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Nuveen Global Net Zero Transition ETF



Listing Exchange: NASDAQ Stock Market LLC


23 June


This summary prospectus is designed to provide investors with key Fund information in a clear and concise format. Before you invest, you may want to review the Fund’s complete prospectus, which contains more information about the Fund and its risks. You can find the Fund’s prospectus, reports to shareholders and other information about the Fund online at www.nuveen.com/etf. You can also get this information at no cost by calling (888) 290-9881 or by sending an e-mail request to mutualfunds@nuveen.com. If you purchase shares of the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the prospectus, reports to shareholders and other information will also be available from your financial intermediary. The Fund’s prospectus and statement of additional information, both dated June 23, 2022, are incorporated by reference into this summary prospectus and may be obtained, free of charge, at the website or phone number noted above.




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Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Fund is to seek a favorable long-term total return, mainly through capital appreciation.

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold and sell shares of the Fund. You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, when buying or selling shares of the Fund, which are not reflected in this table or the example that follows:

Annual Fund Operating Expenses

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


Management Fees


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


Other Expenses*


Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses


* Other Expenses are estimated for the current fiscal year.


The following 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 your shares at the end of a period. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. The example does not reflect brokerage commissions that you may pay when you purchase and sell Fund shares. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:


1 Year


3 Years


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. The Fund has not completed its first fiscal year, and therefore it does not have a portfolio turnover rate to report.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Fund is an actively-managed exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) that seeks to provide capital appreciation and, under normal market conditions, invests at least 80% of the sum of its net assets and the amount of any borrowings for investment purposes in equity securities of companies that the sub-adviser believes will have a positive impact on the carbon economy through their current and/or planned efforts to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, which, in turn, will contribute to the overall transition to a net zero economy (“Net Zero Transition Companies”). The “carbon economy” refers to an economy based on low carbon power sources with minimal greenhouse gas emissions, and “net zero” refers to the goal of either eliminating the production of greenhouse gas emissions or offsetting any production of greenhouse gas emissions with an equal reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The goal of achieving a net zero carbon economy may be achieved through the decarbonization of economic activity, including, but not limited to, the elimination of high-carbon producing activities or the transition from high-carbon producing activities to clean, sustainable activities. The Fund attempts to achieve its investment objective by investing in a diversified portfolio of global securities comprised of Net Zero Transition Companies, which include companies that (i) are following third-party validated carbon reduction plans, (ii) have publicly expressed to shareholders their intentions to reduce carbon emissions, (iii) are high carbon emitters whose carbon reductions may contribute to real-world emissions decline, or (iv) employ disruptive technology with the intention of supporting climate mitigation. When selecting Net Zero Transition Companies for inclusion in the Fund’s portfolio, the sub-adviser conducts an analysis of each company’s balance sheet and considers various fundamental factors, such as a company’s return on capital and free cash flow.

As a part of the investment strategy, Nuveen will engage with companies in an effort to expedite their transition to net zero carbon emissions. The Fund intends for its portfolio of securities to be aligned with the goals of the United Nations-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, which seek to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels (i.e., a sub-2°C scenario), addressing Article 2.1c of the Paris Agreement. In order to align with a sub-2°C scenario, the Fund will: 1) seek to lower the carbon intensity of its portfolio on an annual basis, with the goal of



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seeking to ultimately reach a net zero greenhouse gas emissions portfolio in the aggregate by 2050; and 2) engage with the portfolio companies each year in an effort to aid in the transition to net zero. The Fund’s goal of achieving a net zero greenhouse gas emissions portfolio in the aggregate by 2050 may conflict with the Fund’s primary objective of seeking favorable long-term total return, and there is no assurance that the Fund will be able to reach its goal. The sub-adviser will monitor the decarbonization progress of the Net Zero Transition Companies in the Fund’s portfolio and determine, on an ongoing basis, based on third-party data and public disclosure documents, whether a company continues to qualify as a Net Zero Transition Company.

The Fund will not invest in companies that the sub-adviser determines are involved in the following activities:

 manufacturing of nuclear weapons, cluster munitions, land mines, incendiary devices, biological or chemical
weapons, or depleted uranium munitions; or

 civilian firearms manufacturing.

The Fund may use third-party data sources to determine if companies are involved in any of the above activities.

The Fund may invest in companies of any market capitalization located anywhere in the world, including companies located in emerging markets. Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest at least 40% of its net assets in the securities of non-U.S. issuers. If, however, market conditions are deemed unfavorable, the Fund will invest at least 30% of its net assets in the securities of non-U.S. issuers. The Fund will invest in securities of issuers in at least three different countries (one of which may be the United States) and may invest up to 25% of its net assets in securities of companies located in emerging markets.

Principal Risks

You could lose money by investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The principal risks of investing in the Fund listed below are presented alphabetically to facilitate your ability to find particular risks and compare them with the risks of other funds. Each risk summarized below is considered a “principal risk” of investing in the Fund, regardless of the order in which it appears.

Active Management Risk—The Fund’s sub-adviser actively manages the Fund’s investments. Consequently, the Fund is subject to the risk that the investment techniques and risk analyses employed by the Fund’s sub-adviser may not produce the desired results. This could cause the Fund to lose value or its investment results to lag relevant benchmarks or other funds with similar objectives. In addition, the Fund’s goal of achieving a net zero greenhouse gas emissions portfolio in the aggregate by 2050 may conflict with the Fund’s primary objective of seeking favorable long-term total return, and there is no assurance that the Fund will be able to achieve its net zero goal if such a conflict exists.

Currency Risk—Changes in currency exchange rates will affect the value of non-U.S. dollar denominated securities, the value of dividends and interest earned from such securities, and gains and losses realized on the sale of such securities. A strong U.S. dollar relative to these other currencies will adversely affect the value of the Fund’s portfolio.

Cybersecurity Risk—Cybersecurity risk is the risk of an unauthorized breach and access to Fund assets, customer data (including private shareholder information), or proprietary information, or the risk of an incident occurring that causes the Fund, its investment adviser or sub-adviser, custodian, transfer agent, distributor or other service provider or a financial intermediary to suffer a data breach, data corruption or lose operational functionality. Successful cyber-attacks or other cyber-failures or events affecting the Fund or its service providers may adversely impact the Fund or its shareholders. Additionally, a cybersecurity breach could affect the issuers in which the Fund invests, which may cause the Fund’s investments to lose value.

Depositary Receipt Risk—To the extent the Fund invests in depositary receipts, the Fund will be subject to many of the same risks as when investing directly in non-U.S. securities, including risks associated with fluctuations in currency exchange rates as well as changes to the economic or political conditions in other countries. ADRs are depositary receipts issued by a U.S. financial institution that are listed and trade on a U.S. exchange. ADRs entitle their holder to all dividends and capital gains paid out on the underlying foreign shares. When the Fund invests in ADRs rather than investing directly in their underlying foreign shares, the Fund is exposed to the risk that the ADRs may not provide a return that corresponds precisely with the return of the underlying foreign shares.

Emerging Markets RiskThe risk of foreign investment often increases in countries with emerging markets. For example, these countries may have more unstable governments than developed countries and their economies may be


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based on only a few industries. Because their financial markets may be very small, prices of financial instruments in emerging market countries may be volatile and difficult to determine. Financial instruments of issuers in these countries may have lower overall liquidity than those of issuers in more developed countries. Financial and other reporting by companies and government entities also may be less reliable or difficult to obtain in emerging market countries. In addition, foreign investors such as the Fund are subject to a variety of special restrictions in many emerging market countries. Shareholder claims and regulatory actions that are available in the U.S. may be difficult or impossible to pursue in emerging market countries.

Equity Security Risk—Equity securities in the Fund’s portfolio may decline significantly in price over short or extended periods of time, and such declines may occur because of declines in the equity market as a whole, or because of declines in only a particular country, company, industry, or sector of the market. From time to time, the Fund may invest a significant portion of its assets in companies in one or more related sectors or industries which would make the Fund more vulnerable to adverse developments affecting such sectors or industries.

Foreign Investment Risk—Non-U.S. issuers or U.S. issuers with significant non-U.S. operations may be subject to risks in addition to those of issuers located in or that principally operate in the United States as a result of, among other things, political, social and economic developments abroad and different legal, regulatory and tax environments. To the extent the Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in the securities of companies in a single country or region, it may be more susceptible to adverse conditions affecting that country or region. Additionally, non-U.S. securities may have relatively low market liquidity, greater market volatility, decreased publicly available information and less reliable financial information about issuers, and inconsistent and potentially less stringent accounting, auditing and financial reporting requirements than domestic issuers.

Geographic Concentration Risk—To the extent the Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in the securities of companies in a single country or region and/or the depositary receipts representing such securities, it may be more susceptible to adverse economic, market, political or regulatory events or conditions affecting that country or region. The Fund currently invests a significant portion of its assets in companies located in Europe, Japan and other Asian countries, although this may change over time.

Large-Cap Company Risk—Because it invests primarily in securities of large-capitalization companies, the Fund may underperform funds that invest primarily in securities of smaller capitalization companies during periods when the securities of such companies are in favor.

Market Trading Risks—The Fund is an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”), and as with all ETFs, Fund shares may be bought and sold in the secondary market at market prices. Although it is expected that the market price of a Fund share typically will approximate its net asset value (“NAV”), there may be times when the market price and the NAV diverge more significantly, particularly in times of market volatility or steep market declines. Thus, you may pay more or less than NAV when you buy Fund shares on the secondary market, and you may receive more or less than NAV when you sell those shares. In addition, the Fund's underlying portfolio holdings trade on foreign exchanges that may be closed when the national securities exchange on which the Fund’s shares trade is open (and vice versa), which may result in larger differences between the Fund’s NAV and its market price than those experienced by ETFs that invest in domestic securities. Although the Fund’s shares are listed for trading on a national securities exchange, it is possible that an active trading market may not develop or be maintained, in which case transactions may occur at wider bid/ask spreads (which may be especially pronounced for smaller funds). Trading of the Fund’s shares may be halted by the activation of individual or market-wide trading halts (which halt trading for a specific period of time when the price of a particular security or overall market prices decline by a specified percentage). In times of market stress, the Fund’s underlying portfolio holdings may become less liquid, which in turn may affect the liquidity of the Fund’s shares and/or lead to more significant differences between the Fund’s market price and its NAV. Market makers are under no obligation to make a market in the Fund’s shares, and authorized participants are not obligated to submit purchase or redemption orders for the Fund’s shares. In the event market makers cease making a market in the Fund’s shares or authorized participants stop submitting creation or redemption orders, Fund shares may trade at a larger premium or discount to NAV.

Mid-Cap Company Risk—Securities of mid-cap companies may be subject to more abrupt or erratic market movements than those of larger, more established companies or broader market averages in general.

Net Zero Transition Companies Risk— Because the Fund will exclude securities of certain issuers for non-financial reasons (i.e., companies that the sub-adviser does not classify as Net Zero Transition Companies and companies involved in certain prohibited activities), the Fund may forgo some market opportunities available to funds that do not pursue a net zero carbon economy investment strategy or may be required to sell a security when it might otherwise be



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disadvantageous to do so. This may cause the Fund to underperform the stock market as a whole or other funds that do not employ such an investment strategy. In addition, there is a risk that the companies identified by the Fund’s investment strategy will not operate as expected with respect to the transition to a net zero economy and the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Further, in selecting companies for inclusion in the Fund’s portfolio, the sub-adviser may rely on information and data related to carbon intensity and carbon emissions provided by a third-party research firm, which could be incomplete or erroneous, which in turn could cause the sub-adviser to assess a company’s net zero carbon economy characteristics incorrectly.

Service Provider Operational Risk—The Fund’s service providers, such as the Fund’s administrator, custodian or transfer agent, may experience disruptions or operating errors that could negatively impact the Fund. Although service providers are required to have appropriate operational risk management policies and procedures, and to take appropriate precautions to avoid and mitigate risks that could lead to disruptions and operating errors, it may not be possible to identify all of the operational risks that may affect the Fund or to develop processes and controls to completely eliminate or mitigate their occurrence or effects.

Small-Cap Company Risk—Securities of small-cap companies involve substantial risk. Prices of small-cap securities may be subject to more abrupt or erratic movements, and to wider fluctuations, than security prices of larger, more established companies or broader market averages in general. It may be difficult to sell small-cap securities at the desired time and price.

Fund Performance

The Fund is new and therefore does not have performance history for a full calendar year. When this prospectus is updated after a full calendar year of operations, a bar chart and table will be included that will provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Fund by showing the variability of the Fund’s returns based on net assets and comparing the Fund’s performance to a broad measure of market performance. Updated performance information is available at www.nuveen.com/etf or by calling (800) 257-8787.


Investment Adviser

Nuveen Fund Advisors, LLC


Nuveen Asset Management, LLC

Portfolio Managers




Portfolio Manager of Fund Since

Thomas J. Lavia Jr., CFA

Managing Director

June, 2022

Gregory Mancini

Managing Director

June, 2022

Willis W. Tsai

Managing Director

June, 2022

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The Fund is an ETF. Shares of the Fund are listed on a national securities exchange and can only be bought and sold in the secondary market through a broker-dealer at market prices. Because Fund shares trade at market prices rather than NAV, shares may trade at a price greater than NAV (at a “premium”) or less than NAV (at a “discount”). An investor may also incur costs attributable to the difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay to purchase Fund shares (bid) and the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for Fund shares (ask) when buying and selling shares in the secondary market (the “bid/ask spread”). Recent information regarding the Fund, including its NAV, market price, premiums and discounts, and bid/ask spreads, is available on the Fund’s website at www.nuveen.com/etf.

Tax Information

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

Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase shares of the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund’s investment adviser or its affiliates may pay the intermediary for marketing activities and


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presentations, educational training programs, conferences, the development of technology platforms and reporting systems or other services related to the sale or promotion of Fund shares. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.





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