485APOS 1 wtd9pea92722485apos.htm WISDOMTREE TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION 100 DIGITAL FUND

 

As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 29, 2022

File Nos. 333-255575
811-23659

 

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

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FORM N-1A

REGISTRATION STATEMENT
UNDER
THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
Pre-Effective Amendment No.    
Post-Effective Amendment No.  9 
and/or
REGISTRATION STATEMENT
UNDER
THE INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940
Amendment No.  15 

 

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WisdomTree Digital Trust

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

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250 West 34th Street, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10119

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

 

1-866-909-9473

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, including Area Code)

 

Ryan M. Louvar
WisdomTree Digital Trust

250 West 34th Street, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10119

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

 

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Copies to:
Michael S. Didiuk
Perkins Coie LLP
1155 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036-2711

 

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

 

SUBJECT TO COMPLETION

Preliminary Prospectus dated September 29, 2022

 

PROSPECTUS

 

 

 

 

WisdomTree Technology and Innovation 100 Digital Fund

 

WisdomTree Digital Trust

 

[                       ], 2022

 

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[TICKER]          [Pending]

 

 

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

 

 
 

 

WisdomTree Digital Trust

 

 
 
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WisdomTree Technology and Innovation 100 Digital Fund

Investment Objective

 

The WisdomTree Technology and Innovation 100 Digital Fund (the “Fund”) seeks to track the performance, before fees and expenses, of the WisdomTree Technology and Innovation 100 Index.

 

Fees and Expenses of the Fund

 

The following table describes the fees and expenses you may pay if you buy, hold and sell shares of the Fund. The fees are expressed as a percentage of the Fund’s average net assets. You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to intermediaries, which are not reflected in the table and example below.

 

Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment)  None 

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   None 
Other Expenses   [   ]%1
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses   [   ]% 

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

 

Example

 

The following example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. It illustrates the hypothetical expenses that you would incur over various periods if you were to invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. This example assumes that the Fund provides a return of 5% a year and that 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 
  $[   ]   $[   ] 

 

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 is new, so it has no portfolio turnover as of the date of this prospectus.

 

Principal Investment Strategies of the Fund

 

The Fund employs a “passive management” – or indexing – investment approach designed to track the performance of the WisdomTree Technology and Innovation 100 Index (the “Index”) through the use of a representative sampling strategy.

 

The Index is maintained by WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (“WisdomTree Investments”) and is designed to provide exposure to U.S. exchange-listed companies principally engaged in offering, using, or developing products, processes, or services that will provide or will benefit significantly from technological advances and innovation. The Index constituents are determined by an Index committee that looks at sub-industries focusing on technology and/or innovation in the following categories: (i) software - companies; (ii) semiconductors - companies that produce semiconductors or semiconductor equipment and technology; (iii) other hardware - companies that produce or develop hardware (collectively, “Technology Activities”); (iv) media & entertainment; (v) biotechnology; (vi) financial technology (fintech); (vii) telecommunication services; and (viii) automobile makers. At least 50% of the Index constituent weight will meet the definition of Technology Activities and such companies will derive at least 50% of their revenue from one or more of the Technology Activities.

 

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To be eligible for inclusion in the Index, a company must also meet the following criteria as of the Index screening date: (i) have a market capitalization of at least $100 million; and (ii) an average daily dollar trading volume of at least $1 million for each of the preceding three months. The Index is reconstituted and rebalanced on an annual basis to include the top 100 companies by market capitalization that are U.S. exchange listed that meet the foregoing criteria. Constituents are weighted using modified market capitalization. At reconstitution, single constituent weights will be capped at 13% while the combined exposure of companies exceeding 5% will be capped at 40%. The Fund will publicly disclose its portfolio holdings daily. The Fund may be required to purchase or sell portfolio assets to track the Index as the Index reconstitutes and rebalances and/or in order to meet investor purchase or redemption requests. As a result, the Fund will engage in frequent trading of portfolio securities.

 

WisdomTree Investments currently uses Standard & Poor’s Global Industry Classification Standards (“S&P GICS”) to define equity securities within a sector. A sector is comprised of multiple industries. For example, the energy sector is comprised of companies in, among others, the natural gas, oil and petroleum industries. As of [   ], a significant portion of the Index is comprised of companies in the [information technology sector].

 

To the extent the Index concentrates (i.e., holds 25% or more of its total assets) in securities of a particular industry or group of industries, the Fund will concentrate its investments to approximately the same extent as the Index. 

 

Use of Blockchain

 

As described further below, through its transfer agent, the Fund uses blockchain technology to maintain a secondary record of its shares. The following “Use of Blockchain” section describes what blockchain technology is and how the Fund uses it for the recording of its shares.

 

Although Securrency Transfers, Inc. the Fund’s transfer agent (“Securrency” or “Transfer Agent”), will maintain the official record of share ownership in book-entry form (the “Official Record”), the ownership of the Fund’s shares will also be recorded - or digitized - on the Stellar or Ethereum blockchains (the “Secondary Record”). The Transfer Agent will reconcile secondary blockchain transactions with the Fund’s records on at least a daily basis. Reconciliation involves maintaining a matching Official Record and Secondary Record of the total number of shares in circulation, the ownership of the shares at any given time, and all transactions between parties involving the shares. The policies and procedures of the Fund and the Transfer Agent both address the use of blockchain integrated recordkeeping systems. The Fund’s Board of Trustees has approved these policies and procedures, including those that address the use of blockchain integrated recordkeeping systems.

 

A blockchain is an open, distributed ledger that digitally records transactions in a verifiable and immutable (i.e., permanent) way using cryptography. A distributed ledger is a database in which data is stored in a decentralized manner. Cryptography is a method of storing and transmitting data in a particular form so that only those for whom it is intended can read and process it. A blockchain stores transaction data in “blocks” that are linked together to form a “chain”, and hence the name blockchain.

 

In order to facilitate the use of blockchain technology, a potential shareholder must have a blockchain wallet. WisdomTree Digital Movement, Inc. (“WisdomTree”) provides a Stellar-based wallet service through the App (see “Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares” below). A blockchain wallet is a software application which stores a user’s “private key” and related digital assets and is used to facilitate sending digital assets on a particular blockchain. A “private key” is one of two numbers in a cryptographic “key pair.” A key pair consists of a “public key” and its corresponding private key, both of which are lengthy alphanumeric codes, derived together and possessing a unique relationship. The private key is used by the owner of a digital wallet to send (i.e., digitally sign and authenticate) digital assets and is private to the wallet owner. The public key is, as the name implies, public and open to others on the applicable blockchain to send digital assets to. The blockchain will only record public key information.

 

In order to maintain the Secondary Record, Securrency registers blockchain wallet addresses and associates them with relevant personal identifying information at the control location resulting in a registry of addresses that can participate in transactions. The personal identifying information necessary to associate a given share with the record owner of that share will be maintained by the Transfer Agent in a separate database that is not available to the public. The registry enforces transaction compliance through smart contracts by requiring the control location to co-sign a transaction after review. In this manner, Securrency prevents transactions between unknown persons or unknown blockchain wallets.

 

By leveraging Securrency’s blockchain infrastructure technology, it is anticipated that Fund shareholders will have the benefit of shares that may be operated on more than one blockchain, initially the Stellar and Ethereum blockchains. Shareholders can move the Secondary Record of ownership between the Stellar and Ethereum blockchains as desired through interoperability, with the Transfer Agent continuing to maintain the Official Record. This interoperability permits shareholders to potentially take advantage of the benefits of a supported blockchain of their choice (i.e., initially, the Stellar and Ethereum blockchains), such as transaction speed or efficiency, while also helping facilitate the Fund’s shares being available for purchase, sale, or transfer in the broader blockchain ecosystem.

 

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The secondary recording of Fund shares on the blockchain will not affect the Fund’s investments in securities. The Fund will not directly or indirectly invest in any assets that rely on blockchain technology, such as cryptocurrencies. 

 

Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund

 

You can lose money on your investment in the Fund. The Fund is subject to the risks described below. The principal risks are generally presented in alphabetical order to facilitate finding particular risks when comparing them with other funds. Each risk summarized below is considered a “principal risk” of investing in the Fund, regardless of the order in which it appears. Some or all of these risks may adversely affect the Fund’s net asset value per share (“NAV”), yield, total return and/or ability to meet its objective. For more information about the risks of investing in the Fund, see the sections in the Fund’s prospectus titled “Additional Principal Risk Information About the Fund” and “Additional Non-Principal Risk Information.”

 

Blockchain Technology Risk. Blockchain technology is a relatively new and untested technology which operates as a distributed ledger. The risks associated with blockchain technology may not emerge until the technology is widely used. Blockchain systems could be vulnerable to fraud, particularly if a significant minority of participants colluded to defraud the rest. Access to a given blockchain requires an individualized key, which, if compromised, could result in loss due to theft, destruction or inaccessibility. There is little regulation of blockchain technology other than the intrinsic public nature of the blockchain system. Any future regulatory developments could affect the viability and expansion of the use of blockchain technology. There are currently a number of competing blockchain platforms with competing intellectual property claims. The uncertainty inherent in these competing technologies could cause companies to use alternatives to blockchain. In addition, blockchain networks may undergo technological developments, such as the Ethereum blockchain’s change in September 2022 from proof-of-work mining to a blockchain based on proof-of-stake validation. Segments of the mining community were against this change, which was complex and involved a merger of the then existing Ethereum blockchain with the new Ethereum blockchain, which could potentially lead to greater centralization. Further, certain miners and other users resisted adoption of the new Ethereum blockchain and it is possible that two Ethereum blockchains (among potentially others) will endure and compete going forward, which may also slow or impede transactions.

 

Large-Capitalization Investing Risk. The Fund invests primarily in the securities of large-capitalization companies. As a result, the Fund’s performance may be adversely affected if securities of these companies underperform securities of smaller capitalization companies or the market as a whole. Large-capitalization companies may adapt more slowly to new competitive challenges and be subject to slower growth during times of economic expansion.

 

Investment Risk. As with all investments, an investment in the Fund is subject to investment risk. Investors in the Fund could lose money, including the possible loss of the entire principal amount of an investment, over short or long periods of time.

 

Market Risk. The trading prices of securities fluctuate in response to a variety of factors, such as economic, financial or political events that impact the entire market, market segments, or specific issuers. The Fund’s NAV may fluctuate significantly in response to these and other factors. As a result, an investor could lose money over short or long periods of time.

 

Cybersecurity Risk. The Fund and its service providers, as well as the App (as defined below in “Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares”) and blockchain networks, may be susceptible to operational and information security risks resulting from a breach in cybersecurity, including cyber-attacks. A breach in cybersecurity, intentional or unintentional, may adversely impact the Fund or shareholder in many ways, including, but not limited to, disruption of the Fund’s operational capacity, loss of proprietary information, theft or corruption of data, denial-of-service attacks on websites or network resources, and the unauthorized release of confidential information. Cyber-attacks affecting the Fund’s third- party service providers, App, blockchain network, or the issuers of securities in which the Fund invests may subject the Fund to many of the same risks associated with direct cybersecurity breaches.

 

Index and Data Risk. The Fund is not “actively” managed and seeks to track the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Index. The Index Provider has the right to make adjustments to the Index or to cease making the Index available without regard to the particular interests of the Fund or its shareholders. If the computers or other facilities of the Index Provider, data providers and/or relevant stock exchange malfunction for any reason, calculation and dissemination of Index values may be delayed and trading in Fund shares may be suspended for a period of time. Errors in Index data, Index calculations and/or the construction of the Index may occur from time to time and may not be identified and/or corrected by the Index provider, Index calculation agent or other applicable party for a period of time or at all, which may have an adverse impact on the Fund and its shareholders. The potential risk of continuing error may be particularly heightened in the case of the Index, which is generally not used as a benchmark by other funds or managers.

 

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Information Technology Sector Risk. The Fund currently invests a significant portion of its assets in the information technology sector, and therefore, the Fund’s performance could be negatively impacted by events affecting this sector. The information technology sector includes, for example, internet, semiconductor, software, hardware, and technology equipment companies. This sector can be significantly affected by, among other things, the supply and demand for specific products and services, the pace of technological development, and government regulation. Technology companies, may have limited product lines, markets, financial resources or personnel and be affected by substantial capital requirements. Technology companies typically face intense competition and potentially rapid product obsolescence. They are also heavily dependent on intellectual property rights and may be adversely affected by the loss or impairment of those rights. Companies in the technology sector are facing increased government and regulatory scrutiny and may be subject to adverse government or regulatory action.

 

Geopolitical Risk. The United States has experienced security concerns, war, threats of war, aggression and/or conflict, terrorism, economic uncertainty, sanctions or the threat of sanctions, natural and environmental disasters, the spread of infectious illness, widespread disease or other public health issues and/or systemic market dislocations (including due to events outside of the United States) that have led, and in the future may lead, to increased short-term market volatility and may have adverse long-term effects on the U.S. and world economies and markets generally, each of which may negatively impact the Fund’s investments.

 

Investment Style Risk. The Fund invests in the securities included in, or representative of, the Index regardless of their investment merit. The Fund does not attempt to outperform the Index or take defensive positions in declining markets. As a result, the Fund’s performance may be adversely affected by a general decline in the market segments relating to the Index.

 

Non-Correlation Risk. As with all index funds, the Fund may not provide investment performance matching that of the Index for a variety of reasons.

 

[Non-Diversification Risk. The Fund is considered to be non-diversified, which means that it may invest more of its assets in the securities of a single issuer or a smaller number of issuers than if it were a diversified fund. To the extent the Fund invests a significant percentage of its assets in a limited number of issuers, the Fund is subject to the risks of investing in those few issuers, and may be more susceptible to a single adverse economic or regulatory occurrence. As a result, changes in the market value of a single security could cause greater fluctuations in the value of Fund shares than would occur in a diversified fund.]

 

Portfolio Turnover Risk. Significant investor purchases or redemptions and/or Fund purchasing or selling of portfolio assets in seeking to track the Index may result in a high portfolio turnover rate. Higher portfolio turnover may result in the Fund paying higher levels of transaction costs and the distribution of additional capital gains, which generate greater tax liabilities for shareholders. These factors may negatively affect the Fund’s performance.

 

Performance

 

Because the Fund is new, it has no performance history. When the Fund has been in operation for a full calendar year, performance information will be shown here. Once the Fund has commenced operations, you can obtain updated performance information by accessing the information through the App (as defined below in “Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares”) or at www.wisdomtree.com.

 

Management

 

Investment Adviser and Sub-Adviser

 

WisdomTree Digital Management, Inc. (“WisdomTree Digital Management” or the “Adviser”) serves as investment adviser to the Fund. [ ____] (the “Sub-Adviser”) serves as sub-adviser to the Fund.

 

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Portfolio Managers

 

The day-to-day management of the Fund is conducted by the Sub-Adviser’s [____] Portfolio Management team. The individual members of the team jointly and primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio are described below.

 

[_____] has served as portfolio manager of the Fund since its inception.

 

[_____] has served as portfolio manager of the Fund since its inception. 

 

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

 

Investors may set up an account with WisdomTree or its affiliate, WisdomTree Securities, Inc. (“WisdomTree Securities”), through a mobile application, which is made available by WisdomTree through the Apple App Store and Google Play and is free to download (the “App”). Through the App, investors must purchase, hold, sell or transfer their shares. Applicable investor information obtained via the App is integrated with the Transfer Agent in order to allow for straight through processing of transactions and for the Transfer Agent to maintain the Official Record. The minimum initial purchase is $25.

 

Account or transaction fees implemented by WisdomTree or any affiliate, will be subject to the terms and conditions of such relationship and be the responsibility of the investor. WisdomTree or an affiliate will pay any fees for use of the applicable blockchain network in connection with an investor’s purchase and sale of Fund shares. The Fund will not be assessed any such fees and no sales loads will apply.

 

Tax Information

 

The Fund intends to make distributions at least annually that may be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains. Income and capital gains distributions you receive from the Fund generally are subject to federal income taxes and may also be subject to state and local taxes. Please refer to the section of the SAI entitled “Taxes – Fund Distributions” for a more detailed explanation of the tax consequences of distributions to shareholders of the Fund.

 

Additional Information About the Fund

 

Use of Blockchain

 

Share Recording

 

As noted above, Fund shares will have the ability to be recorded on one or more blockchains to help facilitate the Fund’s shares being available for purchase, sale, or transfer in the broader blockchain ecosystem. However, any such blockchain wallet, prior to use, will be registered by the Transfer Agent and associated with relevant personal identifying information. This will provide the Transfer Agent with the ability to continue to maintain the Official Record of the Fund to the extent shares are transferred to any registered wallet. By way of example, while the shares will initially be recorded on the Stellar blockchain, to the extent that an investor desires to transfer such shares to a personal Ethereum-based wallet (which, by its nature, is unable to accommodate Stellar-based assets), such transfer can be accomplished through interoperability. Assuming 100 shares are recorded on the Stellar blockchain with a subsequent investor request to transfer the 100 shares from the Stellar blockchain to the Ethereum blockchain, the Stellar blockchain record would initially reflect the ownership of 100 shares and ultimately a burning of 100 shares upon successful transfer (i.e., for a net of “0” shares recorded on the Stellar blockchain), and the Ethereum blockchain record would reflect the minting and delivery of 100 shares. In such a situation, no new shares are created for Official Record purposes.

 

The Transfer Agent will reconcile secondary blockchain transactions with the Fund’s records on at least a daily basis. The Transfer Agent’s records will constitute the Official Record of the Fund and govern the record ownership of Fund shares in all circumstances.

 

Information Available via Blockchains

 

Shareholders will interact through a wallet, such as the wallet service provided in the App, in a similar manner to non-blockchain based Apps used to transact in fund shares. However, information recorded on the Stellar or Ethereum blockchains will be available to the public and will store the complete transaction history from issuance of the shares that are recorded on the applicable blockchain. As a result, robust and transparent data, other than shareholder personal identifying information, will be publicly available through one or more “block explorer” tools capable of displaying activity on the applicable blockchain. Accordingly, the shares’ issuance and redemption data (and not a shareholder’s personal identifying information) will be exposed to the public. The personal identifying information necessary to associate a given share with the record owner of that share will be maintained by the Transfer Agent in a separate database that is not available to the public.

 

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In the event of a conflict between the transaction history on the applicable blockchain and the records maintained by the Transfer Agent, the Transfer Agent shall update the blockchain record as necessary and such an update will be recorded and viewable for transparency on the applicable blockchain as a subsequent transaction. The Transfer Agent may also use the applicable blockchain as a source of information in the case of a disputed transaction, including in the case of alleged fraud or theft. In such case, the Transfer Agent’s Official Record and the blockchain record will be updated, as applicable, to reflect any changes resulting from the dispute resolution process. 

 

Blockchain Fees, Functionality and Transaction Processing

 

Users of blockchains, such as Stellar and Ethereum, must pay transaction fees to the blockchain in order to validate a transaction, which in the case of Stellar and Ethereum is in the form of lumens or ether, the native digital asset for the operation of Stellar and Ethereum, respectively. These transaction fees will be the responsibility of WisdomTree Digital Management or its affiliates; Fund investors will not be required to purchase any such blockchain native digital currency, such as lumens or ether.

 

Delays in transaction processing have been known to occur on each blockchain. Such a delay may occur on account of, among other things, the inability of nodes to reach consensus on transactions. Nodes, which are typically hosted by third parties with specific hardware, form the infrastructure of a blockchain. Nodes on a blockchain are connected to each other and they exchange the latest blockchain data and verification and confirmation of transactions requires a consensus of nodes. During a delay in transaction processing, it will not be possible to record transactions in the shares on the blockchain. Should such a delay occur for an extended period of time, the Fund could choose to effect transactions with shareholders manually (i.e., in book-entry form) until such time as the network has resumed normal operation. The Fund may choose to reevaluate the suitability of a particular blockchain in the event of future or recurring delays.

 

Additional Information About the Fund’s Investment Objective

 

The Fund seeks to track the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of an index (“Index”) developed by WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (“WisdomTree Investments” or the “Index Provider”). The Index consists of securities that meet specific criteria developed by the Index Provider.

 

Since the Fund’s investment objective has been adopted as a non-fundamental investment policy, the Fund’s investment objective may be changed without a vote of shareholders upon 60 days’ written notice to shareholders.

 

Additional Information About the Fund’s Investment Strategies.

 

WisdomTree Digital Management expects that, over time, the correlation between the Fund’s performance and that of the Index, before fees and expenses, will be 95% or better. A number of factors may affect the Fund’s ability to achieve a high degree of correlation with its Index, and there can be no guarantee that the Fund will achieve a high degree of correlation.

 

The quantity of holdings in the Fund using a representative sampling strategy will be based on a number of factors, including asset size of the Fund. In addition, from time to time, securities are added to or removed from the Index and consequently the attributes of the Index may change. The Fund may sell securities that are represented in the Index, or purchase securities that are not yet represented in the Index, in anticipation of their removal from or addition to the Index or to reflect various other changes to the Index. The Fund may be required to purchase or sell portfolio assets in order to meet investor purchase or redemption requests. As a result, the Fund will engage in frequent trading of portfolio securities.

 

Further, the Fund may overweight or underweight securities in the Index, purchase or sell securities not in the Index in seeking to track the Index.

 

Non-Principal Information About the Fund’s Investment Strategies

 

The Fund may lend its portfolio securities in an amount not to exceed one third (33 1/3%) of the value of its total assets via a securities lending program through a securities lending agent (“Lending Agent”) to brokers, dealers and other financial institutions desiring to borrow securities to complete transactions and for other purposes. The Lending Agent will be named in this prospectus prior to implementation of a securities lending program. Such securities lending program, if implemented, would allow the Fund to receive a portion of the income generated by lending its securities and investing the respective collateral. The Fund would receive collateral for each loaned security which is at least equal to the market value of that security, marked to market each trading day. In the securities lending program, the borrower generally has the right to vote the loaned securities; however, the Fund may call loans to vote proxies if a material issue affecting the Fund’s economic interest in the investment is to be voted upon. Security loans may be terminated at any time by the Fund.

 

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Additional Principal Risk Information About the Fund

 

This section provides additional information regarding the principal risks described under “Principal Risks of Investing in the Fund” in the Fund Summary. Each of the factors below could have a negative impact on Fund performance. 

 

Blockchain Technology Risk

 

Blockchain technology is a relatively new and untested technology which operates as a distributed ledger. Blockchain systems could be vulnerable to fraud, particularly if a significant minority of participants colluded to defraud the rest. Access to a given blockchain requires an individualized key, which, if compromised, could result in loss due to theft, destruction or inaccessibility. Risks can also differ by blockchain. For instance, the process by which Ethereum transactions are verified (i.e., achieve consensus) is called proof-of-stake. In proof-of- stake, users (referred to as “validators”) stake a minimum amount of capital in the form of ether (the currency of Ethereum) into a smart contract, or computer program, stored on Ethereum. Validators process proposed transactions and bundle them into a data packet known as a “block.” A randomly chosen validator is permitted to add a block of transactions to the Ethereum blockchain after attestation by other validators and is rewarded by a grant of newly-issued ether. This type of process is susceptible to a 51% attack, with such applicable risk further described below. In contrast, the Stellar network’s transactions are verified on the Stellar blockchain through a federated Byzantine agreement. A federated Byzantine agreement is a system in which each participant knows of others it considers important. It waits for the vast majority of those others to agree on any transaction before considering the transaction settled. In turn, those important participants do not agree to the transaction until the participants they consider important agree as well, and so on. Eventually, enough of the network accepts a transaction for verification (i.e., achieve consensus) that it becomes infeasible for an attacker, including a 51% attack, to roll it back, or for a fork to occur.

 

In addition, blockchain technology risk can carry with it additional sub-risks, including: (1) Regulation of Blockchain Technology Risk; (2) Fork Risk; (3) 51% Attack Risk; and (4) Risk of the Ethereum Blockchain’s Change to a Proof-of-Stake Consensus Mechanism.

 

Regulation of Blockchain Technology Risk

 

There is little regulation of blockchain technology other than the intrinsic public nature of the blockchain system. Any future regulatory developments could affect the viability and expansion of the use of blockchain technology. Because blockchain technology systems may operate across many national boundaries and regulatory jurisdictions, it is possible that blockchain technology may be subject to widespread and inconsistent regulation. Blockchain technology is not a product or service that provides identifiable revenue for companies that implement, or otherwise use it. Currently, blockchain technology is commonly used for the recording of transactions in digital currency, which are extremely speculative and volatile. Problems in digital currency markets could have a wider effect on companies associated with blockchain technology. Blockchain technology also may never be implemented to a scale that provides identifiable economic benefit. There are currently a number of competing blockchain platforms with competing intellectual property claims. The uncertainty inherent in these competing technologies could cause companies to use alternatives to blockchain.

 

Fork Risk

 

Blockchain software is generally open-source. Any user can download the software, modify it and then propose that network adopt the modification. When a modification is introduced and a substantial majority of users consent to the modification, the change is implemented and the blockchain network remains uninterrupted. However, if less than a substantial majority of users consent to the proposed modification, and the blockchain consensus mechanism, such as that used by Ethereum, allows for the modification to nonetheless be implemented by some users and the modification is not compatible with the software prior to its modification, the consequence would be what is known as a “fork” (i.e., “split”) of the blockchain network (and the blockchain), with one version running the pre-modified software and the other running the modified software. The effect of such a fork would be the existence of two (or more) versions of the blockchain network running in parallel, but with each version’s native asset lacking interchangeability. Additionally, a fork could be introduced by an unintentional, unanticipated software flaw in the multiple versions of otherwise compatible software users run. If a fork occurs, the original blockchain and the forked blockchain could potentially compete with each other for users and other participants, leading to a loss of these for the original blockchain.

 

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51% Attack Risk

 

If a majority of staked native cryptocurrency on a blockchain using a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism, such as Ethereum, is controlled by a bad actor, whether singularly or as a group (often referred to as a “51% attack”), it may be able to alter the blockchain on which the blockchain network and network transactions rely. This could occur if the bad actor were to construct fraudulent blocks or prevent certain transactions from being completed in a timely manner, or at all. It could be possible for the malicious actor to control, exclude or modify the ordering of transactions, though it could not generate new network coins or transactions. Further, a bad actor could “double-spend” its own network native digital asset (i.e., spend the same network digital asset in more than one transaction) and prevent the confirmation of other users’ transactions for so long as it maintained control. If the network community did not reject the fraudulent blocks as malicious or to the extent that such bad actor did not yield its control, reversing any changes made to the blockchain network may be impossible. The possible crossing of this threshold indicates a greater risk that a single validator (or group of validators working together) could exert authority over the validation of network transactions. If the feasibility of a bad actor gaining control of the blockchain network increases, it may negatively affect the ability of the Fund’s shares to be held on the blockchain undergoing a 51% Attack. 

 

The 51% threshold is the level which would almost guarantee a malicious actor’s success. However, such attacks could in theory occur at thresholds lower than 51% of the staked cryptocurrency. In addition, a malicious actor may also obtain control over the blockchain network through its influence over core developers by gaining direct control over a core developer or an otherwise influential programmer. To the extent that a blockchain network’s ecosystem does not grow, the possibility that a malicious actor may be able to obtain control of the processing power or development control on the blockchain network in this manner will remain heightened.

 

Additional Risks of the Ethereum Blockchain’s Change to a Proof-of-Stake Consensus Mechanism

 

Ethereum previously used a consensus protocol called proof-of-work, similar to Bitcoin. This allowed the nodes of the Ethereum network to agree on the state of all information recorded on the Ethereum blockchain and prevented certain kinds of economic attacks. The Ethereum blockchain recently changed to a proof-of-stake consensus mechanism. One risk of the Ethereum blockchain moving to proof-of-stake is centralization of staking power in a relatively small number of validators, which could occur, for example, as a result of validators ceasing operations or if staked ether is otherwise concentrated in a small number of validators. As a result, it may adversely affect the confirmation process for transactions (i.e., temporarily decreasing the speed at which blocks are added to a blockchain until the next scheduled adjustment in difficulty for block solutions or otherwise be possible for a bad actor to manipulate the Ethereum blockchain and hinder transactions). Any reduction in confidence in the confirmation process or processing power of the Ethereum blockchain may adversely affect an investment in the Fund. Another risk of the Ethereum blockchain moving to proof-of-stake is that segments of the mining community and other users were against this change, and it is possible that two Ethereum blockchains (among potentially others) will endure and compete going forward, which may slow or impede transactions. Such events would not have any impact on the Official Record of shares maintained by the Transfer Agent, although they could cause a decline in interest in the Fund among current and potential shareholders.

 

Cybersecurity Risk

 

The Fund and its service providers, as well as the App and blockchain networks, may be susceptible to operational and information security risks resulting from a breach in cybersecurity, including cyber-attacks. A breach in cybersecurity, intentional or unintentional, may adversely impact the Fund in many ways, including, but not limited to, disruption of the Fund’s operational capacity, loss of proprietary information, theft or corruption of data maintained online or digitally, denial-of-service attacks on websites or network resources, and the unauthorized release of confidential information. Cyber-attacks affecting the Fund’s third-party service providers, including the Adviser, Sub-Adviser, Securrency, administrator and custodian, may subject the Fund to many of the same risks associated with direct cybersecurity breaches and adversely impact the Fund. For instance, cyber-attacks may impact the Fund’s ability to calculate its NAV, cause the release of confidential business information, impede trading, cause the Fund to incur additional compliance costs associated with corrective measures, subject the Fund to regulatory fines or other financial losses, and/or cause reputational damage to the Fund. While the Fund’s service providers have established business continuity plans and risk management systems designed to address cybersecurity risks, prevent cyber-attacks and mitigate the impact of cybersecurity breaches, there are inherent limitations on such plans and systems. In addition, the Fund has no control over the cybersecurity protections put in place by its service providers or any other third-parties whose operations may affect the Fund or its shareholders.

 

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If there is a cyberattack on the App, internal or affiliate platforms, or a blockchain network or blockchain wallets, the Transfer Agent may lose the ability to control compliance and transfer restrictions programmed into the Fund’s shares which could increase the possibility of loss or theft of a shareholder’s shares in the Fund. Such loss or theft could result in claims against the Fund and could have a substantial adverse effect on the financial and business operations of the Fund. 

 

Index and Data Risk

 

The Fund employs a “passive management” – or indexing – investment approach. The Fund is not “actively” managed and seeks to track the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Index. The Index Provider has the right to make adjustments to the Index or to cease making the Index available without regard to the particular interests of the Fund or the Fund’s shareholders. While the Index Provider provides a rules-based methodology that describes what the Index is designed to achieve within a particular set of rules, neither the Index Provider, its agents nor data providers provide any warranty or accept any liability in relation to the quality, accuracy or completeness of the Index, its calculation, valuation or its related data, and they do not guarantee that the Index will be in line with the Index Provider’s methodology. The composition of the Index is dependent on data from one or more third parties and/or the application of such data within the rules of the Index methodology, which may be based on assumptions or estimates. If the computers or other facilities of the Index Provider, Index calculation agent, data providers and/or relevant stock exchange malfunction for any reason, calculation and dissemination of Index values may be delayed. Errors in Index data, Index computations and/or the construction of the Index may occur from time to time and may not be identified and/or corrected by the Index Provider, Index calculation agent or other applicable party for a period of time or at all, which may have an adverse impact on the Fund and its shareholders. The potential risk of continuing error may be particularly heightened in the case of the Index, which is generally not used as a benchmark by other funds or managers.

 

Any of the foregoing may lead to the inclusion of securities in the Index, exclusion of securities from the Index or the weighting of securities in the Index that would have been different had data or other information been correct or complete, which may lead to a different investment outcome than would have been the case had such events not occurred. The Adviser, through the Sub-Adviser, seeks to manage the Fund to correspond to the Index provided by the Index Provider. Consequently, losses or costs associated with the Index’s errors or other risks described above will generally be borne by the Fund and its shareholders and neither the Adviser nor its affiliates or agents make any representations or warranties regarding the foregoing. 

 

Investment Risk

 

As with all investments, an investment in the Fund is subject to investment risk. Investors in the Fund could lose money, including the possible loss of the entire principal amount of an investment, over short or long periods of time. An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit and it is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. 

 

Investment Style Risk

 

The Fund invests in the securities included in, or representative of, its Index regardless of their investment merit. The Fund does not attempt to outperform its Index or take defensive positions in declining markets. As a result, the Fund’s performance may be adversely affected by a general decline in the market segments relating to its Index. The returns from the types of securities in which the Fund invests may underperform returns from the various general securities markets or different asset classes. This may cause the Fund to underperform other investment vehicles that invest in different asset classes. Different types of securities (for example, different types of bonds) tend to go through cycles of doing better – or worse – than the general securities markets. In the past, these periods have lasted for as long as several years. 

 

Issuer-Specific Risk

 

Changes in the actual or perceived financial condition of an issuer or counterparty, changes in specific economic or political conditions that affect a particular type of security or issuer, and changes in general economic or political conditions can affect a security’s or instrument’s value. The value of securities of smaller, less well-known issuers can be more volatile than that of larger issuers. Issuer-specific events can have a negative impact on the value of the Fund.

 

Large-Capitalization Investing Risk

 

Securities of large-capitalization companies may underperform securities of smaller companies or the market as a whole. The securities of large-capitalization companies may be relatively mature compared to smaller companies and therefore subject to slower growth during times of economic expansion. Large-capitalization companies may also be unable to respond quickly to new competitive challenges, such as changes in technology and consumer tastes.

 

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Market Risk

 

The trading prices of securities fluctuate in response to a variety of factors. These factors include events impacting the entire market or specific market segments, such as political, market and economic developments, including, but not limited to, changes in interest rates, government regulation, and the outlook for economic growth or recession, as well as events that impact specific issuers, such as changes to an issuer’s actual or perceived creditworthiness. The Fund’s NAV, like securities prices generally, may fluctuate significantly in response to these and other factors. As a result, an investor could lose money over short or long periods of time.

 

Non-Correlation Risk

 

As with all index funds, the performance of the Fund and its Index may vary somewhat for a variety of reasons. For example, the Fund incurs operating expenses and portfolio transaction costs, while also managing cash flows and potential operational inefficiencies, not incurred by its Index. In addition, the Fund may not be fully invested in the securities of its Index at all times or may hold securities not included in its Index or may be subject to pricing differences, differences in the timing of dividend accruals, tax gains or losses, operational inefficiencies and the need to meet various new or existing regulatory requirements. For example, it may take several business days for additions and deletions to the Index to be reflected in the portfolio composition of the Fund. The use of sampling techniques may affect the Fund’s ability to achieve close correlation with its Index. By using a representative sampling strategy, the Fund generally can be expected to have a greater non-correlation risk and this risk may be heightened during times of market volatility or other unusual market conditions.

 

Portfolio Turnover Risk

 

Significant investor purchases or redemptions and/or Fund purchasing or selling of portfolio assets in seeking to track the Index may result in high portfolio turnover rates for the Fund. High portfolio turnover would result in correspondingly greater transaction expenses and may result in the distribution to shareholders of additional capital gains for tax purposes. These factors may negatively affect the Fund’s performance. 

 

Sector Risk

 

Information Technology Sector Risk

 

The information technology sector includes, for example, internet, semiconductor, software, hardware, and technology equipment companies. This sector can be significantly affected by, among other things, the supply and demand for specific products and services, the pace of technological development, and government regulation. Challenges facing companies in the information technology sector include distressed cash flows due to the need to commit substantial capital to meet increasing competition, particularly in formulating new products and services using new technology, technological innovations that make existing products and services obsolete, and satisfying consumer demand. Technology companies may have limited product lines, markets, financial resources or personnel. The products of technology companies may face obsolescence due to rapid technological developments, frequent new product introduction, unpredictable changes in growth rates, aggressive pricing, changes in demand, and competition to attract and retain the services of qualified personnel. Companies in the technology sector are heavily dependent on patent and other intellectual property rights. A technology company’s loss or impairment of these rights may adversely affect the company’s profitability. Companies in the technology sector are facing increased government and regulatory scrutiny and may be subject to adverse government or regulatory action. The technology sector may also be adversely affected by changes or trends in commodity prices, which may be influenced or characterized by unpredictable factors.

 

Additional Non-Principal Risk Information

 

Securities Lending. Although the Fund will not enter into a securities lending program unless the Fund is indemnified by the Fund’s lending agent for losses incurred in connection with a borrower’s default with respect to a loan, the Fund would bear the risk of loss of investing cash collateral and may be required to make payments to a borrower upon return of loaned securities if invested collateral has declined in value. Furthermore, because of the risks in delay of recovery, the Fund may lose the opportunity to sell the securities at a desirable price, and the Fund will generally not have the right to vote securities while they are being loaned. These events, upon implementation of a securities lending program, could also trigger negative tax consequences for the Fund.

 

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Operational Risk. The Fund, its service providers (including the Adviser, the Sub-Adviser, Securrency, WisdomTree, the administrator and the custodian), the App, blockchain networks and intermediaries, may experience disruptions that arise from human error, processing and communications errors, counterparty or third-party errors, technology or systems failures, any of which may have an adverse impact on the Fund. Although the Fund and its service providers seek to mitigate these operational risks through their internal controls and operational risk management processes, these measures may not identify or may be inadequate to address all such risks. 

 

Portfolio Holdings Information

The Fund will disclose its portfolio holdings daily at www.wisdomtree.com. A more detailed description of the Trust’s policies and procedures with respect to the disclosure of the Fund’s portfolio securities is available in the Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”).

 

Management of the Fund

 

Investment Adviser

WisdomTree Digital Management, as the investment adviser, has overall responsibility for the general management and administration of the WisdomTree Digital Trust (the “Trust”) and the Fund. WisdomTree Digital Management is a registered investment adviser with offices located at 250 West 34th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10019. WisdomTree Digital Management is a newly formed investment adviser. [As of [____], WisdomTree Digital Management had assets under management totaling approximately [$___ million]. WisdomTree Investments* is the ultimate parent company of WisdomTree Digital Management. WisdomTree Digital Management provides an investment program for the Fund. The Adviser provides proactive oversight of the Sub-Adviser, daily monitoring of the Sub-Adviser’s buying and selling of securities for the Fund, and regular review of the Sub-Adviser’s performance.. In addition, the Adviser arranges for sub-advisory, transfer agency, custody, fund administration, securities lending, and all other non-distribution related services necessary for the Fund to operate. 

 

* “WisdomTree” is a registered mark of WisdomTree Investments and has been licensed for use by the Trust.

 

For its services, the Fund pays the Adviser an all-inclusive management fee, based on a percentage of the Fund’s average daily net assets, as shown in the following table.

 

Name of Fund   Management Fee
WisdomTree Technology and Innovation 100 Digital Fund   [   ]%

 

Under the Investment Advisory Agreement for the Fund, WisdomTree Digital Management has agreed to pay generally all expenses of the Fund, subject to certain exceptions. For a detailed description of the Investment Advisory Agreement for the Fund, please see the “Management of the Trust” section of the SAI. 

 

A discussion regarding the basis for the Board of Trustee’s approval of the Investment Advisory Agreement will be available in the Fund’s first Semi-Annual or Annual Report. All organizational and offering costs for the Fund will be borne by the Adviser and are not subject to reimbursement.

 

WisdomTree Digital Management, as the investment adviser for the Fund, may hire one or more sub-advisers to oversee the day-to-day activities of the Fund. The sub-advisers are subject to oversight by WisdomTree Digital Management. An investment advisory affiliate of WisdomTree Digital Management, WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. and the WisdomTree Trust (which serves as the issuer of WisdomTree exchange traded funds (“ETFs”)) have received an exemptive order from the SEC that WisdomTree Digital Management and the Trust may rely on. Accordingly, such order permits WisdomTree Digital Management, with the approval of the Independent Trustees of the Trust, to retain unaffiliated investment sub-advisers for the Fund, without submitting the sub-advisory agreement to a vote of the Fund’s shareholders. The Trust will notify shareholders in the event of any change in the identity of such sub-adviser or sub-advisers. WisdomTree Digital Management has ultimate responsibility for the investment performance of the Fund due to its responsibility to oversee each sub-adviser and recommend their hiring, termination and replacement. WisdomTree Digital Management is not required to disclose fees paid to any sub-adviser retained pursuant to the order.

 

Pursuant to a separate contractual arrangement, WisdomTree Digital Management (i) educates, or facilitates education, regarding the blockchain-enabled aspects of the Fund’s shares, makes periodic reports to the Board with respect thereto and pays (either directly or through third parties, which may include affiliates) all applicable blockchain network fees on behalf of the Fund, and (ii) arranges for the provision of chief compliance officer (“CCO”) services with respect to the Fund, and is liable and responsible for, and administers, payments to the CCO, the Independent Trustees and counsel to the Independent Trustees.

 

Sub-Adviser

 

[ _________] (“[_____]”) is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund. [____], a registered investment adviser, is a [_____]. Its principal office is located at [ _____]. As of [____], [____], [____] had assets under management totaling approximately $[____]. [____] is a [____]. [____] chooses the Fund’s portfolio investments and places orders to buy and sell the portfolio investments. WisdomTree Digital Management pays [____] for providing sub-advisory services to the Fund. 

 

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A discussion regarding the basis for the Board of Trustee’s approval of the Fund’s Investment Advisory Agreement will be available in the Fund’s first Semi-Annual or Annual Report.

 

Portfolio Managers

 

The day-to-day management of the Fund is conducted by the Sub-Adviser’s [____] Portfolio Management team. The individual members of the team jointly and primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio are described below.

 

[_____]. [_____] has served as portfolio manager of the Fund since its inception in [   ], [   ].

 

[_____]. [_____] has served as portfolio manager of the Fund since its inception in [   ], [   ].

 

The Fund’s SAI provides additional information about the Portfolio Managers’ compensation, other accounts managed by the Portfolio Managers, and the Portfolio Managers’ ownership of shares in the Fund. 

 

Additional Information About the Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

 

Getting Started

 

Investors will need to establish an account with WisdomTree or its affiliate, WisdomTree Securities. In order to open a new account, you will first need to download the App made available by WisdomTree via the Apple App Store or Google Play, which is free to download. The WisdomTree application process is completed entirely through the App. As a convenience provided by WisdomTree, you can also sign up for services you may want on your account by completing the appropriate sections of the application. 

 

Transacting in Fund Shares

 

Subject to the purchase and sale requirements stated in this prospectus, you may buy, sell or transfer shares through the App, although purchases and sales of Fund shares will only be processed on days and during hours that the NYSE is open for business. The minimum initial purchase is $25. There is no minimum investment for subsequent purchases, although the Fund reserves the right to waive or change investment minimums.

 

The price to buy or sell one share is its NAV. Shares will be bought or sold at the NAV next calculated after an order is received in proper form.

 

Exchanging Shares

 

Fund shares are not eligible to exchange for shares of WisdomTree ETFs.

 

Determination of Net Asset Value

 

The NAV of the Fund’s shares is calculated each day the NYSE is open for trading as of the close of regular trading on such exchange, generally 4:00 p.m. New York time. NAV per share is calculated by dividing the Fund’s net assets by the number of Fund shares outstanding.

 

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In calculating its NAV, the Fund generally values its assets on the basis of market quotations, last sale prices, or estimates of value furnished by a pricing service or brokers who make markets in such instruments. Fair value pricing is used by the Fund when reliable market valuations are not readily available or are not deemed to reflect current market values. When fair-value pricing is employed, the prices of securities used by the Fund to calculate its NAV may differ from quoted or published prices for the same securities.

 

The Fund’s NAV is available through the App and online at www.wisdomtree.com.

 

Dividends and Distributions

 

The Fund intends to pay out dividends, if any, on a [_____] basis. Nonetheless, the Fund may not make a dividend payment every [_____]. [The Fund intends to distribute its net realized capital gains to shareholders annually. The Fund occasionally may be required to make supplemental distributions at some other time during the year.]

 

Distributions will be paid in cash.

 

Frequent Purchases and Sales of Fund Shares

 

The Fund does not monitor for market timers or prohibit short-term trading activity. Although the Fund is managed in a manner that is consistent with its investment objective, frequent trading by shareholders may cause the Fund to hold more cash, disrupt the Fund’s management, increase its expenses, transaction costs, administrative costs or taxes, and/or dilute the value of Fund shares held by other shareholders.

 

Reports and Prospectuses

 

Account information will be available electronically through the App. When creating an account on the App, you will be asked if you consent to electronic delivery of materials. If you consent to electronic delivery, you also will receive the Fund’s financial reports every six months as well as an annual updated prospectus electronically through the App. At any time, you may view a current prospectus and financial report through the App or online at www.wisdomtree.com. You may also request paper copies of the Fund’s financial reports and current prospectus through the App. 

 

Additional Policies

 

Please note that the Fund maintains additional policies and reserves certain rights, including:

 

The Fund may stop offering shares completely or may offer shares only on a limited basis, for a period of time or permanently. The Fund may impose a purchase maximum on shareholders that would limit the ability of shareholders to purchase Fund shares if their total purchases or account balance exceeds a dollar threshold.

 

Under applicable anti-money laundering rules and other regulations, purchase orders may be suspended, restricted, or canceled and the monies may be withheld.

 

When you buy shares, it does not create a checking or other bank account relationship with the Fund or any bank.

 

You may only buy shares of the Fund if eligible for sale in your state or jurisdiction.

 

In unusual circumstances, the Fund may temporarily suspend redemptions or postpone the payment of proceeds, as allowed by federal securities laws.

 

The Fund may pay redemption proceeds in securities or other assets rather than cash if the Adviser determines it is in the best interest of the Fund, consistent with applicable law. Investors should expect to incur transaction costs upon the disposition of the securities received in the distribution.

 

As long as the Fund and its agents follow reasonable security procedures and act on instructions reasonably believed to be genuine, the Fund and its agents will not be responsible for any losses that may occur from unauthorized requests.

 

Note: Digital communication channels are not necessarily secure. If you do choose to send confidential or sensitive information to via digital communication channels (e.g., through the App), you are accepting the associated risks related to potential lack of security, such as the possibility that your confidential or sensitive information may be intercepted/accessed by a third party and subsequently used or sold.

 

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Questions

 

If you have any questions about the Fund or your account, please communicate through the App.

 

Customer Identification Program

 

You will be asked to provide information to WisdomTree or its affiliate (which WisdomTree or its affiliate will provide to Securrency as the Fund’s transfer agent) in accordance with anti-money laundering regulations, to verify your identity when you open an account, including name, address, date of birth and other information (which may include certain documents). Accounts may be restricted and/or closed, and the monies withheld, pending verification of this information or as otherwise required under these and other federal regulations. In addition, the Fund reserves the right to involuntarily redeem an account in the case of: (i) actual or suspected threatening conduct or actual or suspected fraudulent, illegal or suspicious activity by the account owner or any other individual associated with the account; or (ii) the failure of the account owner to provide required information. Your shares will be sold at the NAV, minus any applicable shareholder fees, calculated on the day WisdomTree closes your Fund position.

 

Additional Tax Information

 

The following discussion is a summary of some important U.S. federal income tax considerations generally applicable to investments in the Fund. Please refer to the section of the SAI entitled “Taxes” for a more detailed explanation of the tax consequences of investing in the Fund. Your investment in the Fund may have other tax implications. Please consult your tax advisor about the tax consequences of an investment in Fund shares, including the possible application of foreign, state, and local tax laws.

 

The Fund intends to qualify each year for treatment as a regulated investment company (“RIC”). If it meets certain minimum distribution requirements, a RIC generally is not subject to tax at the fund level on income and gains from investments that are timely distributed to shareholders. However, the Fund’s failure to qualify as a RIC or to meet minimum distribution requirements would result (if certain relief provisions were not available) in Fund-level taxation and consequently a reduction in income available for distribution to shareholders. 

 

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

  

·The Fund makes distributions; and

·You sell or redeem Fund shares.

  

Taxes on Distributions

 

For federal income tax purposes, distributions of investment company taxable income are generally taxable as ordinary income. Distributions of the Fund’s net capital gain (the excess of net long-term capital gains over net short-term capital losses), if any, that are properly reported by the Fund as capital gain dividends (“Capital Gain Dividends”) will be taxable as long-term capital gains. Taxes on distributions of capital gains (if any) are determined by how long the Fund owned the assets that generated them, rather than how long a shareholder has owned his or her Fund shares. Sales of assets held by the Fund for more than one year generally result in long-term capital gains and losses, and sales of assets held by the Fund for one year or less generally result in short-term capital gains and losses. For non-corporate shareholders, long-term capital gains are generally subject to tax at reduced rates. Distributions of short-term capital gain will generally be taxable as ordinary income. Distributions reported by the Fund as “qualified dividend income” are generally taxed to non-corporate shareholders at rates applicable to long-term capital gains, provided holding period and other requirements are met. “Qualified dividend income” generally is income derived from dividends paid by U.S. corporations. Certain dividends received by the Fund on stock of U.S. corporations (generally, dividends received by the Fund in respect of any share of stock (1) as to which the Fund has met certain holding period requirements and (2) that is held in an unleveraged position) may be eligible for the dividends-received deduction, which is generally available to corporate shareholders under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”), provided such dividends are also appropriately reported as eligible for the dividends-received deduction by the Fund. Since the Fund’s income is derived primarily from sources that do not pay dividends, it is not expected that a substantial portion of distributions paid by the Fund will qualify either for the dividends-received deduction for corporations or for any favorable U.S. federal income tax rate available to non-corporate shareholders on “qualified dividend income.”

 

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In general, your distributions are subject to federal income tax for the year in which they are paid. Certain distributions paid in January, but declared by the Fund in October, November or December of the previous year, may be treated as paid on December 31 of the prior year. Distributions are generally taxable even if they are paid from income or gains earned by the Fund before your investment (and thus were included in the price you paid for your shares).

 

Dividends and distributions from the Fund and capital gain on the sale of Fund shares are generally taken into account in determining a shareholder’s “net investment income” for purposes of the Medicare contribution tax applicable to certain individuals, estates and trusts.

 

Distributions (other than Capital Gain Dividends) paid to individual shareholders that are neither citizens nor residents of the U.S. or to foreign entities will generally be subject to a U.S. withholding tax at the rate of 30%, unless a lower treaty rate applies. The Fund may, under certain circumstances, report all or a portion of a dividend as an “interest related dividend” or a “short term capital gain dividend,” which would generally be exempt from this 30% U.S. withholding tax, provided certain other requirements are met.

 

The Fund generally is required to withhold and to remit to the U.S. Treasury a percentage of the taxable distributions and the sale or redemption proceeds paid to any shareholder who fails to properly furnish a correct taxpayer identification number, who has been notified by the IRS that he, she or it has underreported dividend or interest income, or who fails to certify that he, she or it is not subject to such withholding.

 

Taxes When You Sell Fund Shares

 

Any capital gain or loss realized upon a sale of Fund shares is generally treated as a long-term gain or loss if you held the shares you sold for more than one year. Any capital gain or loss realized upon a sale of Fund shares held for one year or less is generally treated as a short-term gain or loss, except that any capital loss on a sale of shares held for six months or less is treated as a long-term capital loss to the extent of Capital Gain Dividends paid with respect to such shares. The ability to deduct capital losses may be limited depending on your circumstances. 

 

 

Additional Notice

 

WisdomTree Investments and WisdomTree Digital Management (together, “WisdomTree”) and the Fund make no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of shares of the Fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability or investing in securities generally or in the Fund particularly or with respect to the ability of the Index to meet its goal. WisdomTree Investments is the licensor of the Index and certain trademarks, service marks and trade names of the Fund. WisdomTree Investments has no obligation to take the needs of the Fund or the owners of shares of the Fund into consideration in determining, composing, or calculating the Index. WisdomTree Investments is not responsible for, and has not participated in, the determination of the timing, prices, or quantities of shares of the Fund to be issued or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the shares of the Fund are redeemable. WisdomTree and the Fund do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or performance of the Index or the data included therein and shall have no liability in connection with the Index or Index calculation. The Index’s past performance is not necessarily an indication of how the Index will perform in the future. WisdomTree Investments has contracted with an independent calculation agent to calculate the Index.

 

Financial Highlights

 

The Fund had not commenced operations as of the date of this prospectus and therefore does not have financial information.

 

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WisdomTree Digital Trust
250 West 34th Street, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10119

 

 

 

 

The Fund’s current SAI provides additional detailed information about the Fund. The Trust has electronically filed the SAI with the SEC. It is incorporated by reference in this prospectus.

 

Additional information about the Fund’s investments is available in the Fund’s annual and semi-annual reports to shareholders, when available. In the annual report you will find a discussion of the market conditions and investment strategies that significantly affected the Fund’s performance during the last fiscal year.

 

To make shareholder inquiries, for more detailed information on the Fund, or to request the SAI or annual or semi-annual shareholder reports, when available, as applicable, free of charge, please communicate through the App.

   
     

Reports and other information about the Fund are available on the EDGAR Database on the SEC’s Internet site at www.sec.gov, and copies of this information may be obtained, after paying a duplicating fee, by electronic request at the following e-mail address: publicinfo@sec.gov.

 

No person is authorized to give any information or to make any representations about the Fund and its shares not contained in this prospectus and you should not rely on any other information.

 

© 2022 WisdomTree Digital Trust

 

WisdomTree® is a registered mark of WisdomTree Investments, Inc.

 

INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT FILE NO. 811-23659

 

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THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS NOT COMPLETE AND MAY BE CHANGED. WE MAY NOT SELL THESE SECURITIES UNTIL THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION IS EFFECTIVE. THIS STATEMENT OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IS NOT AN OFFER TO SELL THESE SECURITIES AND IS NOT SOLICITING AN OFFER TO BUY THESE SECURITIES IN ANY STATE WHERE THE OFFER OR SALE IS NOT PERMITTED.

 

SUBJECT TO COMPLETION,

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION DATED SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

WisdomTree Digital Trust

 

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[TICKER] [Pending]

 

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This Statement of Additional Information (SAI) is not a prospectus. It contains information in addition to the information in the Fund’s prospectus. The Fund’s prospectus, dated [ ], 2022, which we may amend from time to time, contains the basic information you should know before investing in the Fund. You should read this SAI together with the Fund’s prospectus.

 

A free copy of the current prospectus or annual/semi-annual report (when available), is available through the mobile application (App) made available by WisdomTree, which is available for download through the Apple App Store and Google Play. You can also view the current prospectus and the annual/semi-annual report (when available) online through www.wisdomtree.com.

 

Mutual funds and other investment products:

·     are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board, or any other agency of the U.S. government;

·     are not deposits or obligations of, or guaranteed or endorsed by, any bank; and

·     are subject to investment risks, including the possible loss of principal.

 

   
 

 

Table of Contents

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE TRUST AND THE FUND 1
INVESTMENT STRATEGY AND RISKS 1
GENERAL RISKS 1
SPECIFIC INVESTMENT STRATEGIES 6
PROXY VOTING POLICY 11
PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS DISCLOSURE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES 12
INVESTMENT LIMITATIONS 13
MANAGEMENT OF THE TRUST 14
BROKERAGE TRANSACTIONS 24
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE TRUST 24
TAXES 25
DETERMINATION OF NAV 29
DIVIDENDS AND DISTRIBUTIONS 30
MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION 30
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 30

 

   

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE TRUST AND THE FUND

 

The Trust was organized as a Delaware statutory trust on April 19, 2021 and has multiple series or portfolios. The Trust is an open-end management investment company, registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”). The Fund is a series of the Trust and is “[non-diversified]” within the meaning of the 1940 Act. The offering of the Trust’s shares is registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

 

WisdomTree Digital Management, Inc. (“WisdomTree Digital Management” or the “Adviser”) serves as the investment adviser to the Fund. [   ] (“[   ]” or the “Sub-Adviser”) is the investment sub-adviser to the Fund. The Adviser and the Sub-Adviser may be referred to collectively as the “Advisers”. WisdomTree Investments, Inc. (“WisdomTree Investments”) is the ultimate parent company of the Adviser.

 

“WisdomTree” is a registered mark of WisdomTree Investments and has been licensed for use by the Trust.

 

INVESTMENT STRATEGY AND RISKS

 

GENERAL RISKS.

 

Changing economic, political or financial market conditions in one country or geographic region could adversely affect the market value of the securities held by the Fund in a different country or geographic region due to increasingly interconnected global economies and financial markets. In addition, certain geopolitical and other events, including environmental events and public health events such as epidemics and pandemics, may have a global impact and add to instability in world economies and markets generally. As a result, whether or not the Fund invests in securities of issuers located in or with significant exposure to countries experiencing economic, political, financial and/or social difficulties, the value and liquidity of the Fund’s investments may be negatively affected by such events. Such market conditions also may lead to increased regulation of the Fund and the instruments in which the Fund may invest, which may, in turn, increase the expenses incurred by the Fund and/or affect the Fund’s ability to pursue its investment objective and the Fund’s performance.

 

The outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus first detected in China in December 2019 has spread globally. In an organized attempt to contain and mitigate the effects of the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19, governments and businesses world-wide have taken aggressive measures, including closing borders, restricting international and domestic travel, and the imposition of prolonged quarantines of large populations. COVID-19 has resulted in the disruption of and delays in the delivery of healthcare services and processes, the cancellation of organized events and educational institutions, the disruption of production and supply chains, a decline in consumer demand for certain goods and services, and general concern and uncertainty, all of which have contributed to increased volatility in global markets. The effects of COVID-19 likely will affect certain sectors and industries more dramatically than others, and the effects borne by some will negatively affect the value of the issuers in those sectors and industries, which may adversely affect the value of the Fund’s investments in those sectors or industries. COVID-19, and other epidemics and pandemics that may arise in the future, could adversely affect the economies of many nations, the global economy, individual companies and capital markets in ways that cannot be foreseen at the present time. In addition, the impact of infectious diseases in developing or emerging market countries may be greater due to limited health care resources. Political, economic and social stresses caused by COVID-19 also may exacerbate other pre-existing political, social and economic risks in certain countries. The duration of COVID-19 and its effects cannot be determined at this time, but the effects could be present for an extended period of time.

 

It is impossible to predict the effects on the Fund of these or similar events and market conditions in the future. However, it is possible that these or similar events and market conditions could have a significant and adverse effect on the net asset value per share (“NAV”) and/or risk profile of the Fund.

 

An investment in the Fund should be made with an understanding that the value of the Fund’s portfolio securities may fluctuate in accordance with changes in the financial condition of an issuer or counterparty, changes in specific economic or political conditions that affect a particular security or issuer and changes in general economic or political conditions. The Fund employs a “passive management” – or indexing – investment approach. The Fund is not “actively” managed and seeks to track the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Index.

 

Investor perceptions may also impact the value of Fund investments and the value of an investment in Fund shares. These investor perceptions are based on various and unpredictable factors, including expectations regarding government, economic, monetary and fiscal policies, inflation and interest rates, economic expansion or contraction, and global or regional political, economic or banking crises.

 

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Issuer-specific conditions may also affect the value of the Fund investment. The financial condition of an issuer of a security or counterparty to a contract may cause it to default or become unable to pay interest or principal due on the security or contract. The Fund cannot collect interest and principal payments if the issuer or counterparty defaults. Accordingly, the value of an investment in the Fund may change in response to issuer or counterparty defaults and changes in the credit ratings of the Fund’s portfolio securities. The price at which securities may be sold and the value of the Fund’s shares will be adversely affected if trading markets for the Fund’s portfolio securities are limited or absent, or if bid/ask spreads are wide.

 

Events in the financial sector have resulted, and may continue to result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign. Domestic and foreign fixed income and equity markets experienced extreme volatility and turmoil in the wake of the COVID- 19 pandemic and volatility has continued to be experienced in the markets. It is uncertain whether or for how long these conditions will continue.

 

These events and possible continuing market turbulence may have an adverse effect on Fund performance.

 

BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY. Blockchain technology is a relatively new and untested technology which operates as a distributed ledger. Blockchain systems could be vulnerable to fraud, particularly if a significant minority of participants colluded to defraud the rest. Access to a given blockchain requires an individualized key, which, if compromised, could result in loss due to theft, destruction or inaccessibility. There is little regulation of blockchain technology other than the intrinsic public nature of the blockchain system. Any future regulatory developments could affect the viability and expansion of the use of blockchain technology. Because blockchain technology systems may operate across many national boundaries and regulatory jurisdictions, it is possible that blockchain technology may be subject to widespread and inconsistent regulation. Blockchain technology is not a product or service that provides identifiable revenue for companies that implement, or otherwise use it. Currently, blockchain technology is commonly used for the recording of transactions in digital currency, which are extremely speculative and volatile. Problems in digital currency markets could have a wider effect on companies associated with blockchain technology. Blockchain technology also may never be implemented to a scale that provides identifiable economic benefit. There are currently a number of competing blockchain platforms with competing intellectual property claims. The uncertainty inherent in these competing technologies could cause companies to use alternatives to blockchain. Finally, because digital assets registered on a blockchain do not have a standardized exchange, like a stock market, there is less liquidity for such assets and greater possibility of fraud or manipulation.

 

BORROWING. Although the Fund does not intend to borrow money as part of its principal investment strategy, the Fund may do so to the extent permitted by the 1940 Act. Under the 1940 Act, the Fund may borrow up to 33% of its net assets, but under normal market conditions, the Fund does not expect to borrow greater than 10% of the Fund’s net assets. The Fund will borrow only for short-term or emergency purposes.

 

Borrowing will tend to exaggerate the effect on NAV of any increase or decrease in the market value of the Fund’s portfolio. Money borrowed will be subject to interest costs that may or may not be recovered by earnings on the securities purchased. The Fund also may be required to maintain minimum average balances in connection with a borrowing or to pay a commitment or other fee to maintain a line of credit; either of these requirements would increase the cost of borrowing over the stated interest rate.

 

CYBERSECURITY RISK. Investment companies, such as the Fund, and their service providers may be prone to operational and information security risks resulting from cyber-attacks. Cyber-attacks include, among other behaviors, stealing or corrupting data maintained online or digitally, denial of service attacks on websites, the unauthorized release of confidential information or various other forms of cybersecurity breaches. Cyber-attacks affecting the Fund or the Adviser, Sub-Adviser, accountant, custodian, transfer agent, Index Provider, other third-party service providers, the App, blockchain networks or intermediaries may adversely impact the Fund or its shareholders. For instance, cyber-attacks may impact the Fund’s ability to calculate its NAV, cause the release of private shareholder information or confidential company information, impede trading, subject the Fund to regulatory fines or financial losses, and cause reputational damage. The Fund could incur extraordinary expenses for cybersecurity risk management purposes, prevention and/or resolution. Similar types of cybersecurity risks are also present for issuers of securities in which the Fund invests, which could result in material adverse consequences for such issuers, and may cause the Fund’s investment in such portfolio companies to lose value.

 

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LIQUIDITY RISK. Liquidity risk exists when particular investments are or become difficult to purchase or sell at the price at which the Fund has valued the security, whether because of current market conditions, the financial condition of the issuer, or the specific type of investment. If the market for a particular security becomes illiquid (for example, due to changes in the issuer’s financial condition), the Fund may be unable to sell such security at an advantageous time or price due to the difficulty in selling such securities. To the extent that the Fund and its affiliates hold a significant portion of an issuer’s outstanding securities, the Fund may also be subject to greater liquidity risk than if the issuer’s securities were more widely held. The Fund may also need to sell some of the Fund’s more liquid securities when it otherwise would not do so in order to meet redemption requests, even if such sale of the liquid holdings would be disadvantageous from an investment standpoint. Reduced liquidity may also have an adverse impact on a security’s market value and the sale of such securities often results in higher brokerage charges or dealer discounts and other selling expenses. Reduced liquidity in the secondary market for certain securities will also make it more difficult for the Fund to obtain market quotations based on actual trades for purposes of valuing the Fund’s portfolio and thus pricing may be prone to error when market quotations are volatile, infrequent and/or subject to large spreads between bid and ask prices. In addition, prices received by the Fund for securities may be based on institutional “round lot” sizes, but the Fund may purchase, hold or sell smaller, “odd lot” sizes, which may be harder to sell. Odd lots may trade at lower prices than round lots, which may affect the Fund’s ability to accurately value its investments.

 

The market for certain debt securities may become illiquid under adverse market or economic conditions independent of any specific adverse changes in the conditions of a particular issuer. An increase in interest rates due to the tapering of the Federal Reserve Board’s quantitative easing program and other similar central bank actions, coupled with a reduction in dealer market-making capacity, may decrease liquidity and increase volatility in the fixed income markets. Liquidity risk generally increases (meaning that securities become more illiquid) as the number, or relative need, of investors seeking to liquidate in a given market increases; for example, when an asset class or classes fall out of favor and investors sell their holdings in such classes, either directly or indirectly through investment funds, such as mutual funds.

 

MARKET RISK. The market value of securities owned by the Fund may go up or down, sometimes rapidly or unpredictably due to general market conditions which are not specifically related to a single security issuer. These general market conditions include real or perceived adverse economic or regulatory conditions, changes in interest or currency exchange rates or adverse investor sentiment generally. Market values may also decline due to factors which affect a particular industry or sector, or a particular segment, such as government securities. During a general downturn in the securities markets, multiple asset classes may decline in value simultaneously. When markets perform well, there can be no assurance that the Fund’s securities will participate in or otherwise benefit from the advance.

 

TAX RISK. To qualify for the favorable U.S. federal income tax treatment accorded to regulated investment companies (“RICs”) and its shareholders, the Fund must, among other things, derive in each taxable year at least 90% of its gross income from certain prescribed sources, meet certain asset diversification tests at the end of each taxable quarter, and meet annual distribution requirements. If for any taxable year the Fund does not qualify as a RIC and were ineligible to or were not to cure such failure, all of its taxable income (including its net capital gain) for that year would be subject to tax at the regular corporate rate without any deduction for distributions to shareholders, and such distributions would be taxable to shareholders as dividend income to the extent of the Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits. The resulting taxes could substantially reduce the Fund’s net assets and the amount of income available for distribution. In addition, in order to requalify for taxation as a RIC, the Fund could be required to recognize unrealized gains, pay substantial taxes and interest, and make certain distributions. Please refer to the section of this SAI entitled “Taxes” for a more detailed explanation of the tax consequences of investing in the Fund.

 

The following is a description of other risks associated with distributed ledger technology:

 

USE OF BLOCKCHAIN. A blockchain is an open, distributed ledger that records transactions between two parties in a verifiable and permanent way using cryptography. A distributed ledger is a database in which data is stored in a decentralized manner. Cryptography is a method of storing and transmitting data in a particular form so that only those for whom it is intended can read and process it. Transactions on the blockchain are verified and authenticated by computers on the network (referred to as “nodes” or “validators”) that receive, propagate, verify, and execute transactions. The process of authenticating a transaction before it is recorded ensures that only valid and authorized transactions are permanently recorded on the blockchain in collections of transactions called “blocks.” Blockchain networks are based upon software source code that establishes and governs their respective cryptographic systems for verifying transactions.

 

The use of blockchain technology for an open-end registered investment company, such as the Fund, is untested. In the event of a conflict between the blockchain record and the record held by the Fund’s Transfer Agent, the Fund’s Transfer Agent’s record will be determinative.

 

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The secondary recording of Fund shares on the blockchain will not affect the Fund’s investments. The Fund will not invest in any cryptocurrencies (referred to as, among other things, virtual currencies).

 

Users of the blockchain networks, such as Ethereum or Stellar networks, generally must pay transaction fees (such as in the form of “ether,” or “lumens,” the native digital assets for the operation of Ethereum or Stellar, respectively) to the Ethereum or Stellar networks, respectively, in order to validate a transaction. Such transaction fees are generally intended to protect the networks from frivolous or malicious computational tasks.

 

Delays in transaction processing have occurred on the blockchain networks. Such a delay may occur on account of, among other things, the inability of nodes to reach consensus on transactions, including in relation to upgrades on changes in the applicable blockchain. During a network delay, it will not be possible to record transactions in the shares on the blockchain. Should such a delay occur for an extended period of time, the Fund could choose to effect transactions with shareholders manually (i.e., in book-entry form) until such time as the network has resumed normal operation. The Fund may choose to reevaluate the suitability of a particular network for the Fund’s shares in the event of future or recurring delays.

 

In the future, the ownership of the Fund’s shares may be maintained and recorded primarily on the Ethereum, Stellar or other network, although there is no guarantee that this will occur. The Fund’s Adviser believes that the use of blockchain may, in the future, permit reduced settlement times and provide other benefits to Fund shareholders.

 

Furthermore, in the future, the shares may be available for purchase or sale in a secondary trading market (such as an electronic trading platform that is registered with the SEC as an alternative trading system (ATS)). Any disruption to the operations of an ATS, including a broker-dealer’s interface with an ATS, could materially disrupt trading in, or potentially result in a complete halt in the trading of, the Fund’s shares on that platform. The Fund has no current agreement to make its shares available for trading on any ATS, but may enter into such an agreement in the future. These features are not currently, and may never be, available to investors. These features would be subject to then-existing regulations and regulatory interpretations.

 

There are risks associated with the issuance, redemption, transfer, custody and record keeping of shares maintained and recorded primarily on a blockchain. For example, shares that are issued using blockchain technology would be subject to the following risks (among others):

 

1.a rapidly-evolving regulatory landscape in the United States and in other countries, which might result in security, privacy or other regulatory concerns that could require changes to the way transactions in the shares are recorded;

 

2.the possibility of undiscovered technical flaws in an underlying technology, including in the process by which transactions are recorded to a blockchain, or by which the validity of a copy of such blockchain can be proven;

 

3.the possibility that cryptographic or other security measures that authenticate prior transactions for a blockchain could be compromised, or “hacked,” which could allow an attacker to alter the blockchain and thereby disrupt the ability to corroborate definitive transactions recorded on the blockchain;

 

4.the possibility that new technologies or services inhibit access to a blockchain;

 

5.the possibility that a breach to one blockchain could cause investors, and the public generally, to lose trust in blockchain technology and increase reluctance to issue and invest in assets recorded on blockchains; and

 

6.because of the differences between the way the shares are issued and recorded as compared to shares in a traditional open-end investment company, there is a risk that issues that might easily be resolved by existing law if traditional methods were involved may not be easily resolved for the shares. The occurrence of any related issue or dispute could have a material adverse effect on the Fund’s current or future business or the shares.

 

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THE ETHEREUM AND STELLAR NETWORKS. The suitability of a network, such as Ethereum or Stellar, (and their underlying blockchain ledgers) on which the shares will rely could decline due to a variety of causes, adversely affecting the functionality of the shares and an investment in the Fund. Blockchain networks are based on software protocols that govern the peer-to-peer interactions between computers connected to these networks. The suitability of such networks for the functionality of the shares depends upon a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:

 

1.The effectiveness of the informal groups of (often uncompensated) developers contributing to the protocols that underlie the network;

 

2.Effectiveness of the validators and the network’s consensus mechanisms to effectively secure the network against confirmation of invalid transactions;

 

3.The continued participation of a number of trusted validators;

 

4.The lack of collusion between trusted validators;

 

5.Disputes among the developers or validators of the network;

 

6.Changes in the consensus or validation scheme that underlies the network;

 

7.The failure of cybersecurity controls or security breaches of the network;

 

8.The inability of validators to reach consensus and the consequential halting of transaction verification on the network;

 

9.The existence of undiscovered technical flaws in the network;

 

10.The development of new or existing hardware or software tools or mechanisms that could negatively impact the functionality of the systems;

 

11.The price of the blockchain asset associated with the respective network;

 

12.The cost of transaction fees to use the network;

 

13.Intellectual property rights-based or other claims against the network’s participants;

 

14.The continued adoption of the network; and

 

15.The maturity of the computer software programming software development kit used in connection with the network.

 

Unfavorable developments or characteristics of any of the above or other circumstances could adversely affect the Fund’s operations or the functionality of the shares.

 

Furthermore, the blockchain record made available through Stellar or Ethereum is an open source, public distributed ledger that stores the complete transaction history from issuance of the shares. As a result, robust and transparent data, other than shareholder personal identifying information, will be publicly available via the published blockchain and tools such as block explorers. Such transaction data is secured by cryptography and only a public-key-derived wallet address (and not a shareholder’s personal identifying information) will be exposed to the public on the blockchain. The personal identifying information necessary to associate a public key representing a given block of shares with the record owner of those shares will be maintained by the Transfer Agent and WisdomTree and will not be available to the public. However, if there are data security breaches with respect to such database(s) resulting in theft of the information necessary to link personal identity with the public key and related share transactions, the stolen information could be used to determine a shareholder’s identity and complete transaction history in the Fund. Concerns over these privacy issues may limit adoption of public-ledger blockchain technology, reducing the potential market acceptance for the shares and the size of the Fund.

 

BLOCKCHAIN REGULATION. Regulation of digital assets, blockchain technologies and digital asset platforms is currently developing and likely to rapidly evolve, varies significantly among international, federal, state and local jurisdictions and is subject to significant uncertainty.

 

Various legislative and executive bodies in the United States and in other countries are currently considering, or may in the future consider, laws, regulations, guidance, or other actions, which may severely impact the Fund, and thus the Fund’s shareholders. Failure by the Fund’s service provider to comply with any laws, rules or regulations, some of which may not exist yet or are subject to interpretation and may be subject to change, could result in a variety of adverse consequences to the Fund (and thus to the Fund’s shareholders), including civil penalties and fines. 

 

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New or changing laws and regulations or interpretations of existing laws and regulations may adversely impact the Fund’s ability to issue and redeem shares or otherwise make distributions on shares, the secondary market liquidity and market price of shares (should such secondary market liquidity be available in the future), shareholders’ ability to access or otherwise utilize an exchange or platform for trading of the shares (should such a platform or exchange exist in the future and such activity be permitted by the Fund) and the structure, rights and transferability of the shares (should shareholders be permitted to transfer or exchange shares in the future). Therefore, there can be no assurance that any new or continuing regulatory scrutiny or initiatives will not have an adverse impact on the shares or impede the Fund’s current or future activities.

 

In addition, because of the differences between the way the shares are issued and recorded as compared to shares in a traditional mutual fund, there is a risk that issues that might easily be resolved by existing law if traditional methods were involved may not be easily resolved for the shares. The occurrence of any related issue or dispute could have a material adverse effect on the Fund’s current or future business or the shares.

 

Blockchain networks currently face an uncertain regulatory landscape in not only the United States but also in many foreign jurisdictions such as the European Union and China. Various foreign jurisdictions may, in the near future, adopt laws, regulations or directives that affect the networks, such as Stellar and Ethereum, and their users, developers and service providers that fall within such jurisdictions’ regulatory scope. Such laws, regulations or directives may conflict with those of the United States or may directly and negatively impact the Fund and its service providers. The effect of any future regulatory change is impossible to predict, but such change could be substantial and adverse to the shareholders, the Fund and the Fund’s service providers.

 

OPERATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY. The Fund, its service providers and other market participants increasingly depend on complex information technology and communications systems to conduct business functions. These systems are subject to a number of different threats or risks that could adversely affect the Fund, despite the efforts of the Fund and its service providers to adopt technologies, processes, and practices intended to mitigate these risks. For example, unauthorized third parties may attempt to improperly access, modify, disrupt the operations of, or prevent access to these systems of the Fund, the Fund’s service providers, counterparties, or other market participants or data within them (a “cyber-attack”). In addition, power or communications outages, acts of god, information technology equipment malfunctions, operational errors, and inaccuracies within software or data processing systems may also disrupt business operations or impact critical data. If such an event occurs, the Fund may incur substantial costs, including those associated with forensic analysis of the origin and scope of the event; increased and upgraded cybersecurity; investment losses from sabotaged trading systems; identity theft; unauthorized use of proprietary information; litigation; adverse investor reaction; the dissemination of confidential and proprietary information; and reputational damage. Any such event could expose the Fund to civil liability as well as regulatory inquiry and/or action. In addition, market events also may trigger a volume of transactions that overloads current information technology and communication systems and processes, impacting the ability to conduct the Fund’s operations.

 

A discussion of some of the other risks associated with an investment in the Fund is contained in the Fund’s Prospectus.

 

SPECIFIC INVESTMENT STRATEGIES

 

A description of the investment strategies and types of investments used by the Fund is set forth below.  

 

DERIVATIVES. The Fund may use derivative instruments as part of its investment strategies. The Fund will not use derivatives to increase leverage, and the Fund will provide margin or collateral, as applicable, with respect to investments in derivatives in such amounts as determined under applicable law, regulatory guidance or related interpretations.

 

Generally, derivatives are financial contracts whose value depends upon, or is derived from, the value of an underlying asset, reference rate or index, and may relate to bonds, interest rates, currencies, commodities, and related indexes. Examples of derivative instruments include forward currency contracts, currency and interest rate swaps, currency options, futures contracts, options on futures contracts, swap agreements and credit-linked notes.

 

With respect to certain kinds of derivative transactions that involve obligations to make future payments to third parties, including, but not limited to, futures contracts, forward contracts, swap contracts, the purchase of securities on a when-issued or delayed delivery basis, or reverse repurchase agreements, under applicable federal securities laws, rules, and interpretations thereof, the Fund must “set aside” (referred to sometimes as “asset segregation”) liquid assets, or engage in other measures to “cover” open positions with respect to such transactions in a manner consistent with the 1940 Act, specifically sections 8 and 18 thereunder. In complying with such requirements, the Fund will include assets of any wholly-owned subsidiary in which that Fund invests on an aggregate basis.

 

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For example, with respect to forward contracts and futures contracts that are not contractually required to “cash-settle,” the Fund must cover its open positions by having available liquid assets equal to the contracts’ full notional value. The Funds treat deliverable forward contracts for currencies that are liquid as the equivalent of “cash-settled” contracts. As such, the Fund may have available liquid assets in an amount equal to the Fund’s daily marked-to-market (net) obligation (i.e., the Fund’s daily net liability, if any) rather than the full notional amount under such deliverable forward contracts. Similarly, with respect to futures contracts that are contractually required to “cash-settle,” including U.S. Treasury futures contracts in which the Fund invests,the Fund may have available liquid assets in an amount equal to the Fund’s daily marked-to-market (net) obligation rather than the notional value. The Fund reserves the right to modify these policies in the future.

 

Forwards, swaps and certain other derivatives are subject to regulation under The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”) in the U.S. and certain non-U.S. jurisdictions. Physically-settled forwards entered into between eligible contract participants, such as the Fund, are generally subject to fewer regulatory requirements in the U.S. than non-deliverable forwards. Under the Dodd-Frank Act, non-deliverable forwards are regulated as swaps and are subject to rules requiring central clearing and mandatory trading on an exchange or facility that is regulated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”). Under the Dodd-Frank Act, non-deliverable forwards, swaps and certain other derivatives traded in the over the counter (“OTC”) market are subject to initial and variation margin requirements. The Fund’s counterparties may be subject to additional regulatory requirements and/or apply the regulatory requirements more broadly than is required for administrative and other reasons, including, for example, by (i) applying the stricter regulatory requirements to physically-settled forwards that are applicable to non-deliverable forwards even though the stricter rules are not technically applicable to such physically-settled forwards; and (ii) applying smaller thresholds for the delivery of variation margin than required. As such, the Fund using currency forwards, and particularly the U.S. Growth & Momentum Fund, the Hedged Equity Funds, and the Active Multifactor Funds may need to hold additional cash to meet regulatory requirements, which may include raising cash by selling securities and/or obtaining cash through other arrangements in order to meet margin requirements, which may, among other potential consequences, cause increased index tracking error (if applicable), cause an increase in expense ratio, lead to the realization of taxable gains, increase costs to the Fund of trading or otherwise affect returns to investors in such Fund.

 

With regard to the Fund, WisdomTree Digital Management expects to claim relief from the definition of commodity pool operator (“CPO”) under revised CFTC Rule 4.5. Specifically, pursuant to CFTC Rule 4.5, WisdomTree Digital Management may claim exclusion from the definition of CPO, and thus from having to register as a CPO, with regard to the Fund that enters into commodity futures, commodity options or swaps solely for “bona fide hedging purposes,” or that limits its investment in commodities to a “de minimis” amount, as defined in CFTC rules, so long as the shares of such Fund are not marketed as interests in a commodity pool or other vehicle for trading in commodity futures, commodity options or swaps.

 

Swap Agreements and Options on Swap Agreements. The Fund may enter into swap agreements, including currency swaps, interest rate swaps, credit default swaps, and total return swaps. A typical foreign currency swap involves the exchange of cash flows based on the notional differences among two or more currencies (e.g., the U.S. dollar and the euro). A typical interest rate swap involves the exchange of a floating interest rate payment for a fixed interest payment. A typical credit default swap (“CDS”) involves an agreement to make a series of payments by the buyer in exchange for receipt of payment by the seller if the loan defaults. In the event of default, the buyer of the CDS receives compensation (usually the face value of the loan), and the seller of the CDS takes possession of the defaulted loan. In the event that the Fund acts as a protection seller of a CDS, the Fund will segregate assets equivalent to the full notional value of the CDS. In the event that the Fund acts as a protection buyer of a CDS, the Fund will cover the total amount of required premium payments plus the pre-payment penalty. Total return swaps involve the exchange of payments based on the total return on an underlying reference asset. The total return includes appreciation or depreciation on the reference asset, plus any interest or dividend payments. Swap agreements can be structured to provide for periodic payments over the term of the swap contract or a single payment at maturity (also known as a “bullet swap”). Swap agreements may be used to hedge or achieve exposure to, for example, currencies, interest rates, and money market securities without actually purchasing such currencies or securities. The Fund may use swap agreements to invest in a market without owning or taking physical custody of the underlying securities in circumstances in which direct investment is restricted for legal reasons or is otherwise impracticable. Swap agreements will tend to shift the Fund’s investment exposure from one type of investment to another or from one payment stream to another.

 

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Depending on their structure, swap agreements may increase or decrease the Fund’s exposure to long- or short-term interest rates (in the United States or abroad), foreign currencies, corporate borrowing rates, or other factors, and may increase or decrease the overall volatility of the Fund’s investments and its share price. When the Fund purchases or sells a swap contract, the Fund is required to “cover” its position in order to limit the risk associated with the use of leverage and other related risks. To cover its position, the Fund will maintain with its custodian bank (and mark-to-market on a daily basis) a segregated account consisting of cash or liquid securities that, when added to any amounts deposited as margin, are equal to the market value of the swap contract or otherwise “cover” its position in a manner consistent with the 1940 Act or the rules and SEC interpretations thereunder. If the Fund continues to engage in the described securities trading practices and properly segregates assets, the segregated account will function as a practical limit on the amount of leverage which the Fund may undertake and on the potential increase in the speculative character of the Fund’s outstanding portfolio securities. Additionally, such segregated accounts will generally ensure the availability of adequate funds to meet the obligations of the Fund arising from such investment activities.

 

The Funds may also enter into options with respect to swap agreements (“swaptions”). A swaption is a contract that gives a counterparty the right (but not the obligation) in return for payment of a premium, to enter into a new swap agreement or to shorten, extend, cancel or otherwise modify an existing swap agreement, on specified terms at a designated future time. Depending on the particular terms, the Fund will generally incur a greater degree of risk when it writes (sells) a swaption than it will incur when it purchases a swaption. When the Fund purchases a swaption, it risks losing the amount of premium paid should the option expire unexercised, but when the Fund writes a swaption, upon exercise of the swaption the Fund will become obligated according to the terms of the underlying agreement.

 

Futures, Options and Options on Futures Contracts. The Fund may use futures contracts and related options: (i) to attempt to gain exposure to U.S. Treasury futures contracts and foreign currencies, and (ii) to attempt to gain exposure to a particular market, instrument or index. To the extent the Fund uses futures and options, it will do so only in accordance with applicable requirements of the CEA and the rules thereunder.

 

Futures Contracts. A futures contract is a standardized contract traded on a recognized exchange in which two parties agree to exchange either a specified financial asset or the cash equivalent of said asset of standardized quantity and quality for a price agreed to today (the futures price or the strike price) with delivery occurring at a specified future date. The Fund’s investments in listed futures contracts will be backed by investments in liquid assets in an amount equal to the exposure of such contracts. The Fund may take long or short positions in listed futures contracts.

 

The Fund may transact in listed currency futures contracts and listed U.S. Treasury futures contracts. When the Fund purchases a listed futures contract, it agrees to purchase a specified reference asset (i.e., currency or Treasury security) at a specified future date. When the Fund sells a listed futures contract, it agrees to sell a specified reference asset (i.e., currency or Treasury security) at a specified future date. The price at which the purchase and sale will take place is fixed when the Fund enters into the contract. The exchange clearing corporation is the ultimate counterparty for all exchange listed contracts, so credit risk is limited to the creditworthiness of the exchange’s clearing corporation. Margin deposits are posted as performance bonds with the clearing broker and, in turn, with the exchange clearing corporation.

 

The Fund may buy and sell index futures contracts with respect to any index traded on a recognized exchange or board of trade. An index futures contract is a bilateral agreement pursuant to which two parties agree to take or make delivery of an amount of cash equal to a specified dollar amount times the difference between the index value at the close of trading of the contract and the price at which the futures contract is originally struck. No physical delivery of the securities comprising the index is made. Instead, settlement in cash must occur upon the termination of the contract, with the settlement being the difference between the contract price, and the actual level of the stock index at the expiration of the contract. Generally, contracts are closed out prior to the expiration date of the contract.

 

When the Fund purchases or sells a futures contract, the Fund will segregate its assets as described above.

 

There are significant risks associated with the Fund’s use of futures contracts, including the following: (1) the success of a strategy may depend on the Adviser’s ability to predict movements in the prices of individual securities, fluctuations in markets and movements in interest rates; (2) there may be an imperfect or no correlation between the changes in market value of the securities and the prices of futures contracts; (3) although the Fund intends to enter into futures contracts only if there is an active market for such contracts, there is no assurance that an active market will exist for the contracts at any particular time; (4) trading restrictions or limitations may be imposed by an exchange; and (5) government regulations may restrict trading in futures contracts.

 

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Options on Futures Contracts. The Fund reserves the right to buy or sell options on listed futures contracts. An option on a futures contract gives the purchaser the right, in exchange for payment of a premium, to assume a position in a futures contract at a specified exercise price during the term of the option. A put option gives the purchaser of the option the right to sell, and the writer of the option the obligation to buy, the underlying security or instrument at any time during the option period. A call option on a security gives the purchaser of the option the right to buy, and the writer of the option the obligation to sell, the underlying security or instrument at any time during the option period. A premium is paid to the writer of an option as consideration for undertaking the obligation in the contract.

 

The Fund may purchase and write options on an exchange or OTC. OTC options differ from exchange traded options in several respects. They are transacted directly with dealers and not with a clearing corporation, and therefore entail the risk of non-performance by the dealer. OTC options are available for a greater variety of securities and for a wider range of expiration dates and exercise prices than are available for exchange traded options. Because OTC options are not traded on an exchange, pricing is done normally by reference to information from a market maker. It is the SEC’s position that OTC options are generally illiquid.

 

When the Fund purchases or sells an options contract, the Fund will segregate its assets as described above.

 

There are significant risks associated with the Fund’s use of options contracts, including the following: (1) the success of a strategy may depend on the Adviser’s ability to predict movements in the prices of individual or securities, fluctuations in markets and movements in interest rates; (2) there may be an imperfect or no correlation between the changes in market value of the securities and the price of options; (3) although the Fund intends to enter into options contracts only if there is an active market for such contracts, there is no assurance that an active market will exist for the contracts at any particular time; (4) trading restrictions or limitations may be imposed by an exchange; and (5) government regulations may restrict trading in options contracts.

 

Currency Options. The Fund may buy or sell put and call options on foreign currencies either on exchanges or in the over-the-counter market. A put option on a foreign currency gives the purchaser of the option the right to sell a foreign currency at the exercise price until the option expires. A call option on a foreign currency gives the purchaser of the option the right to purchase the currency at the exercise price until the option expires.

 

EQUITY SECURITIES. The Fund invests in equity securities. Equity securities, such as the common stocks of an issuer, are subject to stock market fluctuations and therefore may experience volatile changes in value as market conditions, consumer sentiment or the financial condition of the issuers change. A decrease in value of the equity securities in the Fund’s portfolio may also cause the value of the Fund’s shares to decline. 

 

FINANCIAL SECTOR INVESTMENTS. The Fund may engage in transactions with or invest in companies that are considered to be in the financial sector, including commercial banks, brokerage firms, diversified financial services, a variety of firms in all segments of the insurance industry (such as multi-line, property and casualty, and life insurance) and real estate-related companies. There can be no guarantee that these strategies may be successful. The Fund may lose money as a result of defaults or downgrades within the financial sector. 

 

FIXED INCOME SECURITIES. The Fund may invest in fixed income securities, such as corporate debt, notes and bonds, and/or instruments related to fixed income securities. Fixed income securities change in value in response to interest rate changes and other factors, such as the perception of the issuer’s creditworthiness. For example, the value of fixed income securities will generally decrease when interest rates rise, which may cause the value of the Fund to decrease. In addition, investments in fixed income securities with longer maturities will generally fluctuate more in response to interest rate changes. The capacity of traditional dealers to engage in fixed income trading has not kept pace with the bond market’s growth and dealer inventories of bonds are at or near historic lows relative to market size. Because market makers provide stability to fixed income markets, the significant reduction in dealer inventories could lead to decreased liquidity and increased volatility, which may become exacerbated during periods of economic or political stress. 

 

FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS. The Trust’s Board of Trustees (the “Board”) may, in the future, authorize the Fund to invest in securities contracts and investments other than those listed in this SAI and in the Fund’s Prospectus, provided they are consistent with the Fund’s investment objective and do not violate any investment restrictions or policies. 

 

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ILLIQUID INVESTMENTS. Although the Fund does not intend to do so, as a matter of policy, the Fund may invest up to an aggregate amount of 15% of its net assets in illiquid investments, as such term is defined by Rule 22e-4 under the 1940 Act. The Fund may not invest in illiquid investments if, as a result of such investment, more than 15% of the Fund’s net assets would be invested in illiquid investments. Illiquid investments include securities subject to contractual or other restrictions on resale and other instruments that lack readily available markets to the extent the Adviser or Sub-Adviser has not deemed such securities to be liquid. An illiquid investment is any investment that the Fund reasonably expects cannot be sold or disposed of in the current market conditions in seven calendar days or less without the sale or disposition significantly changing the market of the investment. The inability of the Fund to dispose of illiquid or not readily marketable investments readily or at a reasonable price could impair the Fund’s ability to raise cash for redemptions or other purposes. The liquidity of securities purchased by the Fund which are eligible for resale pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act, except for certain 144A bonds, will be monitored by the Fund on an ongoing basis. In the event that more than 15% of the Fund’s net assets are invested in illiquid investments, the Fund, in accordance with Rule 22e-4(b)(1)(iv) under the 1940 Act, will report the occurrence to both the Board and the SEC and seek to reduce its holdings of illiquid investments within a reasonable period of time. 

 

INVESTMENT COMPANY SECURITIES. The Fund may invest in the securities of other investment companies (including exchange traded funds (“ETFs”)), including ETFs that are advised by an affiliate of the Adviser. Unless otherwise permitted by rule, the 1940 Act generally prohibits the Fund from acquiring more than 3% of the outstanding voting shares of an investment company and limits such investments to no more than 5% of the Fund’s total assets in any single investment company and no more than 10% in any combination of two or more investment companies.

 

MONEY MARKET INSTRUMENTS. The Fund may invest a portion of its assets in high-quality money market instruments on an ongoing basis to provide liquidity or for other reasons. The instruments in which the 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 or “A-1+” or “A-1” by S&P or, if unrated, of comparable quality as determined by the Fund; and (iv) repurchase agreements. CDs are short-term negotiable obligations of commercial banks. Time deposits are non-negotiable deposits maintained in banking institutions for specified periods of time at stated interest rates. Banker’s acceptances are time drafts drawn on commercial banks by borrowers, usually in connection with international transactions.

 

REPURCHASE AGREEMENTS. The Fund may enter into repurchase agreements with counterparties that are deemed to present acceptable credit risks. A repurchase agreement is a transaction in which the Fund purchases securities or other obligations from a bank or securities dealer (or its affiliate) and simultaneously commits to resell them to a counterparty at an agreed-upon date or upon demand and at a price reflecting a market rate of interest unrelated to the coupon rate or maturity of the purchased obligations. This is designed to result in a fixed rate of return for the Fund insulated from market fluctuations during the holding period. Because they are collateralized by securities, including mortgage-backed securities, repurchase agreements are subject to market and credit risk. A repurchase agreement maturing in more than seven days may be considered an illiquid investment. The Fund maintains custody of the underlying obligations prior to their repurchase, either through its regular custodian or through a special “tri-party” custodian or sub-custodian that maintains separate accounts for both the Fund and its counterparty. Thus, the obligation of the counterparty to pay the repurchase price on the date agreed to or upon demand is, in effect, secured by such obligations.

 

Repurchase agreements carry certain risks not associated with direct investments in securities, including a possible decline in the market value of the underlying obligations. If their value becomes less than the repurchase price, plus any agreed-upon additional amount, the counterparty must provide additional collateral so that at all times the collateral is at least equal to the repurchase price plus any agreed-upon additional amount. The difference between the total amount to be received upon repurchase of the obligations and the price that was paid by the Fund upon acquisition is accrued as interest and included in its net investment income. Repurchase agreements involving obligations other than U.S. government securities (such as commercial paper and corporate bonds) may be subject to special risks and may not have the benefit of certain protections in the event of the counterparty’s insolvency. If the seller or guarantor becomes insolvent, the Fund may suffer delays, costs and possible losses in connection with the disposition of collateral.

 

REVERSE REPURCHASE AGREEMENTS. The Fund may enter into reverse repurchase agreements, which involve the sale of securities held by the Fund subject to its agreement to repurchase the securities at an agreed-upon date or upon demand and at a price reflecting a market rate of interest. Reverse repurchase agreements are subject to the Fund’s limitation on borrowings and may be entered into only with banks or securities dealers or their affiliates. While a reverse repurchase agreement is outstanding, the Fund will maintain the segregation, either on its records or with the Trust’s custodian, of cash or other liquid securities, marked to market daily, in an amount at least equal to its obligations under the reverse repurchase agreement.

 

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Reverse repurchase agreements involve the risk that the buyer of the securities sold by the Fund might be unable to deliver them when the Fund seeks to repurchase. If the buyer of securities under a reverse repurchase agreement files for bankruptcy or becomes insolvent, the buyer or trustee or receiver may receive an extension of time to determine whether to enforce the Fund’s obligation to repurchase the securities, and the Fund’s use of the proceeds of the reverse repurchase agreement may effectively be restricted pending such decision.

 

SECURITIES LENDING. The Fund may lend portfolio securities to certain creditworthy borrowers, including the Fund’s securities lending agent. Loans of portfolio securities provide the Fund with the opportunity to earn additional income on the Fund’s portfolio securities. All securities loans will be made pursuant to agreements requiring the loans to be continuously secured by collateral in cash, or money market instruments, money market funds or U.S. government securities at least equal at all times to the market value of the loaned securities. The borrower pays to the Fund an amount equal to any dividends or interest received on loaned securities. The Fund retains all or a portion of the interest received on investment of cash collateral or receive a fee from the borrower. Lending portfolio securities involves risks of delay in recovery of the loaned securities or in some cases loss of rights in the collateral should the borrower fail financially. Furthermore, because of the risks of delay in recovery, the Fund may lose the opportunity to sell the securities at a desirable price. The Fund will generally not have the right to vote securities while they are being loaned.

 

TRACKING STOCKS. The Fund may invest in tracking stocks. A tracking stock is a separate class of common stock whose value is linked to a specific business unit or operating division within a larger company and which is designed to “track” the performance of such business unit or division. The Fund may also purchase intermediate and long-term obligations issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury or the agencies or instrumentalities of the U.S. government. The tracking stock may pay dividends to shareholders independent of the parent company. The parent company, rather than the business unit or division, generally is the issuer of tracking stock. However, holders of the tracking stock may not have the same rights as holders of the company’s common stock. 

 

U.S. GOVERNMENT SECURITIES. The Fund may invest in obligations issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury or the agencies or instrumentalities of the U.S. government. U.S. government securities are obligations of, or guaranteed by, the U.S. government, its agencies or government-sponsored enterprises. U.S. government securities are subject to market and interest rate risk, and may be subject to varying degrees of credit risk. U.S. government securities include inflation-indexed fixed income securities, such as U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS). U.S. government securities include zero coupon securities, which tend to be subject to greater market risk than interest-paying securities of similar maturities.

 

PROXY VOTING POLICY

 

The Trust has adopted as its proxy voting policies for the Fund the proxy voting guidelines of the Fund’s Sub-Adviser. The Trust has delegated to the Sub-Adviser the authority and responsibility for voting proxies on the portfolio securities held by the Fund. The remainder of this section discusses the Fund’s proxy voting guidelines and the Sub-Adviser’s role in implementing such guidelines.

 

As a registered investment adviser, [   ] is often entrusted with the fiduciary responsibility to vote proxies for shares of corporate stock held on behalf of its clients. Proxy voting is an integral part of the management of the investment in those shares. In voting proxies, [   ] takes into account long term economic value as it evaluates issues relating to corporate governance, including structures and practices, the nature of long-term business plans, including sustainability policies and practices to address environmental and social factors that are likely to have an impact on shareholder value, and other financial and non-financial measures of corporate performance.

 

For clients that have delegated proxy authority, [   ] will make every reasonable effort to ensure that proxies are received and are voted in accordance with this policy and related procedures. To assist [ ] in that process, it retains Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) to provide various services related to proxy voting, such as research, analysis, voting services, proxy vote tracking, recordkeeping, and reporting. In addition, [   ] also retains Glass Lewis for research services only.

 

[   ] seeks to avoid potential material conflicts of interest through its participation on (“[   ]”) Proxy Voting and Governance Committee (“Committee”). As such, [   ] has adopted and implemented [   ]’s Proxy Voting Policy and proxy voting guidelines. The guidelines are applied to all client accounts for which [   ] has been delegated the authority to vote in a consistent manner and without consideration of any client relationship factors.

 

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Under this policy, the Committee permits member firms (such as [   ]) to consider specific interests and issues and cast votes differently from the collective vote of the Committee where the member firm determines that a different vote is in the best interests of the affected account(s).

 

[   ] will furnish a copy of its Proxy Voting Policy and its proxy voting guidelines upon request to each advisory client that has delegated voting authority.

 

Voting [   ] Stock. It is the policy of [   ] not to vote or make recommendations on how to vote shares of [   ] stock, even where [   ] has the legal power to do so under the relevant governing instrument. In order to avoid any appearance of conflict relating to voting [   ] stock, [   ] has contracted with an independent fiduciary (ISS) to direct all voting of [   ] Stock held by any [   ] accounts on any matter in which shareholders of [   ] Stock are required or permitted to vote.

 

Proxy Voting Disclosure. Clients who have delegated proxy voting authority to [   ] may obtain the proxy voting records for their account upon written or verbal request.

 

Oversight Activities. [   ] performs periodic oversight of the operational and voting processes implemented on behalf of clients to ensure that proxy ballots are voted in accordance with established guidelines. These activities may include, but are not limited to, monthly account reconciliation between the voting agent and [   ] records and forensic testing of the application of vote instruction in relation to policy vote recommendations at the ballot level. These efforts are completed as a component of [   ]’s Rule 206(4)-7 compliance program.

 

A complete copy of the Sub-Adviser’s proxy voting policy may be obtained by calling 1-866-909-9473 or by writing to: WisdomTree Trust, c/o Foreside Fund Services, LLC, Three Canal Plaza, Suite 100, Portland, ME 04101. 

 

The Trust is required to disclose annually the Fund’s complete proxy voting record on Form N-PX covering the period from July 1 of one year through June 30 of the next year and to file Form N-PX with the SEC no later than August 31 of each year. Once available, the current Form N-PX for the Fund may be obtained at no charge upon request by calling 1-866-909-9473 or by visiting the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

 

INDEX DESCRIPTIONS

 

A description of the Index on which the Fund’s investment strategy is based is provided in the Fund’s Prospectus under “Principal Investment Strategies of the Fund” with certain additional details provided below. Additional information about the Index, including the components and weightings of the Indexes, as well as Index methodology, which contains the rules that govern inclusion and weighting in each of the Indexes, is available on the Index provider’s website.

 

WisdomTree Technology and Innovation 100 Index

 

Index Screening/Rebalance Dates. The Index is rebalanced annually. 

 

At each reconstitution of the Index, U.S. listed equities are eligible for inclusion in the Index that meet eligibility as described in the Fund’s Prospectus.

 

Index Components. The approximate number of components of the Index is [100] as of [_____]. 

 

PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS DISCLOSURE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

 

Information about the Fund’s portfolio holdings will be made available each business day.

 

Access to the Fund’s portfolio holdings prior to daily publication is permitted to personnel of the Adviser, the Distributor and the Fund’s administrator (the “Administrator”), custodian and accountant and other agents or service providers of the Trust who have need of such information in connection with the ordinary course of their respective duties to the Fund. The Fund’s Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”) may authorize disclosure of portfolio holdings.

 

The Fund will disclose its portfolio holdings online at www.wisdomtree.com. Online disclosure of such holdings is publicly available at no charge.

 

The Fund also will disclose its complete portfolio holdings schedule in public filings with the SEC on a quarterly basis, based on the Fund’s fiscal year end, within sixty (60) days of the end of the quarter, and will provide that information to shareholders, as required by federal securities laws and regulations thereunder.

 

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INVESTMENT LIMITATIONS

 

The following fundamental investment policies and limitations supplement those set forth in the Fund’s Prospectus. Unless otherwise noted, whenever a fundamental investment policy or limitation states a maximum percentage of the Fund’s assets that may be invested in any security or other asset, or sets forth a policy regarding quality standards, such standard or percentage limitation will be determined immediately after and as a result of the Fund’s acquisition of such security or other asset. Accordingly, other than with respect to the Fund’s limitations on borrowings, any subsequent change in values, net assets, or other circumstances will not be considered when determining whether the investment complies with the Fund’s investment policies and limitations.

 

The Fund’s fundamental investment policies cannot be changed without the approval of the holders of a majority of the Fund’s outstanding voting securities as defined under the 1940 Act. The Fund, however, may change the non-fundamental investment policies described below and its investment objective without a shareholder vote, provided that it obtains Board approval and notifies its shareholders with at least sixty (60) days’ prior written notice of any such change.

 

Fundamental Policies. The following investment policies and limitations are fundamental and may NOT be changed without shareholder approval.

 

The Fund, as a fundamental investment policy, may not:

 

Senior Securities

 

Issue senior securities, except as permitted under the 1940 Act. For the purposes of the fundamental investment policy regarding senior securities, “senior securities” are generally Fund obligations that have a priority over the Fund’s shares with respect to the payment of dividends or the distribution of Fund assets. The 1940 Act generally prohibits the Fund from issuing senior securities, except that the Fund may borrow money in amounts of up to one-third of the Fund’s total assets from banks. The Fund also may borrow an amount equal to up to 5% of the Fund’s total assets from banks or other lenders for temporary purposes, and these borrowings are not considered senior securities.

 

Borrowing

 

Borrow money, except as permitted under the 1940 Act. For the purposes of the fundamental investment policy regarding borrowing, the 1940 Act generally permits the Fund to borrow money in amounts of up to one-third of the Fund’s total assets from banks, and to borrow up to 5% of the Fund’s total assets from banks or other lenders for temporary purposes. To limit the risks attendant to borrowing, the 1940 Act generally requires the Fund to maintain at all times an “asset coverage” of at least 300% of the amount of its borrowings. Asset coverage generally means the ratio that the value of the Fund’s total assets, minus liabilities other than borrowings, bears to the aggregate amount of all borrowings.

 

Underwriting

 

Act as an underwriter of another issuer’s securities, except to the extent that the Fund may be considered an underwriter within the meaning of the Securities Act in the disposition of portfolio securities. 

 

Real Estate

 

Purchase or sell real estate unless acquired as a result of ownership of securities or other instruments (but this shall not prevent the Fund from investing in securities or other instruments backed by real estate, real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) or securities of companies engaged in the real estate business).

 

Commodities

 

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

 

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Loans

 

Lend any security or make any other loan except as permitted under the 1940 Act. This means that no more than 33 1/3% of the Fund’s total assets would be lent to other parties. This limitation does not apply to purchases of debt securities or to repurchase agreements, or to acquisitions of loans, loan participations or other forms of debt instruments, permissible under the Fund’s investment policies.

 

Diversification of Investments

 

With respect to securities comprising 75% of the value of its total assets, the Fund will not purchase securities of any one issuer (other than cash; cash items; securities issued or guaranteed by the government of the United States or its agencies or instrumentalities and repurchase agreements collateralized by such U.S. government securities; and securities of other investment companies) if, as a result, more than 5% of the value of the Fund’s total assets would be invested in the securities of that issuer, or the Fund would own more than 10% of the outstanding voting securities of that issuer.

 

Concentration of Investments

 

The Fund will not make investments that will result in the concentration of its investments in the securities of issuers primarily engaged in the same industry. Government securities, municipal securities and bank instruments will not be deemed to constitute an industry. The investment of more than 25% of the value of the Fund’s total assets in any one industry will constitute a concentration.

 

MANAGEMENT OF THE TRUST

 

Board Responsibilities. The Board is responsible for overseeing the management and affairs of the Fund and the Trust. The Board has considered and approved contracts, as described herein, under which certain companies provide essential management and administrative services to the Trust. Like most funds, the day-to-day business of the Trust, including the day-to-day management of risk, is performed by third-party service providers, such as the Adviser, Distributor (as defined below) and Administrator (as defined below). The Board is responsible for overseeing the Trust’s service providers and, thus, has oversight responsibility with respect to the risk management performed by those service providers. Risk management seeks to identify and eliminate or mitigate the potential effects of risks, i.e., events or circumstances that could have material adverse effects on the business, operations, shareholder services, investment performance or reputation of the Trust or the Fund. Under the overall supervision of the Board and the Audit Committee (discussed in more detail below), the service providers to the Fund employ a variety of processes, procedures and controls to identify risks relevant to the operations of the Trust and the Fund to lessen the probability of their occurrence and/or to mitigate the effects of such events or circumstances if they do occur. Each service provider is responsible for one or more discrete aspects of the Trust’s business (e.g., the Adviser is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio investments) and, consequently, for managing the risks associated with that activity. 

 

The Board’s role in risk management oversight begins before the inception of the Fund, at which time the Fund’s Adviser and Sub-Adviser present the Board with information concerning the investment objective, strategies and risks of the Fund. Additionally, the Fund’s Adviser provides the Board periodically with an overview of, among other things, its investment philosophy, brokerage practices and compliance infrastructure. Thereafter, the Board oversees the risk management of the Fund’s operations, in part, by requesting periodic reports from and otherwise communicating with various personnel of the Fund and its service providers, including the Trust’s CCO and the Fund’s independent accountants. The Board and, with respect to identified risks that relate to its scope of expertise, the Audit Committee, oversee efforts by management and service providers to manage risks to which the Fund may be exposed.

 

The Board is responsible for overseeing the nature, extent and quality of the services provided to the Fund by the Adviser and receives information about those services at its regular meetings. In addition, on at least an annual basis, in connection with its consideration of whether to renew any Investment Advisory Agreement and Sub-Advisory Agreement with the Adviser and Sub-Adviser, respectively, the Board meets with the Adviser and Sub-Adviser to review such services. Among other things, the Board regularly considers the Adviser’s and Sub-Adviser’s adherence to the Fund’s investment restrictions and compliance with various Fund policies and procedures and with applicable securities regulations. The Board also reviews information about the Fund’s performance and investments.

 

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The Trust’s CCO meets regularly with the Board to review and discuss compliance and other issues. At least annually, the Trust’s CCO provides the Board with a report reviewing the adequacy and effectiveness of the Trust’s policies and procedures and those of its service providers, including the Adviser and Sub-Adviser. The report addresses the operation of the policies and procedures of the Trust and each service provider since the date of the last report; material changes to the policies and procedures since the date of the last report; any recommendations for material changes to the policies and procedures; and material compliance matters since the date of the last report.

 

The Board receives reports from the Trust’s service providers regarding operational risks, portfolio valuation and other matters. Annually, an independent registered public accounting firm reviews with the Audit Committee its audit of the Fund’s financial statements, focusing on major areas of risk encountered by the Fund and noting any significant deficiencies or material weaknesses in the Fund’s internal controls.

 

The Board recognizes that not all risks that may affect the Fund can be identified, that it may not be practical or cost-effective to eliminate or mitigate certain risks, that it may be necessary to bear certain risks (such as investment-related risks) to achieve the Fund’s goals, and that the processes, procedures and controls employed to address certain risks may be limited in their effectiveness. Moreover, despite the periodic reports the Board receives and the Board’s discussions with the service providers to the Fund, it may not be made aware of all of the relevant information related to a particular risk. Most of the Trust’s investment management and business affairs are carried out by or through the Fund’s Adviser, Sub-Adviser and other service providers, each of which has an independent interest in risk management but whose policies and methods by which one or more risk management functions are carried out may differ from the Trust’s and each other’s in the setting of priorities, the resources available or the effectiveness of relevant controls. As a result of the foregoing and other factors, the Board’s risk management oversight is subject to substantial limitations.

 

Members of the Board and Officers of the Trust. Set forth below are the names, birth years, positions with the Trust, term of office, number of portfolios overseen, and principal occupations and other directorships held during the last five years of each of the persons currently serving as members of the Board and as Executive Officers of the Trust. Also included below is the term of office for each of the Executive Officers of the Trust. The members of the Board serve as Trustees for the life of the Trust or until retirement, removal, or their office is terminated pursuant to the Trust’s Amended and Restated Declaration of Trust. The address of each Trustee and Officer is c/o WisdomTree Digital Management, Inc., 250 West 34th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10019. 

 

The Chairman of the Board, Joseph Keenan, is not an interested person of the Fund as that term is defined in the 1940 Act. The Board is composed of a super-majority (75%) of Trustees who are not interested persons of the Fund (i.e., “Independent Trustees”). There is an Audit Committee and Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board, each of which is chaired by an Independent Trustee and comprised solely of Independent Trustees. The Committee chair for each is responsible for running the Committee meetings, formulating agendas for those meetings, and coordinating with management to serve as a liaison between the Committee members and management on matters within the scope of the responsibilities of the Committee as set forth in its Board-approved charter. The Fund has determined that this leadership structure is appropriate given the specific characteristics and circumstances of the Fund. The Fund made this determination in consideration of, among other things, the fact that the Independent Trustees of the Fund constitute a super-majority of the Board, the assets under management of the Fund, the number of Funds overseen by the Board, the total number of Trustees on the Board, and the fact that an Independent Trustee serves as Chairman of the Board. 

 

Name and Year of Birth of
Trustee/Officer

 

 

Position(s)
Held with

the Trust, Term of

Office and Length of

Time Served

 

 

Principal Occupation(s)
During Past 5 Years

 

 

Number of
Portfolios in Fund
Complex
Overseen by
Trustee/Officer+

 

 

Other Directorships

Held by Trustee

 

                 
 
Trustees Who Are Interested Persons of the Trust
                 
Stuart Bell
(1983)
  Trustee, 2022 - present; President, 2022-present   Chief Operating Officer of WisdomTree Digital Management since 2022; Chief Operating Officer of WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. since 2018; Director of International Business of WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. from 2016 to 2018.   [   ]   Director, WisdomTree Digital Management and WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc.

 

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Name and Year of Birth of
Trustee/Officer

 

 

Position(s)
Held with

the Trust, Term of

Office and Length of

Time Served

 

 

Principal Occupation(s)
During Past 5 Years

 

 

Number of
Portfolios in Fund
Complex
Overseen by
Trustee/Officer+

 

 

Other Directorships

Held by Trustee

 

 

 Trustees Who Are Not Interested Persons of the Trust

                 
Joseph Keenan
(1962)
  Trustee, 2022-present; Chairman of the Board, 2022-present.   Founder and Sole Proprietor of Target Consulting LLC (asset management consultant) since 2019; Senior Vice President of SS&C Technologies (fund administrator, accounting agent and transfer agent) from 2019 to 2020; Managing Director, Global Head of Sales and Relationship Management – Asset Managers and Sovereigns of BNY Mellon (custodial bank, fund administrator and accounting agent) from 2015 to 2018.   [   ]   None
                 
Mary Moran Zeven*
(1961)
  Trustee, 2022-present   Director of the Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law, Boston University School of Law, 2019 to present; Senior Vice President and Senior Managing Counsel of State Street Bank and Trust Company (custodial bank, fund administrator and accounting agent) from 2000 to 2019.   [   ]   Director, M Funds, Inc.
                 
Nicholas Fusco**
(1983)
  Trustee, 2022-present   Founder and CEO of ApeVue (private investment pricing service and independent data provider) from 2021 to present; Chief Revenue Officer of Semantic Evolution (financial technology, artificial intelligence and data extraction provider) from 2019 to 2021; Director, Fixed Income Product Sales at IHS Markit (financial data provider) from 2014 to 2019.   [   ]   None
                 
 
Officers of the Trust
                 

Stuart Bell***

(1983)

  President, 2022- present; Trustee, 2022-present  

Chief Operating Officer, WisdomTree Digital Management since 2022; Chief Operating Officer, WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. since 2018; Director of International Business of WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. from 2016 to 2018. 

  [   ]  

Director, WisdomTree Digital Management and WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc.

 

                 

William Peck***

(1990)

  Vice President, 2022-present   Head of Digital Assets, WisdomTree Digital+, since 2021; Head of Strategy and Emerging Technology, WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc., from 2014 to 2021.   [   ]   None
                 

Ryan Louvar***

(1972)

  Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, 2022-present   Chief Legal Officer and Head of Business and Legal Affairs, WisdomTree Digital, since 2021;  General Counsel, WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc., 2013 to 2021.   [   ]   None

 

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Name and Year of Birth of
Trustee/Officer

 

 

Position(s)
Held with

the Trust, Term of

Office and Length of

Time Served

 

 

Principal Occupation(s)
During Past 5 Years

 

 

Number of
Portfolios in Fund
Complex
Overseen by
Trustee/Officer+

 

 

Other Directorships

Held by Trustee

 

                 

Terry Jane Feld***

(1960)

  Chief Compliance Officer, 2022-present   Chief Compliance Officer, WisdomTree Digital Management since 2022 and WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. since 2012; Head of Compliance, WisdomTree Asset Management since 2012.   [   ]  

None

 

 

                 

John Davidson***

(1960)

  AML Compliance Officer, 2022-present   Global Head of Financial Crimes, WisdomTree Digital+ since 2022; Managing Director and Global Head of Financial Crimes, E*Trade (acquired by Morgan Stanley), 2007 to 2021.   [   ]   None
                 

David Castano***

(1971)

  Treasurer, 2022-present   Head of Fund Accounting & Administration, WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. since 2020; Director of Fund Accounting & Administration, WisdomTree Asset Management, 2011 to 2020.   [   ]    None
                 
                 

Clint Martin***

(1977)

  Assistant Treasurer, 2022-present  

Director of Fund Accounting &

Administration, WisdomTree Asset

Management, Inc. since 2020; Fund Manager, Fund Accounting & Administration, WisdomTree Asset Management, 2012 to 2020.

  [   ]  

 

None

                 

Joshua Mayo***

(1989)

  Assistant Secretary, 2022-present   Counsel, Digital Assets, WisdomTree Digital, since 2022; Associate Counsel (Corporate & Commercial), Axogen, Inc., 2021 to 2022; Corporate Attorney (Legal Specialist – U.S. Regulatory), PIMCO, 2018 to 2021; Corporate Attorney (Legal and Compliance), Artivest, Inc., 2017 to 2018.   [   ]   None

 

_________________

* Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee

** Chair of the Audit Committee

*** Elected by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Board.

+ As of June 30, 2022.

++ WisdomTree Digital refers to the separate division within WisdomTree and its affiliates commencing in 2021 and includes the separate advisory subsidiary, WisdomTree Digital Management, commencing in 2022.

 

Trustees Who Are Not Interested Persons of the Trust

 

Audit Committee. Messrs. Fusco and Keenan and Ms. Moran Zeven, each an Independent Trustee, are members of the Board’s Audit Committee. The principal responsibilities of the Audit Committee are the appointment, compensation and oversight of the Trust’s independent registered public accounting firm, including the resolution of disagreements regarding financial reporting between Trust management and such independent registered public accounting firm. The Audit Committee’s responsibilities include, without limitation, to (i) oversee the accounting and financial reporting processes of the Trust and to receive reports regarding the Trust’s internal control over financial reporting; (ii) oversee the quality and integrity of the Fund’s financial statements and the independent audits thereof; (iii) oversee, or, as appropriate, assist Board oversight of, the Trust’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements that relate to the Trust’s accounting and financial reporting, and independent audits; (iv) approve prior to appointment the engagement of the Trust’s independent registered public accounting firm and, in connection therewith, to review and evaluate the qualifications, independence and performance of the Trust’s independent registered public accounting firm; and (v) act as a liaison between the Trust’s independent auditors and the full Board. The Independent Trustees’ independent legal counsel assists the Audit Committee in connection with these duties. The Board has adopted a written charter for the Audit Committee. Because the Board held its organizational meeting in the second fiscal quarter of 2022, the Audit Committee met once during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022, prior to commencement of the Trust and the Fund’s operations.

 

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Governance and Nominating Committee. Ms. Moran Zeven and Messrs. Keenan and Fusco, each an Independent Trustee, are members of the Board’s Governance and Nominating Committee. The principal responsibilities of the Governance and Nominating Committee are to (i) provide assistance to the Board in fulfilling its responsibility with respect to the oversight of appropriate and effective governance of the Trust; (ii) identify individuals qualified to serve as Independent Trustees of the Trust and to recommend its nominees for consideration by the full Board; and (iii) provide assistance to the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities under Section 15 of the 1940 Act. While the Governance and Nominating Committee is solely responsible for the selection and nomination of the Trust’s Independent Trustees, the Governance and Nominating Committee may consider nominations for the office of Trustee made by Trust shareholders as it deems appropriate. The Governance and Nominating Committee considers nominees recommended by shareholders if such nominees are submitted in accordance with Rule 14a-8 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “1934 Act”), in conjunction with a shareholder meeting to consider the election of Trustees. Trust shareholders who wish to recommend a nominee should send nominations to the Secretary of the Trust that include biographical information and set forth the qualifications of the proposed nominee. The Board has adopted a written charter for the Governance and Nominating Committee. Because the Board held its organizational meeting in the second fiscal quarter of 2022, the Governance and Nominating Committee met once during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022, prior to commencement of the Trust and the Fund’s operations. 

 

Individual Trustee Qualifications. The Board has concluded that each of the Trustees is qualified to serve on the Board because of his or her ability to review and understand information about the Trust and the Fund provided by management, to identify and request other information he or she may deem relevant to the performance of the Trustees’ duties, to question management and other service providers regarding material factors bearing on the management and administration of the Fund, and to exercise his or her business judgment in a manner that serves the best interests of the Fund’s shareholders. The Trust has concluded that each of the Trustees is qualified to serve as a Trustee based on his or her own experience, qualifications, attributes and skills as described below.

 

The Board has concluded that Mr. Keenan is qualified to serve as Trustee of the Trust because of the experience he has gained with respect to the financial services industry, investment products and new financial technologies. His experience includes global fund services and operations, global fund relationship management, evolving financial products and financial technologies and financial services business development.

 

The Board has concluded that Ms. Moran Zeven is qualified to serve as Trustee of the Trust because of the experience she has gained in the financial services and legal industries. Her experience includes global fund services and operations, with a particular focus on related legal matters, as well as overseeing a graduate program in banking and financial law at a major university focused on the evolving global financial industry and application of laws related thereto.

 

The Board has concluded that Mr. Fusco is qualified to serve as Trustee of the Trust because of the experience he has gained with respect to the financial services industry, financial pricing data and new financial technologies. His experience includes complex financial product and data analysis, complex pricing data and services, and financial services data extraction and artificial intelligence technology.

 

The Board has concluded that Mr. Bell is qualified to serve as Trustee of the Trust because of the experience he has gained as Chief Operating Officer of WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. and the Adviser, the experience he has gained serving as Director of International Business for WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc., and his knowledge of and experience in the financial services industry.

 

Fund Shares Owned by Board Members. Since the Fund had not commenced operations prior to the end of the most recently completed calendar year, no Trustee had any “beneficial ownership” of shares of the Fund as of the end of the most recently completed calendar year.

 

Board Compensation. The Fund had not commenced operations during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022. The Independent Trustees will receive an annual fee of $50,000, with the Board Chair receiving an additional fee of $20,000 and each Committee Chair receiving a fee of $10,000 per annum, payable in quarterly increments at each quarterly meeting.

 

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Control Persons and Principal Holders of Securities.

 

As of the date of this SAI, the Fund does not have any shareholders. Certain officers, employees, accounts or affiliates of WisdomTree Digital Management, Inc. (such as WisdomTree Investments, 250 West 34th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY), or third parties, may from time to time own a substantial amount of the Fund’s shares, including as an initial or seed investor.

 

Investment Adviser.

 

WisdomTree Digital Management, Inc. (“WisdomTree Digital Management” or the “Adviser”) serves as investment adviser to the Fund pursuant to an investment advisory agreement between the Trust and the Adviser (the “Investment Advisory Agreement”). The Adviser is a Delaware corporation registered with the SEC as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Advisers Act”), and has offices located at 250 West 34th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10019. 

 

Under the Investment Advisory Agreement, the Adviser is responsible for the overall management and administration of the Trust. The Adviser provides an investment program for the Fund. The Adviser also provides proactive oversight of the Sub-Adviser’s daily monitoring of the Sub-Adviser’s buying and selling of securities for the Fund, and regular review of the Sub-Adviser’s performance. In addition, the Adviser arranges for, and oversees transfer agency, custody, fund administration, securities lending, and all other non-distribution-related services necessary for the Fund to operate. The Adviser furnishes to the Trust all office facilities, equipment, services and executive and administrative personnel necessary for managing the investment program of the Trust for the Fund, including:

 

·Overseeing the Trust’s insurance program;

·Overseeing and coordinating all governance matters for the Trust;

·Coordinating meetings of the Board of Trustees;

·Coordinating with outside counsel on all Trust related legal matters;

·Coordinating the preparation of the Trust’s financial statements;

·Coordinating all regulatory filings and shareholder reporting;

·Overseeing the Fund’s tax status and tax filings;

·Providing the Trust with records concerning the activities that the Trust is required to maintain; and

·Rendering applicable reports to the Trust's officers and Board of Trustees.

 

The Trust pays the Adviser a management fee, based on a percentage of the Fund’s average daily net assets, indicated below.

 

Fund   Management Fee
Rate
WisdomTree Technology and Innovation 100 Digital Fund   [   ]%

 

With regards to the management fee under the Investment Advisory Agreement for the Fund, the Adviser provides investment advisory services and pays the Fund’s operating expenses, with certain exceptions, in return for a “unitary fee.”

 

The Fund has not commenced operations as of the most recent fiscal year end and the Fund did not pay any management fees to the Adviser for the most recent fiscal year ended June 30, 2022. The Adviser, from its own resources, including profits from management fees received from the Fund, provided such fees are legitimate and not excessive, may make payments to broker-dealers and other financial institutions for their expenses in connection with the distribution of Fund shares, and otherwise currently pays all distribution costs for Fund shares.

 

The Investment Advisory Agreement with respect to the Fund continues in effect for two years from its effective date, and thereafter is subject to annual approval by (i) the Board or (ii) the vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities (as defined in the 1940 Act) of the Fund, provided that in either event such continuance also is approved by a vote of a majority of the Trustees of the Trust who are not interested persons (as defined in the 1940 Act) of the Fund, by a vote cast in person at a meeting called for the purpose of voting on such approval. If the shareholders of the Fund fail to approve the Investment Advisory Agreement, the Adviser may continue to serve in the manner and to the extent permitted by the 1940 Act and rules and regulations thereunder.

 

The Investment Advisory Agreement with respect to the Fund is terminable without any penalty, by vote of the Board or by vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities (as defined in the 1940 Act) of the Fund, or by the Adviser, in each case on not less than thirty (30) days’ nor more than sixty (60) days’ prior written notice to the other party. The Investment Advisory Agreement will terminate automatically and immediately in the event of its “assignment” (as defined in the 1940 Act).

 

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Additional Arrangements with WisdomTree Digital Management

 

Pursuant to a separate contractual arrangement, WisdomTree Digital Management (i) educates, or facilitates education, regarding the blockchain-enabled aspects of the Fund’s shares, makes periodic reports to the Board with respect thereto and pays (either directly or through third parties, which may include affiliates) all applicable blockchain network fees on behalf of the Fund, and (ii) arranges for the provision of chief compliance officer (“CCO”) services with respect to the Fund, and is liable and responsible for, and administers, payments to the CCO, the Independent Trustees and counsel to the Independent Trustees. As compensation for providing such services, the Fund shall initially pay an annual fee to WisdomTree of [   ]% of its average daily net assets (the “Services Fee”). Such Services Fee may be increased upon approval by a majority of the Board and, if such approval is provided, only after at least sixty (60) days’ prior notice of such approved fee shall have been provided to the Fund’s shareholders. The initial term of such contractual arrangement is one (1) year, which will automatically renew from year to year provided such continuance is approved by a majority of the Board. Either party may choose to not renew by providing written notice to the other at least thirty (30) days prior to the next renewal period. 

 

Sub-Adviser. [ ] (“[ ]” or the “Sub-Adviser”) serves as sub-adviser to, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund. [ ], a registered investment adviser, manages global quantitative-based investment strategies for institutional and private investors. Its principal office is located at [ ]. [ ] manages the Fund’s portfolio investments and places orders to buy and sell the Fund’s portfolio investments. WisdomTree Asset Management pays [ ] for providing sub-advisory services to the Fund.

 

[     ] believes that it may perform sub-advisory and related services for the Trust without violating applicable banking laws or regulations. However, the legal requirements and interpretations about the permissible activities of banks and their affiliates may change in the future. These changes could prevent [ ] from continuing to perform services for the Trust. If this happens, the Board would consider selecting other qualified firms.

 

The Sub-Advisory Agreement, with respect to the Fund, continues in effect for two years from its effective date, and thereafter is subject to annual approval by (i) the Board or (ii) the vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities (as defined in the 1940 Act) of the Fund, provided that in either event such continuance is also approved by a vote of a majority of the Trustees of the Trust who are not interested persons (as defined in the 1940 Act) of the Fund, by a vote cast in person at a meeting called for the purpose of voting on such approval. If the shareholders of the Fund fail to approve the Fund’s Sub-Advisory Agreement, WisdomTree Asset Management may continue to serve in the manner and to the extent permitted by the 1940 Act and rules and regulations thereunder. The Sub-Advisory Agreement is terminable without any penalty, by vote of the Board of or by vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities (as defined in the 1940 Act) of the Fund, or by WisdomTree Asset Management, in each case on not less than thirty (30) days’ nor more than sixty (60) days’ prior written notice to the other party; provided that a shorter notice period shall be permitted for the Fund in the event its shares are no longer listed on a national securities exchange. The Sub-Advisory Agreement will terminate automatically and immediately in the event of its “assignment” (as defined in the 1940 Act).

 

Portfolio Managers.

 

[    ] utilizes a team of investment professionals acting together to manage the Fund’s assets. The Fund is managed by [ ]’s Team. The team meets regularly to review portfolio holdings and to discuss purchase and sale activity. The team adjusts holdings in the Fund’s portfolio as it deems appropriate in the pursuit of the Fund’s investment objective.

 

The individual members of the investment team who are jointly and primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund’s portfolio are [     ].

 

As of [_________], 2021, [ ]’s managed [     ] registered investment companies with approximately [     ] in assets; [     ] pooled investment vehicles with approximately [     ] in assets; and [     ] other accounts with approximately [     ] in assets. Portfolio Manager Fund Ownership. As of [     ], none of the portfolio managers owned shares of the Fund.

 

Portfolio Manager Compensation.

 

[     ]’s rewards program is designed to be market-competitive and align its compensation with the goals of its clients. This alignment is achieved through an emphasis on deferred awards, which incentivizes [ ]’s investment personnel to focus on long-term alpha generation.

 

[     ]’s incentive model is designed to compensate for quantitative and qualitative objectives achieved during the performance year. An individual’s final annual incentive award is tied to the firm’s overall performance, the team’s investment performance, as well as individual performance.

 

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Awards are paid in cash on an annual basis; however, some portfolio managers may receive a portion of their annual incentive award in deferred vehicles. Annual incentive as a percentage of fixed pay varies with the profitability of the firm and the product team.

 

The following factors encompass [       ]’s investment professional rewards program.

 

Base salary

Annual cash incentive

Long-Term Incentive Plan

Deferred cash for investment

[     ] restricted stock units and/or

[     ] Equity

 

Awards for selected senior portfolio managers are based on a two-stage model: an opportunity range based on the current level of business and an assessment of long-term business value. A significant portion of the opportunity awarded is structured and based upon the performance of the portfolio manager’s accounts relative to the performance of appropriate peers, with longer-term performance more heavily weighted.

 

Description of Material Conflicts of Interest.

 

The Adviser will take steps to provide reasonable assurance that no client or group of clients is advantaged at the expense of any other client. As such, it has adopted a Code of Ethics and compliance policy manual to address such conflicts. These potential and inherent conflicts include but are not limited to: the allocation of investment opportunities, side by side management, execution of portfolio transactions, brokerage conflicts, compensation conflicts, related party arrangements, personal interests, and other investment and operational conflicts of interest. The Adviser’s compliance policies are designed to ensure that all client accounts are treated equitably over time.

 

Performance Fees. The Portfolio Managers have entered into performance-based fee arrangements for certain client accounts and funds. Most of these arrangements provide for an asset-based management fee, based on the market value of the account at month end, quarter end or based on average market value, plus a performance fee based on the portfolio’s net return in excess of a specified benchmark and/or hurdle rate during a designated period of time. The performance is based on both realized and unrealized gains and losses. Some performance fee calculations include a high water mark, which keeps track of the highest level of performance on which a performance fee has been paid and which must be exceeded in order for an additional performance fee to be assessed. For more detailed information on how performance fees are calculated, please see the applicable private placement memorandum or the applicable investment management agreement.

 

 

Side-by-Side Management. “Side-by-side management” refers to a Portfolio Manager’s simultaneous management of multiple types of client accounts/investment products. For example, Portfolio Managers may manage separate accounts and pooled investment vehicles for clients at the same time with a variety of investment objectives, policies, strategies, limitations, and restrictions. Side-by-side management gives rise to a variety of potential and actual conflicts of interest for the Portfolio Managers. Below is a discussion of the conflicts that the Portfolio Managers face when engaging in side-by-side management and how they deal with them. Note that the Adviser’s employees also serve as officers or employees of one or more the Adviser’s affiliates (“dual officers”). When dual officers or dual employees are involved, this presents the same conflicts as described below.

 

Conflicts of Interest Relating to Side-by-Side Management of Discretionary and Non-Discretionary Accounts. Portfolio Managers may provide to a third party for which they provide non-discretionary advisory services the same model portfolio used to manage certain of the Portfolio Managers’ clients’ accounts. In those cases where Portfolio Managers are implementing the model results for only a portion of the assets affected (for example, only the assets over which Portfolio Managers have discretionary management authority) and therefore, they cannot apply their internal trade allocation procedures, Portfolio Managers will (i) use reasonable efforts to agree on procedures with such non- discretionary clients designed to prevent one group of clients from receiving preferential trading treatment over another group, or (ii) determine that, due to the nature of the assets to be traded or the market on which they are traded, no client would likely be adversely affected if such procedures are not established.

 

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Conflicts of Interest Relating to Accounts with Different Strategies. Portfolio Managers manage accounts with a variety of strategies, which may present conflicts of interest. For example, one client account strategy may call for selling a particular equity, while another may call for buying a particular equity simultaneously, which can result in a loss to one client based on a decision to take a gain in the other. Taking concurrent conflicting positions in certain derivative instruments can likewise cause a loss to one client and a gain to another.

 

Conflicts of Interest Relating to the Management of Multiple Client Accounts. Portfolio Managers expect to perform investment advisory services for various clients. Portfolio Managers may give advice and take action in the performance of their duties with respect to any of their other clients which may differ from the advice given, or the timing or nature of action taken, with respect another client. Portfolio Managers have no obligation to purchase or sell for a client any security or other property which they purchase or sell for their own account or for the account of any other client, if they believe it is undesirable or impractical to take such action. Portfolio Managers may give advice or take action in the performance of their duties with respect to any of their clients which may differ from the advice given, or the timing or nature of action taken, by their affiliates on behalf of their clients.

 

Conflicts of Interest Relating to Investment in Affiliated Accounts. Portfolio Managers may decide to invest client accounts in affiliated pooled vehicles, such as ETFs managed by an Adviser affiliate. The Portfolio Managers have an incentive to allocate investments to these types of affiliated accounts in order to generate additional fees for themselves or their affiliates. In certain instances, Portfolio Managers may enter into revenue sharing arrangements with affiliates where they may receive a portion of the fee, or bill the full fee to the client and reimburse the affiliate. Portfolio Managers may also enter into wholesale arrangements with affiliates where they receive only a portion of the client fee. For certain accounts with affiliates, some of the fees, such as custody fees, may be waived or rebated.

 

Conflicts of Interest Relating to the Discretion to Redeem from and Invest in Pooled Investment Vehicles. The Portfolio Manager’s clients may give them discretion to allocate client assets to, and/or redeem client assets from, certain pooled investment vehicles they manage or sub- advise. Sometimes, such discretionary authority is restricted by asset allocation parameters which may limit the Portfolio Manager’s discretion to allocate to a percentage range of the value of a client’s account. When a client grants Portfolio Managers that discretion, a conflict could arise with respect to such client, and also with respect to other investors in such pooled investment vehicle. The Portfolio Managers may, for example, have an incentive to maintain a larger percentage of a client’s assets in the Fund in order for such assets to act as seed capital, to increase the Fund’s assets under management and thus, to make investment by other investors more attractive, or to maintain the continuity of a performance record if the client is the sole remaining investor. Likewise, as the manager or Adviser, they will have information that investors will not have about the investments held by the Fund and about other investors’ intentions to invest or redeem. Such information could potentially be used to favor one investor over another.

 

Conflicts of Interest Relating to “Proprietary Accounts”. The Portfolio Managers, and the Adviser’s existing and future employees may from time to time invest in products managed by the Adviser and they or related persons may establish “seeded” funds or accounts for the purpose of developing new investment strategies and products (collectively, “Proprietary Accounts”). Investment by the Adviser, or its employees in Proprietary Accounts that invest in the same securities as other client accounts may create conflicts of interest. Portfolio Managers have an incentive to favor these Proprietary Accounts by directing their best investment ideas to these accounts or allocating, aggregating, or sequencing trades in favor of such accounts, to the disadvantage of other accounts. Portfolio Managers also have an incentive to dedicate more time and attention to their Proprietary Accounts and to give them better execution and brokerage commissions than their other client accounts. The Portfolio Managers also may waive fees for Proprietary Accounts or for certain affiliated persons who invest in such Proprietary Accounts.

 

Valuations. A majority of the Adviser’s fees are based on the valuations provided by clients’ custodians or pooled accounts’ administrators. However, a conflict of interest may arise in overseeing the valuation of investments where the Adviser is involved in the determination of the valuation of an investment. If vendor pricing is unavailable, the Adviser then looks to other observable inputs for the valuations. In the event that a vendor price or other observable inputs are unavailable or deemed unreliable, the Adviser has established a Valuation Committee to make a reasonable determination of a security’s fair value.

 

Other Conflicts of Interest. As noted previously, Portfolio Managers manage accounts with a variety of interests. This necessarily creates potential conflicts of interest for the Portfolio Managers. For example, Portfolio Managers may cause multiple accounts to invest in the same investment. Such accounts may have conflicting interests and objectives in connection with such investment, including differing views on the operations or activities of the portfolio company, the targeted returns for the transaction, and the timeframe for and method of exiting the investment. Conflicts may also arise in cases where multiple the Adviser and/or affiliate client accounts are invested in different parts of an issuer’s capital structure. For example, one of the Portfolio Manager’s client accounts could acquire debt obligations of a company while an affiliate’s client account acquires an equity investment. In negotiating the terms and conditions of any such investments, Portfolio Managers may find that the interests of the debt-holding client accounts and the equity-holding client accounts may conflict. If that issuer encounters financial problems, decisions over the terms of the workout could raise conflicts of interest (including, for example, conflicts over proposed waivers and amendments to debt covenants). For example, debt holding accounts may be better served by a liquidation of an issuer in which it could be paid in full, while equity holding accounts might prefer a reorganization of the issuer that would have the potential to retain value for the equity holders. As another example, holders of an issuer’s senior securities may be able to act to direct cash flows away from junior security holders, and both the junior and senior security holders may be the Adviser’s client accounts. Any of the foregoing conflicts of interest will be discussed and resolved on a case-by-case basis. Any such discussions will factor in the interests of the relevant parties and applicable laws.

 

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Addressing Conflicts of Interest. Portfolio Managers have a fiduciary duty to manage all client accounts in a fair and equitable manner. To accomplish this, the Adviser has adopted various policies and procedures intended to address conflicts of interest such as those described above.

 

Codes of Ethics. The Trust, the Adviser, Sub-Adviser and the Distributor have each adopted a Code of Ethics pursuant to Rule 17j-1 under the 1940 Act and Rule 204A-1 under the Advisers Act, where applicable. Each Code of Ethics permits personnel subject to that Code of Ethics to invest in securities for their personal investment accounts, subject to certain limitations, including securities that may be purchased or held by the Fund.

 

Each Code of Ethics is on public file with, and is available from the EDGAR Database on the SEC’s internet site at http://www.sec.gov, and copies of these codes of ethics may be obtained, after paying a duplicating fee, by electronic request at the following email address: publicinfo@sec.gov. 

 

Administrator and Custodian. State Street Bank and Trust Company (“State Street”) serves as administrator and custodian for the Fund. State Street’s principal address is One Lincoln Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. Under the Fund Administration Agreement with the Trust, State Street provides certain administrative, legal, tax, and financial reporting services for the maintenance and operations of the Trust and the Fund. Under the Master Custodian Agreement with the Trust, State Street acts as custodian of assets of the Trust, including securities which the Trust, on behalf of the Fund, desires to be held in places within the United States and securities it desires to be held outside the United States, and provides accounting and other services. State Street is required, upon the order of the Trust, to deliver securities held by State Street and to make payments for securities purchased by the Trust and for the Fund. With respect to the foregoing agreements, the Trust has agreed to limitation of liability for State Street and/or to indemnify State Street for certain liabilities.

 

Transfer Agent. Securrency Transfers, Inc. (“Securrency”) serves as Transfer Agent for the Trust and its principal address is 3202 Douglas Point Court, Riva, Maryland 21140. Securrency has entered into a Transfer Agency and Service Agreement with the Trust, under which it acts as transfer agent for the authorized and issued shares of beneficial interest for the Fund and as dividend disbursing agent of the Trust. Securrency maintains the official record of share ownership in book-entry form and also reconciles such official record with the secondary record of ownership of the Fund’s shares on one or more blockchains. As compensation for the foregoing services, Securrency receives certain out-of-pocket costs and account fees. 

 

Securities Lending Activities. To the extent a lending agent (“Lending Agent”) is engaged, such lending agent will be responsible for the implementation and administration of the securities lending program pursuant to a Securities Lending Authorization Agreement (“Securities Lending Agreement”). The Lending Agent would lend available securities with any person on its list of approved borrowers, including any affiliate thereof. Lending Agent would determine whether a loan shall be made and negotiates and establishes the terms and conditions of the loan with the borrower. Lending Agent would ensure that all substitute interest, dividends, and other distributions paid with respect to loan securities is credited to the Fund’s relevant account on the date such amounts are delivered by the borrower to Lending Agent. Lending Agent would receive and hold, on the Fund’s behalf, collateral from borrowers to secure obligations of borrowers with respect to any loan of available securities. Lending Agent would mark loaned securities and collateral to their market value each business day based upon the market value of the collateral and loaned securities at the close of business employing the most recently available pricing information and receives and delivers collateral in order to maintain the value of the collateral at no less than 100% of the market value of the loaned securities. At the termination of the loan, Lending Agent would return the collateral to the borrower upon the return of the loaned securities to Lending Agent. Lending Agent would invest cash collateral in accordance with the Securities Lending Agreement. Lending Agent would maintain such records as are reasonably necessary to account for loans that are made and the income derived therefrom and makes available to the Fund a monthly statement describing the loans made, and the income derived from the loans, during the period. Lending Agent would perform compliance monitoring and testing of the securities lending program and, on a quarterly basis, make available to the Board a statement describing the outstanding loans and income made on such loans during the period.

 

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The Fund had not engaged a Lending Agent and accordingly had not engaged in any lending activity as of the end of the most recent fiscal year and as such, such that it had no fees and/or compensation for securities lending activities and related services.

 

Distributor. Foreside Fund Services, LLC (the “Distributor”) serves as Distributor for the Trust and its principal address is Three Canal Plaza, Suite 100, Portland, Maine 04101. The Distributor has entered into a Distribution Agreement with the Trust pursuant to which it distributes shares of the Fund. The Distribution Agreement will continue for two years from its effective date and is renewable annually.

 

BROKERAGE TRANSACTIONS

 

The Sub-Adviser assumes general supervision over placing orders on behalf of the Fund that it sub-advises for the purchase and sale of portfolio securities. In selecting the brokers or dealers for any transaction in portfolio securities, the Sub-Adviser’s policy is to make such selection based on factors deemed relevant, including but not limited to, the breadth of the market in the security; the price of the security; the reasonableness of the commission or mark-up or mark-down, if any; execution capability; settlement capability; back office efficiency; and the financial condition of the broker or dealer, both for the specific transaction and on a continuing basis. The overall reasonableness of brokerage commissions paid is evaluated by the Sub-Adviser based upon its knowledge of available information as to the general level of commissions paid by other institutional investors for comparable services. Brokers may also be selected because of their ability to handle special or difficult executions, such as may be involved in large block trades, less liquid or foreign securities, broad distributions, or other circumstances. The Sub-Adviser does not consider the provision or value of research, products or services a broker or dealer may provide, if any, as a factor in the selection of a broker or dealer or the determination of the reasonableness of commissions paid in connection with portfolio transactions. The Trust has adopted policies and procedures that prohibit the consideration of sales of the Fund’s shares as a factor in the selection of a broker or a dealer to execute its portfolio transactions.

 

Brokerage Commissions

 

The Fund is new and has not paid any commissions to any affiliated brokers as of the date of this SAI.

 

Affiliated Brokers

 

The Fund is new and has not paid any commissions to any affiliated brokers as of the date of this SAI.

 

Regular Broker-Dealers

 

The Fund is new and has not conducted any brokerage transactions as of the date of this SAI. 

 

Portfolio Turnover

 

Since the Fund has not commenced operations, the Fund has no current portfolio turnover rate. Portfolio turnover rates for the Fund, when available, will be disclosed in the Fund’s Prospectus. Portfolio turnover may vary from year to year, as well as within a year. High turnover rates are likely to result in comparatively greater brokerage expenses and may result in a substantial amount of distributions from the Fund to be taxed as ordinary income which may limit the tax efficiency of the Fund. The overall reasonableness of brokerage commissions is evaluated by the Sub- Adviser based upon its knowledge of available information as to the general level of commissions paid by the other institutional investors for comparable services.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THE TRUST

 

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

 

Each share has one vote with respect to matters upon which a shareholder vote is required consistent with the requirements of the 1940 Act and the rules promulgated thereunder.

 

Under Delaware law, the Trust is not required to hold an annual meeting of shareholders unless required to do so under the 1940 Act. The policy of the Trust is not to hold an annual meeting of shareholders unless required to do so under the 1940 Act. Under Delaware law, Trustees of the Trust may be removed by vote of the shareholders.

 

Shareholders may make inquiries by writing to the Trust, c/o WisdomTree Digital Trust, 250 West 34th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10019.

 

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TAXES

 

The following discussion of certain U.S. federal income tax consequences of investing in the Fund is based on the Code, U.S. Treasury regulations, and other applicable authority, all as in effect as of the date of the filing of this SAI. These authorities are subject to change by legislative or administrative action, possibly with retroactive effect. The following discussion is only a summary of some of the important U.S. federal income tax considerations generally applicable to investments in the Fund. There may be other tax considerations applicable to particular shareholders. Shareholders should consult their own tax advisors regarding their particular situation and the possible application of foreign, state, and local tax laws.

 

Qualification as a Regulated Investment Company. The Fund has elected or intends to elect to be treated, and intends to qualify each year, as a RIC under Subchapter M of the Code. In order to qualify for the special tax treatment accorded RICs and their shareholders, the Fund must, among other things:

 

(a)derive at least 90% of its gross income each year from (i) dividends, interest, payments with respect to certain securities loans, gains from the sale or other disposition of stock or securities or foreign currencies, or other income (including but not limited to gains from options, futures or forward contracts) derived with respect to its business of investing in such stock, securities or currencies, and (ii) net income derived from interests in “qualified publicly traded partnerships” (as defined below);

 

(b)diversify its holdings so that, at the end of each quarter of its taxable year, (i) at least 50% of the market value of the Fund’s total assets consists of cash and cash items, U.S. government securities, securities of other RICs and other securities, with investments in such other securities limited with respect to any one issuer to an amount not greater than 5% of the value of the Fund’s total assets and not greater than 10% of the outstanding voting securities of such issuer, and (ii) not more than 25% of the value of the Fund’s total assets is invested, including through corporations in which the Fund owns a 20% or more or more voting stock interest, in (1) the securities (other than those of the U.S. government or other RICs) of any one issuer or two or more issuers that are controlled by the Fund and that are engaged in the same, similar or related trades or businesses or (2) the securities of one or more qualified publicly traded partnerships; and

 

(c)distribute with respect to each taxable year an amount equal to or greater than the sum of 90% of its investment company taxable income (as that term is defined in the Code without regard to the deduction for dividends paid – generally taxable ordinary income and the excess, if any, of net short-term capital gains over net long-term capital losses, reduced by certain deductible expenses) and 90% of its net tax-exempt interest income.

 

In general, for purposes of the 90% qualifying income test described in (a) above, income derived from a partnership will be treated as qualifying income only to the extent such income is attributable to items of income of the partnership that would be qualifying income if realized directly by the Fund. However, 100% of the net income derived from an interest in a “qualified publicly traded partnership” (generally, a partnership (i) interests in which are traded on an established securities market or are readily tradable on a secondary market or the substantial equivalent thereof, and (ii) that derives less than 90% of its income from the qualifying income described in clause (a)(i) of the description of the 90% qualifying income test applicable to RICs, above) will be treated as qualifying income.

 

The Fund’s failure to qualify as a RIC could cause shareholders to incur higher tax liabilities than they otherwise would have incurred and could have a negative impact on Fund returns. In such event, the Fund’s Board may determine to reorganize or close the Fund or materially change the Fund’s investment objective and strategies. Please refer to the section of this SAI entitled “Taxes – Taxation of the Fund” for a more detailed explanation of the risks associated with the Fund’s failure to qualify as a RIC.

 

Taxation of the Fund. If the Fund qualifies for treatment as a RIC, the Fund will not be subject to federal income tax on income and gains that are fully distributed in a timely manner to its shareholders in the form of dividends.

 

If, for any taxable year, the Fund were to fail to qualify as a RIC or were to fail to meet the distribution requirement described above, it would be taxed in the same manner as an ordinary corporation and distributions to its shareholders would not be deductible by the Fund in computing its taxable income. In addition, the Fund’s distributions, to the extent derived from the Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits, including any distributions of net long-term capital gains, would be taxable to shareholders as ordinary dividend income for federal income tax purposes.

 

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However, such dividends would be eligible, subject to any generally applicable limitations, (i) to be treated as qualified dividend income in the case of shareholders taxed as individuals and (ii) for the dividends-received deduction in the case of corporate shareholders. Moreover, the Fund would be required to pay out its earnings and profits accumulated in that year in order to qualify for treatment as a RIC in a subsequent year. Under certain circumstances, the Fund may be able to cure a failure to qualify as a RIC, but in order to do so the Fund may incur significant Fund-level taxes and may be forced to dispose of certain assets. If the Fund failed to qualify as a RIC for a period greater than two taxable years, the Fund would generally be required to recognize any net built-in gains with respect to certain of its assets upon a disposition of such assets within five years of qualifying as a RIC in a subsequent year.

 

The Fund intends to distribute at least annually to its shareholders all or substantially all of its investment company taxable income (computed without regard to the dividends-paid deduction), its net tax-exempt interest and its net capital gain (the excess of the Fund’s net long-term capital gain over its net short-term capital loss). Investment income that is retained by the Fund will generally be subject to tax at the regular corporate rates. If the Fund retains any net capital gain, that gain will be subject to tax at the corporate rate, but the Fund may designate the retained amount as undistributed capital gains in a notice to its shareholders who (i) will be required to include in income for federal income tax purposes, as long-term capital gain, their shares of such undistributed amount, (ii) will be deemed to have paid their proportionate shares of the tax paid by the Fund on such undistributed amount against their federal income tax liabilities, if any, and (iii) will be entitled to claim refunds on a properly filed U.S. tax returns to the extent the credit exceeds such liabilities. For federal income tax purposes, the tax basis of shares owned by a shareholder of the Fund will be increased by an amount equal to the difference between the amount of undistributed capital gains included in the shareholder’s gross income and the tax deemed paid by the shareholder.

 

If the Fund fails to distribute in a calendar year an amount at least equal to the sum of 98% of its ordinary income for such year and 98.2% of its capital gain net income for the one-year period ending October 31 of such year, plus any retained amount from the prior year, the Fund will be subject to a non-deductible 4% excise tax on the undistributed amount. For these purposes, the Fund will be treated as having distributed any amount on which it has been subject to corporate income tax for the taxable year ending within the calendar year. The Fund intends to declare and pay dividends and distributions in the amounts and at the times necessary to avoid the application of the 4% excise tax, although there can be no assurance that it will be able to do so.

 

The Fund may elect to treat part or all of any “qualified late year loss” as if it had been incurred in the succeeding taxable year in determining the Fund’s taxable income, net capital gain, net short-term capital gain, and earnings and profits. A “qualified late year loss” generally includes net capital loss, net long-term capital loss, or net short-term capital loss incurred after October 31 of the current taxable year, and certain other late-year losses. 

 

The treatment of capital loss carryovers for the Fund is similar to the rules that apply to capital loss carryovers of individuals, which provide that such losses are carried over indefinitely. If the Fund has a “net capital loss” (that is, capital losses in excess of capital gains), the excess of the Fund’s net short-term capital losses over its net long-term capital gains is treated as a short-term capital loss arising on the first day of the Fund’s next taxable year, and the excess (if any) of the Fund’s net long-term capital losses over its net short-term capital gains is treated as a long-term capital loss arising on the first day of the Fund’s next taxable year. In addition, the carryover of capital losses may be limited under the general loss limitation rules if the Fund experiences an ownership change as defined in the Code.

 

Fund Distributions. Distributions are generally taxable whether shareholders receive them in cash or reinvest them in additional shares. Moreover, distributions on the Fund’s shares are generally subject to federal income tax as described herein to the extent they do not exceed the Fund’s realized income and gains, even though such distributions may economically represent a return of a particular shareholder’s investment. Investors may therefore wish to avoid purchasing shares at a time when the Fund’s NAV reflects gains that are either unrealized, or realized but not distributed. Realized income and gains must generally be distributed even when the Fund’s NAV also reflects unrealized losses.

 

Dividends and other distributions by the Fund are generally treated under the Code as received by the shareholders at the time the dividend or distribution is made. However, if any dividend or distribution is declared by the Fund in October, November or December of any calendar year and payable to its shareholders of record on a specified date in such a month but is actually paid during the following January, such dividend or distribution will be deemed to have been received by each shareholder on December 31 of the year in which the dividend was declared.

 

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Distributions by the Fund of investment company taxable income are generally taxable as ordinary income, assuming the Fund has sufficient earnings and profits. Distributions from the Fund’s net capital gain, if any, that are properly reported by the Fund as capital gain dividends (“Capital Gain Dividends”) will be taxable as long-term capital gains. Taxes on distributions of Capital Gain Dividends are determined by how long the Fund owned the assets that generated those gains, rather than how long a shareholder has owned his or her Fund shares. Sales of assets held by the Fund for more than one year generally result in long-term capital gains and losses, and sales of assets held by the Fund for one year or less generally result in short-term capital gains and losses. For individuals, long- term capital gains are subject to tax at reduced maximum tax rates. Distributions of gains from the sale of investments that the Fund owned for one year or less will be taxable as ordinary income.

 

For non-corporate shareholders, distributions of investment company taxable income reported by the Fund as “qualified dividend income” will be taxed at the rates applicable to long-term capital gain, provided holding period and other requirements are met at both the shareholder and Fund level. In order for some portion of the dividends received by the Fund shareholder to be “qualified dividend income,” the Fund making the distribution must meet holding period and other requirements with respect to some portion of the dividend-paying stocks in its portfolio and the shareholder must meet holding period and other requirements with respect to the Fund’s shares. A dividend will not be treated as qualified dividend income (at either the Fund or shareholder level) (1) if the dividend is received with respect to any share of stock held for fewer than 61 days during the 121-day period beginning on the date that is 60 days before the date on which such share becomes ex-dividend with respect to such dividend (or, in the case of certain preferred stock, 91 days during the 181-day period beginning 90 days before the ex-dividend date), (2) to the extent that the recipient is under an obligation (whether pursuant to a short sale or otherwise) to make related payments with respect to positions in substantially similar or related property, (3) if the recipient elects to have the dividend income treated as investment income for purposes of the limitation on deductibility of investment interest, or (4) if the dividend is received from a foreign corporation that is (a) not eligible for the benefits of a comprehensive income tax treaty with the United States (with the exception of dividends paid on stock of such a foreign corporation that is readily tradable on an established securities market in the United States) or (b) treated as a passive foreign investment company.

 

In general, distributions of investment income reported by the Fund as derived from qualified dividend income will be treated as qualified dividend income by a shareholder taxed as an individual, provided the shareholder meets the holding period and other requirements described above with respect to the Fund’s shares. If the aggregate qualified dividend income received by the Fund during any taxable year represents 95% or more of its gross income (excluding net long-term capital gain over net short-term capital loss), then 100% of the Fund’s dividends (other than Capital Gain Dividends) will be eligible to be reported as qualified dividend income.

 

Certain dividends received by the Fund on stock of U.S. corporations (generally, dividends received by the Fund in respect of any share of stock (1) as to which the Fund has met certain holding period requirements and (2) that is held in an unleveraged position) may be eligible for the dividends- received deduction, which is generally available to corporate shareholders under the Code, provided such dividends are also appropriately reported as eligible for the dividends-received deduction by the Fund. In order to qualify for the dividends-received deduction, corporate shareholders must also meet minimum holding period requirements with respect to the Fund shares, taking into account any holding period reductions from certain hedging or other transactions or positions that diminish their risk of loss with respect to the Fund shares. 

 

Since the Fund’s income is derived primarily from sources that do not pay dividends, it is not expected that a substantial portion of distributions paid by the Fund will qualify either for the dividends-received deduction for corporations or for any favorable U.S. federal income tax rate available to non-corporate shareholders on “qualified dividend income.”

 

Distributions from the Fund and capital gain on the sale of Fund shares are generally taken into account in determining a shareholder’s “net investment income” for purposes of the Medicare contribution tax applicable to certain individuals, estates and trusts.

 

If the Fund makes distributions in excess of the Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits in any taxable year, the excess distribution to each shareholder will be treated as a return of capital to the extent of the shareholder’s tax basis in its shares, and will reduce the shareholder’s tax basis in its shares. After the shareholder’s basis has been reduced to zero, any such distributions will result in a capital gain, assuming the shareholder holds his or her shares as capital assets. A reduction in a shareholder’s tax basis in its shares will reduce any loss or increase any gain on a subsequent taxable disposition by the shareholder of its shares.

 

Sale or Exchange of Shares. A sale or exchange of shares in the Fund may give rise to a gain or loss. In general, any gain or loss realized upon a taxable disposition of shares will be treated as long-term capital gain or loss if the shares have been held for more than 12 months. Otherwise, the gain or loss on the taxable disposition of shares will be treated as short-term capital gain or loss. However, any loss realized upon a taxable disposition of shares held for six months or less will be treated as long-term, rather than short-term, to the extent of any long-term capital gain distributions received (or deemed received) by the shareholder with respect to the shares. All or a portion of any loss realized upon a taxable disposition of shares will be disallowed if substantially identical shares of the Fund are purchased within 30 days before or after the disposition. In such a case, the basis of the newly purchased shares will be adjusted to reflect the disallowed loss.

 

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Backup Withholding. The Fund generally is required to withhold and to remit to the U.S. Treasury a percentage of the taxable distributions and sale or redemption proceeds paid to any shareholder who fails to properly furnish a correct taxpayer identification number, who has been notified by the IRS that he, she or it has under-reported dividend or interest income, or who fails to certify that he, she or it is not subject to such withholding. The backup withholding tax rate is 24%. Backup withholding is not an additional tax. Any amounts withheld may be credited against the shareholder’s U.S. federal income tax liability, provided the appropriate information is furnished to the IRS.

 

Tax-Exempt Shareholders. Certain tax-exempt shareholders, including qualified pension plans, individual retirement accounts, salary deferral arrangements, 401(k)s, and other tax-exempt entities, generally are exempt from federal income taxation except with respect to their unrelated business taxable income (“UBTI”). Under current law, income of a RIC that would be treated as UBTI if earned directly by a tax-exempt entity generally will not be attributed as UBTI to a tax-exempt entity that is a shareholder in the RIC. Notwithstanding this “blocking” effect, a tax-exempt shareholder could realize UBTI by virtue of its investment in the Fund if shares in the Fund constitute debt-financed property in the hands of the tax-exempt shareholder within the meaning of Code Section 514(b) or if the Fund invests in REITs that hold residual interests in REMICs. Tax-exempt entities are not permitted to offset losses from one trade or business against the income or gain of another trade or business. Certain net losses incurred prior to January 1, 2018 are permitted to offset gain and income created by an unrelated trade or business, if otherwise available.

 

Non-U.S. Shareholders. In general, dividends, other than Capital Gain Dividends, paid by the Fund to a shareholder that is not a “U.S. person” within the meaning of the Code are subject to withholding of U.S. federal income tax at a rate of 30% (or lower applicable treaty rate) on distributions derived from taxable ordinary income. The Fund may, under certain circumstances, report all or a portion of a dividend as an “interest related dividend” or a “short term capital gain dividend,” which would generally be exempt from this 30% U.S. withholding tax, provided certain other requirements are met. In general, the Code defines (1) “short-term capital gain dividends” as distributions of net short-term capital gains in excess of net long-term capital losses and (2) “interest-related dividends” as distributions from U.S. source interest income of types similar to those not subject to U.S. federal income tax if earned directly by an individual foreign shareholder, in each case to the extent such distributions are properly reported as such by the Fund in a written notice to shareholders. Short term capital gain dividends received by a nonresident alien individual who is present in the U.S. for a period or periods aggregating 183 days or more during the taxable year are not exempt from this 30% withholding tax. 

 

A beneficial holder of shares who is a non-U.S. person is not, in general, subject to U.S. federal income tax on gains (and is not allowed a U.S. income tax deduction for losses) realized on a sale of shares of the Fund or on Capital Gain Dividends unless (i) such gain or dividend is effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business carried on by such holder within the United States or (ii) in the case of an individual holder, the holder is present in the United States for a period or periods aggregating 183 days or more during the year of the sale or the receipt of the Capital Gain Dividend and certain other conditions are met.

 

If a beneficial holder of Fund shares who is a non-U.S. person has a trade or business in the United States, and income from the Fund is effectively connected with the conduct by the beneficial owner of that trade or business, such income will be subject to U.S. federal net income taxation at regular income tax rates and, in the case of a foreign corporation, may also be subject to a branch profits tax. If a shareholder is eligible for the benefits of a tax treaty, any effectively connected income or gain will generally be subject to U.S. federal income tax on a net basis only if it is also attributable to a permanent establishment maintained by the shareholder in the United States. More generally, foreign shareholders who are residents in a country with an income tax treaty with the United States may obtain different tax results than those described herein, and are urged to consult their tax advisors.

 

Under legislation generally known as “FATCA” (the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), unless certain non-U.S. entities that hold shares comply with IRS requirements that generally require them to report information regarding U.S. persons investing in, or holding accounts with, such entities, a 30% withholding tax may apply to Fund distributions payable to such entities. In general, no such withholding will be required with respect to a U.S. person or non-U.S. individual that timely provides the certifications required by the Fund or its agent on a valid IRS Form W-9 or applicable IRS Form W-8, respectively. Shareholders potentially subject to withholding include foreign financial institutions (“FFIs”), such as non-U.S. investment funds, and non-financial foreign entities (“NFFEs”). To avoid withholding under FATCA, an FFI generally must enter into an information sharing agreement with the IRS in which it agrees to report certain identifying information (including name, address, and taxpayer identification number) with respect to its U.S. account holders (which, in the case of an entity shareholder, may include its direct and indirect U.S. owners), and an NFFE generally must identify and provide other required information to the fund or other withholding agent regarding its U.S. owners, if any. Such non-U.S. shareholders also may fall into certain exempt, excepted or deemed compliant categories as established by regulations and other guidance. A non-U.S. shareholder may be exempt from the withholding described in this paragraph under an applicable intergovernmental agreement between the U.S. and a foreign government, provided that the shareholder and the applicable foreign government comply with the terms of the agreement.

 

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In order for a non-U.S. investor to qualify for an exemption from backup withholding, described above, the non-U.S. investor must comply with special certification and filing requirements. Non-U.S. investors in the Fund should consult their tax advisors in this regard.

 

A beneficial holder of shares who is a non-U.S. person may be subject to state and local tax and to the U.S. federal estate tax in addition to the federal income tax consequences referred to above. If a shareholder is eligible for the benefits of a tax treaty, any income or gain effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business will generally be subject to U.S. federal income tax on a net basis only if it is also attributable to a permanent establishment maintained by the shareholder in the United States.

 

Certain Reporting Regulations. Under U.S. Treasury regulations, generally, if a shareholder recognizes a loss of $2 million or more for an individual shareholder or $10 million or more for a corporate shareholder (or certain greater amounts over a combination of years), the shareholder must file with the IRS a disclosure statement on IRS Form 8886. Direct shareholders of portfolio securities are in many cases excepted from this reporting requirement, but under current guidance shareholders of a RIC are not excepted. Significant penalties may be imposed for the failure to comply with the reporting regulations. The fact that a loss is reportable under these regulations does not affect the legal determination of whether the taxpayer’s treatment of the loss is proper. Shareholders should consult their tax advisors to determine the applicability of these regulations in light of their individual circumstances.

 

General Considerations. The federal income tax discussion set forth above is for general information only. Prospective investors should consult their tax advisors regarding the specific federal income tax consequences of purchasing, holding and disposing of shares of the Fund, as well as the effect of state, local and foreign tax law and any proposed tax law changes.

 

DETERMINATION OF NAV

 

The NAV of the Fund’s shares is calculated each day the Fund is open for business as of the regularly scheduled close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange, normally 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (the “NAV Calculation Time”). NAV per share is calculated by dividing the Fund’s net assets by the number of Fund shares outstanding.

 

In calculating the Fund’s NAV, Fund investments generally are valued using market valuations. The Fund generally values: (i) equity securities (including preferred stock) traded on any recognized U.S. or non-U.S. exchange at the last sale price or official closing price on the exchange or system on which they are principally traded; (ii) unlisted equity securities (including preferred stock) at the last quoted sale price or, if no sale price is available, at the mean between the highest bid and lowest ask price; and (iii) short-term debt securities with remaining maturities of 60 days or less at current market quotations or mean prices obtained from broker-dealers or independent pricing service providers. U.S. fixed income assets may be valued as of the announced closing time for such securities on any day that the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association announces an early closing time.

 

In certain instances, such as when reliable market valuations are not readily available or are not deemed to reflect current market values, the Fund’s investments will be valued in accordance with the Fund’s pricing policy and procedures. Securities that may be valued using “fair value” pricing may include, but are not limited to, securities for which there are no current market quotations or whose issuer is in default or bankruptcy, securities subject to corporate actions (such as mergers or reorganizations), securities subject to non-U.S. investment limits or currency controls, and securities affected by “significant events.” An example of a significant event is an event occurring after the close of the market in which a security trades but before the Fund’s next NAV Calculation Time that may materially affect the value of the Fund’s investment (e.g., government action, natural disaster, or significant market fluctuation). Price movements in U.S. markets that are deemed to affect the value of foreign securities, or reflect changes to the value of such securities, also may cause securities to be “fair valued.”

 

The sale price the Fund could receive for a security or other asset may differ from the Fund’s valuation of the security or other asset and/or from the value used by the Index (if applicable), particularly for securities or other assets that trade in low volume or volatile markets or that are valued using a fair value methodology. When fair value pricing is employed, the prices of securities used by the Fund to calculate its NAV may differ from quoted or published prices for the same securities. The Fund’s ability to value its investment may also be impacted by technological issues, pricing methodology issues and/or errors by pricing services or other third-party service providers. 

 

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DIVIDENDS AND DISTRIBUTIONS

 

The Fund intends to distribute its net realized capital gains, if any, to shareholders. The Fund may occasionally be required to make supplemental distributions at some other time during the year.

 

The Trust reserves the right to declare special distributions if, in its reasonable discretion, such action is necessary or advisable to preserve the status of the Fund as a RIC or to avoid imposition of income or excise taxes on undistributed income.

 

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

 

Counsel. Perkins Coie LLP with offices located at 1155 Avenue of the Americas, 22nd Floor, New York, NY 10036-2711 serves as legal counsel to the Trust.

 

Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm. [   ], with offices located at [   ], serves as the independent registered public accounting firm to the Trust.

 

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Financial Statements and Annual Reports will be available after the Fund has completed a fiscal year of operations. When available, you may request a copy of the Trust’s Annual Report at no charge by calling 866-909-9473 or through the Trust’s website at www.wisdomtree.com.

 

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WISDOMTREE DIGITAL TRUST

 

File Nos. 333-255575 and 811-23659

 

PART C

Other Information

 

Item 28. Exhibits.

 

The following exhibits are incorporated by reference to the previously filed documents indicated below:

 

(a) (1)   Certificate of Trust of WisdomTree Digital Trust (the “Registrant”) dated April 19, 2021, is incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit (a)(1) of the Registrant’s Initial Registration Statement on Form N-1A as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) via EDGAR Accession No. 0001193125-21-136968 on April 28, 2021.
       
  (2)   Declaration of Trust of the Registrant dated April 19, 2021, is incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit (a)(2) of the Registrant’s Initial Registration Statement on Form N-1A as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001193125-21-136968 on April 28, 2021.
       
  (3)   Amended and Restated Declaration of Trust of the Registrant dated June 29, 2022, is incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit (a)(3) of the Registrant’s Pre-Effective Amendment No. 4 filing, as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001214659-22-008714 on July 7, 2022.
       
(b)     Registrant’s By-Laws, as amended June 29, 2022, are incorporated herein by reference to the Registrant’s Pre-Effective Amendment No. 4 filing, as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001214659-22-008714 on July 7, 2022.
       
(c)     Not applicable.
       
(d) (1)   Investment Advisory Agreement between Registrant and WisdomTree Digital Management, Inc. is incorporated herein by reference to the Registrant’s Pre-Effective Amendment No. 6 filing, as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001214659-22-011368 on September 21, 2022.
       
  (2)   Revised Appendix A to the Investment Advisory Agreement between Registrant and WisdomTree Digital Management, Inc., to be filed by amendment.
       
  (3)   Investment Subadvisory Agreement between WisdomTree Digital Management, Inc. and Voya Investment Management Co. LLC is incorporated herein by reference to the Registrant’s Pre-Effective Amendment No. 5 filing, as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001214659-22-009586 on August 3, 2022.
       
  (4)   Revised Appendix A to the Investment Subadvisory Agreement between WisdomTree Digital Management, Inc. and Voya Investment Management Co. LLC, to be filed by amendment.
       
(e)     Distribution Agreement between Registrant and Foreside Fund Services, LLC is incorporated herein by reference to the Registrant’s Pre-Effective Amendment No. 5 filing, as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001214659-22-009586 on August 3, 2022.
       
  (2)   Revised Appendix A to the Distribution Agreement between Registrant and Foreside Fund Services, LLC, to be filed by amendment.
       
(f)     Not applicable.

 

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(g)     Custody Agreement between Registrant and State Street Bank and Trust Company is incorporated herein by reference to the Registrant’s Pre-Effective Amendment No. 5 filing, as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001214659-22-009586 on August 3, 2022.
       
  (2)   Revised Appendix A to the Custody Agreement between Registrant and State Street Bank and Trust Company, to be filed by amendment.
       
(h) (1)   Administration Agreement between Registrant and State Street Bank and Trust Company is incorporated herein by reference to the Registrant’s Pre-Effective Amendment No. 5 filing, as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001214659-22-009586 on August 3, 2022.
       
  (2)   Revised Appendix A to the Administration Agreement between Registrant and State Street Bank and Trust Company, to be filed by amendment.
       
  (3)   Transfer Agency and Services Agreement between Registrant and Securrency Transfers, Inc. is incorporated herein by reference to the Registrant’s Pre-Effective Amendment No. 5 filing, as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001214659-22-009586 on August 3, 2022.
       
  (4)   Revised Appendix to the Transfer Agency and Services Agreement between Registrant and Securrency Transfers, Inc., to be filed by amendment.
       
  (5)   CCO Services Agreement between Registrant and WisdomTree Digital Management, Inc. is incorporated herein by reference to the Registrant’s Pre-Effective Amendment No. 4 filing, as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001214659-22-008714 on July 7, 2022.
       
  (6)   Revised Appendix to the CCO Services Agreement between Registrant and WisdomTree Digital Management, Inc., to be filed by amendment.
       
  (7)   Fund Services Agreement between Registrant and WisdomTree Digital Management, Inc. is incorporated herein by reference to the Registrant’s Pre-Effective Amendment No. 6 filing, as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001214659-22-011368 on September 21, 2022.
       
  (8)   Revised Appendix to the Fund Services Agreement between Registrant and WisdomTree Digital Management, Inc., to be filed by amendment.
       
(i)     Opinion and Consent of Counsel to be filed by amendment.
       
(j)     Not applicable.
       
(k)     Not applicable.
       
(l)     Seed Capital Subscription Agreement is incorporated herein by reference to the Registrant’s Pre-Effective Amendment No. 4 filing, as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001214659-22-008714 on July 7, 2022.
       
(m)     Not applicable.
       
(n)     Not applicable.
       
(o)     Not applicable.
       
(p) (1)   Code of Ethics of Registrant is incorporated herein by reference to the Registrant’s Pre-Effective Amendment No. 4 filing, as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001214659-22-008714 on July 7, 2022.

 

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  (2)   Code of Ethics of WisdomTree Digital Management, Inc. is incorporated herein by reference to the Registrant’s Pre-Effective Amendment No. 4 filing, as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001214659-22-008714 on July 7, 2022.
       
  (3)   Code of Ethics of Voya Investment Management Co. LLC is incorporated herein by reference to the Registrant’s Pre-Effective Amendment No. 4 filing, as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001214659-22-008714 on July 7, 2022.
       
(q)     Powers of Attorney are incorporated herein by reference to the Registrant’s Pre-Effective Amendment No. 4 filing, as filed with the SEC via EDGAR Accession No. 0001214659-22-008714 on July 7, 2022.

 

 

Item 29. Persons Controlled by or Under Common Control with the Fund

 

None.

 

Item 30. Indemnification

 

Reference is made to Article IX of the Registrant’s Amended and Restated Declaration of Trust included as Exhibit (a)(3) to this Registration Statement with respect to the indemnification of the Registrant’s trustees and officers.

 

The Registrant, its trustees and officers, its investment adviser and persons affiliated with them are insured under policies of insurance maintained by Registrant and its investment adviser, respectively, within the limits and subject to the limitations of the policies, against certain expenses in connection with the defense of actions, suits or proceedings, and certain liabilities that might be imposed as a result of such actions, suits or proceedings, to which they are parties by reason of being or having been such trustees or officers.

 

Insofar as indemnification for liability arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

Item 31. Business and Other Connections of the Investment Adviser

 

WisdomTree Digital Management, Inc. (“WTDM”), 250 West 34th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10019, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of WisdomTree Investments, Inc., is a registered investment adviser and serves as investment adviser to the Registrant. The description of WTDM under the caption of “Management of the Fund – Investment Adviser” in the Prospectus and under the caption “Management of the Trust” in the Statement of Additional Information constituting Parts A and B, respectively, of this Registration Statement are incorporated herein by reference.

 

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Each of the directors and officers of WTDM will also generally have substantial responsibilities (as noted below) as directors and/or officers of WisdomTree Investments, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries, 250 West 34th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10019. To the knowledge of the Registrant, except as set forth below or otherwise disclosed in the Prospectus or Statement of Additional Information as noted above, none of the directors or executive officers of WTDM is or has been at any time during the past two fiscal years engaged in any other business, profession, vocation or employment of a substantial nature.

 

Name 

 

Position with WTDM 

 

Principal Business(es)

During Last Two Fiscal Years 

         
William Peck   Chief Executive Officer and President   Dual officer of WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. and WisdomTree Digital*
         
Bryan Edmiston   Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer   Dual officer of WisdomTree Investments, Inc.
         
Ryan Louvar   Chief Legal Officer and Secretary   Dual officer of WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. and WisdomTree Digital*
         
Stuart Bell   Chief Operating Officer   Dual officer of WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. and WisdomTree Digital*
         
Jeremy Schwartz   Chief Investment Officer   Dual officer of WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc.
         
Terry Feld   Chief Compliance Officer   Dual officer of WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. and WisdomTree Digital

 

* WisdomTree Digital refers to the separate division within WisdomTree and its affiliates commencing in 2021 and includes the separate advisory subsidiary, WisdomTree Digital Management, commencing in 2022.

 

WTDM, with the approval of the Trust’s Board of Trustees, selects the sub-adviser for each of the Registrant’s series, as applicable. Voya Investment Management Co. LLC serves as sub-adviser for the [   ] series of the Trust, [and [   ] serves as sub-adviser for the [   ] series of the Trust]. To the knowledge of the Registrant, except as set forth below, none of the directors or executive officers of a sub-adviser is or has been at any time during the past two fiscal years engaged in any other business, profession, vocation or employment of a substantial nature.

 

Voya Investment Management Co. LLC

 

Name 

 

Position Held with Voya

Investment Management Co., LLC 

 

Principal Business(es)

During the Last Two Fiscal Years* 

         
Huey Paul Falgout   Managing Director — Head of IM Legal   Managing Director — Head of IM Legal
         
Dina Santoro   Senior Managing Director, Head of Product Marketing and Strategy   Senior Managing Director, Head of Product Marketing and Strategy
         
Charles Milton Shaffer   Head of Distribution and Senior Managing Director   Head of Distribution and Senior Managing Director
         
Daniel Allen Norman   Senior Managing Director, Group Head — Senior Loan   Senior Managing Director, Group Head — Senior Loan
         
Christine Lynn Hurtsellers   Director, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer   Chief Investment Officer of Fixed Income & Proprietary Investments and Senior Managing Director of VIM; Chief Investment Officer of Fixed Income & Proprietary Investments and Senior Managing Director of VAAM.

 

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Michael Bruce Pytosh   Chief Investment Officer of Equities and Senior Managing Director  

Chief Investment Officer of Equities and

Senior Managing Director

         
Paul Zemsky   Senior Managing Director   Senior Managing Director of VIM and VAAM.
         
Micheline Faver   Chief Compliance Officer, Senior Vice President   Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer of VIM and VAAM.
         
Amir Sahibzada   Chief Risk Officer and Managing Director   Chief Risk Officer of VIM and VAAM.
         
Michael Allyn Bell   Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director   Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of VIM and VAAM.
         
Matthew Toms   Chief Investment Officer of Fixed Income & Proprietary Investments and Senior Managing Director   Managing Director and Head of U.S. Public Investments
         
Jeffery Alan Bakalar   Senior Managing Director, Group Head and Chief Investment Officer — Senior Loan   Senior Managing Director, Group Head and Chief Investment Officer — Senior Loan

 

*Voya Investment Management LLC (“VIM”), Voya Alternative Asset Management LLC (“VAAM”). 

 

[Sub-Adviser Information]

 

Item 32.Foreside Fund Services, LLC

 

(a)Foreside Fund Services, LLC (the “Distributor”) serves as principal underwriter for the following investment companies registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended:

 

1.ABS Long/Short Strategies Fund
2.Absolute Shares Trust
3.Adaptive Core ETF, Series of Collaborative Investment Series Trust
4.AdvisorShares Trust
5.AFA Multi-Manager Credit Fund
6.AGF Investments Trust
7.AIM ETF Products Trust
8.Alexis Practical Tactical ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
9.Alpha Intelligent – Large Cap Growth ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
10.Alpha Intelligent – Large Cap Value ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
11.AlphaCentric Prime Meridian Income Fund
12.American Century ETF Trust
13.American Customer Satisfaction ETF, Series of ETF Series Solutions
14.Amplify ETF Trust
15.Applied Finance Core Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
16.Applied Finance Explorer Fund, Series of World Funds Trust

 

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17.Applied Finance Select Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
18.ARK ETF Trust
19.ASYMmetric ETFs Trust
20.Bluestone Community Development Fund
21.BondBloxx ETF Trust
22.Braddock Multi-Strategy Income Fund, Series of Investment Managers Series Trust
23.Bridgeway Funds, Inc.
24.Brinker Capital Destinations Trust
25.Brookfield Real Assets Income Fund Inc.
26.Build Funds Trust
27.Calamos Convertible and High Income Fund
28.Calamos Convertible Opportunities and Income Fund
29.Calamos Dynamic Convertible and Income Fund
30.Calamos Global Dynamic Income Fund
31.Calamos Global Total Return Fund
32.Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund
33.Carlyle Tactical Private Credit Fund
34.Cboe Vest Bitcoin Strategy Managed Volatility Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
35.Cboe Vest S&P 500® Dividend Aristocrats Target Income Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
36.Cboe Vest US Large Cap 10% Buffer Strategies Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
37.Cboe Vest US Large Cap 10% Buffer VI Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
38.Cboe Vest US Large Cap 20% Buffer Strategies Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
39.Cboe Vest US Large Cap 20% Buffer VI Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
40.Center Coast Brookfield MLP & Energy Infrastructure Fund
41.Changebridge Capital Long/Short ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
42.Changebridge Capital Sustainable Equity ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
43.Clifford Capital Focused Small Cap Value Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
44.Clifford Capital International Value Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
45.Clifford Capital Partners Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
46.Cliffwater Corporate Lending Fund
47.Cliffwater Enhanced Lending Fund
48.Cohen & Steers Infrastructure Fund, Inc.
49.Convergence Long/Short Equity ETF, Series of Trust for Professional Managers
50.CornerCap Group of Funds
51.CrossingBridge Pre-Merger SPAC ETF, Series of Trust for Professional Managers
52.Curasset Capital Management Core Bond Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
53.Curasset Capital Management Limited Term Income Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
54.Davis Fundamental ETF Trust
55.Defiance Digital Revolution ETF, Series of ETF Series Solutions
56.Defiance Hotel, Airline, and Cruise ETF, Series of ETF Series Solutions
57.Defiance Nasdaq Junior Biotechnology ETF, Series of ETF Series Solutions
58.Defiance Next Gen Altered Experience ETF, Series of ETF Series Solutions
59.Defiance Next Gen Connectivity ETF, Series of ETF Series Solutions
60.Defiance Next Gen H2 ETF, Series of ETF Series Solutions
61.Defiance Next Gen SPAC Derived ETF, Series of ETF Series Solutions
62.Defiance Quantum ETF, Series of ETF Series Solutions
63.Direxion Shares ETF Trust
64.Dividend Performers ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
65.Dodge & Cox Funds
66.DoubleLine ETF Trust
67.DoubleLine Opportunistic Credit Fund
68.DoubleLine Yield Opportunities Fund
69.Eaton Vance NextShares Trust
70.Eaton Vance NextShares Trust II
71.EIP Investment Trust
72.Ellington Income Opportunities Fund

 

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73.Esoterica Thematic ETF Trust
74.ETF Opportunities Trust
75.Evanston Alternative Opportunities Fund
76.Exchange Listed Funds Trust
77.Fiera Capital Series Trust
78.FlexShares Trust
79.FOMO ETF, Series of Collaborative Investment Series Trust
80.Forum Funds
81.Forum Funds II
82.Friess Brandywine Blue Fund, Series of Managed Portfolio Series
83.Friess Brandywine Fund, Series of Managed Portfolio Series
84.Friess Small Cap Growth Fund, Series of Managed Portfolio Series
85.Goose Hollow Tactical Allocation ETF, Series of Collaborative Investment Series Trust
86.Grayscale Future of Finance ETF, Series of ETF Series Solutions
87.Grizzle Growth ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
88.Guinness Atkinson Funds
89.Harbor ETF Trust
90.Horizon Kinetics Inflation Beneficiaries ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
91.IDX Funds
92.Infusive US Trust
93.Innovator ETFs Trust
94.Ironwood Institutional Multi-Strategy Fund LLC
95.Ironwood Multi-Strategy Fund LLC
96.John Hancock Exchange-Traded Fund Trust
97.Kelly Strategic ETF Trust
98.LifeGoal Conservative Wealth Builder ETF, Series of Northern Lights Fund Trust II
99.LifeGoal Home Down Payment ETF, Series of Northern Lights Fund Trust II
100.LifeGoal Wealth Builder ETF, Series of Northern Lights Fund Trust II
101.Mairs & Power Balanced Fund, Series of Trust for Professional Managers
102.Mairs & Power Growth Fund, Series of Trust for Professional Managers
103.Mairs & Power Minnesota Municipal Bond ETF, Series of Trust for Professional Managers
104.Mairs & Power Small Cap Fund, Series of Trust for Professional Managers
105.Manor Investment Funds
106.Merk Stagflation ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
107.Milliman Variable Insurance Trust
108.Mindful Conservative ETF, Series of Collaborative Investment Series Trust
109.Moerus Worldwide Value Fund, Series of Northern Lights Fund Trust IV
110.Mohr Growth ETF, Series of Collaborative Investment Series Trust
111.Morgan Creek - Exos Active SPAC Arbitrage ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
112.Morgan Creek - Exos SPAC Originated ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
113.Morningstar Funds Trust
114.OSI ETF Trust
115.OTG Latin American Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
116.Overlay Shares Core Bond ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
117.Overlay Shares Foreign Equity ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
118.Overlay Shares Hedged Large Cap Equity ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
119.Overlay Shares Large Cap Equity ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
120.Overlay Shares Municipal Bond ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
121.Overlay Shares Short Term Bond ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
122.Overlay Shares Small Cap Equity ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
123.Palmer Square Opportunistic Income Fund
124.Partners Group Private Income Opportunities, LLC
125.PENN Capital Funds Trust
126.Performance Trust Mutual Funds, Series of Trust for Professional Managers
127.Perkins Discovery Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
128.Philotimo Focused Growth and Income Fund, Series of World Funds Trust

 

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129.Plan Investment Fund, Inc.
130.PMC Funds, Series of Trust for Professional Managers
131.Point Bridge GOP Stock Tracker ETF, Series of ETF Series Solutions
132.Preferred-Plus ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
133.Putnam ETF Trust
134.Quaker Investment Trust
135.Rareview Dynamic Fixed Income ETF, Series of Collaborative Investment Series Trust
136.Rareview Inflation/Deflation ETF, Series of Collaborative Investment Series Trust
137.Rareview Systematic Equity ETF, Series of Collaborative Investment Series Trust
138.Rareview Tax Advantaged Income ETF, Series of Collaborative Investment Series Trust
139.REMS Real Estate Value-Opportunity Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
140.Renaissance Capital Greenwich Funds
141.Revere Sector Opportunity ETF, Series of Collaborative Investment Series Trust
142.Reverse Cap Weighted U.S. Large Cap ETF, Series of ETF Series Solutions
143.Reynolds Funds, Inc.
144.RiverNorth Patriot ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust (f/k/a RiverNorth Volition America Patriot ETF)
145.RMB Investors Trust
146.Robinson Opportunistic Income Fund, Series of Investment Managers Series Trust
147.Robinson Tax Advantaged Income Fund, Series of Investment Managers Series Trust
148.Roundhill Ball Metaverse ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
149.Roundhill BITKRAFT Esports & Digital Entertainment ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
150.Roundhill Cannabis ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
151.Roundhill IO Digital Infrastructure ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
152.Roundhill MEME ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
153.Roundhill Sports Betting & iGaming ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
154.Rule One Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
155.Salient MF Trust
156.Securian AM Balanced Stabilization Fund, Series of Investment Managers Series Trust
157.Securian AM Equity Stabilization Fund, Series of Investment Managers Series Trust
158.Securian AM Real Asset Income Fund, Series of Investment Managers Series Trust
159.SHP ETF Trust
160.Six Circles Trust
161.Sound Shore Fund, Inc.
162.Sparrow Funds
163.Spear Alpha ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
164.STF Tactical Growth & Income ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
165.STF Tactical Growth ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
166.Strategy Shares
167.Swan Hedged Equity US Large Cap ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
168.Syntax ETF Trust
169.Teucrium Agricultural Strategy No K-1 ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
170.The B.A.D. ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
171.The Chartwell Funds
172.The Community Development Fund
173.The De-SPAC ETF, Series of Collaborative Investment Series Trust
174.The Finite Solar Finance Fund
175.The NextGen Trend and Defend ETF, Series of Collaborative Investment Series Trust
176.The Private Shares Fund (f/k/a SharesPost 100 Fund)
177.The Short De-SPAC ETF, Series of Collaborative Investment Series Trust
178.The SPAC and New Issue ETF, Series of Collaborative Investment Series Trust
179.Third Avenue Trust
180.Third Avenue Variable Series Trust
181.Tidal ETF Trust
182.TIFF Investment Program
183.Timothy Plan High Dividend Stock Enhanced ETF, Series of The Timothy Plan

 

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184.Timothy Plan High Dividend Stock ETF, Series of The Timothy Plan
185.Timothy Plan International ETF, Series of The Timothy Plan
186.Timothy Plan US Large/Mid Cap Core ETF, Series of The Timothy Plan
187.Timothy Plan US Large/Mid Core Enhanced ETF, Series of The Timothy Plan
188.Timothy Plan US Small Cap Core ETF, Series of The Timothy Plan
189.Total Fund Solution
190.TrueShares ESG Active Opportunities ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
191.TrueShares Low Volatility Equity Income ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
192.TrueShares Structured Outcome (April) ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
193.TrueShares Structured Outcome (August) ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
194.TrueShares Structured Outcome (December) ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
195.TrueShares Structured Outcome (February) ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
196.TrueShares Structured Outcome (January) ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
197.TrueShares Structured Outcome (July) ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
198.TrueShares Structured Outcome (June) ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
199.TrueShares Structured Outcome (March) ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
200.TrueShares Structured Outcome (May) ETF, Listed Funds Trust
201.TrueShares Structured Outcome (November) ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
202.TrueShares Structured Outcome (October) ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
203.TrueShares Structured Outcome (September) ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
204.TrueShares Technology, AI & Deep Learning ETF, Series of Listed Funds Trust
205.Tuttle Capital Short Innovation ETF, Series of Collaborative Investment Series Trust
206.U.S. Global Investors Funds
207.Union Street Partners Value Fund, Series of World Funds Trust
208.Variant Alternative Income Fund
209.Variant Impact Fund
210.VictoryShares Developed Enhanced Volatility Wtd ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
211.VictoryShares Dividend Accelerator ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
212.VictoryShares Emerging Market High Div Volatility Wtd ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
213.VictoryShares International High Div Volatility Wtd ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
214.VictoryShares International Volatility Wtd ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
215.VictoryShares NASDAQ Next 50 ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
216.VictoryShares Protect America ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II

217.VictoryShares Top Veteran Employers ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
218.VictoryShares US 500 Enhanced Volatility Wtd ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
219.VictoryShares US 500 Volatility Wtd ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
220.VictoryShares US Discovery Enhanced Volatility Wtd ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
221.VictoryShares US EQ Income Enhanced Volatility Wtd ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
222.VictoryShares US Large Cap High Div Volatility Wtd ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
223.VictoryShares US Multi-Factor Minimum Volatility ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
224.VictoryShares US Small Cap High Div Volatility Wtd ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
225.VictoryShares US Small Cap Volatility Wtd ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
226.VictoryShares USAA Core Intermediate-Term Bond ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
227.VictoryShares USAA Core Short-Term Bond ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
228.VictoryShares USAA MSCI Emerging Markets Value Momentum ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
229.VictoryShares USAA MSCI International Value Momentum ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
230.VictoryShares USAA MSCI USA Small Cap Value Momentum ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
231.VictoryShares USAA MSCI USA Value Momentum ETF, Series of Victory Portfolios II
232.Walthausen Funds
233.West Loop Realty Fund, Series of Investment Managers Series Trust
234.WisdomTree Trust
235.WisdomTree Digital Trust
236.WST Investment Trust
237.XAI Octagon Floating Rate & Alternative Income Term Trust

 

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(b)The following are the Officers and Manager of the Distributor, the Registrant’s underwriter. The Distributor’s main business address is Three Canal Plaza, Suite 100, Portland, Maine 04101.

 

Name   Address   Position with Underwriter   Position with Registrant
             
Teresa Cowan   111 E. Kilbourn Ave, Suite 2200, Milwaukee, WI 53202    President/Manager   None
Chris Lanza   Three Canal Plaza, Suite 100, Portland, ME  04101  

Vice President

 

  None

Mark Fairbanks

 

  Three Canal Plaza, Suite 100, Portland, ME  04101   Vice President   None
Nanette K. Chern   Three Canal Plaza, Suite 100, Portland, ME 04101   Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer   None
Kelly B. Whetstone   Three Canal Plaza, Suite 100, Portland, ME  04101   Secretary   None
Susan L. LaFond   111 E. Kilbourn Ave, Suite 2200, Milwaukee, WI 53202   Treasurer   None

 

(c)Not applicable.

 

Item 33.Location of Accounts and Records

 

(a)The Registrant maintains accounts, books and other documents required by Section 31(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the rules thereunder (collectively, “Records”) at its offices at 250 West 34th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10019.

 

(b)Voya Investment Management Co., LLC maintains all records relating to its services as sub-adviser at 230 Park Avenue New York, New York 10169.

 

(c)[[   ] maintains all records relating to its services as sub-adviser at [   ]]

 

(d)Foreside Fund Services, LLC maintains all Records relating to its services as Distributor of the Registrant at Three Canal Plaza, Suite 100, Portland, Maine 04101.

 

(e)State Street Bank and Trust Company maintains all Records relating to its services as administrator and custodian of the Registrant at 1200 Crown Colony Drive, Quincy, Massachusetts 02189.

 

(f)Securrency Transfers, Inc. maintains all Records relating to its services as Transfer Agent of the Registrant at 3202 Douglas Point Court, Riva, Maryland 21140.

 

 

Item 34. Management Services

 

There are no management-related service contracts not discussed in Part A or Part B.

 

Item 35. Undertakings

 

Not Applicable.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Registrant has duly caused this Post- Effective Amendment No. 9 to Registration Statement No. 333-255575 to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, duly authorized, in the City of New York, State of New York, on this 29th day of September, 2022.

 

  WisdomTree Digital Trust
   
  By:   /s/ Stuart Bell
  Stuart Bell
  President (Principal Executive Officer)

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this Post-Effective Amendment No. 9 to the Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacity indicated on this 29th day of September, 2022.

 

Signature   Title
/s/ Stuart Bell President (Principal Executive Officer) and Trustee
Stuart Bell  
   
/s/ David Castano Treasurer (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
David Castano  
   
/s/ Nicholas Fusco* Trustee
Nicholas Fusco  
   
/s/ Joseph Keenan* Trustee
Joseph Keenan  
   
/s/ Mary Moran Zeven* Trustee
Mary Moran Zeven  

 

* By:/s/ Ryan Louvar
Ryan Louvar
(Attorney-in-Fact)

 

 

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