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As filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on June 7, 2016

Securities Act File No. 333-207814

Investment Company Act File No. 811-23112

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM N-1A

 

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933    x
            Pre-Effective Amendment No.                 ¨
            Post-Effective Amendment No.      4    x

and/or

 

REGISTRATION STATEMENT UNDER THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940    x
            Amendment No. 5    x

JANUS DETROIT STREET TRUST

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

151 Detroit Street, Denver, Colorado 80206-4805

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Number, Street, City, State, Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, including Area Code: 303-333-3863

Stephanie Grauerholz

151 Detroit Street

Denver, Colorado 80206-4805

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

With Copies to:

Eric S. Purple

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP

1250 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 500

Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Approximate Date of Proposed Public Offering: As soon as practicable after the effective date of this Registration Statement.

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

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

¨ immediately upon filing pursuant to paragraph (b); or

x on June 7, 2016 pursuant to paragraph (b); or

¨ 60 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(1); or

¨ on                  pursuant to paragraph (a)(1); or

¨ 75 days after filing pursuant to paragraph (a)(2); or

¨ on                  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.


JANUS DETROIT STREET TRUST

CONTENTS OF REGISTRATION STATEMENT ON FORM N-1A

This registration document is comprised of the following:

Cover Sheet

 

Part  A  – Prospectuses for: The Health and Fitness ETF, The Long-Term Care ETF, The Obesity ETF and The Organics ETF

 

Part  B  – Statement of Additional Information for: The Health and Fitness ETF, The Long-Term Care ETF, The Obesity ETF and The Organics ETF

 

Part  C  – Other Information

Signature Pages

Exhibit Index

Exhibits


June 7, 2016

 

     Ticker

The Health and Fitness ETF

   FITS

Principal U.S. Listing Exchange: The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

  

 

Janus Detroit Street Trust

Prospectus

 

 

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


LOGO

 

This Prospectus describes The Health and Fitness ETF (the “Fund”), a portfolio of Janus Detroit Street Trust (the “Trust”). Janus Capital Management LLC (“Janus Capital” or “Janus”) serves as investment adviser to the Fund.

Shares of the Fund are not individually redeemable and the owners of Fund shares may purchase or redeem shares from the Fund in Creation Units only, in accordance with the terms set forth in this Prospectus. The purchase and sale price of individual Fund shares trading on an exchange may be below, at or above the most recently calculated net asset value for Fund shares.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

FUND SUMMARY

 

The Health and Fitness ETF

    2   

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUND

 

Fees and expenses

    7   

Additional investment strategies and general portfolio policies

    7   

Risks of the Fund

    8   

MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND

 

Investment adviser

    11   

Management expenses

    11   

Investment personnel

    12   

OTHER INFORMATION

    13   

DIVIDENDS, DISTRIBUTIONS, AND TAXES

    14   

SHAREHOLDERS GUIDE

 

Pricing of fund shares

    16   

Distribution and servicing fees

    16   

Payments to financial intermediaries by Janus Capital or its affiliates

    17   

Purchasing and selling shares

    18   

Excessive trading

    20   

Shareholder communications

    20   

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

    22   

 

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FUND SUMMARY

 

 

The Health and Fitness ETF

Ticker:    FITS

 

INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE

The Health and Fitness ETF seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before fees and expenses, of an index which is designed to track the performance of companies globally that are positioned to profit from servicing those participating in health and fitness activities, including companies whose business is focused on fitness technology/equipment, sports apparel, nutrition, and sports/fitness facilities.

 

FEES AND EXPENSES OF THE FUND

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

 

ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES

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

             

Management Fees

        0.50%   

Other Expenses(1)

        0.00%   

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

          0.50%   

 

(1) Other Expenses are based on the estimated expenses that the Fund expects to incur.

EXAMPLE:

The Example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other funds. The 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. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

      1 Year      3 Years  
   $   51       $   160   

Portfolio Turnover:  The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the Example, affect the Fund’s performance. Because the Fund was not in operation during the most recent fiscal year, no portfolio turnover information is available.

 

PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES

The Fund pursues its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its net assets (plus any borrowings for investment purposes) in the stocks that comprise the Solactive Health and Fitness Index (“Underlying Index”). The Underlying Index is designed to track the performance of companies globally that are positioned to profit from servicing those participating in health and fitness activities, including companies whose business is focused on fitness technology/equipment, sports apparel, nutrition, and sports/fitness facilities. Under normal circumstances, the Fund expects to invest substantially all of its assets in securities included in the Underlying Index, using a replication strategy as discussed below. The Fund may invest in companies of any capitalization, although at least 90% of the companies will have a capitalization of at least $100 million. The Fund may invest in foreign issuers, including emerging markets. Stocks included in the Underlying Index may include common shares traded on local exchanges, American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) and Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”). ADRs and GDRs represent ownership interests in shares of foreign companies that are held in financial institution custodial accounts, and are traded on exchanges in the United States and around the world.

The Fund is classified as nondiversified, which allows it to hold larger positions in a smaller number of companies, compared to a fund that is classified as diversified.

 

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The Underlying Index, the Solactive Health and Fitness Index, was created by and is maintained by, Solactive AG (“Solactive” or the “Index Provider”). The Underlying Index is reconstituted on a semi-annual basis, rebalanced on a quarterly basis, and the Fund is rebalanced quarterly based on changes to the Underlying Index. The Fund uses a “passive,” index-based approach in seeking performance that corresponds to the performance of the Underlying Index. The underlying securities are weighted according to their market capitalization relative to other securities in the Underlying Index, and capped so that no security will represent more than 20% of the Underlying Index at the time of an index reconstitution or rebalance. Due to market movement between rebalancing and reconstitution of the Underlying Index, an underlying security may represent more than 20% of the Underlying Index at any given time, and thus may represent more than 20% of the Fund’s assets at any given time.

The Fund will generally use a replication methodology, meaning it will invest in the securities composing the Underlying Index in proportion to the weightings in the Underlying Index. However, the Fund may utilize a sampling methodology under various circumstances in which it may not be possible or practicable to purchase all of the securities in the Underlying Index. Janus Capital expects that over time, if the Fund has sufficient assets, the correlation between the Fund’s performance, before fees and expenses, and that of the Underlying Index will be 95% or better. A figure of 100% would indicate perfect correlation.

Under normal circumstances, the Fund expects to invest substantially all of its assets in securities included in the Underlying Index, although it may invest up to 20% its assets in other securities that Janus Capital believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. Such investments include stocks, shares of other investment companies, cash and cash equivalents, including money market funds.

To the extent the Underlying Index concentrates (i.e., holds 25% or more of its total assets) in the securities of a particular industry or group of industries, the Fund will concentrate its investments to approximately the same extent as its Underlying Index. As of April 29, 2016, approximately 27% of the Underlying Index was represented by companies in the footwear industry. The Fund’s Underlying Index is rebalanced quarterly. For more recent information, see the Fund’s daily portfolio holdings posted on the ETF portion of the Janus website.

The Fund may lend portfolio securities on a short-term or long-term basis, in an amount equal to up to one-third of its total assets as determined at the time of the loan origination.

 

PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS

The Fund’s returns will vary, and you could lose money. The principal risks and special considerations associated with investing in the Fund are set forth below.

Market Risk.  The value of the Fund’s portfolio may decrease if the value of an individual company or security, or multiple companies or securities, in the portfolio decreases. Further, regardless of how well individual companies or securities perform, the value of the Fund’s portfolio could also decrease if there are deteriorating economic or market conditions. It is important to understand that the value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, in response to changes in the market, and you could lose money. Market risk may affect a single issuer, industry, economic sector, or the market as a whole. The Underlying Index has exposure to the small-, mid- and/or large capitalization sectors of the stock market, and therefore at times the Fund may underperform the overall stock market.

Equity Investing Risk.  The Fund’s investment in the securities composing the Underlying Index involves risks of investing in a portfolio of equity securities, such as market fluctuations, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in stock prices.

Concentration Risk.  The Fund focuses its investments in companies that service those participating in health and fitness activities. Because of this, companies in the Fund’s portfolio may share common characteristics and may be more sensitive to factors such as rapid changes in consumer trends, social trends, marketing campaigns, health reports, and consumers’ disposable income. In addition, these companies typically face intense competition domestically and abroad, which could adversely impact the success of these companies. As a result, the Fund may be subject to greater risks and the value of its investments may fluctuate more than a fund that does not focus its investments. In addition, the Fund’s assets will generally be concentrated in an industry or group of industries to the extent that the Fund’s Underlying Index concentrates in a particular industry or group of industries. To the extent the Fund invests a substantial portion of its assets in an industry or group of industries, market or economic factors impacting that industry or group of industries could have a significant effect on the value of the Fund’s investments. Companies in the same or similar industries may share common characteristics and are more likely to react similarly to industry-specific market or economic developments. Additionally, the Fund’s performance may be more volatile

 

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when the Fund’s investments are less diversified across industries. The Fund’s assets will not be concentrated if the Underlying Index does not concentrate in a particular industry or group of industries.

 

  Footwear Company Concentration Risk.  Footwear companies are subject to rapidly changing consumer tastes, short product cycles, seasonal sales cycles, distribution relationships, brand and image perceptions and changes in consumers’ discretionary income.

Small- and Mid-Sized Companies Risk.  The Fund’s investments in securities issued by small- and mid-sized companies, which can include smaller, start-up companies offering emerging products or services, may involve greater risks than are customarily associated with larger, more established companies. Securities issued by small- and mid-sized companies tend to be more volatile and somewhat more speculative than securities issued by larger or more established companies and may underperform as compared to the securities of larger companies.

Growth Securities Risk.  Securities of companies perceived to be “growth” companies may be more volatile than other stocks and may involve special risks. If the perception of a company’s growth potential is not realized, the securities purchased may not perform as expected, reducing the Fund’s returns. In addition, because different types of stocks tend to shift in and out of favor depending on market and economic conditions, “growth” stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole, and other types of securities.

Foreign Exposure Risk.  The Fund may have exposure to foreign markets as a result of its investments in foreign securities, including investments in emerging markets, which can be more volatile than the U.S. markets. As a result, its returns and net asset value may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates or political or economic conditions in a particular country. In some foreign markets, there may not be protection against failure by other parties to complete transactions. It may not be possible for the Fund to repatriate capital, dividends, interest, and other income from a particular country or governmental entity. In addition, a market swing in one or more countries or regions where the Fund has invested a significant amount of its assets may have a greater effect on the Fund’s performance than it would in a more geographically diversified portfolio.

Nondiversification Risk.  The Fund is classified as nondiversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (“1940 Act”). This gives the Fund’s portfolio managers more flexibility to hold larger positions in a smaller number of securities. As a result, an increase or decrease in the value of a single security held by the Fund may have a greater impact on the Fund’s net asset value and total return.

Methodology and Model Risk.  Neither the Fund nor Janus Capital can offer assurances that tracking the Underlying Index will capture the growth of companies positioned to benefit from servicing those participating in health and fitness activities, or be appropriate for every investor seeking a particular risk profile. Underlying Index risks include, but are not limited to, the risk that the factors used to determine the components of the Underlying Index, as applied by the Index Provider in accordance with the Underlying Index methodology, might not select securities that individually, or in the aggregate, are positioned to benefit from servicing those participating in health and fitness activities.

Passive Investment Risk.  The Fund is not actively managed and therefore the Fund might not sell shares of a security due to current or projected underperformance of a security, industry or sector, unless that security is removed from the Underlying Index or the selling of shares is otherwise required upon a rebalancing of the Underlying Index.

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

Index Tracking Risk.  The Fund’s return may not match or achieve a high degree of correlation with the return of the Underlying Index. To the extent the Fund utilizes a sampling approach, it may experience tracking error to a greater extent than if the Fund sought to replicate the Underlying Index. In addition, the Fund may hold fewer than the total number of securities in the Underlying Index. Further, the Fund may hold securities or other investments not included in the Underlying Index but which Janus Capital believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. Such investments may not perform as expected.

Trading Issues Risk.  Although Fund shares are listed for trading on The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ”), there can be no assurance that an active trading market for such shares will develop or be maintained. Trading in Fund shares may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the NASDAQ, make trading in shares inadvisable. In addition,

 

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trading in shares is subject to trading halts caused by extraordinary market volatility pursuant to the NASDAQ “circuit breaker” rules. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the NASDAQ necessary to maintain the listing of the Fund will continue to be met or will remain unchanged or that the shares will trade with any volume, or at all.

Fluctuation of NAV.  The net asset value (“NAV”) of the Fund shares will generally fluctuate with changes in the market value of the Fund’s securities holdings. The market prices of shares will generally fluctuate in accordance with changes in the Fund’s NAV and supply and demand of shares on the NASDAQ. An absence of trading in shares of the Fund, or a high volume of trading in the Fund, may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. It cannot be predicted whether Fund shares will trade below, at or above the Fund’s NAV. If an investor purchases shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV of the shares or sells at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV of the shares, then the investor may sustain losses.

Securities Lending Risk.  The Fund may seek to earn additional income through lending its securities to certain qualified broker-dealers and institutions. There is the risk that when portfolio securities are lent, the securities may not be returned on a timely basis, and the Fund may experience delays and costs in recovering the security or gaining access to the collateral provided to the Fund to collateralize the loan. If the Fund is unable to recover a security on loan, the Fund may use the collateral to purchase replacement securities in the market. There is a risk that the value of the collateral could decrease below the cost of the replacement security by the time the replacement investment is made, resulting in a loss to the Fund.

An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.

 

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

The Fund does not have a full calendar year of operations. Performance information for certain periods will be included in the Fund’s first annual and/or semiannual report and is available at janus.com/etfs or by calling 1-877-335-2687. When provided, the information will provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Fund by showing how the Fund’s average annual returns compare with a broad measure of market performance. Past performance does not necessarily indicate how the Fund will perform in the future.

 

MANAGEMENT

Investment Adviser:  Janus Capital Management LLC

Portfolio Managers:  Benjamin Wang, CFA, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016. Scott M. Weiner, DPhil, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016.

 

PURCHASE AND SALE OF FUND SHARES

Unlike shares of traditional mutual funds, shares of the Fund are not individually redeemable and may only be purchased or redeemed directly from the Fund at NAV in large increments called “Creation Units” (100,000 or more shares per Creation Unit) through certain participants, known as “Authorized Participants.” The Fund will issue or redeem Creation Units in exchange for portfolio securities included in the Fund’s Underlying Index and/or cash. Except when aggregated in Creation Units, Fund shares are not redeemable securities of the Fund.

Shares of the Fund are listed and trade on the NASDAQ, and individual investors can purchase or sell shares in much smaller increments and for cash in the secondary market through a broker. These transactions, which do not involve the Fund, are made at market prices that may vary throughout the day and differ from the Fund’s net asset value. As a result, you may pay more than net asset value (at a premium) when you purchase shares, and receive less than net asset value (at a discount) when you sell shares, in the secondary market.

 

TAX INFORMATION

The Fund’s distributions are taxable, and will be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains, unless you are investing through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account (in which case you may be taxed upon withdrawal of your investment from such account). A sale of Fund shares may result in a capital gain or loss.

 

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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, Janus Capital and/or its affiliates may pay broker-dealers or intermediaries for the sale and/or maintenance of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUND

 

 

 

FEES AND EXPENSES

Please refer to the following important information when reviewing the “Fees and Expenses of the Fund” table in the Fund Summary of the Prospectus. The fees and expenses shown reflect estimated annualized expenses that the shares expect to incur.

 

  “Annual Fund Operating Expenses” are paid out of the Fund’s assets. You do not pay these fees directly but, as the Example in the Fund Summary shows, these costs are borne indirectly by all shareholders.

 

  The “Management Fee” is the rate paid by the Fund to Janus Capital for providing certain services. Refer to “Management Expenses” in this Prospectus for additional information with further description in the Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”).

 

  “Other Expenses”
  °   include taxes and governmental fees, brokerage fees, commissions and other transaction expenses, costs of borrowing money, including interest expenses, securities lending expenses, and extraordinary expenses (such as litigation and indemnification expenses).
  °   include acquired fund fees and expenses, which are indirect expenses the Fund may incur as a result of investing in shares of an underlying fund. “Acquired Fund” refers to any underlying fund (including, but not limited to, exchange-traded funds) in which a fund invests or has invested during the period. Such amounts are currently estimated to be less than 0.01%.

 

ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES AND GENERAL PORTFOLIO  POLICIES

The Fund’s Board of Trustees (“Trustees”) may change the Fund’s investment objective or non-fundamental principal investment strategies without a shareholder vote. The Fund will notify you in writing at least 60 days or as soon as reasonably practicable before making any such change it considers material. In addition, the Fund will provide shareholders with at least 60 days’ notice prior to changing the 80% investment policy. If there is a material change to the Fund’s objective or principal investment strategies, you should consider whether the Fund remains an appropriate investment for you. There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.

The Fund’s portfolio holdings are disclosed on its website daily after the close of trading on the exchange and prior to the opening of trading on the exchange the following day. A description of the Fund’s policies and procedures with respect to the disclosure of the Fund’s portfolio holdings is available in the Fund’s SAI. Information about the premiums and discounts at which the Fund’s shares have traded will be available at janus.com/etfs.

Unless otherwise stated, the following additional investment strategies and general policies apply to the Fund and provide further information including, but not limited to, the types of securities the Fund may invest in when implementing its investment objective. Some of these strategies and policies may be part of a principal strategy. Other strategies and policies may be utilized to a lesser extent. Except for the Fund’s policies with respect to investments in illiquid securities and borrowing, the percentage limitations included in these policies and elsewhere in this Prospectus and/or the SAI normally apply only at the time of initial purchase of a security. So, for example, if the Fund exceeds a limit as a result of market fluctuations or the sale of other securities, it will not be required to dispose of any securities and may continue to purchase such securities in order to track the Underlying Index.

Securities Lending

Although not considered a principal investment strategy, the Fund may seek to earn additional income through lending its securities to certain qualified broker-dealers and institutions on a short-term or long-term basis. The Fund may lend portfolio securities on a short-term or long-term basis, in an amount equal to up to one-third of its total assets as determined at the time of the loan origination. When the Fund lends its securities, it receives collateral (including cash collateral), at least equal to the value of securities loaned. The Fund may earn income by investing this collateral in one or more affiliated or non-affiliated cash management vehicles. It is also possible that, due to a decline in the value of a cash management vehicle in which collateral is invested, the Fund may lose money. There is also the risk that when portfolio securities are lent, the securities may not be returned on a timely basis, and the Fund may experience delays and costs in recovering the security or gaining access to the collateral provided to the Fund to collateralize the loan. If the Fund is unable to recover a security on loan, the Fund may use the collateral to purchase replacement securities in the market. There is a risk that the value of the collateral could decrease below the cost of the replacement security by the time the replacement investment is made, resulting in a loss to the Fund. To the extent Janus Capital manages the cash collateral in an affiliated cash management vehicle, it will receive an investment advisory fee for managing such assets.

 

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Swaps

Although not considered a principal investment strategy, the Fund may utilize swap agreements including, but not limited to, equity swaps, as a means to gain exposure to certain companies or countries, provided Janus Capital believes such use will assist the Fund in tracking the Underlying Index. Equity swaps involve the exchange by two parties of future cash flow (e.g., one cash flow based on a referenced interest rate and the other based on the performance of stock or a stock index).

Non-Index Investments

Although not considered a principal investment strategy, the Fund may invest in investments that are not included in the Underlying Index, but which Janus Capital believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. Such investments include stocks, shares of other investment companies, cash and cash equivalents, including money market funds. There may be instances where a stock is removed from the Underlying Index but Janus Capital may elect to hold it for tax-related purposes, or where the Fund receives non-Underlying Index stocks in a corporate action and does not sell the stocks until the next rebalance date. Janus Capital may also choose to hold non-Underlying Index stocks due to an optimization methodology to more efficiently track the Underlying Index. Use of an optimization methodology would entail the use of a program or model designed to identify securities that are not included in the Underlying Index, but would be expected to behave similarly to securities that are in the Underlying Index.

 

RISKS OF THE FUND

The value of your investment will vary over time, sometimes significantly, and you may lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund invests substantially all of its assets in small-, mid- and large capitalization stocks. The following information is intended to help you better understand some of the risks of investing in the Fund. The impact of the following risks on the Fund may vary depending on the Fund’s investments. The greater the Fund’s investment in a particular security, the greater the Fund’s exposure to the risks associated with that security. Before investing in the Fund, you should consider carefully the risks that you assume when investing in the Fund.

Index Tracking Risk.  Tracking error refers to the risk that Janus Capital may not be able to cause the Fund’s performance to match or correlate to that of the Underlying Index, either on a daily or aggregate basis. There are a number of factors that may contribute to the Fund’s tracking error, such as Fund expenses, imperfect correlation between the Fund’s investments and those of the Underlying Index, rounding of share prices, the timing or magnitude of changes to the composition of the Underlying Index, regulatory policies, and a high portfolio turnover rate. The Fund incurs operating expenses not applicable to the Underlying Index and incurs costs associated with buying and selling securities, especially when rebalancing the Fund’s securities holdings to reflect changes in the composition of the Underlying Index. In addition, mathematical compounding may prevent the Fund from correlating with the monthly, quarterly, annual, or other period performance of the Underlying Index. Tracking error may cause the Fund’s performance to be less than expected.

Passive Investment Risk.  The Fund is not actively managed. Therefore, unless a specific security is removed from the Underlying Index, or the selling of shares of that security is otherwise required upon a rebalancing of the Underlying Index pursuant to the Underlying Index methodology, the Fund generally would not sell a security because the security’s issuer was in financial trouble. If a specific security is removed from the Underlying Index, the Fund may be forced to sell such security at an inopportune time or for a price other than the security’s current market value. An investment in the Fund involves risks similar to those of investing in equity securities traded on an exchange, such as market fluctuations caused by such factors as economic and political developments, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in security prices. It is anticipated that the value of Fund shares will decline, more or less, in correspondence with any decline in value of the Underlying Index.

The Underlying Index may not contain the appropriate mix of securities for any particular point in the business cycle of the overall economy, particular economic sectors, or narrow industries within which the commercial activities of the companies composing the portfolio securities holdings of the Fund are conducted, and the timing of movements from one type of security to another in seeking to replicate the Underlying Index could have a negative effect on the Fund. Unlike with an actively managed fund, Janus Capital does not use techniques or defensive strategies designed to lessen the effects of market volatility or to reduce the impact of periods of market decline. This means that, based on market and economic conditions, the Fund’s performance could be lower than other types of mutual funds that may actively shift their portfolio assets to take advantage of market opportunities or to lessen the impact of a market decline.

Fluctuation of NAV.  The NAV of the Fund shares will generally fluctuate with changes in the market value of the Fund’s securities holdings. The market prices of shares will generally fluctuate in accordance with changes in the Fund’s NAV and

 

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supply and demand of shares on the NASDAQ. It cannot be predicted whether Fund shares will trade below, at or above their NAV. Price differences may be due, in large part, to the fact that supply and demand forces at work in the secondary trading market for shares will be closely related to, but not identical to, the same forces influencing the prices of the securities of the Underlying Index trading individually or in the aggregate at any point in time. The market prices of Fund shares may deviate significantly from the NAV of the shares during periods of market volatility. While the creation/redemption feature is designed to make it likely that Fund shares normally will trade close to the Fund’s NAV, disruptions to creations and redemptions may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. An absence of trading in shares of the Fund, or a high volume of trading in the Fund, may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. If an investor purchases Fund shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV of the shares or sells at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV of the shares, then the investor may sustain losses.

Costs of Buying or Selling Shares.  Investors buying or selling Fund shares in the secondary market will pay brokerage commissions or other charges imposed by brokers as determined by that broker. Brokerage commissions are often a fixed amount and may be a significant proportional cost for investors seeking to buy or sell relatively small amounts of shares. In addition, secondary market investors will also incur the cost of the difference between the price that an investor is willing to pay for shares (the “bid” price) and the price at which an investor is willing to sell shares (the “ask” price). This difference in bid and ask prices is often referred to as the “spread” or “bid/ask spread.” The bid/ask spread varies over time for shares based on trading volume and market liquidity, and is generally lower if the Fund’s shares have more trading volume and market liquidity and higher if the Fund’s shares have little trading volume and market liquidity. Further, increased market volatility may cause increased bid/ask spreads. Due to the costs of buying or selling shares, including bid/ask spreads, frequent trading of shares may significantly reduce investment results and an investment in shares may not be advisable for investors who anticipate regularly making small investments.

Trading Issues Risk.  Trading in shares on the NASDAQ may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the NASDAQ, make trading in shares inadvisable. In addition, trading in shares on the NASDAQ is subject to trading halts caused by extraordinary market volatility pursuant to the NASDAQ “circuit breaker” rules. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the NASDAQ necessary to maintain the listing of the Fund will continue to be met or will remain unchanged or that the shares will trade with any volume, or at all. While the creation/redemption feature is designed to make it likely that shares will trade close to the Fund’s NAV, disruptions to creations and redemptions may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. If an investor purchases shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV of the shares or sells at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV of the shares, then the investor may sustain losses.

ADR/GDR Risk.  To the extent the Fund seeks exposure to foreign companies, the Fund’s investments may be in the form of depositary receipts or other securities convertible into securities of foreign issuers, including ADRs and GDRs. While the use of ADRs and GDRs, which are traded on exchanges and represent ownership in foreign securities, provide an alternative to directly purchasing the underlying foreign securities in their respective national markets and currencies, investments in ADRs and GDRs continue to be subject to certain of the risks associated with investing directly in foreign securities.

Swap Risk.  Swap agreements entail the risk that a party will default on its payment obligations to the Fund. If the other party to a swap defaults, the Fund would risk the loss of the net amount of the payments that it contractually is entitled to receive. If a Fund utilizes a swap at the wrong time or judges market conditions incorrectly, the swap may result in a loss to the Fund.

Foreign Exposure Risk.  The Fund may invest in foreign equity securities either indirectly (e.g., depositary receipts, depositary shares, and passive foreign investment companies) or directly in foreign markets, including emerging markets. With respect to investments in securities of issuers or companies that are economically tied to different countries throughout the world, securities may be deemed to be economically tied to a particular country based on such factors as the issuer’s country of incorporation, primary listing, and other factors including, but not limited to operations, revenues, headquarters, management, and shareholder base. Investments in foreign securities, may involve greater risks than investing in domestic securities because a Fund’s performance may depend on factors other than the performance of a particular company. These factors include:

 

  Currency Risk.  As long as the Fund holds a foreign security, its value will be affected by the value of the local currency relative to the U.S. dollar. When the Fund sells a foreign currency denominated security, its value may be worth less in U.S. dollars even if the security increases in value in its home country. U.S. dollar-denominated securities of foreign issuers may also be affected by currency risk, as the value of these securities may also be affected by changes in the issuer’s local currency.

 

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  Political and Economic Risk.  Foreign investments may be subject to heightened political and economic risks, particularly in emerging markets which may have relatively unstable governments, immature economic structures, national policies restricting investments by foreigners, social instability, and different and/or developing legal systems. In some countries, there is the risk that the government may take over the assets or operations of a company or that the government may impose withholding and other taxes or limits on the removal of the Fund’s assets from that country. In addition, the economies of emerging markets may be predominantly based on only a few industries, may be highly vulnerable to changes in local or global trade conditions, and may suffer from extreme and volatile debt burdens or inflation rates.

 

  Regulatory Risk.  There may be less government supervision of foreign markets. As a result, foreign issuers may not be subject to the uniform accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards and practices applicable to domestic issuers, and there may be less publicly available information about foreign issuers.

 

  Foreign Market Risk.  Foreign securities markets, particularly those of emerging market countries, may be less liquid and more volatile than domestic markets. These securities markets may trade a small number of securities, may have a limited number of issuers and a high proportion of shares, or may be held by a relatively small number of persons or institutions. Local securities markets may be unable to respond effectively to increases in trading volume, potentially making prompt liquidation of substantial holdings difficult or impossible at times. It is also possible that certain markets may require payment for securities before delivery, and delays may be encountered in settling securities transactions. In some foreign markets, there may not be protection against failure by other parties to complete transactions. It may not be possible for the Fund to repatriate capital, dividends, interest, and other income from a particular country or governmental entity. In addition, securities of issuers located in or economically tied to countries with emerging markets may have limited marketability and may be subject to more abrupt or erratic price movements which could also have a negative effect on the Fund. Such factors may hinder the Fund’s ability to buy and sell emerging market securities in a timely manner, affecting the Fund’s investment strategies and potentially affecting the value of the Fund.

 

  Geographic Investment Risk.  To the extent the Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in a particular country or geographic region, the Fund will generally have more exposure to certain risks due to possible political, economic, social, or regulatory events in that country or region. Adverse developments in certain regions could also adversely affect securities of other countries whose economies appear to be unrelated and could have a negative impact on a Fund’s performance.

 

  Transaction Costs.  Costs of buying, selling, and holding foreign securities, including brokerage, tax, and custody costs, may be higher than those involved in domestic transactions.

These risks are described further in the SAI.

 

INFORMATION REGARDING THE UNDERLYING INDEX

The Underlying Index is composed of stocks of companies selected by the Index Provider that are positioned to profit from servicing those participating in health and fitness activities. A company is deemed to be a health and fitness company by the Index Provider if: (1) its business is focused on fitness technology and/or equipment, sports, apparel, or nutrition; or (2) it owns or operates sports/fitness facilities. For a company to be deemed a fitness and health company, its fitness and health-related business as defined above must be a material driver of its current and future business. 100% of the companies in the Underlying Index will be health and fitness companies. For at least 80% of the Underlying Index, on a capitalization-weighted basis, a majority of a company’s revenues, sales, or assets comes from health and fitness business. The Index Provider may solicit public comment from time to time on companies that it should consider as eligible for inclusion.

For detailed information on how stocks are selected for inclusion in the Underlying Index, see the Solactive Health and Fitness Index Methodology document, available at the Index Provider’s website.

The Underlying Index is compiled and administered by Solactive AG.

 

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MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND

 

 

 

INVESTMENT ADVISER

Janus Capital Management LLC, 151 Detroit Street, Denver, Colorado 80206-4805, is the investment adviser to the Fund. Janus Capital is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s investment portfolio and furnishes continuous advice and recommendations concerning the Fund’s investments. Janus Capital also provides certain administration and other services and is responsible for other business affairs of the Fund.

Janus Capital (together with its predecessors) has served as investment adviser to Janus mutual funds since 1970 and currently serves as investment adviser to all of the Janus funds, acts as subadviser for a number of private-label mutual funds, and provides separate account advisory services for institutional accounts and other unregistered products.

Janus Capital has received an exemptive order from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that permits Janus Capital, subject to the approval of the Trustees, to appoint or replace certain subadvisers to manage all or a portion of the Fund’s assets and enter into, amend, or terminate a subadvisory agreement with certain subadvisers without obtaining shareholder approval (a “manager-of-managers structure”). The manager-of-managers structure applies to subadvisers that are not affiliated with the Trust or Janus Capital (“non-affiliated subadvisers”), as well as any subadviser that is an indirect or direct “wholly-owned subsidiary” (as such term is defined by the 1940 Act) of Janus Capital or of another company that, indirectly or directly, wholly owns Janus Capital (collectively, “wholly-owned subadvisers”).

Pursuant to the order, Janus Capital, with the approval of the Trustees, has the discretion to terminate any subadviser and allocate and reallocate the Fund’s assets among Janus Capital and any other non-affiliated subadvisers or wholly-owned subadvisers (including terminating a non-affiliated subadviser and replacing it with a wholly-owned subadviser). Janus Capital, subject to oversight and supervision by the Trustees, has responsibility to oversee any subadviser to the Fund and to recommend for approval by the Trustees, the hiring, termination, and replacement of subadvisers for the Fund. The order also permits the Fund to disclose subadvisers’ fees only in the aggregate in the SAI. In the event that Janus Capital hires a new subadviser pursuant to the manager-of-managers structure, the Fund would provide shareholders with information about the new subadviser and subadvisory agreement within 90 days.

The Trustees and the initial shareholder of the Fund have approved the use of a manager-of-managers structure for the Fund.

 

MANAGEMENT EXPENSES

Under its unitary fee structure, the Fund pays Janus Capital a “Management Fee” in return for providing certain investment advisory, supervisory, and administrative services to the Fund, including the costs of transfer agency, custody, fund administration, legal, audit, and other services. Janus Capital’s fee structure is designed to pay substantially all of the Fund’s expenses. However, the Fund bears other expenses which are not covered under the Management Fee which may vary and affect the total level of expenses paid by shareholders, such as distribution fees (if any), brokerage expenses or commissions, interest, dividends, taxes, litigation expenses, acquired fund fees and expenses (if any), and extraordinary expenses.

The Fund’s Management Fee is calculated daily and paid monthly. The Fund’s advisory agreement details the Management Fee and other expenses that the Fund must pay.

The following table reflects the Fund’s contractual Management Fee rate (expressed as an annual rate). The rate shown is a fixed rate based on the Fund’s average daily net assets.

 

Fund Name     

Average Daily

Net Assets

of the Fund

    

Contractual

Management Fee (%)

(annual rate)

 

The Health and Fitness ETF

    

All Asset Levels

       0.50   

A discussion regarding the basis for the Trustees’ approval of the Fund’s investment advisory agreement will be included in the Fund’s annual report (for the period ending October 31) or semiannual report (for the period ending April 30) to shareholders, following such approval. You can request the Fund’s annual or semiannual reports (as they become available), free of charge, by contacting your broker-dealer, plan sponsor, or financial intermediary, or by contacting a Janus representative at 1-877-335-2687. The reports are also available, free of charge, at janus.com/etfs.

 

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INVESTMENT PERSONNEL

The Health and Fitness ETF

 

Co-Portfolio Managers Benjamin Wang and Scott M. Weiner jointly share responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Fund, with no limitation on the authority of one co-portfolio manager in relation to the other.

Benjamin Wang, CFA, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016. He is also Portfolio Manager of other Janus accounts. Mr. Wang joined Janus Capital in November 2014 following Janus Capital’s acquisition of VelocityShares, LLC. Prior to joining Janus Capital, Mr. Wang was Vice President at VelocityShares, LLC from 2012 to 2014, and an execution trader at Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 2007 to 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Engineering in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science degree in Financial Engineering from Columbia University. Mr. Wang holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Scott M. Weiner, DPhil, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016. He is also Portfolio Manager of other Janus accounts. Mr. Weiner joined Janus Capital in November 2014 following Janus Capital’s acquisition of VelocityShares, LLC. Prior to joining Janus Capital, Mr. Weiner was Managing Director at VelocityShares, LLC from 2011 to 2014, and Managing Director and U.S. Head of Equity Derivatives and Quantitative Strategy at Deutsche Bank from 2005 to 2010. He holds a Finance degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Oxford, and also received his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Information about the portfolio managers’ compensation structure and other accounts managed is included in the SAI.

Conflicts of Interest

Janus Capital manages many funds and numerous other accounts, which may include separate accounts and other pooled investment vehicles, such as hedge funds. Side-by-side management of multiple accounts, including the management of a cash collateral pool for securities lending and investing the Janus funds’ cash, may give rise to conflicts of interest among those accounts, and may create potential risks, such as the risk that investment activity in one account may adversely affect another account. For example, short sale activity in an account could adversely affect the market value of long positions in one or more other accounts (and vice versa). Side-by-side management may raise additional potential conflicts of interest relating to the allocation of investment opportunities and the aggregation and allocation of trades. A further discussion of potential conflicts of interest and a discussion of certain procedures intended to mitigate such potential conflicts are contained in the Fund’s SAI.

 

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OTHER INFORMATION

 

 

 

DISTRIBUTION OF THE FUND

Creation Units for the Fund are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. (the “Distributor”), which is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”). To obtain information about FINRA member firms and their associated persons, you may contact FINRA at www.finra.org, or 1-800-289-9999.

 

INDEX PROVIDER

Solactive AG (“Solactive” or the “Index Provider”) is the Index Provider for the Underlying Index. Janus Capital has entered into a license agreement with Solactive to use the Underlying Index.

Disclaimers

Neither Solactive nor any of its affiliates make any representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of a Fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in a Fund particularly or the ability of the Underlying Index to track general market performance. The Underlying Index is determined, composed, and calculated by Solactive without regard to Janus Capital or the Fund. Solactive has no obligation to take the needs of Janus Capital or the owners of the Fund into consideration in determining, composing, or calculating the Underlying Index. Solactive is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the timing of, prices at, or quantities of the Fund to be issued or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the Fund is to be converted into cash.

ALTHOUGH SOLACTIVE SHALL OBTAIN INFORMATION FOR INCLUSION IN OR FOR USE IN THE CALCULATION OF THE UNDERLYING INDEX FROM SOURCES WHICH IT CONSIDERS RELIABLE, IT DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE QUALITY, ACCURACY AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN AND SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS OF ANY KIND RELATED TO THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR DATA. SOLACTIVE MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY JANUS CAPITAL, OWNERS OF THE FUND, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN IN CONNECTION WITH THE RIGHTS LICENSED TO JANUS CAPITAL FOR ANY OTHER USE. SOLACTIVE MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE WITH RESPECT TO THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL IT HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Janus Capital does not guarantee the accuracy and/or the completeness of the Underlying Index or any data included therein, and Janus Capital shall have no liability for any errors, omissions or interruptions therein. Janus Capital makes no warranty, express or implied, as to results to be obtained by the Fund, owners of the shares of the Fund or any other person or entity from the use of the Underlying Index or any data included therein. Janus Capital makes no express or implied warranties, and expressly disclaims all warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use with respect to the Underlying Index or any data included therein. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall Janus Capital 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 Index even if notified of the possibility of such damages.

 

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DIVIDENDS, DISTRIBUTIONS AND TAXES

 

 

 

DISTRIBUTIONS

To avoid taxation of the Fund, the Internal Revenue Code requires the Fund to distribute all or substantially all of its net investment income and any net capital gains realized on its investments at least annually.

Distribution Schedule

Income dividends, if any, are distributed to shareholders quarterly. Net capital gains are distributed at least annually. Dividends may be declared and paid more frequently to improve Underlying Index tracking or to comply with the distribution requirements of the Internal Revenue Code. The date you receive your distribution may vary depending on how your intermediary processes trades. Dividend payments are made through Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) participants and indirect participants to beneficial owners then of record with proceeds received from the Fund. Please consult your intermediary for details.

How Distributions Affect the Fund’s NAV

Distributions, other than daily income dividends, are paid to shareholders as of the record date of a distribution of the Fund, regardless of how long the shares have been held. Undistributed income and net capital gains are included in the Fund’s daily NAV. The Fund’s NAV drops by the amount of the distribution, net of any subsequent market fluctuations. For example, assume that on December 31, the Fund declared a dividend in the amount of $0.25 per share. If the Fund’s NAV was $10.00 on December 30, the Fund’s NAV on December 31 would be $9.75, barring market fluctuations. You should be aware that distributions from a taxable fund do not increase the value of your investment and may create income tax obligations.

No dividend reinvestment service is provided by the Trust. Financial intermediaries may make available the DTC book-entry Dividend Reinvestment Service for use by beneficial owners of Fund shares for reinvestment of their dividend distributions. Beneficial owners should contact their financial intermediary to determine the availability and costs of the service and the details of participation therein. Financial intermediaries may require beneficial owners to adhere to specific procedures and timetables. If this service is available and used, dividend distributions of both income and net capital gains will be automatically reinvested in additional whole shares of the Fund purchased in the secondary market.

 

TAXES

As with any investment, you should consider the tax consequences of investing in the Fund. The following is a general discussion of certain federal income tax consequences of investing in the Fund. The discussion does not apply to qualified tax-deferred accounts or other non-taxable entities, nor is it a complete analysis of the federal income tax implications of investing in the Fund. You should consult your tax adviser regarding the effect that an investment in the Fund may have on your particular tax situation, including the federal, state, local, and foreign tax consequences of your investment.

Taxes on Distributions

Distributions by the Fund are subject to federal income tax, regardless of whether the distribution is made in cash or reinvested in additional shares of the Fund. Distributions from net investment income (which includes dividends, interest, and realized net short-term capital gains), other than qualified dividend income, are taxable to shareholders as ordinary income. Distributions of qualified dividend income are taxed to individuals and other noncorporate shareholders at long-term capital gain rates, provided certain holding period and other requirements are satisfied. Distributions of net capital gain (i.e., the excess of net long-term capital gain over net short-term capital loss) are taxable as long-term capital gain, regardless of how long a shareholder has held Fund shares. Individuals, trusts, and estates whose income exceeds certain threshold amounts are subject to an additional 3.8% Medicare contribution tax on net investment income. Net investment income includes dividends paid by the Fund and capital gains from any sale or exchange of Fund shares. The Fund’s net investment income and capital gains are distributed to (and may be taxable to) those persons who are shareholders of the Fund at the record date of such payments. Although the Fund’s total net income and net realized gain are the results of its operations, the per share amount distributed or taxable to shareholders is affected by the number of Fund shares outstanding at the record date. Distributions declared to shareholders of record in October, November, or December and paid on or before January 31 of the succeeding year will be treated for federal income tax purposes as if received by shareholders on December 31 of the year in which the distribution was declared. Generally, account tax information will be made available to shareholders on or before February 15 of each year. Information regarding distributions may also be reported to the Internal Revenue Service.

 

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Taxes on Sales

Any time you sell the shares of the Fund in a taxable account, it is considered a taxable event. Depending on the purchase price and the sale price, you may have a gain or loss on the transaction. The gain or loss will generally be treated as a long-term capital gain or loss if you held your shares for more than one year and if not held for such period, as a short-term capital gain or loss. Any tax liabilities generated by your transactions are your responsibility.

The Fund may be required to withhold U.S. federal income tax on all distributions payable to shareholders who fail to provide their correct taxpayer identification number, fail to make certain required certifications, or who have been notified by the Internal Revenue Service that they are subject to backup withholding. The current backup withholding rate is applied.

For shares purchased and sold from a taxable account, your intermediary will report cost basis information to you and to the IRS. Your intermediary will permit shareholders to elect their preferred cost basis method. In the absence of an election, your cost basis method will be your intermediary’s default method, which is often the average cost method. Please consult your tax adviser to determine the appropriate cost basis method for your particular tax situation and to learn more about how the cost basis reporting laws apply to you and your investments.

Taxation of the Fund

Dividends, interest, and some capital gains received by the Fund on foreign securities may be subject to foreign tax withholding or other foreign taxes.

Certain fund transactions may involve short sales, futures, options, swap agreements, hedged investments, and other similar transactions, and may be subject to special provisions of the Internal Revenue Code that, among other things, can potentially affect the character, amount, and timing of distributions to shareholders, and utilization of capital loss carryforwards. The Fund will monitor its transactions and may make certain tax elections and use certain investment strategies where applicable in order to mitigate the effect of these tax provisions, if possible.

The Fund does not expect to pay any federal income or excise taxes because it intends to meet certain requirements of the Internal Revenue Code, including the distribution each year of substantially all its net investment income and net capital gains. It is important for the Fund to meet these requirements so that any earnings on your investment will not be subject to federal income taxes twice. If the Fund invests in a partnership, however, it may be subject to state tax liabilities.

 

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SHAREHOLDERS GUIDE

 

 

 

The Fund issues or redeems its shares at NAV per share only in Creation Units. Shares of the Fund are listed for trading on a national securities exchange and trade on the secondary market during the trading day. Shares can be bought and sold throughout the trading day like shares of other publicly traded companies. There is no minimum investment. When buying or selling Fund shares through a broker, you will incur customary brokerage commissions and charges, and you may pay some or all of the spread between the bid and offered price in the secondary market on each purchase and sale transaction. Fund shares are traded on the NASDAQ under the trading symbol FITS. Share prices are reported in dollars and cents per share.

Authorized Participants may acquire Fund shares directly from the Fund, and Authorized Purchasers may tender their Fund shares for redemption directly to the Fund, at NAV per share, only in Creation Units and in accordance with the procedures described in the SAI.

 

PRICING OF FUND SHARES

The per share NAV of the Fund is computed by dividing the total value of the Fund’s portfolio, less any liabilities, by the total number of outstanding shares of the Fund. The Fund’s NAV is calculated as of the close of the regular trading session of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) (normally 4:00 p.m. New York time) each day that the NYSE is open (“Business Day”). However, the NAV may still be calculated if trading on the NYSE is restricted, provided there is sufficient pricing information available for the Fund to value its securities, or as permitted by the SEC. Foreign securities held by the Fund may be traded on days and at times when the NYSE is closed and the NAV is therefore not calculated. Accordingly, the value of the Fund’s holdings may change on days that are not Business Days in the United States and on which you will not be able to purchase or sell the Fund’s shares.

Securities held by the Fund are valued in accordance with policies and procedures established by and under the supervision of the Trustees. To the extent available, equity securities are generally valued on the basis of market quotations. Most fixed-income securities are typically valued using an evaluated bid price supplied by an approved pricing service that is intended to reflect market value. The evaluated bid price is an evaluation that may consider factors such as security prices, yields, maturities, and ratings. Certain short-term instruments maturing within 60 days or less may be valued at amortized cost, which approximates market value. If a market quotation or evaluated price for a security is not readily available or is deemed unreliable, or if an event that is expected to affect the value of the security occurs after the close of the principal exchange or market on which the security is traded, and before the close of the NYSE, a fair value of the security will be determined in good faith under the policies and procedures. Such events include, but are not limited to: (i) a significant event that may affect the securities of a single issuer, such as a merger, bankruptcy, or significant issuer-specific development; (ii) an event that may affect an entire market, such as a natural disaster or significant governmental action; (iii) a non-significant event such as a market closing early or not opening, or a security trading halt; and (iv) pricing of a non-valued security and a restricted or non-public security. This type of fair value pricing may be more commonly used with foreign equity securities, but it may also be used with, among other things, thinly-traded domestic securities or fixed-income securities. Special valuation considerations may apply with respect to “odd-lot” fixed-income transactions which, due to their small size, may receive evaluated prices by pricing services which reflect a large block trade and not what actually could be obtained for the odd-lot position. For valuation purposes, quotations of foreign portfolio securities, other assets and liabilities, and forward contracts stated in foreign currency are generally translated into U.S. dollar equivalents at the prevailing market rates.

The value of the securities of mutual funds held by the Fund, if any, will be calculated using the NAV of such mutual funds, and the prospectuses for such mutual funds explain the circumstances under which they use fair value pricing and the effects of using fair value pricing.

All purchases, sales, or other account activity must be processed through your financial intermediary or plan sponsor.

 

DISTRIBUTION AND SERVICING FEES

Distribution and Shareholder Servicing Plan

The Trust has adopted a Distribution and Servicing Plan for shares of the Fund pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the 1940 Act (the “Plan”). The Plan permits compensation in connection with the distribution and marketing of Fund shares and/or the provision of certain shareholder services. The Plan permits the Fund to pay the Distributor or its designee, a fee for the sale and distribution and/or shareholder servicing of the shares at an annual rate of up to 0.25% of average daily net assets of the shares of the Fund. However, the Trustees have determined not to authorize payment of a 12b-1 Plan fee at this time.

 

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Under the terms of the Plan, the Trust is authorized to make payments to the Distributor or its designee for remittance to retirement plan service providers, broker-dealers, bank trust departments, financial advisors, and other financial intermediaries, as compensation for distribution and/or shareholder services performed by such entities for their customers who are investors in the Fund.

The 12b-1 fee may only be imposed or increased when the Trustees determine that it is in the best interests of shareholders to do so. Because these fees are paid out of the Fund’s assets on an ongoing basis, to the extent that a fee is authorized, over time they will increase the cost of an investment in the Fund. The Plan fee may cost an investor more than other types of sales charges.

 

PAYMENTS TO FINANCIAL INTERMEDIARIES BY JANUS CAPITAL OR ITS  AFFILIATES

From their own assets, Janus Capital or its affiliates may pay selected brokerage firms or other financial intermediaries for making the Funds available to their clients or otherwise distributing, promoting or marketing the Funds. Janus Capital or its affiliates may also make payments to intermediaries for information about transactions and holdings in the Funds, such as the amount of Fund shares purchased, sold or held through the intermediary and or its salespersons, the intermediary platform(s) on which shares are transacted and other information related to the Funds. Janus Capital or its affiliates may also make payments to intermediaries to eliminate or reduce trading commissions that the intermediary would otherwise charge its customers or its salespersons in connection with the purchase or sale of certain Funds. Payment by Janus Capital or its affiliates to eliminate or reduce a trading commission creates an incentive for salespersons of the intermediary to sell the Janus funds over other funds for which a commission would be charged. The amount of these payments is determined from time to time by Janus Capital, may be substantial, and may differ for different intermediaries. More information regarding these payments is contained in the SAI.

With respect to non-exchange-traded Janus funds not offered in this Prospectus, Janus Capital or its affiliates may pay fees, from their own assets, to selected brokerage firms, banks, financial advisors, retirement plan service providers, and other financial intermediaries that sell the Janus funds for distribution, marketing, promotional, or related services, and/or for providing recordkeeping, subaccounting, transaction processing, and other shareholder or administrative services (including payments for processing transactions via National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) or other means) in connection with investments in the Janus funds. These fees are in addition to any fees that may be paid by the Janus funds for these types of services or other services. Shareholders investing through an intermediary should consider whether such arrangements exist when evaluating any recommendations from an intermediary.

In addition, Janus Capital or its affiliates may also share certain marketing expenses with intermediaries, or pay for or sponsor informational meetings, seminars, client awareness events, support for marketing materials, sales reporting, or business building programs for such intermediaries to raise awareness of the Janus funds. Janus Capital or its affiliates may make payments to participate in intermediary marketing support programs which may provide Janus Capital or its affiliates with one or more of the following benefits: attendance at sales conferences, participation in meetings or training sessions, access to or information about intermediary personnel, use of an intermediary’s marketing and communication infrastructure, fund analysis tools, business planning and strategy sessions with intermediary personnel, information on industry- or platform-specific developments, trends and service providers, and other marketing-related services. Such payments may be in addition to, or in lieu of, the payments described above. These payments are intended to promote the sales of Janus funds and to reimburse financial intermediaries, directly or indirectly, for the costs that they or their salespersons incur in connection with educational seminars, meetings, and training efforts about the Janus funds to enable the intermediaries and their salespersons to make suitable recommendations, provide useful services, and maintain the necessary infrastructure to make the Janus funds available to their customers.

The receipt of (or prospect of receiving) payments, reimbursements and other forms of compensation described above may provide a financial intermediary and its salespersons with an incentive to favor sales of Janus funds’ shares over sales of other funds (or non-mutual fund investments), with respect to which the financial intermediary does not receive such payments or receives them in a lower amount. The receipt of these payments may cause certain financial intermediaries to elevate the prominence of the Janus funds within such financial intermediary’s organization by, for example, placement on a list of preferred or recommended funds and/or the provision of preferential or enhanced opportunities to promote the Janus funds in various ways within such financial intermediary’s organization.

 

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From time to time, certain financial intermediaries approach Janus Capital to request that Janus Capital make contributions to certain charitable organizations. In these cases, Janus Capital’s contribution may result in the financial intermediary, or its salespersons, recommending Janus funds over other funds (or non-mutual fund investments).

The payment arrangements described above will not change the price an investor pays for shares nor the amount that a Janus fund receives to invest on behalf of the investor. You should consider whether such arrangements exist when evaluating any recommendations from an intermediary to purchase or sell shares of the Funds. Please contact your financial intermediary or plan sponsor for details on such arrangements.

 

PURCHASING AND SELLING SHARES

Shares of the Fund are listed for trading on a national securities exchange during the trading day. Shares can be bought and sold throughout the trading day like shares of other publicly traded companies. However, there can be no guarantee that an active trading market will develop or be maintained, or that the Fund shares listing will continue or remain unchanged. The Fund does not impose any minimum investment for shares of the Fund purchased on an exchange. Buying or selling the Fund’s shares involves certain costs that apply to all securities transactions. When buying or selling shares of the Fund through a financial intermediary, you may incur a brokerage commission or other charges determined by your financial intermediary. Due to these brokerage costs, if any, frequent trading may detract significantly from investment returns. In addition, you may also incur the cost of the spread (the difference between the bid price and the ask price). The commission is frequently a fixed amount and may be a significant cost for investors seeking to buy or sell small amounts of shares.

The spread varies over time for shares of the Fund based on its trading volume and market liquidity, and is generally less if the Fund has more trading volume and market liquidity and more if the Fund has less trading volume and market liquidity. Shares of the Fund may be acquired through the Distributor or redeemed directly with the Fund only in Creation Units or multiples thereof, as discussed in the “Creation and Redemption of Creation Units” section of the SAI. Once created, shares of the Fund generally trade in the secondary market in amounts less than a Creation Unit.

The Fund’s primary listing exchange is the NASDAQ. The NASDAQ is open for trading Monday through Friday and is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

A Business Day with respect to the Fund is each day the NASDAQ is open. Orders from Authorized Participants to create or redeem Creation Units will only be accepted on a Business Day. On days when the NASDAQ closes earlier than normal, the Fund may require orders to create or redeem Creation Units to be placed earlier in the day. In addition, to minimize brokerage and other related trading costs associated with securities that cannot be readily transferred in-kind, the Fund may establish early trade cut-off times for Authorized Participants to submit orders for Creation Units, in accordance with the 1940 Act. See the SAI for more information.

In compliance with the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (“USA PATRIOT Act”), your financial intermediary is required to verify certain information on your account application as part of its Anti-Money Laundering Program. You will be required to provide your full name, date of birth, social security number, and permanent street address to assist in verifying your identity. You may also be asked to provide documents that may help to establish your identity. Until verification of your identity is made, your financial intermediary may temporarily limit additional share purchases. In addition, your financial intermediary may close an account if it is unable to verify a shareholder’s identity. Please contact your financial intermediary if you need additional assistance when completing your application or additional information about the intermediary’s Anti-Money Laundering Program.

In an effort to ensure compliance with this law, Janus’ Anti-Money Laundering Program (the “Program”) provides for the development of internal practices, procedures and controls, designation of anti-money laundering compliance officers, an ongoing training program, and an independent audit function to determine the effectiveness of the Program.

Continuous Offering

The method by which Creation Units of shares are created and traded may raise certain issues under applicable securities laws. Because new Creation Units of shares are issued and sold by the Fund on an ongoing basis, a “distribution,” as such term is used in the Securities Act of 1933, 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

 

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requirements 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 Units after placing an order with the Distributor, breaks them down into constituent shares and sells the 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 should also note that dealers who are not “underwriters” but are effecting transactions in shares, whether or not participating in the distribution of shares, are generally 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 is only available with respect to transactions on a national exchange.

Book Entry

Shares of the Fund are held in book-entry form, which means that no stock certificates are issued. The DTC or its nominee is the record owner of all outstanding shares of the Fund and is recognized as the owner of all shares for all purposes.

Investors owning shares of the Fund are beneficial owners as shown on the records of DTC or its participants. DTC serves as the securities depository for shares of the Fund. DTC participants 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 exchange-traded securities that you hold in book-entry or “street name” form.

Share Prices

The trading prices of the Fund’s shares in the secondary market generally differ from the Fund’s daily NAV per share and are affected by market forces such as supply and demand, economic conditions, and other factors. Information regarding the intra-day net asset value of the Fund is disseminated every 15 seconds throughout the trading day by the national securities exchange on which the Fund’s shares are primarily listed or by market data vendors or other information providers. The intra-day net asset value is based on the current market value of the securities and/or cash included in the Fund’s intra-day net asset value basket. The intra-day net asset value does not necessarily reflect the precise composition of the current portfolio of securities and instruments held by the Fund at a particular point in time or the best possible valuation of the current portfolio. Therefore, the intra-day net asset value should not be viewed as a “real-time” update of the NAV, which is computed only once a day. The intra-day net asset value is generally determined by using both current market quotations and/or price quotations obtained from broker-dealers that may trade in the portfolio securities and instruments included in the Fund’s intra-day net asset value basket. The Fund is not involved in, or responsible for, the calculation or dissemination of the intra-day net asset value and makes no representation or warranty as to its accuracy. An inaccuracy in the intra-day net asset value could result from various factors, including the difficulty of pricing portfolio instruments on an intra-day basis.

Premiums and Discounts

There may be differences between the daily market prices on secondary markets for shares of the Fund and the Fund’s NAV. NAV is the price per share at which the Fund issues and redeems shares. See “Pricing of Fund Shares” above. The price used to calculate market returns (“Market Price”) of the Fund generally is determined using the midpoint between the highest bid and the lowest offer on the national securities exchange on which shares of the Fund are primarily listed for trading, as of the time that the Fund’s NAV is calculated. The Fund’s Market Price may be at, above, or below its NAV. The NAV of the Fund will fluctuate with changes in the market value of its portfolio holdings. The Market Price of the Fund will fluctuate in accordance with changes in its NAV, as well as market supply and demand.

Premiums or discounts are the differences (expressed as a percentage) between the NAV and the Market Price of the Fund on a given day, generally at the time the NAV is calculated. A premium is the amount that the Fund is trading above the reported

 

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NAV, expressed as a percentage of the NAV. A discount is the amount that the Fund is trading below the reported NAV, expressed as a percentage of the NAV. A discount or premium could be significant. Information regarding the frequency of daily premiums or discounts, generally at the time the NAV is calculated, during the Fund’s four previous calendar quarters (or for the life of the Fund, if shorter) will be available at janus.com/etfs.

Investments by Other Investment Companies

The Trust and the Fund are part of the Janus family of funds and are related for purposes of investor and investment services, as defined in Section 12(d)(1)(G) of the 1940 Act.

For purposes of the 1940 Act, Fund shares are issued by a registered investment company and purchases of Fund shares by registered investment companies and companies relying on Section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act are subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 12(d)(1) of the Act, except as permitted by an exemptive order of the SEC. The SEC has granted the Trust such an order to permit registered investment companies to invest in Fund shares beyond the limits in Section 12(d)(1)(A), subject to certain terms and conditions, including that the registered investment company first enter into a written agreement with the Trust regarding the terms of the investment.

 

EXCESSIVE TRADING

Frequent trading of Fund shares does not disrupt portfolio management, increase the Fund’s trading costs, lead to realization of capital gains by the Fund, or otherwise harm Fund shareholders. The vast majority of trading in Fund shares occurs on the secondary market. Because these trades do not involve the Fund, they do not harm the Fund or its shareholders. A few institutional investors are authorized to purchase and redeem Fund shares directly with the Fund. Because these trades typically are effected in kind (i.e., for securities and not for cash), they do not cause any of the harmful effects to the issuing fund (as previously noted) that may result from frequent cash trades. For these reasons, the Trustees of the Fund have determined that it is not necessary to adopt policies and procedures to detect and deter frequent trading and market timing of Fund shares. However, the Fund’s policies and procedures regarding frequent purchases and redemptions may be modified by the Trustees at any time.

 

AVAILABILITY OF PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS INFORMATION

Each business day, the Fund’s portfolio holdings information is provided to the Distributor or other agent for dissemination through the facilities of the NSCC and/or other fee-based subscription services to NSCC members and/or subscribers to entities that publish and/or analyze such information in connection with the process of purchasing or redeeming Creation Units or trading shares of the Fund in the secondary market. In addition, on each business day before commencement of trading in shares on the NASDAQ, the Fund will disclose on janus.com/etfs the identities and quantities of each portfolio position held by the Fund that will form the basis for the Fund’s calculation of the NAV per share at the end of the business day. The Fund is also required to disclose its complete holdings in the quarterly holdings report on Form N-Q within 60 days of the end of the first and third fiscal quarters, and in the annual report and semiannual report to Fund shareholders.

For additional information on these disclosures and the availability of portfolio holdings information, please refer to the Fund’s SAI.

 

SHAREHOLDER COMMUNICATIONS

Statements and Reports

Your financial intermediary or plan sponsor is responsible for sending you periodic statements of all transactions, along with trade confirmations and tax reporting, as required by applicable law.

Your financial intermediary or plan sponsor is responsible for providing annual and semiannual reports, including the financial statements of the Fund. These reports show the Fund’s investments and the market value of such investments, as well as other information about the Fund and its operations. Please contact your financial intermediary or plan sponsor to obtain these reports. The Fund’s fiscal year ends October 31.

Lost (Unclaimed/Abandoned) Accounts

It is important to maintain a correct address for each shareholder. An incorrect address may cause a shareholder’s account statements and other mailings to be returned as undeliverable. Based upon statutory requirements for returned mail, your financial intermediary or plan sponsor is required to attempt to locate the shareholder or rightful owner of the account. If the

 

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financial intermediary or plan sponsor is unable to locate the shareholder, then the financial intermediary or plan sponsor is legally obligated to deem the property “unclaimed” or “abandoned,” and subsequently escheat (or transfer) unclaimed property (including shares of a fund) to the appropriate state’s unclaimed property administrator in accordance with statutory requirements. Further, your account may be deemed “unclaimed” or “abandoned,” and subsequently transferred to your state of residence if no activity (as defined by that state) occurs within your account during the time frame specified in your state’s unclaimed property laws. The shareholder’s last known address of record determines which state has jurisdiction. Interest or income is not earned on redemption or distribution check(s) sent to you during the time the check(s) remained uncashed.

 

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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

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You can make inquiries and request other information, including a Statement of Additional Information, annual report, or semiannual report (as they become available), free of charge, by contacting your broker-dealer, plan sponsor, or financial intermediary, or by contacting a Janus representative at 1-877-335-2687. The Fund’s Statement of Additional Information and most recent annual and semiannual reports are also available, free of charge, at janus.com/etfs. Additional information about the Fund’s investments is available in the Fund’s annual and semiannual reports. In the Fund’s annual and semiannual reports, you will find a discussion of the market conditions and investment strategies that significantly affected the Fund’s performance during its last fiscal period. Other information is also available from financial intermediaries that sell shares of the Fund.

The Statement of Additional Information provides detailed information about the Fund and is incorporated into this Prospectus by reference. You may review and copy information about the Fund (including the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information) at the Public Reference Room of the SEC or get text only copies, after paying a duplicating fee, by sending an electronic request by e-mail to publicinfo@sec.gov or by writing to or calling the Commission’s Public Reference Section, Washington, D.C. 20549-1520 (1-202-551-8090). Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may also be obtained by calling this number. You may also obtain reports and other information about the Fund from the Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) Database on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

 

LOGO

janus.com/etfs

151 Detroit Street

Denver, CO 80206-4805

1-877-335-2687

The Trust’s Investment Company Act File No. is 811-23112.

 


June 7, 2016

 

     Ticker

The Long-Term Care ETF

   OLD

Principal U.S. Listing Exchange: The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

  

Janus Detroit Street Trust

Prospectus

 

 

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


LOGO

 

This Prospectus describes The Long-Term Care ETF (the “Fund”), a portfolio of Janus Detroit Street Trust (the “Trust”). Janus Capital Management LLC (“Janus Capital” or “Janus”) serves as investment adviser to the Fund.

Shares of the Fund are not individually redeemable and the owners of Fund shares may purchase or redeem shares from the Fund in Creation Units only, in accordance with the terms set forth in this Prospectus. The purchase and sale price of individual Fund shares trading on an exchange may be below, at or above the most recently calculated net asset value for Fund shares.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

FUND SUMMARY

 

The Long-Term Care ETF

    2   

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUND

 

Fees and expenses

    7   

Additional investment strategies and general portfolio policies

    7   

Risks of the Fund

    8   

MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND

 

Investment adviser

    12   

Management expenses

    12   

Investment personnel

    13   

OTHER INFORMATION

    14   

DIVIDENDS, DISTRIBUTIONS, AND TAXES

    15   

SHAREHOLDERS GUIDE

 

Pricing of fund shares

    17   

Distribution and servicing fees

    17   

Payments to financial intermediaries by Janus Capital or its affiliates

    18   

Purchasing and selling shares

    19   

Excessive trading

    21   

Shareholder communications

    21   

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

    23   

 

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FUND SUMMARY

 

 

The Long-Term Care ETF

Ticker:    OLD

 

INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE

The Long-Term Care ETF seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before fees and expenses, of an index which is designed to track the performance of companies globally that are positioned to profit from providing long-term care to the aging population, including companies owning or operating senior living facilities, nursing services, specialty hospitals, and senior housing, biotech companies for age-related illnesses, and companies that sell products and services to such facilities.

 

FEES AND EXPENSES OF THE FUND

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

 

ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES

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

       

Management Fees

     0.50%   

Other Expenses(1)

     0.00%   

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

     0.50%   

 

(1) Other Expenses are based on the estimated expenses that the Fund expects to incur.

EXAMPLE:

The Example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other funds. The 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. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

      1 Year    3 Years  
   $  51    $   160   

Portfolio Turnover:  The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the Example, affect the Fund’s performance. Because the Fund was not in operation during the most recent fiscal year, no portfolio turnover information is available.

 

PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES

The Fund pursues its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its net assets (plus any borrowings for investment purposes) in the stocks that comprise the Solactive Long-Term Care Index (“Underlying Index”). The Underlying Index is designed to track the performance of companies globally that are positioned to profit from providing long-term care to the aging population, including companies owning or operating senior living facilities, nursing services, specialty hospitals, and senior housing, biotech companies for age-related illnesses, and companies that sell products and services to such facilities. Under normal circumstances, the Fund expects to invest substantially all of its assets in securities included in the Underlying Index, using a replication strategy as discussed below. The Fund may invest in companies of any capitalization, although at least 90% of the companies will have a capitalization of at least $100 million. The Fund may invest in real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) or similar vehicles or related securities that provide exposure to real estate. The Fund may invest in foreign issuers, including emerging markets. Stocks included in the Underlying Index may include common shares traded on local exchanges, American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) and Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”). ADRs and GDRs represent ownership

 

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interests in shares of foreign companies that are held in financial institution custodial accounts, and are traded on exchanges in the United States and around the world.

The Fund is classified as nondiversified, which allows it to hold larger positions in a smaller number of companies, compared to a fund that is classified as diversified.

The Underlying Index, the Solactive Long-Term Care Index, was created by and is maintained by, Solactive AG (“Solactive” or the “Index Provider”). The Underlying Index is reconstituted on a semi-annual basis, rebalanced on a quarterly basis, and the Fund is rebalanced quarterly based on changes to the Underlying Index. The Fund uses a “passive,” index-based approach in seeking performance that corresponds to the performance of the Underlying Index. The underlying securities are weighted according to their market capitalization relative to other securities in the Underlying Index, and capped so that no security will represent more than 20% of the Underlying Index at the time of an index reconstitution or rebalance. Due to market movement between rebalancing and reconstitution of the Underlying Index, an underlying security may represent more than 20% of the Underlying Index at any given time, and thus may represent more than 20% of the Fund’s assets at any given time.

The Fund will generally use a replication methodology, meaning it will invest in the securities composing the Underlying Index in proportion to the weightings in the Underlying Index. However, the Fund may utilize a sampling methodology under various circumstances in which it may not be possible or practicable to purchase all of the securities in the Underlying Index. Janus Capital expects that over time, if the Fund has sufficient assets, the correlation between the Fund’s performance, before fees and expenses, and that of the Underlying Index will be 95% or better. A figure of 100% would indicate perfect correlation.

Under normal circumstances, the Fund expects to invest substantially all of its assets in securities included in the Underlying Index, although it may invest up to 20% its assets in other securities that Janus Capital believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. Such investments include stocks, shares of other investment companies, cash and cash equivalents, including money market funds.

To the extent the Underlying Index concentrates (i.e., holds 25% or more of its total assets) in the securities of a particular industry or group of industries, the Fund will concentrate its investments to approximately the same extent as its Underlying Index. As of April 29, 2016, approximately 66% and 29% of the Underlying Index was represented by companies in the health care REIT and health care facilities industries, respectively. The Fund’s Underlying Index is rebalanced quarterly. For more recent information, see the Fund’s daily portfolio holdings posted on the ETF portion of the Janus website.

The Fund may lend portfolio securities on a short-term or long-term basis, in an amount equal to up to one-third of its total assets as determined at the time of the loan origination.

 

PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS

The Fund’s returns will vary, and you could lose money. The principal risks and special considerations associated with investing in the Fund are set forth below.

Market Risk.  The value of the Fund’s portfolio may decrease if the value of an individual company or security, or multiple companies or securities, in the portfolio decreases. Further, regardless of how well individual companies or securities perform, the value of the Fund’s portfolio could also decrease if there are deteriorating economic or market conditions. It is important to understand that the value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, in response to changes in the market, and you could lose money. Market risk may affect a single issuer, industry, economic sector, or the market as a whole. The Underlying Index has exposure to the small-, mid- and/or large capitalization sectors of the stock market, and therefore at times the Fund may underperform the overall stock market.

Equity Investing Risk.  The Fund’s investment in the securities composing the Underlying Index involves risks of investing in a portfolio of equity securities, such as market fluctuations, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in stock prices.

Concentration Risk.  The Fund focuses its investment in companies that provide long-term care to the aging population, many of which are in the health care sector. Because of this, companies in the Fund’s portfolio may share common characteristics and may be more sensitive to factors such as government regulation and cost containment measures, rapid changes in technology, and product cycles. As a result, the Fund may be subject to greater risks and the value of its investments may fluctuate more than a fund that does not focus its investments. In addition, the Fund’s assets will generally be concentrated in an industry or group of industries to the extent that the Fund’s Underlying Index concentrates in a particular industry or group of industries. To the extent the Fund invests a substantial portion of its assets in an industry or group of industries, market or economic factors

 

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impacting that industry or group of industries could have a significant effect on the value of the Fund’s investments. Companies in the same or similar industries may share common characteristics and are more likely to react similarly to industry-specific market or economic developments. Additionally, the Fund’s performance may be more volatile when the Fund’s investments are less diversified across industries. The Fund’s assets will not be concentrated if the Underlying Index does not concentrate in a particular industry or group of industries.

 

  Health Care REIT and Health Care Facilities Concentration Risk.  Health care REITs and facilities companies may own interests in or operate facilities that may be subject to extensive government regulations, restrictions on government reimbursement for medical expenses, rising costs of medical products and services, pricing pressure, an increased emphasis on outpatient services, industry innovation, and changes in technologies.

Small- and Mid-Sized Companies Risk.  The Fund’s investments in securities issued by small- and mid-sized companies, which can include smaller, start-up companies offering emerging products or services, may involve greater risks than are customarily associated with larger, more established companies. Securities issued by small- and mid-sized companies tend to be more volatile and somewhat more speculative than securities issued by larger or more established companies and may underperform as compared to the securities of larger companies.

Growth Securities Risk.  Securities of companies perceived to be “growth” companies may be more volatile than other stocks and may involve special risks. If the perception of a company’s growth potential is not realized, the securities purchased may not perform as expected, reducing the Fund’s returns. In addition, because different types of stocks tend to shift in and out of favor depending on market and economic conditions, “growth” stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole, and other types of securities.

Foreign Exposure Risk.  The Fund may have exposure to foreign markets as a result of its investments in foreign securities, including investments in emerging markets, which can be more volatile than the U.S. markets. As a result, its returns and net asset value may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates or political or economic conditions in a particular country. In some foreign markets, there may not be protection against failure by other parties to complete transactions. It may not be possible for the Fund to repatriate capital, dividends, interest, and other income from a particular country or governmental entity. In addition, a market swing in one or more countries or regions where the Fund has invested a significant amount of its assets may have a greater effect on the Fund’s performance than it would in a more geographically diversified portfolio.

Real Estate Securities Risk.  An investment in the Fund may be subject to many of the same risks as a direct investment in real estate. The value of real estate-related companies’ securities is sensitive to changes in real estate values and rental income, property taxes, interest rates, tax and regulatory requirements, supply and demand, and the management skill and creditworthiness of the company. The Fund may have substantial exposure to REITs, based on the composition of its Underlying Index at any given time. Investments in REITs involve the same risks as other real estate investments. In addition, a REIT could fail to qualify for tax-free pass-through of its income under the Internal Revenue Code or fail to maintain its exemption from registration under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, which could produce adverse economic consequences for the REIT and its investors, including the Fund.

Nondiversification Risk.  The Fund is classified as nondiversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (“1940 Act”). This gives the Fund’s portfolio managers more flexibility to hold larger positions in a smaller number of securities. As a result, an increase or decrease in the value of a single security held by the Fund may have a greater impact on the Fund’s net asset value and total return.

Methodology and Model Risk.  Neither the Fund nor Janus Capital can offer assurances that tracking the Underlying Index will capture the growth of companies positioned to benefit from providing long-term care to the aging population, or be appropriate for every investor seeking a particular risk profile. Underlying Index risks include, but are not limited to, the risk that the factors used to determine the components of the Underlying Index, as applied by the Index Provider in accordance with the Underlying Index methodology, might not select securities that individually, or in the aggregate, are positioned to benefit from providing long-term care to the aging population.

Passive Investment Risk.  The Fund is not actively managed and therefore the Fund might not sell shares of a security due to current or projected underperformance of a security, industry or sector, unless that security is removed from the Underlying Index or the selling of shares is otherwise required upon a rebalancing of the Underlying Index.

 

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

Index Tracking Risk.  The Fund’s return may not match or achieve a high degree of correlation with the return of the Underlying Index. To the extent the Fund utilizes a sampling approach, it may experience tracking error to a greater extent than if the Fund sought to replicate the Underlying Index. In addition, the Fund may hold fewer than the total number of securities in the Underlying Index. Further, the Fund may hold securities or other investments not included in the Underlying Index but which Janus Capital believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. Such investments may not perform as expected.

Trading Issues Risk.  Although Fund shares are listed for trading on The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ”), there can be no assurance that an active trading market for such shares will develop or be maintained. Trading in Fund shares may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the NASDAQ, make trading in shares inadvisable. In addition, trading in shares is subject to trading halts caused by extraordinary market volatility pursuant to the NASDAQ “circuit breaker” rules. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the NASDAQ necessary to maintain the listing of the Fund will continue to be met or will remain unchanged or that the shares will trade with any volume, or at all.

Fluctuation of NAV.  The net asset value (“NAV”) of the Fund shares will generally fluctuate with changes in the market value of the Fund’s securities holdings. The market prices of shares will generally fluctuate in accordance with changes in the Fund’s NAV and supply and demand of shares on the NASDAQ. An absence of trading in shares of the Fund, or a high volume of trading in the Fund, may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. It cannot be predicted whether Fund shares will trade below, at or above the Fund’s NAV. If an investor purchases shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV of the shares or sells at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV of the shares, then the investor may sustain losses.

Securities Lending Risk.  The Fund may seek to earn additional income through lending its securities to certain qualified broker-dealers and institutions. There is the risk that when portfolio securities are lent, the securities may not be returned on a timely basis, and the Fund may experience delays and costs in recovering the security or gaining access to the collateral provided to the Fund to collateralize the loan. If the Fund is unable to recover a security on loan, the Fund may use the collateral to purchase replacement securities in the market. There is a risk that the value of the collateral could decrease below the cost of the replacement security by the time the replacement investment is made, resulting in a loss to the Fund.

An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.

 

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

The Fund does not have a full calendar year of operations. Performance information for certain periods will be included in the Fund’s first annual and/or semiannual report and is available at janus.com/etfs or by calling 1-877-335-2687. When provided, the information will provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Fund by showing how the Fund’s average annual returns compare with a broad measure of market performance. Past performance does not necessarily indicate how the Fund will perform in the future.

 

MANAGEMENT

Investment Adviser:  Janus Capital Management LLC

Portfolio Managers:  Benjamin Wang, CFA, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016. Scott M. Weiner, DPhil, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016.

 

PURCHASE AND SALE OF FUND SHARES

Unlike shares of traditional mutual funds, shares of the Fund are not individually redeemable and may only be purchased or redeemed directly from the Fund at NAV in large increments called “Creation Units” (100,000 or more shares per Creation Unit) through certain participants, known as “Authorized Participants.” The Fund will issue or redeem Creation Units in exchange for portfolio securities included in the Fund’s Underlying Index and/or cash. Except when aggregated in Creation Units, Fund shares are not redeemable securities of the Fund.

 

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Shares of the Fund are listed and trade on the NASDAQ, and individual investors can purchase or sell shares in much smaller increments and for cash in the secondary market through a broker. These transactions, which do not involve the Fund, are made at market prices that may vary throughout the day and differ from the Fund’s net asset value. As a result, you may pay more than net asset value (at a premium) when you purchase shares, and receive less than net asset value (at a discount) when you sell shares, in the secondary market.

 

TAX INFORMATION

The Fund’s distributions are taxable, and will be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains, unless you are investing through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account (in which case you may be taxed upon withdrawal of your investment from such account). A sale of Fund shares may result in a 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, Janus Capital and/or its affiliates may pay broker-dealers or intermediaries for the sale and/or maintenance of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUND

 

 

 

FEES AND EXPENSES

Please refer to the following important information when reviewing the “Fees and Expenses of the Fund” table in the Fund Summary of the Prospectus. The fees and expenses shown reflect estimated annualized expenses that the shares expect to incur.

 

  “Annual Fund Operating Expenses” are paid out of the Fund’s assets. You do not pay these fees directly but, as the Example in the Fund Summary shows, these costs are borne indirectly by all shareholders.

 

  The “Management Fee” is the rate paid by the Fund to Janus Capital for providing certain services. Refer to “Management Expenses” in this Prospectus for additional information with further description in the Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”).

 

  “Other Expenses”
  °   include taxes and governmental fees, brokerage fees, commissions and other transaction expenses, costs of borrowing money, including interest expenses, securities lending expenses, and extraordinary expenses (such as litigation and indemnification expenses).
  °   include acquired fund fees and expenses, which are indirect expenses the Fund may incur as a result of investing in shares of an underlying fund. “Acquired Fund” refers to any underlying fund (including, but not limited to, exchange-traded funds) in which a fund invests or has invested during the period. Such amounts are currently estimated to be less than 0.01%.

 

ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES AND GENERAL PORTFOLIO  POLICIES

The Fund’s Board of Trustees (“Trustees”) may change the Fund’s investment objective or non-fundamental principal investment strategies without a shareholder vote. The Fund will notify you in writing at least 60 days or as soon as reasonably practicable before making any such change it considers material. In addition, the Fund will provide shareholders with at least 60 days’ notice prior to changing the 80% investment policy. If there is a material change to the Fund’s objective or principal investment strategies, you should consider whether the Fund remains an appropriate investment for you. There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.

The Fund’s portfolio holdings are disclosed on its website daily after the close of trading on the exchange and prior to the opening of trading on the exchange the following day. A description of the Fund’s policies and procedures with respect to the disclosure of the Fund’s portfolio holdings is available in the Fund’s SAI. Information about the premiums and discounts at which the Fund’s shares have traded will be available at janus.com/etfs.

Unless otherwise stated, the following additional investment strategies and general policies apply to the Fund and provide further information including, but not limited to, the types of securities the Fund may invest in when implementing its investment objective. Some of these strategies and policies may be part of a principal strategy. Other strategies and policies may be utilized to a lesser extent. Except for the Fund’s policies with respect to investments in illiquid securities and borrowing, the percentage limitations included in these policies and elsewhere in this Prospectus and/or the SAI normally apply only at the time of initial purchase of a security. So, for example, if the Fund exceeds a limit as a result of market fluctuations or the sale of other securities, it will not be required to dispose of any securities and may continue to purchase such securities in order to track the Underlying Index.

Real Estate Investment Trusts

Real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) are often categorized as equity REITs, mortgage REITs, and hybrid REITs. An equity REIT, the most common type of REIT, invests primarily in the fee ownership of land and buildings. An equity REIT derives its income primarily from rental income but may also realize capital gains or losses by selling real estate properties in its portfolio that have appreciated or depreciated in value. A mortgage REIT invests primarily in mortgages on real estate, which may secure construction, development, or long-term loans. A mortgage REIT generally derives its income from interest payments on the credit it has extended. A hybrid REIT combines the characteristics of equity REITs and mortgage REITs, generally by holding both ownership interests and mortgage interests in real estate.

Securities Lending

Although not considered a principal investment strategy, the Fund may seek to earn additional income through lending its securities to certain qualified broker-dealers and institutions on a short-term or long-term basis. The Fund may lend portfolio securities on a short-term or long-term basis, in an amount equal to up to one-third of its total assets as determined at the time

 

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of the loan origination. When the Fund lends its securities, it receives collateral (including cash collateral), at least equal to the value of securities loaned. The Fund may earn income by investing this collateral in one or more affiliated or non-affiliated cash management vehicles. It is also possible that, due to a decline in the value of a cash management vehicle in which collateral is invested, the Fund may lose money. There is also the risk that when portfolio securities are lent, the securities may not be returned on a timely basis, and the Fund may experience delays and costs in recovering the security or gaining access to the collateral provided to the Fund to collateralize the loan. If the Fund is unable to recover a security on loan, the Fund may use the collateral to purchase replacement securities in the market. There is a risk that the value of the collateral could decrease below the cost of the replacement security by the time the replacement investment is made, resulting in a loss to the Fund. To the extent Janus Capital manages the cash collateral in an affiliated cash management vehicle, it will receive an investment advisory fee for managing such assets.

Swaps

Although not considered a principal investment strategy, the Fund may utilize swap agreements including, but not limited to, equity swaps, as a means to gain exposure to certain companies or countries, provided Janus Capital believes such use will assist the Fund in tracking the Underlying Index. Equity swaps involve the exchange by two parties of future cash flow (e.g., one cash flow based on a referenced interest rate and the other based on the performance of stock or a stock index).

Non-Index Investments

Although not considered a principal investment strategy, the Fund may invest in investments that are not included in the Underlying Index, but which Janus Capital believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. Such investments include stocks, shares of other investment companies, cash and cash equivalents, including money market funds. There may be instances where a stock is removed from the Underlying Index but Janus Capital may elect to hold it for tax-related purposes, or where the Fund receives non-Underlying Index stocks in a corporate action and does not sell the stocks until the next rebalance date. Janus Capital may also choose to hold non-Underlying Index stocks due to an optimization methodology to more efficiently track the Underlying Index. Use of an optimization methodology would entail the use of a program or model designed to identify securities that are not included in the Underlying Index, but would be expected to behave similarly to securities that are in the Underlying Index.

 

RISKS OF THE FUND

The value of your investment will vary over time, sometimes significantly, and you may lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund invests substantially all of its assets in small-, mid- and large capitalization stocks. The following information is intended to help you better understand some of the risks of investing in the Fund. The impact of the following risks on the Fund may vary depending on the Fund’s investments. The greater the Fund’s investment in a particular security, the greater the Fund’s exposure to the risks associated with that security. Before investing in the Fund, you should consider carefully the risks that you assume when investing in the Fund.

Real Estate Securities Risk.  To the extent it holds equity and/or debt securities of real estate-related companies, the Fund may be affected by the risks associated with real estate investments. The value of securities of companies in real estate and real estate-related industries, including securities of REITs, is sensitive to decreases in real estate values and rental income, property taxes, interest rates, tax and regulatory requirements, overbuilding/supply and demand, increased competition, local and general economic conditions, increases in operating costs, environmental liabilities, management skill in running a REIT, and the creditworthiness of the REIT. If the Fund has REIT investments, the Fund’s shareholders will indirectly bear their proportionate share of the REIT’s expenses, in addition to their proportionate share of the Fund’s expenses.

REIT Risk.  To the extent that the Fund holds REITs, it may be subject to the additional risks associated with REIT investments. The ability to trade REITs in the secondary market can be more limited compared to other equity investments, and certain REITs have relatively small market capitalizations, which can increase the volatility of the market price for their securities. REITs are also subject to heavy cash flow dependency to allow them to make distributions to their shareholders. The prices of equity REITs are affected by changes in the value of the underlying property owned by the REITs and changes in capital markets and interest rates. Equity REITs generally are not diversified and are subject to heavy cash flow dependency, defaults by borrowers, and self-liquidation. There is also the risk that borrowers under mortgages held by a REIT or lessees of a property that a REIT owns may be unable to meet their obligations to the REIT. In the event of a default by a borrower or lessee, the REIT may incur substantial costs associated with protecting its investments.

 

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Index Tracking Risk.  Tracking error refers to the risk that Janus Capital may not be able to cause the Fund’s performance to match or correlate to that of the Underlying Index, either on a daily or aggregate basis. There are a number of factors that may contribute to the Fund’s tracking error, such as Fund expenses, imperfect correlation between the Fund’s investments and those of the Underlying Index, rounding of share prices, the timing or magnitude of changes to the composition of the Underlying Index, regulatory policies, and a high portfolio turnover rate. The Fund incurs operating expenses not applicable to the Underlying Index and incurs costs associated with buying and selling securities, especially when rebalancing the Fund’s securities holdings to reflect changes in the composition of the Underlying Index. In addition, mathematical compounding may prevent the Fund from correlating with the monthly, quarterly, annual, or other period performance of the Underlying Index. Tracking error may cause the Fund’s performance to be less than expected.

Passive Investment Risk.  The Fund is not actively managed. Therefore, unless a specific security is removed from the Underlying Index, or the selling of shares of that security is otherwise required upon a rebalancing of the Underlying Index pursuant to the Underlying Index methodology, the Fund generally would not sell a security because the security’s issuer was in financial trouble. If a specific security is removed from the Underlying Index, the Fund may be forced to sell such security at an inopportune time or for a price other than the security’s current market value. An investment in the Fund involves risks similar to those of investing in equity securities traded on an exchange, such as market fluctuations caused by such factors as economic and political developments, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in security prices. It is anticipated that the value of Fund shares will decline, more or less, in correspondence with any decline in value of the Underlying Index.

The Underlying Index may not contain the appropriate mix of securities for any particular point in the business cycle of the overall economy, particular economic sectors, or narrow industries within which the commercial activities of the companies composing the portfolio securities holdings of the Fund are conducted, and the timing of movements from one type of security to another in seeking to replicate the Underlying Index could have a negative effect on the Fund. Unlike with an actively managed fund, Janus Capital does not use techniques or defensive strategies designed to lessen the effects of market volatility or to reduce the impact of periods of market decline. This means that, based on market and economic conditions, the Fund’s performance could be lower than other types of mutual funds that may actively shift their portfolio assets to take advantage of market opportunities or to lessen the impact of a market decline.

Fluctuation of NAV.  The NAV of the Fund shares will generally fluctuate with changes in the market value of the Fund’s securities holdings. The market prices of shares will generally fluctuate in accordance with changes in the Fund’s NAV and supply and demand of shares on the NASDAQ. It cannot be predicted whether Fund shares will trade below, at or above their NAV. Price differences may be due, in large part, to the fact that supply and demand forces at work in the secondary trading market for shares will be closely related to, but not identical to, the same forces influencing the prices of the securities of the Underlying Index trading individually or in the aggregate at any point in time. The market prices of Fund shares may deviate significantly from the NAV of the shares during periods of market volatility. While the creation/redemption feature is designed to make it likely that Fund shares normally will trade close to the Fund’s NAV, disruptions to creations and redemptions may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. An absence of trading in shares of the Fund, or a high volume of trading in the Fund, may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. If an investor purchases Fund shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV of the shares or sells at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV of the shares, then the investor may sustain losses.

Costs of Buying or Selling Shares.  Investors buying or selling Fund shares in the secondary market will pay brokerage commissions or other charges imposed by brokers as determined by that broker. Brokerage commissions are often a fixed amount and may be a significant proportional cost for investors seeking to buy or sell relatively small amounts of shares. In addition, secondary market investors will also incur the cost of the difference between the price that an investor is willing to pay for shares (the “bid” price) and the price at which an investor is willing to sell shares (the “ask” price). This difference in bid and ask prices is often referred to as the “spread” or “bid/ask spread.” The bid/ask spread varies over time for shares based on trading volume and market liquidity, and is generally lower if the Fund’s shares have more trading volume and market liquidity and higher if the Fund’s shares have little trading volume and market liquidity. Further, increased market volatility may cause increased bid/ask spreads. Due to the costs of buying or selling shares, including bid/ask spreads, frequent trading of shares may significantly reduce investment results and an investment in shares may not be advisable for investors who anticipate regularly making small investments.

Trading Issues Risk.  Trading in shares on the NASDAQ may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the NASDAQ, make trading in shares inadvisable. In addition, trading in shares on the NASDAQ is subject to trading halts

 

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caused by extraordinary market volatility pursuant to the NASDAQ “circuit breaker” rules. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the NASDAQ necessary to maintain the listing of the Fund will continue to be met or will remain unchanged or that the shares will trade with any volume, or at all. While the creation/redemption feature is designed to make it likely that shares will trade close to the Fund’s NAV, disruptions to creations and redemptions may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. If an investor purchases shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV of the shares or sells at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV of the shares, then the investor may sustain losses.

ADR/GDR Risk.  To the extent the Fund seeks exposure to foreign companies, the Fund’s investments may be in the form of depositary receipts or other securities convertible into securities of foreign issuers, including ADRs and GDRs. While the use of ADRs and GDRs, which are traded on exchanges and represent ownership in foreign securities, provide an alternative to directly purchasing the underlying foreign securities in their respective national markets and currencies, investments in ADRs and GDRs continue to be subject to certain of the risks associated with investing directly in foreign securities.

Swap Risk.  Swap agreements entail the risk that a party will default on its payment obligations to the Fund. If the other party to a swap defaults, the Fund would risk the loss of the net amount of the payments that it contractually is entitled to receive. If a Fund utilizes a swap at the wrong time or judges market conditions incorrectly, the swap may result in a loss to the Fund.

Foreign Exposure Risk.  The Fund may invest in foreign equity securities either indirectly (e.g., depositary receipts, depositary shares, and passive foreign investment companies) or directly in foreign markets, including emerging markets. With respect to investments in securities of issuers or companies that are economically tied to different countries throughout the world, securities may be deemed to be economically tied to a particular country based on such factors as the issuer’s country of incorporation, primary listing, and other factors including, but not limited to operations, revenues, headquarters, management, and shareholder base. Investments in foreign securities, may involve greater risks than investing in domestic securities because a Fund’s performance may depend on factors other than the performance of a particular company. These factors include:

 

  Currency Risk.  As long as the Fund holds a foreign security, its value will be affected by the value of the local currency relative to the U.S. dollar. When the Fund sells a foreign currency denominated security, its value may be worth less in U.S. dollars even if the security increases in value in its home country. U.S. dollar-denominated securities of foreign issuers may also be affected by currency risk, as the value of these securities may also be affected by changes in the issuer’s local currency.

 

  Political and Economic Risk.  Foreign investments may be subject to heightened political and economic risks, particularly in emerging markets which may have relatively unstable governments, immature economic structures, national policies restricting investments by foreigners, social instability, and different and/or developing legal systems. In some countries, there is the risk that the government may take over the assets or operations of a company or that the government may impose withholding and other taxes or limits on the removal of the Fund’s assets from that country. In addition, the economies of emerging markets may be predominantly based on only a few industries, may be highly vulnerable to changes in local or global trade conditions, and may suffer from extreme and volatile debt burdens or inflation rates.

 

  Regulatory Risk.  There may be less government supervision of foreign markets. As a result, foreign issuers may not be subject to the uniform accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards and practices applicable to domestic issuers, and there may be less publicly available information about foreign issuers.

 

  Foreign Market Risk.  Foreign securities markets, particularly those of emerging market countries, may be less liquid and more volatile than domestic markets. These securities markets may trade a small number of securities, may have a limited number of issuers and a high proportion of shares, or may be held by a relatively small number of persons or institutions. Local securities markets may be unable to respond effectively to increases in trading volume, potentially making prompt liquidation of substantial holdings difficult or impossible at times. It is also possible that certain markets may require payment for securities before delivery, and delays may be encountered in settling securities transactions. In some foreign markets, there may not be protection against failure by other parties to complete transactions. It may not be possible for the Fund to repatriate capital, dividends, interest, and other income from a particular country or governmental entity. In addition, securities of issuers located in or economically tied to countries with emerging markets may have limited marketability and may be subject to more abrupt or erratic price movements which could also have a negative effect on the Fund. Such factors may hinder the Fund’s ability to buy and sell emerging market securities in a timely manner, affecting the Fund’s investment strategies and potentially affecting the value of the Fund.

 

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  Geographic Investment Risk.  To the extent the Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in a particular country or geographic region, the Fund will generally have more exposure to certain risks due to possible political, economic, social, or regulatory events in that country or region. Adverse developments in certain regions could also adversely affect securities of other countries whose economies appear to be unrelated and could have a negative impact on a Fund’s performance.

 

  Transaction Costs.  Costs of buying, selling, and holding foreign securities, including brokerage, tax, and custody costs, may be higher than those involved in domestic transactions.

These risks are described further in the SAI.

 

INFORMATION REGARDING THE UNDERLYING INDEX

The Underlying Index is composed of stocks of companies selected by the Index Provider that are positioned to profit from providing long-term care to the aging population. A company is deemed to be a long-term care company by the Index Provider if it (1) owns or operates senior living facilities, senior housing, nursing services, or specialty hospitals primarily serving the elderly, or (2) sells products and services to such facilities. For a company to be deemed a long-term care company, its long-term care related business as defined above must be a material driver of its current and future business. 100% of the companies in the Underlying Index will be long-term care companies. For at least 80% of the Underlying Index, on a capitalization-weighted basis, a majority of a company’s revenues, sales, or assets comes from long-term care business. The Index Provider may solicit public comment from time to time on companies that it should consider as eligible for inclusion.

For detailed information on how stocks are selected for inclusion in the Underlying Index, see the Solactive Long-Term Care Index Methodology document, available at the Index Provider’s website.

The Underlying Index is compiled and administered by Solactive AG.

 

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MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND

 

 

 

INVESTMENT ADVISER

Janus Capital Management LLC, 151 Detroit Street, Denver, Colorado 80206-4805, is the investment adviser to the Fund. Janus Capital is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s investment portfolio and furnishes continuous advice and recommendations concerning the Fund’s investments. Janus Capital also provides certain administration and other services and is responsible for other business affairs of the Fund.

Janus Capital (together with its predecessors) has served as investment adviser to Janus mutual funds since 1970 and currently serves as investment adviser to all of the Janus funds, acts as subadviser for a number of private-label mutual funds, and provides separate account advisory services for institutional accounts and other unregistered products.

Janus Capital has received an exemptive order from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that permits Janus Capital, subject to the approval of the Trustees, to appoint or replace certain subadvisers to manage all or a portion of the Fund’s assets and enter into, amend, or terminate a subadvisory agreement with certain subadvisers without obtaining shareholder approval (a “manager-of-managers structure”). The manager-of-managers structure applies to subadvisers that are not affiliated with the Trust or Janus Capital (“non-affiliated subadvisers”), as well as any subadviser that is an indirect or direct “wholly-owned subsidiary” (as such term is defined by the 1940 Act) of Janus Capital or of another company that, indirectly or directly, wholly owns Janus Capital (collectively, “wholly-owned subadvisers”).

Pursuant to the order, Janus Capital, with the approval of the Trustees, has the discretion to terminate any subadviser and allocate and reallocate the Fund’s assets among Janus Capital and any other non-affiliated subadvisers or wholly-owned subadvisers (including terminating a non-affiliated subadviser and replacing it with a wholly-owned subadviser). Janus Capital, subject to oversight and supervision by the Trustees, has responsibility to oversee any subadviser to the Fund and to recommend for approval by the Trustees, the hiring, termination, and replacement of subadvisers for the Fund. The order also permits the Fund to disclose subadvisers’ fees only in the aggregate in the SAI. In the event that Janus Capital hires a new subadviser pursuant to the manager-of-managers structure, the Fund would provide shareholders with information about the new subadviser and subadvisory agreement within 90 days.

The Trustees and the initial shareholder of the Fund have approved the use of a manager-of-managers structure for the Fund.

 

MANAGEMENT EXPENSES

Under its unitary fee structure, the Fund pays Janus Capital a “Management Fee” in return for providing certain investment advisory, supervisory, and administrative services to the Fund, including the costs of transfer agency, custody, fund administration, legal, audit, and other services. Janus Capital’s fee structure is designed to pay substantially all of the Fund’s expenses. However, the Fund bears other expenses which are not covered under the Management Fee which may vary and affect the total level of expenses paid by shareholders, such as distribution fees (if any), brokerage expenses or commissions, interest, dividends, taxes, litigation expenses, acquired fund fees and expenses (if any), and extraordinary expenses.

The Fund’s Management Fee is calculated daily and paid monthly. The Fund’s advisory agreement details the Management Fee and other expenses that the Fund must pay.

The following table reflects the Fund’s contractual Management Fee rate (expressed as an annual rate). The rate shown is a fixed rate based on the Fund’s average daily net assets.

 

Fund Name     

Average Daily

Net Assets

of the Fund

    

Contractual

Management Fee (%)

(annual rate)

 

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All Asset Levels

       0.50   

A discussion regarding the basis for the Trustees’ approval of the Fund’s investment advisory agreement will be included in the Fund’s annual report (for the period ending October 31) or semiannual report (for the period ending April 30) to shareholders, following such approval. You can request the Fund’s annual or semiannual reports (as they become available), free of charge, by contacting your broker-dealer, plan sponsor, or financial intermediary, or by contacting a Janus representative at 1-877-335-2687. The reports are also available, free of charge, at janus.com/etfs.

 

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INVESTMENT PERSONNEL

The Long-Term Care ETF

 

Co-Portfolio Managers Benjamin Wang and Scott M. Weiner jointly share responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Fund, with no limitation on the authority of one co-portfolio manager in relation to the other.

Benjamin Wang, CFA, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016. He is also Portfolio Manager of other Janus accounts. Mr. Wang joined Janus Capital in November 2014 following Janus Capital’s acquisition of VelocityShares, LLC. Prior to joining Janus Capital, Mr. Wang was Vice President at VelocityShares, LLC from 2012 to 2014, and an execution trader at Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 2007 to 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Engineering in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science degree in Financial Engineering from Columbia University. Mr. Wang holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Scott M. Weiner, DPhil, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016. He is also Portfolio Manager of other Janus accounts. Mr. Weiner joined Janus Capital in November 2014 following Janus Capital’s acquisition of VelocityShares, LLC. Prior to joining Janus Capital, Mr. Weiner was Managing Director at VelocityShares, LLC from 2011 to 2014, and Managing Director and U.S. Head of Equity Derivatives and Quantitative Strategy at Deutsche Bank from 2005 to 2010. He holds a Finance degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Oxford, and also received his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Information about the portfolio managers’ compensation structure and other accounts managed is included in the SAI.

Conflicts of Interest

Janus Capital manages many funds and numerous other accounts, which may include separate accounts and other pooled investment vehicles, such as hedge funds. Side-by-side management of multiple accounts, including the management of a cash collateral pool for securities lending and investing the Janus funds’ cash, may give rise to conflicts of interest among those accounts, and may create potential risks, such as the risk that investment activity in one account may adversely affect another account. For example, short sale activity in an account could adversely affect the market value of long positions in one or more other accounts (and vice versa). Side-by-side management may raise additional potential conflicts of interest relating to the allocation of investment opportunities and the aggregation and allocation of trades. A further discussion of potential conflicts of interest and a discussion of certain procedures intended to mitigate such potential conflicts are contained in the Fund’s SAI.

 

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OTHER INFORMATION

 

 

 

DISTRIBUTION OF THE FUND

Creation Units for the Fund are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. (the “Distributor”), which is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”). To obtain information about FINRA member firms and their associated persons, you may contact FINRA at www.finra.org, or 1-800-289-9999.

 

INDEX PROVIDER

Solactive AG (“Solactive” or the “Index Provider”) is the Index Provider for the Underlying Index. Janus Capital has entered into a license agreement with Solactive to use the Underlying Index.

Disclaimers

Neither Solactive nor any of its affiliates make any representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of a Fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in a Fund particularly or the ability of the Underlying Index to track general market performance. The Underlying Index is determined, composed, and calculated by Solactive without regard to Janus Capital or the Fund. Solactive has no obligation to take the needs of Janus Capital or the owners of the Fund into consideration in determining, composing, or calculating the Underlying Index. Solactive is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the timing of, prices at, or quantities of the Fund to be issued or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the Fund is to be converted into cash.

ALTHOUGH SOLACTIVE SHALL OBTAIN INFORMATION FOR INCLUSION IN OR FOR USE IN THE CALCULATION OF THE UNDERLYING INDEX FROM SOURCES WHICH IT CONSIDERS RELIABLE, IT DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE QUALITY, ACCURACY AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN AND SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS OF ANY KIND RELATED TO THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR DATA. SOLACTIVE MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY JANUS CAPITAL, OWNERS OF THE FUND, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN IN CONNECTION WITH THE RIGHTS LICENSED TO JANUS CAPITAL FOR ANY OTHER USE. SOLACTIVE MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE WITH RESPECT TO THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL IT HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Janus Capital does not guarantee the accuracy and/or the completeness of the Underlying Index or any data included therein, and Janus Capital shall have no liability for any errors, omissions or interruptions therein. Janus Capital makes no warranty, express or implied, as to results to be obtained by the Fund, owners of the shares of the Fund or any other person or entity from the use of the Underlying Index or any data included therein. Janus Capital makes no express or implied warranties, and expressly disclaims all warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use with respect to the Underlying Index or any data included therein. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall Janus Capital 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 Index even if notified of the possibility of such damages.

 

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DIVIDENDS, DISTRIBUTIONS AND TAXES

 

 

 

DISTRIBUTIONS

To avoid taxation of the Fund, the Internal Revenue Code requires the Fund to distribute all or substantially all of its net investment income and any net capital gains realized on its investments at least annually.

Distribution Schedule

Income dividends, if any, are distributed to shareholders quarterly. Net capital gains are distributed at least annually. Dividends may be declared and paid more frequently to improve Underlying Index tracking or to comply with the distribution requirements of the Internal Revenue Code. The date you receive your distribution may vary depending on how your intermediary processes trades. Dividend payments are made through Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) participants and indirect participants to beneficial owners then of record with proceeds received from the Fund. Please consult your intermediary for details.

How Distributions Affect the Fund’s NAV

Distributions, other than daily income dividends, are paid to shareholders as of the record date of a distribution of the Fund, regardless of how long the shares have been held. Undistributed income and net capital gains are included in the Fund’s daily NAV. The Fund’s NAV drops by the amount of the distribution, net of any subsequent market fluctuations. For example, assume that on December 31, the Fund declared a dividend in the amount of $0.25 per share. If the Fund’s NAV was $10.00 on December 30, the Fund’s NAV on December 31 would be $9.75, barring market fluctuations. You should be aware that distributions from a taxable fund do not increase the value of your investment and may create income tax obligations.

No dividend reinvestment service is provided by the Trust. Financial intermediaries may make available the DTC book-entry Dividend Reinvestment Service for use by beneficial owners of Fund shares for reinvestment of their dividend distributions. Beneficial owners should contact their financial intermediary to determine the availability and costs of the service and the details of participation therein. Financial intermediaries may require beneficial owners to adhere to specific procedures and timetables. If this service is available and used, dividend distributions of both income and net capital gains will be automatically reinvested in additional whole shares of the Fund purchased in the secondary market.

 

TAXES

As with any investment, you should consider the tax consequences of investing in the Fund. The following is a general discussion of certain federal income tax consequences of investing in the Fund. The discussion does not apply to qualified tax-deferred accounts or other non-taxable entities, nor is it a complete analysis of the federal income tax implications of investing in the Fund. You should consult your tax adviser regarding the effect that an investment in the Fund may have on your particular tax situation, including the federal, state, local, and foreign tax consequences of your investment.

Taxes on Distributions

Distributions by the Fund are subject to federal income tax, regardless of whether the distribution is made in cash or reinvested in additional shares of the Fund. Distributions from net investment income (which includes dividends, interest, and realized net short-term capital gains), other than qualified dividend income, are taxable to shareholders as ordinary income. Distributions of qualified dividend income are taxed to individuals and other noncorporate shareholders at long-term capital gain rates, provided certain holding period and other requirements are satisfied. Distributions of net capital gain (i.e., the excess of net long-term capital gain over net short-term capital loss) are taxable as long-term capital gain, regardless of how long a shareholder has held Fund shares. Individuals, trusts, and estates whose income exceeds certain threshold amounts are subject to an additional 3.8% Medicare contribution tax on net investment income. Net investment income includes dividends paid by the Fund and capital gains from any sale or exchange of Fund shares. The Fund’s net investment income and capital gains are distributed to (and may be taxable to) those persons who are shareholders of the Fund at the record date of such payments. Although the Fund’s total net income and net realized gain are the results of its operations, the per share amount distributed or taxable to shareholders is affected by the number of Fund shares outstanding at the record date. Distributions declared to shareholders of record in October, November, or December and paid on or before January 31 of the succeeding year will be treated for federal income tax purposes as if received by shareholders on December 31 of the year in which the distribution was declared. Generally, account tax information will be made available to shareholders on or before February 15 of each year. Information regarding distributions may also be reported to the Internal Revenue Service.

 

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Taxes on Sales

Any time you sell the shares of the Fund in a taxable account, it is considered a taxable event. Depending on the purchase price and the sale price, you may have a gain or loss on the transaction. The gain or loss will generally be treated as a long-term capital gain or loss if you held your shares for more than one year and if not held for such period, as a short-term capital gain or loss. Any tax liabilities generated by your transactions are your responsibility.

The Fund may be required to withhold U.S. federal income tax on all distributions payable to shareholders who fail to provide their correct taxpayer identification number, fail to make certain required certifications, or who have been notified by the Internal Revenue Service that they are subject to backup withholding. The current backup withholding rate is applied.

For shares purchased and sold from a taxable account, your intermediary will report cost basis information to you and to the IRS. Your intermediary will permit shareholders to elect their preferred cost basis method. In the absence of an election, your cost basis method will be your intermediary’s default method, which is often the average cost method. Please consult your tax adviser to determine the appropriate cost basis method for your particular tax situation and to learn more about how the cost basis reporting laws apply to you and your investments.

Taxation of the Fund

Dividends, interest, and some capital gains received by the Fund on foreign securities may be subject to foreign tax withholding or other foreign taxes.

Certain fund transactions may involve short sales, futures, options, swap agreements, hedged investments, and other similar transactions, and may be subject to special provisions of the Internal Revenue Code that, among other things, can potentially affect the character, amount, and timing of distributions to shareholders, and utilization of capital loss carryforwards. The Fund will monitor its transactions and may make certain tax elections and use certain investment strategies where applicable in order to mitigate the effect of these tax provisions, if possible.

The Fund does not expect to pay any federal income or excise taxes because it intends to meet certain requirements of the Internal Revenue Code, including the distribution each year of substantially all its net investment income and net capital gains. It is important for the Fund to meet these requirements so that any earnings on your investment will not be subject to federal income taxes twice. If the Fund invests in a partnership, however, it may be subject to state tax liabilities.

 

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SHAREHOLDERS GUIDE

 

 

 

The Fund issues or redeems its shares at NAV per share only in Creation Units. Shares of the Fund are listed for trading on a national securities exchange and trade on the secondary market during the trading day. Shares can be bought and sold throughout the trading day like shares of other publicly traded companies. There is no minimum investment. When buying or selling Fund shares through a broker, you will incur customary brokerage commissions and charges, and you may pay some or all of the spread between the bid and offered price in the secondary market on each purchase and sale transaction. Fund shares are traded on the NASDAQ under the trading symbol OLD. Share prices are reported in dollars and cents per share.

Authorized Participants may acquire Fund shares directly from the Fund, and Authorized Purchasers may tender their Fund shares for redemption directly to the Fund, at NAV per share, only in Creation Units and in accordance with the procedures described in the SAI.

 

PRICING OF FUND SHARES

The per share NAV of the Fund is computed by dividing the total value of the Fund’s portfolio, less any liabilities, by the total number of outstanding shares of the Fund. The Fund’s NAV is calculated as of the close of the regular trading session of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) (normally 4:00 p.m. New York time) each day that the NYSE is open (“Business Day”). However, the NAV may still be calculated if trading on the NYSE is restricted, provided there is sufficient pricing information available for the Fund to value its securities, or as permitted by the SEC. Foreign securities held by the Fund may be traded on days and at times when the NYSE is closed and the NAV is therefore not calculated. Accordingly, the value of the Fund’s holdings may change on days that are not Business Days in the United States and on which you will not be able to purchase or sell the Fund’s shares.

Securities held by the Fund are valued in accordance with policies and procedures established by and under the supervision of the Trustees. To the extent available, equity securities are generally valued on the basis of market quotations. Most fixed-income securities are typically valued using an evaluated bid price supplied by an approved pricing service that is intended to reflect market value. The evaluated bid price is an evaluation that may consider factors such as security prices, yields, maturities, and ratings. Certain short-term instruments maturing within 60 days or less may be valued at amortized cost, which approximates market value. If a market quotation or evaluated price for a security is not readily available or is deemed unreliable, or if an event that is expected to affect the value of the security occurs after the close of the principal exchange or market on which the security is traded, and before the close of the NYSE, a fair value of the security will be determined in good faith under the policies and procedures. Such events include, but are not limited to: (i) a significant event that may affect the securities of a single issuer, such as a merger, bankruptcy, or significant issuer-specific development; (ii) an event that may affect an entire market, such as a natural disaster or significant governmental action; (iii) a non-significant event such as a market closing early or not opening, or a security trading halt; and (iv) pricing of a non-valued security and a restricted or non-public security. This type of fair value pricing may be more commonly used with foreign equity securities, but it may also be used with, among other things, thinly-traded domestic securities or fixed-income securities. Special valuation considerations may apply with respect to “odd-lot” fixed-income transactions which, due to their small size, may receive evaluated prices by pricing services which reflect a large block trade and not what actually could be obtained for the odd-lot position. For valuation purposes, quotations of foreign portfolio securities, other assets and liabilities, and forward contracts stated in foreign currency are generally translated into U.S. dollar equivalents at the prevailing market rates.

The value of the securities of mutual funds held by the Fund, if any, will be calculated using the NAV of such mutual funds, and the prospectuses for such mutual funds explain the circumstances under which they use fair value pricing and the effects of using fair value pricing.

All purchases, sales, or other account activity must be processed through your financial intermediary or plan sponsor.

 

DISTRIBUTION AND SERVICING FEES

Distribution and Shareholder Servicing Plan

The Trust has adopted a Distribution and Servicing Plan for shares of the Fund pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the 1940 Act (the “Plan”). The Plan permits compensation in connection with the distribution and marketing of Fund shares and/or the provision of certain shareholder services. The Plan permits the Fund to pay the Distributor or its designee, a fee for the sale and distribution and/or shareholder servicing of the shares at an annual rate of up to 0.25% of average daily net assets of the shares of the Fund. However, the Trustees have determined not to authorize payment of a 12b-1 Plan fee at this time.

Under the terms of the Plan, the Trust is authorized to make payments to the Distributor or its designee for remittance to retirement plan service providers, broker-dealers, bank trust departments, financial advisors, and other financial intermediaries,

 

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as compensation for distribution and/or shareholder services performed by such entities for their customers who are investors in the Fund.

The 12b-1 fee may only be imposed or increased when the Trustees determine that it is in the best interests of shareholders to do so. Because these fees are paid out of the Fund’s assets on an ongoing basis, to the extent that a fee is authorized, over time they will increase the cost of an investment in the Fund. The Plan fee may cost an investor more than other types of sales charges.

 

PAYMENTS TO FINANCIAL INTERMEDIARIES BY JANUS CAPITAL OR ITS  AFFILIATES

From their own assets, Janus Capital or its affiliates may pay selected brokerage firms or other financial intermediaries for making the Funds available to their clients or otherwise distributing, promoting or marketing the Funds. Janus Capital or its affiliates may also make payments to intermediaries for information about transactions and holdings in the Funds, such as the amount of Fund shares purchased, sold or held through the intermediary and or its salespersons, the intermediary platform(s) on which shares are transacted and other information related to the Funds. Janus Capital or its affiliates may also make payments to intermediaries to eliminate or reduce trading commissions that the intermediary would otherwise charge its customers or its salespersons in connection with the purchase or sale of certain Funds. Payment by Janus Capital or its affiliates to eliminate or reduce a trading commission creates an incentive for salespersons of the intermediary to sell the Janus funds over other funds for which a commission would be charged. The amount of these payments is determined from time to time by Janus Capital, may be substantial, and may differ for different intermediaries. More information regarding these payments is contained in the SAI.

With respect to non-exchange-traded Janus funds not offered in this Prospectus, Janus Capital or its affiliates may pay fees, from their own assets, to selected brokerage firms, banks, financial advisors, retirement plan service providers, and other financial intermediaries that sell the Janus funds for distribution, marketing, promotional, or related services, and/or for providing recordkeeping, subaccounting, transaction processing, and other shareholder or administrative services (including payments for processing transactions via National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) or other means) in connection with investments in the Janus funds. These fees are in addition to any fees that may be paid by the Janus funds for these types of services or other services. Shareholders investing through an intermediary should consider whether such arrangements exist when evaluating any recommendations from an intermediary.

In addition, Janus Capital or its affiliates may also share certain marketing expenses with intermediaries, or pay for or sponsor informational meetings, seminars, client awareness events, support for marketing materials, sales reporting, or business building programs for such intermediaries to raise awareness of the Janus funds. Janus Capital or its affiliates may make payments to participate in intermediary marketing support programs which may provide Janus Capital or its affiliates with one or more of the following benefits: attendance at sales conferences, participation in meetings or training sessions, access to or information about intermediary personnel, use of an intermediary’s marketing and communication infrastructure, fund analysis tools, business planning and strategy sessions with intermediary personnel, information on industry- or platform-specific developments, trends and service providers, and other marketing-related services. Such payments may be in addition to, or in lieu of, the payments described above. These payments are intended to promote the sales of Janus funds and to reimburse financial intermediaries, directly or indirectly, for the costs that they or their salespersons incur in connection with educational seminars, meetings, and training efforts about the Janus funds to enable the intermediaries and their salespersons to make suitable recommendations, provide useful services, and maintain the necessary infrastructure to make the Janus funds available to their customers.

The receipt of (or prospect of receiving) payments, reimbursements and other forms of compensation described above may provide a financial intermediary and its salespersons with an incentive to favor sales of Janus funds’ shares over sales of other funds (or non-mutual fund investments), with respect to which the financial intermediary does not receive such payments or receives them in a lower amount. The receipt of these payments may cause certain financial intermediaries to elevate the prominence of the Janus funds within such financial intermediary’s organization by, for example, placement on a list of preferred or recommended funds and/or the provision of preferential or enhanced opportunities to promote the Janus funds in various ways within such financial intermediary’s organization.

From time to time, certain financial intermediaries approach Janus Capital to request that Janus Capital make contributions to certain charitable organizations. In these cases, Janus Capital’s contribution may result in the financial intermediary, or its salespersons, recommending Janus funds over other funds (or non-mutual fund investments).

The payment arrangements described above will not change the price an investor pays for shares nor the amount that a Janus fund receives to invest on behalf of the investor. You should consider whether such arrangements exist when evaluating

 

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any recommendations from an intermediary to purchase or sell shares of the Funds. Please contact your financial intermediary or plan sponsor for details on such arrangements.

 

PURCHASING AND SELLING SHARES

Shares of the Fund are listed for trading on a national securities exchange during the trading day. Shares can be bought and sold throughout the trading day like shares of other publicly traded companies. However, there can be no guarantee that an active trading market will develop or be maintained, or that the Fund shares listing will continue or remain unchanged. The Fund does not impose any minimum investment for shares of the Fund purchased on an exchange. Buying or selling the Fund’s shares involves certain costs that apply to all securities transactions. When buying or selling shares of the Fund through a financial intermediary, you may incur a brokerage commission or other charges determined by your financial intermediary. Due to these brokerage costs, if any, frequent trading may detract significantly from investment returns. In addition, you may also incur the cost of the spread (the difference between the bid price and the ask price). The commission is frequently a fixed amount and may be a significant cost for investors seeking to buy or sell small amounts of shares.

The spread varies over time for shares of the Fund based on its trading volume and market liquidity, and is generally less if the Fund has more trading volume and market liquidity and more if the Fund has less trading volume and market liquidity. Shares of the Fund may be acquired through the Distributor or redeemed directly with the Fund only in Creation Units or multiples thereof, as discussed in the “Creation and Redemption of Creation Units” section of the SAI. Once created, shares of the Fund generally trade in the secondary market in amounts less than a Creation Unit.

The Fund’s primary listing exchange is the NASDAQ. The NASDAQ is open for trading Monday through Friday and is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

A Business Day with respect to the Fund is each day the NASDAQ is open. Orders from Authorized Participants to create or redeem Creation Units will only be accepted on a Business Day. On days when the NASDAQ closes earlier than normal, the Fund may require orders to create or redeem Creation Units to be placed earlier in the day. In addition, to minimize brokerage and other related trading costs associated with securities that cannot be readily transferred in-kind, the Fund may establish early trade cut-off times for Authorized Participants to submit orders for Creation Units, in accordance with the 1940 Act. See the SAI for more information.

In compliance with the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (“USA PATRIOT Act”), your financial intermediary is required to verify certain information on your account application as part of its Anti-Money Laundering Program. You will be required to provide your full name, date of birth, social security number, and permanent street address to assist in verifying your identity. You may also be asked to provide documents that may help to establish your identity. Until verification of your identity is made, your financial intermediary may temporarily limit additional share purchases. In addition, your financial intermediary may close an account if it is unable to verify a shareholder’s identity. Please contact your financial intermediary if you need additional assistance when completing your application or additional information about the intermediary’s Anti-Money Laundering Program.

In an effort to ensure compliance with this law, Janus’ Anti-Money Laundering Program (the “Program”) provides for the development of internal practices, procedures and controls, designation of anti-money laundering compliance officers, an ongoing training program, and an independent audit function to determine the effectiveness of the Program.

Continuous Offering

The method by which Creation Units of shares are created and traded may raise certain issues under applicable securities laws. Because new Creation Units of shares are issued and sold by the Fund on an ongoing basis, a “distribution,” as such term is used in the Securities Act of 1933, 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 requirements 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 Units after placing an order with the Distributor, breaks them down into constituent shares and sells the 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

 

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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 should also note that dealers who are not “underwriters” but are effecting transactions in shares, whether or not participating in the distribution of shares, are generally 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 is only available with respect to transactions on a national exchange.

Book Entry

Shares of the Fund are held in book-entry form, which means that no stock certificates are issued. The DTC or its nominee is the record owner of all outstanding shares of the Fund and is recognized as the owner of all shares for all purposes.

Investors owning shares of the Fund are beneficial owners as shown on the records of DTC or its participants. DTC serves as the securities depository for shares of the Fund. DTC participants 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 exchange-traded securities that you hold in book-entry or “street name” form.

Share Prices

The trading prices of the Fund’s shares in the secondary market generally differ from the Fund’s daily NAV per share and are affected by market forces such as supply and demand, economic conditions, and other factors. Information regarding the intra-day net asset value of the Fund is disseminated every 15 seconds throughout the trading day by the national securities exchange on which the Fund’s shares are primarily listed or by market data vendors or other information providers. The intra-day net asset value is based on the current market value of the securities and/or cash included in the Fund’s intra-day net asset value basket. The intra-day net asset value does not necessarily reflect the precise composition of the current portfolio of securities and instruments held by the Fund at a particular point in time or the best possible valuation of the current portfolio. Therefore, the intra-day net asset value should not be viewed as a “real-time” update of the NAV, which is computed only once a day. The intra-day net asset value is generally determined by using both current market quotations and/or price quotations obtained from broker-dealers that may trade in the portfolio securities and instruments included in the Fund’s intra-day net asset value basket. The Fund is not involved in, or responsible for, the calculation or dissemination of the intra-day net asset value and makes no representation or warranty as to its accuracy. An inaccuracy in the intra-day net asset value could result from various factors, including the difficulty of pricing portfolio instruments on an intra-day basis.

Premiums and Discounts

There may be differences between the daily market prices on secondary markets for shares of the Fund and the Fund’s NAV. NAV is the price per share at which the Fund issues and redeems shares. See “Pricing of Fund Shares” above. The price used to calculate market returns (“Market Price”) of the Fund generally is determined using the midpoint between the highest bid and the lowest offer on the national securities exchange on which shares of the Fund are primarily listed for trading, as of the time that the Fund’s NAV is calculated. The Fund’s Market Price may be at, above, or below its NAV. The NAV of the Fund will fluctuate with changes in the market value of its portfolio holdings. The Market Price of the Fund will fluctuate in accordance with changes in its NAV, as well as market supply and demand.

Premiums or discounts are the differences (expressed as a percentage) between the NAV and the Market Price of the Fund on a given day, generally at the time the NAV is calculated. A premium is the amount that the Fund is trading above the reported NAV, expressed as a percentage of the NAV. A discount is the amount that the Fund is trading below the reported NAV, expressed as a percentage of the NAV. A discount or premium could be significant. Information regarding the frequency of daily premiums or discounts, generally at the time the NAV is calculated, during the Fund’s four previous calendar quarters (or for the life of the Fund, if shorter) will be available at janus.com/etfs.

 

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Investments by Other Investment Companies

The Trust and the Fund are part of the Janus family of funds and are related for purposes of investor and investment services, as defined in Section 12(d)(1)(G) of the 1940 Act.

For purposes of the 1940 Act, Fund shares are issued by a registered investment company and purchases of Fund shares by registered investment companies and companies relying on Section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act are subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 12(d)(1) of the Act, except as permitted by an exemptive order of the SEC. The SEC has granted the Trust such an order to permit registered investment companies to invest in Fund shares beyond the limits in Section 12(d)(1)(A), subject to certain terms and conditions, including that the registered investment company first enter into a written agreement with the Trust regarding the terms of the investment.

 

EXCESSIVE TRADING

Frequent trading of Fund shares does not disrupt portfolio management, increase the Fund’s trading costs, lead to realization of capital gains by the Fund, or otherwise harm Fund shareholders. The vast majority of trading in Fund shares occurs on the secondary market. Because these trades do not involve the Fund, they do not harm the Fund or its shareholders. A few institutional investors are authorized to purchase and redeem Fund shares directly with the Fund. Because these trades typically are effected in kind (i.e., for securities and not for cash), they do not cause any of the harmful effects to the issuing fund (as previously noted) that may result from frequent cash trades. For these reasons, the Trustees of the Fund have determined that it is not necessary to adopt policies and procedures to detect and deter frequent trading and market timing of Fund shares. However, the Fund’s policies and procedures regarding frequent purchases and redemptions may be modified by the Trustees at any time.

 

AVAILABILITY OF PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS INFORMATION

Each business day, the Fund’s portfolio holdings information is provided to the Distributor or other agent for dissemination through the facilities of the NSCC and/or other fee-based subscription services to NSCC members and/or subscribers to entities that publish and/or analyze such information in connection with the process of purchasing or redeeming Creation Units or trading shares of the Fund in the secondary market. In addition, on each business day before commencement of trading in shares on the NASDAQ, the Fund will disclose on janus.com/etfs the identities and quantities of each portfolio position held by the Fund that will form the basis for the Fund’s calculation of the NAV per share at the end of the business day. The Fund is also required to disclose its complete holdings in the quarterly holdings report on Form N-Q within 60 days of the end of the first and third fiscal quarters, and in the annual report and semiannual report to Fund shareholders.

For additional information on these disclosures and the availability of portfolio holdings information, please refer to the Fund’s SAI.

 

SHAREHOLDER COMMUNICATIONS

Statements and Reports

Your financial intermediary or plan sponsor is responsible for sending you periodic statements of all transactions, along with trade confirmations and tax reporting, as required by applicable law.

Your financial intermediary or plan sponsor is responsible for providing annual and semiannual reports, including the financial statements of the Fund. These reports show the Fund’s investments and the market value of such investments, as well as other information about the Fund and its operations. Please contact your financial intermediary or plan sponsor to obtain these reports. The Fund’s fiscal year ends October 31.

Lost (Unclaimed/Abandoned) Accounts

It is important to maintain a correct address for each shareholder. An incorrect address may cause a shareholder’s account statements and other mailings to be returned as undeliverable. Based upon statutory requirements for returned mail, your financial intermediary or plan sponsor is required to attempt to locate the shareholder or rightful owner of the account. If the financial intermediary or plan sponsor is unable to locate the shareholder, then the financial intermediary or plan sponsor is legally obligated to deem the property “unclaimed” or “abandoned,” and subsequently escheat (or transfer) unclaimed property (including shares of a fund) to the appropriate state’s unclaimed property administrator in accordance with statutory requirements. Further, your account may be deemed “unclaimed” or “abandoned,” and subsequently transferred to your state of

 

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residence if no activity (as defined by that state) occurs within your account during the time frame specified in your state’s unclaimed property laws. The shareholder’s last known address of record determines which state has jurisdiction. Interest or income is not earned on redemption or distribution check(s) sent to you during the time the check(s) remained uncashed.

 

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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

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You can make inquiries and request other information, including a Statement of Additional Information, annual report, or semiannual report (as they become available), free of charge, by contacting your broker-dealer, plan sponsor, or financial intermediary, or by contacting a Janus representative at 1-877-335-2687. The Fund’s Statement of Additional Information and most recent annual and semiannual reports are also available, free of charge, at janus.com/etfs. Additional information about the Fund’s investments is available in the Fund’s annual and semiannual reports. In the Fund’s annual and semiannual reports, you will find a discussion of the market conditions and investment strategies that significantly affected the Fund’s performance during its last fiscal period. Other information is also available from financial intermediaries that sell shares of the Fund.

The Statement of Additional Information provides detailed information about the Fund and is incorporated into this Prospectus by reference. You may review and copy information about the Fund (including the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information) at the Public Reference Room of the SEC or get text only copies, after paying a duplicating fee, by sending an electronic request by e-mail to publicinfo@sec.gov or by writing to or calling the Commission’s Public Reference Section, Washington, D.C. 20549-1520 (1-202-551-8090). Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may also be obtained by calling this number. You may also obtain reports and other information about the Fund from the Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) Database on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

 

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The Trust’s Investment Company Act File No. is 811-23112.

 


 

June 7, 2016

 

     Ticker

The Obesity ETF

   SLIM

Principal U.S. Listing Exchange: The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

  

 

 

Janus Detroit Street Trust

Prospectus

 

 

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


LOGO

 

This Prospectus describes The Obesity ETF (the “Fund”), a portfolio of Janus Detroit Street Trust (the “Trust”). Janus Capital Management LLC (“Janus Capital” or “Janus”) serves as investment adviser to the Fund.

Shares of the Fund are not individually redeemable and the owners of Fund shares may purchase or redeem shares from the Fund in Creation Units only, in accordance with the terms set forth in this Prospectus. The purchase and sale price of individual Fund shares trading on an exchange may be below, at or above the most recently calculated net asset value for Fund shares.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

FUND SUMMARY

 

The Obesity ETF

    2   

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUND

 

Fees and expenses

    7   

Additional investment strategies and general portfolio policies

    7   

Risks of the Fund

    8   

MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND

 

Investment adviser

    11   

Management expenses

    11   

Investment personnel

    12   

OTHER INFORMATION

    13   

DIVIDENDS, DISTRIBUTIONS, AND TAXES

    14   

SHAREHOLDERS GUIDE

 

Pricing of fund shares

    16   

Distribution and servicing fees

    16   

Payments to financial intermediaries by Janus Capital or its affiliates

    17   

Purchasing and selling shares

    18   

Excessive trading

    20   

Shareholder communications

    20   

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

    22   

 

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FUND SUMMARY

 

 

The Obesity ETF

Ticker:    SLIM

 

INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE

The Obesity ETF seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before fees and expenses, of an index which is designed to track the performance of companies globally that are positioned to profit from servicing the obese, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, health care and medical device companies whose business is focused on obesity and obesity related disease including diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, and sleep apnea, and companies focused on weight loss programs, weight loss supplements, or plus sized apparel.

 

FEES AND EXPENSES OF THE FUND

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

 

ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES

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

 

Management Fees

     0.50%   

Other Expenses(1)

     0.00%   

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

     0.50%   

 

(1) Other Expenses are based on the estimated expenses that the Fund expects to incur.

EXAMPLE:

The Example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other funds. The 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. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

      1 Year      3 Years  
   $   51       $   160   

Portfolio Turnover:  The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the Example, affect the Fund’s performance. Because the Fund was not in operation during the most recent fiscal year, no portfolio turnover information is available.

 

PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES

The Fund pursues its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its net assets (plus any borrowings for investment purposes) in the stocks that comprise the Solactive Obesity Index (“Underlying Index”). The Underlying Index is designed to track the performance of companies globally that are positioned to profit from servicing the obese, including biotechnology, pharmaceutical, health care and medical device companies whose business is focused on obesity and obesity related disease including diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, and sleep apnea, and companies focused on weight loss programs, weight loss supplements, or plus sized apparel. Under normal circumstances, the Fund expects to invest substantially all of its assets in securities included in the Underlying Index, using a replication strategy as discussed below. The Fund may invest in companies of any capitalization, although at least 90% of the companies will have a capitalization of at least $100 million. The Fund may invest in foreign issuers, including emerging markets. Stocks included in the Underlying Index may include common shares traded on local exchanges, American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) and Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”). ADRs and GDRs represent ownership interests in shares of foreign companies that are held in financial institution custodial accounts, and are traded on exchanges in the United States and around the world.

 

 

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The Fund is classified as nondiversified, which allows it to hold larger positions in a smaller number of companies, compared to a fund that is classified as diversified.

The Underlying Index, the Solactive Obesity Index, was created by and is maintained by Solactive AG (“Solactive” or the “Index Provider”). The Underlying Index is reconstituted on a semi-annual basis, rebalanced on a quarterly basis, and the Fund is rebalanced quarterly based on changes to the Underlying Index. The Fund uses a “passive,” index-based approach in seeking performance that corresponds to the performance of the Underlying Index. The underlying securities are weighted according to their market capitalization relative to other securities in the Underlying Index, and capped so that no security will represent more than 20% of the Underlying Index at the time of an index reconstitution or rebalance. Due to market movement between rebalancing and reconstitution of the Underlying Index, an underlying security may represent more than 20% of the Underlying Index at any given time, and thus may represent more than 20% of the Fund’s assets at any given time.

The Fund will generally use a replication methodology, meaning it will invest in the securities composing the Underlying Index in proportion to the weightings in the Underlying Index. However, the Fund may utilize a sampling methodology under various circumstances in which it may not be possible or practicable to purchase all of the securities in the Underlying Index. Janus Capital expects that over time, if the Fund has sufficient assets, the correlation between the Fund’s performance, before fees and expenses, and that of the Underlying Index will be 95% or better. A figure of 100% would indicate perfect correlation.

Under normal circumstances, the Fund expects to invest substantially all of its assets in securities included in the Underlying Index, although it may invest up to 20% its assets in other securities that Janus Capital believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. Such investments include stocks, shares of other investment companies, cash and cash equivalents, including money market funds.

To the extent the Underlying Index concentrates (i.e., holds 25% or more of its total assets) in the securities of a particular industry or group of industries, the Fund will concentrate its investments to approximately the same extent as its Underlying Index. As of April 29, 2016, approximately 29% and 25% of the Underlying Index was represented by companies in the health care equipment and health care services industries, respectively. The Fund’s Underlying Index is rebalanced quarterly. For more recent information, see the Fund’s daily portfolio holdings posted on the ETF portion of the Janus website.

The Fund may lend portfolio securities on a short-term or long-term basis, in an amount equal to up to one-third of its total assets as determined at the time of the loan origination.

 

PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS

The Fund’s returns will vary, and you could lose money. The principal risks and special considerations associated with investing in the Fund are set forth below.

Market Risk.  The value of the Fund’s portfolio may decrease if the value of an individual company or security, or multiple companies or securities, in the portfolio decreases. Further, regardless of how well individual companies or securities perform, the value of the Fund’s portfolio could also decrease if there are deteriorating economic or market conditions. It is important to understand that the value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, in response to changes in the market, and you could lose money. Market risk may affect a single issuer, industry, economic sector, or the market as a whole. The Underlying Index has exposure to the small-, mid- and/or large capitalization sectors of the stock market, and therefore at times the Fund may underperform the overall stock market.

Equity Investing Risk.  The Fund’s investment in the securities composing the Underlying Index involves risks of investing in a portfolio of equity securities, such as market fluctuations, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in stock prices.

Concentration Risk.  The Fund focuses its investments in companies that service the obese, many of which are in the health care sector. Because of this, companies in the Fund’s portfolio may share common characteristics and may be more sensitive to factors such as government regulation and cost containment measures, rapid changes in technology, and product cycles. As a result, the Fund may be subject to greater risks and the value of its investments may fluctuate more than a fund that does not focus its investments. In addition, the Fund’s assets will generally be concentrated in an industry or group of industries to the extent that the Fund’s Underlying Index concentrates in a particular industry or group of industries. In addition, to the extent the Fund invests a substantial portion of its assets in an industry or group of industries, market or economic factors impacting that industry or group of industries could have a significant effect on the value of the Fund’s investments. Companies in the same or similar industries may share common characteristics and are more likely to react similarly to industry-specific market or economic developments.

 

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Additionally, the Fund’s performance may be more volatile when the Fund’s investments are less diversified across industries. The Fund’s assets will not be concentrated if the Underlying Index does not concentrate in a particular industry or group of industries.

 

  Health Care Service and Health Care Equipment Concentration Risk.  Health care service and equipment companies may be affected by extensive government regulations, restrictions on government reimbursement for medical expenses, rising costs of medical products and services, pricing pressure, an increased emphasis on outpatient services, industry innovation, and changes in technologies.

 

  Pharmaceutical and Biotech Concentration Risk.  Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies invest heavily in research and development, which may not necessarily lead to commercially successful products, and such companies are subject to competitive pressures and are heavily dependent on patents and intellectual property rights.

Small- and Mid-Sized Companies Risk.  The Fund’s investments in securities issued by small- and mid-sized companies, which can include smaller, start-up companies offering emerging products or services, may involve greater risks than are customarily associated with larger, more established companies. Securities issued by small- and mid-sized companies tend to be more volatile and somewhat more speculative than securities issued by larger or more established companies and may underperform as compared to the securities of larger companies.

Growth Securities Risk.  Securities of companies perceived to be “growth” companies may be more volatile than other stocks and may involve special risks. If the perception of a company’s growth potential is not realized, the securities purchased may not perform as expected, reducing the Fund’s returns. In addition, because different types of stocks tend to shift in and out of favor depending on market and economic conditions, “growth” stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole, and other types of securities.

Foreign Exposure Risk.  The Fund may have exposure to foreign markets as a result of its investments in foreign securities, including investments in emerging markets, which can be more volatile than the U.S. markets. As a result, its returns and net asset value may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates or political or economic conditions in a particular country. In some foreign markets, there may not be protection against failure by other parties to complete transactions. It may not be possible for the Fund to repatriate capital, dividends, interest, and other income from a particular country or governmental entity. In addition, a market swing in one or more countries or regions where the Fund has invested a significant amount of its assets may have a greater effect on the Fund’s performance than it would in a more geographically diversified portfolio.

Nondiversification Risk.  The Fund is classified as nondiversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (“1940 Act”). This gives the Fund’s portfolio managers more flexibility to hold larger positions in a smaller number of securities. As a result, an increase or decrease in the value of a single security held by the Fund may have a greater impact on the Fund’s net asset value and total return.

Methodology and Model Risk.  Neither the Fund nor Janus Capital can offer assurances that tracking the Underlying Index will capture the growth of companies positioned to benefit from servicing the obese, or be appropriate for every investor seeking a particular risk profile. Underlying Index risks include, but are not limited to, the risk that the factors used to determine the components of the Underlying Index, as applied by the Index Provider in accordance with the Underlying Index methodology, might not select securities that individually, or in the aggregate, are positioned to benefit from servicing the obese.

Passive Investment Risk.  The Fund is not actively managed and therefore the Fund might not sell shares of a security due to current or projected underperformance of a security, industry or sector, unless that security is removed from the Underlying Index or the selling of shares is otherwise required upon a rebalancing of the Underlying Index.

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

Index Tracking Risk.  The Fund’s return may not match or achieve a high degree of correlation with the return of the Underlying Index. To the extent the Fund utilizes a sampling approach, it may experience tracking error to a greater extent than if the Fund sought to replicate the Underlying Index. In addition, the Fund may hold fewer than the total number of securities in the Underlying Index. Further, the Fund may hold securities or other investments not included in the Underlying Index but which Janus Capital believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. Such investments may not perform as expected.

 

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Trading Issues Risk.  Although Fund shares are listed for trading on The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ”), there can be no assurance that an active trading market for such shares will develop or be maintained. Trading in Fund shares may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the NASDAQ, make trading in shares inadvisable. In addition, trading in shares is subject to trading halts caused by extraordinary market volatility pursuant to the NASDAQ “circuit breaker” rules. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the NASDAQ necessary to maintain the listing of the Fund will continue to be met or will remain unchanged or that the shares will trade with any volume, or at all.

Fluctuation of NAV.  The net asset value (“NAV”) of the Fund shares will generally fluctuate with changes in the market value of the Fund’s securities holdings. The market prices of shares will generally fluctuate in accordance with changes in the Fund’s NAV and supply and demand of shares on the NASDAQ. An absence of trading in shares of the Fund, or a high volume of trading in the Fund, may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. It cannot be predicted whether Fund shares will trade below, at or above the Fund’s NAV. If an investor purchases shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV of the shares or sells at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV of the shares, then the investor may sustain losses.

Securities Lending Risk.  The Fund may seek to earn additional income through lending its securities to certain qualified broker-dealers and institutions. There is the risk that when portfolio securities are lent, the securities may not be returned on a timely basis, and the Fund may experience delays and costs in recovering the security or gaining access to the collateral provided to the Fund to collateralize the loan. If the Fund is unable to recover a security on loan, the Fund may use the collateral to purchase replacement securities in the market. There is a risk that the value of the collateral could decrease below the cost of the replacement security by the time the replacement investment is made, resulting in a loss to the Fund.

An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.

 

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

The Fund does not have a full calendar year of operations. Performance information for certain periods will be included in the Fund’s first annual and/or semiannual report and is available at janus.com/etfs or by calling 1-877-335-2687. When provided, the information will provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Fund by showing how the Fund’s average annual returns compare with a broad measure of market performance. Past performance does not necessarily indicate how the Fund will perform in the future.

 

MANAGEMENT

Investment Adviser:  Janus Capital Management LLC

Portfolio Managers:  Benjamin Wang, CFA, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016. Scott M. Weiner, DPhil, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016.

 

PURCHASE AND SALE OF FUND SHARES

Unlike shares of traditional mutual funds, shares of the Fund are not individually redeemable and may only be purchased or redeemed directly from the Fund at NAV in large increments called “Creation Units” (100,000 or more shares per Creation Unit) through certain participants, known as “Authorized Participants.” The Fund will issue or redeem Creation Units in exchange for portfolio securities included in the Fund’s Underlying Index and/or cash. Except when aggregated in Creation Units, Fund shares are not redeemable securities of the Fund.

Shares of the Fund are listed and trade on the NASDAQ, and individual investors can purchase or sell shares in much smaller increments and for cash in the secondary market through a broker. These transactions, which do not involve the Fund, are made at market prices that may vary throughout the day and differ from the Fund’s net asset value. As a result, you may pay more than net asset value (at a premium) when you purchase shares, and receive less than net asset value (at a discount) when you sell shares, in the secondary market.

 

 

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TAX INFORMATION

The Fund’s distributions are taxable, and will be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains, unless you are investing through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account (in which case you may be taxed upon withdrawal of your investment from such account). A sale of Fund shares may result in a 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, Janus Capital and/or its affiliates may pay broker-dealers or intermediaries for the sale and/or maintenance of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUND

 

 

 

FEES AND EXPENSES

Please refer to the following important information when reviewing the “Fees and Expenses of the Fund” table in the Fund Summary of the Prospectus. The fees and expenses shown reflect estimated annualized expenses that the shares expect to incur.

 

  “Annual Fund Operating Expenses” are paid out of the Fund’s assets. You do not pay these fees directly but, as the Example in the Fund Summary shows, these costs are borne indirectly by all shareholders.

 

  The “Management Fee” is the rate paid by the Fund to Janus Capital for providing certain services. Refer to “Management Expenses” in this Prospectus for additional information with further description in the Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”).

 

  “Other Expenses”
  °   include taxes and governmental fees, brokerage fees, commissions and other transaction expenses, costs of borrowing money, including interest expenses, securities lending expenses, and extraordinary expenses (such as litigation and indemnification expenses).
  °   include acquired fund fees and expenses, which are indirect expenses the Fund may incur as a result of investing in shares of an underlying fund. “Acquired Fund” refers to any underlying fund (including, but not limited to, exchange-traded funds) in which a fund invests or has invested during the period. Such amounts are currently estimated to be less than 0.01%.

 

ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES AND GENERAL PORTFOLIO  POLICIES

The Fund’s Board of Trustees (“Trustees”) may change the Fund’s investment objective or non-fundamental principal investment strategies without a shareholder vote. The Fund will notify you in writing at least 60 days or as soon as reasonably practicable before making any such change it considers material. In addition, the Fund will provide shareholders with at least 60 days’ notice prior to changing the 80% investment policy. If there is a material change to the Fund’s objective or principal investment strategies, you should consider whether the Fund remains an appropriate investment for you. There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.

The Fund’s portfolio holdings are disclosed on its website daily after the close of trading on the exchange and prior to the opening of trading on the exchange the following day. A description of the Fund’s policies and procedures with respect to the disclosure of the Fund’s portfolio holdings is available in the Fund’s SAI. Information about the premiums and discounts at which the Fund’s shares have traded will be available at janus.com/etfs.

Unless otherwise stated, the following additional investment strategies and general policies apply to the Fund and provide further information including, but not limited to, the types of securities the Fund may invest in when implementing its investment objective. Some of these strategies and policies may be part of a principal strategy. Other strategies and policies may be utilized to a lesser extent. Except for the Fund’s policies with respect to investments in illiquid securities and borrowing, the percentage limitations included in these policies and elsewhere in this Prospectus and/or the SAI normally apply only at the time of initial purchase of a security. So, for example, if the Fund exceeds a limit as a result of market fluctuations or the sale of other securities, it will not be required to dispose of any securities and may continue to purchase such securities in order to track the Underlying Index.

Securities Lending

Although not considered a principal investment strategy, the Fund may seek to earn additional income through lending its securities to certain qualified broker-dealers and institutions on a short-term or long-term basis. The Fund may lend portfolio securities on a short-term or long-term basis, in an amount equal to up to one-third of its total assets as determined at the time of the loan origination. When the Fund lends its securities, it receives collateral (including cash collateral), at least equal to the value of securities loaned. The Fund may earn income by investing this collateral in one or more affiliated or non-affiliated cash management vehicles. It is also possible that, due to a decline in the value of a cash management vehicle in which collateral is invested, the Fund may lose money. There is also the risk that when portfolio securities are lent, the securities may not be returned on a timely basis, and the Fund may experience delays and costs in recovering the security or gaining access to the collateral provided to the Fund to collateralize the loan. If the Fund is unable to recover a security on loan, the Fund may use the collateral to purchase replacement securities in the market. There is a risk that the value of the collateral could decrease below the cost of the replacement security by the time the replacement investment is made, resulting in a loss to the Fund. To the extent Janus Capital manages the cash collateral in an affiliated cash management vehicle, it will receive an investment advisory fee for managing such assets.

 

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Swaps

Although not considered a principal investment strategy, the Fund may utilize swap agreements including, but not limited to, equity swaps, as a means to gain exposure to certain companies or countries, provided Janus Capital believes such use will assist the Fund in tracking the Underlying Index. Equity swaps involve the exchange by two parties of future cash flow (e.g., one cash flow based on a referenced interest rate and the other based on the performance of stock or a stock index).

Non-Index Investments

Although not considered a principal investment strategy, the Fund may invest in investments that are not included in the Underlying Index, but which Janus Capital believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. Such investments include stocks, shares of other investment companies, cash and cash equivalents, including money market funds. There may be instances where a stock is removed from the Underlying Index but Janus Capital may elect to hold it for tax-related purposes, or where the Fund receives non-Underlying Index stocks in a corporate action and does not sell the stocks until the next rebalance date. Janus Capital may also choose to hold non-Underlying Index stocks due to an optimization methodology to more efficiently track the Underlying Index. Use of an optimization methodology would entail the use of a program or model designed to identify securities that are not included in the Underlying Index, but would be expected to behave similarly to securities that are in the Underlying Index.

 

RISKS OF THE FUND

The value of your investment will vary over time, sometimes significantly, and you may lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund invests substantially all of its assets in small-, mid- and large capitalization stocks. The following information is intended to help you better understand some of the risks of investing in the Fund. The impact of the following risks on the Fund may vary depending on the Fund’s investments. The greater the Fund’s investment in a particular security, the greater the Fund’s exposure to the risks associated with that security. Before investing in the Fund, you should consider carefully the risks that you assume when investing in the Fund.

Index Tracking Risk.  Tracking error refers to the risk that Janus Capital may not be able to cause the Fund’s performance to match or correlate to that of the Underlying Index, either on a daily or aggregate basis. There are a number of factors that may contribute to the Fund’s tracking error, such as Fund expenses, imperfect correlation between the Fund’s investments and those of the Underlying Index, rounding of share prices, the timing or magnitude of changes to the composition of the Underlying Index, regulatory policies, and a high portfolio turnover rate. The Fund incurs operating expenses not applicable to the Underlying Index and incurs costs associated with buying and selling securities, especially when rebalancing the Fund’s securities holdings to reflect changes in the composition of the Underlying Index. In addition, mathematical compounding may prevent the Fund from correlating with the monthly, quarterly, annual, or other period performance of the Underlying Index. Tracking error may cause the Fund’s performance to be less than expected.

Passive Investment Risk.  The Fund is not actively managed. Therefore, unless a specific security is removed from the Underlying Index, or the selling of shares of that security is otherwise required upon a rebalancing of the Underlying Index pursuant to the Underlying Index methodology, the Fund generally would not sell a security because the security’s issuer was in financial trouble. If a specific security is removed from the Underlying Index, the Fund may be forced to sell such security at an inopportune time or for a price other than the security’s current market value. An investment in the Fund involves risks similar to those of investing in equity securities traded on an exchange, such as market fluctuations caused by such factors as economic and political developments, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in security prices. It is anticipated that the value of Fund shares will decline, more or less, in correspondence with any decline in value of the Underlying Index.

The Underlying Index may not contain the appropriate mix of securities for any particular point in the business cycle of the overall economy, particular economic sectors, or narrow industries within which the commercial activities of the companies composing the portfolio securities holdings of the Fund are conducted, and the timing of movements from one type of security to another in seeking to replicate the Underlying Index could have a negative effect on the Fund. Unlike with an actively managed fund, Janus Capital does not use techniques or defensive strategies designed to lessen the effects of market volatility or to reduce the impact of periods of market decline. This means that, based on market and economic conditions, the Fund’s performance could be lower than other types of mutual funds that may actively shift their portfolio assets to take advantage of market opportunities or to lessen the impact of a market decline.

Fluctuation of NAV.  The NAV of the Fund shares will generally fluctuate with changes in the market value of the Fund’s securities holdings. The market prices of shares will generally fluctuate in accordance with changes in the Fund’s NAV and

 

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supply and demand of shares on the NASDAQ. It cannot be predicted whether Fund shares will trade below, at or above their NAV. Price differences may be due, in large part, to the fact that supply and demand forces at work in the secondary trading market for shares will be closely related to, but not identical to, the same forces influencing the prices of the securities of the Underlying Index trading individually or in the aggregate at any point in time. The market prices of Fund shares may deviate significantly from the NAV of the shares during periods of market volatility. While the creation/redemption feature is designed to make it likely that Fund shares normally will trade close to the Fund’s NAV, disruptions to creations and redemptions may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. An absence of trading in shares of the Fund, or a high volume of trading in the Fund, may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. If an investor purchases Fund shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV of the shares or sells at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV of the shares, then the investor may sustain losses.

Costs of Buying or Selling Shares.  Investors buying or selling Fund shares in the secondary market will pay brokerage commissions or other charges imposed by brokers as determined by that broker. Brokerage commissions are often a fixed amount and may be a significant proportional cost for investors seeking to buy or sell relatively small amounts of shares. In addition, secondary market investors will also incur the cost of the difference between the price that an investor is willing to pay for shares (the “bid” price) and the price at which an investor is willing to sell shares (the “ask” price). This difference in bid and ask prices is often referred to as the “spread” or “bid/ask spread.” The bid/ask spread varies over time for shares based on trading volume and market liquidity, and is generally lower if the Fund’s shares have more trading volume and market liquidity and higher if the Fund’s shares have little trading volume and market liquidity. Further, increased market volatility may cause increased bid/ask spreads. Due to the costs of buying or selling shares, including bid/ask spreads, frequent trading of shares may significantly reduce investment results and an investment in shares may not be advisable for investors who anticipate regularly making small investments.

Trading Issues Risk.  Trading in shares on the NASDAQ may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the NASDAQ, make trading in shares inadvisable. In addition, trading in shares on the NASDAQ is subject to trading halts caused by extraordinary market volatility pursuant to the NASDAQ “circuit breaker” rules. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the NASDAQ necessary to maintain the listing of the Fund will continue to be met or will remain unchanged or that the shares will trade with any volume, or at all. While the creation/redemption feature is designed to make it likely that shares will trade close to the Fund’s NAV, disruptions to creations and redemptions may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. If an investor purchases shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV of the shares or sells at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV of the shares, then the investor may sustain losses.

ADR/GDR Risk.  To the extent the Fund seeks exposure to foreign companies, the Fund’s investments may be in the form of depositary receipts or other securities convertible into securities of foreign issuers, including ADRs and GDRs. While the use of ADRs and GDRs, which are traded on exchanges and represent ownership in foreign securities, provide an alternative to directly purchasing the underlying foreign securities in their respective national markets and currencies, investments in ADRs and GDRs continue to be subject to certain of the risks associated with investing directly in foreign securities.

Swap Risk.  Swap agreements entail the risk that a party will default on its payment obligations to the Fund. If the other party to a swap defaults, the Fund would risk the loss of the net amount of the payments that it contractually is entitled to receive. If a Fund utilizes a swap at the wrong time or judges market conditions incorrectly, the swap may result in a loss to the Fund.

Foreign Exposure Risk.  The Fund may invest in foreign equity securities either indirectly (e.g., depositary receipts, depositary shares, and passive foreign investment companies) or directly in foreign markets, including emerging markets. With respect to investments in securities of issuers or companies that are economically tied to different countries throughout the world, securities may be deemed to be economically tied to a particular country based on such factors as the issuer’s country of incorporation, primary listing, and other factors including, but not limited to operations, revenues, headquarters, management, and shareholder base. Investments in foreign securities, may involve greater risks than investing in domestic securities because a Fund’s performance may depend on factors other than the performance of a particular company. These factors include:

 

  Currency Risk.  As long as the Fund holds a foreign security, its value will be affected by the value of the local currency relative to the U.S. dollar. When the Fund sells a foreign currency denominated security, its value may be worth less in U.S. dollars even if the security increases in value in its home country. U.S. dollar-denominated securities of foreign issuers may also be affected by currency risk, as the value of these securities may also be affected by changes in the issuer’s local currency.

 

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  Political and Economic Risk.  Foreign investments may be subject to heightened political and economic risks, particularly in emerging markets which may have relatively unstable governments, immature economic structures, national policies restricting investments by foreigners, social instability, and different and/or developing legal systems. In some countries, there is the risk that the government may take over the assets or operations of a company or that the government may impose withholding and other taxes or limits on the removal of the Fund’s assets from that country. In addition, the economies of emerging markets may be predominantly based on only a few industries, may be highly vulnerable to changes in local or global trade conditions, and may suffer from extreme and volatile debt burdens or inflation rates.

 

  Regulatory Risk.  There may be less government supervision of foreign markets. As a result, foreign issuers may not be subject to the uniform accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards and practices applicable to domestic issuers, and there may be less publicly available information about foreign issuers.

 

  Foreign Market Risk.  Foreign securities markets, particularly those of emerging market countries, may be less liquid and more volatile than domestic markets. These securities markets may trade a small number of securities, may have a limited number of issuers and a high proportion of shares, or may be held by a relatively small number of persons or institutions. Local securities markets may be unable to respond effectively to increases in trading volume, potentially making prompt liquidation of substantial holdings difficult or impossible at times. It is also possible that certain markets may require payment for securities before delivery, and delays may be encountered in settling securities transactions. In some foreign markets, there may not be protection against failure by other parties to complete transactions. It may not be possible for the Fund to repatriate capital, dividends, interest, and other income from a particular country or governmental entity. In addition, securities of issuers located in or economically tied to countries with emerging markets may have limited marketability and may be subject to more abrupt or erratic price movements which could also have a negative effect on the Fund. Such factors may hinder the Fund’s ability to buy and sell emerging market securities in a timely manner, affecting the Fund’s investment strategies and potentially affecting the value of the Fund.

 

  Geographic Investment Risk.  To the extent the Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in a particular country or geographic region, the Fund will generally have more exposure to certain risks due to possible political, economic, social, or regulatory events in that country or region. Adverse developments in certain regions could also adversely affect securities of other countries whose economies appear to be unrelated and could have a negative impact on a Fund’s performance.

 

  Transaction Costs.  Costs of buying, selling, and holding foreign securities, including brokerage, tax, and custody costs, may be higher than those involved in domestic transactions.

These risks are described further in the SAI.

 

INFORMATION REGARDING THE UNDERLYING INDEX

The Underlying Index is composed of stocks of companies selected by the Index Provider that are positioned to profit from servicing the obese. A company is deemed to service the obese by the Index Provider if its business is focused: (1) on obesity and obesity related disease including diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, and sleep apnea; or (2) on weight loss programs, weight loss supplements, or plus sized apparel. For a company to be deemed to service the obese, its obesity-related business as defined above must be a material driver of its current and future business. 100% of the companies in the Underlying Index will be obesity companies. For at least 80% of the Underlying Index, on a capitalization-weighted basis, a majority of a company’s revenues, sales, or assets comes from obesity business. The Index Provider may solicit public comment from time to time on companies that it should consider as eligible for inclusion.

For detailed information on how stocks are selected for inclusion in the Underlying Index, see the Solactive Obesity Index Methodology document, available at the Index Provider’s website.

The Underlying Index is compiled and administered by Solactive AG.

 

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MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND

 

 

 

INVESTMENT ADVISER

Janus Capital Management LLC, 151 Detroit Street, Denver, Colorado 80206-4805, is the investment adviser to the Fund. Janus Capital is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s investment portfolio and furnishes continuous advice and recommendations concerning the Fund’s investments. Janus Capital also provides certain administration and other services and is responsible for other business affairs of the Fund.

Janus Capital (together with its predecessors) has served as investment adviser to Janus mutual funds since 1970 and currently serves as investment adviser to all of the Janus funds, acts as subadviser for a number of private-label mutual funds, and provides separate account advisory services for institutional accounts and other unregistered products.

Janus Capital has received an exemptive order from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that permits Janus Capital, subject to the approval of the Trustees, to appoint or replace certain subadvisers to manage all or a portion of the Fund’s assets and enter into, amend, or terminate a subadvisory agreement with certain subadvisers without obtaining shareholder approval (a “manager-of-managers structure”). The manager-of-managers structure applies to subadvisers that are not affiliated with the Trust or Janus Capital (“non-affiliated subadvisers”), as well as any subadviser that is an indirect or direct “wholly-owned subsidiary” (as such term is defined by the 1940 Act) of Janus Capital or of another company that, indirectly or directly, wholly owns Janus Capital (collectively, “wholly-owned subadvisers”).

Pursuant to the order, Janus Capital, with the approval of the Trustees, has the discretion to terminate any subadviser and allocate and reallocate the Fund’s assets among Janus Capital and any other non-affiliated subadvisers or wholly-owned subadvisers (including terminating a non-affiliated subadviser and replacing it with a wholly-owned subadviser). Janus Capital, subject to oversight and supervision by the Trustees, has responsibility to oversee any subadviser to the Fund and to recommend for approval by the Trustees, the hiring, termination, and replacement of subadvisers for the Fund. The order also permits the Fund to disclose subadvisers’ fees only in the aggregate in the SAI. In the event that Janus Capital hires a new subadviser pursuant to the manager-of-managers structure, the Fund would provide shareholders with information about the new subadviser and subadvisory agreement within 90 days.

The Trustees and the initial shareholder of the Fund have approved the use of a manager-of-managers structure for the Fund.

 

MANAGEMENT EXPENSES

Under its unitary fee structure, the Fund pays Janus Capital a “Management Fee” in return for providing certain investment advisory, supervisory, and administrative services to the Fund, including the costs of transfer agency, custody, fund administration, legal, audit, and other services. Janus Capital’s fee structure is designed to pay substantially all of the Fund’s expenses. However, the Fund bears other expenses which are not covered under the Management Fee which may vary and affect the total level of expenses paid by shareholders, such as distribution fees (if any), brokerage expenses or commissions, interest, dividends, taxes, litigation expenses, acquired fund fees and expenses (if any), and extraordinary expenses.

The Fund’s Management Fee is calculated daily and paid monthly. The Fund’s advisory agreement details the Management Fee and other expenses that the Fund must pay.

The following table reflects the Fund’s contractual Management Fee rate (expressed as an annual rate). The rate shown is a fixed rate based on the Fund’s average daily net assets.

 

Fund Name     

Average Daily

Net Assets

of the Fund

    

Contractual

Management Fee (%)

(annual rate)

 

The Obesity ETF

    

All Asset Levels

       0.50   

A discussion regarding the basis for the Trustees’ approval of the Fund’s investment advisory agreement will be included in the Fund’s annual report (for the period ending October 31) or semiannual report (for the period ending April 30) to shareholders, following such approval. You can request the Fund’s annual or semiannual reports (as they become available), free of charge, by contacting your broker-dealer, plan sponsor, or financial intermediary, or by contacting a Janus representative at 1-877-335-2687. The reports are also available, free of charge, at janus.com/etfs.

 

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INVESTMENT PERSONNEL

The Obesity ETF

 

Co-Portfolio Managers Benjamin Wang and Scott M. Weiner jointly share responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Fund, with no limitation on the authority of one co-portfolio manager in relation to the other.

Benjamin Wang, CFA, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016. He is also Portfolio Manager of other Janus accounts. Mr. Wang joined Janus Capital in November 2014 following Janus Capital’s acquisition of VelocityShares, LLC. Prior to joining Janus Capital, Mr. Wang was Vice President at VelocityShares, LLC from 2012 to 2014, and an execution trader at Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 2007 to 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Engineering in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science degree in Financial Engineering from Columbia University. Mr. Wang holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Scott M. Weiner, DPhil, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016. He is also Portfolio Manager of other Janus accounts. Mr. Weiner joined Janus Capital in November 2014 following Janus Capital’s acquisition of VelocityShares, LLC. Prior to joining Janus Capital, Mr. Weiner was Managing Director at VelocityShares, LLC from 2011 to 2014, and Managing Director and U.S. Head of Equity Derivatives and Quantitative Strategy at Deutsche Bank from 2005 to 2010. He holds a Finance degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Oxford, and also received his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Information about the portfolio managers’ compensation structure and other accounts managed is included in the SAI.

Conflicts of Interest

Janus Capital manages many funds and numerous other accounts, which may include separate accounts and other pooled investment vehicles, such as hedge funds. Side-by-side management of multiple accounts, including the management of a cash collateral pool for securities lending and investing the Janus funds’ cash, may give rise to conflicts of interest among those accounts, and may create potential risks, such as the risk that investment activity in one account may adversely affect another account. For example, short sale activity in an account could adversely affect the market value of long positions in one or more other accounts (and vice versa). Side-by-side management may raise additional potential conflicts of interest relating to the allocation of investment opportunities and the aggregation and allocation of trades. A further discussion of potential conflicts of interest and a discussion of certain procedures intended to mitigate such potential conflicts are contained in the Fund’s SAI.

 

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OTHER INFORMATION

 

 

 

DISTRIBUTION OF THE FUND

Creation Units for the Fund are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. (the “Distributor”), which is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”). To obtain information about FINRA member firms and their associated persons, you may contact FINRA at www.finra.org, or 1-800-289-9999.

 

INDEX PROVIDER

Solactive AG (“Solactive” or the “Index Provider”) is the Index Provider for the Underlying Index. Janus Capital has entered into a license agreement with Solactive to use the Underlying Index.

Disclaimers

Neither Solactive nor any of its affiliates make any representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of a Fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in a Fund particularly or the ability of the Underlying Index to track general market performance. The Underlying Index is determined, composed, and calculated by Solactive without regard to Janus Capital or the Fund. Solactive has no obligation to take the needs of Janus Capital or the owners of the Fund into consideration in determining, composing, or calculating the Underlying Index. Solactive is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the timing of, prices at, or quantities of the Fund to be issued or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the Fund is to be converted into cash.

ALTHOUGH SOLACTIVE SHALL OBTAIN INFORMATION FOR INCLUSION IN OR FOR USE IN THE CALCULATION OF THE UNDERLYING INDEX FROM SOURCES WHICH IT CONSIDERS RELIABLE, IT DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE QUALITY, ACCURACY AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN AND SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS OF ANY KIND RELATED TO THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR DATA. SOLACTIVE MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY JANUS CAPITAL, OWNERS OF THE FUND, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN IN CONNECTION WITH THE RIGHTS LICENSED TO JANUS CAPITAL FOR ANY OTHER USE. SOLACTIVE MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE WITH RESPECT TO THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL IT HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Janus Capital does not guarantee the accuracy and/or the completeness of the Underlying Index or any data included therein, and Janus Capital shall have no liability for any errors, omissions or interruptions therein. Janus Capital makes no warranty, express or implied, as to results to be obtained by the Fund, owners of the shares of the Fund or any other person or entity from the use of the Underlying Index or any data included therein. Janus Capital makes no express or implied warranties, and expressly disclaims all warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use with respect to the Underlying Index or any data included therein. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall Janus Capital 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 Index even if notified of the possibility of such damages.

 

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DIVIDENDS, DISTRIBUTIONS AND TAXES

 

 

 

DISTRIBUTIONS

To avoid taxation of the Fund, the Internal Revenue Code requires the Fund to distribute all or substantially all of its net investment income and any net capital gains realized on its investments at least annually.

Distribution Schedule

Income dividends, if any, are distributed to shareholders quarterly. Net capital gains are distributed at least annually. Dividends may be declared and paid more frequently to improve Underlying Index tracking or to comply with the distribution requirements of the Internal Revenue Code. The date you receive your distribution may vary depending on how your intermediary processes trades. Dividend payments are made through Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) participants and indirect participants to beneficial owners then of record with proceeds received from the Fund. Please consult your intermediary for details.

How Distributions Affect the Fund’s NAV

Distributions, other than daily income dividends, are paid to shareholders as of the record date of a distribution of the Fund, regardless of how long the shares have been held. Undistributed income and net capital gains are included in the Fund’s daily NAV. The Fund’s NAV drops by the amount of the distribution, net of any subsequent market fluctuations. For example, assume that on December 31, the Fund declared a dividend in the amount of $0.25 per share. If the Fund’s NAV was $10.00 on December 30, the Fund’s NAV on December 31 would be $9.75, barring market fluctuations. You should be aware that distributions from a taxable fund do not increase the value of your investment and may create income tax obligations.

No dividend reinvestment service is provided by the Trust. Financial intermediaries may make available the DTC book-entry Dividend Reinvestment Service for use by beneficial owners of Fund shares for reinvestment of their dividend distributions. Beneficial owners should contact their financial intermediary to determine the availability and costs of the service and the details of participation therein. Financial intermediaries may require beneficial owners to adhere to specific procedures and timetables. If this service is available and used, dividend distributions of both income and net capital gains will be automatically reinvested in additional whole shares of the Fund purchased in the secondary market.

 

TAXES

As with any investment, you should consider the tax consequences of investing in the Fund. The following is a general discussion of certain federal income tax consequences of investing in the Fund. The discussion does not apply to qualified tax-deferred accounts or other non-taxable entities, nor is it a complete analysis of the federal income tax implications of investing in the Fund. You should consult your tax adviser regarding the effect that an investment in the Fund may have on your particular tax situation, including the federal, state, local, and foreign tax consequences of your investment.

Taxes on Distributions

Distributions by the Fund are subject to federal income tax, regardless of whether the distribution is made in cash or reinvested in additional shares of the Fund. Distributions from net investment income (which includes dividends, interest, and realized net short-term capital gains), other than qualified dividend income, are taxable to shareholders as ordinary income. Distributions of qualified dividend income are taxed to individuals and other noncorporate shareholders at long-term capital gain rates, provided certain holding period and other requirements are satisfied. Distributions of net capital gain (i.e., the excess of net long-term capital gain over net short-term capital loss) are taxable as long-term capital gain, regardless of how long a shareholder has held Fund shares. Individuals, trusts, and estates whose income exceeds certain threshold amounts are subject to an additional 3.8% Medicare contribution tax on net investment income. Net investment income includes dividends paid by the Fund and capital gains from any sale or exchange of Fund shares. The Fund’s net investment income and capital gains are distributed to (and may be taxable to) those persons who are shareholders of the Fund at the record date of such payments. Although the Fund’s total net income and net realized gain are the results of its operations, the per share amount distributed or taxable to shareholders is affected by the number of Fund shares outstanding at the record date. Distributions declared to shareholders of record in October, November, or December and paid on or before January 31 of the succeeding year will be treated for federal income tax purposes as if received by shareholders on December 31 of the year in which the distribution was declared. Generally, account tax information will be made available to shareholders on or before February 15 of each year. Information regarding distributions may also be reported to the Internal Revenue Service.

Taxes on Sales

Any time you sell the shares of the Fund in a taxable account, it is considered a taxable event. Depending on the purchase price and the sale price, you may have a gain or loss on the transaction. The gain or loss will generally be treated as a long-term

 

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capital gain or loss if you held your shares for more than one year and if not held for such period, as a short-term capital gain or loss. Any tax liabilities generated by your transactions are your responsibility.

The Fund may be required to withhold U.S. federal income tax on all distributions payable to shareholders who fail to provide their correct taxpayer identification number, fail to make certain required certifications, or who have been notified by the Internal Revenue Service that they are subject to backup withholding. The current backup withholding rate is applied.

For shares purchased and sold from a taxable account, your intermediary will report cost basis information to you and to the IRS. Your intermediary will permit shareholders to elect their preferred cost basis method. In the absence of an election, your cost basis method will be your intermediary’s default method, which is often the average cost method. Please consult your tax adviser to determine the appropriate cost basis method for your particular tax situation and to learn more about how the cost basis reporting laws apply to you and your investments.

Taxation of the Fund

Dividends, interest, and some capital gains received by the Fund on foreign securities may be subject to foreign tax withholding or other foreign taxes.

Certain fund transactions may involve short sales, futures, options, swap agreements, hedged investments, and other similar transactions, and may be subject to special provisions of the Internal Revenue Code that, among other things, can potentially affect the character, amount, and timing of distributions to shareholders, and utilization of capital loss carryforwards. The Fund will monitor its transactions and may make certain tax elections and use certain investment strategies where applicable in order to mitigate the effect of these tax provisions, if possible.

The Fund does not expect to pay any federal income or excise taxes because it intends to meet certain requirements of the Internal Revenue Code, including the distribution each year of substantially all its net investment income and net capital gains. It is important for the Fund to meet these requirements so that any earnings on your investment will not be subject to federal income taxes twice. If the Fund invests in a partnership, however, it may be subject to state tax liabilities.

 

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SHAREHOLDERS GUIDE

 

 

 

The Fund issues or redeems its shares at NAV per share only in Creation Units. Shares of the Fund are listed for trading on a national securities exchange and trade on the secondary market during the trading day. Shares can be bought and sold throughout the trading day like shares of other publicly traded companies. There is no minimum investment. When buying or selling Fund shares through a broker, you will incur customary brokerage commissions and charges, and you may pay some or all of the spread between the bid and offered price in the secondary market on each purchase and sale transaction. Fund shares are traded on the NASDAQ under the trading symbol SLIM. Share prices are reported in dollars and cents per share.

Authorized Participants may acquire Fund shares directly from the Fund, and Authorized Purchasers may tender their Fund shares for redemption directly to the Fund, at NAV per share, only in Creation Units and in accordance with the procedures described in the SAI.

 

PRICING OF FUND SHARES

The per share NAV of the Fund is computed by dividing the total value of the Fund’s portfolio, less any liabilities, by the total number of outstanding shares of the Fund. The Fund’s NAV is calculated as of the close of the regular trading session of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) (normally 4:00 p.m. New York time) each day that the NYSE is open (“Business Day”). However, the NAV may still be calculated if trading on the NYSE is restricted, provided there is sufficient pricing information available for the Fund to value its securities, or as permitted by the SEC. Foreign securities held by the Fund may be traded on days and at times when the NYSE is closed and the NAV is therefore not calculated. Accordingly, the value of the Fund’s holdings may change on days that are not Business Days in the United States and on which you will not be able to purchase or sell the Fund’s shares.

Securities held by the Fund are valued in accordance with policies and procedures established by and under the supervision of the Trustees. To the extent available, equity securities are generally valued on the basis of market quotations. Most fixed-income securities are typically valued using an evaluated bid price supplied by an approved pricing service that is intended to reflect market value. The evaluated bid price is an evaluation that may consider factors such as security prices, yields, maturities, and ratings. Certain short-term instruments maturing within 60 days or less may be valued at amortized cost, which approximates market value. If a market quotation or evaluated price for a security is not readily available or is deemed unreliable, or if an event that is expected to affect the value of the security occurs after the close of the principal exchange or market on which the security is traded, and before the close of the NYSE, a fair value of the security will be determined in good faith under the policies and procedures. Such events include, but are not limited to: (i) a significant event that may affect the securities of a single issuer, such as a merger, bankruptcy, or significant issuer-specific development; (ii) an event that may affect an entire market, such as a natural disaster or significant governmental action; (iii) a non-significant event such as a market closing early or not opening, or a security trading halt; and (iv) pricing of a non-valued security and a restricted or non-public security. This type of fair value pricing may be more commonly used with foreign equity securities, but it may also be used with, among other things, thinly-traded domestic securities or fixed-income securities. Special valuation considerations may apply with respect to “odd-lot” fixed-income transactions which, due to their small size, may receive evaluated prices by pricing services which reflect a large block trade and not what actually could be obtained for the odd-lot position. For valuation purposes, quotations of foreign portfolio securities, other assets and liabilities, and forward contracts stated in foreign currency are generally translated into U.S. dollar equivalents at the prevailing market rates.

The value of the securities of mutual funds held by the Fund, if any, will be calculated using the NAV of such mutual funds, and the prospectuses for such mutual funds explain the circumstances under which they use fair value pricing and the effects of using fair value pricing.

All purchases, sales, or other account activity must be processed through your financial intermediary or plan sponsor.

 

DISTRIBUTION AND SERVICING FEES

Distribution And Shareholder Servicing Plan

The Trust has adopted a Distribution and Servicing Plan for shares of the Fund pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the 1940 Act (the “Plan”). The Plan permits compensation in connection with the distribution and marketing of Fund shares and/or the provision of certain shareholder services. The Plan permits the Fund to pay the Distributor or its designee, a fee for the sale and distribution and/or shareholder servicing of the shares at an annual rate of up to 0.25% of average daily net assets of the shares of the Fund. However, the Trustees have determined not to authorize payment of a 12b-1 Plan fee at this time.

 

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Under the terms of the Plan, the Trust is authorized to make payments to the Distributor or its designee for remittance to retirement plan service providers, broker-dealers, bank trust departments, financial advisors, and other financial intermediaries, as compensation for distribution and/or shareholder services performed by such entities for their customers who are investors in the Fund.

The 12b-1 fee may only be imposed or increased when the Trustees determine that it is in the best interests of shareholders to do so. Because these fees are paid out of the Fund’s assets on an ongoing basis, to the extent that a fee is authorized, over time they will increase the cost of an investment in the Fund. The Plan fee may cost an investor more than other types of sales charges.

 

PAYMENTS TO FINANCIAL INTERMEDIARIES BY JANUS CAPITAL OR ITS  AFFILIATES

From their own assets, Janus Capital or its affiliates may pay selected brokerage firms or other financial intermediaries for making the Funds available to their clients or otherwise distributing, promoting or marketing the Funds. Janus Capital or its affiliates may also make payments to intermediaries for information about transactions and holdings in the Funds, such as the amount of Fund shares purchased, sold or held through the intermediary and or its salespersons, the intermediary platform(s) on which shares are transacted and other information related to the Funds. Janus Capital or its affiliates may also make payments to intermediaries to eliminate or reduce trading commissions that the intermediary would otherwise charge its customers or its salespersons in connection with the purchase or sale of certain Funds. Payment by Janus Capital or its affiliates to eliminate or reduce a trading commission creates an incentive for salespersons of the intermediary to sell the Janus funds over other funds for which a commission would be charged. The amount of these payments is determined from time to time by Janus Capital, may be substantial, and may differ for different intermediaries. More information regarding these payments is contained in the SAI.

With respect to non-exchange-traded Janus funds not offered in this Prospectus, Janus Capital or its affiliates may pay fees, from their own assets, to selected brokerage firms, banks, financial advisors, retirement plan service providers, and other financial intermediaries that sell the Janus funds for distribution, marketing, promotional, or related services, and/or for providing recordkeeping, subaccounting, transaction processing, and other shareholder or administrative services (including payments for processing transactions via National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) or other means) in connection with investments in the Janus funds. These fees are in addition to any fees that may be paid by the Janus funds for these types of services or other services. Shareholders investing through an intermediary should consider whether such arrangements exist when evaluating any recommendations from an intermediary.

In addition, Janus Capital or its affiliates may also share certain marketing expenses with intermediaries, or pay for or sponsor informational meetings, seminars, client awareness events, support for marketing materials, sales reporting, or business building programs for such intermediaries to raise awareness of the Janus funds. Janus Capital or its affiliates may make payments to participate in intermediary marketing support programs which may provide Janus Capital or its affiliates with one or more of the following benefits: attendance at sales conferences, participation in meetings or training sessions, access to or information about intermediary personnel, use of an intermediary’s marketing and communication infrastructure, fund analysis tools, business planning and strategy sessions with intermediary personnel, information on industry- or platform-specific developments, trends and service providers, and other marketing-related services. Such payments may be in addition to, or in lieu of, the payments described above. These payments are intended to promote the sales of Janus funds and to reimburse financial intermediaries, directly or indirectly, for the costs that they or their salespersons incur in connection with educational seminars, meetings, and training efforts about the Janus funds to enable the intermediaries and their salespersons to make suitable recommendations, provide useful services, and maintain the necessary infrastructure to make the Janus funds available to their customers.

The receipt of (or prospect of receiving) payments, reimbursements and other forms of compensation described above may provide a financial intermediary and its salespersons with an incentive to favor sales of Janus funds’ shares over sales of other funds (or non-mutual fund investments), with respect to which the financial intermediary does not receive such payments or receives them in a lower amount. The receipt of these payments may cause certain financial intermediaries to elevate the prominence of the Janus funds within such financial intermediary’s organization by, for example, placement on a list of preferred or recommended funds and/or the provision of preferential or enhanced opportunities to promote the Janus funds in various ways within such financial intermediary’s organization.

From time to time, certain financial intermediaries approach Janus Capital to request that Janus Capital make contributions to certain charitable organizations. In these cases, Janus Capital’s contribution may result in the financial intermediary, or its salespersons, recommending Janus funds over other funds (or non-mutual fund investments).

 

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The payment arrangements described above will not change the price an investor pays for shares nor the amount that a Janus fund receives to invest on behalf of the investor. You should consider whether such arrangements exist when evaluating any recommendations from an intermediary to purchase or sell shares of the Funds. Please contact your financial intermediary or plan sponsor for details on such arrangements.

 

PURCHASING AND SELLING SHARES

Shares of the Fund are listed for trading on a national securities exchange during the trading day. Shares can be bought and sold throughout the trading day like shares of other publicly traded companies. However, there can be no guarantee that an active trading market will develop or be maintained, or that the Fund shares listing will continue or remain unchanged. The Fund does not impose any minimum investment for shares of the Fund purchased on an exchange. Buying or selling the Fund’s shares involves certain costs that apply to all securities transactions. When buying or selling shares of the Fund through a financial intermediary, you may incur a brokerage commission or other charges determined by your financial intermediary. Due to these brokerage costs, if any, frequent trading may detract significantly from investment returns. In addition, you may also incur the cost of the spread (the difference between the bid price and the ask price). The commission is frequently a fixed amount and may be a significant cost for investors seeking to buy or sell small amounts of shares.

The spread varies over time for shares of the Fund based on its trading volume and market liquidity, and is generally less if the Fund has more trading volume and market liquidity and more if the Fund has less trading volume and market liquidity. Shares of the Fund may be acquired through the Distributor or redeemed directly with the Fund only in Creation Units or multiples thereof, as discussed in the “Creation and Redemption of Creation Units” section of the SAI. Once created, shares of the Fund generally trade in the secondary market in amounts less than a Creation Unit.

The Fund’s primary listing exchange is the NASDAQ. The NASDAQ is open for trading Monday through Friday and is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

A Business Day with respect to the Fund is each day the NASDAQ is open. Orders from Authorized Participants to create or redeem Creation Units will only be accepted on a Business Day. On days when the NASDAQ closes earlier than normal, the Fund may require orders to create or redeem Creation Units to be placed earlier in the day. In addition, to minimize brokerage and other related trading costs associated with securities that cannot be readily transferred in-kind, the Fund may establish early trade cut-off times for Authorized Participants to submit orders for Creation Units, in accordance with the 1940 Act. See the SAI for more information.

In compliance with the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (“USA PATRIOT Act”), your financial intermediary is required to verify certain information on your account application as part of its Anti-Money Laundering Program. You will be required to provide your full name, date of birth, social security number, and permanent street address to assist in verifying your identity. You may also be asked to provide documents that may help to establish your identity. Until verification of your identity is made, your financial intermediary may temporarily limit additional share purchases. In addition, your financial intermediary may close an account if it is unable to verify a shareholder’s identity. Please contact your financial intermediary if you need additional assistance when completing your application or additional information about the intermediary’s Anti-Money Laundering Program.

In an effort to ensure compliance with this law, Janus’ Anti-Money Laundering Program (the “Program”) provides for the development of internal practices, procedures and controls, designation of anti-money laundering compliance officers, an ongoing training program, and an independent audit function to determine the effectiveness of the Program.

Continuous Offering

The method by which Creation Units of shares are created and traded may raise certain issues under applicable securities laws. Because new Creation Units of shares are issued and sold by the Fund on an ongoing basis, a “distribution,” as such term is used in the Securities Act of 1933, 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 requirements 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 Units after placing an order with the Distributor, breaks them down into constituent shares and sells the 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

 

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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 should also note that dealers who are not “underwriters” but are effecting transactions in shares, whether or not participating in the distribution of shares, are generally 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 is only available with respect to transactions on a national exchange.

Book Entry

Shares of the Fund are held in book-entry form, which means that no stock certificates are issued. The DTC or its nominee is the record owner of all outstanding shares of the Fund and is recognized as the owner of all shares for all purposes.

Investors owning shares of the Fund are beneficial owners as shown on the records of DTC or its participants. DTC serves as the securities depository for shares of the Fund. DTC participants 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 exchange-traded securities that you hold in book-entry or “street name” form.

Share Prices

The trading prices of the Fund’s shares in the secondary market generally differ from the Fund’s daily NAV per share and are affected by market forces such as supply and demand, economic conditions, and other factors. Information regarding the intra-day net asset value of the Fund is disseminated every 15 seconds throughout the trading day by the national securities exchange on which the Fund’s shares are primarily listed or by market data vendors or other information providers. The intra-day net asset value is based on the current market value of the securities and/or cash included in the Fund’s intra-day net asset value basket. The intra-day net asset value does not necessarily reflect the precise composition of the current portfolio of securities and instruments held by the Fund at a particular point in time or the best possible valuation of the current portfolio. Therefore, the intra-day net asset value should not be viewed as a “real-time” update of the NAV, which is computed only once a day. The intra-day net asset value is generally determined by using both current market quotations and/or price quotations obtained from broker-dealers that may trade in the portfolio securities and instruments included in the Fund’s intra-day net asset value basket. The Fund is not involved in, or responsible for, the calculation or dissemination of the intra-day net asset value and makes no representation or warranty as to its accuracy. An inaccuracy in the intra-day net asset value could result from various factors, including the difficulty of pricing portfolio instruments on an intra-day basis.

Premiums and Discounts

There may be differences between the daily market prices on secondary markets for shares of the Fund and the Fund’s NAV. NAV is the price per share at which the Fund issues and redeems shares. See “Pricing of Fund Shares” above. The price used to calculate market returns (“Market Price”) of the Fund generally is determined using the midpoint between the highest bid and the lowest offer on the national securities exchange on which shares of the Fund are primarily listed for trading, as of the time that the Fund’s NAV is calculated. The Fund’s Market Price may be at, above, or below its NAV. The NAV of the Fund will fluctuate with changes in the market value of its portfolio holdings. The Market Price of the Fund will fluctuate in accordance with changes in its NAV, as well as market supply and demand.

Premiums or discounts are the differences (expressed as a percentage) between the NAV and the Market Price of the Fund on a given day, generally at the time the NAV is calculated. A premium is the amount that the Fund is trading above the reported NAV, expressed as a percentage of the NAV. A discount is the amount that the Fund is trading below the reported NAV, expressed as a percentage of the NAV. A discount or premium could be significant. Information regarding the frequency of daily premiums or discounts, generally at the time the NAV is calculated, during the Fund’s four previous calendar quarters (or for the life of the Fund, if shorter) will be available at janus.com/etfs.

 

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Investments by Other Investment Companies

The Trust and the Fund are part of the Janus family of funds and are related for purposes of investor and investment services, as defined in Section 12(d)(1)(G) of the 1940 Act.

For purposes of the 1940 Act, Fund shares are issued by a registered investment company and purchases of Fund shares by registered investment companies and companies relying on Section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act are subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 12(d)(1) of the Act, except as permitted by an exemptive order of the SEC. The SEC has granted the Trust such an order to permit registered investment companies to invest in Fund shares beyond the limits in Section 12(d)(1)(A), subject to certain terms and conditions, including that the registered investment company first enter into a written agreement with the Trust regarding the terms of the investment.

 

EXCESSIVE TRADING

Frequent trading of Fund shares does not disrupt portfolio management, increase the Fund’s trading costs, lead to realization of capital gains by the Fund, or otherwise harm Fund shareholders. The vast majority of trading in Fund shares occurs on the secondary market. Because these trades do not involve the Fund, they do not harm the Fund or its shareholders. A few institutional investors are authorized to purchase and redeem Fund shares directly with the Fund. Because these trades typically are effected in kind (i.e., for securities and not for cash), they do not cause any of the harmful effects to the issuing fund (as previously noted) that may result from frequent cash trades. For these reasons, the Trustees of the Fund have determined that it is not necessary to adopt policies and procedures to detect and deter frequent trading and market timing of Fund shares. However, the Fund’s policies and procedures regarding frequent purchases and redemptions may be modified by the Trustees at any time.

 

AVAILABILITY OF PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS INFORMATION

Each business day, the Fund’s portfolio holdings information is provided to the Distributor or other agent for dissemination through the facilities of the NSCC and/or other fee-based subscription services to NSCC members and/or subscribers to entities that publish and/or analyze such information in connection with the process of purchasing or redeeming Creation Units or trading shares of the Fund in the secondary market. In addition, on each business day before commencement of trading in shares on the NASDAQ, the Fund will disclose on janus.com/etfs the identities and quantities of each portfolio position held by the Fund that will form the basis for the Fund’s calculation of the NAV per share at the end of the business day. The Fund is also required to disclose its complete holdings in the quarterly holdings report on Form N-Q within 60 days of the end of the first and third fiscal quarters, and in the annual report and semiannual report to Fund shareholders.

For additional information on these disclosures and the availability of portfolio holdings information, please refer to the Fund’s SAI.

 

SHAREHOLDER COMMUNICATIONS

Statements and Reports

Your financial intermediary or plan sponsor is responsible for sending you periodic statements of all transactions, along with trade confirmations and tax reporting, as required by applicable law.

Your financial intermediary or plan sponsor is responsible for providing annual and semiannual reports, including the financial statements of the Fund. These reports show the Fund’s investments and the market value of such investments, as well as other information about the Fund and its operations. Please contact your financial intermediary or plan sponsor to obtain these reports. The Fund’s fiscal year ends October 31.

Lost (Unclaimed/Abandoned) Accounts

It is important to maintain a correct address for each shareholder. An incorrect address may cause a shareholder’s account statements and other mailings to be returned as undeliverable. Based upon statutory requirements for returned mail, your financial intermediary or plan sponsor is required to attempt to locate the shareholder or rightful owner of the account. If the financial intermediary or plan sponsor is unable to locate the shareholder, then the financial intermediary or plan sponsor is legally obligated to deem the property “unclaimed” or “abandoned,” and subsequently escheat (or transfer) unclaimed property (including shares of a fund) to the appropriate state’s unclaimed property administrator in accordance with statutory requirements. Further, your account may be deemed “unclaimed” or “abandoned,” and subsequently transferred to your state of

 

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residence if no activity (as defined by that state) occurs within your account during the time frame specified in your state’s unclaimed property laws. The shareholder’s last known address of record determines which state has jurisdiction. Interest or income is not earned on redemption or distribution check(s) sent to you during the time the check(s) remained uncashed.

 

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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

No financial highlights are presented for the Fund since the Fund is new.

 

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You can make inquiries and request other information, including a Statement of Additional Information, annual report, or semiannual report (as they become available), free of charge, by contacting your broker-dealer, plan sponsor, or financial intermediary, or by contacting a Janus representative at 1-877-335-2687. The Fund’s Statement of Additional Information and most recent annual and semiannual reports are also available, free of charge, at janus.com/etfs. Additional information about the Fund’s investments is available in the Fund’s annual and semiannual reports. In the Fund’s annual and semiannual reports, you will find a discussion of the market conditions and investment strategies that significantly affected the Fund’s performance during its last fiscal period. Other information is also available from financial intermediaries that sell shares of the Fund.

The Statement of Additional Information provides detailed information about the Fund and is incorporated into this Prospectus by reference. You may review and copy information about the Fund (including the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information) at the Public Reference Room of the SEC or get text only copies, after paying a duplicating fee, by sending an electronic request by e-mail to publicinfo@sec.gov or by writing to or calling the Commission’s Public Reference Section, Washington, D.C. 20549-1520 (1-202-551-8090). Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may also be obtained by calling this number. You may also obtain reports and other information about the Fund from the Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) Database on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

 

LOGO

janus.com/etfs

151 Detroit Street

Denver, CO 80206-4805

1-877-335-2687

The Trust’s Investment Company Act File No. is 811-23112.

 


June 7, 2016

 

     Ticker

The Organics ETF

   ORG

Principal U.S. Listing Exchange: The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

  

 

 

Janus Detroit Street Trust

Prospectus

 

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


LOGO

 

This Prospectus describes The Organics ETF (the “Fund”), a portfolio of Janus Detroit Street Trust (the “Trust”). Janus Capital Management LLC (“Janus Capital” or “Janus”) serves as investment adviser to the Fund.

Shares of the Fund are not individually redeemable and the owners of Fund shares may purchase or redeem shares from the Fund in Creation Units only, in accordance with the terms set forth in this Prospectus. The purchase and sale price of individual Fund shares trading on an exchange may be below, at or above the most recently calculated net asset value for Fund shares.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

 

 

FUND SUMMARY

 

The Organics ETF

    2   

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUND

 

Fees and expenses

    7   

Additional investment strategies and general portfolio policies

    7   

Risks of the Fund

    8   

MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND

 

Investment adviser

    11   

Management expenses

    11   

Investment personnel

    12   

OTHER INFORMATION

    13   

DIVIDENDS, DISTRIBUTIONS, AND TAXES

    14   

SHAREHOLDERS GUIDE

 

Pricing of fund shares

    16   

Distribution and servicing fees

    16   

Payments to financial intermediaries by Janus Capital or its affiliates

    17   

Purchasing and selling shares

    18   

Excessive trading

    20   

Shareholder communications

    20   

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

    22   

 

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FUND SUMMARY

 

 

The Organics ETF

Ticker:    ORG

 

INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE

The Organics ETF seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before fees and expenses, of an index which is designed to track the performance of companies globally that are positioned to profit from increasing demand for organic products, including companies which service, produce, distribute, market or sell organic food, beverages, cosmetics, supplements, or packaging.

 

FEES AND EXPENSES OF THE FUND

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

 

ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES

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

       

Management Fees

     0.50%   

Other Expenses(1)

     0.00%   

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

     0.50%   

 

(1) Other Expenses are based on the estimated expenses that the Fund expects to incur.

EXAMPLE:

The Example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other funds. The 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. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

 

      1 Year    3 Years  
   $  51    $   160   

Portfolio Turnover:  The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the Example, affect the Fund’s performance. Because the Fund was not in operation during the most recent fiscal year, no portfolio turnover information is available.

 

PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES

The Fund pursues its investment objective by investing at least 80% of its net assets (plus any borrowings for investment purposes) in the stocks that comprise the Solactive Organics Index (“Underlying Index”). The Underlying Index is designed to track the performance of companies globally that are positioned to profit from increasing demand for organic products, including companies which service, produce, distribute, market or sell organic food, beverages, cosmetics, supplements, or packaging. Under normal circumstances, the Fund expects to invest substantially all of its assets in securities included in the Underlying Index, using a replication strategy as discussed below. The Fund may invest in companies of any capitalization, although at least 90% of the companies will have a capitalization of at least $100 million. The Fund may invest in foreign issuers, including emerging markets. Stocks included in the Underlying Index may include common shares traded on local exchanges, American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) and Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”). ADRs and GDRs represent ownership interests in shares of foreign companies that are held in financial institution custodial accounts, and are traded on exchanges in the United States and around the world.

The Fund is classified as nondiversified, which allows it to hold larger positions in a smaller number of companies, compared to a fund that is classified as diversified.

 

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The Underlying Index, the Solactive Organics Index, was created by and is maintained by Solactive AG (“Solactive” or the “Index Provider”). The Underlying Index is reconstituted on a semi-annual basis, rebalanced on a quarterly basis, and the Fund is rebalanced quarterly based on changes to the Underlying Index. The Fund uses a “passive,” index-based approach in seeking performance that corresponds to the performance of the Underlying Index. The underlying securities are weighted according to their market capitalization relative to other securities in the Underlying Index, and capped so that no security will represent more than 20% of the Underlying Index at the time of an index reconstitution or rebalance. Due to market movement between rebalancing and reconstitution of the Underlying Index, an underlying security may represent more than 20% of the Underlying Index at any given time, and thus may represent more than 20% of the Fund’s assets at any given time.

The Fund will generally use a replication methodology, meaning it will invest in the securities composing the Underlying Index in proportion to the weightings in the Underlying Index. However, the Fund may utilize a sampling methodology under various circumstances in which it may not be possible or practicable to purchase all of the securities in the Underlying Index. Janus Capital expects that over time, if the Fund has sufficient assets, the correlation between the Fund’s performance, before fees and expenses, and that of the Underlying Index will be 95% or better. A figure of 100% would indicate perfect correlation.

Under normal circumstances, the Fund expects to invest substantially all of its assets in securities included in the Underlying Index, although it may invest up to 20% its assets in other securities that Janus Capital believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. Such investments include stocks, shares of other investment companies, cash and cash equivalents, including money market funds.

To the extent the Underlying Index concentrates (i.e., holds 25% or more of its total assets) in the securities of a particular industry or group of industries, the Fund will concentrate its investments to approximately the same extent as its Underlying Index. As of April 29, 2016, approximately 38% and 30% of the Underlying Index was represented by companies in the packaged food and meats and retail foods industries, respectively. The Fund’s Underlying Index is rebalanced quarterly. For more recent information, see the Fund’s daily portfolio holdings posted on the ETF portion of the Janus website.

The Fund may lend portfolio securities on a short-term or long-term basis, in an amount equal to up to one-third of its total assets as determined at the time of the loan origination.

 

PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT RISKS

The Fund’s returns will vary, and you could lose money. The principal risks and special considerations associated with investing in the Fund are set forth below.

Market Risk.  The value of the Fund’s portfolio may decrease if the value of an individual company or security, or multiple companies or securities, in the portfolio decreases. Further, regardless of how well individual companies or securities perform, the value of the Fund’s portfolio could also decrease if there are deteriorating economic or market conditions. It is important to understand that the value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, in response to changes in the market, and you could lose money. Market risk may affect a single issuer, industry, economic sector, or the market as a whole. The Underlying Index has exposure to the small-, mid- and/or large capitalization sectors of the stock market, and therefore at times the Fund may underperform the overall stock market.

Equity Investing Risk.  The Fund’s investment in the securities composing the Underlying Index involves risks of investing in a portfolio of equity securities, such as market fluctuations, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in stock prices.

Concentration Risk.  The Fund focuses its investments in organic products companies. Because of this, companies in the Fund’s portfolio may share common characteristics and may be more sensitive to factors such as consumer demand, consumer confidence and spending, environmental factors and production costs. As a result, the Fund may be subject to greater risks and the value of its investments may fluctuate more than a fund that does not focus its investments. In addition, the Fund’s assets will generally be concentrated in an industry or group of industries to the extent that the Fund’s Underlying Index concentrates in a particular industry or group of industries. To the extent the Fund invests a substantial portion of its assets in an industry or group of industries, market or economic factors impacting that industry or group of industries could have a significant effect on the value of the Fund’s investments. Companies in the same or similar industries may share common characteristics and are more likely to react similarly to industry-specific market or economic developments. Additionally, the Fund’s performance may be more volatile when the Fund’s investments are less diversified across industries. The Fund’s assets will not be concentrated if the Underlying Index does not concentrate in a particular industry or group of industries.

 

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  Organic Food Company Concentration Risk.  Organic food companies may have limited product lines, markets, financial resources or human resources. These companies tend to be high growth and generally may be more volatile than other types of investments. Changes in consumer tastes can also affect the demand for, and success of, organic foods in the marketplace. Consumer spending on organic foods can also be adversely affected as a result of declines in consumer confidence levels, even if prevailing economic conditions are favorable. In an economic downturn, consumer discretionary spending levels generally decline, often resulting in disproportionately large reductions in the sale of organic foods.

Small- and Mid-Sized Companies Risk.  The Fund’s investments in securities issued by small- and mid-sized companies, which can include smaller, start-up companies offering emerging products or services, may involve greater risks than are customarily associated with larger, more established companies. Securities issued by small- and mid-sized companies tend to be more volatile and somewhat more speculative than securities issued by larger or more established companies and may underperform as compared to the securities of larger companies.

Growth Securities Risk.  Securities of companies perceived to be “growth” companies may be more volatile than other stocks and may involve special risks. If the perception of a company’s growth potential is not realized, the securities purchased may not perform as expected, reducing the Fund’s returns. In addition, because different types of stocks tend to shift in and out of favor depending on market and economic conditions, “growth” stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole, and other types of securities.

Foreign Exposure Risk.  The Fund may have exposure to foreign markets as a result of its investments in foreign securities, including investments in emerging markets, which can be more volatile than the U.S. markets. As a result, its returns and net asset value may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates or political or economic conditions in a particular country. In some foreign markets, there may not be protection against failure by other parties to complete transactions. It may not be possible for the Fund to repatriate capital, dividends, interest, and other income from a particular country or governmental entity. In addition, a market swing in one or more countries or regions where the Fund has invested a significant amount of its assets may have a greater effect on the Fund’s performance than it would in a more geographically diversified portfolio.

Nondiversification Risk.  The Fund is classified as nondiversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (“1940 Act”). This gives the Fund’s portfolio managers more flexibility to hold larger positions in a smaller number of securities. As a result, an increase or decrease in the value of a single security held by the Fund may have a greater impact on the Fund’s net asset value and total return.

Methodology and Model Risk.  Neither the Fund nor Janus Capital can offer assurances that tracking the Underlying Index will capture the growth of companies positioned to benefit from the growing demand in organic goods and services, or be appropriate for every investor seeking a particular risk profile. Underlying Index risks include, but are not limited to, the risk that the factors used to determine the components of the Underlying Index, as applied by the Index Provider in accordance with the Underlying Index methodology, might not select securities that individually, or in the aggregate, are positioned to benefit from the growing demand for organic goods and services.

Passive Investment Risk.  The Fund is not actively managed and therefore the Fund might not sell shares of a security due to current or projected underperformance of a security, industry or sector, unless that security is removed from the Underlying Index or the selling of shares is otherwise required upon a rebalancing of the Underlying Index.

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

Index Tracking Risk.  The Fund’s return may not match or achieve a high degree of correlation with the return of the Underlying Index. To the extent the Fund utilizes a sampling approach, it may experience tracking error to a greater extent than if the Fund sought to replicate the Underlying Index. In addition, the Fund may hold fewer than the total number of securities in the Underlying Index. Further, the Fund may hold securities or other investments not included in the Underlying Index but which Janus Capital believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. Such investments may not perform as expected.

Trading Issues Risk.  Although Fund shares are listed for trading on The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ”), there can be no assurance that an active trading market for such shares will develop or be maintained. Trading in Fund shares may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the NASDAQ, make trading in shares inadvisable. In addition,

 

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trading in shares is subject to trading halts caused by extraordinary market volatility pursuant to the NASDAQ “circuit breaker” rules. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the NASDAQ necessary to maintain the listing of the Fund will continue to be met or will remain unchanged or that the shares will trade with any volume, or at all.

Fluctuation of NAV.  The net asset value (“NAV”) of the Fund shares will generally fluctuate with changes in the market value of the Fund’s securities holdings. The market prices of shares will generally fluctuate in accordance with changes in the Fund’s NAV and supply and demand of shares on the NASDAQ. An absence of trading in shares of the Fund, or a high volume of trading in the Fund, may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. It cannot be predicted whether Fund shares will trade below, at or above the Fund’s NAV. If an investor purchases shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV of the shares or sells at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV of the shares, then the investor may sustain losses.

Securities Lending Risk.  The Fund may seek to earn additional income through lending its securities to certain qualified broker-dealers and institutions. There is the risk that when portfolio securities are lent, the securities may not be returned on a timely basis, and the Fund may experience delays and costs in recovering the security or gaining access to the collateral provided to the Fund to collateralize the loan. If the Fund is unable to recover a security on loan, the Fund may use the collateral to purchase replacement securities in the market. There is a risk that the value of the collateral could decrease below the cost of the replacement security by the time the replacement investment is made, resulting in a loss to the Fund.

An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency.

 

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

The Fund does not have a full calendar year of operations. Performance information for certain periods will be included in the Fund’s first annual and/or semiannual report and is available at janus.com/etfs or by calling 1-877-335-2687. When provided, the information will provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Fund by showing how the Fund’s average annual returns compare with a broad measure of market performance. Past performance does not necessarily indicate how the Fund will perform in the future.

 

MANAGEMENT

Investment Adviser:  Janus Capital Management LLC

Portfolio Managers:  Benjamin Wang, CFA, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016. Scott M. Weiner, DPhil, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016.

 

PURCHASE AND SALE OF FUND SHARES

Unlike shares of traditional mutual funds, shares of the Fund are not individually redeemable and may only be purchased or redeemed directly from the Fund at NAV in large increments called “Creation Units” (100,000 or more shares per Creation Unit) through certain participants, known as “Authorized Participants.” The Fund will issue or redeem Creation Units in exchange for portfolio securities included in the Fund’s Underlying Index and/or cash. Except when aggregated in Creation Units, Fund shares are not redeemable securities of the Fund.

Shares of the Fund are listed and trade on the NASDAQ, and individual investors can purchase or sell shares in much smaller increments and for cash in the secondary market through a broker. These transactions, which do not involve the Fund, are made at market prices that may vary throughout the day and differ from the Fund’s net asset value. As a result, you may pay more than net asset value (at a premium) when you purchase shares, and receive less than net asset value (at a discount) when you sell shares, in the secondary market.

 

TAX INFORMATION

The Fund’s distributions are taxable, and will be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains, unless you are investing through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account (in which case you may be taxed upon withdrawal of your investment from such account). A sale of Fund shares may result in a capital gain or loss.

 

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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, Janus Capital and/or its affiliates may pay broker-dealers or intermediaries for the sale and/or maintenance of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson to

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

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE FUND

 

 

 

FEES AND EXPENSES

Please refer to the following important information when reviewing the “Fees and Expenses of the Fund” table in the Fund Summary of the Prospectus. The fees and expenses shown reflect estimated annualized expenses that the shares expect to incur.

 

  “Annual Fund Operating Expenses” are paid out of the Fund’s assets. You do not pay these fees directly but, as the Example in the Fund Summary shows, these costs are borne indirectly by all shareholders.

 

  The “Management Fee” is the rate paid by the Fund to Janus Capital for providing certain services. Refer to “Management Expenses” in this Prospectus for additional information with further description in the Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”).

 

  “Other Expenses”
  °   include taxes and governmental fees, brokerage fees, commissions and other transaction expenses, costs of borrowing money, including interest expenses, securities lending expenses, and extraordinary expenses (such as litigation and indemnification expenses).
  °   include acquired fund fees and expenses, which are indirect expenses the Fund may incur as a result of investing in shares of an underlying fund. “Acquired Fund” refers to any underlying fund (including, but not limited to, exchange-traded funds) in which a fund invests or has invested during the period. Such amounts are currently estimated to be less than 0.01%.

 

ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES AND GENERAL PORTFOLIO  POLICIES

The Fund’s Board of Trustees (“Trustees”) may change the Fund’s investment objective or non-fundamental principal investment strategies without a shareholder vote. The Fund will notify you in writing at least 60 days or as soon as reasonably practicable before making any such change it considers material. In addition, the Fund will provide shareholders with at least 60 days’ notice prior to changing the 80% investment policy. If there is a material change to the Fund’s objective or principal investment strategies, you should consider whether the Fund remains an appropriate investment for you. There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective.

The Fund’s portfolio holdings are disclosed on its website daily after the close of trading on the exchange and prior to the opening of trading on the exchange the following day. A description of the Fund’s policies and procedures with respect to the disclosure of the Fund’s portfolio holdings is available in the Fund’s SAI. Information about the premiums and discounts at which the Fund’s shares have traded will be available at janus.com/etfs.

Unless otherwise stated, the following additional investment strategies and general policies apply to the Fund and provide further information including, but not limited to, the types of securities the Fund may invest in when implementing its investment objective. Some of these strategies and policies may be part of a principal strategy. Other strategies and policies may be utilized to a lesser extent. Except for the Fund’s policies with respect to investments in illiquid securities and borrowing, the percentage limitations included in these policies and elsewhere in this Prospectus and/or the SAI normally apply only at the time of initial purchase of a security. So, for example, if the Fund exceeds a limit as a result of market fluctuations or the sale of other securities, it will not be required to dispose of any securities and may continue to purchase such securities in order to track the Underlying Index.

Securities Lending

Although not considered a principal investment strategy, the Fund may seek to earn additional income through lending its securities to certain qualified broker-dealers and institutions on a short-term or long-term basis. The Fund may lend portfolio securities on a short-term or long-term basis, in an amount equal to up to one-third of its total assets as determined at the time of the loan origination. When the Fund lends its securities, it receives collateral (including cash collateral), at least equal to the value of securities loaned. The Fund may earn income by investing this collateral in one or more affiliated or non-affiliated cash management vehicles. It is also possible that, due to a decline in the value of a cash management vehicle in which collateral is invested, the Fund may lose money. There is also the risk that when portfolio securities are lent, the securities may not be returned on a timely basis, and the Fund may experience delays and costs in recovering the security or gaining access to the collateral provided to the Fund to collateralize the loan. If the Fund is unable to recover a security on loan, the Fund may use the collateral to purchase replacement securities in the market. There is a risk that the value of the collateral could decrease below the cost of the replacement security by the time the replacement investment is made, resulting in a loss to the Fund. To

 

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the extent Janus Capital manages the cash collateral in an affiliated cash management vehicle, it will receive an investment advisory fee for managing such assets.

Swaps

Although not considered a principal investment strategy, the Fund may utilize swap agreements including, but not limited to, equity swaps, as a means to gain exposure to certain companies or countries, provided Janus Capital believes such use will assist the Fund in tracking the Underlying Index. Equity swaps involve the exchange by two parties of future cash flow (e.g., one cash flow based on a referenced interest rate and the other based on the performance of stock or a stock index).

Non-Index Investments

Although not considered a principal investment strategy, the Fund may invest in investments that are not included in the Underlying Index, but which Janus Capital believes will help the Fund track its Underlying Index. Such investments include stocks, shares of other investment companies, cash and cash equivalents, including money market funds. There may be instances where a stock is removed from the Underlying Index but Janus Capital may elect to hold it for tax-related purposes, or where the Fund receives non-Underlying Index stocks in a corporate action and does not sell the stocks until the next rebalance date. Janus Capital may also choose to hold non-Underlying Index stocks due to an optimization methodology to more efficiently track the Underlying Index. Use of an optimization methodology would entail the use of a program or model designed to identify securities that are not included in the Underlying Index, but would be expected to behave similarly to securities that are in the Underlying Index.

 

RISKS OF THE FUND

The value of your investment will vary over time, sometimes significantly, and you may lose money by investing in the Fund. The Fund invests substantially all of its assets in small-, mid- and large capitalization stocks. The following information is intended to help you better understand some of the risks of investing in the Fund. The impact of the following risks on the Fund may vary depending on the Fund’s investments. The greater the Fund’s investment in a particular security, the greater the Fund’s exposure to the risks associated with that security. Before investing in the Fund, you should consider carefully the risks that you assume when investing in the Fund.

Index Tracking Risk.  Tracking error refers to the risk that Janus Capital may not be able to cause the Fund’s performance to match or correlate to that of the Underlying Index, either on a daily or aggregate basis. There are a number of factors that may contribute to the Fund’s tracking error, such as Fund expenses, imperfect correlation between the Fund’s investments and those of the Underlying Index, rounding of share prices, the timing or magnitude of changes to the composition of the Underlying Index, regulatory policies, and a high portfolio turnover rate. The Fund incurs operating expenses not applicable to the Underlying Index and incurs costs associated with buying and selling securities, especially when rebalancing the Fund’s securities holdings to reflect changes in the composition of the Underlying Index. In addition, mathematical compounding may prevent the Fund from correlating with the monthly, quarterly, annual, or other period performance of the Underlying Index. Tracking error may cause the Fund’s performance to be less than expected.

Passive Investment Risk.  The Fund is not actively managed. Therefore, unless a specific security is removed from the Underlying Index, or the selling of shares of that security is otherwise required upon a rebalancing of the Underlying Index pursuant to the Underlying Index methodology, the Fund generally would not sell a security because the security’s issuer was in financial trouble. If a specific security is removed from the Underlying Index, the Fund may be forced to sell such security at an inopportune time or for a price other than the security’s current market value. An investment in the Fund involves risks similar to those of investing in equity securities traded on an exchange, such as market fluctuations caused by such factors as economic and political developments, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in security prices. It is anticipated that the value of Fund shares will decline, more or less, in correspondence with any decline in value of the Underlying Index.

The Underlying Index may not contain the appropriate mix of securities for any particular point in the business cycle of the overall economy, particular economic sectors, or narrow industries within which the commercial activities of the companies composing the portfolio securities holdings of the Fund are conducted, and the timing of movements from one type of security to another in seeking to replicate the Underlying Index could have a negative effect on the Fund. Unlike with an actively managed fund, Janus Capital does not use techniques or defensive strategies designed to lessen the effects of market volatility or to reduce the impact of periods of market decline. This means that, based on market and economic conditions, the Fund’s performance could be lower than other types of mutual funds that may actively shift their portfolio assets to take advantage of market opportunities or to lessen the impact of a market decline.

 

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Fluctuation of NAV.  The NAV of the Fund shares will generally fluctuate with changes in the market value of the Fund’s securities holdings. The market prices of shares will generally fluctuate in accordance with changes in the Fund’s NAV and supply and demand of shares on the NASDAQ. It cannot be predicted whether Fund shares will trade below, at or above their NAV. Price differences may be due, in large part, to the fact that supply and demand forces at work in the secondary trading market for shares will be closely related to, but not identical to, the same forces influencing the prices of the securities of the Underlying Index trading individually or in the aggregate at any point in time. The market prices of Fund shares may deviate significantly from the NAV of the shares during periods of market volatility. While the creation/redemption feature is designed to make it likely that Fund shares normally will trade close to the Fund’s NAV, disruptions to creations and redemptions may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. An absence of trading in shares of the Fund, or a high volume of trading in the Fund, may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. If an investor purchases Fund shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV of the shares or sells at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV of the shares, then the investor may sustain losses.

Costs of Buying or Selling Shares.  Investors buying or selling Fund shares in the secondary market will pay brokerage commissions or other charges imposed by brokers as determined by that broker. Brokerage commissions are often a fixed amount and may be a significant proportional cost for investors seeking to buy or sell relatively small amounts of shares. In addition, secondary market investors will also incur the cost of the difference between the price that an investor is willing to pay for shares (the “bid” price) and the price at which an investor is willing to sell shares (the “ask” price). This difference in bid and ask prices is often referred to as the “spread” or “bid/ask spread.” The bid/ask spread varies over time for shares based on trading volume and market liquidity, and is generally lower if the Fund’s shares have more trading volume and market liquidity and higher if the Fund’s shares have little trading volume and market liquidity. Further, increased market volatility may cause increased bid/ask spreads. Due to the costs of buying or selling shares, including bid/ask spreads, frequent trading of shares may significantly reduce investment results and an investment in shares may not be advisable for investors who anticipate regularly making small investments.

Trading Issues Risk.  Trading in shares on the NASDAQ may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the NASDAQ, make trading in shares inadvisable. In addition, trading in shares on the NASDAQ is subject to trading halts caused by extraordinary market volatility pursuant to the NASDAQ “circuit breaker” rules. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the NASDAQ necessary to maintain the listing of the Fund will continue to be met or will remain unchanged or that the shares will trade with any volume, or at all. While the creation/redemption feature is designed to make it likely that shares will trade close to the Fund’s NAV, disruptions to creations and redemptions may result in trading prices that differ significantly from the Fund’s NAV. If an investor purchases shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV of the shares or sells at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV of the shares, then the investor may sustain losses.

ADR/GDR Risk.  To the extent the Fund seeks exposure to foreign companies, the Fund’s investments may be in the form of depositary receipts or other securities convertible into securities of foreign issuers, including ADRs and GDRs. While the use of ADRs and GDRs, which are traded on exchanges and represent ownership in foreign securities, provide an alternative to directly purchasing the underlying foreign securities in their respective national markets and currencies, investments in ADRs and GDRs continue to be subject to certain of the risks associated with investing directly in foreign securities.

Swap Risk.  Swap agreements entail the risk that a party will default on its payment obligations to the Fund. If the other party to a swap defaults, the Fund would risk the loss of the net amount of the payments that it contractually is entitled to receive. If a Fund utilizes a swap at the wrong time or judges market conditions incorrectly, the swap may result in a loss to the Fund.

Foreign Exposure Risk.  The Fund may invest in foreign equity securities either indirectly (e.g., depositary receipts, depositary shares, and passive foreign investment companies) or directly in foreign markets, including emerging markets. With respect to investments in securities of issuers or companies that are economically tied to different countries throughout the world, securities may be deemed to be economically tied to a particular country based on such factors as the issuer’s country of incorporation, primary listing, and other factors including, but not limited to operations, revenues, headquarters, management,

 

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and shareholder base. Investments in foreign securities, may involve greater risks than investing in domestic securities because a Fund’s performance may depend on factors other than the performance of a particular company. These factors include:

 

  Currency Risk.  As long as the Fund holds a foreign security, its value will be affected by the value of the local currency relative to the U.S. dollar. When the Fund sells a foreign currency denominated security, its value may be worth less in U.S. dollars even if the security increases in value in its home country. U.S. dollar-denominated securities of foreign issuers may also be affected by currency risk, as the value of these securities may also be affected by changes in the issuer’s local currency.

 

  Political and Economic Risk.  Foreign investments may be subject to heightened political and economic risks, particularly in emerging markets which may have relatively unstable governments, immature economic structures, national policies restricting investments by foreigners, social instability, and different and/or developing legal systems. In some countries, there is the risk that the government may take over the assets or operations of a company or that the government may impose withholding and other taxes or limits on the removal of the Fund’s assets from that country. In addition, the economies of emerging markets may be predominantly based on only a few industries, may be highly vulnerable to changes in local or global trade conditions, and may suffer from extreme and volatile debt burdens or inflation rates.

 

  Regulatory Risk.  There may be less government supervision of foreign markets. As a result, foreign issuers may not be subject to the uniform accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards and practices applicable to domestic issuers, and there may be less publicly available information about foreign issuers.

 

  Foreign Market Risk.  Foreign securities markets, particularly those of emerging market countries, may be less liquid and more volatile than domestic markets. These securities markets may trade a small number of securities, may have a limited number of issuers and a high proportion of shares, or may be held by a relatively small number of persons or institutions. Local securities markets may be unable to respond effectively to increases in trading volume, potentially making prompt liquidation of substantial holdings difficult or impossible at times. It is also possible that certain markets may require payment for securities before delivery, and delays may be encountered in settling securities transactions. In some foreign markets, there may not be protection against failure by other parties to complete transactions. It may not be possible for the Fund to repatriate capital, dividends, interest, and other income from a particular country or governmental entity. In addition, securities of issuers located in or economically tied to countries with emerging markets may have limited marketability and may be subject to more abrupt or erratic price movements which could also have a negative effect on the Fund. Such factors may hinder the Fund’s ability to buy and sell emerging market securities in a timely manner, affecting the Fund’s investment strategies and potentially affecting the value of the Fund.

 

  Geographic Investment Risk.  To the extent the Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in a particular country or geographic region, the Fund will generally have more exposure to certain risks due to possible political, economic, social, or regulatory events in that country or region. Adverse developments in certain regions could also adversely affect securities of other countries whose economies appear to be unrelated and could have a negative impact on a Fund’s performance.

 

  Transaction Costs.  Costs of buying, selling, and holding foreign securities, including brokerage, tax, and custody costs, may be higher than those involved in domestic transactions.

These risks are described further in the SAI.

 

INFORMATION REGARDING THE UNDERLYING INDEX

The Underlying Index is composed of stocks of companies selected by the Index Provider that are positioned to profit from increasing demand for organic products. A company is deemed to be an organic company by the Index Provider if it services, produces, distributes or sells organic and natural food, beverages, cosmetics, supplements, or packaging. For a company to be deemed an organic company, its organic business as defined above must be a material driver of its current and future business. 100% of the companies in the Underlying Index will be organic companies. For at least 80% of the Underlying Index, on a capitalization-weighted basis, a majority of a company’s revenues, sales, or assets comes from organic business. The Index Provider may solicit public comment from time to time on companies that it should consider as eligible for inclusion.

For detailed information on how stocks are selected for inclusion in the Underlying Index, see the Solactive Organics Index Methodology document, available at the Index Provider’s website.

The Underlying Index is compiled and administered by Solactive AG.

 

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MANAGEMENT OF THE FUND

 

 

 

INVESTMENT ADVISER

Janus Capital Management LLC, 151 Detroit Street, Denver, Colorado 80206-4805, is the investment adviser to the Fund. Janus Capital is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s investment portfolio and furnishes continuous advice and recommendations concerning the Fund’s investments. Janus Capital also provides certain administration and other services and is responsible for other business affairs of the Fund.

Janus Capital (together with its predecessors) has served as investment adviser to Janus mutual funds since 1970 and currently serves as investment adviser to all of the Janus funds, acts as subadviser for a number of private-label mutual funds, and provides separate account advisory services for institutional accounts and other unregistered products.

Janus Capital has received an exemptive order from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that permits Janus Capital, subject to the approval of the Trustees, to appoint or replace certain subadvisers to manage all or a portion of the Fund’s assets and enter into, amend, or terminate a subadvisory agreement with certain subadvisers without obtaining shareholder approval (a “manager-of-managers structure”). The manager-of-managers structure applies to subadvisers that are not affiliated with the Trust or Janus Capital (“non-affiliated subadvisers”), as well as any subadviser that is an indirect or direct “wholly-owned subsidiary” (as such term is defined by the 1940 Act) of Janus Capital or of another company that, indirectly or directly, wholly owns Janus Capital (collectively, “wholly-owned subadvisers”).

Pursuant to the order, Janus Capital, with the approval of the Trustees, has the discretion to terminate any subadviser and allocate and reallocate the Fund’s assets among Janus Capital and any other non-affiliated subadvisers or wholly-owned subadvisers (including terminating a non-affiliated subadviser and replacing it with a wholly-owned subadviser). Janus Capital, subject to oversight and supervision by the Trustees, has responsibility to oversee any subadviser to the Fund and to recommend for approval by the Trustees, the hiring, termination, and replacement of subadvisers for the Fund. The order also permits the Fund to disclose subadvisers’ fees only in the aggregate in the SAI. In the event that Janus Capital hires a new subadviser pursuant to the manager-of-managers structure, the Fund would provide shareholders with information about the new subadviser and subadvisory agreement within 90 days.

The Trustees and the initial shareholder of the Fund have approved the use of a manager-of-managers structure for the Fund.

 

MANAGEMENT EXPENSES

Under its unitary fee structure, the Fund pays Janus Capital a “Management Fee” in return for providing certain investment advisory, supervisory, and administrative services to the Fund, including the costs of transfer agency, custody, fund administration, legal, audit, and other services. Janus Capital’s fee structure is designed to pay substantially all of the Fund’s expenses. However, the Fund bears other expenses which are not covered under the Management Fee which may vary and affect the total level of expenses paid by shareholders, such as distribution fees (if any), brokerage expenses or commissions, interest, dividends, taxes, litigation expenses, acquired fund fees and expenses (if any), and extraordinary expenses.

The Fund’s Management Fee is calculated daily and paid monthly. The Fund’s advisory agreement details the Management Fee and other expenses that the Fund must pay.

The following table reflects the Fund’s contractual Management Fee rate (expressed as an annual rate). The rate shown is a fixed rate based on the Fund’s average daily net assets.

 

Fund Name     

Average Daily

Net Assets

of the Fund

    

Contractual

Management Fee (%)

(annual rate)

 

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All Asset Levels

       0.50   

A discussion regarding the basis for the Trustees’ approval of the Fund’s investment advisory agreement will be included in the Fund’s annual report (for the period ending October 31) or semiannual report (for the period ending April 30) to shareholders, following such approval. You can request the Fund’s annual or semiannual reports (as they become available), free of charge, by contacting your broker-dealer, plan sponsor, or financial intermediary, or by contacting a Janus representative at 1-877-335-2687. The reports are also available, free of charge, at janus.com/etfs.

 

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INVESTMENT PERSONNEL

The Organics ETF

 

Co-Portfolio Managers Benjamin Wang and Scott M. Weiner jointly share responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Fund, with no limitation on the authority of one co-portfolio manager in relation to the other.

Benjamin Wang, CFA, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016. He is also Portfolio Manager of other Janus accounts. Mr. Wang joined Janus Capital in November 2014 following Janus Capital’s acquisition of VelocityShares, LLC. Prior to joining Janus Capital, Mr. Wang was Vice President at VelocityShares, LLC from 2012 to 2014, and an execution trader at Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 2007 to 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Engineering in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science degree in Financial Engineering from Columbia University. Mr. Wang holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Scott M. Weiner, DPhil, is Co-Portfolio Manager of the Fund, which he has co-managed since June 2016. He is also Portfolio Manager of other Janus accounts. Mr. Weiner joined Janus Capital in November 2014 following Janus Capital’s acquisition of VelocityShares, LLC. Prior to joining Janus Capital, Mr. Weiner was Managing Director at VelocityShares, LLC from 2011 to 2014, and Managing Director and U.S. Head of Equity Derivatives and Quantitative Strategy at Deutsche Bank from 2005 to 2010. He holds a Finance degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Oxford, and also received his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Oxford.

Information about the portfolio managers’ compensation structure and other accounts managed is included in the SAI.

Conflicts of Interest

Janus Capital manages many funds and numerous other accounts, which may include separate accounts and other pooled investment vehicles, such as hedge funds. Side-by-side management of multiple accounts, including the management of a cash collateral pool for securities lending and investing the Janus funds’ cash, may give rise to conflicts of interest among those accounts, and may create potential risks, such as the risk that investment activity in one account may adversely affect another account. For example, short sale activity in an account could adversely affect the market value of long positions in one or more other accounts (and vice versa). Side-by-side management may raise additional potential conflicts of interest relating to the allocation of investment opportunities and the aggregation and allocation of trades. A further discussion of potential conflicts of interest and a discussion of certain procedures intended to mitigate such potential conflicts are contained in the Fund’s SAI.

 

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OTHER INFORMATION

 

 

 

DISTRIBUTION OF THE FUND

Creation Units for the Fund are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. (the “Distributor”), which is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”). To obtain information about FINRA member firms and their associated persons, you may contact FINRA at www.finra.org, or 1-800-289-9999.

 

INDEX PROVIDER

Solactive AG (“Solactive” or the “Index Provider”) is the Index Provider for the Underlying Index. Janus Capital has entered into a license agreement with Solactive to use the Underlying Index.

Disclaimers

Neither Solactive nor any of its affiliates make any representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of a Fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in a Fund particularly or the ability of the Underlying Index to track general market performance. The Underlying Index is determined, composed, and calculated by Solactive without regard to Janus Capital or the Fund. Solactive has no obligation to take the needs of Janus Capital or the owners of the Fund into consideration in determining, composing, or calculating the Underlying Index. Solactive is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the timing of, prices at, or quantities of the Fund to be issued or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the Fund is to be converted into cash.

ALTHOUGH SOLACTIVE SHALL OBTAIN INFORMATION FOR INCLUSION IN OR FOR USE IN THE CALCULATION OF THE UNDERLYING INDEX FROM SOURCES WHICH IT CONSIDERS RELIABLE, IT DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE QUALITY, ACCURACY AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN AND SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS OF ANY KIND RELATED TO THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR DATA. SOLACTIVE MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY JANUS CAPITAL, OWNERS OF THE FUND, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN IN CONNECTION WITH THE RIGHTS LICENSED TO JANUS CAPITAL FOR ANY OTHER USE. SOLACTIVE MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE WITH RESPECT TO THE UNDERLYING INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL IT HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

Janus Capital does not guarantee the accuracy and/or the completeness of the Underlying Index or any data included therein, and Janus Capital shall have no liability for any errors, omissions or interruptions therein. Janus Capital makes no warranty, express or implied, as to results to be obtained by the Fund, owners of the shares of the Fund or any other person or entity from the use of the Underlying Index or any data included therein. Janus Capital makes no express or implied warranties, and expressly disclaims all warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use with respect to the Underlying Index or any data included therein. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall Janus Capital 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 Index even if notified of the possibility of such damages.

 

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DIVIDENDS, DISTRIBUTIONS AND TAXES

 

 

 

DISTRIBUTIONS

To avoid taxation of the Fund, the Internal Revenue Code requires the Fund to distribute all or substantially all of its net investment income and any net capital gains realized on its investments at least annually.

Distribution Schedule

Income dividends, if any, are distributed to shareholders quarterly. Net capital gains are distributed at least annually. Dividends may be declared and paid more frequently to improve Underlying Index tracking or to comply with the distribution requirements of the Internal Revenue Code. The date you receive your distribution may vary depending on how your intermediary processes trades. Dividend payments are made through Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) participants and indirect participants to beneficial owners then of record with proceeds received from the Fund. Please consult your intermediary for details.

How Distributions Affect the Fund’s NAV

Distributions, other than daily income dividends, are paid to shareholders as of the record date of a distribution of the Fund, regardless of how long the shares have been held. Undistributed income and net capital gains are included in the Fund’s daily NAV. The Fund’s NAV drops by the amount of the distribution, net of any subsequent market fluctuations. For example, assume that on December 31, the Fund declared a dividend in the amount of $0.25 per share. If the Fund’s NAV was $10.00 on December 30, the Fund’s NAV on December 31 would be $9.75, barring market fluctuations. You should be aware that distributions from a taxable fund do not increase the value of your investment and may create income tax obligations.

No dividend reinvestment service is provided by the Trust. Financial intermediaries may make available the DTC book-entry Dividend Reinvestment Service for use by beneficial owners of Fund shares for reinvestment of their dividend distributions. Beneficial owners should contact their financial intermediary to determine the availability and costs of the service and the details of participation therein. Financial intermediaries may require beneficial owners to adhere to specific procedures and timetables. If this service is available and used, dividend distributions of both income and net capital gains will be automatically reinvested in additional whole shares of the Fund purchased in the secondary market.

 

TAXES

As with any investment, you should consider the tax consequences of investing in the Fund. The following is a general discussion of certain federal income tax consequences of investing in the Fund. The discussion does not apply to qualified tax-deferred accounts or other non-taxable entities, nor is it a complete analysis of the federal income tax implications of investing in the Fund. You should consult your tax adviser regarding the effect that an investment in the Fund may have on your particular tax situation, including the federal, state, local, and foreign tax consequences of your investment.

Taxes on Distributions

Distributions by the Fund are subject to federal income tax, regardless of whether the distribution is made in cash or reinvested in additional shares of the Fund. Distributions from net investment income (which includes dividends, interest, and realized net short-term capital gains), other than qualified dividend income, are taxable to shareholders as ordinary income. Distributions of qualified dividend income are taxed to individuals and other noncorporate shareholders at long-term capital gain rates, provided certain holding period and other requirements are satisfied. Distributions of net capital gain (i.e., the excess of net long-term capital gain over net short-term capital loss) are taxable as long-term capital gain, regardless of how long a shareholder has held Fund shares. Individuals, trusts, and estates whose income exceeds certain threshold amounts are subject to an additional 3.8% Medicare contribution tax on net investment income. Net investment income includes dividends paid by the Fund and capital gains from any sale or exchange of Fund shares. The Fund’s net investment income and capital gains are distributed to (and may be taxable to) those persons who are shareholders of the Fund at the record date of such payments. Although the Fund’s total net income and net realized gain are the results of its operations, the per share amount distributed or taxable to shareholders is affected by the number of Fund shares outstanding at the record date. Distributions declared to shareholders of record in October, November, or December and paid on or before January 31 of the succeeding year will be treated for federal income tax purposes as if received by shareholders on December 31 of the year in which the distribution was declared. Generally, account tax information will be made available to shareholders on or before February 15 of each year. Information regarding distributions may also be reported to the Internal Revenue Service.

 

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Taxes on Sales

Any time you sell the shares of the Fund in a taxable account, it is considered a taxable event. Depending on the purchase price and the sale price, you may have a gain or loss on the transaction. The gain or loss will generally be treated as a long-term capital gain or loss if you held your shares for more than one year and if not held for such period, as a short-term capital gain or loss. Any tax liabilities generated by your transactions are your responsibility.

The Fund may be required to withhold U.S. federal income tax on all distributions payable to shareholders who fail to provide their correct taxpayer identification number, fail to make certain required certifications, or who have been notified by the Internal Revenue Service that they are subject to backup withholding. The current backup withholding rate is applied.

For shares purchased and sold from a taxable account, your intermediary will report cost basis information to you and to the IRS. Your intermediary will permit shareholders to elect their preferred cost basis method. In the absence of an election, your cost basis method will be your intermediary’s default method, which is often the average cost method. Please consult your tax adviser to determine the appropriate cost basis method for your particular tax situation and to learn more about how the cost basis reporting laws apply to you and your investments.

Taxation of the Fund

Dividends, interest, and some capital gains received by the Fund on foreign securities may be subject to foreign tax withholding or other foreign taxes.

Certain fund transactions may involve short sales, futures, options, swap agreements, hedged investments, and other similar transactions, and may be subject to special provisions of the Internal Revenue Code that, among other things, can potentially affect the character, amount, and timing of distributions to shareholders, and utilization of capital loss carryforwards. The Fund will monitor its transactions and may make certain tax elections and use certain investment strategies where applicable in order to mitigate the effect of these tax provisions, if possible.

The Fund does not expect to pay any federal income or excise taxes because it intends to meet certain requirements of the Internal Revenue Code, including the distribution each year of substantially all its net investment income and net capital gains. It is important for the Fund to meet these requirements so that any earnings on your investment will not be subject to federal income taxes twice. If the Fund invests in a partnership, however, it may be subject to state tax liabilities.

 

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SHAREHOLDERS GUIDE

 

 

 

The Fund issues or redeems its shares at NAV per share only in Creation Units. Shares of the Fund are listed for trading on a national securities exchange and trade on the secondary market during the trading day. Shares can be bought and sold throughout the trading day like shares of other publicly traded companies. There is no minimum investment. When buying or selling Fund shares through a broker, you will incur customary brokerage commissions and charges, and you may pay some or all of the spread between the bid and offered price in the secondary market on each purchase and sale transaction. Fund shares are traded on the NASDAQ under the trading symbol ORG. Share prices are reported in dollars and cents per share.

Authorized Participants may acquire Fund shares directly from the Fund, and Authorized Purchasers may tender their Fund shares for redemption directly to the Fund, at NAV per share, only in Creation Units and in accordance with the procedures described in the SAI.

 

PRICING OF FUND SHARES

The per share NAV of the Fund is computed by dividing the total value of the Fund’s portfolio, less any liabilities, by the total number of outstanding shares of the Fund. The Fund’s NAV is calculated as of the close of the regular trading session of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) (normally 4:00 p.m. New York time) each day that the NYSE is open (“Business Day”). However, the NAV may still be calculated if trading on the NYSE is restricted, provided there is sufficient pricing information available for the Fund to value its securities, or as permitted by the SEC. Foreign securities held by the Fund may be traded on days and at times when the NYSE is closed and the NAV is therefore not calculated. Accordingly, the value of the Fund’s holdings may change on days that are not Business Days in the United States and on which you will not be able to purchase or sell the Fund’s shares.

Securities held by the Fund are valued in accordance with policies and procedures established by and under the supervision of the Trustees. To the extent available, equity securities are generally valued on the basis of market quotations. Most fixed-income securities are typically valued using an evaluated bid price supplied by an approved pricing service that is intended to reflect market value. The evaluated bid price is an evaluation that may consider factors such as security prices, yields, maturities, and ratings. Certain short-term instruments maturing within 60 days or less may be valued at amortized cost, which approximates market value. If a market quotation or evaluated price for a security is not readily available or is deemed unreliable, or if an event that is expected to affect the value of the security occurs after the close of the principal exchange or market on which the security is traded, and before the close of the NYSE, a fair value of the security will be determined in good faith under the policies and procedures. Such events include, but are not limited to: (i) a significant event that may affect the securities of a single issuer, such as a merger, bankruptcy, or significant issuer-specific development; (ii) an event that may affect an entire market, such as a natural disaster or significant governmental action; (iii) a non-significant event such as a market closing early or not opening, or a security trading halt; and (iv) pricing of a non-valued security and a restricted or non-public security. This type of fair value pricing may be more commonly used with foreign equity securities, but it may also be used with, among other things, thinly-traded domestic securities or fixed-income securities. Special valuation considerations may apply with respect to “odd-lot” fixed-income transactions which, due to their small size, may receive evaluated prices by pricing services which reflect a large block trade and not what actually could be obtained for the odd-lot position. For valuation purposes, quotations of foreign portfolio securities, other assets and liabilities, and forward contracts stated in foreign currency are generally translated into U.S. dollar equivalents at the prevailing market rates.

The value of the securities of mutual funds held by the Fund, if any, will be calculated using the NAV of such mutual funds, and the prospectuses for such mutual funds explain the circumstances under which they use fair value pricing and the effects of using fair value pricing.

All purchases, sales, or other account activity must be processed through your financial intermediary or plan sponsor.

 

DISTRIBUTION AND SERVICING FEES

Distribution and Shareholder Servicing Plan

The Trust has adopted a Distribution and Servicing Plan for shares of the Fund pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the 1940 Act (the “Plan”). The Plan permits compensation in connection with the distribution and marketing of Fund shares and/or the provision of certain shareholder services. The Plan permits the Fund to pay the Distributor or its designee, a fee for the sale and distribution and/or shareholder servicing of the shares at an annual rate of up to 0.25% of average daily net assets of the shares of the Fund. However, the Trustees have determined not to authorize payment of a 12b-1 Plan fee at this time.

 

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Under the terms of the Plan, the Trust is authorized to make payments to the Distributor or its designee for remittance to retirement plan service providers, broker-dealers, bank trust departments, financial advisors, and other financial intermediaries, as compensation for distribution and/or shareholder services performed by such entities for their customers who are investors in the Fund.

The 12b-1 fee may only be imposed or increased when the Trustees determine that it is in the best interests of shareholders to do so. Because these fees are paid out of the Fund’s assets on an ongoing basis, to the extent that a fee is authorized, over time they will increase the cost of an investment in the Fund. The Plan fee may cost an investor more than other types of sales charges.

 

PAYMENTS TO FINANCIAL INTERMEDIARIES BY JANUS CAPITAL OR ITS  AFFILIATES

From their own assets, Janus Capital or its affiliates may pay selected brokerage firms or other financial intermediaries for making the Funds available to their clients or otherwise distributing, promoting or marketing the Funds. Janus Capital or its affiliates may also make payments to intermediaries for information about transactions and holdings in the Funds, such as the amount of Fund shares purchased, sold or held through the intermediary and or its salespersons, the intermediary platform(s) on which shares are transacted and other information related to the Funds. Janus Capital or its affiliates may also make payments to intermediaries to eliminate or reduce trading commissions that the intermediary would otherwise charge its customers or its salespersons in connection with the purchase or sale of certain Funds. Payment by Janus Capital or its affiliates to eliminate or reduce a trading commission creates an incentive for salespersons of the intermediary to sell the Janus funds over other funds for which a commission would be charged. The amount of these payments is determined from time to time by Janus Capital, may be substantial, and may differ for different intermediaries. More information regarding these payments is contained in the SAI.

With respect to non-exchange-traded Janus funds not offered in this Prospectus, Janus Capital or its affiliates may pay fees, from their own assets, to selected brokerage firms, banks, financial advisors, retirement plan service providers, and other financial intermediaries that sell the Janus funds for distribution, marketing, promotional, or related services, and/or for providing recordkeeping, subaccounting, transaction processing, and other shareholder or administrative services (including payments for processing transactions via National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) or other means) in connection with investments in the Janus funds. These fees are in addition to any fees that may be paid by the Janus funds for these types of services or other services. Shareholders investing through an intermediary should consider whether such arrangements exist when evaluating any recommendations from an intermediary.

In addition, Janus Capital or its affiliates may also share certain marketing expenses with intermediaries, or pay for or sponsor informational meetings, seminars, client awareness events, support for marketing materials, sales reporting, or business building programs for such intermediaries to raise awareness of the Janus funds. Janus Capital or its affiliates may make payments to participate in intermediary marketing support programs which may provide Janus Capital or its affiliates with one or more of the following benefits: attendance at sales conferences, participation in meetings or training sessions, access to or information about intermediary personnel, use of an intermediary’s marketing and communication infrastructure, fund analysis tools, business planning and strategy sessions with intermediary personnel, information on industry- or platform-specific developments, trends and service providers, and other marketing-related services. Such payments may be in addition to, or in lieu of, the payments described above. These payments are intended to promote the sales of Janus funds and to reimburse financial intermediaries, directly or indirectly, for the costs that they or their salespersons incur in connection with educational seminars, meetings, and training efforts about the Janus funds to enable the intermediaries and their salespersons to make suitable recommendations, provide useful services, and maintain the necessary infrastructure to make the Janus funds available to their customers.

The receipt of (or prospect of receiving) payments, reimbursements and other forms of compensation described above may provide a financial intermediary and its salespersons with an incentive to favor sales of Janus funds’ shares over sales of other funds (or non-mutual fund investments), with respect to which the financial intermediary does not receive such payments or receives them in a lower amount. The receipt of these payments may cause certain financial intermediaries to elevate the prominence of the Janus funds within such financial intermediary’s organization by, for example, placement on a list of preferred or recommended funds and/or the provision of preferential or enhanced opportunities to promote the Janus funds in various ways within such financial intermediary’s organization.

 

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From time to time, certain financial intermediaries approach Janus Capital to request that Janus Capital make contributions to certain charitable organizations. In these cases, Janus Capital’s contribution may result in the financial intermediary, or its salespersons, recommending Janus funds over other funds (or non-mutual fund investments).

The payment arrangements described above will not change the price an investor pays for shares nor the amount that a Janus fund receives to invest on behalf of the investor. You should consider whether such arrangements exist when evaluating any recommendations from an intermediary to purchase or sell shares of the Funds. Please contact your financial intermediary or plan sponsor for details on such arrangements.

 

PURCHASING AND SELLING SHARES

Shares of the Fund are listed for trading on a national securities exchange during the trading day. Shares can be bought and sold throughout the trading day like shares of other publicly traded companies. However, there can be no guarantee that an active trading market will develop or be maintained, or that the Fund shares listing will continue or remain unchanged. The Fund does not impose any minimum investment for shares of the Fund purchased on an exchange. Buying or selling the Fund’s shares involves certain costs that apply to all securities transactions. When buying or selling shares of the Fund through a financial intermediary, you may incur a brokerage commission or other charges determined by your financial intermediary. Due to these brokerage costs, if any, frequent trading may detract significantly from investment returns. In addition, you may also incur the cost of the spread (the difference between the bid price and the ask price). The commission is frequently a fixed amount and may be a significant cost for investors seeking to buy or sell small amounts of shares.

The spread varies over time for shares of the Fund based on its trading volume and market liquidity, and is generally less if the Fund has more trading volume and market liquidity and more if the Fund has less trading volume and market liquidity. Shares of the Fund may be acquired through the Distributor or redeemed directly with the Fund only in Creation Units or multiples thereof, as discussed in the “Creation and Redemption of Creation Units” section of the SAI. Once created, shares of the Fund generally trade in the secondary market in amounts less than a Creation Unit.

The Fund’s primary listing exchange is the NASDAQ. The NASDAQ is open for trading Monday through Friday and is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

A Business Day with respect to the Fund is each day the NASDAQ is open. Orders from Authorized Participants to create or redeem Creation Units will only be accepted on a Business Day. On days when the NASDAQ closes earlier than normal, the Fund may require orders to create or redeem Creation Units to be placed earlier in the day. In addition, to minimize brokerage and other related trading costs associated with securities that cannot be readily transferred in-kind, the Fund may establish early trade cut-off times for Authorized Participants to submit orders for Creation Units, in accordance with the 1940 Act. See the SAI for more information.

In compliance with the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (“USA PATRIOT Act”), your financial intermediary is required to verify certain information on your account application as part of its Anti-Money Laundering Program. You will be required to provide your full name, date of birth, social security number, and permanent street address to assist in verifying your identity. You may also be asked to provide documents that may help to establish your identity. Until verification of your identity is made, your financial intermediary may temporarily limit additional share purchases. In addition, your financial intermediary may close an account if it is unable to verify a shareholder’s identity. Please contact your financial intermediary if you need additional assistance when completing your application or additional information about the intermediary’s Anti-Money Laundering Program.

In an effort to ensure compliance with this law, Janus’ Anti-Money Laundering Program (the “Program”) provides for the development of internal practices, procedures and controls, designation of anti-money laundering compliance officers, an ongoing training program, and an independent audit function to determine the effectiveness of the Program.

Continuous Offering

The method by which Creation Units of shares are created and traded may raise certain issues under applicable securities laws. Because new Creation Units of shares are issued and sold by the Fund on an ongoing basis, a “distribution,” as such term is used in the Securities Act of 1933, 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

 

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requirements 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 Units after placing an order with the Distributor, breaks them down into constituent shares and sells the 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 should also note that dealers who are not “underwriters” but are effecting transactions in shares, whether or not participating in the distribution of shares, are generally 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 is only available with respect to transactions on a national exchange.

Book Entry

Shares of the Fund are held in book-entry form, which means that no stock certificates are issued. The DTC or its nominee is the record owner of all outstanding shares of the Fund and is recognized as the owner of all shares for all purposes.

Investors owning shares of the Fund are beneficial owners as shown on the records of DTC or its participants. DTC serves as the securities depository for shares of the Fund. DTC participants 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 exchange-traded securities that you hold in book-entry or “street name” form.

Share Prices

The trading prices of the Fund’s shares in the secondary market generally differ from the Fund’s daily NAV per share and are affected by market forces such as supply and demand, economic conditions, and other factors. Information regarding the intra-day net asset value of the Fund is disseminated every 15 seconds throughout the trading day by the national securities exchange on which the Fund’s shares are primarily listed or by market data vendors or other information providers. The intra-day net asset value is based on the current market value of the securities and/or cash included in the Fund’s intra-day net asset value basket. The intra-day net asset value does not necessarily reflect the precise composition of the current portfolio of securities and instruments held by the Fund at a particular point in time or the best possible valuation of the current portfolio. Therefore, the intra-day net asset value should not be viewed as a “real-time” update of the NAV, which is computed only once a day. The intra-day net asset value is generally determined by using both current market quotations and/or price quotations obtained from broker-dealers that may trade in the portfolio securities and instruments included in the Fund’s intra-day net asset value basket. The Fund is not involved in, or responsible for, the calculation or dissemination of the intra-day net asset value and makes no representation or warranty as to its accuracy. An inaccuracy in the intra-day net asset value could result from various factors, including the difficulty of pricing portfolio instruments on an intra-day basis.

Premiums and Discounts

There may be differences between the daily market prices on secondary markets for shares of the Fund and the Fund’s NAV. NAV is the price per share at which the Fund issues and redeems shares. See “Pricing of Fund Shares” above. The price used to calculate market returns (“Market Price”) of the Fund generally is determined using the midpoint between the highest bid and the lowest offer on the national securities exchange on which shares of the Fund are primarily listed for trading, as of the time that the Fund’s NAV is calculated. The Fund’s Market Price may be at, above, or below its NAV. The NAV of the Fund will fluctuate with changes in the market value of its portfolio holdings. The Market Price of the Fund will fluctuate in accordance with changes in its NAV, as well as market supply and demand.

Premiums or discounts are the differences (expressed as a percentage) between the NAV and the Market Price of the Fund on a given day, generally at the time the NAV is calculated. A premium is the amount that the Fund is trading above the reported

 

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NAV, expressed as a percentage of the NAV. A discount is the amount that the Fund is trading below the reported NAV, expressed as a percentage of the NAV. A discount or premium could be significant. Information regarding the frequency of daily premiums or discounts, generally at the time the NAV is calculated, during the Fund’s four previous calendar quarters (or for the life of the Fund, if shorter) will be available at janus.com/etfs.

Investments by Other Investment Companies

The Trust and the Fund are part of the Janus family of funds and are related for purposes of investor and investment services, as defined in Section 12(d)(1)(G) of the 1940 Act.

For purposes of the 1940 Act, Fund shares are issued by a registered investment company and purchases of Fund shares by registered investment companies and companies relying on Section 3(c)(1) or 3(c)(7) of the Act are subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 12(d)(1) of the Act, except as permitted by an exemptive order of the SEC. The SEC has granted the Trust such an order to permit registered investment companies to invest in Fund shares beyond the limits in Section 12(d)(1)(A), subject to certain terms and conditions, including that the registered investment company first enter into a written agreement with the Trust regarding the terms of the investment.

 

EXCESSIVE TRADING

Frequent trading of Fund shares does not disrupt portfolio management, increase the Fund’s trading costs, lead to realization of capital gains by the Fund, or otherwise harm Fund shareholders. The vast majority of trading in Fund shares occurs on the secondary market. Because these trades do not involve the Fund, they do not harm the Fund or its shareholders. A few institutional investors are authorized to purchase and redeem Fund shares directly with the Fund. Because these trades typically are effected in kind (i.e., for securities and not for cash), they do not cause any of the harmful effects to the issuing fund (as previously noted) that may result from frequent cash trades. For these reasons, the Trustees of the Fund have determined that it is not necessary to adopt policies and procedures to detect and deter frequent trading and market timing of Fund shares. However, the Fund’s policies and procedures regarding frequent purchases and redemptions may be modified by the Trustees at any time.

 

AVAILABILITY OF PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS INFORMATION

Each business day, the Fund’s portfolio holdings information is provided to the Distributor or other agent for dissemination through the facilities of the NSCC and/or other fee-based subscription services to NSCC members and/or subscribers to entities that publish and/or analyze such information in connection with the process of purchasing or redeeming Creation Units or trading shares of the Fund in the secondary market. In addition, on each business day before commencement of trading in shares on the NASDAQ, the Fund will disclose on janus.com/etfs the identities and quantities of each portfolio position held by the Fund that will form the basis for the Fund’s calculation of the NAV per share at the end of the business day. The Fund is also required to disclose its complete holdings in the quarterly holdings report on Form N-Q within 60 days of the end of the first and third fiscal quarters, and in the annual report and semiannual report to Fund shareholders.

For additional information on these disclosures and the availability of portfolio holdings information, please refer to the Fund’s SAI.

 

SHAREHOLDER COMMUNICATIONS

Statements and Reports

Your financial intermediary or plan sponsor is responsible for sending you periodic statements of all transactions, along with trade confirmations and tax reporting, as required by applicable law.

Your financial intermediary or plan sponsor is responsible for providing annual and semiannual reports, including the financial statements of the Fund. These reports show the Fund’s investments and the market value of such investments, as well as other information about the Fund and its operations. Please contact your financial intermediary or plan sponsor to obtain these reports. The Fund’s fiscal year ends October 31.

Lost (Unclaimed/Abandoned) Accounts

It is important to maintain a correct address for each shareholder. An incorrect address may cause a shareholder’s account statements and other mailings to be returned as undeliverable. Based upon statutory requirements for returned mail, your financial intermediary or plan sponsor is required to attempt to locate the shareholder or rightful owner of the account. If the

 

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financial intermediary or plan sponsor is unable to locate the shareholder, then the financial intermediary or plan sponsor is legally obligated to deem the property “unclaimed” or “abandoned,” and subsequently escheat (or transfer) unclaimed property (including shares of a fund) to the appropriate state’s unclaimed property administrator in accordance with statutory requirements. Further, your account may be deemed “unclaimed” or “abandoned,” and subsequently transferred to your state of residence if no activity (as defined by that state) occurs within your account during the time frame specified in your state’s unclaimed property laws. The shareholder’s last known address of record determines which state has jurisdiction. Interest or income is not earned on redemption or distribution check(s) sent to you during the time the check(s) remained uncashed.

 

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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

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You can make inquiries and request other information, including a Statement of Additional Information, annual report, or semiannual report (as they become available), free of charge, by contacting your broker-dealer, plan sponsor, or financial intermediary, or by contacting a Janus representative at 1-877-335-2687. The Fund’s Statement of Additional Information and most recent annual and semiannual reports are also available, free of charge, at janus.com/etfs. Additional information about the Fund’s investments is available in the Fund’s annual and semiannual reports. In the Fund’s annual and semiannual reports, you will find a discussion of the market conditions and investment strategies that significantly affected the Fund’s performance during its last fiscal period. Other information is also available from financial intermediaries that sell shares of the Fund.

The Statement of Additional Information provides detailed information about the Fund and is incorporated into this Prospectus by reference. You may review and copy information about the Fund (including the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information) at the Public Reference Room of the SEC or get text only copies, after paying a duplicating fee, by sending an electronic request by e-mail to publicinfo@sec.gov or by writing to or calling the Commission’s Public Reference Section, Washington, D.C. 20549-1520 (1-202-551-8090). Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may also be obtained by calling this number. You may also obtain reports and other information about the Fund from the Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval (EDGAR) Database on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

 

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151 Detroit Street

Denver, CO 80206-4805

1-877-335-2687

The Trust’s Investment Company Act File No. is 811-23112.


 

June 7, 2016

 

     Ticker    Stock Exchange

The Health and Fitness ETF

   FITS    The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

The Long-Term Care ETF

   OLD    The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

The Obesity ETF

   SLIM    The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

The Organics ETF

   ORG    The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC

 

Janus Detroit Street Trust

Statement of Additional Information

 

This Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) expands upon and supplements the information contained in the current Prospectuses of The Health and Fitness ETF, The Long-Term Care ETF, The Obesity ETF and The Organics ETF, (each, a “Fund” and collectively, the “Funds”), each of which is a separate series of Janus Detroit Street Trust, a Delaware statutory trust (the “Trust”). Each of these series of the Trust represents shares of beneficial interest in a separate portfolio of securities and other assets with its own objective and policies.

This SAI is not a Prospectus and should be read in conjunction with the Funds’ Prospectuses dated June 7, 2016, and any supplements thereto, which are incorporated by reference into this SAI and may be obtained by contacting your broker-dealer, plan sponsor, or financial intermediary, at janus.com/etfs, or by contacting a Janus representative at 1-877-335-2687. This SAI contains additional and more detailed information about the Funds’ operations and activities than the Prospectuses. The Annual and Semiannual Reports (as they become available) are available, without charge, by contacting your broker-dealer, plan sponsor, or financial intermediary, at janus.com/etfs, or by contacting a Janus representative at 1-877-335-2687.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

Classification, Investment Policies and Restrictions, and Investment Strategies and Risks

    2   

Investment Adviser

    16   

Custodian, Transfer Agent and Certain Affiliations

    23   

Portfolio Transactions and Brokerage

    24   

Shares of the Trust

    26   

Income Dividends, Capital Gains Distributions, and Tax Status

    40   

Trustees and Officers

    43   

Principal Shareholders

    49   

Miscellaneous Information

    50   

Shares of the Trust

    50   

Shareholder Meetings

    50   

Voting Rights

    50   

Master/Feeder Option

    51   

Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

    51   

Registration Statement

    51   

Financial Statements

    52   

 

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CLASSIFICATION, INVESTMENT POLICIES AND RESTRICTIONS,

AND INVESTMENT STRATEGIES AND RISKS

 

 

 

JANUS DETROIT STREET TRUST

This Statement of Additional Information includes information about The Health and Fitness ETF, The Long-Term Care ETF, The Obesity ETF and The Organics ETF, (each, a “Fund” and, collectively, the “Funds”), each of which operates as an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) and is a series of the Trust, an open-end, management investment company.

Each Fund offers and issues shares at its net asset value (“NAV”) per share only in aggregations of a specified number of shares (“Creation Unit”), generally in exchange for a designated portfolio of securities (including any portion of such securities for which cash may be substituted) (the “Deposit Securities”), together with the deposit of a specified cash payment (the “Cash Component”), or in certain circumstances, for an all cash payment. Shares of each Fund are listed for trading on The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ” or the “Listing Exchange”), a national securities exchange. Shares of each Fund are traded in the secondary market and elsewhere at market prices that may be at, above or below the Fund’s NAV. Unlike mutual funds, each Fund’s shares are not individually redeemable securities. Rather, each Fund’s shares are redeemable only in Creation Units, and, generally, in exchange for portfolio securities and a Cash Component. Creation Units typically are a specified number of shares, generally 100,000 or multiples thereof. In the event of liquidation of a Fund, the Trust may lower the number of shares in a Creation Unit.

The Trust may issue and redeem shares in-kind and/or for cash. A Fund may charge creation/redemption transaction fees for each creation and redemption. In all cases, transaction fees will be limited in accordance with the requirements of the SEC applicable to management investment companies offering redeemable securities. Some of the information in this SAI and the Prospectus, such as information about purchasing and redeeming shares from a Fund and transaction fees, is not relevant to most retail investors because it applies only to transactions for Creation Units. Refer to “Creation and Redemption of Creation Units”.

Once created, a Fund’s shares generally trade in the secondary market, at market prices that change throughout the day, in amounts less than a Creation Unit. Investors purchasing a Fund’s shares in the secondary market through a brokerage account or with the assistance of a broker may be subject to brokerage commissions and charges.

 

EXCHANGE LISTING AND TRADING

Shares of each Fund are listed for trading and trade throughout the day on the Listing Exchange and other secondary markets. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the Listing Exchange necessary to maintain the listing of shares of each Fund will continue to be met. The Listing Exchange may, but is not required to, remove the shares of a Fund from listing if: (i) following the initial 12-month period beginning upon the commencement of trading of Fund shares, there are fewer than 50 beneficial owners of shares of a Fund for 30 or more consecutive trading days; (ii) the value of The Health and Fitness ETF’s underlying index (“Solactive Health and Fitness Index”), The Long-Term Care ETF’s underlying index (“Solactive Long-Term Care Index”), The Obesity ETF’s underlying index (“Solactive Obesity Index”) and The Organics ETF’s underlying index (“Solactive Organics Index”) (each, an “Underlying Index”) is no longer calculated or available; or (iii) any other event shall occur or condition shall exist that, in the opinion of the Listing Exchange, makes further dealings on the Listing Exchange inadvisable. The Listing Exchange will remove the shares of a Fund from listing and trading upon termination of a Fund. In the event a Fund ceases to be listed on an exchange, a Fund may cease operating as an “exchange-traded” fund and operate as a mutual fund, provided that shareholders are given advance notice.

As in the case of other publicly-traded securities, when you buy or sell shares through a financial intermediary you will incur a brokerage commission determined by that financial intermediary.

In order to provide additional information regarding the intra-day value of shares of a Fund, the Listing Exchange or a market data vendor disseminates every 15 seconds through the facilities of the Consolidated Tape Association or other widely disseminated means an updated intra-day net asset value (“iNAV”) for each 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 iNAV and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the iNAV.

Shares of each Fund trade on the Listing Exchange or in the secondary market at prices that may differ from their NAV or iNAV, because such prices may be affected by market forces (such as supply and demand for a Fund’s shares). The Trust reserves the right to adjust the share prices of each Fund in the future to 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.

 

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Each Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold, or promoted by the Listing Exchange. The Listing Exchange makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of shares of a Fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in a Fund particularly or the ability of a Fund to achieve its objectives.

 

CLASSIFICATION

The Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (“1940 Act”), classifies funds as either diversified or nondiversified. Each Fund is classified as nondiversified.

 

ADVISER

Janus Capital Management LLC (“Janus Capital” or “Janus”) is the investment adviser for each Fund.

 

INVESTMENT POLICIES AND RESTRICTIONS

Each Fund is subject to certain fundamental policies and restrictions that may not be changed without shareholder approval. Shareholder approval means approval by the lesser of: (i) more than 50% of the outstanding voting securities of the Trust (or a particular Fund if a matter affects just that Fund) or (ii) 67% or more of the voting securities present at a meeting if the holders of more than 50% of the outstanding voting securities of the Trust (or a particular Fund) are present or represented by proxy. The following policies are fundamental policies of the Funds.

Each Fund may not:

(1)  Invest 25% or more of the value of its total assets in any particular industry or group of industries (other than U.S. Government securities and securities of other investment companies), except to the extent each Fund’s Underlying Index concentrates in the securities of a particular industry or group of industries, the Fund will concentrate its investments to approximately the same extent as its Underlying Index.

(2)  Purchase or sell physical commodities unless acquired as a result of ownership of securities or other instruments (but this limitation shall not prevent a Fund from purchasing or selling foreign currencies, options, futures, swaps, forward contracts, or other derivative instruments, or from investing in securities or other instruments backed by physical commodities).

(3)  Lend any security or make any other loan if, as a result, more than one-third of a Fund’s total assets would be lent to other parties (but this limitation does not apply to investments in repurchase agreements, commercial paper, debt securities, or loans, including assignments and participation interests).

(4)  Act as an underwriter of securities issued by others, except to the extent that a Fund may be deemed an underwriter in connection with the disposition of its portfolio securities.

(5)  Borrow money except that a Fund may borrow money for temporary or emergency purposes (not for leveraging or investment). Borrowings from banks will not, in any event, exceed one-third of the value of a Fund’s total assets (including the amount borrowed). This policy shall not prohibit short sales transactions, or futures, options, swaps, repurchase transactions (including reverse repurchase agreements), or forward transactions. A Fund may not issue “senior securities” in contravention of the 1940 Act.

(6)  Invest directly in real estate or interests in real estate; however, a Fund may own debt or equity securities issued by companies engaged in those businesses.

As a fundamental policy, a Fund may, notwithstanding any other investment policy or limitation (whether or not fundamental), invest all of its assets in the securities of a single open-end management investment company with substantially the same fundamental investment objectives, policies, and limitations as the Fund.

The Board of Trustees (“Trustees”) has adopted additional investment restrictions for the Funds. These restrictions are operating policies of the Funds and may be changed by the Trustees without shareholder approval. The additional restrictions adopted by the Trustees to date include the following:

(1)  If a Fund is an underlying fund in a fund of funds, the Fund may not acquire securities of other investment companies in reliance on Section 12(d)(1)(F) of the 1940 Act and securities of open-end investment companies or registered unit investment trusts in reliance on Section 12(d)(1)(G) of the 1940 Act.

 

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(2)  A Fund may sell securities short if it owns or has the right to obtain securities equivalent in kind and amount to the securities sold short without the payment of any additional consideration therefor (“short sales against the box”). In addition, a Fund may engage in short sales other than against the box, which involve selling a security that the Fund borrows and does not own. The Trustees may impose limits on a Fund’s investments in short sales, as described in the Fund’s Prospectus. Transactions in futures, options, swaps, and forward contracts not involving short sales are not deemed to constitute selling securities short.

(3)  The Funds do not intend to purchase securities on margin, except that the Funds may obtain such short-term credits as are necessary for the clearance of transactions, and provided that margin payments and other deposits in connection with transactions involving short sales, futures, options, swaps, forward contracts, and other permitted investment techniques shall not be deemed to constitute purchasing securities on margin.

(4)  A Fund may not mortgage or pledge any securities owned or held by the Fund in amounts that exceed, in the aggregate, 15% of the Fund’s NAV, provided that this limitation does not apply to: reverse repurchase agreements; deposits of assets to margin; guarantee positions in futures, options, swaps, or forward contracts; or the segregation of assets in connection with such contracts.

(5)  The Funds do not currently intend to purchase any security or enter into a repurchase agreement if, as a result, more than 15% of its net assets would be invested in repurchase agreements not entitling the holder to payment of principal and interest within seven days and in securities that are illiquid by virtue of legal or contractual restrictions on resale or the absence of a readily available market. The Trustees, or the Funds’ investment adviser acting pursuant to authority delegated by the Trustees, may determine that a readily available market exists for: securities eligible for resale pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Rule 144A Securities”), or any successor to such rule; Section 4(2) commercial paper; and municipal lease obligations. Accordingly, such securities may not be subject to the foregoing limitation. Certain securities previously deemed liquid may become illiquid in any subsequent assessment of liquidity factors affecting the security.

(6)  The Funds may not invest in companies for the purpose of exercising control of management.

Under the terms of an exemptive order received from the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), a Fund may borrow money from or lend money to other funds that permit such transactions and for which Janus Capital or one of its affiliates serves as investment adviser. All such borrowing and lending will be subject to the above limits and to the limits and other conditions in such exemptive order. Each Fund will borrow money through the program only when the costs are equal to or lower than the cost of bank loans. Interfund loans and borrowings normally extend overnight, but can have a maximum duration of seven days. Each Fund will lend through the program only when the returns are higher than those available from other short-term instruments (such as repurchase agreements). A Fund may have to borrow from a bank at a higher interest rate if an interfund loan is called or not renewed. Any delay in repayment to a lending Fund could result in a lost investment opportunity or additional borrowing costs, and interfund loans are subject to the risk that the borrowing Fund may be unable to repay the loan when due. While it is expected that a Fund may borrow money through the program to satisfy redemption requests or to cover unanticipated cash shortfalls, a Fund may elect to not participate in the program during times of market uncertainty or distress or for other reasons.

For purposes of these investment restrictions, the identification of the issuer of a municipal obligation depends on the terms and conditions of the security. When assets and revenues of a political subdivision are separate from those of the government that created the subdivision and the security is backed only by the assets and revenues of the subdivision, the subdivision is deemed to be the sole issuer. Similarly, in the case of an industrial development bond, if the bond is backed only by assets and revenues of a nongovernmental user, then the nongovernmental user would be deemed to be the sole issuer. If, however, in either case, the creating government or some other entity guarantees the security, the guarantee would be considered a separate security that would be treated as an issue of the guaranteeing entity.

For purposes of the Funds’ fundamental policy related to investments in real estate, the policy does not prohibit the purchase of securities directly or indirectly secured by real estate or interests therein, or issued by entities that invest in real estate or interests therein, such as, but not limited to, corporations, partnerships, real estate investment trusts (“REITs”), and other REIT-like entities, such as foreign entities that have REIT characteristics.

Except for the Funds’ policies with respect to investments in illiquid securities and borrowing, the percentage limitations included in these policies and elsewhere in this SAI and/or the Funds’ Prospectuses normally apply only at the time of initial purchase of a security. So, for example, if a Fund exceeds a limit as a result of market fluctuations or the sale of other securities, it will not be required to dispose of any securities and may continue to purchase such securities in order to track the Underlying Index.

 

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For purposes of each Fund’s policies on investing in particular industries, each Fund relies primarily on industry or industry group classifications under the Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”) developed by MSCI. To the extent that the above classifications are so broad that the primary economic characteristics in a single class are materially different, a Fund may further classify issuers in accordance with industry classifications consistent with relevant SEC staff interpretations. The Funds may change any source used for determining industry classifications without prior shareholder notice or approval.

 

INVESTMENT STRATEGIES AND RISKS

Each Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally, before fees and expenses, to the performance of its respective Underlying Index. A discussion of the risks associated with an investment in each Fund is contained in each Fund’s Prospectus under the headings “Principal Investment Risks” and “Risks of the Fund.” The discussion below supplements, and should be read in conjunction with, such sections of each Fund’s Prospectus.

General Considerations and Risks

Investment in a Fund should be made with an understanding that the value of the portfolio of securities held by the Fund may fluctuate in accordance with changes in the financial condition of the issuers of the portfolio securities, the value of common stocks generally and other factors.

Each Fund is not actively managed by traditional methods and therefore the adverse financial condition of any one issuer will not result in the elimination of its securities from the portfolio securities held by the Fund unless the securities of such issuer are removed from the Underlying Index.

An investment in a Fund should also be made with an understanding that a Fund will not be able to replicate exactly the performance of the Underlying Index because the total return generated by its portfolio securities will be reduced by transaction costs incurred in adjusting the actual balance of such securities and other Fund expenses, whereas such transaction costs and expenses are not included in the calculation of the Underlying Index. It is also possible that for short periods of time, a Fund may not fully replicate the performance of the 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 a Fund is required to correct such imbalances by means of adjusting the composition of its portfolio securities.

An investment in a Fund should also be made with an understanding of the risks inherent in an investment in securities, including the risk that the financial condition of issuers may become impaired or that the general condition of the securities markets may deteriorate (either of which may cause a decrease in the value of the portfolio securities and thus in the value of shares). Securities are susceptible to general market fluctuations and to volatile increases and decreases in value as market confidence in and perceptions of their issuers 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 and banking crises.

Holders of common stocks incur more risk than holders of preferred stocks and debt obligations because common stockholders, as owners of the issuer, have generally inferior rights to receive payments from the issuer in comparison with the rights of creditors of, or holders of debt obligations or preferred stocks issued by, the issuer. Further, unlike debt securities which typically have a stated principal amount payable at maturity (whose value, however, will be 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, common stocks have neither a fixed principal amount nor a maturity. Common stock values are subject to market fluctuations as long as the common stock remains outstanding.

The principal trading market for some of the securities in an index may be in the over-the-counter market. 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 a market will be made or maintained or that any such market will be or remain liquid. The price at which securities may be sold and the value of a Fund’s 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.

Cybersecurity

With the increased use of the Internet to conduct business, the Funds are susceptible to operational and information security risks. In general cyber incidents can result from deliberate attacks or unintentional events. Cyber-attacks include, but are not

 

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limited to, infection by computer viruses or other malicious software code, gaining unauthorized access to systems, networks, or devices that are used to service the Funds’ operations through “hacking” or other means for the purpose of misappropriating assets or sensitive information, corrupting data, or causing operational disruption. Cyber-attacks may also be carried out in a manner that does not require gaining unauthorized access, such as causing denial-of-service attacks on the Funds’ website. In addition, authorized persons could inadvertently or intentionally release confidential or proprietary information stored on the Funds’ systems.

Cyber security failures or breaches by the Funds’ third party service providers (including, but not limited to, Janus Capital, custodians, transfer agents, and financial intermediaries), or the subadvisers (if applicable) may cause disruptions and impact the service providers’ and the Funds’ business operations, potentially resulting in financial losses, the inability of fund shareholders to transact business and the Funds to process transactions, inability to calculate a Fund’s net asset value, violations of applicable privacy and other laws, regulatory fines, penalties, reputational damage, reimbursement or other compensation costs, and/or additional compliance costs. The Funds may incur incremental costs to prevent cyber incidents in the future. The Funds and their shareholders could be negatively impacted as a result. While Janus Capital has established business continuity plans and risk management systems designed to prevent or reduce the impact of such cyber-attacks, there are inherent limitations in such plans and systems due in part to the ever-changing nature of technology and cyber-attack tactics. As such, there is a possibility that certain risks have not been adequately identified or prepared for. Furthermore, the Funds cannot directly control any cyber security plans and systems put in place by third party service providers. Cyber security risks are also present for issuers of securities in which a Fund invests, which could result in material adverse consequences for such issuers, and may cause the Fund’s investment in such securities to lose value.

Equity Securities

The Funds may invest in equity securities, which include, but are not limited to, common and preferred stocks and securities convertible or exchangeable into common stock.

Common Stock.  Common stock represents a proportionate share of the ownership of a company. Common stocks sometimes are divided into several classes, with each class having different voting rights, dividend rights, or other differences in their rights and priorities. The value of a stock is based on the market’s assessment of the current and future success of a company’s business, any income paid to stockholders, the value of the company’s assets, and general market conditions. The value of a stock may also be adversely affected by other factors such as accounting irregularities, actual or perceived weaknesses in corporate governance practices of a company’s board or management, and changes in company management. Common stock values can fluctuate dramatically over short periods.

Preferred Stock.  A preferred stock represents an ownership interest in a company, but pays dividends at a specific rate and has priority over common stock in payment of dividends and liquidation claims. Preferred stock dividends are generally cumulative, noncumulative, or participating. “Cumulative” dividend provisions require all or a portion of prior unpaid dividends to be paid before dividends can be paid to the issuer’s common stock. “Participating” preferred stock may be entitled to a dividend exceeding the stated dividend in certain cases. Like debt securities, the value of a preferred stock often fluctuates more in response to changes in interest rates and the creditworthiness of the issuer, rather than in response to changes in the issuer’s profitability and business prospects. Preferred stock is subject to similar risks as common stock and debt securities.

Convertible Security.  A convertible security is generally a debt obligation or preferred stock that may be converted within a specified period of time into a certain amount of common stock of the same or a different issuer. A convertible security, such as a “convertible preferred stock,” provides a fixed-income stream and the opportunity, through its conversion feature, to participate in the capital appreciation resulting from a market price advance in its underlying common stock. Like a common stock, the value of a convertible security tends to increase as the market value of the underlying stock rises, and it tends to decrease as the market value of the underlying stock declines. As with a fixed-income security, a convertible security tends to increase in market value when interest rates decline and decrease in value when interest rates rise. Because both interest rate and market movements can influence its value, a convertible security is not as sensitive to interest rates as a similar fixed-income security, nor is it as sensitive to changes in share price as its underlying stock.

Convertible securities generally have less potential for gain or loss than common stocks. Convertible securities generally provide yields higher than the underlying common stocks, but generally lower than comparable non-convertible securities. Because of this higher yield, convertible securities generally sell at prices above their “conversion value,” which is the current market value

 

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of the stock to be received upon conversion. The difference between this conversion value and the price of convertible securities will vary over time depending on changes in the value of the underlying common stocks and interest rates.

A convertible security may also be called for redemption or conversion by the issuer after a particular date and under certain circumstances (including a specified price) established upon issue. If a convertible security held by a Fund is called for redemption or conversion, the Fund could be required to tender it for redemption, convert it into the underlying common stock, or sell it to a third party.

Foreign Securities

Each Fund may invest in foreign securities either indirectly (e.g., depositary receipts, depositary shares, and passive foreign investment companies) or directly in foreign markets, including emerging markets. Investments in foreign securities may include, but are not necessarily limited to, corporate debt securities of foreign issuers, preferred or preference stock of foreign issuers, certain foreign bank obligations, and U.S. dollar or foreign currency-denominated obligations of foreign governments or supranational entities or their subdivisions, agencies, and instrumentalities. Investments in foreign securities, including securities of foreign and emerging market governments, may involve greater risks than investing in domestic securities because a Fund’s performance may depend on factors other than the performance of a particular company. These factors include:

Currency Risk.  As long as a Fund holds a foreign security, its value will be affected by the value of the local currency relative to the U.S. dollar. When a Fund sells a foreign currency denominated security, its value may be worth less in U.S. dollars even if the security increases in value in its home country. U.S. dollar-denominated securities of foreign issuers may also be affected by currency risk, as the value of these securities may also be affected by changes in the issuer’s local currency.

Political and Economic Risk.  Foreign investments may be subject to heightened political and economic risks, particularly in emerging markets which may have relatively unstable governments, immature economic structures, national policies restricting investments by foreigners, social instability, and different and/or developing legal systems. In some countries, there is the risk that the government may take over the assets or operations of a company or that the government may impose withholding and other taxes or limits on the removal of a Fund’s assets from that country. In addition, the economies of emerging markets may be predominantly based on only a few industries, may be highly vulnerable to changes in local or global trade conditions, and may suffer from extreme and volatile debt burdens or inflation rates.

Regulatory Risk.  There may be less government supervision of foreign markets. As a result, foreign issuers may not be subject to the uniform accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards and practices applicable to domestic issuers, and there may be less publicly available information about foreign issuers.

Foreign Market Risk.  Foreign securities markets, particularly those of emerging market countries, may be less liquid and more volatile than domestic markets. These securities markets may trade a small number of securities, may have a limited number of issuers and a high proportion of shares, or may be held by a relatively small number of persons or institutions. Local securities markets may be unable to respond effectively to increases in trading volume, potentially making prompt liquidation of substantial holdings difficult or impossible at times. It is also possible that certain markets may require payment for securities before delivery, and delays may be encountered in settling securities transactions. In some foreign markets, there may not be protection against failure by other parties to complete transactions. It may not be possible for a Fund to repatriate capital, dividends, interest, and other income from a particular country or governmental entity. In addition, securities of issuers located in or economically tied to countries with emerging markets may have limited marketability and may be subject to more abrupt or erratic price movements which could also have a negative effect on a Fund. Such factors may hinder a Fund’s ability to buy and sell emerging market securities in a timely manner, affecting the Fund’s investment strategies and potentially affecting the value of the Fund.

Geographic Investment Risk.  To the extent a Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in a particular country or geographic region, the Fund will generally have more exposure to certain risks due to possible political, economic, social, or regulatory events in that country or region. Adverse developments in certain regions could also adversely affect securities of other countries whose economies appear to be unrelated and could have a negative impact on a Fund’s performance.

 

    Risk of Investing in Hong Kong.  Investments in Hong Kong issuers may subject the Funds to legal, regulatory, political, currency, security, and economic risk specific to Hong Kong. China is Hong Kong’s largest trading partner, both in terms of exports and imports. Any changes in the Chinese economy, trade regulations or currency exchange rates, or a tightening of China’s control over Hong Kong, may have an adverse impact on Hong Kong’s economy.

 

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    Risk of Investing in Japan.  The Japanese economy may be subject to considerable degrees of economic, political and social instability, which could have a negative impact on Japanese securities. Since the year 2000, Japan’s economic growth rate has remained relatively low, and it may remain low in the future. In addition, Japan is subject to the risk of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, typhoons and tsunamis, which could negatively affect the Funds.

 

    Risk of Investing in Australia.  Investments in Australian issuers may subject the Funds to regulatory, political, currency, security, and economic risk specific to Australia. The Australian economy is heavily dependent on exports from the energy, agricultural and mining sectors. This makes the Australian economy susceptible to fluctuations in the commodity markets. Australia is also dependent on trading with key trading partners.

 

    Risk of Investing in Europe.  Investments in European issuers may subject the Funds to regulatory, political, currency, security, and economic risk specific to one or more countries in Europe or the region as a whole. Adverse economic and political events in Europe may cause a Fund’s investments to decline in value. The economies and markets of European countries are often closely connected and interdependent, and events in one country in Europe can have an adverse impact on other European countries. A Fund may make investments in securities of issuers that are domiciled in, or have significant operations in, member countries of the European Union (the “EU”) that are subject to economic and monetary controls that can adversely affect the Fund’s investments. The European financial markets have experienced volatility and adverse trends in recent years and these events have adversely affected the exchange rate of the euro and may continue to significantly affect other European countries.

Transaction Costs.  Costs of buying, selling, and holding foreign securities, including brokerage, tax, and custody costs, may be higher than those involved in domestic transactions.

Emerging Markets.  Within the parameters of its specific investment policies, each Fund may invest its assets in securities of issuers or companies from or with exposure to one or more “developing countries” or “emerging market countries.” Such countries include, but are not limited to, countries included in the MSCI Emerging Markets IndexSM. Investing in emerging markets involves certain risks not typically associated with investing in the United States and imposes risks greater than, or in addition to, the risks associated with investing in securities of more developed foreign countries as previously discussed under “Foreign Securities.” The prices of investments in emerging markets can experience sudden and sharp price swings. In many developing markets, there is less government supervision and regulation of business and industry practices (including the potential lack of strict finance and accounting controls and standards), stock exchanges, brokers, and listed companies than in more developed markets, making these investments potentially more volatile in price and less liquid than investments in developed securities markets, resulting in greater risk to investors. There is a risk in developing countries that a future economic or political crisis could lead to price controls, forced mergers of companies, expropriation or confiscatory taxation, imposition or enforcement of foreign ownership limits, seizure, nationalization, sanctions or imposition of restrictions by various governmental entities on investment and trading, or creation of government monopolies, any of which may have a detrimental effect on a Fund’s investments. Many emerging market countries have experienced substantial, and in some periods extremely high, rates of inflation or deflation for many years, and future inflation may adversely affect the economies and securities markets of such countries. In addition, the economies of developing countries tend to be heavily dependent upon international trade and, as such, have been, and may continue to be, adversely impacted by trade barriers, exchange controls, managed adjustments in relative currency values, and other protectionist measures. These economies also have been, and may continue to be, adversely affected by economic conditions in the countries with which they do business.

The securities markets of many of the countries in which the Funds may invest may also be smaller, less liquid, and subject to greater price volatility than those in the United States. In the event of a default on any investments in foreign debt obligations, it may be more difficult for the Funds to obtain or to enforce a judgment against the issuers of such securities. In addition, there may be little financial or accounting information available with respect to issuers of emerging market securities, and it may be difficult as a result to assess the value of an investment in such securities. Further, a Fund’s ability to participate fully in the smaller, less liquid emerging markets may be limited by the policy restricting its investments in illiquid securities. The Funds may be subject to emerging markets risk to the extent that they invest in securities of issuers or companies which are not considered to be from emerging markets, but which have customers, products, or transactions associated with emerging markets.

 

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Loans of Portfolio Securities

Each Fund may lend its investment securities to approved borrowers. Any gain or loss on the market price of the securities loaned that might occur during the term of the loan would be for the account of a Fund. These loans cannot exceed one-third of a Fund’s total assets.

Approved borrowers are brokers, dealers, domestic and foreign banks, or other financial institutions that meet credit or other requirements as established by, and subject to the review of, the Trust’s Board, so long as the terms, the structure and the aggregate amount of such loans are not inconsistent with the 1940 Act and the rules and regulations thereunder or interpretations of the SEC, which require that (a) the borrowers pledge and maintain with the applicable Fund collateral consisting of cash, an irrevocable letter of credit issued by a bank, or securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Government having a value at all times of not less than 102% of the value of the securities loaned (on a “mark-to-market” basis); (b) the loan be made subject to termination by a Fund at any time; and (c) a Fund receives reasonable interest on the loan. From time to time, a Fund may return a part of the interest earned from the investment of collateral received from securities loaned to the borrower and/or a third party that is unaffiliated with a Fund and that is acting as a finder.

Illiquid Securities

Each Fund may invest up to an aggregate amount of 15% of its net assets in illiquid securities. Illiquid securities are securities that cannot be sold or disposed of within seven days at their approximate current value, and include securities subject to contractual or other restrictions on resale and other instruments that lack readily available markets.

Money Market Instruments

Each Fund may invest a portion of their assets in high-quality money market instruments on an ongoing basis to provide liquidity. The instruments in which each Fund 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 Investors Service, Inc. or “A-1+” or “A-1” by Standard & Poor’s or, if unrated, of comparable quality as determined by Janus Capital; (iv) repurchase agreements; and (v) money market mutual 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.

Investment Company Securities

The Funds may invest in securities of other investment companies, subject to the provisions of the 1940 Act and any applicable SEC exemptive orders. Section 12(d)(1) of the 1940 Act prohibits a Fund from acquiring: (i) more than 3% of another investment company’s voting stock; (ii) securities of another investment company with a value in excess of 5% of a Fund’s total assets; or (iii) securities of such other investment company and all other investment companies owned by a Fund having a value in excess of 10% of the Fund’s total assets (the “Section 12(d)(1) Limits”). In addition, Section 12(d)(1) prohibits another investment company from selling its shares to a Fund if, after the sale: (i) the Fund owns more than 3% of the other investment company’s voting stock or (ii) the Fund and other investment companies, and companies controlled by them, own more than 10% of the voting stock of such other investment company. The Funds may invest their cash holdings in affiliated or non-affiliated money market funds as part of a cash sweep program. The Funds may purchase unlimited shares of affiliated or non-affiliated money market funds and of other funds managed by Janus Capital, whether registered or unregistered entities, as permitted by the 1940 Act and rules promulgated thereunder and/or an SEC exemptive order. To the extent the Funds invest in money market funds or other funds, the Funds will be subject to the same risks that investors experience when investing in such other 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 by affiliated or non-affiliated shareholders in such other funds. Additionally, to the extent that Janus Capital serves as the investment adviser to underlying funds or investment vehicles in which a Fund may invest, Janus Capital may have conflicting interests in fulfilling its fiduciary duties to both the Funds and the underlying funds or investment vehicles.

Investment companies may include index-based investments such as exchange-traded funds, which hold substantially all of their assets in investments representing specific indices. The main risk of investing in index-based investments is the same as investing in a portfolio of investments comprising the index. Index-based investments may not replicate exactly the performance of their specific index because of transaction costs and because of the temporary unavailability of certain component securities of the index.

 

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Some ETFs have obtained exemptive orders permitting other investment companies, such as the Funds, to acquire their securities in excess of the limits of Section 12(d)(1) the 1940 Act. The Funds may rely on this relief to invest in these ETFs in excess of the Section 12(d)(1) Limits. In addition, the Funds may invest in other investment companies in excess of the Section 12(d)(1) Limits in accordance with the provisions of Sections 12(d)(1)(F) or (G) of the 1940 Act, which provide certain exemptions from the Section 12(d)(1) Limits.

The Funds may invest in other exchange-traded funds, which are typically open-end investment companies that are traded on a national securities exchange. ETFs typically incur fees, such as investment advisory fees and other operating expenses that are separate from those of a Fund, which will be indirectly paid by the Fund. As a result, the cost of investing in a Fund may be higher than the cost of investing directly in ETFs and may be higher than other mutual funds that invest directly in stocks and bonds. Since ETFs are traded on an exchange at market prices that may vary from the net asset value of their underlying investments, there may be times when ETFs trade at a premium or discount. Similarly, because the value of ETF shares depends on the demand in the market, a Fund may not be able to purchase or sell an ETF at the most optimal time, which could adversely affect the Fund’s performance. In addition, ETFs that track particular indices may be unable to match the performance of such underlying indices due to the temporary unavailability of certain index securities in the secondary market or other factors, such as discrepancies with respect to the weighting of securities. The ETFs in which a Fund invests are subject to specific risks, depending on the investment strategy of the ETF. In turn, a Fund will be subject to substantially the same risks as those associated with direct exposure to the securities or commodities held by the ETF. Because the Funds may invest in a broad range of ETFs, such risks may include, but are not limited to, leverage risk, foreign exposure risk, and commodities risk.

Each Fund has obtained exemptive relief from the SEC permitting the Fund to sell, and other investment companies to acquire, shares in the Fund in excess of the limits imposed by Section 12(d)(1) of the 1940 Act. This exemptive relief is conditioned, among other things, on a Fund refraining from acquiring securities of an investment company, or certain private investment pools, in excess of the Section 12(d)(1) Limits. Consequently, if a Fund sells its shares to other investment companies in accordance with its exemptive relief, it will refrain from purchasing shares of ETFs, other registered investment companies, or private investment pools in excess of 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 Janus Capital and open-end investment companies advised by Janus Capital. 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). Notwithstanding these limitations, a Fund may still invest in other investment companies in excess of the Section 12(d)(1) Limits in order to engage in certain short-term cash management activities or to invest in a master fund pursuant to a Fund’s non-fundamental investment policy that permits the Fund to invest all of its assets in the securities of a single open-end management investment company with substantially the same fundamental investment objectives, policies, and limitations as the Fund.

Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”)

Within the parameters of its specific investment policies, each Fund may invest in REITs. The Long-Term Care ETF may have substantial exposure to REITs, based on the composition of its Underlying Index at any given time. REITs are sometimes informally characterized as equity REITs, mortgage REITs, and hybrid REITs. In addition, a Fund may gain exposure to the real estate sector by investing in common, preferred and convertible securities of issuers in real estate-related industries. Investments in REITs and real estate-linked investments are subject to risks similar to those associated with direct ownership of real estate, including loss to casualty or condemnation, increases in property taxes and operating expenses, zoning law amendments, changes in interest rates, overbuilding and increased competition, variations in market value, fluctuations in rental income, possible environmental liabilities, regulatory limitations on rent, and other risks related to local or general economic conditions. Equity REITs generally experience these risks directly through fee or leasehold interests, whereas mortgage REITs generally experience these risks indirectly through mortgage interests, unless the mortgage REIT forecloses on the underlying real estate. Changes in interest rates may also affect the value of a Fund’s investment in REITs. For instance, during periods of declining interest rates, certain mortgage REITs may hold mortgages that the mortgagors elect to prepay, and prepayment may diminish the yield on securities issued by those REITs.

Certain REITs have relatively small market capitalizations, which may tend to increase the volatility of the market price of their securities. Furthermore, REITs are dependent upon specialized management skills, have limited diversification and are, therefore, subject to risks inherent in operating and financing a limited number of projects. REITs are also subject to heavy cash flow dependency, defaults by borrowers, and the possibility of failing to qualify for tax-free pass-through of income under the

 

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Internal Revenue Code and to maintain exemption from the registration requirements of the 1940 Act. By investing in REITs indirectly through a Fund, a shareholder will bear not only his or her proportionate share of the expenses of a Fund, but also, indirectly, similar expenses of the REITs. In addition, REITs depend generally on their ability to generate cash flow to make distributions to shareholders.

Senior Securities

In general, the Funds may not issue any class of senior security, except within the limitations of the 1940 Act. These limitations allow a Fund to (i) borrow from banks, provided that immediately following any such borrowing there is an asset coverage of at least 300% (the “Asset Coverage Requirement”) for all Fund borrowings, and (ii) engage in trading practices which could be deemed to involve the issuance of a senior security, including but not limited to options, futures, forward contracts, and reverse repurchase agreements, provided that a Fund earmarks or segregates liquid assets in accordance with applicable SEC regulations and interpretations.

Futures and Options

The Funds may utilize exchange-traded futures and options contracts in order to manage uninvested cash and/or provide equity exposure for the Funds without having to purchase an underlying security.

Futures contracts generally provide for the future sale by one party and purchase by another party of a specified commodity at a specified future time and at a specified price. Stock index futures contracts are settled daily with a payment by one party to the other of a cash amount based on the difference between the level of the stock index specified in the contract from one day to the next. Futures contracts are standardized as to maturity date and underlying instrument and are traded on futures exchanges. Futures traders are required to make a good faith margin deposit in cash or U.S. government securities with a broker or custodian to initiate and maintain open positions in futures contracts. A margin deposit is intended to assure completion of the contract (delivery or acceptance of the underlying commodity or payment of the cash settlement amount) if it is not terminated prior to the specified delivery date. Brokers may establish deposit requirements which are higher than the exchange minimums. Futures contracts are customarily purchased and sold on margin deposits which may range upward from less than 5% of the value of the contract being traded. After a futures contract position is opened, the value of the contract is marked-to-market daily. If the futures contract price changes to the extent that the margin on deposit does not satisfy margin requirements, payment of additional “variation” margin will be required. Conversely, a change in the contract value may reduce the required margin, resulting in a repayment of excess margin to the contract holder. Variation margin payments are made to and from the futures broker for as long as the contract remains open. In such case, a Fund would expect to earn interest income on its margin deposits. Closing out an open futures position is done by taking an opposite position (“buying” a contract which has previously been “sold,” or “selling” a contract previously “purchased”) in an identical contract to terminate the position. Brokerage commissions are incurred when a futures contract position is opened or closed.

The Funds may use exchange-traded futures and options, together with positions in cash and money market instruments, to simulate full investment in the Underlying Index. Under such circumstances, Janus Capital may seek to utilize other instruments that it believes to be correlated to the Underlying Index components or a subset of the components.

An option on a futures contract, as contrasted with the direct investment in such a contract, gives the purchaser the right, in return for the premium paid, to assume a position in the underlying futures contract at a specified exercise price at any time prior to the expiration date of the option. Upon exercise of an option, the delivery of the futures position by the writer of the option to the holder of the option will be accompanied by delivery of the accumulated balance in the writer’s futures margin account that represents the amount by which the market price of the futures contract exceeds (in the case of a call) or is less than (in the case of a put) the exercise price of the option on the futures contract. The potential for loss related to the purchase of an option on a futures contract is limited to the premium paid for the option plus transaction costs. Because the value of the option is fixed at the point of purchase, there are no daily cash payments by the purchaser to reflect changes in the value of the underlying contract; however, the value of the option changes daily and that change would be reflected in the NAV of the Fund. The potential for loss related to writing call options on equity securities or indices is unlimited. The potential for loss related to writing put options is limited only by the aggregate strike price of the put option less the premium received.

The Funds may purchase and write put and call options on futures contracts that are traded on a U.S. exchange in anticipation of the purchase of securities, and may enter into closing transactions with respect to such options to terminate existing positions. There is no guarantee that such closing transactions can be effected.

 

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Restrictions on the Use of Futures Contracts and Options on Futures Contracts

The Funds do not currently intend to, but may in the future, file a claim for exemption with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on behalf of the Funds, so that neither the Funds nor the Trust are deemed to be a “commodity pool” or “commodity pool operator” (“CPO”), respectively, under the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”), and they are not subject to registration or regulation as such under the CEA. Janus Capital is not deemed to be a “commodity trading advisor” with respect to its services as an investment adviser to a Fund. In February 2012, however, the CFTC adopted certain regulatory changes that will subject the adviser of an investment company to registration with the CFTC as a CPO if the investment company is unable to comply with certain trading and marketing limitations.

With respect to investments in swap transactions, commodity futures, commodity options or certain other derivatives used for purposes other than bona fide hedging purposes, an investment company must meet one of the following tests under the amended regulations in order to claim an exemption from being considered a “commodity pool” or CPO. First, the aggregate initial margin and premiums required to establish an investment company’s positions in such investments may not exceed five percent (5%) of the liquidation value of the investment company’s portfolio (after accounting for unrealized profits and unrealized losses on any such investments). Alternatively, the aggregate net notional value of such instruments, determined at the time of the most recent position established, may not exceed one hundred percent (100%) of the liquidation value of the investment company’s portfolio (after accounting for unrealized profits and unrealized losses on any such positions). In addition to meeting one of the foregoing trading limitations, the investment company may not market itself as a commodity pool or otherwise as a vehicle for trading in the commodity futures, commodity options or swaps and derivatives markets. In the event that Janus Capital were required to register as a CPO with respect to a Fund, the disclosure and operations of the Fund would need to comply with all applicable CFTC regulations. Compliance with these additional registration and regulatory requirements would increase operational expenses. Other potentially adverse regulatory initiatives could also develop.

Swaps

The Funds may utilize swap agreements including, but not limited to, equity swaps, credit default swaps, interest rate and currency swaps, total return swaps, and swaps on exchange-traded funds, as a means to gain exposure to certain companies or countries, provided Janus Capital believes such use will assist a Fund in tracking its Underlying Index. Swap agreements entail the risk that a party will default on its payment obligations to a Fund. If the other party to a swap defaults, the Fund would risk the loss of the net amount of the payments that it contractually is entitled to receive. If a Fund utilizes a swap at the wrong time or judges market conditions incorrectly, the swap may result in a loss to the Fund and reduce the Fund’s total return. The most significant factor in the performance of swap agreements is the change in value of the specific index, security, or currency, or other factors that determine the amounts of payments due to and from a Fund. If there is a default by the other party to such a transaction, the Fund normally will have contractual remedies pursuant to the agreements related to the transaction. Swap agreements also bear the risk that a Fund will not be able to meet its obligation to the counterparty. Swap agreements are typically privately negotiated and entered into in the over-the-counter market. A Fund normally will not enter into any total return, equity, or interest rate swap transaction unless the claims-paying ability of the other party thereto meets guidelines established by Janus Capital. Janus Capital’s guidelines may be adjusted in accordance with market conditions. Janus Capital will monitor the creditworthiness of all counterparties on an ongoing basis. Generally, parties that are rated in the highest short-term rating category by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization (“NRSRO”) will meet Janus Capital’s guidelines. The ratings of NRSROs represent their opinions of the claims-paying ability of entities rated by them. NRSRO ratings are general and are not absolute standards of quality.

Market Events

The financial crisis in both the U.S. and global economies over the past several years has resulted, and may continue to result, in a significant decline in the value and liquidity of many securities of issuers worldwide in the equity and fixed-income/credit markets. In response to the crisis, the United States and certain foreign governments, along with the U.S. Federal Reserve and certain foreign central banks, took steps to support the financial markets. The withdrawal of this support, a failure of measures put in place to respond to the crisis, or investor perception that such efforts were not sufficient could each negatively affect financial markets generally, and the value and liquidity of specific securities. In addition, policy and legislative changes in the United States and in other countries continue to impact many aspects of financial regulation. The effect of these changes on the markets, and the practical implications for market participants, including the Funds, may not be fully known for some time. As a result, it may also be unusually difficult to identify both investment risks and opportunities, which could limit or preclude

 

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each Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective. Therefore, it is important to understand that the value of your investment may fall, sometimes sharply, and you could lose money.

The enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act provided for widespread regulation of financial institutions, consumer financial products and services, broker-dealers, over-the-counter derivatives, investment advisers, credit rating agencies, and mortgage lending, which expanded federal oversight in the financial sector, including the investment management industry. Many provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act remain pending and will be implemented through future rulemaking. Therefore, the ultimate impact of the Dodd-Frank Act and the regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act on the Funds and the investment management industry as a whole is not yet certain.

Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather Conditions

Certain areas of the world have historically been prone to and economically sensitive to environmental events such as, but not limited to, hurricanes, earthquakes, typhoons, flooding, tidal waves, tsunamis, erupting volcanoes, wildfires or droughts, tornadoes, mudslides, or other weather-related phenomena. Such disasters, and the resulting physical or economic damage, could have a severe and negative impact on a Fund’s investment portfolio and, in the longer term, could impair the ability of issuers in which the Fund invests to conduct their businesses as they would under normal conditions. Adverse weather conditions may also have a particularly significant negative effect on issuers in the agricultural sector and on insurance companies that insure against the impact of natural disasters.

Tax Risks

As with any investment, you should consider how your investment in shares of a Fund will be taxed. The tax information in the Prospectuses and this SAI is provided as general information. You should consult your own tax professional about the tax consequences of an investment in shares of a Fund. Refer to “Income Dividends, Capital Gain Distributions, and Tax Status” section of the Statement of Additional Information for additional information regarding Fund taxation.

 

INFORMATION ABOUT EACH UNDERLYING INDEX PROVIDER AND  DISCLAIMERS

Each Fund will attempt to correspond generally, before fees and expenses, to the performance of its respective Underlying Index.

Solactive AG (“Solactive” or the “Index Provider”) is the Index Provider for each respective Underlying Index. Janus Capital has entered into a license agreement with Solactive to use each respective Underlying Index. Solactive AG is the licensor of certain trademarks, service marks, and trade names.

Neither Solactive nor any of its affiliates make any representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of a Fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in a Fund particularly or the ability of a respective Underlying Index to track general market performance. Each Underlying Index is determined, composed, and calculated by Solactive without regard to Janus Capital or the respective Fund. Solactive has no obligation to take the needs of Janus Capital or the owners of a Fund into consideration in determining, composing, or calculating a respective Underlying Index. Solactive is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the timing of, prices at, or quantities of a Fund to be issued or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which a Fund is to be converted into cash.

ALTHOUGH SOLACTIVE SHALL OBTAIN INFORMATION FOR INCLUSION IN OR FOR USE IN THE CALCULATION OF EACH UNDERLYING INDEX FROM SOURCES WHICH IT CONSIDERS RELIABLE, IT DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE QUALITY, ACCURACY AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF AN UNDERLYING INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN AND SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ERRORS OR OMISSIONS OF ANY KIND RELATED TO AN UNDERLYING INDEX OR DATA. SOLACTIVE MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY JANUS CAPITAL, OWNERS OF A FUND, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF AN UNDERLYING INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN IN CONNECTION WITH THE RIGHTS LICENSED TO JANUS CAPITAL FOR ANY OTHER USE. SOLACTIVE MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE WITH RESPECT TO EACH UNDERLYING INDEX OR ANY DATA INCLUDED THEREIN. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT SHALL IT HAVE ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INDIRECT, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS), EVEN IF NOTIFIED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

 

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Janus Capital does not guarantee the accuracy and/or the completeness of the respective Underlying Indices or any data included therein, and Janus Capital shall have no liability for any errors, omissions or interruptions therein. Janus Capital makes no warranty, express or implied, as to results to be obtained by a Fund, owners of the shares of a Fund or any other person or entity from the use of an Underlying Index or any data included therein. Janus Capital makes no express or implied warranties, and expressly disclaims all warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use with respect to each respective Underlying Index or any data included therein. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall Janus Capital 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 respective Underlying Indices even if notified of the possibility of such damages.

Janus Capital and Janus Capital’s logo are service marks of Janus Capital. All other trademarks, service marks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

PORTFOLIO TURNOVER

As of the date of this SAI, portfolio turnover rates are not available for the Funds because each Fund is new.

 

AVAILABILITY OF PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS INFORMATION

The Investment Company Holdings Disclosure Policies and Procedures adopted by the Funds’ Trustees are designed to ensure that a Fund’s portfolio holdings information is disclosed in a manner that (i) is consistent with applicable legal requirements and in the best interest of the Fund’s shareholders; (ii) does not put the interests of Janus Capital, ALPS Distributors, Inc., or any affiliated person of Janus Capital or ALPS Distributors, Inc., above those of Fund shareholders; (iii) does not advantage any current or prospective Fund shareholders over any other current or prospective Fund shareholders, except to the extent that certain entities (as described below) may receive portfolio holdings information not available to other current or prospective Fund shareholders in connection with the dissemination of Creation Units; and (iv) does not provide selective access to portfolio holdings information except pursuant to the procedures outlined below and to the extent appropriate confidentiality arrangements limiting the use of such information are in effect. The “entities” referred to in sub-section (iii) above are generally limited to National Securities Clearing Corporation members, subscribers to various fee-based subscription services, Authorized Participants, and other institutional market participants and entities that provide information for transactional services.

Disclosure of Portfolio Holdings in Accordance with SEC Exemptive Relief.  Each business day, a Fund’s portfolio holdings information is provided to ALPS Distributors, Inc. or other agent for dissemination through the facilities of the National Securities Clearing Corporation and/or other fee-based subscription services to National Securities Clearing Corporation members and/or subscribers to entities that publish and/or analyze such information in connection with the process of purchasing or redeeming Creation Units or trading shares of the Fund in the secondary market. This information typically reflects a Fund’s anticipated holdings on the following business day. In addition, on each business day before commencement of trading in shares on the NASDAQ, a Fund will disclose on janus.com/etfs the identities and quantities of each portfolio position held by the Fund that will form the basis for the Fund’s calculation of the NAV per share at the end of the business day.

Disclosure of Portfolio Holdings as Required by Applicable Law.  Each Fund is also required to disclose its complete holdings in the quarterly holdings report on Form N-Q within 60 days of the end of the first and third fiscal quarters, and in the annual report and semiannual report to Fund shareholders. These reports (i) are available on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov; (ii) may be reviewed and copied at the SEC’s Public Reference Room in Washington, D.C. (information on the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling 1-800-SEC-0330); and (iii) are available without charge, upon request, by calling a Janus representative at 1-800-525-0020.

Daily access to information concerning each Fund’s portfolio holdings is permitted (i) to certain personnel of those service providers that are involved in portfolio management and in providing administrative, operational, risk management, or other support to portfolio management; and (ii) to other personnel of Janus Capital, ALPS Distributors, Inc. and its affiliates, and the administrator, custodian, and fund accountant who deal directly with, or assist in, functions related to investment management, distribution, administration, custody, securities lending, and fund accounting, as may be necessary to conduct business in the ordinary course in a manner consistent with federal securities laws and regulations thereunder.

Portfolio holdings information made available in connection with the creation/redemption process may be provided to other entities that provide services to a Fund in the ordinary course of business after it has been disseminated to the National Securities Clearing Corporation. From time to time, information concerning portfolio holdings other than portfolio holdings

 

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information made available in connection with the creation/redemption process, as discussed above, may be provided to other entities that provide services to a Fund, including rating or ranking organizations, in the ordinary course of business, no earlier than one business day following the date of the information.

Nonpublic portfolio holdings information may be disclosed to certain third parties upon a good faith determination made by Janus Capital’s Chief Compliance Officer that a Fund has a legitimate business purpose for such disclosure and the recipient agrees to maintain confidentiality. The Chief Compliance Officer reports to the Funds’ Trustees regarding material compliance matters with respect to the portfolio holdings disclosure policies and procedures.

Under extraordinary circumstances, Janus Capital’s Chief Compliance Officer or a designee has the authority to waive one or more provisions of, or make exceptions to, the Investment Company Holdings Disclosure Policies and Procedures when in the best interest of a Fund and when such waiver or exception is consistent with federal securities laws and applicable fiduciary duties. The frequency with which portfolio holdings are disclosed, as well as the lag time associated with such disclosure, may vary as deemed appropriate under the circumstances.

 

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INVESTMENT ADVISER

 

 

 

INVESTMENT ADVISER – JANUS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC

As stated in the Prospectuses, the Funds have an Investment Advisory Agreement with Janus Capital Management LLC, 151 Detroit Street, Denver, Colorado 80206-4805. Janus Capital is a direct subsidiary of Janus Capital Group Inc. (“JCGI”), a publicly traded company with principal operations in financial asset management businesses. JCGI owns approximately 95% of Janus Capital, with the remaining 5% held by Janus Management Holdings Corporation.

The Funds’ Advisory Agreement will be in effect for an initial term of two years and from year to year thereafter so long as such continuance is approved at least annually by the vote of a majority of the Funds’ Trustees who are not parties to the Advisory Agreement or “interested persons” (as defined by the 1940 Act) of any such party (the “Independent Trustees”), and by either the Funds’ Trustees or the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of each Fund. The Advisory Agreement: (i) may be terminated, without the payment of any penalty, by a Fund’s Trustees, or the vote of at least a majority of the outstanding voting securities of a Fund, or Janus Capital, on 60 days’ advance written notice; (ii) terminates automatically in the event of its assignment; and (iii) generally, may not be amended without the approval by vote of a majority of the Trustees of the affected Fund, including a majority of the Independent Trustees, and, to the extent required by the 1940 Act, the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of that Fund.

The Advisory Agreement provides that Janus Capital will furnish continuous advice and recommendations concerning the Funds’ investments, provide office space for the Funds, and certain other advisory-related services. Pursuant to the Advisory Agreement, under the unitary fee structure, each Fund pays Janus Capital a “Management Fee” in return for providing certain investment advisory, supervisory, and administrative services to the Funds. The fee structure is designed to pay substantially all of the Funds’ expenses. However, each Fund bears other expenses which are not covered under the Management Fee, such as distribution fees (if any), brokerage expenses or commissions, interest, dividends, taxes, litigation expenses, acquired fund fees and expenses (if any), and extraordinary expenses.

Janus Capital has received an exemptive order from the SEC that permits Janus Capital, subject to the approval of the Trustees, to appoint or replace certain subadvisers to manage all or a portion of a Fund’s assets and enter into, amend, or terminate a subadvisory agreement with certain subadvisers without obtaining shareholder approval (a “manager-of-managers structure”). The manager-of-managers structure applies to subadvisers that are not affiliated with the Trust or Janus Capital (“non-affiliated subadvisers”), as well as any subadviser that is an indirect or direct “wholly-owned subsidiary” (as such term is defined by the 1940 Act) of Janus Capital or of another company that, indirectly or directly, wholly owns Janus Capital (collectively, “wholly-owned subadvisers”).

Pursuant to the order, Janus Capital, with the approval of the Trustees, has the discretion to terminate any subadviser and allocate and reallocate a Fund’s assets among Janus Capital and any other non-affiliated subadvisers or wholly-owned subadvisers (including terminating a non-affiliated subadviser and replacing it with a wholly-owned subadviser). To the extent that a Fund’s assets are allocated to one or more subadvisers, Janus Capital, subject to oversight and supervision by the Trustees, would have responsibility to oversee such subadviser to a Fund and to recommend for approval by the Trustees, the hiring, termination, and replacement of a subadviser for a Fund. The order also permits a Fund to disclose subadvisers’ fees only in the aggregate. In the event that Janus Capital hires a subadviser pursuant to the manager-of-managers structure, the affected Janus fund would provide shareholders with information about the subadviser and subadvisory agreement within 90 days.

The Trustees and the initial shareholder of each Fund have approved the use of a manager-of-managers structure for the Fund.

Janus Capital also provides certain administration services necessary for the operation of each Fund, including, but not limited to, blue sky registration and monitoring services, and preparation of prospectuses.

A discussion regarding the basis for the Trustees’ approval of the Funds’ Advisory Agreement will be included in each Fund’s next annual report (for the period ending October 31) or semiannual report (for the period ending April 30) to shareholders, following such approval. You can request the Funds’ annual or semiannual reports (as they become available), free of charge, by contacting your broker-dealer, plan sponsor, or financial intermediary, or by contacting a Janus representative at 1-877-335-2687. The reports are also available, free of charge, at janus.com/etfs.

 

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The Funds pay a monthly Management Fee to Janus Capital for its services. The fee is based on the average daily net assets of each Fund and is calculated at the following annual rate.

 

Fund Name    Average Daily Net
Assets of the Fund
  

Contractual

Management Fees (%)

(annual rate)

 

The Health and Fitness ETF

   All asset levels      0.50   

The Long-Term Care ETF

   All asset levels      0.50   

The Obesity ETF

   All asset levels      0.50   

The Organics ETF

   All asset levels      0.50   

As of the date of this SAI, no Management Fees were paid because the Funds are new.

 

PAYMENTS TO FINANCIAL INTERMEDIARIES BY JANUS CAPITAL OR ITS  AFFILIATES

From their own assets, Janus Capital or its affiliates may pay selected brokerage firms or other financial intermediaries for making a Fund available to their clients or otherwise distributing, promoting or marketing the Funds. Janus Capital or its affiliates may also make payments to intermediaries for information about transactions and holdings in a Fund, such as the amount of Fund shares purchased, sold or held through the intermediary and or its salespersons, the intermediary platform(s) on which shares are transacted and other information related to a Fund. Janus Capital or its affiliates may also make payments to intermediaries to eliminate or reduce trading commissions that the intermediary would otherwise charge its customers or its salespersons in connection with the purchase or sale of certain funds. Payment by Janus Capital or its affiliates to eliminate or reduce a trading commission creates an incentive for salespersons of the intermediary to sell the Janus funds over other funds for which a commission would be charged. The amount of these payments is determined from time to time by Janus Capital, may be substantial, and may differ for different intermediaries. Janus Capital may determine to make payments based on any number of factors or metrics. For example, Janus Capital may make payments at year-end and/or other intervals in a fixed amount, an amount based upon an intermediary’s services at defined levels, an amount based upon the total assets represented by funds subject to arrangements with the intermediary, or an amount based on the intermediary’s net sales of one or more funds in a year or other period, any of which arrangements may include an agreed-upon minimum or maximum payment, or any combination of the foregoing. Other factors may include, but are not limited to, the distribution capabilities of the intermediary, the overall quality of the relationship, expected gross and/or net sales generated by the relationship, redemption and retention rates of assets held through the intermediary, the willingness to cooperate with Janus Capital’s marketing efforts, access to sales personnel, and the anticipated profitability of sales through the institutional relationship. These factors and their weightings may differ from one intermediary to another and may change from time to time.

With respect to non-exchange-traded Janus funds, Janus Capital or its affiliates may pay fees, from their own assets, to selected brokerage firms, banks, financial advisors, retirement plan service providers, and other financial intermediaries that sell the Janus funds for distribution, marketing, promotional, or related services, and/or for providing recordkeeping, subaccounting, transaction processing, and other shareholder or administrative services (including payments for processing transactions via National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”) or other means) in connection with investments in the Janus funds. These fees are in addition to any fees that may be paid by the Janus funds for these types of services or other services. Shareholders investing through an intermediary should consider whether such arrangements exist when evaluating any recommendations from an intermediary.

In addition, Janus Capital or its affiliates may also share certain marketing expenses with intermediaries, or pay for or sponsor informational meetings, seminars, client awareness events, support for marketing materials, sales reporting, or business building programs for such intermediaries to raise awareness of the Janus funds. Janus Capital or its affiliates may also pay intermediaries for the development of technology platforms and reporting systems. Janus Capital or its affiliates may make payments to participate in intermediary marketing support programs which may provide Janus Capital or its affiliates with one or more of the following benefits: attendance at sales conferences, participation in meetings or training sessions, access to or information about intermediary personnel, use of an intermediary’s marketing and communication infrastructure, fund analysis tools, business planning and strategy sessions with intermediary personnel, information on industry- or platform-specific developments, trends and service providers, and other marketing-related services. Such payments may be in addition to, or in lieu of, the payments

 

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described above. These payments are intended to promote the sales of Janus funds and to reimburse financial intermediaries, directly or indirectly, for the costs that they or their salespersons incur in connection with educational seminars, meetings, and training efforts about the Janus funds to enable the intermediaries and their salespersons to make suitable recommendations, provide useful services, and maintain the necessary infrastructure to make the Janus funds available to their customers.

The receipt of (or prospect of receiving) payments, reimbursements, and other forms of compensation described above may provide a financial intermediary and its salespersons with an incentive to favor sales of Janus funds’ shares over sales of other funds (or non-investment company investments), with respect to which the financial intermediary does not receive such payments or receives them in a lower amount. The receipt of these payments may cause certain financial intermediaries to elevate the prominence of the Janus funds within such financial intermediary’s organization by, for example, placement on a list of preferred or recommended funds and/or the provision of preferential or enhanced opportunities to promote the Janus funds in various ways within such financial intermediary’s organization.

From time to time, certain financial intermediaries approach Janus Capital to request that Janus Capital make contributions to certain charitable organizations. In these cases, Janus Capital’s contribution may result in the financial intermediary, or its salespersons, recommending Janus funds over other funds (or non-mutual fund investments).

The payment arrangements described above will not change the price an investor pays for shares nor the amount that a Janus fund receives to invest on behalf of the investor. You should consider whether such arrangements exist when evaluating any recommendations from an intermediary to purchase or sell shares of a Fund. Please contact your financial intermediary or plan sponsor for details on such arrangements.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT JANUS CAPITAL

Janus Capital acts as adviser to a number of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. In addition, it acts as subadviser for a number of private-label mutual funds and provides separate account advisory services for institutional accounts. Janus Capital may also manage its own proprietary accounts, as well as other pooled investment vehicles, such as hedge funds. Janus Capital has a fiduciary responsibility to manage all client accounts in a fair and equitable manner. As such, investment decisions for each account managed by Janus Capital, including the Funds, are made independently from those for any other account that is or may in the future become managed by Janus Capital or its affiliates. If, however, a number of accounts managed by Janus Capital are contemporaneously engaged in the purchase or sale of the same security, the orders may be aggregated and/or the transactions may be averaged as to price and allocated to each account in accordance with allocation procedures adopted by Janus Capital. Partial fills for the accounts of two or more portfolio managers will be allocated pro rata under procedures adopted by Janus Capital. Circumstances may arise under which Janus Capital may determine that, although it may be desirable and/or suitable that a particular security or other investment be purchased or sold for more than one account, there exists a limited supply or demand for the security or other investment. Janus Capital seeks to allocate the opportunity to purchase or sell that security or other investment among accounts on an equitable basis by taking into consideration factors including, but not limited to, size of the portfolio, concentration of holdings, investment objectives and guidelines, purchase costs, and cash availability. Janus Capital, however, cannot assure equality of allocations among all its accounts, nor can it assure that the opportunity to purchase or sell a security or other investment will be proportionally allocated among accounts according to any particular or predetermined standards or criteria. In some cases, these allocation procedures may adversely affect the price paid or received by an account or the size of the position obtained or liquidated for an account. In others, however, the accounts’ ability to participate in volume transactions may produce better executions and prices for the accounts.

With respect to allocations of initial public offerings of equity securities or syndicate offerings of bonds (each a “Primary Offering”), under Primary Offering allocation procedures adopted by Janus Capital, an account may participate in a Primary Offering if the portfolio managers believe the Primary Offering is an appropriate investment based on the account’s investment restrictions, risk profile, asset composition, and/or cash levels. For equity securities, these Primary Offering allocation procedures generally require that all shares purchased in a Primary Offering be allocated on a pro rata basis to all participating accounts based upon the total assets of each account. For syndicated bond offerings, the Primary Offering procedures generally require that all bonds purchased be allocated on a pro rata basis to all participating accounts within the same investment strategy (as opposed to pro rata across all participating accounts). To the extent a fund, such as a new fund, has only affiliated shareholders, such as a portfolio manager or an adviser, and the fund participates in a Primary Offering, those shareholders may be perceived as receiving a benefit and, as a result, may have a conflict with management of the fund.

 

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Janus Capital is permitted to adjust its allocation procedures to address fractional shares, odd lots, or minimum issue sizes. In certain circumstances, and subject to its allocation procedures, Janus Capital may deviate from a pro-rata allocation to account for allocation sizes that are deemed, by the portfolio managers, to be de minimis to certain eligible accounts or to address situations specific to individual accounts (e.g., cash limitations, position weightings, etc.). Participation in Primary Offerings may impact performance. In particular, the allocation of securities may have the unintended consequence of having a greater impact (positive or negative) on the performance of one or more accounts compared to other accounts.

Janus Capital manages long and short portfolios. The simultaneous management of long and short portfolios creates potential conflicts of interest in fund management and creates potential risks such as the risk that short sale activity could adversely affect the market value of long positions in one or more funds (and vice versa), the risk arising from the sequential orders in long and short positions, and the risks associated with the trade desk receiving opposing orders in the same security at the same time.

Janus Capital has adopted procedures that it believes are reasonably designed to mitigate these and other potential conflicts and risks. Among other things, Janus Capital has trade allocation procedures in place as previously described. In addition, procedures prohibit a portfolio manager from executing a short sale on a security held long in any other portfolio that he or she manages but is not held long in the account in which the portfolio manager is placing the short. Note this does not prohibit shorting against the box. The procedures also require approvals of Janus Capital senior management in other situations that raise potential conflicts of interest, as well as periodic monitoring of long and short trading activity of the Janus funds and accounts.

Each Fund and other funds advised by Janus Capital or its affiliates may also transfer daily uninvested cash balances into one or more joint trading accounts. Assets in the joint trading accounts are invested in money market instruments and the proceeds are allocated to the participating funds on a pro rata basis.

Pursuant to the provisions of the 1940 Act, each Fund may participate in an affiliated or non-affiliated cash sweep program. In the cash sweep program, uninvested cash balances of each Fund may be used to purchase shares of affiliated or non- affiliated money market funds or cash management pooled investment vehicles. All funds are eligible to participate in the cash sweep program (the “Investing Funds”). As adviser, Janus Capital has an inherent conflict of interest because of its fiduciary duties to the affiliated money market funds or cash management pooled investment vehicles and the Investing Funds. In addition, Janus Capital receives an investment advisory fee for managing the cash management vehicle used for its securities lending program, but it may not receive a fee for managing certain other affiliated cash management vehicles, and therefore may have an incentive to allocate preferred investment opportunities to investment vehicles for which it is receiving a fee.

Each account managed by Janus Capital has its own investment objective and policies and is managed accordingly by the respective portfolio managers. As a result, from time to time, two or more different managed accounts may pursue divergent investment strategies with respect to investments or categories of investments.

ALPS Distributors, Inc.’s Code of Ethics

Pursuant to Rule 17j-1 under the 1940 Act, the Trustees have approved a Code of Ethics adopted by ALPS Distributors, Inc. The Code of Ethics is 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 Code of Ethics applies to the personal investing activities of ALPS Distributors, Inc. (“Access Persons”). Rule 17j-1 and the Code of Ethics are designed to prevent unlawful practices in connection with the purchase or sale of securities by Access Persons. Under the Code of Ethics, Access Persons are permitted to engage in personal securities transactions, but are required to report their personal securities transactions for monitoring purposes. The Code of Ethics permits personnel subject to the Code to invest in securities subject to certain limitations, including securities that may be purchased or held by a Fund. In addition, certain Access Persons are required to obtain approval before investing in initial public offerings or private placements. The Code of Ethics is on file with the SEC, and is available to the public.

Janus Ethics Rules

Janus Capital currently has in place Ethics Rules, which are comprised of the Personal Trading Policy, Gift and Entertainment Policy, and Outside Business Activity Policy. The Ethics Rules are designed to ensure Janus Capital personnel: (i) observe applicable legal (including compliance with applicable federal securities laws) and ethical standards in the performance of their duties; (ii) at all times place the interests of Fund shareholders first; (iii) disclose all actual or potential conflicts; (iv) adhere to the highest standards of loyalty, candor, and care in all matters relating to Fund shareholders; (v) conduct all personal trading,

 

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including transactions in the Funds and other securities, consistent with the Ethics Rules and in such a manner as to avoid any actual or potential conflict of interest or any abuse of their position of trust and responsibility; and (vi) refrain from using any material nonpublic information in securities trading. The Ethics Rules are on file with and available from the SEC through the SEC website at http://www.sec.gov.

Under the Personal Trading Policy, all Janus Capital personnel, as well as the Trustees and Officers of the Funds, are required to conduct their personal investment activities in a manner that Janus Capital believes is not detrimental to the Funds. In addition, Janus Capital and personnel are not permitted to transact in securities held by the Funds for their personal accounts except under circumstances specified in the Personal Trading Policy. All personnel of Janus Capital and the Funds, as well as certain other designated employees deemed to have access to current trading information, are required to pre-clear all transactions in securities not otherwise exempt. Requests for trading authorization will be denied when, among other reasons, the proposed personal transaction would be contrary to the provisions of the Personal Trading Policy.

In addition to the pre-clearance requirement described above, the Personal Trading Policy subjects such personnel to various trading restrictions and reporting obligations. All reportable transactions are reviewed for compliance with the Personal Trading Policy and under certain circumstances Janus Capital personnel may be required to forfeit profits made from personal trading.

 

PROXY VOTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Each Fund’s Trustees have delegated to Janus Capital the authority to vote all proxies relating to such Fund’s portfolio securities in accordance with Janus Capital’s own policies and procedures. A summary of Janus Capital’s policies and procedures is available without charge: (i) upon request, by calling 1-800-525-0020; (ii) on the Funds’ website at janus.com/proxyvoting; and (iii) on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

A complete copy of Janus Capital’s proxy voting policies and procedures, including specific guidelines, is available at janus.com/proxyvoting.

Each Fund’s proxy voting record for the one-year period ending each June 30th will be available, free of charge, through janus.com/proxyvoting and from the SEC through the SEC website at http://www.sec.gov.

 

JANUS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC

PROXY VOTING SUMMARY FOR THE FUNDS

Janus Capital seeks to vote proxies in the best interest of its shareholders and without regard to any other Janus Capital relationship (business or otherwise). Janus Capital will not accept direction as to how to vote individual proxies for which it has voting responsibility from any other person or organization other than the research and information provided by its independent proxy voting service, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“Proxy Voting Service”), subject to specific provisions in a client’s account documentation related to exception voting.

Proxy Voting Procedures

Janus Capital has developed proxy voting guidelines (the “Janus Guidelines”) that outline how Janus Capital generally votes proxies on securities held by the portfolios Janus Capital manages. The Janus Guidelines, which include recommendations on most major corporate issues, have been developed by the Janus Proxy Voting Committee (the “Proxy Voting Committee”) in consultation with Janus Capital’s portfolio managers. In creating proxy voting recommendations, the Proxy Voting Committee analyzes proxy proposals from the prior year and evaluates whether those proposals would adversely or beneficially affect shareholders’ interests. The Proxy Voting Committee also reviews policy rationale provided by the Proxy Voting Service related to voting recommendations for the upcoming proxy season. Once the Proxy Voting Committee establishes its recommendations and revises the Janus Guidelines, they are distributed to Janus Capital’s portfolio managers for review and implementation. Investment company proxies are generally voted in accordance with the Janus Guidelines. However, upon request, certain non-investment company client proxies are voted in accordance with the Proxy Voting Service’s Taft-Hartley guidelines (the “Taft-Hartley Guidelines”), which were developed in conjunction with the AFL-CIO and have a worker-owner view of long-term corporate value.

While the Proxy Voting Committee sets the Janus Guidelines and serves as a resource for Janus Capital’s portfolio managers, it does not have proxy voting authority for any proprietary or nonproprietary investment company. In addition, Janus Capital has engaged the Proxy Voting Service to assist in the voting of proxies. The Proxy Voting Service provides research and

 

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recommendations on proxy issues. Janus Capital’s portfolio managers are responsible for proxy votes on securities they own in the portfolios they manage. The Funds may participate in a securities lending program under which shares of an issuer may be on loan while that issuer is conducting a proxy solicitation. Generally, if shares of an issuer are on loan during a proxy solicitation, a Fund cannot vote the shares. The portfolio managers have discretion to pull back lent shares before proxy record dates and vote proxies if time permits. Most portfolio managers vote consistently with the Janus Guidelines; however, a portfolio manager has discretion to vote differently than the Janus Guidelines.

The Proxy Voting Committee’s oversight responsibilities include monitoring for, and resolving, material conflicts of interest with respect to proxy voting. Janus Capital believes that application of the Janus Guidelines to vote investment company proxies should, in most cases, adequately address any possible conflicts of interest since the Janus Guidelines are predetermined. However, the potential for conflicts of interest exists to the extent the portfolio managers have discretion to vote differently than the Janus Guidelines. On a quarterly basis, the Proxy Voting Committee reviews records of any votes that were cast differently than the Janus Guidelines and the related rationales for such votes. Additionally, and in instances where a portfolio manager proposes to vote a proxy inconsistent with the Janus Guidelines and a potential conflict is identified, the Proxy Voting Committee will review the proxy votes in order to determine whether a portfolio manager’s voting rationale appears reasonable. If the Proxy Voting Committee does not agree that a portfolio manager’s rationale is reasonable, the Proxy Voting Committee will refer the matter to the appropriate Chief Investment Officer(s) (or Director of Research in his/her absence) to determine how to vote.

Proxy Voting Policies

As discussed above, the Proxy Voting Committee has developed the Janus Guidelines for use in voting proxies. Below is a summary of some of the Janus Guidelines.

Board of Directors Issues

Janus Capital: (i) will generally vote in favor of slates of director candidates that are comprised of a majority of independent directors; (ii) will generally vote in favor of proposals to increase the minimum number of independent directors; and (iii) will generally oppose non-independent directors who serve on the audit, compensation, and/or nominating committees of the board.

Auditor Issues

Janus Capital will generally oppose proposals asking for approval of auditors that have a financial interest in or association with the company and are therefore not independent.

Equity and Executive Compensation Issues

Janus Capital reviews equity compensation-related proposals on a case-by-case basis using research provided by the Proxy Voting Service. The research is designed to estimate the total cost of a proposed plan and identify plan features and grant practices that demonstrate good stewardship of investors’ interests regarding executive compensation. Janus Capital will generally vote against plans if the estimated cost is above the allowable cap (an industry-specific, market cap-based amount calculated by the Proxy Voting Service) and/or plan features and grant practices are determined to be misaligned with maximizing shareholder value. Proposals regarding the re-pricing of underwater options (stock options in which the price the employee is contracted to buy shares is higher than the current market price) and the issuance of reload options (stock options that are automatically granted if outstanding stock options are exercised during a window period) will generally be opposed. Janus Capital will generally vote in favor with regard to advisory votes on executive compensation (say-on-pay), unless problematic pay practices are maintained (as determined by Janus Capital).

General Corporate Issues

Janus Capital: (i) will generally oppose proposals regarding supermajority voting rights (for example, to approve acquisitions or mergers); (ii) will generally oppose proposals for different classes of stock with different voting rights; and (iii) will generally oppose proposals seeking to implement measures designed to prevent or obstruct corporate takeovers, unless such measures are designed primarily as a short-term means to protect a tax benefit or are structured in a way that give shareholders the ultimate decision on any proposal or offer, and are proposed in a transparent and independent fashion . Janus Capital will review proposals relating to mergers, acquisitions, tender offers, and other similar actions on a case-by-case basis.

Shareholder Proposals

If a shareholder proposal is specifically addressed by the Janus Guidelines, Janus Capital will generally vote pursuant to that Janus Guideline. Janus Capital’s first priority is to act as a fiduciary in the best financial interests of its clients. Janus Capital

 

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recognizes that environmental, social, moral, or ethical issues present risks and opportunities that can have an impact on company financial performance. Janus Capital strives to balance these issues in a manner consistent with its fiduciary obligations. Janus Capital will generally vote with management on these matters unless it identifies areas of weakness or deficiency relative to peers and/or industry best practices or it feels that management has failed to adequately respond to shareholder concerns. In such instances Janus Capital will review these matters on a case-by-case basis, consistent with its fiduciary obligations to clients. Janus Capital will solicit additional research from its Proxy Voting Service for proposals outside the scope of the Janus Guidelines.

 

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CUSTODIAN, TRANSFER AGENT AND CERTAIN AFFILIATIONS

 

 

 

State Street Bank and Trust Company (“State Street” or the “Custodian”), P.O. Box 0351, Boston, Massachusetts 02117-0351 is the custodian of the domestic securities and cash of the Funds and of an affiliated cash management pooled investment vehicle. State Street is the designated Foreign Custody Manager (as the term is defined in Rule 17f-5 under the 1940 Act) of the Funds’ securities and cash held outside the United States. The Funds’ Trustees have delegated to State Street certain responsibilities for such assets, as permitted by Rule 17f-5. State Street and the foreign subcustodians selected by it hold the Funds’ assets in safekeeping and collect and remit the income thereon, subject to the instructions of each Fund. State Street also serves as transfer agent for the shares of each Fund (“Transfer Agent”).

State Street also provides certain fund administration services to each Fund, including services related to the Funds’ accounting, including calculating the daily NAV, audit, tax, and reporting obligations, pursuant to an Agreement with Janus Capital, on behalf of each Fund. Janus Capital may cancel this Agreement at any time with 90 days’ notice. As compensation for such services, Janus Capital pays State Street a fee based on a percentage of each Fund’s assets, with a minimum flat fee, per Fund, for certain services. Janus Capital serves as administrator to the Funds, providing oversight and coordination of the Funds’ service providers, recordkeeping and other administrative services. Janus Capital does not receive any additional compensation, beyond the unitary fee, for serving as administrator. Pursuant to agreements with Janus Capital on behalf of the Funds, State Street Global Markets, an affiliate of State Street, may execute portfolio transactions for the Funds, including but not limited to, transactions in connection with cash in lieu transactions (as described under Fund Deposit) for non-US securities.

ALPS Distributors, Inc. (“ALPS” or the “Distributor”), 1290 Broadway, #1100, Denver, CO 80203-5603 is registered as a broker-dealer under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”). ALPS acts as the agent of the Funds in connection with the sale of their shares in all states in which such shares are registered and in which ALPS is qualified as a broker-dealer. Under the Distribution Agreement, ALPS offers Creation Units of each Fund’s shares on an ongoing basis.

Pursuant to an agreement with ALPS, Janus Distributors LLC (“Janus Distributors”), 151 Detroit Street, Denver, Colorado 80206-4805, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Janus Capital, and a member of FINRA, may provide marketing and promotional services on behalf of the Funds. Janus Distributors does not receive any compensation from the Funds or ALPS for such services.

 

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PORTFOLIO TRANSACTIONS AND BROKERAGE

 

 

 

Janus Capital places all portfolio transactions of the Funds. Janus Capital has a policy of seeking to obtain the “best execution” of all portfolio transactions (the best net prices under the circumstances based upon a number of factors including and subject to the factors discussed below) provided that Janus Capital may occasionally pay higher commissions for research services as described below. Each Fund may trade foreign securities in foreign countries because the best available market for these securities is often on foreign exchanges. In transactions on foreign stock exchanges, brokers’ commissions are frequently fixed and are often higher than in the United States, where commissions are negotiated.

Janus Capital considers a number of factors in seeking best execution in selecting brokers and dealers and in negotiating commissions on agency transactions. Those factors include, but are not limited to: Janus Capital’s knowledge of currently available negotiated commission rates or prices of securities currently available and other current transaction costs; the nature of the security being traded; the size and type of the transaction; the nature and character of the markets for the security to be purchased or sold; the desired timing of the trade; the activity existing and expected in the market for the particular security; confidentiality, including trade anonymity; liquidity; the quality of the execution, clearance, and settlement services; financial stability of the broker or dealer; the existence of actual or apparent operational problems of any broker or dealer; rebates of commissions by a broker to a Fund or to a third party service provider to a Fund to pay Fund expenses; and the value of research products or services provided by brokers. In recognition of the value of the foregoing factors, and as permitted by Section 28(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, Janus Capital may place portfolio transactions with a broker or dealer with whom it has negotiated a commission that is in excess of the commission another broker or dealer would have charged for effecting that transaction if Janus Capital determines in good faith that such amount of commission was reasonable in light of the value of the brokerage and research services provided by such broker or dealer viewed in terms of either that particular transaction or of the overall responsibilities of Janus Capital. To constitute eligible “research services,” such services must qualify as “advice,” “analyses,” or “reports.” To determine that a service constitutes research services, Janus Capital must conclude that it reflects the “expression of reasoning or knowledge” relating to the value of securities, advisability of effecting transactions in securities or analyses, or reports concerning issuers, securities, economic factors, investment strategies, or the performance of accounts. To constitute eligible “brokerage services,” such services must effect securities transactions and functions incidental thereto, and include clearance, settlement, and the related custody services. Additionally, brokerage services have been interpreted to include services relating to the execution of securities transactions. Research received from brokers or dealers is supplemental to Janus Capital’s own research efforts. Because Janus Capital receives a benefit from research it receives from broker-dealers, Janus Capital may have an incentive to continue to use those broker-dealers to effect transactions. Janus Capital does not consider a broker-dealer’s sale of Fund shares when choosing a broker-dealer to effect transactions.

“Cross trades,” in which one Janus Capital account sells a particular security to another account (potentially saving transaction costs for both accounts), may also pose a potential conflict of interest. Cross trades may be seen to involve a potential conflict of interest if, for example, one account is permitted to sell a security to another account at a higher price than an independent third party would pay. Janus Capital and the Funds’ Trustees have adopted compliance procedures that provide that any transactions between each Fund and another Janus-advised account are to be made at an independent current market price, as required by law. There is also a potential conflict of interest when cross trades involve a Janus fund that has substantial ownership by Janus Capital. At times, Janus Capital may have a controlling interest of a Fund involved in a cross trade.

Janus Capital does not guarantee any broker the placement of a predetermined amount of securities transactions in return for the research or brokerage services it provides. Janus Capital does, however, have internal procedures for allocating transactions in a manner consistent with its execution policies to brokers that it has identified as providing research, research-related products or services, or execution-related services of a particular benefit to its clients. Janus Capital has entered into client commission agreements (“CCAs”) with certain broker-dealers under which the broker-dealers may use a portion of their commissions to pay third parties or other broker-dealers that provide Janus Capital with research or brokerage services, as permitted under Section 28(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. CCAs allow Janus Capital to direct broker-dealers to pool commissions that are generated from orders executed at that broker-dealer, and then periodically direct the broker-dealer to pay third parties or other broker-dealers for research or brokerage services. All uses of CCAs by Janus Capital are subject to applicable law and their best execution obligations. Brokerage and research products and services furnished by brokers may be used in servicing any or all of the clients of Janus Capital, and such research may not necessarily be used by Janus Capital in connection with the same accounts that paid commissions to the broker providing such brokerage and research products and services. Such products and services may not always be used in connection with management of the Funds. Similarly, research and brokerage services paid for with commissions generated by equity trades may be used for fixed-income clients that normally

 

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do not pay brokerage commissions or other clients whose commissions are generally not used to obtain such research and brokerage services.

Janus Capital may also use step-out transactions in order to receive research products and related services. In a step-out transaction, Janus Capital directs trades to a broker-dealer with the instruction that the broker-dealer execute the transaction, but “step-out” all or a portion of the transaction or commission in favor of another broker-dealer that provides such products and/or services. The second broker-dealer may clear and settle and receive commissions for the stepped-in portion. In a new issue designation, Janus Capital directs purchase orders to a broker-dealer that is a selling group member or underwriter of an equity or fixed-income new issue offering. Janus Capital directs that broker-dealer to designate a portion of the broker-dealer’s commission on the new issue purchase to a second broker-dealer(s) that provides such products and/or services. Given Janus Capital’s receipt of such products and services in connection with step-out transactions and new issue designations, Janus Capital has an incentive to continue to engage in such transactions; however, Janus Capital only intends to utilize step-out transactions and new issue designations when it believes that doing so would not hinder best execution efforts.

When a Fund purchases or sells a security in the over-the-counter market, the transaction takes place directly with a principal market-maker, without the use of a broker, except in those circumstances where, in the opinion of Janus Capital, better prices and executions will be achieved through the use of a broker.

Creation or redemption transactions, to the extent consisting of cash, may require a Fund to contemporaneously transact with broker-dealers for purchases of Deposit Securities (as defined under Fund Deposit) or sales of Fund Securities (as defined under Redemption of Creation Units), including any foreign exchange, as applicable. Such transactions with a particular broker-dealer may be conditioned upon the broker-dealer’s agreement to transact at guaranteed price levels in order to reduce transaction costs the Funds would otherwise incur as a consequence of settling creation or redemption baskets in cash rather than in-kind.

As of the date of this SAI, the Funds did not pay any brokerage commissions because each Fund is new.

Brokerage commissions paid by a Fund may vary significantly from year to year because of portfolio turnover rates, contract owner and plan participant purchase/redemption activity, varying market conditions, changes to investment strategies or processes, and other factors.

 

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SHARES OF THE TRUST

 

 

 

NET ASSET VALUE DETERMINATION

As stated in the Funds’ Prospectuses, the net asset value (“NAV”) of the shares of each Fund is determined once each day the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) is open, as of the close of its regular trading session (normally 4:00 p.m., New York time, Monday through Friday). The per share NAV of each Fund is computed by dividing the net assets by the number of the Fund’s shares outstanding. Securities held by each Fund are valued in accordance with policies and procedures established by and under the supervision of the Trustees (the “Valuation Procedures”). In determining NAV, equity securities traded on a domestic securities exchange are generally valued at the closing prices on the primary market or exchange on which they trade. If such price is lacking for the trading period immediately preceding the time of determination, such securities are valued at their current bid price. Equity securities that are traded on a foreign exchange are generally valued at the closing prices on such markets. In the event that there is not current trading volume on a particular security in such foreign exchange, the bid price from the primary exchange is generally used to value the security. Securities that are traded on the over-the-counter markets are generally valued at their closing or latest bid prices as available. Foreign securities and currencies are converted to U.S. dollars using the applicable exchange rate in effect at the close of the NYSE. Each Fund will determine the market value of individual securities held by it by using prices provided by one or more approved professional pricing services or, as needed, by obtaining market quotations from independent broker-dealers. Most debt securities are valued in accordance with the evaluated bid price supplied by the pricing service that is intended to reflect market value. The evaluated bid price supplied by the pricing service is an evaluation that may consider factors such as security prices, yields, maturities, and ratings. Certain short-term securities maturing within 60 days or less may be valued on an amortized cost basis.

Securities for which market quotations or evaluated prices are not readily available or are deemed unreliable are valued at fair value determined in good faith under the Valuation Procedures. Circumstances in which fair value pricing may be utilized include, but are not limited to: (i) a significant event that may affect the securities of a single issuer, such as a merger, bankruptcy, or significant issuer-specific development; (ii) an event that may affect an entire market, such as a natural disaster or significant governmental action; (iii) a nonsignificant event such as a market closing early or not opening, or a security trading halt; and (iv) pricing of a nonvalued security and a restricted or nonpublic security. Special valuation considerations may apply with respect to “odd-lot” fixed-income transactions which, due to their small size, may receive evaluated prices by pricing services which reflect a large block trade and not what actually could be obtained for the odd-lot position.

 

DISTRIBUTION AND SHAREHOLDER SERVICING PLAN

Rule 12b-1 under the 1940 Act, as amended, (the “Rule”) provides that an investment company may bear expenses of distributing its shares only pursuant to a plan adopted in accordance with the Rule. The Trustees have adopted a Rule 12b-1 Distribution Plan (“Rule 12b-1 Plan”) pursuant to which a Fund may pay certain expenses incurred in the distribution of its shares and the servicing and maintenance of existing shareholder accounts. ALPS, as the Funds’ principal underwriter, and Janus Capital may have a direct or indirect financial interest in the Rule 12b-1 Plan or any related agreement. Pursuant to the Rule 12b-1 Plan, a Fund may pay a fee of up to 0.25% of the Fund’s average daily net assets. No Rule 12b-1 fee is currently being charged to the Funds.

The Rule 12b-1 Plan was approved by the Board, including a majority of the Independent Trustees of the Funds. In approving each Rule 12b-1 Plan, the Trustees determined that there is a reasonable likelihood that the Rule 12b-1 Plan will benefit each Fund and its shareholders.

The 12b-1 fee may only be imposed or increased when the Trustees determine that it is in the best interests of shareholders to do so. Because these fees are paid out of a Fund’s assets on an ongoing basis, to the extent that a fee is authorized, over time they will increase the cost of an investment in the Fund. The Plan fee may cost an investor more than other types of sales charges.

 

CREATION AND REDEMPTION OF CREATION UNITS

The Trust issues and sells shares of the Funds only in Creation Units on a continuous basis through the Distributor, without a sales load, at the NAV next determined after receipt of an order in proper form as described in the Participant Agreement (as defined below), on any Business Day (as defined below).

A “Business Day” with respect to each Fund is each day the Listing Exchange is open, which excludes weekends and the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Orders from Authorized Participants to create or redeem Creation Units will only be accepted on a Business Day.

 

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Fund Deposit

The consideration for purchase of Creation Units of each Fund generally consists of the in-kind deposit of a designated portfolio of securities (including any portion of such securities for which cash may be substituted) (“Deposit Securities”) and the Cash Component computed as described below. Together, the Deposit Securities and the Cash Component constitute the “Fund Deposit,” which will be applicable (subject to possible amendment or correction) to creation requests received in proper form. The Fund Deposit represents the minimum initial and subsequent investment amount for a Creation Unit of a Fund.

The “Cash Component” is an amount equal to the difference between the NAV of the shares (per Creation Unit) and the “Deposit Amount,” which is an amount equal to the market value of the Deposit Securities, and serves to compensate for any differences between the NAV per Creation Unit and the Deposit Amount. Payment of any stamp duty or other similar fees and expenses payable upon transfer of beneficial ownership of the Deposit Securities are the sole responsibility of the Authorized Participant purchasing the Creation Unit. The Funds generally offer Creation Units partially for cash.

Janus Capital makes available through the NSCC on each Business Day prior to the opening of business on the Listing Exchange, the list of names and the required number or par value of each Deposit Security and the amount of the Cash Component to be included in the current Fund Deposit (based on information as of the end of the previous Business Day for each Fund). Such Fund Deposit is applicable, subject to any adjustments as described below, to purchases of Creation Units of shares of a Fund until such time as the next-announced Fund Deposit is made available.

The identity and number or par value of the Deposit Securities change pursuant to changes in the composition of the Funds’ portfolio and as rebalancing adjustments and corporate action events are reflected from time to time by Janus Capital with a view to the investment objective of each Fund. The composition of the Deposit Securities may also change in response to adjustments to the weighting or composition of the component securities constituting a Fund’s portfolio.

Each Fund reserves the right to permit or require the substitution of a “cash in lieu” amount to be added to the Cash Component to replace any Deposit Security that may not be available in sufficient quantity for delivery or that may not be eligible for transfer through Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) or the Clearing Process (as discussed below). If permitted by applicable laws to offer Creation Units of a Fund in exchange for the Fund Deposit, the Funds also reserve the right to permit or require a “cash in lieu” amount in certain circumstances, including circumstances in which (i) the delivery of the Deposit Security by the Authorized Participant (as described below) would be restricted under applicable securities or other local laws or (ii) the delivery of the Deposit Security to the Authorized Participant would result in the disposition of the Deposit Security by the Authorized Participant becoming restricted under applicable securities or other local laws, or in certain other situations. In the case of transactions involving “cash in lieu” amounts, the Authorized Participant 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. If a purchase or redemption consists solely or partially of cash and the Fund places a brokerage transaction for portfolio securities with a third party broker, an Authorized Participant or its affiliated broker-dealer, the broker or the Authorized Participant (or an affiliated broker-dealer of the Authorized Participant) may be required, in its capacity as broker-dealer with respect to that transaction, to cover certain brokerage, tax, foreign exchange, execution, and market impact costs through a brokerage execution guarantee.

Procedures for Creating Creation Units

To be eligible to place orders with the Distributor and to create a Creation Unit 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”) or (ii) a DTC Participant, and must have executed an agreement with the Distributor, with respect to creations and redemptions of Creation Units (“Authorized Participant Agreement”) (discussed below). A Participating Party or DTC Participant who has executed an Authorized Participant Agreement is referred to as an “Authorized Participant.” All shares of a Fund, however created, will be entered on the records of DTC in the name of Cede & Co. for the account of a DTC Participant.

Role of the Authorized Participant

Creation Units may be purchased only by or through a DTC Participant that has entered into an Authorized Participant Agreement with the Distributor. Such Authorized Participant will agree, pursuant to the terms of such Authorized Participant Agreement and on behalf of itself or any investor on whose behalf it will act, to certain conditions, including that such Authorized Participant will make available in advance of each purchase of shares an amount of cash sufficient to pay the Cash Component, once the net asset value of a Creation Unit is next determined after receipt of the purchase order in proper form,

 

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together with the transaction fees described below. An Authorized Participant, acting on behalf of an investor, may require the investor to enter into an agreement with such Authorized Participant with respect to certain matters, including payment of the Cash Component. Investors who are not Authorized Participants must make appropriate arrangements with an Authorized Participant. Investors should be aware that their particular broker may not be a DTC Participant or may not have executed an Authorized Participant Agreement and that orders to purchase Creation Units may have to be placed by the investor’s broker through an Authorized Participant. As a result, purchase orders placed through a non-Authorized Participant may result in additional charges to such investor. The Trust does not expect to enter into an Authorized Participant Agreement with more than a small number of DTC Participants. A list of current Authorized Participants may be obtained from the Distributor. The Distributor and Transfer Agent have adopted guidelines regarding Authorized Participants’ transactions in Creation Units that are made available to all Authorized Participants. These guidelines set forth the processes and standards for Authorized Participants to transact with the Distributor, Transfer Agent, and their agents in connection with creation and redemption transactions, as applicable.

Authorized Participant Risk.  The Funds may have a limited number of financial institutions that may act as Authorized Participants (“APs”). Only APs who have entered into agreements with the Funds’ distributor may engage in creation or redemption transactions directly with the Funds. To the extent that those APs exit the business or are unable to process creation and/or redemption orders, and no other AP is able to step forward to create and redeem in either of these cases, shares may trade like closed-end fund shares at a premium or a discount to NAV and possibly face delisting.

Placement of Creation Orders

Fund Deposits must be delivered through the Federal Reserve System (for cash and U.S. government securities), through DTC (for corporate and municipal securities) or through a central depository account, such as with Euroclear or DTC, maintained by the Custodian or a subcustodian (a “Central Depository Account”). Any portion of a Fund Deposit that may not be delivered through the Federal Reserve System or DTC must be delivered through a Central Depository Account. The Fund Deposit transfers made through DTC must be ordered by the DTC Participant in a timely fashion so as to ensure the delivery of the requisite number of Deposit Securities through DTC to the account of each Fund generally before 3:00 p.m., Eastern time on the Settlement Date. Fund Deposit transfers made through the Federal Reserve System must be deposited by the participant institution in a timely fashion so as to ensure the delivery of the requisite number or amount of Deposit Securities or cash through the Federal Reserve System to the account of each Fund generally before 3:00 p.m., Eastern time on the Settlement Date. Fund Deposit transfers made through a Central Depository Account must be completed pursuant to the requirements established by the Custodian or subcustodian for such Central Depository Account generally before 2:00 p.m., Eastern time on the Settlement Date. The “Settlement Date” for all funds is generally the third business day after 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 Custodian through the Federal Reserve Bank wire transfer system in a timely manner so as to be received by the Custodian generally before 3:00 p.m., Eastern time on the Settlement Date. If the Cash Component and the Deposit Securities are not received by 3:00 p.m., Eastern time on the Settlement Date, the creation order may 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 NAV of each Fund. The delivery of Creation Units so created generally will occur no later than the third Business Day following the day on which the purchase order is deemed received by the Distributor, provided that the relevant Fund Deposit has been received by each Fund prior to such time.

Purchase Orders

To initiate an order for a Creation Unit, an Authorized Participant must submit to the Distributor or its agent an irrevocable order to purchase shares of a Fund, in proper form, by the Cutoff Time (as defined below). The Distributor or its agent will notify Janus Capital and the custodian of such order. The custodian will then provide such information to any appropriate subcustodian. Procedures and requirements governing the delivery of the Fund Deposit are set forth in the procedures handbook for Authorized Participants and may change from time to time. Investors, other than Authorized Participants, are responsible for making arrangements for a creation request to be made through an Authorized Participant. The Distributor or its agent will provide a list of current Authorized Participants upon request. Those placing orders to purchase Creation Units through an Authorized Participant should allow sufficient time to permit proper submission of the purchase order to the Distributor or its agent by the Cutoff Time (as defined below) on such Business Day.

 

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The Authorized Participant must also make available on or before the contractual settlement date, by means satisfactory to a Fund, immediately available or same day funds estimated by a Fund to be sufficient to pay the Cash Component next determined after acceptance of the purchase order, together with the applicable purchase transaction fees. Any excess funds will be returned following settlement of the issue of the Creation Unit. Those placing orders should ascertain the deadline for cash transfers by contacting the operations department of the broker or depositary institution effectuating the transfer of the Cash Component. This deadline is likely to be significantly earlier than the Cutoff Time of a Fund. Investors should be aware that an Authorized Participant may require orders for purchases of shares placed with it to be in the particular form required by the individual Authorized Participant.

The Authorized Participant is responsible for any and all expenses and costs incurred by each Fund, including any applicable cash amounts, in connection with any purchase order.

Timing of Submission of Purchase Orders

An Authorized Participant must submit an irrevocable order to purchase shares of the Funds generally between 4:01 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Eastern time on any Business Day in order to receive the next Business day’s NAV. Creation Orders must be transmitted by an Authorized Participant by telephone or other transmission method acceptable to the Distributor or its agent pursuant to procedures set forth in the Authorized Participant Agreement, as described below. Economic or market disruptions or changes, or telephone or other communication failure, may impede the ability to reach the Distributor or its agent or an Authorized Participant. Orders to create shares of a Fund that are submitted on the Business Day immediately preceding a holiday or a day (other than a weekend) when the equity markets in the relevant non-U.S. market are closed may not be accepted. The Funds’ deadline specified above for the submission of purchase orders is referred to as the Funds’ “Cutoff Time.” The Distributor or its agent, in their discretion, may permit the submission of such orders and requests by or through an Authorized Participant at any time (including on days on which the Listing Exchange is not open for business) via communication through the facilities of the Distributor’s or its Transfer Agent’s proprietary website maintained for this purpose. Purchase orders and redemption requests, if accepted by the Trust, will be processed based on the NAV next determined after such acceptance. However, to account for transaction costs otherwise incurred by a Fund, an Authorized Participant that submits an order to the Distributor outside of the window stated above, will be charged the maximum additional charge for Creation Unit transactions as set forth below in this SAI.

Acceptance of Orders for Creation Units

Subject to the conditions that (i) an irrevocable purchase order has been submitted by the Authorized Participant (either on its own or another investor’s behalf) and (ii) arrangements satisfactory to a Fund are in place for payment of the Cash Component and any other cash amounts which may be due, a Fund will accept the order, subject to a Fund’s right (and the right of the Distributor and Janus Capital) to reject any order until acceptance, as set forth below.

Once a Fund has accepted an order, upon the next determination of the net asset value of the shares, the Fund will confirm the issuance of a Creation Unit, against receipt of payment, at such net asset value. The Distributor or its agent will then transmit a confirmation of acceptance to the Authorized Participant that placed the order.

Each Fund reserves the absolute right to reject or revoke a creation order transmitted to it by the Distributor or its agent 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 of a Fund; (iii) the Deposit Securities delivered do not conform to the identity and number of shares specified, as described above; (iv) acceptance of the Deposit Securities would have certain adverse tax consequences to a Fund; (v) acceptance of the Fund Deposit would, in the opinion of counsel, be unlawful; (vi) acceptance of the Fund Deposit would, in the discretion of a Fund or Janus Capital, have an adverse effect on a Fund or the rights of beneficial owners; or (vii) circumstances outside the control of a Fund, the Distributor or its agent and Janus Capital make it impracticable to process purchase orders. The Distributor or its agent shall notify a prospective purchaser of a Creation Unit and/or the Authorized Participant acting on behalf of such purchaser of its rejection of such order. The Funds, Transfer Agent, subcustodian, and Distributor or their agents 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 failure to give such notification.

Issuance of a Creation Unit

Except as provided herein, a Creation Unit will not be issued until the transfer of good title to a Fund of the Deposit Securities and the payment of the Cash Component have been completed. When the subcustodian has confirmed to the custodian that the securities included in the Fund Deposit (or the cash value thereof) have been delivered to the account of the relevant

 

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subcustodian or subcustodians, the Distributor or its agent and Janus Capital shall be notified of such delivery and a Fund will issue and cause the delivery of the Creation Unit. Creation Units for the Funds typically are issued on a “T+2 basis” (i.e., two Business Days after trade date), except that The Long-Term Care ETF will settle on a “T+3” basis, provided that The Long-Term Care ETF may elect to settle on a “T+2” basis upon advance written notice to Authorized Participants. Further, as discussed in “Regular Holidays,” each Fund reserves the right to settle Creation Unit transactions on a basis other than T+2 or T+3 in order to accommodate non-U.S. market holiday schedules, to account for different treatment among non-U.S. and U.S. markets, as applicable, of dividend record dates and ex-dividend dates (i.e., the last day the holder of a security can sell the security and still receive dividends payable on the security) and in certain other circumstances.

To the extent contemplated by an Authorized Participant’s agreement with the Distributor, a Fund will issue Creation Units to such Authorized Participant, notwithstanding the fact that the corresponding Fund Deposits have not been received in part or in whole, in reliance on the undertaking of the Authorized Participant to deliver the missing Deposit Securities as soon as possible, which undertaking shall be secured by such Authorized Participant’s delivery and maintenance of collateral having a value at least equal to 105%, which percentage Janus Capital may change at any time, in its sole discretion, of the value of the missing Deposit Securities in accordance with the Funds’ then-effective procedures. The only collateral that is acceptable to a Fund is cash in U.S. dollars. Such cash collateral must be delivered no later than 2:00 p.m., Eastern time on the contractual settlement date. The cash collateral posted by the Authorized Participant may be invested at the risk of the Authorized Participant, and income, if any, on invested cash collateral will be paid to that Authorized Participant. Information concerning the Funds’ current procedures for collateralization of missing Deposit Securities is available from the Distributor or its agent. The Authorized Participant Agreement will permit a Fund to buy the missing Deposit Securities at any time and will subject the Authorized Participant to liability for any shortfall between the cost to a Fund of purchasing such securities and the cash collateral.

In certain cases, Authorized Participants may create and redeem Creation Units on the same trade date and in these instances, each Fund reserves the right to settle these transactions on a net basis or require a representation from the Authorized Participants that the creation and redemption transactions are for separate beneficial owners. 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 a Fund and such Fund’s determination shall be final and binding.

Costs Associated with Creation Transactions

A standard creation transaction fee is imposed to offset the transfer and other transaction costs associated with the issuance of Creation Units. The standard creation transaction fee will be charged to the Authorized Participant on the day such Authorized Participant creates a Creation Unit, and is the same, regardless of the number of Creation Units purchased by the Authorized Participant on the applicable Business Day. The Authorized Participant may also be required to cover certain brokerage, tax, foreign exchange, execution, market impact and other costs and expenses related to the execution of trades resulting from such transaction. Authorized Participants will also bear the costs of transferring the Deposit Securities to a Fund. If a purchase or redemption consists solely or partially of cash, the Authorized Participant may be required to pay an additional transaction charge (up to the maximum amounts shown in the table below) to cover brokerage and certain other costs related to a creation or redemption transaction. Investors who use the services of a broker or other financial intermediary to acquire a Fund’s shares may be charged a fee for such services.

The following table shows, as of the date of this SAI, the approximate value of one Creation Unit, standard fees and maximum additional charges for creations and redemptions (as described above):

 

     

Approximate

Value of a Creation
Unit

    

Creation

Unit Size

    

Standard
Creation/

Redemption

Transaction
Fee

     Maximum
Additional
Charge for
Creations*
   

Maximum
Additional

Charge for
Redemptions*

 

The Health and Fitness ETF

   $ 2,500,000         100,000       $ 1000         2.00     2.00

The Long-Term Care ETF

   $ 2,500,000         100,000       $ 500         2.00     2.00

The Obesity ETF

   $ 2,500,000         100,000       $ 500         2.00     2.00

The Organics ETF

   $ 2,500,000         100,000       $ 500         2.00     2.00

 

*   As a percentage of the net asset value per Creation Unit, inclusive, in the case of redemptions, of the standard redemption transaction fee.

 

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In addition to the transaction fees listed above, the Funds may charge an additional variable fee for non-standard order and creations and redemptions in whole or partial cash to offset brokerage and impact expenses associated with the cash transaction. The variable transaction fee will be calculated based on historical transaction cost data and Janus Capital’s view of current market conditions; however, the actual variable fee charged for a given transaction may be lower or higher than the trading expenses incurred by a Fund with respect to that transaction.

 

      Variable Charge (as a percentage of
the net asset value per  Creation Unit)
 

The Health and Fitness ETF

     0.10

The Long-Term Care ETF

     0.00

The Obesity ETF

     0.02

The Organics ETF

     0.02

Redemption of Creation Units

Shares of each Fund may be redeemed by Authorized Participants only in Creation Units at their NAV next determined after receipt of a redemption request in proper form by the Transfer Agent or its agent and only on a Business Day. Each Fund will not redeem shares in amounts less than Creation Units. There can be no assurance, however, that there will be sufficient liquidity in the secondary market at any time to permit assembly of a Creation Unit. Investors should expect to incur brokerage and other costs in connection with assembling a sufficient number of shares to constitute a Creation Unit that could be redeemed by an Authorized Participant. Beneficial owners also may sell shares in the secondary market.

Each Fund generally redeems Creation Units partially for cash. Please see “Cash Redemption Method” and the following discussion summarizing the in-kind method for further information on redeeming Creation Units of each Fund.

Janus Capital will make available through the NSCC, prior to the opening of business on the Listing Exchange (currently 9:30 a.m. Eastern time) on each Business Day, the designated portfolio of securities (including any portion of such securities for which cash may be substituted) that will be applicable (subject to possible amendment or correction) to redemption requests received in proper form (as defined below) on that day (“Fund Securities”), and an amount of cash (the “Cash Amount,” as described below). Such Fund Securities and the corresponding Cash Amount (each subject to possible amendment or correction) are applicable, in order to effect redemptions of Creation Units of a Fund until such time as the next announced composition of the Fund Securities and Cash Amount is made available. Fund Securities received on redemption may not be identical to Deposit Securities that are applicable to creations of Creation Units. Procedures and requirements governing redemption transactions are set forth in the handbook for Authorized Participants and may change from time to time.

If redemptions are not paid in cash, the redemption proceeds for a Creation Unit generally consist of Fund Securities, plus the Cash Amount, which is an amount equal to the difference between the net asset value of the shares being redeemed, as next determined after the receipt of a redemption request in proper form, and the value of Fund Securities, less a redemption transaction fee (as described below).

The Trust may, in its sole discretion, substitute a “cash in lieu” amount to replace any Fund Security. The Trust also reserves the right to permit or require a “cash in lieu” amount in certain circumstances, including circumstances in which: (i) the delivery of a Fund Security to the Authorized Participant would be restricted under applicable securities or other local laws; or (ii) the delivery of a Fund Security to the Authorized Participant would result in the disposition of the Fund Security by the Authorized Participant becoming restricted under applicable securities or other local laws, or in certain other situations.

The amount of cash paid out in such cases will be equivalent to the value of the substituted security listed as a Fund Security. In the event that the Fund Securities have a value greater than the NAV of the shares, a compensating cash payment equal to the difference is required to be made by or through an Authorized Participant by the redeeming shareholder. Each Fund generally redeems Creation Units in cash and Fund Securities.

Cash Redemption Method

Although the Trust does not ordinarily permit partial or full cash redemptions of Creation Units of a Fund, when partial or full cash redemptions of Creation Units are available or specified they will be effected in essentially the same manner as in-kind redemptions thereof. In the case of partial or full cash redemption, the Authorized Participant receives the cash equivalent of the

 

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Fund Securities it would otherwise receive through an in-kind redemption, plus the same Cash Amount to be paid to an in-kind redeemer.

Costs Associated with Redemption Transactions

A standard redemption transaction fee is imposed to offset transfer and other transaction costs that may be incurred by a Fund. The standard redemption transaction fee is charged to the Authorized Participant on the day such Authorized Participant redeems a Creation Unit, and is the same regardless of the number of Creation Units redeemed by an Authorized Participant on the applicable Business Day. The Authorized Participant may also be required to cover certain brokerage, tax, foreign exchange, execution, market impact and other costs and expenses related to the execution of trades resulting from such transaction. Authorized Participants will also bear the costs of transferring the Fund Securities from a Fund to their account on their order. Investors who use the services of a broker or other financial intermediary to dispose of a Fund’s shares may be charged a fee for such services.

Placement of Redemption Orders

Redemption requests for Creation Units of the Funds must be submitted to the Transfer Agent by or through an Authorized Participant. An Authorized Participant must submit an irrevocable request to redeem shares of a Fund generally between 4:01 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Eastern time on any Business Day, in order to receive the next Business day’s NAV. On days when the Listing Exchange closes earlier than normal, a Fund may require orders to redeem Creation Units to be placed earlier. Investors, other than Authorized Participants, are responsible for making arrangements for a redemption request to be made through an Authorized Participant. The Distributor or its agent will provide a list of current Authorized Participants upon request. However, to account for transaction costs otherwise incurred by a Fund, an Authorized Participant that submits an order to the Distributor outside of the window stated above, will be charged the maximum additional charge for Redemption Unit transactions as set forth above in this SAI.

The Authorized Participant must transmit the request for redemption in the form required by a Fund to the Transfer Agent or its agent in accordance with procedures set forth in the Authorized Participant Agreement. Investors should be aware that their particular broker may not have executed an Authorized Participant Agreement and that, therefore, requests to redeem Creation Units may have to be placed by the investor’s broker through an Authorized Participant who has executed an Authorized Participant Agreement. At any time, only a limited number of broker-dealers will have an Authorized Participant Agreement in effect. Investors making a redemption request should be aware that such request must be in the form specified by such Authorized Participant. Investors making a request to redeem Creation Units should allow sufficient time to permit proper submission of the request by an Authorized Participant and transfer of the shares to the Transfer Agent; such investors should allow for the additional time that may be required to effect redemptions through their banks, brokers or other financial intermediaries if such intermediaries are not Authorized Participants.

A redemption request is considered to be in “proper form” if (i) an Authorized Participant has transferred or caused to be transferred to the Transfer Agent the Creation Unit redeemed through the book-entry system of DTC so as to be effective by the Listing Exchange closing time on the applicable Business Day, (ii) a request in form satisfactory to a Fund is received by the Transfer Agent or its agent from the Authorized Participant on behalf of itself or another redeeming investor within the time periods specified above and (iii) all other procedures set forth in the Authorized Participant Agreement are properly followed. If the Transfer Agent does not receive the investor’s shares through DTC’s facilities by 10:00 a.m., Eastern time on the Business Day next following the day that the redemption request is to be effected, the redemption request shall be rejected. Investors should be aware that the deadline for such transfers of shares through the DTC system may be significantly earlier than the close of business on the Listing Exchange. Those making redemption requests should ascertain the deadline applicable to transfers of shares through the DTC system by contacting the operations department of the broker or depositary institution effecting the transfer of the shares.

Upon receiving a redemption request, the Transfer Agent or its agent shall notify a Fund of such redemption request. The tender of an investor’s shares for redemption and the distribution of the securities and/or cash included in the redemption payment made in respect of Creation Units redeemed will be made through DTC and the relevant Authorized Participant to the Beneficial Owner thereof as recorded on the book-entry system of DTC or the DTC Participant through which such investor holds, as the case may be, or by such other means specified by the Authorized Participant submitting the redemption request.

 

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A redeeming Beneficial Owner or Authorized Participant acting on behalf of such Beneficial Owner must maintain appropriate security arrangements with a qualified broker-dealer, bank or other custody providers in each jurisdiction in which any of the portfolio securities are customarily traded, to which account such portfolio securities will be delivered.

Deliveries of redemption proceeds by a Fund generally will be made within two Business days (“T+2”) (three Business Days (“T+3”) for The Long-Term Care ETF), provided that The Long-Term Care ETF may elect to settle on a “T+2” basis upon advance written notice to Authorized Participants. Further, as discussed in “Regular Holidays,” each Fund reserves the right to settle redemption transactions and deliver redemption proceeds on another basis to accommodate non-U.S. market holiday schedules, to account for different treatment among non-U.S. and U.S. markets of dividend record dates and dividend ex-dates (i.e., the last date the holder of a security can sell the security and still receive dividends payable on the security sold) and in certain other circumstances. “Regular Holidays” identifies the instances, if any, where more than seven days would be needed to deliver redemption proceeds. Pursuant to an order of the SEC, the Trust will make delivery of redemption proceeds within the number of days stated in “Regular Holidays” to be the maximum number of days necessary to deliver redemption proceeds.

If neither the redeeming Beneficial Owner nor the Authorized Participant acting on behalf of such redeeming Beneficial Owner has appropriate arrangements to take delivery of Fund Securities in the applicable non-U.S. jurisdiction and it is not possible to make other such arrangements, or if it is not possible to effect deliveries of Fund Securities in such jurisdiction, a Fund may in its discretion exercise the option to redeem such shares in cash, and the redeeming Beneficial Owner will be required to receive its redemption proceeds in cash. In such case, the investor will receive a cash payment equal to the net asset value of its shares based on the NAV of a Fund next determined after the redemption request is received in proper form (minus a redemption transaction fee and additional charges specified above, to offset a Fund’s brokerage and other transaction costs associated with the disposition of Fund Securities). Redemptions of shares for Fund Securities will be subject to compliance with applicable U.S. federal and state securities laws and a Fund (whether or not it otherwise permits cash redemptions) reserves the right to redeem Creation Units for cash to the extent that a Fund cannot lawfully deliver specific Fund Securities upon redemptions or cannot do so without first registering the Fund Securities under such laws.

Although the Trust does not ordinarily permit cash redemptions of Creation Units (except that, as noted above, Creation Units of each Fund generally will be redeemed partially for cash), in the event that cash redemptions are permitted or required by the Trust, proceeds will be paid to the Authorized Participant redeeming shares as soon as practicable after the date of redemption (within seven calendar days thereafter, except for the instances listed in “Regular Holidays” in which more than seven calendar days would be needed).

To the extent contemplated by an Authorized Participant’s agreement with the Distributor or its agent, in the event an Authorized Participant has submitted a redemption request in proper form but is unable to transfer all or part of the Creation Unit to be redeemed to a Fund, at or prior to 10:00 a.m., Eastern time on the Listing Exchange business day after the date of submission of such redemption request, the Transfer Agent or its agent will accept the redemption request in reliance on the undertaking by the Authorized Participant to deliver the missing shares as soon as possible. Such undertaking shall be secured by the Authorized Participant’s delivery and maintenance of collateral consisting of cash, in U.S. dollars in immediately available funds, having a value at least equal to 105%, which percentage Janus Capital may change at any time, in its sole discretion, of the value of the missing shares. Such cash collateral must be delivered no later than 10:00 a.m., Eastern time on the day after the date of submission of such redemption request and shall be held by the Custodian and marked-to-market daily. The fees of the Custodian and any subcustodians in respect of the delivery, maintenance and redelivery of the cash collateral shall be payable by the Authorized Participant. The cash collateral posted by the Authorized Participant may be invested at the risk of the Authorized Participant, and income, if any, on invested cash collateral will be paid to that Authorized Participant. The Authorized Participant Agreement permits a Fund to acquire shares of the Fund at any time and subjects the Authorized Participant to liability for any shortfall between the aggregate of the cost to the Fund of purchasing such shares, plus the value of the Cash Amount, and the value of the cash collateral.

Because the portfolio securities of a Fund may trade on exchange(s) on days that the Listing Exchange is closed or are otherwise not Business Days for the Fund, shareholders may not be able to redeem their shares of the Fund, or purchase or sell shares of the Fund on the Listing Exchange on days when the NAV of the Fund could be significantly affected by events in the relevant non-U.S. markets.

The right of redemption may be suspended or the date of payment postponed with respect to the Funds: (i) for any period during which the Listing Exchange is closed (other than customary weekend and holiday closings); (ii) for any period during

 

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which trading on the Listing Exchange 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’s portfolio securities or determination of its net asset value is not reasonably practicable; or (iv) in such other circumstance as is permitted by the SEC.

Taxation on Creations and Redemptions of Creation Units

An Authorized Participant generally will recognize either gain or loss upon the exchange of Deposit Securities for Creation Units. This gain or loss is calculated by taking the market value of the Creation Units purchased over the Authorized Participant’s aggregate basis in the Deposit Securities exchanged therefor. However, the IRS may apply the wash sales rules to determine that any loss realized upon the exchange of Deposit Securities for Creation Units is not currently deductible. Authorized Participants should consult their own tax advisors.

Current U.S. federal tax laws dictate that capital gain or loss realized from the redemption of Creation Units will generally create long-term capital gain or loss if the Authorized Participant holds the Creation Units for more than one year, or short- term capital gain or loss if the Creation Units were held for one year or less, if the Creation Units are held as capital assets.

Regular Holidays

For every occurrence of one or more intervening holidays in the applicable non-U.S. market or U.S. bond 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 non-U.S. market or U.S. bond market due to emergencies may also 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 non-U.S. market or U.S. bond market holiday schedules, will require a delivery process longer than seven calendar days, in certain circumstances. The holidays applicable to the Funds 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 the Funds. 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.

In calendar years 2016 and 2017, the dates of U.S. regular holidays affecting the relevant securities markets in which a Fund invests are as follows (please note these holiday schedules are subject to potential changes in the relevant securities markets):

 

2016

  

2017

January 1

January 18

February 15

March 25

May 30

July 4

September 5

November 24

December 26

  

January 2

January 16

February 20

April 14

May 29

July 4

September 4

November 23

December 25

 

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In calendar year 2016, the dates of non-U.S. regular holidays affecting the relevant securities markets in which a Fund invests are as follows (please note these holiday schedules are subject to potential changes in the relevant securities markets):*

 

Australia

  

Austria

  

Belgium

  

Brazil

  

Canada

  

Chile

January 1

January 26

March 25

March 28

April 25

June 13

December 23

December 26

December 27

December 30

  

January 1

January 6

March 25

March 28

May 5

May 16

May 26

August 15

October 26

November 1

December 8

December 26

   January 1

March 25

March 28
December 26

   January 1

January 25

February 8

February 9

February 10

March 25

April 21

May 26

September 7

October 12

November 2

November 15

   January 1

February 15

March 25

May 23

July 1

August 1

September 5

October 10
December 26

December 27

   January 1

March 25

June 27

August 15

September 19

October 10

October 31
November 1

December 8

China

  

Columbia

  

Czech Republic

  

Denmark

  

Egypt

  

Finland

January 1

February 8

February 9

February 10

February 11

February 12

April 4

May 2

June 9

June 10

September 15

September 16

October 3

October 4

October 5

October 6

October 7

  

January 1

January 11

March 21

March 24

March 25

May 9

May 30

June 6

July 4

July 20

August 15

October 17

November 7

November 14

December 8

   January 1

March 25

March 28

July 5

July 6

September 28

October 28

November 17

December 26

   January 1

March 24

March 25

March 28

April 22

May 5

May 6

May 16

December 26

   January 7

January 25

April 25

May 1

May 2

July 6

July 7

September 10

September 11

September 12

October 2

October 6

December 11

 

The Egyptian
market is closed
every Friday.

   January 1

January 6

March 25

March 28

May 5

June 24

December 6

December 26

France

  

Germany

  

Greece

  

Hong Kong

  

Hungary

  

Indonesia

January 1

March 25

March 28

December 26

  

January 1

March 25

March 28

May 16

October 3

December 26

   January 1

January 6

March 14

March 25

March 28

April 29

May 2

May 3

June 20

August 15

October 28

December 26

   January 1

February 8

February 9

February 10

March 25

March 28

April 4

May 2

June 9

July 1

September 16

October 10

December 26

December 27

   January 1

March 14

March 15

March 25

March 28

May 16

October 31

November 1

December 26

   January 1

February 8

March 9

March 25

May 5

May 6

July 4

July 5

July 6

July 7

July 8

August 17

September 12

December 12

December 26

 

* The below list does not include foreign bank holidays, which may also delay the settlement period.

 

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Ireland

  

Israel

  

Italy

  

Japan

  

Malaysia

  

Mexico

January 1

March 25

March 28

May 2

June 6

December 23

December 26

December 27

December 30

  

March 24

April 24

April 25

April 26

April 27

April 28

May 11

May 12

June 12

August 14

October 2

October 3

October 4

October 11

October 12

October 16

October 17

October 18

October 19

October 20

October 23

October 24

 

The Israeli market is closed every Friday.

   January 1

March 25

March 28

August 15

December 26

   January 1

January 11

February 11

March 21

April 29

May 3

May 4

May 5

July 18

August 11

September 19

September 22

October 10

November 3

November 23

December 23

   January 1

January 25

February 1

February 8

February 9

May 2

June 22

July 6

July 7

August 31

September 12

September 16

October 3

October 29

December 12

December 26

   January 1

February 1

March 21

March 24

March 25

September 16

November 2

November 21

December 12

Netherlands

  

New Zealand

  

Norway

  

Peru

  

Philippines

  

Poland

January 1

March 25

March 28

December 26

  

January 1

January 4

February 8

March 25

March 28

April 25

June 6

October 24

December 26

December 27

   January 1

March 23

March 24

March 25

March 28

May 5

May 16

May 17

December 26

   January 1

March 24

March 25

June 29

July 28

July 29

August 30

November 1

December 8

   January 1

February 8

February 25

March 24

March 25

May 9

August 29

October 31

November 1

November 30

December 30

   January 1

January 6

March 25

March 28

May 3

May 26

August 15

November 1

November 11

December 26

Portugal

  

Qatar

  

Singapore

  

South Africa

  

South Korea

  

Spain

January 1

March 25

March 28

December 26

  

February 9

March 6

July 7

July 8

July 9

July 10

July 11

September 13

September 14

September 15

December 18

 

The Qatari market is closed every Friday.

   January 1

February 8

February 9

March 25

May 2

July 6

August 9

September 12

December 26

   January 1

March 21

March 25

March 28

April 27

May 2

June 16

August 9

December 16

December 26

   January 1

February 8

February 9

February 10

March 1

April 13

May 5

May 6

June 6

August 15

September 14

September 15

September 16

October 3

   January 1

March 25

March 28

December 26

 

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Sweden

  

Switzerland

  

Taiwan

  

Thailand

  

Turkey

  

United Arab Emirates

January 1

January 5

January 6

March 24

March 25

March 28

May 4

May 5

June 6

June 24

November 4

December 26

  

January 1

March 25

March 28

May 5

May 16

August 1

December 26

   January 1

February 4

February 5

February 8

February 9

February 10

February 11

February 12

February 29

April 4

April 5

May 2

June 9

June 10

September 15

September 16

October 10

   January 1

February 22

April 6

April 13

April 14

April 15

May 2

May 5

May 6

May 20

July 1

July 18

July 19

August 12

October 24

December 5

December 12

   January 1

May 19

July 4

July 5

July 6

July 7

August 30

September 12

September 13

September 14

September 15

October 28

   May 5

July 7

July 8

September 10

September 11

September 12

September 13

October 2

November 30

December 12

 

The United Arab
Emirates market is
closed every Friday.

United Kingdom

                        

January 1

March 25

March 28

May 2

May 30

August 29

December 23

December 26

December 27

December 30

              

The longest redemption cycle for foreign funds is a function of the longest redemption cycle among the countries whose securities comprise the Funds. In the calendar year 2016, the dates of regular holidays affecting the following securities markets present the worst-case (longest) redemption cycle* for foreign funds as follows:

Settlement Periods greater than Seven Days for Year 2016

 

     

Beginning of

Settlement

  

Period

End of

Settlement

  

Number of Days

in Settlement

Period

Australia

        
   3/22/16    3/30/16   
   12/23/2015    1/4/2016    8
   12/20/2016    12/29/2016    9
   12/21/2016    1/2/2017    12
   12/22/2016    1/3/2017    12

China

        
   2/3/2016    2/17/2016    14
   2/4/2016    2/18/2016    14
   2/5/2016    2/19/2016    14
   4/27/2016    5/9/2016    12
   4/28/2016    5/10/2016    12
   4/29/2016    5/11/2016    12
   9/28/2016    10/11/2016    13
   9/29/2016    10/12/2016    13
   9/30/2016    10/13/2016    13

Colombia

        
   3/18/2016    3/28/2016    10

Indonesia

        
   6/29/2016    7/11/2016    12
   6/30/2016    7/12/2016    12
   7/1/2016    7/13/2016    12

 

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Beginning of

Settlement

  

Period

End of

Settlement

  

Number of Days

in Settlement

Period

Ireland

        
   12/21/2016    12/29/2016    8
   12/22/2016    1/2/2017    11

Israel

        
   4/20/2016    5/1/2016    11
   4/21/2016    5/2/2016    11
   10/10/2016    10/25/2016    15
   10/13/2016    10/26/2016    13

Japan

        
   4/27/2016    5/6/2016    9
   4/28/2016    5/9/2016    11
   5/2/2016    5/10/2016    8

Mexico

        
   3/18/2016    3/28/2016    10

New Zealand

        
   3/21/2016    3/29/2016    8
   3/22/2016    3/30/2016    8
   3/23/2016    3/31/2016    8
   12/20/2016    12/28/2016    8
   12/21/2016    12/29/2016    8
   12/22/16    1/2/17    11

Norway

        
   3/21/2016    3/29/2016    8
   3/22/2016    3/30/2016    8

Philippines

        
   10/26/16    11/3/16    8
   10/27/16    11/4/16    8
   10/28/16    11/7/16    8

Qatar

        
   7/3/16    7/12/16    9
   7/4/16    7/13/16    9
   7/5/16    7/14/16    9
   9/6/16    9/18/16    12
   9/7/16    9/19/16    12
   9/8/16    9/20/16    12

South Africa

        
   3/14/2016    3/22/2016    8
   3/15/2016    3/23/2016    8
   3/16/2016    3/24/2016    8
   3/17/2016    3/29/2016    12
   3/18/2016    3/30/2016    12
   3/22/2016    3/31/2016    9
   3/23/2016    4/1/2016    9
   3/24/2016    4/4/2016    11
   4/20/2016    4/28/2016    8
   4/21/2016    4/29/2016    8
   4/22/2016    5/3/2016    11
   4/25/2016    5/4/2016    9
   4/26/2016    5/5/2016    9
   4/28/2016    5/6/2016    8
   4/29/2016    5/9/2016    10
   6/9/2016    6/17/2016    8
   6/10/2016    6/20/2016    10
   6/13/2016    6/21/2016    8
   6/14/2016    6/22/2016    8
   6/15/2016    6/23/2016    8
   8/2/2016    8/10/2016    8
   8/3/2016    8/11/2016    8
   8/4/2016    8/12/2016    8

 

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Beginning of

Settlement

  

Period

End of

Settlement

  

Number of Days

in Settlement

Period

   8/5/2016    8/15/2016    10
   8/8/2016    8/16/2016    8
   12/9/2016    12/19/2016    10
   12/12/2016    12/20/2016    8
   12/13/2016    12/21/2016    8
   12/14/2016    12/22/2016    8
   12/15/2016    12/28/2016    13
   12/16/2016    12/28/2016    12
   12/19/2016    12/29/2016    10
   12/20/2016    1/2/2017    13
   12/21/2016    1/3/2017    13
   12/22/2016    1/4/2017    13
   12/28/2016    1/5/2017    8
   12/29/2016    1/6/2017    8

Sweden

        
   12/30/2015    1/7/2016    8

Taiwan

        
   2/2/2016    2/15/2016    13
   2/3/2016    2/1/2016    13

Thailand

        
   4/8/2016    4/18/2016    10
   4/11/2016    4/19/2016    8
   4/12/2016    4/20/2016    8
   4/29/16    5/9/16    10

Turkey

        
   6/30/16    7/11/2016    11
   7/1/2016    7/12/2016    11
   9/8/2016    9/19/2016    11
   9/9/2016    9/20/2016    11

United Arab Emirates

        
   9/7/2016    9/15/2016    8
   9/8/2016    9/18/2016    10

 

*   These worst-case redemption cycles are based on information regarding regular holidays, which may be out of date. Based on changes in holidays, longer (worse) redemption cycles are possible.

 

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INCOME DIVIDENDS, CAPITAL GAINS DISTRIBUTIONS, AND TAX STATUS

 

 

 

The following is intended to be a general summary of certain U.S. federal income tax consequences of investing in the Funds. It is not intended to be a complete discussion of all such federal income tax consequences, nor does it purport to deal with all categories of investors. This discussion reflects applicable tax laws of the United States as of the date of this SAI. However, tax laws may change or be subject to new interpretation by the courts or the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”), possibly with retroactive effect. Investors are therefore advised to consult with their own tax advisers before making an investment in the Funds.

Dividends from net investment income are normally declared and distributed quarterly. It is a policy of each Fund to make distributions of any realized net capital gains at least annually. Any net capital gains realized during each fiscal year are normally declared and payable to shareholders in December but, if necessary, may be distributed at other times as well.

Fund Taxation

Each Fund intends to qualify as a regulated investment company by satisfying certain requirements prescribed by Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code. If a Fund failed to qualify as a regulated investment company in any taxable year, such Fund may be subject to federal income tax on its taxable income at corporate rates. In addition, all distributions from earnings and profits, including any distributions of net tax-exempt income and net long-term capital gains, would generally be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income but may, at least in part, qualify for the dividends received deduction applicable to corporations or the reduced rate of taxation applicable to noncorporate holders for “qualified dividend income.” In addition, a Fund could be required to recognize unrealized gains, pay taxes and interest, and make distributions before requalifying as a regulated investment company that is accorded special federal income tax treatment.

A federal excise tax at the rate of 4% will be imposed on the excess, if any, of a Fund’s “required distribution” over actual distributions in any calendar year. Generally, the “required distribution” is 98% of the Fund’s ordinary income for the calendar year plus 98.2% of its capital gain net income recognized during the one-year period ending on October 31 plus undistributed amounts from prior years. The Funds intend to make distributions sufficient to avoid imposition of the excise tax.

Certain transactions involving short sales, futures, options, swap agreements, hedged investments, and other similar transactions, if any, may be subject to special provisions of the Internal Revenue Code that, among other things, may affect the character, amount, and timing of distributions to shareholders. The Funds will monitor their transactions and may make certain tax elections where applicable in order to mitigate the effect of these provisions, if possible. In certain circumstances, a Fund may be required to accrue income on an investment prior to the receipt of the corresponding cash payments. However, the Funds must distribute to shareholders, at least annually, all or substantially all of its investment company taxable income (determined without regard to the deduction for dividends paid), including such accrued income, to avoid federal income and excise taxes. In certain cases, a Fund may have to distribute cash obtained from other sources in order to satisfy the distribution requirements under the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, a Fund may have to dispose of its portfolio securities under disadvantageous circumstances to generate cash, or may have to leverage itself by borrowing the cash, to satisfy these distribution requirements.

The Funds may purchase securities of certain foreign corporations considered to be passive foreign investment companies under the Internal Revenue Code. In order to avoid taxes and interest that must be paid by the Funds, the Funds may make various elections permitted by the tax laws. However, these elections could require that the Funds recognize taxable income, which in turn must be distributed even though the Funds may not have received any income upon such an event.

Some foreign securities purchased by a Fund may be subject to foreign taxes which could reduce the yield on such securities. If the amount of foreign taxes is significant in a particular year and a Fund qualifies under Section 853 of the Internal Revenue Code, a Fund may elect to pass through such taxes to shareholders. If a Fund makes such an election, foreign taxes paid by the Fund will be reported to shareholders as income and shareholders may claim either a foreign tax credit or deduction for such taxes, subject to certain limitations. If such election is not made by a Fund, any foreign taxes paid or accrued will represent an expense to the Fund, which will reduce its investment company taxable income.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, gains or losses attributable to fluctuations in exchange rates which occur between the time a Fund accrues income or receivables or accrues expenses or other liabilities denominated in a foreign currency and the time the Fund actually collects such income or pays such liabilities generally are treated as ordinary income or loss. Similarly, on disposition of debt securities denominated in a foreign currency and on disposition of certain other instruments, gains or losses attributable to fluctuations in the value of the foreign currency between the date of acquisition of the security or contract and the

 

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date of disposition also may be treated as ordinary gain or loss. These gains and losses, referred to under the Internal Revenue Code as “Section 988” gains or losses, may increase or decrease the amount of a Fund’s investment company taxable income to be distributed to its shareholders as ordinary income.

The application of certain requirements for qualification as a regulated investment company and the application of certain other federal income tax rules may be unclear in some respects in connection with investments in certain derivatives and other investments. As a result, a Fund may be required to limit the extent to which it invests in such investments and it is also possible that the IRS may not agree with a Fund’s treatment of such investments. In addition, the tax treatment of derivatives and certain other investments may be affected by future legislation, treasury regulations, and guidance issued by the IRS (which could apply retroactively) that could affect the timing, character, and amount of a Fund’s income and gains and distributions to shareholders, affect whether a Fund has made sufficient distributions and otherwise satisfied the requirements to maintain its qualification as a regulated investment company and avoid federal income and excise taxes, or limit the extent to which a Fund may invest in certain derivatives and other investments in the future.

Generally, the character of the income or capital gains that a Fund receives from another investment company will pass through to the Fund’s shareholders as long as the Fund and the other investment company each qualify as regulated investment companies. However, to the extent that another investment company that qualifies as a regulated investment company realizes net losses on its investments for a given taxable year, a Fund will not be able to recognize its share of those losses until it disposes of shares of such investment company. Moreover, even when a Fund does make such a disposition, a portion of its loss may be recognized as a long-term capital loss, which will not be treated as favorably for federal income tax purposes as an ordinary deduction. In particular, a Fund will not be able to offset any capital losses from its dispositions of shares of other investment companies against its ordinary income. As a result of the foregoing rules, and certain other special rules, it is possible that the amounts of net investment income and net capital gains that a Fund will be required to distribute to shareholders will be greater than such amounts would have been had the Fund invested directly in the securities held by the investment companies in which it invests, rather than investing in shares of the investment companies. For similar reasons, the character of distributions from a Fund (e.g., long-term capital gain, qualified dividend income, etc.) will not necessarily be the same as it would have been had the Fund invested directly in the securities held by the investment companies in which it invests.

Shareholder Taxation

Shareholders will be subject to federal income taxes on distributions made by a Fund whether received in cash or additional shares of the Fund. Distributions from a Fund’s net investment income (which includes dividends, interest, net short-term capital gains, and net gains from foreign currency transactions), if any, generally are taxable to shareholders as ordinary income, unless such distributions are attributable to “qualified dividend income” eligible for the reduced federal income tax rates applicable to long-term capital gains, provided certain holding period and other requirements are satisfied. Dividends received from certain foreign corporations generally will not constitute qualified dividend income. Distributions of a Fund’s net capital gains (the excess of net long-term capital gains over net short-term capital losses), if any, are taxable as long-term capital gains, regardless of how long shares of the Fund were held. Long-term capital gains are taxable to noncorporate investors at a maximum federal income tax rate of 20%. Dividends paid by a Fund may also qualify in part for the 70% dividends-received deduction available to corporate shareholders, provided that certain holding period and other requirements under the Internal Revenue Code are satisfied. Generally, however, dividends received on stocks of foreign issuers are not eligible for the dividends-received deduction when distributed to the Funds’ corporate shareholders. Distributions from a Fund may also be subject to foreign, state, and local income taxes. Please consult a tax adviser regarding the tax consequences of Fund distributions and to determine whether you will need to file a tax return.

No dividend reinvestment service is provided by the Trust. Financial intermediaries may make available the DTC book-entry Dividend Reinvestment Service for use by beneficial owners of Fund shares for reinvestment of their dividend distributions. Beneficial owners should contact their financial intermediary to determine the availability and costs of the service and the details of participation therein. Financial intermediaries may require beneficial owners to adhere to specific procedures and timetables. If this service is available and used, dividend distributions of both income and net capital gains will be automatically reinvested in additional whole shares of the Fund purchased in the secondary market.

Distributions declared by a Fund during October, November, or December to shareholders of record during such month and paid by January 31 of the following year will be taxable in the year they are declared, rather than the year in which they are received. Each Fund will notify its shareholders each year of the amount and type of dividends and distributions it paid.

 

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Gain or loss realized upon a redemption or other disposition (such as an exchange) of shares of a Fund by a shareholder will generally be treated as long-term capital gain or loss if the shares have been held for more than one year and, if not held for such period, as short-term capital gain or loss. Any loss on the sale or exchange of shares held for six months or less will be treated as a long-term capital loss to the extent of any capital gain distributions paid to the shareholder with respect to such shares. Any loss a shareholder realizes on a sale or exchange of shares of a Fund will be disallowed if the shareholder acquires other shares of the Fund (whether through the automatic reinvestment of dividends or otherwise) or substantially identical stock or securities within a 61-day period beginning 30 days before and ending 30 days after the shareholder’s sale or exchange of the shares. In such case, the shareholder’s tax basis in the shares acquired will be adjusted to reflect the disallowed loss. Capital losses may be subject to limitations on their use by a shareholder.

When a shareholder opens an account, IRS regulations require that the shareholder provide a taxpayer identification number (“TIN”), certify that it is correct, and certify that he, she, or it is not subject to backup withholding. If a shareholder fails to provide a TIN or the proper tax certifications, a Fund is required to withhold 28% of all distributions (including dividends and capital gain distributions) and redemption proceeds paid to the shareholder. A Fund is also required to begin backup withholding on an account if the IRS instructs it to do so. Amounts withheld may be applied to the shareholder’s federal income tax liability and the shareholder may obtain a refund from the IRS if withholding results in an overpayment of federal income tax for such year.

An additional 3.8% Medicare tax is imposed on certain net investment income (including ordinary dividends and capital gain distributions received from a Fund and net gains from redemptions or other taxable dispositions of Fund shares) of U.S. individuals, estates and trusts to the extent that such person’s “modified adjusted gross income” (in the case of an individual) or “adjusted gross income” (in the case of an estate or trust) exceeds a threshold amount.

The foregoing discussion relates solely to U.S. federal income tax law as applied to U.S. investors.

 

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TRUSTEES AND OFFICERS

 

 

 

The following are the Trustees and officers of the Trust together with a brief description of their principal occupations during the last five years (principal occupations for certain Trustees may include periods over five years).

 

TRUSTEES

Name, Address,

and Age

  Positions
Held with
the Trust
 

Length of

Time Served

 

Principal Occupations

During the Past Five Years

  Number of
Portfolios/Funds
in Fund Complex
Overseen by
Trustee*
 

Other Directorships

Held by Trustee

During the Past Five Years

Independent Trustees

Clifford J. Weber

151 Detroit Street

Denver, CO 80206

DOB: 1963

 

Chairman

 

Trustee

 

2/16-Present

 

2/16-Present

  Owner, Financial Products Consulting Group LLC (consulting services to financial institutions) (since 2015). Formerly, Executive Vice President of Global Index and Exchange- Traded Products, NYSE Market, Inc., a subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange (ETF/ETP listing exchange) (2013-2015) and Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy and Product Development, NYSE Liffe U.S., a division of NYSE Euronext (U.S. futures exchange) (2008-2013).   11   Independent Trustee, Clough Funds Trust (investment company) (since 2015).

Maureen T. Upton

151 Detroit Street

Denver, CO 80206

DOB: 1965

  Trustee   2/16-Present   Principal Consultant, SRK Consulting (U.S.), Inc. (consulting services to global mining, energy and water resource industries) (since 2015). Formerly, Founder and Principal, Resource Initiatives LLC (sustainability consulting firm) (2006-2015).   11   Director, Denver Metro Leadership Foundation (non-profit organization) (2012-2014).

Jeffrey B. Weeden

151 Detroit Street

Denver, CO 80206

DOB: 1956

  Trustee   2/16-Present   Senior Advisor, BayBoston Capital LP (investment fund in banks and bank holdings companies) (since 2015). Management Advisor, BoxCast, Inc. (technology start-up company) (since 2014). Formerly Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, KeyCorp (financial services) (2002-2013).   11   Director, State Farm Bank (banking) (since 2014).

Interested Trustee

Michael Drew Elder**

151 Detroit Street

Denver, CO 80206

DOB: 1970

  Trustee   8/15-Present   Executive Vice President and Head of U.S. Intermediary Distribution, Janus Capital (since 2014) and President, Janus Distributors LLC (broker- dealer) (since 2014). Formerly, Senior Vice President, Janus Capital (2007-2014).   11   Director, Perkins Investment Management LLC (since 2014).

 

*   Each Trustee also serves as a trustee to the Clayton Street Trust, which is currently comprised of three portfolios.

 

**   Michael Drew Elder is an Interested Trustee because of his employment with Janus Capital.

 

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OFFICERS

Name, Address,

and Age

  Positions Held with the Trust  

Term of

Office* and

Length of

Time Served

 

Principal Occupations

During the Past Five Years

Bruce L. Koepfgen

151 Detroit Street

Denver, CO 80206

DOB: 1952

  President and Chief Executive Officer   2/16-Present   President of Janus Capital Group Inc. and Janus Capital Management LLC (since 2013); Executive Vice President and Director of Janus International Holding LLC (since 2011); Executive Vice President of Janus Distributors LLC (since 2011); Executive Vice President and Working Director of INTECH Investment Management LLC (since 2011); Executive Vice President and Director of Perkins Investment Management LLC (since 2011); and Executive Vice President and Director of Janus Management Holdings Corporation (since 2011). Formerly, Executive Vice President of Janus Services LLC (2011-2015), Janus Capital Group Inc. and Janus Capital Management LLC (2011-2013); and Chief Financial Officer of Janus Capital Group Inc., Janus Capital Management LLC, Janus Distributors LLC, Janus Man