.

Convertible securities generally rank senior to common stock in a corporation’s capital structure but are usually subordinated to comparable nonconvertible securities. Convertible securities generally do not participate directly in any dividend increases or decreases of the underlying securities although the market prices of convertible securities may be affected by any dividend changes or other changes in the underlying securities. Many convertible securities have credit ratings that are below investment grade and are subject to the same risks as lower-rated debt securities.

Structured Notes. A structured note is a derivative security for which the amount of principal repayment and/or interest payments is based on the movement of one or more “factors.” These factors include, but are not limited to, currency exchange rates, interest rates (such as the prime lending rate or LIBOR), referenced bonds and stock indices. Some of these factors may or may not correlate to the total rate of return on one or more underlying instruments referenced in such notes. Investments in structured notes involve risks including interest rate risk, credit risk and market risk. Depending on the factor(s) used and the use of multipliers or deflators, changes in interest rates and movement of such factor(s) may cause significant price fluctuations. Structured notes may be less liquid than other types of securities and more volatile than the reference factor underlying the note. This means that the Fund may lose money if the issuer of the note defaults, as the Fund may not be able to readily close out its investment in such notes without incurring losses.

Other Investment Companies. Each Fund may invest in the securities of other investment companies, including money market funds, exchange-traded funds, non-exchange traded U.S. registered open-end investment companies (mutual funds), closed-end investment companies, or non-U.S. investment companies traded on foreign exchanges beyond the limits permitted under the 1940

 

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Act, subject to certain terms and conditions set forth in an SEC exemptive order issued to the Trust in 2012 pursuant to Section 12(d)(1)(J) of the 1940 Act (the “2012 Order”). Absent such exemptive relief, each Fund’s investments in investment companies would be limited to, subject to certain exceptions, (i) 3% of the total outstanding voting stock of any one investment company, (ii) 5% of the Fund’s total assets with respect to any one investment company and (iii) 10% of the Fund’s total assets of investment companies in the aggregate. However, as a non-fundamental restriction, each Fund may not acquire any securities of registered open-end investment companies or registered unit investment trusts in reliance on Sections 12(d)(1)(F) and 12(d)(1)(G) of the 1940 Act.

Under the pertinent terms of the 2012 Order, the Funds may invest in registered investment companies in excess of the limitations imposed by Sections 12(d)(1)(A) and 12(d)(1)(C) of the 1940 Act. The total amount of securities held by a Fund, both individually and when aggregated with all other shares of the acquired fund held by other registered investment companies or private investment pools advised by the Adviser or its affiliates (as well as shares held by the Adviser and its affiliates) cannot exceed 25% of the outstanding voting securities of the acquired investment company, and the none of these entities (including the Fund) may individually or collectively exert a controlling influence over the acquired investment company. The Funds may not rely on the 2012 Order to acquire an investment company that itself has ownership of investment company shares in excess of the limitations contained in Section 12(d)(1)(A) of the 1940 Act. To the extent necessary to comply with the provisions of the 1940 Act or the 2012 Order, on any matter upon which an underlying investment company’s shareholders are solicited to vote, the Adviser will vote the underlying investment company shares in the same general proportion as shares held by other shareholders of the underlying investment company.

In addition, the Trust previously obtained exemptive relief in 2007 that allows other investment companies to acquire shares of the Trust in excess of the limitations imposed by Section 12(d)(1)(A) (the “2007 Order”). This relief is conditioned on those acquiring funds obtaining a participation agreement signed by both the acquiring fund and the fund that it wishes to acquire in excess of the 12(d)(1)(A) limitations. If a Fund relies on the 2012 Order, it will not enter into a participation agreement pursuant to the 2007 Order, and if a Fund has a signed participation agreement in effect pursuant to the 2007 Order, it will not rely on the 2012 Order.

Illiquid Securities. Each Fund may hold up to an aggregate amount of 15% of its net assets in illiquid securities (calculated at the time of investment). Illiquid securities include securities subject to contractual or other restrictions on resale and other instruments that lack readily available markets. Each Fund will monitor its portfolio liquidity on an ongoing basis to determine whether, in light of current circumstances, an adequate level of liquidity is being maintained, and will consider taking appropriate steps in order to maintain adequate liquidity if, through a change in values, net assets, or other circumstances, more than 15% of the Fund’s net assets are held in illiquid securities or other illiquid assets. The existence of a liquid trading market for certain securities may depend on whether dealers will make a market in such securities. There can be no assurance that dealers will make or maintain a market or that any such market will be or remain liquid. The price at which securities may be sold and the value of the Shares will be adversely affected if trading markets for a Fund’s portfolio securities are limited or absent, or if bid/ask spreads are wide.

Borrowing. Each Fund may borrow money from a bank or another person up to the limits set forth in the section “Investment Restrictions” to meet shareholder redemptions, for temporary or emergency purposes and for other lawful purposes. Borrowed money will cost a Fund interest expense and/or other fees. The costs of borrowing may reduce a Fund’s return. Borrowing also may cause a Fund to liquidate positions when it may not be advantageous to do so to satisfy its obligations to repay borrowed monies. To the extent that a Fund has outstanding borrowings, it will be leveraged. Leveraging generally exaggerates the effect on NAV of any increase or decrease in the market value of the Fund’s portfolio securities.

Cybersecurity Risk. The Funds, like all companies, may be susceptible to operational and information security risks. Cybersecurity failures or breaches of the Funds or their service providers or the issuers of securities in which the Funds invest, have the ability to cause disruptions and impact business operations, potentially resulting in financial losses, the inability of shareholders to transact business, violations of applicable privacy and other laws, regulatory fines, penalties, reputational damage, reimbursement or other compensation costs, and/or additional compliance costs. The Funds and their shareholders could be negatively impacted as a result.

Hybrid Securities Risk. Hybrid securities may be “functionally equivalent” to preferred stock, and therefore may have preference over the common stock. Although generally considered an equity security within an issuer’s capital structure, a hybrid security may exhibit characteristics akin to a debt security or other evidence of indebtedness on which the value of the interest, or principal of which, is determined by reference to changes in the value of a reference instrument or financial strength of a reference entity (e.g., a security or other financial instrument, asset, currency or interest rate). The price of a hybrid security and any applicable reference instrument may not move in the same direction or at the same time. An investment in a hybrid security may entail significant risks not associated with a similar investment in a traditional equity security. The risks of a particular hybrid security will depend upon the terms of the instrument, but may include the possibility of significant changes in the value of any applicable reference instrument. Hybrid securities potentially are more volatile than traditional equity securities. Hybrid instruments may carry credit risk of their

 

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issuer, as well as liquidity risk, since they often are “customized” to meet the needs of an issuer or a particular investor, and therefore the number of investors that buy such instruments in the secondary market may be small.

PORTFOLIO TURNOVER

Each Fund calculates its portfolio turnover rate by dividing the value of the lesser of purchases or sales of portfolio securities for the fiscal period by the monthly average of the value of portfolio securities owned by the Fund during the fiscal period. A 100% portfolio turnover rate would occur, for example, if all of the portfolio securities (other than short-term securities) were replaced once during the fiscal period. Portfolio turnover rates will vary from year to year, depending on market conditions. At the date of this SAI, each Fund is new and has no operating history, and therefore portfolio turnover information is not yet available.

DISCLOSURE OF PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS

Quarterly Portfolio Schedule. The Trust is required to disclose, after its first and third fiscal quarters, the complete schedule of each Fund’s portfolio holdings with the SEC on Form N-Q. The Trust also discloses a complete schedule of each Fund’s portfolio holdings with the SEC on Form N-CSR after its second and fourth fiscal quarters.

The Trust’s Forms N-Q and Forms N-CSR on behalf of each Fund will be available on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. The Trust’s Forms N-Q and Forms N-CSR also may be reviewed and copied at the SEC’s Public Reference Room in Washington, D.C., and information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling 1-202-551-8090. The Trust’s Forms N-Q and Forms N-CSR will be available without charge, upon request, by calling 1-630-933-9600 or 1-800-983-0903 or by writing to PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II at 3500 Lacey Road, Suite 700, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515.

Portfolio Holdings Policy. The Trust has adopted a policy regarding the disclosure of information about the Trust’s portfolio holdings. The Board must approve all material amendments to this policy.

The Funds’ portfolio holdings are disseminated publicly each day that the Funds are open for business through financial reporting and news services, including publicly accessible Internet websites. In addition, for in-kind creations, a basket composition file, which includes the security names and share quantities to deliver in exchange for Shares, together with estimates and actual cash components, is disseminated publicly each day prior to the opening of the Exchange via www.powershares.com/capitalmarkets and the National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”). The basket represents one Creation Unit of each Fund. The Trust, the Adviser and The Bank of New York Mellon (“BNYM” or the “Administrator”) will not disseminate non-public information concerning the Trust.

Access to information concerning the Funds’ portfolio holdings may be permitted at other times to personnel of third-party service providers, including the Funds’ custodian, transfer agent, auditors and counsel, as may be necessary to conduct business in the ordinary course in a manner consistent with such service providers’ agreements with the Trust on behalf of the Funds.

MANAGEMENT

The primary responsibility of the Board is to represent the interests of the Funds and to provide oversight of the management of the Funds. The Trust currently has eight Trustees. Six Trustees have no affiliation or business connection with the Adviser or any of its affiliated persons and do not own any stock or other securities issued by the Adviser. These are the “non-interested” (as such term is defined under the 1940 Act) or “independent” Trustees (“Independent Trustees”). One Trustee (the “Unaffiliated Trustee”) is an officer of a company that has engaged in securities transactions with clients advised by a sub-adviser to one or more funds in the “Fund Family” (as defined below), which clients do not include any of the Funds, but is not an affiliated person of the Adviser. The remaining Trustee (the “Interested Trustee”) is affiliated with the Adviser.

 

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The Independent Trustees of the Trust, their term of office and length of time served, their principal business occupations during at least the past five years, the number of portfolios in the Fund Complex (defined below) that they oversee and other directorships, if any, that they hold are shown below. The “Fund Complex” includes all open and closed-end funds (including all of their portfolios) advised by the Adviser and any funds that have an investment adviser that is an affiliated person of the Adviser. As of the date of this SAI, the “Fund Family” consists of the Trust and four other exchange-traded fund trusts advised by the Adviser.

 

Name, Address and

Year of Birth of

Independent Trustees

  

Position(s) Held

with Trust

  

Term of

Office and

Length of

Time Served*

  

Principal Occupation(s)

During At Least the Past 5 Years

   Number of
Portfolios in
Fund
Complex
Overseen by
Independent
Trustees
   Other
Directorships
Held by
Independent
Trustee
During the
Past 5 Years

Ronn R. Bagge — 1958

c/o Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC

3500 Lacey Road,

Suite 700

Downers Grove, IL 60515

   Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee and Trustee    Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee and Trustee since 2007    Founder and Principal, YQA Capital Management LLC (1998-Present); formerly Owner/CEO of Electronic Dynamic Balancing Co., Inc. (high-speed rotating equipment service provider).    159    None

Todd J. Barre — 1957

c/o Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC

3500 Lacey Road,

Suite 700

Downers Grove, IL 60515

   Trustee    Since 2010    Assistant Professor of Business, Trinity Christian College (2010-2016); formerly Vice President and Senior Investment Strategist (2001-2008), Director of Open Architecture and Trading (2007-2008), Head of Fundamental Research (2004-2007) and Vice President and Senior Fixed Income Strategist (1994-2001), BMO Financial Group/Harris Private Bank.    159    None

Marc M. Kole — 1960

c/o Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC

3500 Lacey Road,

Suite 700

Downers Grove, IL 60515

   Chairman of the Audit Committee and Trustee    Chairman of the Audit Committee since 2008; Trustee since 2007    Senior Director of Finance, By The Hand Club for Kids (2015-Present); formerly: Chief Financial Officer, Hope Network (social services) (2008-2012); Assistant Vice President and Controller, Priority Health (health insurance) (2005-2008); Senior Vice President of Finance, United Healthcare (2004-2005); Chief Accounting Officer, Senior Vice President of Finance, Oxford Health Plans (2000-2004); Audit Partner, Arthur Andersen LLP (1996-2000).    159    None

Yung Bong Lim — 1964

c/o Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC

3500 Lacey Road,

Suite 700

Downers Grove, IL 60515

   Chairman of the Investment Oversight Committee and Trustee   

Chairman of the Investment Oversight Committee since 2014; Trustee

since 2013

   Managing Partner, Residential Dynamics Group LLC (2008-Present); formerly, Managing Director, Citadel Investment Group, L.L.C. (1999-2007).    159    None

 

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Name, Address and

Year of Birth of

Independent Trustees

  

Position(s) Held

with Trust

  

Term of

Office and

Length of

Time Served*

  

Principal Occupation(s)

During At Least the Past 5 Years

   Number of
Portfolios in
Fund
Complex
Overseen by
Independent
Trustees
   Other
Directorships
Held by
Independent
Trustee
During the
Past 5 Years

Gary R. Wicker — 1961

c/o Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC

3500 Lacey Road,

Suite 700

Downers Grove, IL 60515

   Trustee    Since 2013    Senior Vice President of Global Finance and Chief Financial Officer at RBC Ministries (publishing company) (2013-Present); formerly, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Zondervan Publishing (a division of Harper Collins/NewsCorp) (2007-2012); Senior Vice President and Group Controller (2005-2006), Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (2003-2004), Chief Financial Officer (2001-2003), Vice President, Finance and Controller (1999-2001) and Assistant Controller (1997-1999), divisions of The Thomson Corporation (information services provider).    159    None

Donald H. Wilson — 1959

c/o Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC

3500 Lacey Road,

Suite 700

Downers Grove, IL 60515

   Chairman of the Board and Trustee    Chairman since 2012; Trustee since 2007    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stone Pillar Advisors, Ltd. (2010-Present); President and Chief Executive Officer, Stone Pillar Investments, Ltd. (2016-Present); formerly, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Financial Shares, Inc. and Community Bank—Wheaton/Glen Ellyn (subsidiary) (2013-2015); Chief Operating Officer, AMCORE Financial, Inc. (bank holding company) (2007-2009); Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, AMCORE Financial, Inc. (2006-2007); Senior Vice President and Treasurer, Marshall & Ilsley Corp. (bank holding company) (1995-2006).    159    None

 

* This is the date the Independent Trustee began serving the Trust. He serves an indefinite term, until his successor is elected.


The Unaffiliated Trustee, his term of office and length of time served, his principal business occupations during at least the past five years, the number of portfolios in the Fund Complex overseen by the Unaffiliated Trustee and the other directorships, if any, held by the Unaffiliated Trustee, are shown below.

 

Name, Address and Year of Birth

of Unaffiliated Trustee

  Position(s)
Held
with Trust
  Term of
Office and
Length of
Time Served*
 

Principal Occupation(s)

During At Least the Past 5 Years

  Number of
Portfolios in
Fund
Complex
Overseen by
Unaffiliated
Trustees
  Other Directorships
Held by
Unaffiliated Trustee
During the Past 5 Years

Philip M. Nussbaum—1961

c/o Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC

3500 Lacey Road,

Suite 700

Downers Grove, IL 60515

  Trustee**   Since 2007   Chairman, Performance Trust Capital Partners (2004-Present).   159   None

 

* This is the date the Unaffiliated Trustee began serving the Trust. He serves an indefinite term, until his successor is elected.
** Effective May 18, 2016, Mr. Nussbaum became an Unaffiliated Trustee.

The Interested Trustee and the executive officers of the Trust, their term of office and length of time served, their principal business occupations during at least the past five years, the number of portfolios in the Fund Complex overseen by the Interested Trustee and the other directorships, if any, held by the Interested Trustee, are shown below.

 

Name, Address and

Year of Birth of

Interested Trustee

  Position(s)
Held
with Trust
  Term of
Office and
Length of
Time Served*
 

Principal Occupation(s)

During At Least the Past 5 Years

  Number of
Portfolios in
Fund
Complex
Overseen by
Interested
Trustees
  Other
Directorships
Held by
Interested
Trustee
During the
Past 5 Years

Kevin M. Carome — 1956

Invesco Ltd.

Two Peachtree Pointe

1555 Peachtree St., N.E.,

Suite 1800

Atlanta, GA 30309

  Trustee   Since 2010   Senior Managing Director, Secretary and General Counsel, Invesco Ltd. (2007-Present); Director, Invesco Advisers, Inc. (2009-Present); Director, Invesco Finance PLC, and Invesco Holding Company Limited; Director and Executive Vice President, Invesco Holding Company (US), Inc., Invesco Finance, Inc., Invesco Group Services, Inc., Invesco North American Holdings, Inc. and INVESCO Asset Management (Bermuda) Ltd.; Executive Vice President; (2008-Present); Invesco Investments (Bermuda) Ltd., Manager, Horizon Flight Works LLC; Director and Secretary, Invesco Services (Bahamas) Private Limited; formerly, Director and Chairman, INVESCO Funds Group, Inc., Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, Invesco Advisers, Inc. (2003-2006); Director, Invesco Investments (Bermuda) Ltd. (2008-2016); Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Liberty Financial Companies, Inc. (2000-2001); General Counsel of certain investment management subsidiaries of Liberty Financial Companies, Inc. (1998-2000); Associate General Counsel, Liberty Financial Companies, Inc. (1993-1998); Associate, Ropes & Gray LLP.   159   None

 

* This is the date the Interested Trustee began serving the Trust. He serves an indefinite term, until his successor is elected.

 

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Name, Address and Year of Birth

of Executive Officer

   Position(s) Held
with Trust
   Term of
Office and
Length of
Time Served*
  

Principal Occupation(s) During At Least Past 5 Years

Daniel E. Draper—1968

Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC

3500 Lacey Road,

Suite 700

Downers Grove, IL 60515

   President and Principal

Executive Officer

   Since 2015    President and Principal Executive Officer, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II, PowerShares India Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Fund Trust and PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Commodity Fund Trust (2015-Present); Chief Executive Officer and Principal Executive Officer (2016-Present) and Managing Director (2013-Present), Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC; Senior Vice President, Invesco Distributors, Inc. (2014-Present); formerly, Vice President, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II, PowerShares India Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Fund Trust (2013-2015) and PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Commodity Fund Trust (2014-2015); Managing Director, Credit Suisse Asset Management (2010-2013) and Lyxor Asset Management/Societe Generale (2007-2010).

Adam Henkel—1980

Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC

3500 Lacey Road, Suite 700

Downers Grove, IL 60515

   Chief Compliance
Officer
   Since 2017    Chief Compliance Officer of Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (2017-Present); Chief Compliance Officer of PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II, PowerShares India Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Fund Trust and PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Commodity Fund Trust (2017-Present); formerly, Senior Counsel, Invesco, Ltd. (2013-2017); and Assistant Vice President, U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC (2010-2013).

Steven M. Hill—1964

Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC

3500 Lacey Road,

Suite 700

Downers Grove, IL 60515

   Vice President

and Treasurer

   Since 2013    Vice President and Treasurer, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II, PowerShares India Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Fund Trust (2013-Present) and PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Commodity Fund Trust (2014-Present); Head of Global ETF Administration, Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (2011-Present); Principal Financial and Accounting Officer – Investment Pools, Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (2015-Present); formerly, Senior Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, Destra Capital Management LLC and its subsidiaries (2010-2011); Chief Financial Officer, Destra Investment Trust and Destra Investment Trust II (2010-2011); Senior Managing Director, Claymore Securities, Inc. (2003-2010); and Chief Financial Officer, Claymore sponsored mutual funds (2003-2010).

 

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Name, Address and Year of Birth

of Executive Officer

   Position(s) Held
with Trust
   Term of
Office and
Length of
Time Served*
  

Principal Occupation(s) During At Least Past 5 Years

Peter Hubbard—1981

Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC

3500 Lacey Road,

Suite 700

Downers Grove, IL 60515

   Vice President    Since 2009    Vice President, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II, PowerShares India Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Fund Trust (2009-Present) and PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Commodity Fund Trust (2014-Present); Vice President and Director of Portfolio Management, Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (2010-Present); formerly, Vice President of Portfolio Management, Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (2008-2010); Portfolio Manager, Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (2007-2008); Research Analyst, Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (2005-2007); Research Analyst and Trader, Ritchie Capital, a hedge fund operator (2003-2005).

Sheri Morris—1964

Invesco Management Group, Inc.

11 Greenway Plaza,

Suite 1000

Houston, TX 77046

   Vice President    Since 2012    President and Principal Executive Officer, The Invesco Funds (2016-Present); Treasurer, The Invesco Funds (2008-Present); Vice President, Invesco Advisers, Inc. (formerly known as Invesco Institutional (N.A.), Inc.) (registered investment adviser) (2009-Present) and Vice President, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II, PowerShares India Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Fund Trust (2012-Present) and PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Commodity Fund Trust (2014-Present); formerly, Vice President and Principal Financial Officer, The Invesco Funds (2008-2016); Treasurer, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II, PowerShares India Exchange-Traded Fund Trust and PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Fund Trust (2011-2013); Vice President, Invesco Aim Advisers, Inc., Invesco Aim Capital Management, Inc. and Invesco Aim Private Asset Management, Inc.; Assistant Vice President and Assistant Treasurer, The Invesco Funds and Assistant Vice President, Invesco Advisers, Inc., Invesco Aim Capital Management, Inc. and Invesco Aim Private Asset Management, Inc.

Anna Paglia—1974

Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC

3500 Lacey Road,

Suite 700

Downers Grove, IL 60515

   Secretary    Since 2011    Secretary, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II, PowerShares India Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Fund Trust (2011-Present) and PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Commodity Fund Trust (2014-Present); Head of Legal (2010-Present) and Secretary (2015-Present), Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (2010-Present); Manager and Assistant Secretary, Invesco Indexing LLC (2017-Present); formerly, Partner, K&L Gates LLP (formerly, Bell Boyd & Lloyd LLP) (2007-2010); Associate Counsel at Barclays Global Investors Ltd. (2004-2006).

 

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Name, Address and Year of Birth

of Executive Officer

   Position(s)
Held
with Trust
   Term of
Office and
Length of
Time Served*
  

Principal Occupation(s) During At Least Past 5 Years

Rudolf E. Reitmann—1971

Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC

3500 Lacey Road,

Suite 700

Downers Grove, IL 60515

   Vice President    Since 2013    Vice President, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II, PowerShares India Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Fund Trust (2013-Present) and PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Commodity Fund Trust (2014-Present); Head of Global Exchange Traded Funds Services, Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (2013-Present).

David Warren—1957

Invesco Canada Ltd.

5140 Yonge Street,

Suite 800

Toronto, Ontario M2N 6X7

   Vice President    Since 2009    Vice President, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II, PowerShares India Exchange-Traded Fund Trust, and PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Fund Trust (2009-Present) and PowerShares Actively Managed Exchange-Traded Commodity Fund Trust (2014-Present); Managing Director—Chief Administrative Officer, Americas, Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC; Senior Vice President, Invesco Advisers, Inc. (2009-Present); Director, Invesco Inc. (2009-Present); Senior Vice President, Invesco Management Group, Inc. (2007-Present); Director, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Invesco Canada Ltd. (formerly, Invesco Trimark Ltd.); Chief Administrative Officer, North American Retail, Invesco Ltd. (2007-Present); Director, Invesco Corporate Class Inc. (2014-Present); Director, Invesco Global Direct Real Estate Feeder GP Ltd. (2015-Present); Director, Invesco Canada Holdings Inc. (2002-Present); Director, Invesco Financial Services Ltd. / Services Financiers Invesco Ltée and Trimark Investments Ltd./Placements Trimark Ltée (2014-Present); Director, Invesco IP Holdings (Canada) Ltd. (2016-Present); Director, Invesco Global Direct Real Estate GP Ltd. (2015-Present); formerly, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Invesco Inc. (2009-2015); Director, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Invesco Canada Ltd. (formerly, Invesco Trimark Ltd.) (2000-2011).

 

* This is the date the officer began serving the Trust. Each officer serves an indefinite term, until his or her successor is elected.

Each Fund is newly established. As of the date of this SAI, none of the Trustees held equity securities in the Funds. As of December 31, 2016, each Trustee held in the aggregate over $100,000 in equity securities in all of the registered investment companies overseen by the Trustees. The Share information for Messrs. Lim and Nussbaum include Shares of certain funds in which each of Mr. Lim and Mr. Nussbaum is deemed to be invested pursuant to the Trust’s deferred compensation plan (“DC Plan”), which is described below.

As of the date of this SAI, as to each Independent Trustee and Unaffiliated Trustee and his immediate family members, no person owned beneficially or of record securities in an investment adviser or principal underwriter of the Funds, or a person (other than a registered investment company) directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by or under common control with an investment adviser or principal underwriter of the Funds.

Board and Committee Structure. As noted above, the Board is responsible for oversight of the Funds, including oversight of the duties performed by the Adviser for the Funds under the investment advisory agreement (the “Investment Advisory Agreement”). The Board generally meets in regularly scheduled meetings five times a year, and may meet more often as required. During the Trust’s fiscal year ended October 31, 2016, the Board held six meetings.

The Board has three standing committees, the Audit Committee, the Investment Oversight Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee, and has delegated certain responsibilities to those Committees.

Messrs. Kole (Chair), Wicker and Wilson currently serve as members of the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee has the responsibility, among other things, to: (i) approve and recommend to the Board the selection of the Trust’s independent registered

 

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public accounting firm, (ii) review the scope of the independent registered public accounting firm’s audit activity, (iii) review the audited financial statements and (iv) review with such independent registered public accounting firm the adequacy and the effectiveness of the Trust’s internal controls over financial reporting. During the Trust’s fiscal year ended October 31, 2016, the Audit Committee held eleven meetings.

Messrs. Bagge (Chair), Barre, Kole, Lim, Nussbaum, Wicker and Wilson currently serve as members of the Nominating and Governance Committee. The Nominating and Governance Committee has the responsibility, among other things, to identify and recommend individuals for Board membership and evaluate candidates for Board membership. The Board will consider recommendations for trustees from shareholders. Nominations from shareholders should be in writing and sent to the Secretary of the Trust to the attention of the Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee, as described below under the caption “Shareholder Communications.” During the Trust’s fiscal year ended October 31, 2016, the Nominating and Governance Committee held four meetings.

Messrs. Bagge, Barre, Lim (Chair) and Nussbaum currently serve as members of the Investment Oversight Committee. The Investment Oversight Committee has the responsibility, among other things, (i) to review the investment performance of funds, including their tracking error and correlation to their respective underlying index, (ii) to review any proposed changes to a fund’s investment policies, comparative benchmark indices or underlying index, and (iii) to review each fund’s market trading activities and portfolio transactions. During the Trust’s fiscal year ended October 31, 2016, the Investment Oversight Committee held four meetings.

Mr. Wilson, one of the Independent Trustees, serves as the chairman of the Board (the “Independent Chair”). The Independent Chair, among other things, chairs the Board meetings, participates in the preparation of the Board agendas and serves as a liaison between, and facilitates communication among, the other Independent Trustees, the full Board, the Adviser and other service providers with respect to Board matters. The Chairs of each Committee also serve as liaisons between the Adviser and other service providers and the other Independent Trustees for matters pertaining to the respective Committee. The Board believes that its current leadership structure is appropriate taking into account the assets and number of funds overseen by the Trustees, the size of the Board and the nature of the funds’ business, as the Interested Trustee and officers of the Trust provide the Board with insight as to the daily management of the funds while the Independent Chair promotes independent oversight of the funds by the Board.

Risk Oversight. Each Fund is subject to a number of risks, including operational, investment and compliance risks. The Board, directly and through its Committees, as part of its oversight responsibilities, oversees the services provided by the Adviser and the Trust’s other service providers in connection with the management and operations of the Funds, as well as their associated risks. Under the oversight of the Board, the Trust, the Adviser and other service providers have adopted policies, procedures and controls to address these risks. The Board, directly and through its Committees, receives and reviews information from the Adviser, other service providers, the Trust’s independent registered public accounting firm, Trust counsel and counsel to the Independent Trustees to assist it in its oversight responsibilities. This information includes, but is not limited to, reports regarding the Funds’ investments, including Fund performance and investment practices, valuation of Fund portfolio securities, and compliance. The Board also reviews, and must approve any proposed changes to, the Funds’ investment objective, policies and restrictions, and reviews any areas of non-compliance with the Funds’ investment policies and restrictions. The Audit Committee monitors the Trust’s accounting policies, financial reporting and internal control system and reviews any internal audit reports impacting the Trust. As part of its compliance oversight, the Board reviews the annual compliance report issued by the Trust’s Chief Compliance Officer on the policies and procedures of the Trust and its service providers, proposed changes to those policies and procedures and quarterly reports on any material compliance issues that arose during the period.

Experience, Qualifications and Attributes. As noted above, the Nominating and Governance Committee is responsible for identifying, evaluating and recommending trustee candidates. The Nominating and Governance Committee reviews the background and the educational, business and professional experience of trustee candidates and the candidates’ expected contributions to the Board. Trustees selected to serve on the Board are expected to possess relevant skills and experience, time availability and the ability to work well with the other Trustees. In addition to these qualities and based on each Trustee’s experience, qualifications and attributes and the Trustees’ combined contributions to the Board, following is a brief summary of the information that led to the conclusion that each Board member should serve as a Trustee.

Mr. Bagge has served as a trustee and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee with the Fund Family since 2003. He founded YQA Capital Management, LLC in 1998 and has since served as a principal. Previously, Mr. Bagge was the owner and CEO of Electronic Dynamic Balancing Company from 1988 to 2001. He began his career as a securities analyst for institutional investors, including CT&T Asset Management and J.C. Bradford & Co. The Board considered that Mr. Bagge has served as a board member or advisor for several privately held businesses and charitable organizations and the executive, investment and operations experience that Mr. Bagge has gained over the course of his career and through his financial industry experience.

 

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Mr. Barre has served as a trustee with the Fund Family since 2010. He served as Assistant Professor of Business at Trinity Christian College from 2010 to 2016. Previously, he served in various positions with BMO Financial Group/Harris Private Bank, including Vice President and Senior Investment Strategist (2001-2008), Director of Open Architecture and Trading (2007-2008), Head of Fundamental Research (2004-2007) and Vice President and Senior Fixed Income Strategist (1994-2001). From 1983 to 1994, Mr. Barre was with the Office of the Manager of Investments at Commonwealth Edison Co. He also was a staff accountant at Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. from 1981 to 1983. The Board considered the executive, financial and investment experience that Mr. Barre has gained over the course of his career and through his financial industry experience.

Mr. Carome has served as a trustee with the Fund Family since 2010. He has served as the Senior Managing Director and General Counsel of Invesco Ltd. since 2006, and has held various senior executive positions with Invesco Ltd. since 2003. Previously, he served in various positions with Liberty Financial Companies, Inc., including Senior Vice President and General Counsel (2000-2001), General Counsel of certain investment management subsidiaries (1998-2000) and Associate General Counsel (1993-1998). Prior to his employment with Liberty Financial Companies, Inc., Mr. Carome was an associate with Ropes & Gray LLP. The Board considered Mr. Carome’s senior executive position with Invesco Ltd.

Mr. Kole has served as a trustee with the Fund Family since 2006 and Chairman of the Audit Committee since 2008. He has been the Senior Director of Finance of By The Hand Club for Kids since 2015. Previously, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Hope Network from 2008 to 2012. He also was the Assistant Vice President and Controller at Priority Health from 2005 to 2008, Senior Vice President of Finance of United Healthcare from 2004 to 2005, Chief Accounting Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance of Oxford Health Plans from 2000 to 2004 and Audit Partner, Arthur Andersen LLP from 1996-2000. The Board of the Trust has determined that Mr. Kole is an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by the SEC. The Board considered the executive, financial and operations experience that Mr. Kole has gained over the course of his career and through his financial industry experience.

Mr. Lim has served as a trustee with the Fund Family since 2013 and Chairman of the Investment Oversight Committee since 2014. He has been a Managing Partner of Residential Dynamics Group LLC since 2008. Previously, he was a Managing Director and the Head of the Securitized Products Group of Citadel Investment Group, L.L.C. (1999-2007). Prior to his employment with Citadel Investment Group, L.L.C., he was a Managing Director with Salomon Smith Barney. The Board considered the executive, financial and operations experience that Mr. Lim has gained over the course of his career and through his financial industry experience.

Mr. Nussbaum has served as a trustee with the Fund Family since 2003. He has served as the Chairman of Performance Trust Capital Partners since 2004 and was the Executive Vice President of Finance from 1994 to 1999. Mr. Nussbaum also served as Managing Director of the Communication Institute from 2002 to 2003. Prior to joining Performance Trust Capital Partners in 1994, he was a Vice President at Clayton Brown & Associates. Before that, he was a senior examiner with the Financial Markets Unit of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The Board considered the executive, financial, investment and operations experience that Mr. Nussbaum has gained over the course of his career and through his financial industry experience.

Mr. Wicker has served as a trustee with the Fund Family since 2013. He has served as Senior Vice President of Global Finance and Chief Financial Officer at RBC Ministries since 2013. Previously, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Zondervan Publishing from 2007 to 2012. Previously, he held various positions with divisions of The Thomson Corporation, including Senior Vice President and Group Controller (2005-2006), Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (2003-2004), Chief Financial Officer (2001-2003), Vice President, Finance and Controller (1999-2001) and Assistant Controller (1997-1999). Prior to that, Mr. Wicker was Senior Manager in the Audit and Business Advisory Services Group of Price Waterhouse (1985-1996). The Board of the Trust has determined that Mr. Wicker is an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by the SEC. The Board considered the executive, financial and operations experience that Mr. Wicker has gained over the course of his career and through his financial industry experience.

Mr. Wilson has served as a trustee with the Fund Family since 2006 and as the Independent Chair since 2012. He also served as lead Independent Trustee in 2011. He has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Stone Pillar Advisors, Ltd. since 2010 and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Stone Pillar Investments, Ltd. since 2016. Previously, he was the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Financial Shares, Inc. and its subsidiary, Community Bank—Wheaton/Glen Ellyn (2013-2015), and was the Chief Operating Officer (2007-2009) and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (2006-2007) of AMCORE Financial, Inc. Mr. Wilson also served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Marshall & Ilsley Corp. from 1995 to 2006. He started his career with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, serving in several roles in the bank examination division and the economic research division. The Board of the Trust has determined that Mr. Wilson is an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by the SEC. The Board considered the executive, financial and operations experience that Mr. Wilson has gained over the course of his career and through his financial industry experience.

 

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This disclosure is not intended to hold out any Trustee as having any special expertise and shall not impose greater duties, obligations or liabilities on the Trustees. The Trustees’ principal occupations during at least the past five years are shown in the above tables.

For his services as a Trustee of the Trust and other trusts in the Fund Family, each Independent Trustee and Unaffiliated Trustee receives an annual retainer of $290,000 (the “Retainer”). The Retainer for the Independent Trustees is allocated half pro rata among all the funds in the Fund Family and the other half is allocated among all of the funds in the Fund Family based on average net assets. Mr. Wilson receives an additional $100,000 per year for his service as the Independent Chair, allocated in the same manner as the Retainer. The chair of the Audit Committee receives an additional fee of $28,000 per year and the chairs of the Investment Oversight Committee, and the Nominating and Governance Committee each receive an additional fee of $17,000 per year, all allocated in the same manner as the Retainer. Prior to January 1, 2017, the Retainer was $250,000, and the additional fee for the Independent Chair was $78,000. Each Trustee also is reimbursed for travel and other out-of-pocket expenses incurred in attending Board and committee meetings. Effective July 1, 2016, the Adviser, on behalf of funds in the Fund Family, compensates the Unaffiliated Trustee and reimburses the Unaffiliated Trustee’s travel and other out-of-pocket expenses.

The Trust’s DC Plan allows each Independent Trustee and Unaffiliated Trustee to defer payment of all, or a portion, of the fees that the Trustee receives for serving on the Board throughout the year. Each eligible Trustee generally may elect to have deferred amounts credited with a return equal to the total return of one or more registered investment companies within the Fund Family that are offered as investment options under the DC Plan. At the Trustee’s election, distributions are either in one lump sum payment, or in the form of equal annual installments over a period of years designated by the Trustee. The rights of an eligible Trustee and the beneficiaries to the amounts held under the DC Plan are unsecured, and such amounts are subject to the claims of the creditors of the Fund. The Independent Trustees and the Unaffiliated Trustee are not eligible for any pension or profit sharing plan in their capacity as Trustees.

The following sets forth the fees paid to each Trustee for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2016.

 

Name of Trustee

   Aggregate
Compensation From
Trust (1)
     Pension or Retirement
Benefits accrued as part of
Fund Expenses
     Total Compensation Paid
From Fund Complex (2)
 

Independent Trustees

        

Ronn R. Bagge

   $ 147,903        N/A      $ 262,500  

Todd J. Barre

   $ 138,509        N/A      $ 245,833  

Marc M. Kole

   $ 154,006        N/A      $ 273,334  

Yung Bong Lim

   $ 147,903        N/A      $ 262,500  

Gary R. Wicker

   $ 138,509        N/A      $ 245,833  

Donald H. Wilson

   $ 181,707        N/A      $ 322,500  

Unaffiliated Trustee

        

Philip M. Nussbaum (3)

   $ 138,509        N/A      $ 245,833  

Interested Trustee

        

Kevin M. Carome

     N/A        N/A        N/A  

 

(1) Because the Funds had not commenced operations as of October 31, 2016, the Funds did not pay any portion of the amounts shown in this table.

 

(2) The amounts shown in this column represent the aggregate compensation paid by all funds of the trusts in the Fund Family (except as noted in the prior footnote) for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2016 before deferral by the Trustees under the DC Plan. During the fiscal year ended October 31, 2016, both Mr. Lim and Mr. Nussbaum deferred 100% of their compensation, and Mr. Bagge deferred 10% of his compensation from November 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

 

(3) Mr. Nussbaum became an Unaffiliated Trustee on May 18, 2016, but prior to that he was an Independent Trustee. Effective July 1, 2016, Mr. Nussbaum is compensated by the Adviser, rather than the funds in the Fund Family. Accordingly, for the compensation shown above, the Adviser paid $48,735 of the $138,509 and $51,336 of the $245,833.

As of the date of this SAI, the Trustees and officers, as a group, owned none of each Fund’s outstanding Shares.

Principal Holders and Control Persons. Each Fund is new and, as of the date of this SAI, no person owned of record more than 5% of the outstanding Shares.

Shareholder Communications. Shareholders may send communications to the Trust’s Board by addressing the communications directly to the Board (or individual Board members) and/or otherwise clearly indicating in the salutation that the communication is for the Board (or individual Board members). The shareholder may send the communication to either the Trust’s office or directly to such Board members at the address specified for each Trustee. Management will review and generally respond to other shareholder communications the Trust receives that are not directly addressed and sent to the Board. Such communications will be forwarded to the Board at management’s discretion based on the matters contained therein.

 

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Investment Adviser. The Adviser provides investment tools and portfolios for advisers and investors. The Adviser is committed to theoretically sound portfolio construction and empirically verifiable investment management approaches. Its asset management philosophy and investment discipline is rooted deeply in the application of intuitive factor analysis and model implementation to enhance investment decisions.

The Adviser acts as investment adviser for, and manages the investment and reinvestment of, the assets of the Funds. The Adviser also administers the Trust’s business affairs, provides office facilities and equipment and certain clerical, bookkeeping and administrative services, and permits any of its officers or employees to serve without compensation as Trustees or officers of the Trust if elected to such positions.

Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC, organized February 7, 2003, is located at 3500 Lacey Road, Suite 700, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515. Invesco Ltd. is the parent company of Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC and is located at Two Peachtree Pointe, 1555 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30309. Invesco Ltd. and its subsidiaries are an independent global investment management group.

Portfolio Managers. The Adviser uses a team of portfolio managers (the “Portfolio Managers”), investment strategists and other investment specialists. This team approach brings together many disciplines and leverages the Adviser’s extensive resources. Peter Hubbard oversees all research, portfolio management and trading operations of the Adviser. In this capacity, he oversees a team of the Portfolio Managers responsible for the day-to-day management of the Funds. Mr. Hubbard receives management assistance from Philip Fang, Michael Jeanette, Gary Jones, Jeffrey W. Kernagis, Jonathan Nixon, Richard Ose and Tony Seisser.

As of August 31, 2017, Mr. Hubbard managed 137 registered investment companies with a total of approximately $71.4 billion in assets, 68 other pooled investment vehicles with approximately $63.7 billion in assets and no other accounts.

As of August 31, 2017, Mr. Fang managed 17 registered investment companies with a total of approximately $27.3 billion in assets, two other pooled investment vehicles with approximately $ 45.1 million in assets and no other accounts.

As of August 31, 2017, Mr. Jeanette managed 116 registered investment companies with a total of approximately $43.1 billion in assets, 22 other pooled investment vehicles with approximately $ 56.5 billion in assets and no other accounts.

As of August 31, 2017, Mr. Jones managed 17 registered investment companies with a total of approximately $27.3 billion in assets, three other pooled investment vehicles with approximately $143.7 million in assets and no other accounts.

As of August 31, 2017, Mr. Kernagis managed 19 registered investment companies with a total of approximately $27.8 billion in assets, 36 other pooled investment vehicles with approximately $2.9 billion in assets and no other accounts.

As of August 31, 2017, Mr. Nixon managed 110 registered investment companies with a total of approximately $43.0 billion in assets, 21 other pooled investment vehicles with approximately $56.5 billion in assets and no other accounts.

As of August 31, 2017, Mr. Ose managed 17 registered investment companies with a total of approximately $27.3 billion in assets, 35 other pooled investment vehicles with approximately $2.8 billion in assets and no other accounts.

As of August 31, 2017, Mr. Seisser managed 112 registered investment companies with a total of approximately $43.1 billion in assets, 21 other pooled investment vehicles with approximately $56.5 in assets and no other accounts.

Although the other funds that the Portfolio Managers manage may have different investment strategies, the Adviser does not believe that management of these different funds presents a material conflict of interest for the Portfolio Managers or the Adviser.

Description of Compensation Structure. The Portfolio Managers are compensated with a fixed salary amount by the Adviser. The Portfolio Managers are eligible, along with other senior employees of the Adviser, to participate in a year-end discretionary bonus pool. The Compensation Committee of the Adviser will review management bonuses and, depending upon the size, the Compensation Committee may approve the bonus in advance. There is no policy regarding, or agreement with, the Portfolio Managers or any other senior executive of the Adviser to receive bonuses or any other compensation in connection with the performance of any of the accounts managed by the Portfolio Managers.

 

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Portfolio Holdings. As of the date of this SAI, each Fund has not yet commenced investment operations, and none of the Portfolio Managers beneficially own any Shares.

Investment Advisory Agreement. Pursuant to the Investment Advisory Agreement between the Adviser and the Trust, the Adviser is responsible for all expenses of the Funds, the costs of transfer agency, custody, fund administration, legal, audit and other services, except for the advisory fees, distribution fees, if any, brokerage expenses, taxes, interest, litigation expenses and other extraordinary expenses (including Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses, if any). For the Adviser’s services, each Fund has agreed to pay an annual unitary management fee, equal to a percentage of its average daily net assets set forth in the chart below (the “Advisory Fee”).

 

Fund    Management Fee  

PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Portfolio

     0.04

PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Small Cap Portfolio

     0.06

PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio

     0.07

PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio

     0.14

PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio

     0.07

The Funds may invest in money market funds that are managed by affiliates of the Adviser. The indirect portion of the management fee that a Fund incurs through such investments is in addition to the Adviser’s management fee. Therefore, the Adviser has agreed to waive the management fees that it receives under the management fee in an amount equal to the indirect management fees that a Fund incurs through its investments in affiliated money market funds through August 31, 2019. There is no guarantee that the Adviser will extend the waiver of these fees past that date.

Under the Investment Advisory Agreement, the Adviser will not be liable for any error of judgment or mistake of law or for any loss suffered by a Fund in connection with the performance of the Investment Advisory Agreement, except a loss resulting from willful misfeasance, bad faith or gross negligence on the part of the Adviser in the performance of its duties or from reckless disregard of its duties and obligations thereunder. The Investment Advisory Agreement continues in effect only if approved annually by the Board, including a majority of the Independent Trustees. The Investment Advisory Agreement terminates automatically upon assignment and is terminable at any time without penalty as to a Fund by the Board, including a majority of the Independent Trustees, or by vote of the holders of a majority of that Fund’s outstanding voting securities on 60 days’ written notice to the Adviser, or by the Adviser on 60 days’ written notice to the Fund.

Payments to Financial Intermediaries. The Adviser, the Distributor and/or their affiliates may enter into contractual arrangements with certain broker-dealers and other financial intermediaries that the Adviser, the Distributor and/or their affiliates believe may benefit the Funds. Pursuant to such arrangements, the Adviser, the Distributor and/or their affiliates may provide cash payments or non-cash compensation to intermediaries for certain activities related to certain Funds. Such payments are designed to make registered representatives and other professionals more knowledgeable about exchange-traded products, including each Fund, or for other activities, such as participating in marketing activities and presentations, educational training programs, conferences, data collection and provision, technology support, the development of technology platforms and reporting systems. The Adviser, the Distributor and/or their affiliates also may pay intermediaries for certain printing, publishing and mailing costs associated with the Funds or materials relating to exchange-traded funds in general. As of the date of this SAI, the Adviser had such arrangements in place with Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Schwab”).

In addition, the Adviser, the Distributor and/or their affiliates may make payments to intermediaries that make Shares available to their clients or for otherwise promoting the Funds. Payments of this type are sometimes referred to as revenue-sharing payments. Any payments made pursuant to such arrangements may vary in any year and may be different for different intermediaries. In certain cases, the payments described in the preceding sentence may be subject to certain minimum payment levels. As of the date of this SAI, as amended or supplemented from time to time, the intermediaries receiving such payments include Pershing LLC. Any additions, modifications, or deletions to this list of financial intermediaries that have occurred since the date noted above are not included in the list.

Any payments described above by the Adviser, the Distributor and/or their affiliates will be made from their own assets and not from the assets of the Funds. Although a portion of the Adviser’s revenue comes directly or indirectly in part from fees paid by the Funds, payments to financial intermediaries are not financed by the Funds and therefore do not increase the price paid by investors for the purchase of shares of, or the cost of owning, a Fund or reduce the amount received by a shareholder as proceeds from the redemption of Fund Shares. As a result, such payments are not reflected in the fees and expenses listed in the fees and expenses sections of the Funds’ Prospectuses.

 

 

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The Adviser periodically assesses the advisability of continuing to make these payments. Payments to a financial intermediary may be significant to that intermediary, and amounts that intermediaries pay to your adviser, broker or other investment professional, if any, may also be significant to such adviser, broker or investment professional. Because an intermediary may make decisions about what investment options it will make available or recommend, and what services to provide in connection with various products, based on payments it receives or is eligible to receive, such payments create conflicts of interest between the intermediary and its clients. For example, these financial incentives may cause the intermediary to recommend the Funds over other investments. The same conflict of interest exists with respect to your financial adviser, broker or investment professionals if he or she receives similar payments from his or her intermediary firm.

Please contact your salesperson, adviser, broker or other investment professional for more information regarding any such payments or financial incentives his or her intermediary firm may receive. Any payments made, or financial incentives offered, by the Adviser, Distributor and/or their affiliates made to an intermediary may create the incentive for the intermediary to encourage customers to buy shares of the Funds.

Administrator. BNYM serves as administrator for the Funds. Its principal address is 101 Barclay Street, New York, New York 10286.

BNYM serves as Administrator for the Funds pursuant to a fund administration and accounting agreement (the “Administrative Services Agreement”) with the Trust. Under the Administrative Services Agreement, BNYM is obligated, on a continuous basis, to provide such administrative services as the Board reasonably deems necessary for the proper administration of the Trust and the Funds. BNYM generally will assist in many aspects of the Trust’s and the Funds’ operations, including accounting, bookkeeping and record keeping services (including, without limitation, the maintenance of such books and records as are required under the 1940 Act and the rules thereunder, except as maintained by other service providers), assisting in preparing reports to shareholders or investors; assist in the preparation and filing of tax returns; supply financial information and supporting data for reports to and filings with the SEC; and supply supporting documentation for meetings of the Board.

Pursuant to the Administrative Services Agreement, the Trust has agreed to indemnify the Administrator for certain liabilities, including certain liabilities arising under the federal securities laws, unless such loss or liability results from negligence or willful misconduct in the performance of its duties.

Custodian, Transfer Agent and Fund Accounting Agent. BNYM, (the “Custodian” or “Transfer Agent”), located at 101 Barclay Street, New York, New York 10286, also serves as custodian for the Funds pursuant to a custodian agreement (the “Custodian Agreement”). As Custodian, BNYM holds the Funds’ assets, calculates the NAV of Shares and calculates net income and realized capital gains or losses. BNYM also serves as transfer agent for the Funds pursuant to a transfer agency agreement (the “Transfer Agency Agreement”). Further, BNYM serves as Fund accounting agent pursuant to the fund accounting agreement (the “Fund Accounting Agreement”). As compensation for the foregoing services, BNYM may be reimbursed for its out-of-pocket expenses, and it also receives transaction fees and asset-based fees, which are accrued daily and paid monthly by the Adviser from the Advisory Fee.

Distributor. Invesco Distributors, Inc. (previously defined as the “Distributor”) is the distributor of the Funds’ Shares. The Distributor’s principal address is 11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1000, Houston, Texas 77046-1173. The Distributor has entered into a distribution agreement (the “Distribution Agreement”) with the Trust pursuant to which it distributes the Funds’ Shares. Each Fund continuously offers Shares for sale through the Distributor only in Creation Unit Aggregations, as described in the Prospectus and below under the heading “Creation and Redemption of Creation Unit Aggregations.”

The Distribution Agreement for the Funds provides that it may be terminated as to a Fund at any time, without the payment of any penalty, on at least 60 days’ written notice by the Trust to the Distributor (i) by vote of a majority of the Independent Trustees or (ii) by vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities (as defined in the 1940 Act) of the Fund. The Distribution Agreement will terminate automatically in the event of its assignment (as defined in the 1940 Act).

Aggregations. The Distributor does not distribute Shares in less than Creation Unit Aggregations. The Distributor will deliver a Prospectus (or a Summary Prospectus) and, upon request, this SAI to persons purchasing Creation Unit Aggregations and will maintain records of both orders placed with it and confirmations of acceptance furnished by it. The Distributor is a broker-dealer registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”).

 

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The Distributor also may enter into agreements with securities dealers (“Soliciting Dealers”) who will solicit purchases of Creation Unit Aggregations of the Shares. Such Soliciting Dealers also may be Participating Parties (as defined in “Procedures for Creation of Creation Unit Aggregations” below) and DTC Participants (as defined in “DTC Acts as Securities Depository for Shares” below).

Index Providers. No entity that creates, compiles, sponsors or maintains an Underlying Index is or will be an affiliated person, as defined in Section 2(a)(3) of the 1940 Act, or an affiliated person of an affiliated person, of the Trust, the Adviser, the Distributor or a promoter of the Funds.

Neither the Adviser nor any affiliate of the Adviser has any rights to influence the selection of the securities in the Underlying Indexes.

Set forth below is a list of each Fund and the Underlying Index upon which it is based.

 

Fund

  

Underlying Index

PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Portfolio    MSCI USA Index
PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Small Cap Portfolio    MSCI USA Small Cap Index
PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio    FTSE Developed ex North America Index
PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio    FTSE Emerging Index
PowerShares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio    The BofA Merrill Lynch 0-5 Year US Inflation-Linked Treasury Index

 

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BROKERAGE TRANSACTIONS

The policy of the Adviser regarding purchases and sales of securities is to give primary consideration to obtaining the most favorable prices and efficient executions of transactions under the circumstances. Consistent with this policy, when securities transactions are effected on a stock exchange, the Adviser’s policy is to pay commissions that are considered fair and reasonable without necessarily determining that the lowest possible commissions are paid in all circumstances. In seeking to determine the reasonableness of brokerage commissions paid in any transaction, the Adviser relies upon its experience and knowledge regarding commissions various brokers generally charge. The sale of Shares by a broker-dealer is not a factor in the selection of broker-dealers.

In seeking to implement its policies, the Adviser effects transactions with those brokers and dealers that the Adviser believes provide the most favorable prices and are capable of providing efficient executions. The Adviser and its affiliates currently do not participate in soft dollar transactions.

The Adviser assumes general supervision over placing orders on behalf of the Funds for the purchase or sale of portfolio securities. If purchases or sales of portfolio securities by the Funds and one or more other investment companies or clients supervised by the Adviser are considered at or about the same time, the Adviser allocates transactions in such securities among the Funds, the several investment companies and clients in a manner deemed equitable to all. In some cases, this procedure could have a detrimental effect on the price or volume of the security as far as the Funds are concerned. However, in other cases, it is possible that the ability to participate in volume transactions and to negotiate lower brokerage commissions will be beneficial to the Funds. The primary consideration is prompt execution of orders at the most favorable net price under the circumstances.

Purchases and sales of fixed-income securities for a Fund usually are principal transactions and ordinarily are purchased directly from the issuer or from an underwriter or broker-dealer. The Fund does not usually pay brokerage commissions in connection with such purchases and sales, although purchases of new issues from underwriters of securities typically include a commission or concession paid by the issuer to the underwriter, and purchases from dealers serving as market-makers typically include a dealer’s mark-up (i.e., a spread between the bid and the ask prices).

When a Fund purchases a newly issued security at a fixed price, the Adviser may designate certain members of the underwriting syndicate to receive compensation associated with that transaction. Certain dealers have agreed to rebate a portion of such compensation directly to the Fund to offset the Fund’s management expenses.

Affiliated Transactions. The Adviser may place trades with Invesco Capital Markets, Inc. (“ICMI”) a broker-dealer with whom it is affiliated, provided the Adviser determines that ICMI’s trade execution abilities and costs are at least comparable to those of non-affiliated brokerage firms with which the Adviser could otherwise place similar trades. ICMI receives brokerage commissions in connection with effecting trades for the Funds and, therefore, use of ICMI presents a conflict of interest for the Adviser. Trades placed through ICMI, including the brokerage commissions paid to ICMI, are subject to procedures adopted by the Board.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE TRUST

The Trust is an open-end management investment company registered under the 1940 Act. The Trust was organized as a Massachusetts business trust on October 10, 2006 pursuant to a Declaration of Trust (the “Declaration”).

The Trust is authorized to issue an unlimited number of shares in one or more series or “funds.” The Trust currently offers shares of 79 funds. The Board has the right to establish additional series in the future, to determine the preferences, voting powers, rights and privileges thereof and to modify such preferences, voting powers, rights and privileges, without shareholder approval.

Each Share issued by a Fund has a pro rata interest in the assets of the Fund. Shares have no preemptive, exchange, subscription or conversion rights and are freely transferable. Each Share is entitled to participate equally in dividends and distributions declared by the Board with respect to the Fund and in the net distributable assets of the Fund on liquidation.

Shareholders are entitled to vote on any matter as required by the 1940 Act or other applicable laws, but otherwise the Trustees are permitted to take any action without seeking the consent of shareholders. The Trustees, without shareholder approval, may amend the Declaration in any respect or authorize the merger or consolidation of the Trust or any fund into another trust or entity, reorganize the Trust or any Fund into another trust or entity or a series or class of another entity, sell all or substantially all of the assets of the Trust or the Fund to another entity, or a series or class of another entity, or terminate the Trust or any fund.

 

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The Trust is not required, and does not intend, to hold an annual meeting of shareholders, but will call special meetings of shareholders whenever required by the 1940 Act or by the terms of the Declaration.

Each Share has one vote with respect to matters upon which a shareholder vote is required consistent with the requirements of the 1940 Act and the rules promulgated thereunder. Shares of all funds of the Trust vote together as a single class except as otherwise required by the 1940 Act, or if the matter being voted on affects only a particular fund, and, if a matter affects a particular fund differently from other funds, the shares of that fund will vote separately on such matter.

The Declaration provides that by becoming a shareholder of a Fund, each shareholder shall be held expressly to have agreed to be bound by the provisions of the Declaration. The holders of Shares are required to disclose information on direct or indirect ownership of Shares as may be required to comply with various laws applicable to the Funds or as otherwise determined by the Trustees, and ownership of Shares may be disclosed by the Funds if so required by law or regulation or as the Trustees may otherwise determine.

Under Massachusetts law applicable to Massachusetts business trusts, shareholders of such a trust may, under certain circumstances, be held personally liable as partners for its obligations. However, the Declaration contains an express disclaimer of shareholder liability for acts or obligations of the Trust and requires that notice of this disclaimer be given in each agreement, obligation or instrument entered into or executed by the Trust or the Trustees. The Declaration further provides for indemnification out of the assets and property of the Trust for all losses and expenses of any shareholder held personally liable for the obligations of the Trust. Thus, the risk of a shareholder incurring financial loss on account of shareholder liability is limited to circumstances in which both inadequate insurance existed and the Trust or Fund itself was unable to meet its obligations. The Trust believes the likelihood of the occurrence of these circumstances is remote.

The Trust’s Declaration also provides that a Trustee acting in his or her capacity of trustee is not liable personally to any person other than the Trust or its shareholders for any act, omission, or obligation of the Trust. The Declaration further provides that a Trustee or officer is liable to the Trust or its shareholders only for his or her bad faith, willful misfeasance, gross negligence or reckless disregard of his or her duties, and shall not be liable for errors of judgment or mistakes of fact or law. The Declaration requires the Trust to indemnify any persons who are or who have been Trustees, officers or employees of the Trust for any liability for actions or failure to act except to the extent prohibited by applicable federal law. In making any determination as to whether any person is entitled to the advancement of expenses in connection with a claim for which indemnification is sought, such person is entitled to a rebuttable presumption that he or she did not engage in conduct for which indemnification is not available.

The Declaration provides that any Trustee who serves as chair of the Board or of a committee of the Board, lead independent Trustee, or audit committee financial expert, or in any other similar capacity will not be subject to any greater standard of care or liability because of such position.

The Declaration provides a detailed process for the bringing of derivative actions by shareholders in order to permit legitimate inquiries and claims while avoiding the time, expense, distraction, and other harm that can be caused to the Fund or its shareholders as a result of spurious shareholder demands and derivative actions. Prior to bringing a derivative action, a demand by the complaining shareholder must first be made on the Trustees. The Declaration details various information, certifications, undertakings and acknowledgements that must be included in the demand. Following receipt of the demand, the Trustees have a period of 90 days, which may be extended by an additional 60 days, to consider the demand. If a majority of the Trustees who are considered independent for the purposes of considering the demand determine that maintaining the suit would not be in the best interests of a Fund, the Trustees are required to reject the demand and the complaining shareholder may not proceed with the derivative action unless the shareholder is able to sustain the burden of proof to a court that the decision of the Trustees not to pursue the requested action was not a good faith exercise of their business judgment on behalf of that Fund. Trustees are not considered to have a personal financial interest by virtue of being compensated for their services as Trustees.

If a demand is rejected, the complaining shareholder will be responsible for the costs and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) incurred by a Fund in connection with the consideration of the demand, if a court determines that the demand was made without reasonable cause or for an improper purpose. If a derivative action is brought in violation of the Trust’s Declaration, the shareholders bringing the action may be responsible for a Fund’s costs, including attorneys’ fees.

The Declaration further provides that a Fund shall be responsible for payment of attorneys’ fees and legal expenses incurred by a complaining shareholder only if required by law, and any attorneys’ fees that a fund is obligated to pay on the basis of hourly rates shall be calculated using reasonable hourly rates. The Declaration also requires that actions by shareholders against a Fund be brought only in a certain federal court in Illinois, or if not permitted to be brought in federal court, then in an Illinois state court, and that the right to jury trial be waived to the full extent permitted by law.

 

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The Trust does not have information concerning the beneficial ownership of Shares held by DTC Participants (as defined below).

Shareholders may make inquiries by writing to the Trust, c/o the Distributor, Invesco Distributors, Inc., 11 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1000, Houston, Texas 77046-1173.

Book Entry Only System. The following information supplements and should be read in conjunction with the section in the Prospectus entitled “Book Entry.”

DTC Acts as Securities Depository for Shares. Shares are represented by securities registered in the name of DTC or its nominee and deposited with, or on behalf of, DTC.

DTC, a limited purpose trust company, was created to hold securities of its participants (the “DTC Participants”) and to facilitate the clearance and settlement of securities transactions among the DTC Participants in such securities through electronic book entry changes in accounts of the DTC Participants, thereby eliminating the need for physical movement of securities certificates. DTC Participants include securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies, clearing corporations and certain other organizations, some of whom (and/or their representatives) own DTC. More specifically, DTC is owned by a number of its DTC Participants and by the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) and FINRA. Access to the DTC system also is available to others such as banks, brokers, dealers and trust companies that clear through or maintain a custodial relationship with a DTC Participant, either directly or indirectly (the “Indirect Participants”).

Beneficial ownership of Shares is limited to DTC Participants, Indirect Participants and persons holding interests through DTC Participants and Indirect Participants. Ownership of beneficial interests in Shares (owners of such beneficial interests are referred to herein as “Beneficial Owners”) is shown on, and the transfer of ownership is effected only through, records DTC maintains (with respect to DTC Participants) and on the records of DTC Participants (with respect to Indirect Participants and Beneficial Owners that are not DTC Participants). Beneficial Owners will receive from or through the DTC Participant a written confirmation relating to their purchase and sale of Shares.

Conveyance of all notices, statements and other communications to Beneficial Owners is effected as follows. Pursuant to the Depositary Agreement between the Trust and DTC, DTC is required to make available to the Trust upon request and for a fee to be charged to the Trust a listing of the Shares held by each DTC Participant. The Trust shall inquire of each such DTC Participant as to the number of Beneficial Owners holding Shares, directly or indirectly, through such DTC Participant. The Trust shall provide each such DTC Participant with copies of such notice, statement or other communication, in such form, number and at such place as such DTC Participant may reasonably request, in order that such DTC Participant may transmit such notice, statement or communication, directly or indirectly, to such Beneficial Owners. In addition, the Trust shall pay to each such DTC Participant a fair and reasonable amount as reimbursement for the expenses attendant to such transmittal, all subject to applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

Fund distributions shall be made to DTC or its nominee, Cede & Co., as the registered holder of all Shares. DTC or its nominee, upon receipt of any such distributions, shall immediately credit DTC Participants’ accounts with payments in amounts proportionate to their respective beneficial interests in Shares as shown on the records of DTC or its nominee. Payments by DTC Participants to Indirect Participants and Beneficial Owners of Shares held through such DTC Participants will be governed by standing instructions and customary practices, as is now the case with securities held for the accounts of customers in bearer form or registered in a “street name,” and will be the responsibility of such DTC Participants.

The Trust has no responsibility or liability for any aspect of the records relating to or notices to Beneficial Owners, or payments made on account of beneficial ownership interests in such Shares, or for maintaining, supervising or reviewing any records relating to such beneficial ownership interests, or for any other aspect of the relationship between DTC and the DTC Participants or the relationship between such DTC Participants and the Indirect Participants and Beneficial Owners owning through such DTC Participants.

DTC may decide to discontinue providing its service with respect to Shares at any time by giving reasonable notice to the Trust and discharging its responsibilities with respect thereto under applicable law. Under such circumstances, the Trust shall take action to find a replacement for DTC to perform its functions at a comparable cost.

Proxy Voting. The Board has delegated responsibility for decisions regarding proxy voting for securities each Fund holds to the Adviser. The Adviser will vote such proxies in accordance with its proxy policies and procedures, which are summarized in Appendix A to this SAI. The Board periodically will review each Fund’s proxy voting record.

 

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The Trust is required to disclose annually the Funds’ complete proxy voting record on Form N-PX covering the period July 1 through June 30 and file it with the SEC no later than August 31. Form N-PX for the Funds also will be available at no charge upon request by calling 1-800-983-0903 or by writing to PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II at 3500 Lacey Road, Suite 700, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515. The Trust’s Form N-PX will also be available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

Codes of Ethics. Pursuant to Rule 17j-1 under the 1940 Act, the Board has adopted a Code of Ethics for the Trust and approved Codes of Ethics adopted by the Adviser and the Distributor (collectively the “Ethics Codes”). The Ethics Codes are intended to ensure that the interests of shareholders and other clients are placed ahead of any personal interest, that no undue personal benefit is obtained from the person’s employment activities and that actual and potential conflicts of interest are avoided.

The Ethics Codes apply to the personal investing activities of Trustees and officers of the Trust, the Adviser and the Distributor (“Access Persons”). Rule 17j-1 and the Ethics Codes are designed to prevent unlawful practices in connection with the purchase or sale of securities by Access Persons. Under the Ethics Codes, Access Persons may engage in personal securities transactions, but must report their personal securities transactions for monitoring purposes. The Ethics Codes permit personnel subject to the Ethics Codes to invest in securities subject to certain limitations, including securities that a Fund may purchase or sell. In addition, certain Access Persons must obtain approval before investing in initial public offerings or private placements. The Ethics Codes are on file with the SEC and are available to the public at the SEC’s Public Reference Room in Washington, D.C. Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling the SEC at (202) 942-8090. The Ethics Codes are also available on the EDGAR Database on the SEC’s Internet site at www.sec.gov. The Ethics Codes may be obtained, after paying a duplicating fee, by e-mail at publicinfo@sec.gov or by writing the SEC’s Public Reference Section, 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549-0102.

CREATION AND REDEMPTION OF CREATION UNIT AGGREGATIONS

Creation. The Trust issues Shares only in Creation Unit Aggregations on a continuous basis through the Distributor, without a sales load, at its NAV next determined after receipt, on any Business Day (as defined below), of an order in proper form. A “Business Day” is any day on which the NYSE is open for business. As of the date of this SAI, the NYSE observes the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Washington’s Birthday, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Deposit of Securities and Delivery of Cash Component. The consideration for purchase of Creation Unit Aggregations of a Fund consists of the in-kind deposit of the Deposit Securities per each Creation Unit Aggregation constituting a substantial replication of the securities included in the relevant Underlying Index (“Fund Securities”) and the Cash Component computed as described below, plus any applicable Administrative or other transaction fees, as discussed below. Together, the Deposit Securities and the Cash Component constitute the “Fund Deposit,” which represents the minimum initial and subsequent investment amount for a Creation Unit Aggregation of a Fund. However, each Fund also reserves the right to permit or require Creation Units to be issued in exchange for cash (see “Cash Purchase Method” below).

The Cash Component also is sometimes called the “Balancing Amount.” The Cash Component serves the function of compensating for any differences between the NAV per Creation Unit Aggregation and the Deposit Amount (as defined below). The Cash Component is an amount equal to the difference between the NAV of the Shares (per Creation Unit Aggregation) and the “Deposit Amount”—an amount equal to the market value of the Deposit Securities. If the Cash Component is a positive number (i.e., the NAV per Creation Unit Aggregation exceeds the Deposit Amount), the creator will deliver the Cash Component. If the Cash Component is a negative number (i.e., the NAV per Creation Unit Aggregation is less than the Deposit Amount), the creator will receive the Cash Component.

The Custodian, through the NSCC, makes available on each Business Day, prior to the opening of business on the Exchange (currently 9:30 a.m., Eastern time), the list of the names and the required number of shares of each Deposit Security to be included in the current Fund Deposit (based on information at the end of the previous Business Day) for each Fund. Such Fund Deposit is applicable, subject to any adjustments as described below, to effect creations of Creation Unit Aggregations of the Fund until such time as the next-announced composition of the Deposit Securities is made available.

The identity and number of shares of the Deposit Securities required for the Fund Deposit for a Fund changes as rebalancing adjustments and corporate action events are reflected within the Fund from time to time by the Adviser, with a view to the investment objective of the Fund. The composition of the Deposit Securities also may change in response to adjustments to the weighting or composition of the securities of a Fund’s Underlying Index. In addition, the Trust reserves the right to permit or require the substitution of an amount of cash—i.e., a “cash in lieu” amount—to be added to the Cash Component to replace any Deposit Security that: (i) may not be available in sufficient quantity for delivery, (ii) may not be eligible for transfer through the systems of DTC or the Clearing Process (discussed below), (iii) might not be eligible for trading by an AP (as defined below) or the investor for which it is

 

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acting, or (iv) another relevant reason. Brokerage commissions incurred in connection with the acquisition of Deposit Securities not eligible for transfer through the systems of DTC, and hence not eligible for transfer through the Clearing Process (discussed below), will be at the expense of a Fund and will affect the value of all Shares, but the Adviser may adjust the transaction fee within the parameters described below to protect ongoing shareholders. These adjustments will reflect changes known to the Adviser on the date of announcement to be in effect by the time of delivery of the Fund Deposit, in the composition of the Underlying Index or resulting from certain corporate actions.

In addition to the list of names and numbers of securities constituting the current Deposit Securities of the Fund Deposit, the Custodian, through the NSCC, also makes available on each Business Day, the estimated Cash Component, effective through and including the previous Business Day, per outstanding Creation Unit Aggregation of the Funds.

Cash Purchase Method. Although the Funds do not ordinarily permit Creation Unit Aggregations to be issued in exchange partially or primarily for cash, during periods when partial or full cash purchases of Creation Units are permitted, such purchases will be effected in essentially the same manner as in-kind purchases. In the case of a partial or full cash purchase, an AP (as defined below) must pay the cash equivalent of the Deposit Securities it would otherwise be required to provide through an in-kind purchase, plus the same Cash Component required to be paid by an in-kind purchaser. Such cash equivalent is referred to as the “Deposit Cash.”

Procedures for Creation of Creation Unit Aggregations—All Funds. To be eligible to place orders with the Distributor and to create a Creation Unit Aggregation of a Fund, an entity must be (i) a “Participating Party,” i.e., a broker-dealer or other participant in the clearing process through the Continuous Net Settlement System of the NSCC (the “Clearing Process”), a clearing agency that is registered with the SEC; or (ii) a DTC Participant (see the “Book Entry Only System” section), and, in each case, must have executed an agreement with the Distributor, with respect to creations and redemptions of Creation Unit Aggregations (“Participant Agreement”) (discussed below). A Participating Party and DTC Participant are collectively referred to as an “AP.” Investors should contact the Distributor for the names of APs that have signed a Participant Agreement. All Shares, however created, will be entered on the records of DTC in the name of Cede & Co. for the account of a DTC Participant.

Procedures for Creation of Creation Unit Aggregations—Equity Funds. The Distributor must receive all orders to create Creation Unit Aggregations no later than the closing time of the regular trading session on the NYSE (“Closing Time”) (ordinarily 4:00 p.m., Eastern time) in each case on the date such order is placed in order for creation of Creation Unit Aggregations to be effected based on the NAV of Shares of a Fund as next determined on such date after receipt of the order in proper form. In the case of custom orders, the Distributor must receive the order no later than 3:00 p.m., Eastern time on the trade date. With respect to in-kind creations, an AP may place a custom order where cash replaces any Deposit Security which may not be available in sufficient quantity for delivery or which may not be eligible for trading by such AP or the investor for which it is acting or other relevant reason. The date on which an order to create Creation Unit Aggregations (or an order to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations, as discussed below) is placed is referred to as the “Transmittal Date.” Orders must be transmitted by an AP by telephone or other transmission method acceptable to the Distributor pursuant to procedures set forth in the Participant Agreement, as described below (see the “Placement of Creation Orders Using Clearing Process—All Funds” and the “Placement of Creation Orders Outside Clearing Process—Domestic Equity Funds and—Foreign Equity Funds” sections). Severe economic or market disruptions or changes, or telephone or other communication failure may impede the ability to reach the Distributor or an AP.

All orders from investors who are not APs to create Creation Unit Aggregations shall be placed with an AP in the form required by such AP. In addition, the AP may request the investor to make certain representations or enter into agreements with respect to the order, e.g., to provide for payments of cash, when required. Investors should be aware that their particular broker may not have executed a Participant Agreement and that, therefore, orders to create Creation Unit Aggregations of a Fund have to be placed by the investor’s broker through an AP that has executed a Participant Agreement. In such cases there may be additional charges to such investor. At any given time, there may be only a limited number of broker-dealers that have executed a Participant Agreement. Those placing orders for Creation Unit Aggregations through the Clearing Process should afford sufficient time to permit proper submission of the order to the Distributor prior to the Closing Time on the Transmittal Date. Orders for Creation Unit Aggregations that are effected outside the Clearing Process are likely to require transmittal by the DTC Participant earlier on the Transmittal Date than orders effected using the Clearing Process. Those persons placing orders outside the Clearing Process should ascertain the deadlines applicable to DTC and the Federal Reserve Bank wire system by contacting the operations department of the broker or depository institution effectuating such transfer of Deposit Securities and Cash Component.

For domestic securities, orders to create Creation Units of the Funds may be placed through the Clearing Process utilizing procedures applicable to domestic funds (“Domestic Funds”) (see “Placement of Creation Orders Using Clearing Process—Domestic Equity Funds”) or outside the Clearing Process. For foreign securities orders, most will be placed outside of the clearing process utilizing the procedures applicable for foreign funds (see “Placement of Creation Orders Outside Clearing Process—Domestic Equity Funds” and “Placement of Creation Orders Outside Clearing Process—Foreign Equity Funds”).

 

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Procedures for Creation of Creation Unit Aggregations—Fixed Income Funds. Except as described below, the Distributor must receive all orders to create Creation Unit Aggregations, whether through the Clearing Process (through a Participating Party) or outside the Clearing Process (through a DTC Participant), no later than the Closing Time in each case on the date such order is placed in order for creation of Creation Unit Aggregations to be effected based on the NAV of Shares of a Fund as next determined on such date after receipt of the order in proper form. In the case of custom orders, including orders requesting substitution of a “cash-in-lieu” amount, generally must be received by the Transfer Agent no later than 3:00 p.m., Eastern time, on the trade date. With respect to in-kind creations, a custom order may be placed by an AP when cash replaces any Deposit Security which may not be available in sufficient quantity for delivery or which may not be eligible for trading by such AP or the investor for which it is acting or other relevant reason. On days when a listing exchange or the bond markets close earlier than normal, the Funds may require orders to create Creation Unit Aggregations to be placed earlier in the day. For example, on days when the generally accepted close of the bond market occurs earlier than normal (such as the day before a holiday), orders requesting substitution of a “cash-in-lieu” amount must be received by the Transfer Agent no later than 11:00 a.m., Eastern time. The date on which an order to create Creation Unit Aggregations (or an order to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations, as discussed below) is placed is referred to as the “Transmittal Date.” Orders must be transmitted by an AP by telephone or other transmission method acceptable to the Transfer Agent pursuant to procedures set forth in the Participant Agreement, as described below (see “Placement of Creation Orders Using Clearing Process—All Funds” and the “Placement of Creation Orders Outside Clearing Process—Fixed Income Funds” sections). Creation and redemption orders submitted after 4:00 p.m., New York time are subject to special procedures set forth in a supplement to the Participant Agreement. Severe economic or market disruptions or changes, or telephone or other communication failure may impede the ability to reach the Transfer Agent or an AP.

With respect to creation orders for Funds that invest in foreign securities, the Custodian shall cause the subcustodian for each Fund to maintain an account into which the AP shall deliver, on behalf of itself or the party on whose behalf it is acting, the securities included in the Fund Deposit (or the cash value of all or part of such of such securities, in the case of a permitted or required cash purchase or “cash-in-lieu” amount), with any appropriate adjustments as advised by the Trust. Deposit Securities must be delivered to an account maintained at the applicable local sub-custodian(s). Orders to purchase Creation Unit Aggregations must be received by the Transfer Agent from an AP on its behalf or another investor’s behalf by the closing time of the regular trading session on the Exchange on the relevant Business Day. However, when a relevant local market is closed due to local market holidays, the local market settlement process will not commence until the end of the local holiday period. Settlement must occur by 2:00 p.m., Eastern time, on the contractual settlement date.

All orders to create Creation Unit Aggregations from investors who are not APs must be placed with an AP in the form required by such AP. In addition, the AP may request the investor to make certain representations or enter into agreements with respect to the order, e.g., to provide for payments of cash, when required. Investors should be aware that their particular broker may not have executed a Participant Agreement and that, therefore, orders to create Creation Unit Aggregations of a Fund have to be placed by the investor’s broker through an AP that has executed a Participant Agreement. In such cases, there may be additional charges to such investor. At any given time, there may be only a limited number of broker-dealers that have executed a Participant Agreement. Those placing orders for Creation Unit Aggregations through the Clearing Process should afford sufficient time to permit proper submission of the order to the Transfer Agent prior to the Closing Time on the Transmittal Date. Orders for Creation Unit Aggregations that are effected outside the Clearing Process are likely to require transmittal by the DTC Participant earlier on the Transmittal Date than orders effected using the Clearing Process. Those persons placing orders outside the Clearing Process should ascertain the deadlines applicable to DTC and the Federal Reserve Bank wire system by contacting the operations department of the broker or depository institution effectuating such transfer of Deposit Securities and Cash Component.

Placement of Creation Orders Using Clearing Process—All Funds. The Clearing Process is the process of creating or redeeming Creation Unit Aggregations through the Continuous Net Settlement System of the NSCC. Fund Deposits made through the Clearing Process must be delivered through a Participating Party that has executed a Participant Agreement. The Participant Agreement authorizes the Distributor to transmit through the Custodian to NSCC, on behalf of the Participating Party, such trade instructions as are necessary to effect the Participating Party’s creation order. Pursuant to such trade instructions to NSCC, the Participating Party agrees to deliver the requisite Deposit Securities and the Cash Component to the Trust, together with such additional information as may be required by the Distributor. An order to create Creation Unit Aggregations through the Clearing Process is deemed received by the Distributor on the Transmittal Date if (i) such order is received by the Distributor not later than the Closing Time on the Transmittal Date and (ii) all other procedures set forth in the Participant Agreement are properly followed. The delivery of Creation Unit Aggregations so created will occur no later than the second Business Day following the day on which the purchase order is deemed received by the Distributor (“T+2”).

Placement of Creation Orders Outside Clearing Process—Domestic Equity Funds. Fund Deposits made outside the Clearing Process must be delivered through a DTC Participant that has executed a Participant Agreement pre-approved by the Adviser and the Distributor. A DTC Participant who wishes to place an order creating Creation Unit Aggregations to be effected outside the Clearing Process does not need to be a Participating Party, but such orders must state that the DTC Participant is not using the Clearing Process

 

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and that the creation of Creation Unit Aggregations will instead be effected through a transfer of securities and cash directly through DTC. The delivery of Creation Unit Aggregations so created will occur no later than T+2.

All questions as to the number of Deposit Securities to be delivered, and the validity, form and eligibility (including time of receipt) for the deposit of any tendered securities, will be determined by the Trust, whose determination shall be final and binding. The amount of cash equal to the Cash Component must be transferred directly to the Custodian through the Federal Reserve Bank wire transfer system in a timely manner so as to be received by the Custodian no later than 2:00 p.m., Eastern time, by the “regular way” settlement date. An order to create Creation Unit Aggregations outside the Clearing Process is deemed received by the Distributor on the Transmittal Date if (i) such order is received by the Distributor no later than the Closing Time on such Transmittal Date; and (ii) all other procedures set forth in the Participant Agreement are properly followed. However, if the Custodian does not receive both the required Deposit Securities and the Cash Component by 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Eastern time, respectively, by the “regular way” settlement date, such order will be canceled. Upon written notice to the Distributor, such canceled order may be resubmitted the following Business Day using a Fund Deposit as newly constituted to reflect the then-current Deposit Securities and Cash Component. The delivery of Creation Unit Aggregations so created will occur no later than T+2.

Additional transaction fees may be imposed with respect to transactions made in connection with the creation or redemption of Creation Units. (See “Creation and Redemption Transaction Fees” below.)

Placement of Creation Orders Outside Clearing Process—Foreign Equity Funds. A standard creation order must be placed by 4:00 p.m., Eastern time, for purchases of Shares. In the case of custom orders, the order must be received by the Transfer Agent no later than 3:00 p.m., Eastern time. The Transfer Agent will inform the Distributor, the Adviser and the Custodian upon receipt of a creation order. The Custodian will then provide such information to the appropriate sub-custodian.

The Custodian shall cause the sub-custodian for each Fund to maintain an account into which the AP shall deliver, on behalf of itself or the party on whose behalf it is acting, the securities included in the Fund Deposit (or the cash value of all or part of such of such securities, in the case of a permitted cash purchase), with any appropriate adjustments as advised by the Trust. Deposit Securities must be delivered to an account maintained at the applicable local sub-custodian(s). Orders to purchase Creation Unit Aggregations must be received by the Distributor from an AP on its behalf or another investor’s behalf by the closing time of the regular trading session on the applicable Exchange on the relevant Business Day. However, when a relevant local market is closed due to local market holidays, the local market settlement process will not commence until the end of the local holiday period. Settlement must occur by 11:00 a.m., Eastern time, on the contractual settlement date.

The AP must also make available no later than 11:00 a.m., Eastern time, on the contractual settlement date, by means approved by the Trust, immediately available or same day funds sufficient for the Trust to pay the Cash Component next determined after acceptance of the purchase order, together with the applicable purchase transaction fee. Any excess funds will be returned following settlement of the issue of the Creation Unit Aggregation.

In accordance with each Fund’s Participant Agreement, Creation Unit Aggregations will be issued to an AP, notwithstanding the fact that the corresponding Fund Deposits have not been received in part or in whole, in reliance on the undertaking of the AP to deliver the missing Deposit Securities as soon as possible, which undertaking shall be secured by the AP’s delivery and maintenance of collateral consisting of cash in the form of U.S. dollars in immediately available funds having a value (marked-to-market daily) at least equal to 105%, which the Adviser may change from time to time, of the value of the missing Deposit Securities. Such cash collateral must be delivered no later than 11:00 a.m., Eastern time, on the contractual settlement date.

Placement of Creation Orders Outside Clearing Process—Fixed Income Funds. Fund Deposits made outside the Clearing Process must be delivered through the Federal Reserve System (for cash and government securities) and through a DTC Participant (for corporate and municipal securities) that has executed a Participant Agreement pre-approved by the Adviser and the Distributor. A DTC Participant who wishes to place an order creating Creation Units of the Fund does not need to be a Participating Party, but such orders must state that the DTC Participant is not using the Clearing Process and that the creation of Creation Unit Aggregations will instead be effected through a transfer of cash and/or securities and cash directly through DTC. The Fund Deposit transfer must be ordered by the DTC Participant on the Transmittal Date in a timely fashion so as to ensure the delivery of the requisite number of Deposit Securities through DTC to the account of the Fund by no later than 11:00 a.m., Eastern time, on the next Business Day immediately following the Transmittal Date.

All questions as to the number of Deposit Securities to be delivered, and the validity, form and eligibility (including time of receipt) for the deposit of any tendered securities, will be determined by the Trust, whose determination shall be final and binding. The amount of cash equal to the Cash Component must be transferred directly to the Distributor through the Federal Reserve Bank wire transfer system in a timely manner so as to be received by the Transfer Agent no later than 11:00 a.m., Eastern time, on the contractual

 

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settlement date. An order to create Creation Unit Aggregations outside the Clearing Process is deemed received by the Transfer Agent on the Transmittal Date if (i) such order is received by the Transfer Agent not later than the Closing Time on such Transmittal Date; and (ii) all other procedures set forth in the Participant Agreement are properly followed. However, if the Transfer Agent does not receive both the required Deposit Securities and the Cash Component by the deadlines described above, such order will be canceled. Upon written notice to the Transfer Agent, such cancelled order may be resubmitted the following Business Day using a Fund Deposit as newly constituted to reflect the current NAV of the Funds. The delivery of Creation Units so created will occur no later than T+2.

With respect to Funds that issue and redeem Creation Units in-kind, Creation Unit Aggregations may be created in advance of receipt by the Trust of all or a portion of the applicable Deposit Securities as described below. In these circumstances, the initial deposit will have a value greater than the NAV of the Shares on the date the order is placed in proper form since, in addition to available Deposit Securities, cash must be deposited in an amount equal to the sum of (i) the Cash Component, plus (ii) 105% of the market value of the undelivered Deposit Securities (the “Additional Cash Deposit”). The order shall be deemed to be received on the Business Day on which the order is placed provided that the order is placed in proper form prior to 4:00 p.m., Eastern time, on such date, and federal funds in the appropriate amount are deposited with the Transfer Agent by 2:00 p.m., Eastern time, on the contractual settlement date. If the order is not placed in proper form by 4:00 p.m., Eastern time, or federal funds in the appropriate amount are not received by 2:00 p.m., Eastern time, on the contractual settlement date, then the order may be deemed to be canceled, and the AP shall be liable to the Funds for losses, if any, resulting therefrom. An additional amount of cash shall be required to be deposited with the Trust, pending delivery of the missing Deposit Securities to the extent necessary to maintain the Additional Cash Deposit with the Trust in an amount at least equal to 105% of the daily marked-to-market value of the missing Deposit Securities.

Additional transaction fees may be imposed with respect to transactions effected outside the Clearing Process (through a DTC Participant) and in the limited circumstances in which any cash can be used in lieu of Deposit Securities to create Creation Units. See “Creation and Redemption Transaction Fees” below.

Acceptance of Orders for Creation Unit Aggregations. The Trust reserves the absolute right to reject a creation order transmitted to it by the Distributor in respect of a Fund if: (i) the order is not in proper form; (ii) the investor(s), upon obtaining the Shares ordered, would own 80% or more of the currently outstanding Shares; (iii) the Deposit Securities delivered are not as designated for that date by the Custodian, as described above; (iv) acceptance of the Deposit Securities would have certain adverse tax consequences to the Fund; (v) acceptance of the Fund Deposit would, in the opinion of counsel, be unlawful; (vi) acceptance of the Fund Deposit would otherwise, in the discretion of the Trust or the Adviser, have an adverse effect on the Trust or the Adviser, or on the rights of Beneficial Owners; or (vii) in the event that circumstances outside the control of the Trust, the Custodian, the Distributor or the Adviser make it for all practical purposes impossible to process creation orders. Examples of such circumstances include acts of God; public service or utility problems such as fires, floods, extreme weather conditions and power outages resulting in telephone, telecopy and computer failures; market conditions or activities causing trading halts; systems failures involving computer or other information systems affecting the Trust, the Adviser, the Distributor, DTC, NSCC, the Federal Reserve, the transfer agent, the Custodian or sub-custodian or any other participant in the creation process, and similar extraordinary events. The Distributor shall notify a prospective creator of a Creation Unit Aggregation and/or the AP acting on behalf of such prospective creator of its rejection of the order of such person. The Trust, the Transfer Agent, the Custodian, any sub-custodian and the Distributor are under no duty, however, to give notification of any defects or irregularities in the delivery of Fund Deposits nor shall any of them incur any liability for the failure to give any such notification.

A confirmation of acceptance of an order to create Creation Unit Aggregations will be delivered to the AP within 15 minutes of the receipt of a submission received in good form. A creation order is deemed to be irrevocable upon the delivery of the confirmation of acceptance.

All questions as to the number of shares of each security in the Deposit Securities and the validity, form, eligibility, and acceptance for deposit of any securities to be delivered shall be determined by the Trust, and the Trust’s determination shall be final and binding.

 

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Creation and Redemption Transaction Fees. APs may be required to pay an administrative fee and a variable transaction fee for purchasing or redeeming Creation Units. Creation and redemption transactions for each Fund are subject to an administrative fee, payable to BNYM, in the amount listed in the table below, irrespective of the size of the order. The administrative fee has a fixed base amount for each Fund (as shown in the table below); however, BNYM may increase the administrative fee to up to four times the base amount for administration and settlement of non-standard orders requiring additional administrative processing by BNYM. Additionally, for creations or redemptions effected principally for cash, the Adviser may charge additional variable fees. To the extent that the Fund permits or requires APs to substitute cash in lieu of Deposit Securities, the Adviser may also set additional “cash-in-lieu fees.” The variable fees and cash-in-lieu fees will be negotiated between the Adviser and the AP and are charged to offset the transaction cost to a Fund of buying (or selling) Deposit Securities, to cover spreads and slippage costs and to protect existing shareholders. The variable fees and cash-in-lieu fees are payable to the Fund and will not exceed 2% of the value of the Creation Unit. From time to time, the Adviser, in its sole discretion, may adjust a Fund’s variable transaction fees or reimburse APs for all or a portion of the creation or redemption transaction fees.

 

Fund

   Base
Administrative Fee
(Payable to BNYM)
     Maximum
Administrative Fee
(Payable to BNYM)
 

PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Portfolio

   $ 1,000      $ 4,000  

PowerShares PureBetaSM MSCI USA Small Cap Portfolio

   $ 1,5000      $ 6,000  

PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio

   $ 15,000      $ 60,000  

PowerShares PureBetaSM FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio

   $ 20,000      $ 80,000  

Powershares PureBetaSM 0-5 Yr US TIPS Portfolio

   $ 0      $ 0  

 

Redemption of Shares in Creation Unit Aggregations—All Funds. Shares may be redeemed only in Creation Unit Aggregations at their NAV next determined after receipt of a redemption request in proper form by a Fund through the Custodian and only on a Business Day. A Fund will not redeem Shares in amounts less than Creation Unit Aggregations. Beneficial Owners must accumulate enough Shares in the secondary market to constitute a Creation Unit Aggregation in order to have such Shares redeemed by the Trust. There can be no assurance, however, that there will be sufficient liquidity in the public trading market at any time to permit assembly of a Creation Unit Aggregation. Investors should expect to incur brokerage and other costs in connection with assembling a sufficient number of Fund Shares to constitute a redeemable Creation Unit Aggregation.

The Custodian, through the NSCC, makes available prior to the opening of business on the relevant Exchange (currently 9:30 a.m., Eastern time) on each Business Day, the identity of the Fund Securities that will be applicable (subject to possible amendment or correction) to redemption requests received in proper form (as described below) on that day. Fund Securities received on redemption may not be identical to Deposit Securities that are applicable to creations of Creation Unit Aggregations, and may be comprised of a non-typical basket of Fund Securities, including in certain circumstances, a basket comprised of one or more Fund Securities.

Unless cash redemptions are permitted or required for a Fund, the redemption proceeds for a Creation Unit Aggregation generally consist of Fund Securities—as announced on the Business Day of the request for redemption received in proper form—plus or minus cash in an amount equal to the difference between the NAV of the Shares being redeemed, as next determined after a receipt of a request in proper form, and the value of the Fund Securities (the “Redemption Cash Component”), less a redemption transaction fee as noted above (see “Creation and Redemption Transaction Fees”). In the event that the Fund Securities have a value greater than the NAV of the Shares, a compensation payment equal to the difference is required to be made by or through an AP by the redeeming shareholder.

 

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When cash redemptions are permitted or required, Creation Units of a Fund will be redeemed for cash in an amount equal to the NAV of its Shares next determined after a redemption request is received (minus any redemption transaction fees imposed, as specified above) (the “Cash Redemption Amount”).

Redemptions of Shares for Fund Securities will be subject to compliance with applicable U.S. federal and state securities laws, and the Funds reserve the right to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations for cash to the extent that the Trust could not lawfully deliver specific Fund Securities upon redemptions or could not do so without first registering the Fund Securities under such laws.

An AP or an investor for which it is acting subject to a legal restriction with respect to a particular security included in the Fund Securities applicable to the redemption of a Creation Unit Aggregation may be paid an equivalent amount of cash. This would specifically prohibit delivery of Fund Securities that are not registered in reliance upon Rule 144A under the Securities Act to a redeeming investor that is not a “qualified institutional buyer,” as such term is defined under Rule 144A of the Securities Act. The AP may request the redeeming beneficial owner of the Shares to complete an order form or to enter into agreements with respect to such matters as compensating cash payment, beneficial ownership of Shares or delivery instructions.

The right of redemption may be suspended or the date of payment postponed (i) for any period during which the NYSE is closed (other than customary weekend and holiday closings); (ii) for any period during which trading on the NYSE is suspended or restricted; (iii) for any period during which an emergency exists as a result of which disposal of the Shares of a Fund or determination of a Fund’s NAV is not reasonably practicable; or (iv) in such other circumstances as is permitted by the SEC.

An AP or an investor for which it is acting subject to a legal restriction with respect to a particular security included in the Fund Securities applicable to the redemption of a Creation Unit Aggregation may be paid an equivalent amount of cash. This would specifically prohibit delivery of Fund Securities that are not registered in reliance upon Rule 144A under the Securities Act to a redeeming investor that is not a “qualified institutional buyer,” as such term is defined under Rule 144A of the Securities Act. The AP may request the redeeming beneficial owner of the Shares to complete an order form or to enter into agreements with respect to such matters as compensating cash payment.

Placement of Redemption Orders Using Clearing Process—All Funds. Orders to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations must be delivered through an AP that has executed a Participant Agreement. Investors other than APs are responsible for making arrangements for an order to redeem to be made through an AP. An order to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations is deemed received by the Trust on the Transmittal Date if: (i) such order is received by the Custodian not later than the Closing Time on the Transmittal Date; and (ii) all other procedures set forth in the Participant Agreement are properly followed.

An order to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations using the Clearing Process made in proper form but received by the Trust after 4:00 p.m., Eastern time, will be deemed received on the next Business Day immediately following the Transmittal Date and will be effected at the NAV next determined on such next Business Day. The requisite Fund Securities and any Cash Redemption Amount (or, if cash redemptions are permitted, the Cash Redemption Amount) will be transferred by T+2.

Placement of Redemption Orders Outside Clearing Process—Domestic Equity Funds. Orders to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations outside the Clearing Process must be delivered through a DTC Participant that has executed the Participant Agreement. A DTC Participant who wishes to place an order for redemption of Creation Unit Aggregations to be effected outside the Clearing Process does not need to be a Participating Party, but such orders must state that the DTC Participant is not using the Clearing Process and that redemption of Creation Unit Aggregations will instead be effected through transfer of Fund Shares directly through DTC. An order to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations outside the Clearing Process is deemed received by the Trust on the Transmittal Date if (i) such order is received by the Transfer Agent not later than 4:00 p.m., Eastern time on such Transmittal Date; (ii) such order is accompanied or followed by the requisite number of Shares of a Fund, which delivery must be made through DTC, to the Custodian no later than 11:00 a.m., Eastern time, on the next Business Day immediately following such Transmittal Date (the “DTC Cut-Off Time”); and 2:00 p.m., Eastern time, for a Cash Component, if any owed to the Fund; and (iii) all other procedures set forth in the Participant Agreement are properly followed. After the Trust has deemed an order for redemption outside the Clearing Process received, it will send an acceptance of the redemption order to the AP within 15 minutes of the receipt of the submission received in good form. A redemption order is deemed to be irrevocable upon the delivery of the confirmation of acceptance. The Transfer Agent will then initiate procedures to transfer the requisite Fund Securities (and the Redemption Cash Component, if any, or the Cash Redemption Amount, for cash redemptions, owed to the redeeming Beneficial Owner) to the AP on behalf of the redeeming Beneficial Owner by T+2.

In the case of custom redemptions, the order must be received by the Distributor no later than 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time on the Transmittal Date. Arrangements satisfactory to the Trust must be in place for the Participating Party to transfer the Creation Units through DTC on or before the settlement date.

 

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In the event that the number of Shares is insufficient on the contractual settlement date, the Trust may deliver the Deposit Securities notwithstanding such deficiency in reliance on the undertaking of the AP to deliver the missing Shares as soon as possible. This undertaking shall be secured by such the AP’s delivery on the contractual settlement date and subsequent maintenance of collateral consisting of cash having a value at least equal to 105% of the value of the missing Shares. The AP’s agreement permits the Trust, acting in good faith, to purchase the missing Shares at any time and the AP will be subject to liability for any shortfall between the cost to the Trust of purchasing such shares and the value of the collateral, which may be sold by the Trust at such time, and in such manner, as the Trust may determine in its sole discretion.

Placement of Redemption Orders Outside Clearing Process—Foreign Equity Funds. A standard order for redemption must be received by 4:00 p.m., Eastern time, for redemptions of Shares. In the case of custom redemptions, the order must be received by the Distributor no later than 3:00 p.m., Eastern time. Arrangements satisfactory to the Trust must be in place for the Participating Party to transfer the Creation Units through DTC on or before the settlement date. Redemptions of Shares for Fund Securities will be subject to compliance with applicable U.S. federal and state securities laws and the Funds (whether or not they otherwise permit cash redemptions) reserve the right to redeem Creation Units for cash to the extent that a Fund could not lawfully deliver specific Fund Securities upon redemptions or could not do so without first registering the Deposit Securities under such laws.

The delivery of Fund Securities to redeeming investors generally will be made within two Business Days. However, due to the schedule of holidays in certain countries, the delivery of in-kind redemption proceeds may take longer than two Business Days after the day on which the redemption request is received in proper form. In such cases, the local market settlement procedures will not commence until the end of the local holiday periods. See “Regular Holidays” for a list of the local holidays in the foreign countries relevant to the Funds.

A redeeming Beneficial Owner, or AP acting on behalf of such Beneficial Owner, when taking delivery of shares of Fund Securities upon redemption of Shares of the Funds must maintain appropriate security arrangements with a qualified broker-dealer, bank or other custody provider in each jurisdiction in which any of the Fund Securities are customarily traded, to which account the Fund Securities will be delivered.

In the event that the number of Shares is insufficient on trade date plus one, the Trust may deliver the Deposit Securities notwithstanding such deficiency in reliance on the undertaking of the AP to deliver the missing Shares as soon as possible. This undertaking shall be secured by such the AP’s delivery on the contractual settlement date and subsequent maintenance of collateral consisting of cash having a value at least equal to 105% of the value of the missing Shares. The AP’s agreement permits the Trust, acting in good faith, to purchase the missing Shares at any time and the AP will be subject to liability for any shortfall between the cost to the Trust of purchasing such shares and the value of the collateral, which may be sold by the Trust at such time, and in such manner, as the Trust may determine in its sole discretion.

The calculation of the value of the Fund Securities and the Redemption Cash Component to be delivered/received upon redemption will be made by the Custodian according to the procedures set forth under “Determination of NAV” computed on the Business Day on which a redemption order is deemed received by the Trust. Therefore, if a redemption order in proper form is submitted to the Transfer Agent by a DTC Participant no later than Closing Time on the Transmittal Date, and the requisite number of Shares of the Fund are delivered to the Custodian prior to the DTC Cut-Off-Time, then the value of the Fund Securities and the Redemption Cash Component to be delivered/received will be determined by the Custodian on such Transmittal Date. If, however, a redemption order is submitted to the Custodian by a DTC Participant no later than the Closing Time on the Transmittal Date, but either (i) the requisite number of Shares of the relevant Fund are not delivered by the DTC Cut-Off-Time, as described above, on the Transmittal Date, or (ii) the redemption order is not submitted in proper form, then the redemption order will not be deemed received as of the Transmittal Date. In such case, the value of the Fund Securities and the Redemption Cash Component to be delivered/received will be computed on the Business Day that the order is deemed received by the Trust, i.e., the Business Day on which the Shares of the relevant Fund are delivered through DTC to the Custodian by the DTC Cut-Off-Time pursuant to a properly submitted redemption order.

Upon receipt of a redemption order in good form, the Transfer Agent delivers acknowledgement of receipt within 15 minutes. A redemption order is deemed to be irrevocable upon the delivery of the acknowledgement of receipt of an order.

If it is not possible to effect deliveries of the Fund Securities, the Trust may in its discretion exercise its option to redeem such Fund Shares in cash, and the redeeming Beneficial Owner will be required to receive its redemption proceeds in cash. In addition, an investor may request a redemption in cash that a Fund may, in its sole discretion, permit. In either case, the investor will receive the Cash Redemption Amount (minus a redemption transaction fee and additional charge for requested cash redemptions specified above, to offset the Fund’s brokerage and other transaction costs associated with the disposition of Fund Securities). A Fund also, in its sole discretion, upon request of a shareholder, may provide such redeemer a portfolio of securities that differs from the exact composition of the Fund Securities, or cash in lieu of some securities added to the Cash Component, but in no event will the total value of the

 

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securities delivered and the cash transmitted differ from the NAV. Redemptions of Fund Shares for Fund Securities will be subject to compliance with applicable federal and state securities laws and the Fund (whether or not it otherwise permits cash redemptions) reserves the right to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations for cash to the extent that the Trust could not lawfully deliver specific Fund Securities upon redemptions or could not do so without first registering the Fund Securities under such laws. An AP, or an investor for which it is acting, subject to a legal restriction with respect to a particular security included in the Fund Securities applicable to the redemption of a Creation Unit Aggregation, may be paid an equivalent amount of cash. The AP may request the redeeming Beneficial Owner of the Shares to complete an order form or to enter into agreements with respect to such matters as compensating cash payment, beneficial ownership of Shares or delivery instructions.

Placement of Redemption Orders Outside Clearing Process—Fixed Income Funds. Orders to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations outside the Clearing Process must be delivered through a DTC Participant that has executed the Participant Agreement. A DTC Participant who wishes to place an order for redemption of Creation Unit Aggregations to be effected outside the Clearing Process does not need to be a Participating Party, but such orders must state that the DTC Participant is not using the Clearing Process and that redemption of Creation Unit Aggregations will instead be effected through transfer of Shares directly through DTC. An order to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations outside the Clearing Process is deemed received by the Trust on the Transmittal Date if (i) such order is received by the Transfer Agent not later than 4:00 p.m., Eastern time, on such Transmittal Date; (ii) such order is accompanied or followed by the requisite number of Shares of the Fund, which delivery must be made through DTC and the Redemption Cash Component, if any owed, to the Transfer Agent no later than 11:00 a.m., Eastern time on the contractual settlement date; and (iii) all other procedures set forth in the Participant Agreement are properly followed. After the Trust has deemed an order for redemption outside the Clearing Process received, the Trust will initiate procedures to transfer the requisite Fund Securities and the Redemption Cash Component, if any (or for cash redemptions, the Cash Redemption Amount) owed to the redeeming Beneficial Owner to the AP on behalf of the redeeming Beneficial Owner by T+2.

The calculation of the value of the Fund Securities and the Redemption Cash Component to be delivered/received upon redemption will be made by the Custodian according to the procedures set forth under “Determination of NAV” computed on the Business Day on which a redemption order is deemed received by the Trust. Therefore, if a redemption order in proper form is submitted to the Transfer Agent by a DTC Participant not later than Closing Time on the Transmittal Date, and the requisite number of Shares of a Fund are delivered to the Custodian prior to the DTC Cut-Off-Time, then the value of the Fund Securities and the Redemption Cash Component to be delivered/received will be determined by the Custodian on such Transmittal Date. If, however, either (i) the requisite number of Shares of the relevant Fund are not delivered by the DTC Cut-Off-Time, as described above, or (ii) the redemption order is not submitted in proper form, then the redemption order will not be deemed received as of the Transmittal Date. In such case, the value of the Fund Securities and the Redemption Cash Component to be delivered/received will be computed on the Business Day following the Transmittal Date provided that the Shares of the relevant Fund are delivered through DTC to the Custodian by the DTC Cut-Off Time pursuant to a properly submitted redemption order.

Upon receipt of a redemption order in good form, the Transfer Agent delivers acknowledgement of receipt within 15 minutes. A redemption order is deemed to be irrevocable upon the delivery of the acknowledgement of receipt of an order.

If it is not possible to effect deliveries of the Fund Securities, the Trust may in its discretion exercise its option to redeem such Shares in cash, and the redeeming Beneficial Owner will be required to receive its redemption proceeds in cash. In addition, an investor may request a redemption in cash that a Fund may, in its sole discretion, permit. In either case, the investor will receive the Cash Redemption Amount (minus a redemption transaction fee and additional charge for requested cash redemptions specified above, to offset the Fund’s brokerage and other transaction costs associated with the disposition of Fund Securities). A Fund also may, in its sole discretion, upon request of a shareholder, provide such redeemer a portfolio of securities that differs from the exact composition of the Fund Securities, or cash-in-lieu of some securities added to the Cash Component, but in no event will the total value of the securities delivered and the cash transmitted differ from the NAV. Redemptions of Shares for Fund Securities will be subject to compliance with applicable federal and state securities laws and the Fund (whether or not it otherwise permits cash redemptions) reserves the right to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations for cash to the extent that the Trust could not lawfully deliver specific Fund Securities upon redemptions or could not do so without first registering the Fund Securities under such laws. An AP or an investor for which it is acting subject to a legal restriction with respect to a particular security included in the Fund Securities applicable to the redemption of a Creation Unit Aggregation may be paid an equivalent amount of cash. The AP may request the redeeming Beneficial Owner of the Shares to complete an order form or to enter into agreements with respect to such matters as compensating cash payment, beneficial ownership of shares or delivery instructions.

On days when the Exchange or the bond market closes earlier than normal, certain Funds may require orders to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations to be placed earlier in the day. For example, on days when the generally accepted close of the bond market occurs earlier than normal (such as the day before a holiday), orders requesting substitution of a “cash-in-lieu” amount must be received by the Distributor no later than 11:00 a.m., Eastern time. After the Transfer Agent has deemed an order for redemption outside the Clearing Process received, the Transfer Agent will initiate procedures to transfer the requisite Fund Securities and the Redemption

 

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Cash Component, if any or for cash redemptions, the Cash Redemption Amount) owed to the redeeming Beneficial Owner to the AP on behalf of the redeeming Beneficial Owner by T+2.

Regular Holidays. Each Fund generally intends to effect deliveries of Creation Units and Portfolio Securities on a basis of “T” plus two Business Days (a Business Day is any day the NYSE is open). Each Fund may effect deliveries of Creation Units and Portfolio Securities on a basis other than T+2 in order to accommodate local holiday schedules, to account for different treatment among foreign and U.S. markets of dividend record dates and ex-dividend dates or under certain other circumstances. The ability of the Trust to effect in-kind creations and redemptions within two Business Days of receipt of an order in good form is subject, among other things, to the condition that, within the time period from the date of the order to the date of delivery of the securities, there are no days that are holidays in the applicable foreign market. For every occurrence of one or more intervening holidays in the applicable foreign market that are not holidays observed in the U.S. equity market, the redemption settlement cycle will be extended by the number of such intervening holidays. In addition to holidays, other unforeseeable closings in a foreign market due to emergencies also may prevent the Trust from delivering securities within the normal settlement period.

The securities delivery cycles currently practicable for transferring portfolio securities to redeeming investors, coupled with foreign market holiday schedules, will require a delivery process longer than seven calendar days for some Funds in certain circumstances. The holidays applicable to each Fund during such periods are listed below, as are instances where more than seven days will be needed to deliver redemption proceeds. Although certain holidays may occur on different dates in subsequent years, the number of days required to deliver redemption proceeds in any given year is not expected to exceed the maximum number of days listed below for each Fund. The proclamation of new holidays, the treatment by market participants of certain days as “informal holidays” (e.g., days on which no or limited securities transactions occur, as a result of substantially shortened trading hours), the elimination of existing holidays or changes in local securities delivery practices could affect the information set forth herein at some time in the future.

The dates in calendar year 2017 in which the regular holidays affecting the relevant securities markets of the below listed countries are as follows:

 

Argentina

        
   April 13      June 20        November 27  
February 27    April 14      August 21        December 8  
February 28    May 1      October 9        December 25  
March 24    May 25      November 6     

Australia

        
January 2    April 17      June 12        December 25  
January 26            December 26  
April 14    April 25      

Austria

        
   May 1      August 15        December 25  
January 6    May 25      October 26        December 26  
April 14    June 5      November 1     
April 17    June 15      December 8     

Bahrain

        
January 1    June 26      September 21     
May 1    June 27      November 30     
June 25    September 3      December 17     

Bangladesh

        
February 21         August 14        December 25  
March 26    June 25      August 15        December 31  
May 1    June 26      September 3     
May 10    June 27      October 1     

 

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Belgium

        
   May 1      June 5        November 1  
April 14    May 25      July 21        December 25  
April 17    May 26      August 15        December 26  

Benin

        
April 17    June 5      November 1     
May 1    August 7      November 15     
May 25    August 15      December 25     

Bermuda

        
January 2    June 19      September 4        December 26  
April 14    August 3      November 13     
May 24    August 4      December 25     

Botswana

        
January 2    April 17      July 17        December 25  
January 3    May 1      July 18        December 26  
April 14    May 25      October 2     

Brazil

        
January 25    April 14      September 7        November 20  
February 27    April 21      October 12        December 25  
February 28    May 1      November 2        December 29  
March 1    June 15      November 15     

Bulgaria

        
January 2    May 1      September 22     
March 3    May 8      December 25     
April 14    May 24      December 26     
April 17    September 6      December 27     

Burkina Faso

        
April 17    June 5      November 1     
May 1    August 7      November 15     
May 25    August 15      December 25     

Canada

        
January 2    May 22      September 4        December 25  
February 20    July 3      October 9        December 26  
April 14    August 7      November 13     

Cayman Islands

        
January 2    April 14      September 4        November 23  
January 16    May 29      October 9        December 25  
February 20    July 4      November 10     

Channel Islands

        
January 2    April 17      August 28        December 22  
January 16    May 1      September 4        December 25  
February 20    May 29      October 9        December 26  
April 14    July 4      November 23        December 29  

Chile

        
January 2    June 26      September 19        November 1  
April 14    August 15      October 9        December 8  
May 1    September 18      October 27        December 25  

 

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China A Share

        
January 2    February 1      May 1        October 3  
January 27    February 2      May 29        October 4  
January 30    April 3      May 30        October 5  
January 31    April 4      October 2        October 6  

China B. Share

        
January 2    February 2      May 30        October 6  
January 27    April 3      October 2     
January 30    April 4      October 3     
January 31    May 1      October 4     
February 1    May 29      October 5     

China B Share (Shanghai)

        
January 2    May 29      October 9     
January 16    July 4      November 23     
February 20    September 4      December 25     

China B Share (Shenzhen)

        
January 2    April 14      May 30        December 26  
January 30    April 17      October 2     
January 31    May 1      October 5     
April 4    May 3      December 25     

Colombia

        
January 9    May 29      August 7        December 8  
March 20    June 19      August 21        December 25  
April 13    June 26      October 16     
April 14    July 3      November 6     
May 1    July 20      November 13     

Costa Rica

        
April 11    May 1      August 15     
April 13    July 25      September 15     
April 14    August 2      December 25     

Croatia

        
January 6    May 1      August 15        December 26  
April 14    June 15      November 1     
April 17    June 22      December 25     

Cyprus

        
January 6    April 17      June 5        December 26  
February 27    April 18      August 15     
April 14    May 1      December 25     

Czech Republic

        
April 14    May 8      September 28        December 26  
April 17    July 5      November 17     
May 1    July 6      December 25     

Denmark

        
April 13    May 12      June 5     
April 14    May 25      December 25     
April 17    May 26      December 26     

 

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Egypt

        
January 1    April 17      June 25        August 31  
January 25    April 25      June 26        September 21  
April 16    May 1      July 23        November 30  

Estonia

        
February 23    April 17      June 22        December 25  
February 24    May 1      June 23        December 26  
April 14    May 25      

Euromarkets

        
December 25         

Finland

        
January 6    April 17      June 23        December 26  
April 13    May 1      December 6     
April 14    May 25      December 25     

France

        
April 14    May 8      July 14        December 25  
April 17    May 25      August 15        December 26  
May 1    June 5      November 1     

Germany

        
January 6    May 25      October 31     
April 14    June 5      December 25     
April 17    June 15      December 26     
May 1    October 3      

Ghana

        
January 2    April 17      July 7        December 25  
March 6    May 1      September 13        December 26  
April 14    May 25      September 21     

Greece

        
January 6    April 17      August 15     
February 27    May 1      December 25     
April 14    June 5      December 26     

Guinea Bissau

        
April 17    June 5      November 1     
May 1    August 7      November 15     
May 25    August 15      December 25     

Hong Kong

        
January 2    April 14      May 30        December 26  
January 30    April 17      October 2     
January 31    May 1      October 5     
April 4    May 3      December 25     

 

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Hong Kong (Stock Connect)

        
January 2    April 3      May 2        October 4  
January 27    April 4      May 3        October 5  
January 30    April 13      May 29        October 6  
January 31    April 14      May 30        December 22  
February 1    April 17      October 2        December 25  
February 2    May 1      October 3        December 26  

Hungary

        
March 15    June 5      December 26     
April 17    October 23      
May 1    December 25      

Iceland

        
April 13    April 20      June 5        December 26  
April 14    May 1      August 7     
April 17    May 25      December 25     

India

        
January 26    April 4      August 15        October 19  
February 24    April 14      August 17        October 20  
March 13    May 1      August 25        December 1  
March 28    May 10         December 25  
   June 26      October 2     

Indonesia

        
January 2         June 28        December 1  
March 28    May 11      June 29        December 25  
April 14    May 25      June 30        December 26  
April 24    June 1      August 17     
May 1    June 26      September 1     
   June 27      September 21     

Ireland

        
January 2    May 1      August 28        December 22  
January 16    May 29      September 4        December 25  
February 20    June 5      October 9        December 26  
March 17    July 4      October 30        December 29  
April 14    August 7      November 23     
April 17         

Israel

        
March 12    May 1      September 21        October 9  
April 10    May 2      September 22        October 10  
April 11    May 30      September 29        October 11  
April 12    May 31      October 4        October 12  
April 13    August 1      October 5  
April 16    September 20      October 8  
April 17      

Italy

        
January 6    May 1      December 8     
April 14    June 2      December 25     
April 17    August 15      December 26     

 

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Ivory Coast

        
April 17    June 5      November 1     
May 1    August 7      November 15     
May 25    August 15      December 25     

Japan

        
January 2    May 4      October 9     
January 3    May 5      November 3     
January 9    July 17      November 23     
March 20    August 11      
May 3    September 18      

Jordan

        
January 1    June 26      August 31        September 21  
May 1    June 27      September 3        November 30  
May 25    June 28      September 4        December 25  
June 25         

Kazakhstan

        
January 2    March 22      May 9        December 1  
January 3    March 23      July 6        December 18  
March 8    May 1      August 30        December 19  
March 21    May 8      September 1     

Kenya

        
January 2    May 1      October 20        December 26  
April 14    June 1      December 12     
April 17    June 27      December 25     

Kuwait

        
January 1    June 25      August 31     
February 26    June 26      September 3     
April 24    June 27      September 21     

Latvia

        
April 13    May 4      November 17     
April 14    May 25      November 20     
April 17    June 22      December 25     
May 1    June 23      December 26     

Lebanon

        
January 2    April 17      June 27        November 22  
January 6    May 1      August 15        December 1  
February 9    May 25      September 1        December 25  
April 14    June 26      September 21     

Lithuania

        
February 16    May 1      August 15        December 26  
April 14    May 25      November 1     
April 17    July 6      December 25     

Luxembourg

        
April 14    May 1      December 26     
April 17    December 25      

 

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Malawi

        
January 2    April 17      July 6     
January 16    May 1      December 25     
March 3    May 15      December 26     
April 14    June 26      

Malaysia

        
January 2    May 1      June 27        October 18  
January 30    May 10      August 31        December 1  
February 1    June 12      September 1        December 25  
February 9    June 26      September 21     

Mali

        
April 17    June 5      November 1     
May 1    August 7      November 15     
May 25    August 15      December 25     

Malta

        
January 2    April 17      August 15        December 13  
February 10    May 1      September 8        December 25  
March 31    June 7      September 21        December 26  
April 14    June 29      December 8     

Mauritius

        
January 2    February 24      June 26        November 2  
February 1    March 29      October 19        December 25  
February 9    May 1      November 1     

Mexico

        
February 6    April 14      November 20     
March 20    May 1      December 12     
April 13    November 2      December 25     

Morocco

        
January 11    June 26      August 21        September 22  
May 1    August 14      September 1        November 6  

Namibia

        
January 2    April 27      June 16        December 26  
March 21    May 1      August 9        December 27  
April 14    May 4      December 11     
April 17    May 25      December 25     

Netherlands

        
April 14    April 27      May 25        December 25  
April 17    May 1      June 5        December 26  

 

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New Zealand

        
January 2         
January 3         
January 23         
January 30         
February 6         
April 14         
April 17         
April 25         
June 5         
October 23         
December 25         
December 26         

Niger

        
April 17    June 5      November 1     
May 1    August 7      November 15     
May 25    August 15      December 25     

Nigeria

        
January 2    May 29      October 2     
April 14    June 26      December 1     
April 17    June 27      December 25     
May 1    September 1      December 26     

Norway

        
April 12    April 17      May 25        December 26  
April 13    May 1      June 5     
April 14    May 17      December 25     

Oman

        
January 1    June 26      November 19     
April 24    July 23      

Pakistan

        
January 2    June 26      August 14        December 25  
March 23    June 27      September 1     
May 1    June 28      September 29     

Panama

        
January 2    February 28      May 1        December 8  
January 9    March 1      November 3     
February 27    April 14      November 10        December 25  

Peru

        
April 13    June 29      November 1     
April 14    July 28      December 8     
May 1    August 30      December 25     

Philippines

        
January 2    May 1      October 31     
   June 12      November 1     
April 13    August 21      November 30     
April 14    August 28      December 25     

 

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Poland

        
January 6    May 1      August 15        December 26  
April 14    May 3      November 1        December 29  
April 17    June 15      December 25     

Portugal

        
April 14    June 13      November 1        December 26  
April 17    June 15      December 1     
April 25    August 15      December 8     
May 1    October 5      December 25     

Qatar

        
January 1    March 5      June 26        September 3  
February 14    June 25      June 27        December 18  

Romania

        
January 2    May 1      August 15        December 25  
January 24    June 1      November 30        December 26  
April 17    June 5      December 1     

Russia

        
January 2    January 6      May 1        November 6  
January 3    February 23      May 8     
January 4    February 24      May 9     
January 5    March 8      June 12     

Saudi Arabia

        
June 26    June 28      September 3        September 5  
June 27    June 29      September 4     

Senegal

        
April 17    June 5      November 1     
May 1    August 7      November 15     
May 25    August 15      December 25     

Serbia

        
January 2    February 15      April 14        May 1  
January 3    February 16      April 17        May 2  

Singapore

        
January 2    May 1      August 9        December 25  
January 30    May 10      September 1     
April 14    June 26      October 18     

Slovak Republic

        
January 6    May 8      September 15        December 26  
April 14    July 5      November 1     
April 17    August 29      November 17     
May 1    September 1      December 25     

Slovenia

        
January 2    April 14      May 2        December 25  
February 6    April 17      August 15        December 26  
February 7    April 27      October 31     
February 8    May 1      November 1     

 

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South Africa

        
January 2    April 17      June 16        December 25  
March 21    April 27      August 9        December 26  
April 14    May 1      September 25     

South Korea

        
January 27    May 3      October 3        October 9  
January 30    May 5      October 4        December 20  
March 1    June 6      October 5        December 25  
May 1    August 15      October 6        December 29  

Spain

        
January 6    April 17      October 12        December 8  
March 20    May 1      November 1        December 25  
April 13    July 25      November 9        December 26  
April 14    August 15      December 6     

Sri Lanka

        
January 12    April 13      June 26        November 3  
January 20    April 14      August 7        December 1  
February 10    May 1      September 1        December 25  
February 17    May 10      September 5     
February 24    May 11      October 5     
April 10    June 8      October 18     

Swaziland

        
January 2    April 19      May 5        December 26  
April 14    April 25      September 6     
April 17    May 1      December 25     

Sweden

        
January 5    April 17      June 6        December 26  
January 6    May 1      June 23     
April 13    May 24      November 3     
April 14    May 25      December 25     

Switzerland

        
January 2    April 24      June 5        December 25  
April 14    May 1      August 1        December 26  
April 17    May 25      September 11     

Taiwan

        
January 2    January 31      April 4        October 9  
January 25    February 1      May 1        October 10  
January 26    February 27      May 29     
January 27    February 28      May 30     
January 30    April 3      October 4     

Tanzania

        
January 12    May 1      December 15     
April 7    July 7      December 25     
April 14    July 26      December 26     
April 17    July 27      
April 26    August 8      

 

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Thailand

        
January 2    April 6      May 1        July 10  
January 3    April 13      May 5        August 14  
February 13    April 14      May 10        October 23  
December 5    December 11      

Togo

        
April 17    June 5      November 1     
May 1    August 7      November 15     
May 25    August 15      December 25     

Tunisia

        
March 20    June 27      December 1     
May 1    July 25      
June 26    September 22      

Turkey

        
May 1    June 27      September 1     
May 19    August 30      September 4     
June 26    August 31      

U.S.A.

        
January 2    April 14      September 4        December 25  
January 16    May 29      October 9     
February 20    July 4      November 23     

Uganda

        
January 26    April 17      September 13        December 26  
February 16    May 1      October 9     
March 8    June 9      November 30     
April 14    July 7      December 25     

Ukraine

        
January 2    March 8      May 9        August 24  
January 3    April 17      June 5        October 16  
January 9    May 1      June 28     

United Arab Emirates—ADX and DFM markets

     
January 1    June 25      August 31        November 30  
April 24    June 26      September 21        December 3  

United Arab Emirates—NASDAQ Dubai

     
January 1    May 29      September 4        December 3  
January 2    June 25      September 21        December 25  
January 16    June 26      October 9     
February 20    July 4      November 23     
April 24    August 31      November 30     

United Kingdom

        
January 2    April 17      August 28        December 22  
January 16    May 1      September 4        December 25  
February 20    May 29      October 9        December 26  
April 14    July 4      November 23        December 29  

 

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Uruguay

        
January 6    April 14      June 19        November 2  
February 27    April 17      July 18        December 25  
February 28    May 1      August 25     
April 13    May 22      October 16     

Venezuela

        
January 9    April 13      July 5        December 25  
February 27    April 14      July 24     
February 28    April 19      October 12     

Vietnam

        
January 2    January 30      April 6        September 4  
January 26    January 31      May 1     
January 27    February 1      May 2     

Zambia

        
January 2    April 17      July 4        December 25  
March 8    May 1      August 7     
March 13    May 25      October 18     
April 14    July 3      October 24     

Zimbabwe

        
January 2    May 1      December 22     
April 14    May 25      December 25     
April 17    August 14      December 26     
April 18    August 15      

 

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SETTLEMENT PERIODS GREATER THAN SEVEN DAYS FOR YEAR 2017*

 

Country

   Trade Date      Settlement Date      Number of Days
to Settle
 

China A Share

     1/24/2017        2/3/2017        10  
     1/25/2017        2/6/2017        12  
     1/26/2017        2/7/2017        12  
     9/27/2017        10/09/2017        12  
     9/28/2017        10/10/2017        12  
     9/29/2017        10/11/2017        12  

China B Share

     1/24/2017        2/3/2017        10  
     1/25/2017        2/6/2017        12  
     1/26/2017        2/7/2017        12  
     9/27/2017        10/09/2017        12  
     9/28/2017        10/10/2017        12  
     9/29/2017        10/11/2017        12  

Costa Rica

     4/7/2017        4/17/2017        10  
     4/10/2017        4/18/2017        8  

Indonesia

     6/21/2017        7/3/2017        12  
     6/22/2017        7/4/2017        12  
     6/23/2017        7/5/2017        12  

Japan

     4/28/2017        5/8/2017        10  
     5/1/2017        5/9/2017        8  
     5/2/2017        5/10/2017        8  

Jordan

     6/21/2017        6/29/2017        10  
     6/22/2017        6/30/2017        8  
     6/23/2017        7/3/2017        8  

Namibia

     3/14/2017        3/22/2017        8  
     3/15/2017        3/23/2017        8  
     3/16/2017        3/24/2017        8  
     3/17/2017        3/27/2017        10  
     3/20/2017        3/28/2017        8  
     4/7/2017        4/18/2017        11  
     4/10/2017        4/19/2017        9  
     4/11/2017        4/20/2017        9  
     4/12/2017        4/21/2017        9  
     4/13/2017        4/24/2017        11  
     4/24/2017        5/2/2017        8  
     4/25/2017        5/3/2017        8  
     4/26/2017        5/5/2017        9  
     4/27/2017        5/8/2017        11  
     4/28/2017        5/9/2017        11  
     5/2/2017        5/10/2017        8  
     5/19/2017        5/29/2017        10  
     5/22/2017        5/30/2017        8  
     5/23/2017        5/31/2017        8  
     5/24/2017        6/1/2017        8  
     12/18/2017        12/28/2017        10  
     12/19/2017        12/29/2017        10  
     12/20/2017        1/1/2017        12  
     12/21/2017        1/2/2017        12  
     12/22/2017        1/3/2017        12  

South Africa

     3/14/2017        3/22/2017        8  
     3/15/2017        3/23/2017        8  
     3/16/2017        3/24/2017        8  
     3/17/2017        3/27/2017        10  
     3/20/2017        3/28/2017        8  
     4/7/2017        4/18/2017        11  
     4/10/2017        4/19/2017        9  

 

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     4/11/2017        4/20/2017        9  
     4/12/2017        4/21/2017        9  
     4/13/2017        4/24/2017        11  
     4/26/2017        5/5/2017        9  
     4/28/2017        5/8/2017        10  
     6/9/2017        6/19/2017        10  
     6/12/2017        6/20/2017        8  
     6/13/2017        6/21/2017        8  
     6/14/2017        6/22/2017        8  
     6/15/2017        6/23/2017        8  
     8/2/2017        8/10/2017        8  
     8/3/2017        8/11/2017        8  
     8/4/2017        8/14/2017        10  
     8/7/2017        8/15/2017        8  
     8/8/2017        8/16/2017        8  
     9/18/2017        9/26/2017        8  
     9/19/2017        9/27/2017        8  
     9/20/2017        9/28/2017        8  
     9/21/2017        9/29/2017        8  
     9/22/2017        10/02/2017        10  
     12/18/2017        12/27/2017        9  
     12/19/2017        12/28/2017        9  
     12/20/2017        12/29/2017        9  
     12/21/2017        1/1/2018        11  
     12/22/2017        1/2/2018        11  

South Korea

     9/29/2017        10/10/2017        11  
     10/2/2017        10/11/2017        9  

Swaziland

     4/7/2017        4/18/2017        11  
     4/10/2017        4/20/2017        10  
     4/11/2017        4/21/2017        10  
     4/12/2017        4/24/2017        12  
     4/13/2017        4/26/2017        13  
     4/18/2017        4/27/2017        9  
     4/20/2017        4/28/2017        8  
     4/21/2017        5/2/2017        11  
     4/24/2017        5/3/2017        9  
     4/26/2017        5/4/2017        8  
     4/27/2017        5/8/2017        11  
     4/28/2017        5/9/2017        11  
     5/2/2017        5/10/2017        8  
     5/3/2017        5/11/2017        8  
     5/4/2017        5/12/2017        8  
     8/30/2017        9/7/2017        8  
     8/31/2017        9/8/2017        8  
     9/1/2017        9/11/2017        10  
     9/4/2017        9/12/2017        8  
     9/5/2017        9/13/2017        8  
     12/18/2017        12/27/2017        9  
     12/19/2017        12/28/2017        9  
     12/20/2017        12/29/2017        9  
     12/21/2017        1/1/2018        11  
     12/22/2017        1/2/2018        11  

Taiwan

     1/25/2017        2/2/2017        8  
     1/26/2017        2/3/2017        8  

Uruguay

     4/10/2017        4/18/2017        8  
     4/11/2017        4/19/2017        8  
     4/12/2017        4/20/2017        8  

Vietnam

     1/23/2017        2/2/2017        10  
     1/24/2017        2/3/2017        10  

 

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     1/25/2017        2/6/2017        12  

Zimbabwe

     4/7/2017        4/19/2017        12  
     4/10/2017        4/20/2017        10  
     4/11/2017        4/21/2017        10  
     4/12/2017        4/24/2017        12  
     4/13/2017        4/25/2017        12  
     4/24/2017        5/2/2017        8  
     4/25/2017        5/3/2017        8  
     4/26/2017        5/4/2017        8  
     4/27/2017        5/5/2017        8  
     4/28/2017        5/8/2017        10  
     5/18/2017        5/26/2017        8  
     5/19/2017        5/29/2017        10  
     5/22/2017        5/30/2017        8  
     5/23/2017        5/31/2017        8  
     5/24/2017        6/1/2017        8  
     8/7/2017        8/16/2017        9  
     8/8/2017        8/17/2017        9  
     8/9/2017        8/18/2017        9  
     8/10/2017        8/21/2017        11  
     8/11/2017        8/22/2017        11  
     12/15/2017        12/27/2017        12  
     12/18/2017        12/28/2017        10  
     12/19/2017        12/29/2017        10  
     12/20/2017        1/1/2018        12  
     12/21/2017        1/2/2018        12  

 

* Holidays are subject to change without further notice.

On days when the Exchange or the bond market closes earlier than normal, certain Funds may require orders to redeem Creation Unit Aggregations to be placed earlier in the day. For example, on days when the generally accepted close of the bond market occurs earlier than normal (such as the day before a holiday) orders requesting substitution of a “cash-in-lieu” amount must be received by the Distributor no later than 11:00 a.m., Eastern time.

The chart below describes in further detail the placement of creation and redemption orders through and outside the Clearing Process, presuming a creation or redemption settling no later than T+2.

 

    

Transmittal Date (T)

   Next Business Day (T+1)     

Second Business Day (T+2)

Creation through NSCC (using the Clearing Process)

        
Standard Orders   

4:00 p.m. (ET)

 

Order in proper form must be received by the Distributor.

 

Orders received after 4:00 p.m. (ET) will be deemed received on the next business day (T+1).

     No action.      CreationUnit Aggregations will be delivered.

 

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Transmittal Date (T)

   Next Business Day (T+1)      Second Business Day (T+2)  

Custom Orders

    (for in-kind creations)

  

3:00 p.m. (ET)

 

Order in proper form must be received by the Distributor.

 

Orders received after 3:00 p.m. (ET) require portfolio manager approvals before acceptance. Orders may be subject to additional fees.

     No action.       

Creation Unit
Aggregations will
be delivered.
 
 
 

Creation Outside NSCC (Outside the Clearing Process)

        
Standard Orders   

4:00 p.m. (ET)

 

Order in proper form must be received by the Distributor.

    

 



 

 




 

 



2:00 p.m. (ET)

 

Deposit Cash must be
received by the
Custodian.

 

For in-kind creations:

11:00 a.m. (ET)

 

Deposit Securities
must be received by
the Fund’s account
through DTC.

 

2:00 p.m. (ET)

 

Cash Component
must be received by
the Custodian.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 

    

Creation Unit
Aggregations will
be delivered.
 
 
 

 

 

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