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Direxion Shares ETF Trust
Prospectus
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1X BEAR FUNDS
Direxion Daily S&P 500® Bear 1X Shares (SPDN)
Direxion Daily CSI 300 China A Share Bear 1X Shares (CHAD)
February 28, 2022
The shares offered in this prospectus (each a "Fund" and collectively the "Funds") are listed and traded on the NYSE Arca, Inc.
The Funds seek daily inverse investment results and are intended to be used as short-term trading vehicles. Each Fund attempts to provide daily investment results that correspond to the inverse (or opposite) of the performance of an underlying index.
The Funds are not intended to be used by, and are not appropriate for, investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios. The Funds are very different from most mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Investors should note that:
(1)
Each Fund pursues a daily investment objective that is inverse to the performance of its underlying index, a result opposite of most mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.
(2)
The Funds seek daily inverse investment results that are subject to compounding and market volatility risk. The pursuit of their daily investment objective means that the return of a Fund for a period longer than a full trading day will be the product of a series of daily returns, with daily repositioned exposure, for each trading day during the relevant period. As a consequence, especially in periods of market volatility, the volatility of the underlying index may affect a Fund’s return as much as, or more than, the return of the underlying index. Further, the return for investors that invest for periods less than a full trading day will not be the product of the return of a Fund’s stated daily inverse investment objective and the performance of the underlying index for the full trading day. During periods of high volatility, the Funds may not perform as expected and the Funds may have losses when an investor may have expected gains if the Funds are held for a period that is different than one trading day.
The Funds are not suitable for all investors. The Funds are designed to be utilized only by sophisticated investors, such as traders and active investors employing dynamic strategies. Investors in the Funds should:
(a)
understand the consequences of seeking daily inverse investment results;
(b)
understand the risk of shorting; and
(c)
intend to actively monitor and manage their investments.
Investors who do not understand the Funds, or do not intend to actively manage their funds and monitor their investments, should not buy the Funds.
There is no assurance that any Fund will achieve its daily inverse investment objective and an investment in a Fund could lose money. No single Fund is a complete investment program.
These securities have not been approved or disapproved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) or the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), nor have the SEC or CFTC passed upon the adequacy of this Prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.


Summary Section
Direxion Daily S&P 500® Bear 1X Shares
Important Information Regarding the Fund
The Direxion Daily S&P 500® Bear 1X Shares (“Fund”) seeks daily inverse investment results and is very different from most other exchange-traded funds. The pursuit of daily inverse investment goals means that the return of the Fund for a period longer than a full trading day may have no resemblance to -100% of the return of the S&P 500® Index (the "Index"). This means that the return of the Fund for a period longer than a trading day will be the result of each single day’s compounded return over the period, which will very likely differ from -100% of the return of the Index for that period. Longer holding periods and higher volatility of the Index increase the impact of compounding on an investor’s returns. During periods of higher Index volatility, the volatility of the Index may affect the Fund’s return as much as, or more than, the return of the Index. Further, the return for investors that invest for periods longer or shorter than a trading day should not be expected to be -100% of the performance of the Index for the period.
The Fund is not suitable for all investors. The Fund is designed to be utilized only by knowledgeable investors who understand the potential consequences of seeking daily inverse (-1X) investment results, understand the risks associated with the use of shorting and are willing to monitor their portfolios frequently. The Fund is not intended to be used by, and is not appropriate for, investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios. For periods longer than a single day, the Fund will lose money if the Index’s performance is flat, and it is possible that the Fund will lose money even if the Index ’s performance decreases over a period longer than a single day. An investor could lose the full principal value of his/her investment within a single day.
Investment Objective
The Fund seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 100% of the inverse (or opposite) of the daily performance of the Index. The Fund does not seek to achieve its stated investment objective for a period of time different than a trading day.
Fees and Expenses of the Fund
This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold, and sell shares of the Fund (“Shares”). You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, which are not reflected in the table and example below.
Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
Management Fees
0.35%
Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees
0.00%
Other Expenses of the Fund
0.16%
Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses(1)
0.04%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses
0.55%
Expense Cap/Reimbursement(2)
-0.06%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After
Expense Cap/Reimbursement
0.49%
(1)
"Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses" include fees and expenses incurred indirectly by the Fund as a result of investments in other investment companies, including investments in money market funds. Because Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses are not borne directly by the Fund, they will not be reflected in the expense information in the Fund's financial statements and the information presented in the table will differ from that presented in the Fund's financial highlights included in the Fund's reports to shareholders.
(2)
Rafferty Asset Management, LLC (“Rafferty” or the “Adviser”) has entered into an Operating Expense Limitation Agreement with the Fund. Under the Operating Expense Limitation Agreement, Rafferty has contractually agreed to waive all or a portion of its management fee and/or reimburse the Fund for Other Expenses through September 1, 2023, to the extent that the Fund’s Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses exceed 0.45% of the Fund’s average daily net assets (excluding, as applicable, among other expenses, taxes, swap financing and related costs, acquired fund fees and expenses, dividends or interest on short positions, other interest expenses, brokerage commissions and extraordinary expenses).  Any expense waiver or reimbursement is subject to recoupment by the Adviser within the three years after the expense was waived/reimbursed only if Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses fall below the lesser of this percentage limitation and any percentage limitation in place at the time the expense was waived/reimbursed.
Example - This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:
1 Year
3 Years
5 Years
10 Years
$50
$170
$301
$684
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. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 0% of the average value of its portfolio. However, this portfolio turnover rate is calculated without regard to cash instruments or derivative
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transactions. If the Fund's extensive use of derivatives was reflected, the Fund's portfolio turnover rate would be significantly higher.
Principal Investment Strategy
The Index is designed to be comprised of stocks that are the 500 leading, large-cap U.S.-listed issuers. It selects constituents on the basis of market capitalization, financial viability of the company and the public float, liquidity and price of a company’s shares outstanding. The Index is a float-adjusted and market capitalization-weighted index.
As of December 31, 2021, the Index consisted of 505 constituents, which had a median total market capitalization of $34 billion, total market capitalizations ranging from $4 billion to $2.9 trillion and were concentrated in the information technology sector. The Index is rebalanced quarterly.
The components of the Index and the percentages represented by various sectors in the Index may change over time. The Fund will concentrate its investment in a particular industry or group of industries (i.e., hold 25% or more of its total assets in investments that provide inverse exposure to a particular industry or group of industries) to approximately the same extent as the Index is so concentrated.
The Fund, under normal circumstances, invests in swap agreements, futures contracts, short positions or other financial instruments that, in combination, provide inverse (opposite) or short exposure to the Index equal to at least 80% of the Fund’s net assets (plus borrowing for investment purposes).
The Fund may also gain inverse exposure by investing in a combination of financial instruments, such as swaps or futures contracts that provide short exposure to the Index, to a representative sample of the securities in the Index that has aggregate characteristics similar to those of the Index or to an ETF that tracks the same Index or a substantially similar index, or the Fund may short securities of the Index, or short an ETF that tracks the same Index or a substantially similar index. The Fund invests in derivatives as a substitute for directly shorting securities in order to gain inverse exposure to the Index or its components. When the Fund shorts securities, including the securities of another investment company, it borrows shares of that security or investment company, which it then sells. The Fund closes out a short sale by purchasing the security that it has sold short and returning that security to the entity that lent the security. On a day-to-day basis, the Fund is expected to hold money market funds, deposit accounts with institutions with high quality credit ratings, and/or short-term debt instruments that have terms-to-maturity of less than 397 days and exhibit high quality credit profiles, including U.S. government securities and repurchase agreements.
The Fund seeks to remain fully invested at all times consistent with its stated inverse investment objective, but may not always have inverse exposure to all of the securities in the Index, or its weighting of inverse exposure to securities or industries may be different from that of the Index. In addition, the Fund may have inverse exposure to securities, ETFs or financial instruments not included in the Index.
The Fund will attempt to achieve its investment objective without regard to overall market movement or the increase or decrease of the value of the securities in the Index. At the close of the markets each trading day, Rafferty rebalances the Fund’s portfolio so that its exposure to the Index is consistent with the Fund’s inverse investment objective. For example, if the Index has fallen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should rise, meaning that the Fund’s exposure will need to be increased. Conversely, if the Index has risen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should fall, meaning the Fund’s exposure will need to be reduced and that a shareholder should lose money, a result that is the opposite of traditional index tracking ETFs. This re-positioning strategy may result in high portfolio turnover. The terms “daily,” “day,” and “trading day,” refer to the period from the close of the markets on one trading day to the close of the markets on the next trading day.
The Fund is “non-diversified,” meaning that a relatively high percentage of its assets may be invested in a limited number of issuers of securities. Additionally, the Fund’s investment objective is not a fundamental policy and may be changed by the Fund’s Board of Trustees without shareholder approval.
Because of daily rebalancing and the compounding of each day’s return over time, the return of the Fund for periods longer than a single day will be the result of each day’s returns compounded over the period, which will very likely differ from -100% of the return of the Index over the same period. The Fund will lose money if the Index performance is flat over time, and as a result of daily rebalancing, the Index’s volatility and the effects of compounding, it is even possible that the Fund will lose money over time while the Index's performance decreases over a period longer than a single day.
Principal Investment Risks
An investment in the Fund entails risk. The Fund may not achieve its inverse investment objective and there is a risk that you could lose all of your money invested in the Fund. The Fund is not a complete investment program. In addition, the Fund presents risks not traditionally associated with other mutual funds and ETFs. It is important that investors closely review all of the risks listed below and understand them before making an investment in the Fund.
Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk - The Fund has a daily investment objective and the Fund’s performance for periods greater than a trading day will be the result of each day's returns compounded over the period, which is very likely to differ from -100% of the Index’s performance, before fees and expenses. Compounding affects all investments, but has a more significant impact on funds that are inverse and that rebalance daily and becomes more pronounced as volatility and holding periods increase. The impact of compounding will impact each shareholder differently depending on the period of time an investment in the Fund is held and the volatility of the Index during shareholder’s holding period of an investment in the Fund.
The chart below provides examples of how Index volatility and its return could affect the Fund’s performance. Fund performance for periods greater than one single day can
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be estimated given any set of assumptions for the following factors: a) Index volatility; b) Index performance; c) period of time; d) financing rates associated with inverse exposure; e) other Fund expenses; and f) dividends or interest paid with respect to securities in the Index. The chart below illustrates the impact of two principal factors – Index volatility and Index performance – on Fund performance. The chart shows estimated Fund returns for a number of combinations of Index volatility and Index performance over a one-year period. Performance shown in the chart assumes that: (i) no dividends were paid with respect to the securities included in the Index; (ii) there were no Fund expenses; and (iii) borrowing/lending rates (to obtain inverse exposure) of 0%. If Fund expenses and/or actual borrowing/lending rates were reflected, the estimated returns would be different than those shown. Particularly during periods of higher Index volatility, compounding will cause results for periods longer than a trading day to vary from -100% of the performance of the Index.
As shown in the chart below, the Fund would be expected to lose 6.04% if the Index provided no return over a one year period during which the Index experienced annualized volatility of 25%. At higher ranges of volatility, there is a chance of a significant loss of value in the Fund, even if the Index’s return is flat. For instance, if the Index’s annualized volatility is 100%, the Fund would be expected to lose 63.23% of its value, even if the cumulative Index return for the year was 0%. Areas shaded red (or dark gray) represent those scenarios where the Fund can be expected to return less than -100% of the performance of the Index and those shaded green (or light gray) represent those scenarios where the Fund can be expected to return more than -100% of the performance of the Index. The table below is not a representation of the Fund’s actual returns, which may be significantly better or worse than the returns shown below as a result of any of the factors discussed above or in “Daily Inverse Index Correlation/Tracking Risk” below. The volatility of exchange traded securities or instruments that reflect the value of the Index may differ from the volatility of the Index.
One Year
Index
-100%
One
Year
Index
Volatility Rate
Return
Return
10%
25%
50%
75%
100%
-60%
60%
148.55%
134.42%
95.28%
43.98%
-5.83%
-50%
50%
99.13%
87.77%
56.26%
15.23%
-24.77%
-40%
40%
66.08%
56.57%
30.21%
-4.08%
-37.57%
-30%
30%
42.43%
34.25%
11.56%
-17.98%
-46.76%
-20%
20%
24.67%
17.47%
-2.47%
-28.38%
-53.72%
-10%
10%
10.83%
4.44%
-13.28%
-36.52%
-58.79%
0%
0%
-0.25%
-6.04%
-22.08%
-42.90%
-63.23%
10%
-10%
-9.32%
-14.64%
-29.23%
-48.27%
-66.67%
20%
-20%
-16.89%
-21.75%
-35.24%
-52.72%
-69.67%
30%
-30%
-23.29%
-27.84%
-40.25%
-56.41%
-71.94%
40%
-40%
-28.78%
-33.01%
-44.63%
-59.81%
-74.32%
50%
-50%
-33.55%
-37.52%
-48.57%
-62.60%
-76.19%
60%
-60%
-37.72%
-41.51%
-51.96%
-65.19%
-78.12%
The Index’s annualized historical volatility rate for the five year period ended December 31, 2021 was 19.23%. The Index’s highest volatility rate for any one calendar year during the
five year period was 34.69% and volatility for a shorter period of time may have been substantially higher. The Index’s annualized performance for the five-year period ended December 31, 2021 was 18.47%. Historical Index volatility and performance are not indications of what the Index volatility and performance will be in the future. The volatility of ETFs or instruments that reflect the value of the Index, such as swaps, may differ from the volatility of the Index.
For information regarding the effects of volatility and Index performance on the long-term performance of the Fund, see “Additional Information Regarding Investment Techniques and Policies” in the Fund’s statutory prospectus, and “Leverage - Special Note Regarding the Correlation Risks of the Funds” in the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information.
Derivatives Risk Derivatives are financial instruments that derive value from the underlying reference asset or assets, such as stocks, bonds, or funds (including ETFs), interest rates or indexes. Investing in derivatives may be considered aggressive and may expose the Fund to greater risks, and may result in larger losses or small gains, than investing directly in the reference assets underlying those derivatives, which may prevent the Fund from achieving its investment objective.
The Fund’s investments in derivatives may pose risks in addition to, and greater than, those associated with directly investing in securities or other investments, including risk related to the market, leverage, imperfect correlations with underlying investments or the Fund’s other portfolio holdings, higher price volatility, lack of availability, counterparty, liquidity, valuation and legal restrictions. The performance of a derivative may not track the performance of its reference asset for various reasons, including due to fees and other costs associated with it. Additionally, a swap on an ETF may not closely track the performance of the Index due to costs associated with trading ETFs such as an ETF’s premium or discount and the difference between its market price and its net asset value. If the Index has a dramatic intraday increase or decrease that causes a material change in the Fund’s net assets, the terms of a swap agreement between the Fund and its counterparty may permit the counterparty to immediately close the swap agreement with the Fund. In that event, the Fund may not be able to enter into another swap agreement or invest in other derivatives to achieve its investment objective. This may occur even if the Index reverses all or a portion of its intraday movement by the end of the day. Because derivatives often require only a limited initial investment, the use of derivatives may expose the Fund to losses in excess of the amount initially invested. As a result, the value of an investment in the Fund may change quickly and without warning. Additionally, any financing, borrowing or other costs associated with using derivatives may also have the effect of lowering the Fund’s return.
Counterparty Risk A counterparty may be unwilling or unable to make timely payments to meet its contractual obligations or may fail to return holdings that are subject to the agreement with the counterparty. If the counterparty or its affiliate becomes insolvent, bankrupt or defaults on
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its payment obligations to the Fund, the value of an investment held by the Fund may decline. Additionally, if any collateral posted by the counterparty for the benefit of the Fund is insufficient or there are delays in the Fund’s ability to access such collateral, the Fund may not be able to achieve its inverse investment objective.
In addition, the Fund may enter into swap agreements with a limited number of counterparties, which may increase the Fund’s exposure to counterparty credit risk. Further, there is a risk that no suitable counterparties will be willing to enter into, or continue to enter into, transactions with the Fund and, as a result, the Fund may not be able to achieve its inverse investment objective or may decide to change its inverse investment objective.
Rebalancing Risk If for any reason the Fund is unable to rebalance all or a part of its portfolio, or if all or a portion of the portfolio is rebalanced incorrectly, the Fund’s investment exposure may not be consistent with its investment objective. In these instances, the Fund may have investment exposure to the Index that is significantly greater or significantly less than its stated multiple. The Fund may be more exposed to leverage risk than if it had been properly rebalanced and may not achieve its investment objective, leading to significantly greater losses or reduced gains.
Shorting Risk – A short position is a financial transaction in which an investor sells an asset, usually a security, that the investor does not own. In such a transaction, an investor’s short position appreciates when a reference asset falls in value. By contrast, the short position loses value when the reference asset’s value increases. Because historically most assets have risen in value over the long term, short positions are expected to depreciate in value. Accordingly, short positions may be riskier and more speculative than traditional investments. In addition, any income, dividends or payments by reference assets in which the Fund has a short position will impose expenses on the Fund that reduce returns.
The Fund will typically obtain short exposure through the use of derivatives, such as swap agreements or futures contracts. To the extent that the Fund obtains short exposure from derivatives, the Fund may be exposed to heightened volatility or limited liquidity related to the reference asset of the underlying short position, which will adversely impact the Fund’s ability to meet its investment objective or adversely impact its performance. If the Fund were to experience this volatility or decreased liquidity, the Fund may be required to obtain short exposure through alternative investment strategies that may be less desirable or more costly to implement. If the reference asset underlying the short position is thinly traded or has a limited market, there may be a lack of available securities or counterparties for the Fund to enter into a short position or obtain short exposure from a derivative.
Cash Transaction Risk - Unlike most ETFs, the Fund currently intends to effect creations and redemptions principally for cash, rather than principally for in-kind securities, because of the nature of the financial instruments held by the Fund. As a result, the Fund is not expected to be tax efficient and will incur brokerage costs related to buying and selling securities to achieve its investment objective thus incurring
additional expenses than other funds that primarily effect creations and redemptions in kind.
Intra-Day Investment Risk - The Fund seeks investment results from the close of the market on a given trading day until the close of the market on the subsequent trading day. The exact exposure of an investment in the Fund intraday in the secondary market is a function of the difference between the value of the Index at the market close on the first trading day and the value of the Index at the time of purchase. If the Index loses value, the Fund’s net assets will rise by the same amount as the Fund’s exposure. Conversely, if the Index rises, the Fund’s net assets will decline by the same amount as the Fund’s exposure. Thus, an investor that purchases shares intra-day may experience performance that is greater than, or less than, the Fund’s stated multiple of the Index.
If there is a significant intra-day market event and/or the Index experiences a significant decline in the value of the Fund’s net assets, the Fund may not meet its investment objective, be able to rebalance its portfolio appropriately, or may experience significant premiums or discounts, or widened bid-ask spreads. Additionally, the Fund may also close prior to the close of trading on the Exchange and experience significant losses.
Daily Inverse Index Correlation Risk– Investors will lose money when the Index rises, which is a result that is the opposite from traditional index funds. There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve a high degree of inverse correlation to the Index and therefore achieve its daily inverse investment objective. The Fund’s exposure to the Index is impacted by the Index’s movement. Because of this, it is unlikely that the Fund will be perfectly exposed to the Index at the end of each day. The possibility of the Fund being materially over- or under-exposed to the Index increases on days when the Index is volatile near the close of the trading day. Due to the inverse nature of the Fund’s investment strategy, the occurrence of some of these events or market conditions discussed below may be favorable to the Fund’s returns; however, non-occurrence of these events below could have no effect on the Fund’s returns, or could cause the value of the Fund’s assets to decrease.
The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily inverse investment objective for many reasons, including fees, expenses, transaction costs, financing costs related to the use of derivatives, the Fund’s valuation methodology differing from the Index’s valuation methodology, accounting standards and their application to income items, disruptions, illiquidity or high volatility in the markets for the securities or derivatives held by the Fund, regulatory and tax considerations, which may cause the Fund to hold (or not to hold) certain Index constituents. The Fund may not have investment exposure to all securities in the Index, or its weighting of investment exposure to such stocks or industries may be different from that of the Index. The Fund may also have exposure to securities or financial instruments that are not included in the Index. The Fund may also use other investment companies, such as ETFs, as reference assets for derivative instruments which may reduce the Fund’s correlation to the Index’s daily inverse performance because an investment company’s performance may differ from the
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index it tracks. The Fund may be subject to large movements of assets into and out of the Fund, potentially resulting in the Fund being over- or under-exposed to the Index. Activities surrounding periodic Index reconstitutions and other Index rebalancing events may hinder the Fund’s ability to meet its daily inverse investment objective.
Passive Investment Risk The Fund generally will not change its investment exposures, including by buying or selling securities or instruments, in response to market conditions. For example, the Fund generally will not sell an Index constituent due to a decline in its performance or to the prospects of an Index constituent, unless that constituent is removed from the Index with which the Fund seeks correlated performance.
Market Risk The Fund’s investments are subject to changes in general economic conditions, general market fluctuations and the risks inherent in investment in securities markets. Investment markets can be volatile and prices of investments can change substantially due to various factors including, but not limited to, economic growth or recession, changes in interest rates, changes in the actual or perceived creditworthiness of issuers, general market liquidity, exchange trading suspensions and closures, and public health risks. The Fund is subject to the risk that geopolitical events will disrupt the securities, swap or futures contract markets and adversely affect global economies, markets and exchanges. Local, regional or global events such as war, acts of terrorism, natural disasters, the spread of infectious illness or other public health issues, conflicts and social unrest or other events could have a significant impact on the Fund, its investments, and the Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective.
If a market disruption or similar event occurs, making it not reasonably practicable for the Fund to dispose of its holdings or to determine its net asset value, the Fund could seek to limit or suspend purchases of creation units. Under such circumstances, the Fund’s shares could trade at a significant premium or discount to their net asset value or wide bid-ask spreads and the Fund could experience substantial redemptions, which may cause the Fund to sell portfolio holdings, experience increased transaction costs and make greater taxable distributions. The Fund may seek to change its investment objective by, for example, seeking to track an alternative index or the Fund may close. The Fund could liquidate all, or a portion of, its assets, which may be at unfavorable prices.
Large-Capitalization Company Risk Large-capitalization companies may be less able to adapt to changing market conditions or to respond quickly to competitive challenges or to changes in business, product, financial, or market conditions and may not be able to maintain growth at rates that may be achieved by well-managed smaller and mid-size companies, which may affect the companies’ returns.
Mid-Capitalization Company Risk - Mid-capitalization companies often have narrower markets for their goods and/or services, more limited product lines, services, markets, managerial and financial resources, less stable earnings, or are dependent on a small management group. In addition, because these stocks are not well known to the investing
public, do not have significant institutional ownership and are followed by relatively few security analysts, there will normally be less publicly available information concerning these securities compared to what is available for the securities of larger companies. As a result, the price of mid-capitalization companies can be more volatile and they may be less liquid than large-capitalization companies, which could increase the volatility of the Fund’s portfolio.
Information Technology Sector Risk The value of stocks of information technology companies and companies that rely heavily on technology is particularly vulnerable to rapid changes in technology product cycles, rapid product obsolescence, government regulation, and competition, both domestically and internationally, including competition from competitors with lower production costs. In addition, many information technology companies have limited product lines, markets, financial resources or personnel. The prices of information technology companies and companies that rely heavily on technology, especially those of smaller, less-seasoned companies, tend to be more volatile and less liquid than the overall market. Information technology companies are heavily dependent on patent and intellectual property rights, the loss or impairment of which may adversely affect profitability. Additionally, companies in the information technology sector may face dramatic and often unpredictable changes in growth rates and competition for the services of qualified personnel.
Index Strategy Risk The Fund is linked to an Index maintained by a third party provider unaffiliated with the Fund (the “Index Provider”) that exercises complete control over the Index. The Index Provider may delay or add a rebalance date, which may adversely impact the performance of the Fund and its correlation to the Index. In addition, there is no guarantee that the methodology used by the Index Provider to identify constituents for the Index will achieve its intended result or positive performance. The Index relies on various sources of information to assess the potential constituents of the Index, including information that may be based on assumptions or estimates. There is no assurance that the sources of information are reliable, and the Adviser does not assess the due diligence conducted by the Index Provider with respect to the data it uses or the Index construction and computation processes. The Fund's daily performance may deviate from the daily inverse (-100%) return of the Index due to legal restrictions or limitations, certain listing standards of the Fund's Exchange, a lack of liquidity of the securities in the Index, potential adverse tax consequences or other regulatory reasons (diversification requirements). Errors in Index data, Index computations or the construction of the Index in accordance with its methodology may occur from time to time and may not be identified and/or corrected for a period of time or at all, which may have an adverse impact on the Fund.
Liquidity Risk Holdings of the Fund, including derivatives, may be difficult to buy or sell or be illiquid, particularly during times of market turmoil. Illiquid securities may be difficult to value, especially in changing or volatile markets. If the Fund is forced to buy or sell an illiquid security or derivative instrument at an unfavorable time or price, the Fund may be adversely impacted. Certain market conditions or
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restrictions, such as market rules related to short sales, may prevent the Fund from limiting losses, realizing gains or achieving a high correlation with the index. There is no assurance that a security or derivative instrument that is deemed liquid when purchased will continue to be liquid. Market illiquidity may cause losses for the Fund. To the extent that the Index value increases or decreases significantly, the Fund may be one of many market participants that are attempting to transact in the securities of the Index. Under such circumstances, the market for securities of the Index may lack sufficient liquidity for all market participants' trades. Therefore, the Fund may have more difficulty transacting in the securities or financial instruments and the Fund's transactions could exacerbate the price changes of the securities of the Index and may impact the ability of the Fund to achieve its investment objective.
In certain cases, the market for certain securities in the Index and/or Fund may lack sufficient liquidity for all market participants' trades. Therefore, the Fund may have difficulty transacting in it and/or in correlated investments, such as swap contracts. Further, the Fund's transactions could exacerbate illiquidity and volatility in the price of the securities and correlated derivative instruments.
Early Close/Trading Halt Risk An exchange or market may close or issue trading halts on specific securities or financial instruments, including the shares of the Fund. Under such circumstances, the ability to buy or sell certain portfolio securities or financial instruments may be restricted, which may result in the Fund being unable to buy or sell investments for its portfolio, may disrupt the Fund’s creation/redemption process and may temporarily prevent investors from buying and selling shares of the Fund. In addition, the Fund may be unable to accurately price its investments, may fail to achieve performance that is correlated with the Index and may incur substantial losses. If there is a significant intra-day market event and/or the securities of the Index experience a significant increase or decrease, the Fund may not meet its investment objective or rebalance its portfolio appropriately. Additionally, the Fund may close to purchases and sales of Shares prior to the close of regular trading on the NYSE Arca, Inc. and incur significant losses.
Equity Securities Risk Investments in, and or exposure to, publicly issued equity securities, including common stocks, are subject to market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time. Fluctuations in the value of equity securities in which the Fund invests will cause the net asset value of the Fund to fluctuate.
Other Investment Companies (including ETFs) Risk
The Fund may invest in another investment company, including an ETF, to pursue its investment objective. When investing in another investment company, including an ETF, the Fund becomes a shareholder of that investment company and as a result, Fund shareholders indirectly bear the Fund’s proportionate share of the fees and expenses of the other investment company, in addition to the fees and expenses of the Fund’s own operations. The Fund must rely on the other investment company to achieve its investment objective. Accordingly, if the other investment company fails to achieve its investment objective, the Fund’s performance will likely
be adversely affected. To the extent that the Fund obtains exposure to another investment company, including an ETF, by entering into a derivative contract whose reference asset is the investment company, the Fund will not be a shareholder of the other investment company but will still be exposure to the risk that it may fail to achieve its investment objective and adversely impact the Fund. In addition, to the extent that the Fund invests in an investment company that is an ETF, it will be exposed to all of the risks associated with the ETF structure. Shares of ETFs are listed and traded on national stock exchanges, their shares may trade at a discount or a premium to an ETF’s net asset value which may result in an ETF’s market price being more or less than the value of the index that the ETF tracks especially during periods of market volatility or disruption. There may also be additional trading costs due to an ETF’s bid-ask spread, which may adversely affect the Fund’s performance.
Money Market Instrument Risk The Fund may use a variety of money market instruments for cash management purposes, including money market funds, depositary accounts and repurchase agreements. Money market funds may be subject to credit risk with respect to the debt instruments in which they invest. Depository accounts may be subject to credit risk with respect to the financial institution in which the depository account is held. Repurchase agreements may be subject to market and credit risk related to the collateral securing the repurchase agreement. Money market instruments may lose money.
Non-Diversification Risk The Fund is non-diversified, which means it invests a high percentage of its assets in a limited number of securities. Its net asset value and total return may fluctuate more or fall greater in times of weaker markets than a diversified fund.
Securities Lending Risk Securities lending involves the risk that the Fund may lose money because the borrower of the loaned securities fails to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. The Fund could also lose money in the event of a decline in the value of collateral provided for loaned securities, a decline in the value of any investments made with cash collateral, or a “gap” between the return on cash collateral reinvestments and any fees the Fund has agreed to pay a borrower. These events could also trigger adverse tax consequences for the Fund.
Special Risks of Exchange-Traded Funds
Absence of Active Market Risk. Although Shares are listed for trading on a stock exchange, there is no assurance that an active trading market for them will develop or be maintained. In the absence of an active trading market for Shares, they will likely trade with a wider bid/ask spread and at a greater premium or discount to net asset value.
Market Price Variance Risk. Fund Shares can be bought and sold in the secondary market at market prices, which may be higher or lower than the net asset value of a Fund. When Shares trade at a price greater than net asset value, they are said to trade at a “premium.” When they trade at a price less than net asset value, they are said to trade at a “discount.” The market price of Shares fluctuates based on changes in the value of the Fund’s holdings and on the supply and demand for Shares. The market price of Shares may
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vary significantly from a Fund’s net asset value especially during times of market volatility. Further, to the extent that exchange specialists, market makers, Authorized Participants, or other market participants are unavailable or unable to trade the Fund’s Shares and/or create or redeem Creation Units premiums or discounts may increase.
Trading Cost Risk. When buying or selling shares of the Fund in the secondary market, you will likely incur brokerage commission or other charges. In addition, you may incur the cost of the “spread” also known as the bid-ask spread, which is the difference between what investors are willing to pay for Fund shares (the “bid” price) and the price at which they are willing to sell Fund shares (the “ask” price). The bid-ask spread varies over time based on, among other things, trading volume, market liquidity and market volatility. Because of the costs inherent in buying or selling Fund shares, frequent trading may detract significantly from investment results and an investment in Fund shares may not be advisable for investors who anticipate regularly making small investments due to the associated trading costs.
Exchange Trading Risk. Trading in Shares on their listing exchange may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the exchange, make trading in Shares inadvisable, such as extraordinary market volatility. Also, there is no assurance that Shares will continue to meet the listing requirements of the exchange and Shares may be delisted. Like other listed securities, Shares of the Fund may be sold short, and short positions in Shares may place downward pressure on their market price.
Fund Performance
The following performance information provides some indication of the risks of investing in the Fund by demonstrating how its returns have varied from calendar year to calendar year. The bar chart shows changes in the Fund’s performance from calendar year to calendar year. The table shows how the Fund’s average annual returns for the one-year, five-year, and since inception periods compare with those of one or more broad-based market indexes for the same periods. The Fund’s past performance, before and after taxes, is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future. Updated performance is available on the Fund’s website at www.direxion.com/etfs?producttab=performance or by calling the Fund toll-free at (866) 476-7523.
Total Return for the Calendar Years Ended December 31
During the period of time shown in the bar chart, the Fund’s highest calendar quarter return was 15.59% for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 and its lowest calendar quarter return
was -19.11% for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. The year-to-date return as of December 31, 2021 was -23.68%.
Average Annual Total Returns (for the periods ended December 31, 2021)
 
1 Year
5 Years
Since
Inception
6/8/2016
Return Before Taxes
-23.68%
-17.08%
-16.61%
Return After Taxes on
Distributions
-23.68%
-17.31%
-16.82%
Return After Taxes on
Distributions and Sale of
Fund Shares
-14.02%
-11.72%
-11.24%
S&P 500® Index (reflects no
deduction for fees,
expenses or taxes)
28.71%
18.47%
17.93%
After-tax returns are calculated using the historically highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown, and after-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts. In addition, the "Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares" is higher because the calculation recognizes a capital loss upon the redemption of Fund shares and assumes the investor received the benefit of a tax deduction.
Annual returns are required to be shown and should not be interpreted as suggesting that the Fund should or should not be held for long periods of time.
Management
Investment Adviser. Rafferty Asset Management, LLC is the Fund’s investment adviser.
Portfolio Managers. The following members of Rafferty’s investment team are jointly and primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund:
Portfolio Managers
Years of Service
with the Fund
Primary Title
Paul Brigandi
Since Inception in
June 2016
Portfolio Manager
Tony Ng
Since Inception in
June 2016
Portfolio Manager
Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares
The Fund’s individual shares may only be purchased or sold in the secondary market through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediaries at market price rather than at net asset value. The market price of Shares will fluctuate in response to changes in the value of the Fund’s holdings and supply and demand for the Shares, which may result in shareholders purchasing or selling the Shares on the secondary market at a market price that is greater than net asset value (a premium) or less than net asset value (a discount). Additionally, a shareholder may incur costs attributable to the difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay for the Fund’s Shares (bid) and the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for the Fund’s Shares
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(ask) when buying or selling Shares on the secondary market (the “bid-ask spread”) in addition to brokerage commissions. The bid-ask spread may vary over time for Shares based on trading volume and market liquidity. Recent information regarding the Fund Shares such as net asset value, market price, premiums and discounts, bid-ask spreads, and related other information is available on the Fund’s website, www.direxion.com/etfs?producttab=performance.
The Fund’s shares are not individually redeemable by submitting Shares to the Fund. The Fund will issue and redeem Shares for cash only to Authorized Participants in large blocks, known as creation units, each of which is comprised of 50,000 Shares.
Tax Information
The Fund intends to make distributions that may be taxed as ordinary income or long-term capital gains. Those distributions will be subject to federal income tax and may also be subject to state and local taxes, unless you are investing through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account. Distributions or investments made through tax-deferred arrangements may be taxed later upon withdrawal. Distributions by the Fund may be significantly higher than those of most other ETFs.
Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries
If you purchase shares of the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund and/or its Adviser may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.
Index Information
The “S&P 500® Index” is a product of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC (“SPDJI”), and has been licensed for use by Rafferty. Standard & Poor’s® and S&P® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”); Dow Jones® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC (“Dow Jones”); and these trademarks have been licensed for use by SPDJI and sublicensed for certain purposes by Rafferty. Rafferty’s ETFs are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, or their respective affiliates and none of such parties make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product(s) nor do they have any liability for any errors, omissions, or interruptions of the S&P 500® Index.
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Direxion Daily CSI 300 China A Share Bear 1X Shares
Important Information Regarding the Fund
The Direxion Daily CSI 300 China A Share Bear 1X Shares (“Fund”) seeks daily inverse investment results and is very different from most other exchange-traded funds. The pursuit of daily inverse investment goals means that the return of the Fund for a period longer than a full trading day may have no resemblance to -100% of the return of the CSI 300 Index (the "Index"). This means that the return of the Fund for a period longer than a trading day will be the result of each single day’s compounded return over the period, which will very likely differ from -100% of the return of the Index for that period. Longer holding periods and higher volatility of the Index increase the impact of compounding on an investor’s returns. During periods of higher Index volatility, the volatility of the Index may affect the Fund’s return as much as, or more than, the return of the Index. Further, the return for investors that invest for periods longer or shorter than a trading day should not be expected to be -100% of the performance of the Index for the period.
The Fund is not suitable for all investors. The Fund is designed to be utilized only by knowledgeable investors who understand the potential consequences of seeking daily inverse (-1X) investment results, understand the risks associated with the use of shorting and are willing to monitor their portfolios frequently. The Fund is not intended to be used by, and is not appropriate for, investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios. For periods longer than a single day, the Fund will lose money if the Index’s performance is flat, and it is possible that the Fund will lose money even if the Index ’s performance decreases over a period longer than a single day. An investor could lose the full principal value of his/her investment within a single day.
Investment Objective
The Fund seeks daily investment results, before fees and expenses, of 100% of the inverse (or opposite) of the daily performance of the Index. The Fund does not seek to achieve its stated investment objective for a period of time different than a trading day.
Fees and Expenses of the Fund
This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold, and sell shares of the Fund (“Shares”). You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, which are not reflected in the table and example below.
Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
Management Fees
0.60%
Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees
0.00%
Other Expenses of the Fund
0.13%
Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses(1)
0.03%
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses
0.76%
(1)
"Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses" include fees and expenses incurred indirectly by the Fund as a result of investments in other investment companies, including investments in money market funds. Because Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses are not borne directly by the Fund, they will not be reflected in the expense information in the Fund's financial statements and the information presented in the table will differ from that presented in the Fund's financial highlights included in the Fund's reports to shareholders.
Example - This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:
1 Year
3 Years
5 Years
10 Years
$78
$243
$422
$942
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. During the most recent fiscal year, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 0% of the average value of its portfolio. However, this portfolio turnover rate is calculated without regard to cash instruments or derivative transactions. If the Fund's extensive use of derivatives was reflected, the Fund's portfolio turnover rate would be significantly higher.
Principal Investment Strategy
The Index is a modified free-float market capitalization weighted index comprised of the largest and most liquid stocks in the Chinese A-share market. Index constituent stocks must have been listed for more than three months (unless the stock’s average daily A-share market capitalization since its initial listing ranks among the top 30 of all A-shares) and must not be experiencing obvious abnormal fluctuations or market manipulations.
As of December 31, 2021, the Index included 300 securities with an average market capitalization of $156.2 billion, total market capitalizations ranging from $4.8 billion to $405.2 billion and were concentrated in the financials, information technology, consumer staples, and industrials sectors.
A-shares are issued by companies incorporated in the People’s Republic of China (“China” or the “PRC”). A-shares are traded in renminbi (“RMB”) on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange or Shanghai Stock Exchange (“SSE”). The A-share market in China is made available to domestic PRC investors and certain foreign investors, including those foreign investors that have been approved as Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (“RQFII”) or as Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (“QFII”). A RQFII or QFII license may be obtained by submitting an application to the China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”). After obtaining a RQFII or QFII license, the RQFII or QFII also applies to China’s State
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Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) for a specific aggregate dollar amount investment quota in which the RQFII or QFII can invest in A-shares. Additionally, an investment in eligible A-shares listed and traded on the SSE is also permitted through the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect program (“Stock Connect”), a securities trading and clearing program established by Hong Kong Securities Clearing Company Limited, the SSE and China Securities Depository and Clearing Corporation Limited.
The components of the Index and the percentages represented by various sectors in the Index may change over time. The Fund will concentrate its investment in a particular industry or group of industries (i.e., hold 25% or more of its total assets in investments that provide inverse exposure to a particular industry or group of industries) to approximately the same extent as the Index is so concentrated.
The Fund, under normal circumstances, invests in swap agreements, futures contracts, short positions or other financial instruments that, in combination, provide inverse (opposite) or short exposure to the Index equal to at least 80% of the Fund’s net assets (plus borrowing for investment purposes). Because the Fund does not satisfy the criteria to qualify as a RQFII or QFII itself and does not intend to trade through Stock Connect, the Fund expects to invest a majority of its assets in swaps that provide short exposure to ETFs that seek to replicate the performance of the Index. The Fund may also utilize futures contracts and other types of derivative instruments or financial instruments that seek to replicate the performance of the Index to obtain the inverse exposure necessary to achieve its investment objective. The Fund may do this by utilizing swaps that provide short exposure on ETFs that track a similar index or futures contracts on a similar index.
The Fund may also gain inverse exposure by investing in a combination of financial instruments, such as swaps or futures contracts that provide short exposure to the Index, to a representative sample of the securities in the Index that has aggregate characteristics similar to those of the Index or to an ETF that tracks the same Index or a substantially similar index, or the Fund may short securities of the Index, or short an ETF that tracks the same Index or a substantially similar index. The Fund invests in derivatives as a substitute for directly shorting securities in order to gain inverse exposure to the Index or its components. When the Fund shorts securities, including the securities of another investment company, it borrows shares of that security or investment company, which it then sells. The Fund closes out a short sale by purchasing the security that it has sold short and returning that security to the entity that lent the security. On a day-to-day basis, the Fund is expected to hold money market funds, deposit accounts with institutions with high quality credit ratings, and/or short-term debt instruments that have terms-to-maturity of less than 397 days and exhibit high quality credit profiles, including U.S. government securities and repurchase agreements.
The Fund seeks to remain fully invested at all times consistent with its stated inverse investment objective, but may not always have inverse exposure to all of the securities in the Index, or its weighting of inverse exposure to securities or
industries may be different from that of the Index. In addition, the Fund may have inverse exposure to securities, ETFs or financial instruments not included in the Index.
The Fund will attempt to achieve its investment objective without regard to overall market movement or the increase or decrease of the value of the securities in the Index. At the close of the markets each trading day, Rafferty rebalances the Fund’s portfolio so that its exposure to the Index is consistent with the Fund’s inverse investment objective. For example, if the Index has fallen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should rise, meaning that the Fund’s exposure will need to be increased. Conversely, if the Index has risen on a given day, net assets of the Fund should fall, meaning the Fund’s exposure will need to be reduced and that a shareholder should lose money, a result that is the opposite of traditional index tracking ETFs. This re-positioning strategy may result in high portfolio turnover. The terms “daily,” “day,” and “trading day,” refer to the period from the close of the markets on one trading day to the close of the markets on the next trading day.
The Fund is “non-diversified,” meaning that a relatively high percentage of its assets may be invested in a limited number of issuers of securities. Additionally, the Fund’s investment objective is not a fundamental policy and may be changed by the Fund’s Board of Trustees without shareholder approval.
Because of daily rebalancing and the compounding of each day’s return over time, the return of the Fund for periods longer than a single day will be the result of each day’s returns compounded over the period, which will very likely differ from -100% of the return of the Index over the same period. The Fund will lose money if the Index performance is flat over time, and as a result of daily rebalancing, the Index’s volatility and the effects of compounding, it is even possible that the Fund will lose money over time while the Index's performance decreases over a period longer than a single day.
Principal Investment Risks
An investment in the Fund entails risk. The Fund may not achieve its inverse investment objective and there is a risk that you could lose all of your money invested in the Fund. The Fund is not a complete investment program. In addition, the Fund presents risks not traditionally associated with other mutual funds and ETFs. It is important that investors closely review all of the risks listed below and understand them before making an investment in the Fund.
Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk - The Fund has a daily investment objective and the Fund’s performance for periods greater than a trading day will be the result of each day's returns compounded over the period, which is very likely to differ from -100% of the Index’s performance, before fees and expenses. Compounding affects all investments, but has a more significant impact on funds that are inverse and that rebalance daily and becomes more pronounced as volatility and holding periods increase. The impact of compounding will impact each shareholder differently depending on the period of time an investment in the Fund is held and the volatility of the Index during shareholder’s holding period of an investment in the Fund.
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The chart below provides examples of how Index volatility and its return could affect the Fund’s performance. Fund performance for periods greater than one single day can be estimated given any set of assumptions for the following factors: a) Index volatility; b) Index performance; c) period of time; d) financing rates associated with inverse exposure; e) other Fund expenses; and f) dividends or interest paid with respect to securities in the Index. The chart below illustrates the impact of two principal factors – Index volatility and Index performance – on Fund performance. The chart shows estimated Fund returns for a number of combinations of Index volatility and Index performance over a one-year period. Performance shown in the chart assumes that: (i) no dividends were paid with respect to the securities included in the Index; (ii) there were no Fund expenses; and (iii) borrowing/lending rates (to obtain inverse exposure) of 0%. If Fund expenses and/or actual borrowing/lending rates were reflected, the estimated returns would be different than those shown. Particularly during periods of higher Index volatility, compounding will cause results for periods longer than a trading day to vary from -100% of the performance of the Index.
As shown in the chart below, the Fund would be expected to lose 6.04% if the Index provided no return over a one year period during which the Index experienced annualized volatility of 25%. At higher ranges of volatility, there is a chance of a significant loss of value in the Fund, even if the Index’s return is flat. For instance, if the Index’s annualized volatility is 100%, the Fund would be expected to lose 63.23% of its value, even if the cumulative Index return for the year was 0%. Areas shaded red (or dark gray) represent those scenarios where the Fund can be expected to return less than -100% of the performance of the Index and those shaded green (or light gray) represent those scenarios where the Fund can be expected to return more than -100% of the performance of the Index. The table below is not a representation of the Fund’s actual returns, which may be significantly better or worse than the returns shown below as a result of any of the factors discussed above or in “Daily Inverse Index Correlation/Tracking Risk” below. The volatility of exchange traded securities or instruments that reflect the value of the Index may differ from the volatility of the Index.
One Year
Index
-100%
One
Year
Index
Volatility Rate
Return
Return
10%
25%
50%
75%
100%
-60%
60%
148.55%
134.42%
95.28%
43.98%
-5.83%
-50%
50%
99.13%
87.77%
56.26%
15.23%
-24.77%
-40%
40%
66.08%
56.57%
30.21%
-4.08%
-37.57%
-30%
30%
42.43%
34.25%
11.56%
-17.98%
-46.76%
-20%
20%
24.67%
17.47%
-2.47%
-28.38%
-53.72%
-10%
10%
10.83%
4.44%
-13.28%
-36.52%
-58.79%
0%
0%
-0.25%
-6.04%
-22.08%
-42.90%
-63.23%
10%
-10%
-9.32%
-14.64%
-29.23%
-48.27%
-66.67%
20%
-20%
-16.89%
-21.75%
-35.24%
-52.72%
-69.67%
30%
-30%
-23.29%
-27.84%
-40.25%
-56.41%
-71.94%
40%
-40%
-28.78%
-33.01%
-44.63%
-59.81%
-74.32%
50%
-50%
-33.55%
-37.52%
-48.57%
-62.60%
-76.19%
60%
-60%
-37.72%
-41.51%
-51.96%
-65.19%
-78.12%
The Index’s annualized historical volatility rate for the five year period ended December 31, 2021 was 20.76%. The Index’s highest volatility rate for any one calendar year during the five year period was 25.31% and volatility for a shorter period of time may have been substantially higher. The Index’s annualized performance for the five-year period ended December 31, 2021 was 12.30%. Historical Index volatility and performance are not indications of what the Index volatility and performance will be in the future. The volatility of ETFs or instruments that reflect the value of the Index, such as swaps, may differ from the volatility of the Index.
For information regarding the effects of volatility and Index performance on the long-term performance of the Fund, see “Additional Information Regarding Investment Techniques and Policies” in the Fund’s statutory prospectus, and “Leverage - Special Note Regarding the Correlation Risks of the Funds” in the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information.
Derivatives Risk Derivatives are financial instruments that derive value from the underlying reference asset or assets, such as stocks, bonds, or funds (including ETFs), interest rates or indexes. Investing in derivatives may be considered aggressive and may expose the Fund to greater risks, and may result in larger losses or small gains, than investing directly in the reference assets underlying those derivatives, which may prevent the Fund from achieving its investment objective.
The Fund’s investments in derivatives may pose risks in addition to, and greater than, those associated with directly investing in securities or other investments, including risk related to the market, leverage, imperfect correlations with underlying investments or the Fund’s other portfolio holdings, higher price volatility, lack of availability, counterparty, liquidity, valuation and legal restrictions. The performance of a derivative may not track the performance of its reference asset for various reasons, including due to fees and other costs associated with it. Additionally, a swap on an ETF may not closely track the performance of the Index due to costs associated with trading ETFs such as an ETF’s premium or discount and the difference between its market price and its net asset value. If the Index has a dramatic intraday increase or decrease that causes a material change in the Fund’s net assets, the terms of a swap agreement between the Fund and its counterparty may permit the counterparty to immediately close the swap agreement with the Fund. In that event, the Fund may not be able to enter into another swap agreement or invest in other derivatives to achieve its investment objective. This may occur even if the Index reverses all or a portion of its intraday movement by the end of the day. Because derivatives often require only a limited initial investment, the use of derivatives may expose the Fund to losses in excess of the amount initially invested. As a result, the value of an investment in the Fund may change quickly and without warning. Additionally, any financing, borrowing or other costs associated with using derivatives may also have the effect of lowering the Fund’s return.
Counterparty Risk A counterparty may be unwilling or unable to make timely payments to meet its contractual
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obligations or may fail to return holdings that are subject to the agreement with the counterparty. If the counterparty or its affiliate becomes insolvent, bankrupt or defaults on its payment obligations to the Fund, the value of an investment held by the Fund may decline. Additionally, if any collateral posted by the counterparty for the benefit of the Fund is insufficient or there are delays in the Fund’s ability to access such collateral, the Fund may not be able to achieve its inverse investment objective.
In addition, the Fund may enter into swap agreements with a limited number of counterparties, which may increase the Fund’s exposure to counterparty credit risk. Further, there is a risk that no suitable counterparties will be willing to enter into, or continue to enter into, transactions with the Fund and, as a result, the Fund may not be able to achieve its inverse investment objective or may decide to change its inverse investment objective.
Rebalancing Risk If for any reason the Fund is unable to rebalance all or a part of its portfolio, or if all or a portion of the portfolio is rebalanced incorrectly, the Fund’s investment exposure may not be consistent with its investment objective. In these instances, the Fund may have investment exposure to the Index that is significantly greater or significantly less than its stated multiple. The Fund may be more exposed to leverage risk than if it had been properly rebalanced and may not achieve its investment objective, leading to significantly greater losses or reduced gains.
Shorting Risk – A short position is a financial transaction in which an investor sells an asset, usually a security, that the investor does not own. In such a transaction, an investor’s short position appreciates when a reference asset falls in value. By contrast, the short position loses value when the reference asset’s value increases. Because historically most assets have risen in value over the long term, short positions are expected to depreciate in value. Accordingly, short positions may be riskier and more speculative than traditional investments. In addition, any income, dividends or payments by reference assets in which the Fund has a short position will impose expenses on the Fund that reduce returns.
The Fund will typically obtain short exposure through the use of derivatives, such as swap agreements or futures contracts. To the extent that the Fund obtains short exposure from derivatives, the Fund may be exposed to heightened volatility or limited liquidity related to the reference asset of the underlying short position, which will adversely impact the Fund’s ability to meet its investment objective or adversely impact its performance. If the Fund were to experience this volatility or decreased liquidity, the Fund may be required to obtain short exposure through alternative investment strategies that may be less desirable or more costly to implement. If the reference asset underlying the short position is thinly traded or has a limited market, there may be a lack of available securities or counterparties for the Fund to enter into a short position or obtain short exposure from a derivative.
Cash Transaction Risk - Unlike most ETFs, the Fund currently intends to effect creations and redemptions principally for cash, rather than principally for in-kind securities, because of the nature of the financial instruments held by the Fund.
As a result, the Fund is not expected to be tax efficient and will incur brokerage costs related to buying and selling securities to achieve its investment objective thus incurring additional expenses than other funds that primarily effect creations and redemptions in kind.
Intra-Day Investment Risk - The Fund seeks investment results from the close of the market on a given trading day until the close of the market on the subsequent trading day. The exact exposure of an investment in the Fund intraday in the secondary market is a function of the difference between the value of the Index at the market close on the first trading day and the value of the Index at the time of purchase. If the Index loses value, the Fund’s net assets will rise by the same amount as the Fund’s exposure. Conversely, if the Index rises, the Fund’s net assets will decline by the same amount as the Fund’s exposure. Thus, an investor that purchases shares intra-day may experience performance that is greater than, or less than, the Fund’s stated multiple of the Index.
If there is a significant intra-day market event and/or the Index experiences a significant decline in the value of the Fund’s net assets, the Fund may not meet its investment objective, be able to rebalance its portfolio appropriately, or may experience significant premiums or discounts, or widened bid-ask spreads. Additionally, the Fund may also close prior to the close of trading on the Exchange and experience significant losses.
Daily Inverse Index Correlation Risk– Investors will lose money when the Index rises, which is a result that is the opposite from traditional index funds. There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve a high degree of inverse correlation to the Index and therefore achieve its daily inverse investment objective. The Fund’s exposure to the Index is impacted by the Index’s movement. Because of this, it is unlikely that the Fund will be perfectly exposed to the Index at the end of each day. The possibility of the Fund being materially over- or under-exposed to the Index increases on days when the Index is volatile near the close of the trading day. Due to the inverse nature of the Fund’s investment strategy, the occurrence of some of these events or market conditions discussed below may be favorable to the Fund’s returns; however, non-occurrence of these events below could have no effect on the Fund’s returns, or could cause the value of the Fund’s assets to decrease.
Due to the Index including instruments that trade on a different market than the Fund, the Fund's return may vary from the inverse of the performance of the Index because different markets may close before the NYSE Arca, Inc. opens or may not be open for business on the same calendar days as the Fund. Additionally, due to differences in trading hours, and because the Index may be calculated using prices obtained at times other than the Fund's net asset value calculation time or due to the fair valuation of Index securities, the Fund's performance may not correlate with the Index.
The Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily inverse investment objective for many reasons, including fees, expenses, transaction costs, financing costs related to the use of derivatives, the Fund’s valuation methodology differing from the Index’s valuation methodology, accounting standards and their application to income items, disruptions,
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illiquidity or high volatility in the markets for the securities or derivatives held by the Fund, regulatory and tax considerations, which may cause the Fund to hold (or not to hold) certain Index constituents. The Fund may not have investment exposure to all securities in the Index, or its weighting of investment exposure to such stocks or industries may be different from that of the Index. The Fund may also have exposure to securities or financial instruments that are not included in the Index. The Fund may also use other investment companies, such as ETFs, as reference assets for derivative instruments which may reduce the Fund’s correlation to the Index’s daily inverse performance because an investment company’s performance may differ from the index it tracks. The Fund may measure its correlation to the performance of one of more ETFs rather than the Index. The Fund may be subject to large movements of assets into and out of the Fund, potentially resulting in the Fund being over- or under-exposed to the Index. Activities surrounding periodic Index reconstitutions and other Index rebalancing events may hinder the Fund’s ability to meet its daily inverse investment objective.
Passive Investment Risk The Fund generally will not change its investment exposures, including by buying or selling securities or instruments, in response to market conditions. For example, the Fund generally will not sell an Index constituent due to a decline in its performance or to the prospects of an Index constituent, unless that constituent is removed from the Index with which the Fund seeks correlated performance.
Market Risk The Fund’s investments are subject to changes in general economic conditions, general market fluctuations and the risks inherent in investment in securities markets. Investment markets can be volatile and prices of investments can change substantially due to various factors including, but not limited to, economic growth or recession, changes in interest rates, changes in the actual or perceived creditworthiness of issuers, general market liquidity, exchange trading suspensions and closures, and public health risks. The Fund is subject to the risk that geopolitical events will disrupt the securities, swap or futures contract markets and adversely affect global economies, markets and exchanges. Local, regional or global events such as war, acts of terrorism, natural disasters, the spread of infectious illness or other public health issues, conflicts and social unrest or other events could have a significant impact on the Fund, its investments, and the Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective.
If a market disruption or similar event occurs, making it not reasonably practicable for the Fund to dispose of its holdings or to determine its net asset value, the Fund could seek to limit or suspend purchases of creation units. Under such circumstances, the Fund’s shares could trade at a significant premium or discount to their net asset value or wide bid-ask spreads and the Fund could experience substantial redemptions, which may cause the Fund to sell portfolio holdings, experience increased transaction costs and make greater taxable distributions. The Fund may seek to change its investment objective by, for example, seeking to track an alternative index or the Fund may close. The Fund could liquidate all, or a portion of, its assets, which may be at unfavorable prices.
Chinese Securities Risks Although the economy of China has been in a state of transition from a government-planned socialist economy to a more market-oriented economy since the 1970s, the level of government involvement in China’s economy continues to distinguish it from other global markets as the majority of productive assets in China are owned (at different levels) by the People’s Republic of China (“China” or the “PRC”) government. Due to PRC government economic reforms during the last 30 years, China’s economy, as reflected in the value of Chinese issuers, has experienced significant growth. There can be no assurance, however, that the PRC government will continue to pursue such reforms.
Laws and regulations in China are less well-developed and may not be enforced, and court decisions do not establish binding precedent. In addition, laws and regulations may change with little or no advance notice. Accordingly, there is little assurance about the effect of laws and regulations, including those regarding foreign investment in Chinese securities through Stock Connect. The PRC government strictly regulates foreign currency transactions, effectively controlling the flow of capital into and out of China.
The Chinese economy is export-driven and highly reliant on trade. China’s maintenance of relationships with its primary trading partners, such as the U.S., Japan and South Korea, is critical to the Chinese economy. Recent strains in its relations with the U.S. have raised concerns about tariffs and trade restrictions that could adversely impact China. An economic slowdown or recession in countries that import significant goods from China would likely adversely impact China and Chinese issuers.
Inflation has historically been an issue in China, and the taxation of investments in China remains unsettled. Chinese issuers and the Fund, as an investor in such issuers, could be subject to retroactive taxation. There also remains a risk that assets or investments in China will be nationalized or expropriated.
China’s securities markets can be more volatile than other global markets and issuers in them are not typically required to provide the same amount or quality of information, including financial information, as U.S. companies. Investors who are harmed as a result of the lack of (quality) information about Chinese issuers will generally have little to no recourse due to the lack of remedies available in China, and the difficulty of pursuing and enforcing remedies.
Special Risk Considerations Relating to Stock Connect Program - The Stock Connect Program is subject to daily and aggregate quota limitations, and an investor cannot purchase and sell the same security on the same trading day, which may restrict the other funds’ or counterparties’ ability to invest in A-Shares through the Stock Connect Program and to enter into or exit trades on a timely basis. The Shanghai and Shenzhen markets may be open at a time when the participating exchanges located outside of mainland China are not active, with the result that prices of A-Shares may fluctuate at times when the other ETFs or counterparties are unable to add to or exit their positions. Only certain A-Shares are eligible to be accessed through the Stock Connect Program. Such securities may lose their eligibility at any time, in which case they may no longer be able to be
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purchased or sold through the Stock Connect Program. Because the Stock Connect Program is still evolving, the actual effect on the market for trading A-Shares with the introduction of large numbers of foreign investors is still relatively unknown. Further, regulations or restrictions, such as limitations on redemptions or suspension of trading, may adversely impact the program. There is no guarantee that the participating exchanges will continue to support the Stock Connect Program in the future.
Investments in China A-Shares may not be covered by the securities investor protection programs of either exchange and, without the protection of such programs, will be subject to the risk of default by the broker. Because of the way in which A-Shares are held in the Stock Connect Program, the a fund or counterparty may not be able to exercise the rights of a shareholder and may be limited in its ability to pursue claims against the issuer of a security, and may suffer losses in the event the depository of the Shanghai or Shenzhen Stock Exchange becomes insolvent. Currently, foreign investors are exempt from paying capital gains or value-added taxes on income and gains from purchases and sales of securities through Stock Connect, however, these rules could change, which could result in unexpected tax liabilities for other ETFs in which the Fund invests or Fund counterparties, which could result in additional tracking error or costs for the Fund.
Special Risk Considerations Relating to RQFII and QFII Investments Risk - The Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective may depend in part on the ability of other ETFs in which the Fund invests or Fund counterparties to obtain their QFII or RQFII quota to the extent that their investment strategy depends on such quota. The Fund cannot predict what would occur if general QFII or RQFII quotas were reduced or eliminated. Either circumstance would likely have a material adverse impact on the Fund by adversely affecting the willingness and ability of potential swap counterparties to engage in swaps with the Fund that are linked to the performance of A-shares. Additionally, ETFs in which the Fund invests may limit or suspend creation unit activity and could trade at a significant premium or discount or invest in securities that are not in the Index, impacting the Fund’s ability to obtain exposure to the Index and the Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective.
Presently, there are a limited number of firms and potential counterparties that have RQFII or QFII status or are willing and able to enter into swap transactions linked to the performance of A-shares and if the Fund is unable to obtain sufficient inverse exposure to the Index the Fund may not achieve its investment objective.
On May 7, 2020, the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) and China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) jointly issued regulations that were effective June 7, 2020, which among other changes, removed the QFII and RQFII quota restrictions. However, this is a relatively new development and there is no guarantee that quotas will continue to be relaxed.
Emerging Markets Risk Securities of issuers located in emerging markets face the potential for greater market volatility, lower trading volume, higher levels of inflation, political and economic instability, greater risk of market
shutdown and more government limitations on foreign investments. Emerging market countries may include economies that concentrate in only a few industries, security issues that are held by only a few investors, limited trading capacity in local exchanges and the possibility that markets or issuances or securities offerings may be manipulated by foreign nationals who have inside information. Additionally, emerging markets often have less uniformity in accounting and reporting requirements, less reliable securities valuations and greater risks associated with custody of securities than developed markets. Shareholder claims and legal remedies that are common in the United States may be difficult or impossible to pursue in many emerging market countries. Emerging markets often have greater risk of capital controls through such measures as taxes or interest rate control than developed markets. Certain emerging markets countries may also lack the infrastructure necessary to attract large amounts of foreign trade and investment. Local securities markets in emerging market countries may trade a small number of securities and may be unable to respond effectively to increases in trading volume, potentially making prompt liquidation of holdings difficult or impossible at times. Settlement procedures in emerging market countries are frequently less developed and reliable than those in other developed countries, which may result in significant delays in registering the transfer of securities and may make it more difficult for the Fund to value its holdings.
Economic, business, political, or social instability may adversely affect the value of emerging market securities more than securities of developed markets. Additionally, any of these developments may result in a decline in the value of a country’s currency. Emerging markets may develop unevenly and may never fully develop. There is also a higher risk of loss due to expropriation, nationalization, confiscation of assets and property or the imposition of restrictions on foreign investments and repatriation of capital invested in certain emerging market countries. These investments could be impacted by sustainability risks, in particular those caused by environmental changes related to climate change, social issues (including relating to labor rights) and governance risk (including but not limited to risks around board independence, ownership and control, or audit and tax management). Additionally, disclosures or third-party data coverage associated with sustainability risks is generally less available or transparent in these markets.
Financials Sector Risk Performance of companies in the financials sector may be materially impacted by many factors, including but not limited to, government regulations, economic conditions, credit rating downgrades, changes in interest rates and decreased liquidity in credit markets. Profitability of these companies is largely dependent on the availability and cost of capital and can fluctuate significantly when interest rates change. Credit losses resulting from financial difficulties of borrowers also can negatively impact the sector. These companies are also subject to substantial government regulation and intervention, which may adversely impact the scope of their activities, the prices they can charge, the amount of capital they must maintain, and potentially, their size. Government regulation may change frequently and may have significant adverse consequences
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for financial companies, including effects that are not intended by such regulation. The impact of more stringent capital requirements, or recent or future regulation in various countries on any individual financial company or of the financials sector as a whole, cannot be predicted. The financials sector is also a target for cyber attacks and may experience technology malfunctions and disruptions, which have occurred more frequently in recent years.
Consumer Staples Sector Risk Consumer staples companies are subject to government regulation affecting their products which may negatively impact such companies’ performance. For instance, government regulations may affect the permissibility of using various food additives and production methods of companies that make food products, which could affect company profitability. Also, the success of food, beverages, household and personal product companies may be strongly affected by changing consumer tastes and/or interest, marketing campaigns and other factors affecting supply and demand, including performance of the overall domestic and global economy, interest rates, competition and consumer confidence and spending. In particular, tobacco companies may be adversely affected by new laws, regulations and litigation. The consumer staples sector may also be adversely affected by changes or trends in commodity prices, which may be influenced or characterized by unpredictable factors.
Information Technology Sector Risk The value of stocks of information technology companies and companies that rely heavily on technology is particularly vulnerable to rapid changes in technology product cycles, rapid product obsolescence, government regulation, and competition, both domestically and internationally, including competition from competitors with lower production costs. In addition, many information technology companies have limited product lines, markets, financial resources or personnel. The prices of information technology companies and companies that rely heavily on technology, especially those of smaller, less-seasoned companies, tend to be more volatile and less liquid than the overall market. Information technology companies are heavily dependent on patent and intellectual property rights, the loss or impairment of which may adversely affect profitability. Additionally, companies in the information technology sector may face dramatic and often unpredictable changes in growth rates and competition for the services of qualified personnel.
Industrials Sector Risk Stock prices of issuers in the industrials sector are affected by supply and demand both for their specific product or service and for industrials sector products in general. Government regulation, world events including trade disputes, exchange rates and economic conditions, technological developments and liabilities for environmental damage and general civil liabilities will also affect the performance of investment in such issuers. Aerospace and defense companies, a component of the industrials sector, can be significantly affected by government spending policies because companies involved in this industry rely to a significant extent on U.S. and other government demand for their products and services. Thus, the financial condition of, and investor interest in, aerospace and defense companies are heavily influenced by government defense
spending policies which are typically under pressure from efforts to control government spending budgets. Transportation companies, another component of the industrials sector, are subject to cyclical performance and therefore investment in such companies may experience occasional sharp price movements which may result from changes in the economy, fuel prices, labor agreements and insurance costs. The industrials sector may also be adversely affected by changes or trends in commodity prices, which may be influenced by unpredictable factors. Issuers with high carbon intensity or high switching costs associated with the transition to low carbon alternatives may be more impacted by climate transition risks.
Large-Capitalization Company Risk Large-capitalization companies may be less able to adapt to changing market conditions or to respond quickly to competitive challenges or to changes in business, product, financial, or market conditions and may not be able to maintain growth at rates that may be achieved by well-managed smaller and mid-size companies, which may affect the companies’ returns.
Mid-Capitalization Company Risk - Mid-capitalization companies often have narrower markets for their goods and/or services, more limited product lines, services, markets, managerial and financial resources, less stable earnings, or are dependent on a small management group. In addition, because these stocks are not well known to the investing public, do not have significant institutional ownership and are followed by relatively few security analysts, there will normally be less publicly available information concerning these securities compared to what is available for the securities of larger companies. As a result, the price of mid-capitalization companies can be more volatile and they may be less liquid than large-capitalization companies, which could increase the volatility of the Fund’s portfolio.
Currency Exchange Rate Risk Changes in foreign currency exchange rates will affect the value of the Fund’s investments in securities denominated in a country’s currency. Generally, when the U.S. Dollar rises in value against a foreign currency, an investment in that country loses value because that currency is worth fewer U.S. Dollars. Devaluation of a currency by a country’s government or banking authority also will have a significant impact on the value of any investments denominated in that currency. If the Fund is exposed to a limited number of currencies, any change in the value of these currencies could have a material impact on the Fund’s net asset value.
Foreign Securities Risk Investing in, and/or having exposure to, foreign instruments may involve greater risks than investing in domestic instruments. As a result, the Fund’s returns and net asset value may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates, political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements in other countries. The laws and accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards in foreign countries typically are not as strict as they are in the U.S., and there may be less public information available about foreign companies. Additionally, the Fund may be impacted by a limitation on foreign ownership of securities, the imposition of withholding or
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other taxes, restrictions on the repatriation of cash or other assets, higher transaction and custody costs, delays in the settlement of securities, difficulties in enforcing contractual obligations and lower levels of regulation in the securities markets.
Geographic Concentration Risk Investments in a particular country or geographic region may be particularly susceptible to political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements. As a result, the Fund may be more volatile than a more geographically diversified fund.
International Closed-Market Trading Risk— Because the Fund may invest in, and/or have exposure to, securities that are traded in markets that are closed when the NYSE Arca, Inc. is open, there are likely to be deviations between its current value and its last sale price. As a result, premiums or discounts to net asset value may develop in share prices. Additionally, the performance of the Fund may vary from the performance of the Index.
Index Strategy Risk The Fund is linked to an Index maintained by a third party provider unaffiliated with the Fund (the “Index Provider”) that exercises complete control over the Index. The Index Provider may delay or add a rebalance date, which may adversely impact the performance of the Fund and its correlation to the Index. In addition, there is no guarantee that the methodology used by the Index Provider to identify constituents for the Index will achieve its intended result or positive performance. The Index relies on various sources of information to assess the potential constituents of the Index, including information that may be based on assumptions or estimates. There is no assurance that the sources of information are reliable, and the Adviser does not assess the due diligence conducted by the Index Provider with respect to the data it uses or the Index construction and computation processes. The Fund's daily performance may deviate from the daily inverse (-100%) return of the Index due to legal restrictions or limitations imposed by governments of certain countries, certain listing standards of the Fund's Exchange, a lack of liquidity on stock exchanges where securities trade, potential adverse tax consequences or other regulatory reasons (diversification requirements). The securities that comprise the Index are valued at the securities' closing prices on local foreign markets. The Fund or the ETF it utilizes to obtain exposure to the Index may fair value the Index's securities, which may adversely impact the Fund's ability to achieve its inverse investment objective. Errors in Index data, Index computations or the construction of the Index in accordance with its methodology may occur from time to time and may not be identified and/or corrected for a period of time or at all, which may have an adverse impact on the Fund.
Liquidity Risk Holdings of the Fund, including derivatives, may be difficult to buy or sell or be illiquid, particularly during times of market turmoil. Illiquid securities may be difficult to value, especially in changing or volatile markets. If the Fund is forced to buy or sell an illiquid security or derivative instrument at an unfavorable time or price, the Fund may be adversely impacted. Certain market conditions or restrictions, such as market rules related to short sales, may prevent the Fund from limiting losses, realizing gains or
achieving a high correlation with the index. There is no assurance that a security or derivative instrument that is deemed liquid when purchased will continue to be liquid. Market illiquidity may cause losses for the Fund. To the extent that the Index value increases or decreases significantly, the Fund may be one of many market participants that are attempting to transact in the securities of the Index. Under such circumstances, the market for securities of the Index may lack sufficient liquidity for all market participants' trades. Therefore, the Fund may have more difficulty transacting in the securities or financial instruments and the Fund's transactions could exacerbate the price changes of the securities of the Index and may impact the ability of the Fund to achieve its investment objective.
In certain cases, the market for certain securities in the Index and/or Fund may lack sufficient liquidity for all market participants' trades. Therefore, the Fund may have difficulty transacting in it and/or in correlated investments, such as swap contracts. Further, the Fund's transactions could exacerbate illiquidity and volatility in the price of the securities and correlated derivative instruments.
Early Close/Trading Halt Risk An exchange or market may close or issue trading halts on specific securities or financial instruments, including the shares of the Fund. Under such circumstances, the ability to buy or sell certain portfolio securities or financial instruments may be restricted, which may result in the Fund being unable to buy or sell investments for its portfolio, may disrupt the Fund’s creation/redemption process and may temporarily prevent investors from buying and selling shares of the Fund. In addition, the Fund may be unable to accurately price its investments, may fail to achieve performance that is correlated with the Index and may incur substantial losses. If there is a significant intra-day market event and/or the securities of the Index experience a significant increase or decrease, the Fund may not meet its investment objective or rebalance its portfolio appropriately. Additionally, the Fund may close to purchases and sales of Shares prior to the close of regular trading on the NYSE Arca, Inc. and incur significant losses.
Equity Securities Risk Investments in, and or exposure to, publicly issued equity securities, including common stocks, are subject to market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time. Fluctuations in the value of equity securities in which the Fund invests will cause the net asset value of the Fund to fluctuate.
Money Market Instrument Risk The Fund may use a variety of money market instruments for cash management purposes, including money market funds, depositary accounts and repurchase agreements. Money market funds may be subject to credit risk with respect to the debt instruments in which they invest. Depository accounts may be subject to credit risk with respect to the financial institution in which the depository account is held. Repurchase agreements may be subject to market and credit risk related to the collateral securing the repurchase agreement. Money market instruments may lose money.
Other Investment Companies (including ETFs) Risk
The Fund may invest in another investment company, including an ETF, to pursue its investment objective. When
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investing in another investment company, including an ETF, the Fund becomes a shareholder of that investment company and as a result, Fund shareholders indirectly bear the Fund’s proportionate share of the fees and expenses of the other investment company, in addition to the fees and expenses of the Fund’s own operations. The Fund must rely on the other investment company to achieve its investment objective. Accordingly, if the other investment company fails to achieve its investment objective, the Fund’s performance will likely be adversely affected. To the extent that the Fund obtains exposure to another investment company, including an ETF, by entering into a derivative contract whose reference asset is the investment company, the Fund will not be a shareholder of the other investment company but will still be exposure to the risk that it may fail to achieve its investment objective and adversely impact the Fund. In addition, to the extent that the Fund invests in an investment company that is an ETF, it will be exposed to all of the risks associated with the ETF structure. Shares of ETFs are listed and traded on national stock exchanges, their shares may trade at a discount or a premium to an ETF’s net asset value which may result in an ETF’s market price being more or less than the value of the index that the ETF tracks especially during periods of market volatility or disruption. There may also be additional trading costs due to an ETF’s bid-ask spread, which may adversely affect the Fund’s performance.
Non-Diversification Risk The Fund is non-diversified, which means it invests a high percentage of its assets in a limited number of securities. Its net asset value and total return may fluctuate more or fall greater in times of weaker markets than a diversified fund.
Securities Lending Risk Securities lending involves the risk that the Fund may lose money because the borrower of the loaned securities fails to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. The Fund could also lose money in the event of a decline in the value of collateral provided for loaned securities, a decline in the value of any investments made with cash collateral, or a “gap” between the return on cash collateral reinvestments and any fees the Fund has agreed to pay a borrower. These events could also trigger adverse tax consequences for the Fund.
Special Risks of Exchange-Traded Funds
Absence of Active Market Risk. Although Shares are listed for trading on a stock exchange, there is no assurance that an active trading market for them will develop or be maintained. In the absence of an active trading market for Shares, they will likely trade with a wider bid/ask spread and at a greater premium or discount to net asset value.
Market Price Variance Risk. Fund Shares can be bought and sold in the secondary market at market prices, which may be higher or lower than the net asset value of a Fund. When Shares trade at a price greater than net asset value, they are said to trade at a “premium.” When they trade at a price less than net asset value, they are said to trade at a “discount.” The market price of Shares fluctuates based on changes in the value of the Fund’s holdings and on the supply and demand for Shares. The market price of Shares may vary significantly from a Fund’s net asset value especially during times of market volatility. Further, to the extent that
exchange specialists, market makers, Authorized Participants, or other market participants are unavailable or unable to trade the Fund’s Shares and/or create or redeem Creation Units premiums or discounts may increase.
Trading Cost Risk. When buying or selling shares of the Fund in the secondary market, you will likely incur brokerage commission or other charges. In addition, you may incur the cost of the “spread” also known as the bid-ask spread, which is the difference between what investors are willing to pay for Fund shares (the “bid” price) and the price at which they are willing to sell Fund shares (the “ask” price). The bid-ask spread varies over time based on, among other things, trading volume, market liquidity and market volatility. Because of the costs inherent in buying or selling Fund shares, frequent trading may detract significantly from investment results and an investment in Fund shares may not be advisable for investors who anticipate regularly making small investments due to the associated trading costs.
Exchange Trading Risk. Trading in Shares on their listing exchange may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the exchange, make trading in Shares inadvisable, such as extraordinary market volatility. Also, there is no assurance that Shares will continue to meet the listing requirements of the exchange and Shares may be delisted. Like other listed securities, Shares of the Fund may be sold short, and short positions in Shares may place downward pressure on their market price.
Fund Performance
The following performance information provides some indication of the risks of investing in the Fund by demonstrating how its returns have varied from calendar year to calendar year. The bar chart shows changes in the Fund’s performance from calendar year to calendar year. The table shows how the Fund’s average annual returns for the one-year, five-year, and since inception periods compare with those of one or more broad-based market indexes for the same periods. The Fund’s past performance, before and after taxes, is not necessarily an indication of how the Fund will perform in the future. Updated performance is available on the Fund’s website at www.direxion.com/etfs?producttab=performance or by calling the Fund toll-free at (866) 476-7523.
Total Return for the Calendar Years Ended December 31
During the period of time shown in the bar chart, the Fund’s highest calendar quarter return was 16.13% for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 and its lowest calendar quarter return was -24.75% for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. The year-to-date return as of December 31, 2021 was -7.75%.
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Average Annual Total Returns (for the periods ended December 31, 2021)
 
1 Year
5 Years
Since
Inception
6/17/2015
Return Before Taxes
-7.75%
-16.83%
-12.25%
Return After Taxes on
Distributions
-7.75%
-17.10%
-12.47%
Return After Taxes on
Distributions and Sale of
Fund Shares
-4.59%
-11.58%
-8.45%
CSI 300 Index (reflects no
deduction for fees,
expenses or taxes)
-1.23%
12.30%
1.10%
S&P 500® Index (reflects no
deduction for fees,
expenses or taxes)
28.71%
18.47%
15.57%
After-tax returns are calculated using the historically highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown, and after-tax returns are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts.In addition, the "Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Fund Shares" is higher because the calculation recognizes a capital loss upon the redemption of Fund shares and assumes the investor received the benefit of a tax deduction.
Annual returns are required to be shown and should not be interpreted as suggesting that the Fund should or should not be held for long periods of time.
Management
Investment Adviser. Rafferty Asset Management, LLC is the Fund’s investment adviser.
Portfolio Managers. The following members of Rafferty’s investment team are jointly and primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Fund:
Portfolio Managers
Years of Service
with the Fund
Primary Title
Paul Brigandi
Since Inception in
June 2015
Portfolio Manager
Tony Ng
Since September
2015
Portfolio Manager
Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares
The Fund’s individual shares may only be purchased or sold in the secondary market through a broker-dealer or other
financial intermediaries at market price rather than at net asset value. The market price of Shares will fluctuate in response to changes in the value of the Fund’s holdings and supply and demand for the Shares, which may result in shareholders purchasing or selling the Shares on the secondary market at a market price that is greater than net asset value (a premium) or less than net asset value (a discount). Additionally, a shareholder may incur costs attributable to the difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay for the Fund’s Shares (bid) and the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for the Fund’s Shares (ask) when buying or selling Shares on the secondary market (the “bid-ask spread”) in addition to brokerage commissions. The bid-ask spread may vary over time for Shares based on trading volume and market liquidity. Recent information regarding the Fund Shares such as net asset value, market price, premiums and discounts, bid-ask spreads, and related other information is available on the Fund’s website, www.direxion.com/etfs?producttab=performance.
The Fund’s shares are not individually redeemable by submitting Shares to the Fund. The Fund will issue and redeem Shares for cash only to Authorized Participants in large blocks, known as creation units, each of which is comprised of 50,000 Shares.
Tax Information
The Fund intends to make distributions that may be taxed as ordinary income or long-term capital gains. Those distributions will be subject to federal income tax and may also be subject to state and local taxes, unless you are investing through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account. Distributions or investments made through tax-deferred arrangements may be taxed later upon withdrawal. Distributions by the Fund may be significantly higher than those of most other ETFs.
Payments to Broker-Dealers and Other Financial Intermediaries
If you purchase shares of the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank or financial advisor), the Fund and/or its Adviser may pay the intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.
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Overview of the Funds
The Direxion Shares ETF Trust (the “Trust”) is a registered investment company offering a number of separate exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”). This Prospectus describes the ETFs noted in the table below (each a “Fund” and collectively the “Funds”). Rafferty Asset Management, LLC serves as the investment advisor to each Fund ("Rafferty" or the "Adviser").
As shown in the table below, each Fund seeks investment results that correspond to the inverse (-100%) of the performance of an underlying index, before fees and expenses. If, on a given day, the underlying index gains 1%, the Funds are designed to lose approximately 1% (which is equal to -100% of 1%). Conversely, if the underlying index loses 1% on a given day, the Funds are designed to gain approximately 1%. The Funds seek inverse investment results on a daily basis—from the close of regular trading on one trading day to the close on the next trading day—which should not be equated with seeking an inverse investment objective for any other period. As used in this Prospectus, the terms “daily,” “day,” and “trading day,” refer to the period from the regular close of the markets on one trading day to the regular close of the markets on the next trading day.
Each Fund seeks to provide a return which is an inverse (-100%) of the daily performance of its underlying index. No Fund attempts to, and no Fund should be expected to, provide returns which are not the inverse (-100%) of the return of the underlying index for periods other than a single day. Each Fund rebalances its portfolio on a daily basis, increasing exposure in response to that day’s gains or reducing exposure in response to that day’s losses.
Also, the exposure to the underlying index received by an investor who purchases a Fund intra-day will differ from the Fund’s stated daily inverse investment objective by an amount determined by the movement of the underlying index from its value at the end of the prior day. If the underlying index moves in a direction favorable to the Fund between the close of the market on one trading day through the time on the next trading day when the investor purchases Fund shares, the investor will receive less exposure to the underlying index than the stated fund daily inverse investment objective. Conversely, if the underlying index moves in a direction adverse to the Fund, the investor will receive more exposure to the underlying index than the stated fund daily inverse investment objective.
The Funds are designed as short-term trading vehicles. The Funds are intended to be used by investors who intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.
Fund
Underlying Index
Direxion Daily S&P 500® Bear 1X Shares
S&P 500® Index
Direxion Daily CSI 300 China A Shares Bear 1X shares
CSI 300 Index
Shares of the Funds (“Shares”) are listed and traded on the NYSE Arca, Inc. (the “Exchange”), where the market prices for the Shares may be different from the intra-day value of the Shares disseminated by the Exchange and from their net asset value (“NAV”). Unlike conventional mutual funds, Shares are not individually redeemable directly with a Fund. Rather, each Fund issues and redeems Shares on a continuous basis at NAV only in large blocks of Shares called “Creation Units.” A Creation Unit consists of 50,000 Shares. As a result, retail investors generally will not be able to purchase or redeem Shares directly from, or with, each Fund. Most retail investors will purchase or sell Shares in the secondary market through a broker.
In order to provide additional information regarding the value of Shares of a Fund, the Exchange, a market data vendor or other information provider, disseminates an Intraday Optimized Portfolio Value (“IOPV”) for each Fund. Each Fund’s IOPV is expected to be disseminated every 15 seconds during the regular trading hours of the Exchange. The IOPV is based on the current market value of the securities and cash required to be deposited in exchange for a Creation Unit. The IOPV does not necessarily reflect the precise composition of the current portfolio holdings of a Fund as of a particular point in time, or an accurate valuation of the current portfolio. The quotations of certain Fund holdings may not be updated during U.S. trading hours if such holdings do not trade in the U.S. The Funds are not involved in, nor responsible for, the calculation or dissemination of the IOPV and make no representations or warranty as to its accuracy.
The Funds are not suitable for all investors. The Funds are designed to be utilized only by sophisticated investors, such as traders and active investors employing dynamic strategies. Such investors are expected to monitor and manage their portfolios frequently. Investors in the Funds should: (a) understand the consequences of seeking daily inverse investment results; (b) understand the risk of shorting; (c) intend to actively monitor and manage their investments. Investors who do not understand the Funds or do not intend to actively manage their funds and monitor their investments should not buy the Funds.
There is no assurance that each Fund will achieve its investment objective and an investment in a Fund could lose money. No single Fund is a complete investment program.
Changes in Investment Objective. Each Fund’s investment objective is not a fundamental policy and may be changed by the Funds' Board of Trustees without shareholder approval.
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Additional Information Regarding Investment Techniques and Policies
Rafferty uses statistical and quantitative analysis to determine the investments each Fund makes and the techniques it employs. Rafferty relies upon a pre-determined model to generate orders that result in repositioning each Fund’s investments in accordance with its daily inverse investment objective. Using this approach, Rafferty determines the type, quantity and mix of investment positions that it believes in combination should produce daily returns consistent with a Fund’s investment objective. In general, if a Fund is performing as designed, the return of the underlying index will dictate the return for the Fund. Rafferty does not invest the assets of a Fund in securities, derivatives or other investments based on Rafferty’s view of the investment merit of a particular security, instrument or company, nor does it conduct conventional investment research or analysis or forecast market movements or trends. Each Fund generally pursues its investment objective regardless of market conditions and does not take defensive positions.
Rafferty creates net “short” positions for the Funds. (Rafferty may create long positions in the Funds even though the net exposure in the Funds will be short.) Long positions move in the same direction as the underlying index, advancing when the underlying index advances and declining when the underlying index declines. Short positions move in the opposite direction of the underlying index, advancing when the underlying index declines and declining when the underlying index advances.
At the close of the markets each trading day, each Fund will position its portfolio to ensure that the Fund’s exposure to its underlying index is consistent with the Fund’s stated daily inverse investment objective. The impact of market movements during the day determines whether a portfolio needs to be repositioned. If the underlying index has risen on a given day, a Fund’s assets (i.e., net assets plus borrowing for investment purposes, if any) should fall, meaning its exposure will typically need to be decreased. Conversely, if the underlying index has fallen on a given day, a Fund’s net assets should rise, meaning its exposure will typically need to be increased. Each Fund’s portfolio may also need to be changed to reflect changes in the composition of its underlying index. Rafferty increases a Fund’s exposure when its assets rise and reduces a Fund’s exposure when its assets fall.
A Fund may hold a representative sample of the securities in the underlying index. The sampling of securities that is held by a Fund is intended to maintain high correlation with, and similar aggregate characteristics (e.g., market capitalization and industry weightings) to, the underlying index. A Fund also may invest in securities that are not included in its underlying index or may overweight or underweight certain components of the underlying index. Certain Funds’ assets may be concentrated in an industry or group of industries to the extent that a Fund's underlying index concentrates in a particular industry or group of industries. In addition, each Fund offered in this Prospectus is non-diversified, which means that it may invest in the securities of a limited number of issuers.
The Effects of Fees and Expenses on the Return of a Fund for a Single Trading Day. Each Fund seeks to provide a daily return which is the inverse (or opposite) of the daily return of an underlying index. To create the necessary exposure, a Fund engages in short selling—borrowing and selling securities it does not own. The money that a Fund receives from short sales—the short sale proceeds—is an asset of the Fund that can generate income to help offset the Fund’s operating expenses. However, the costs of creating short exposure, which may require the Fund’s counterparties to borrow and sell certain securities, may offset or outweigh such income. As the holder of a short position, a Fund also is responsible for paying the dividends and interest accruing on the short position, which is an expense to the Fund that could cause the Fund to lose money on the short sale and may adversely affect its performance. Each Fund will reposition its portfolio at the end of every trading day. Therefore, if an investor purchases Fund shares at close of the markets on a given trading day, the investor’s exposure to the underlying index of a Fund would reflect 100% of the inverse performance of the underlying index during the following trading day, subject to the charges and expenses noted above.
A Fund may have difficulty in achieving its daily inverse investment objective due to fees, expenses, transaction costs, income items, accounting standards, significant purchase and redemption activity by Fund shareholders and/or disruptions or a temporary lack of liquidity in the markets for the securities held by the Fund. Additionally, if a Fund's underlying index includes foreign securities or tracks a foreign market index where the foreign market closes before or after the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) closes (generally at 4 p.m. Eastern Time), the performance of the underlying index may differ from the expected daily inverse performance. As such, correlation to an underlying index for Funds that track an underlying index that includes foreign securities will generally be measured by comparing the daily change in a Fund’s NAV per share to the performance of one or more U.S. ETFs that tracks the same underlying index.
An exchange or market may close or issue trading halts on specific securities, or the ability to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments may be restricted, which may result in a Fund being unable to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments. In such circumstances, a Fund may be unable to rebalance its portfolio, may be unable to accurately price its investments and/or may incur substantial trading losses.
A Fund seeks daily returns while repositioning exposure daily. Therefore, for a period longer than one day, the pursuit of a daily investment objective will result in daily compounding. This means that the return of an underlying index over a period of time greater than one day multiplied by a Fund’s daily target (i.e., -100%) generally will not equal a Fund’s performance over that same period. As a consequence, investors should not plan to hold the Funds unmonitored for periods longer
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than a single trading day. Further, the return for investors that invest for periods less than a full trading day or for a period different than a trading day will not be the product of the return of a Fund’s stated daily inverse investment objective and the performance of the underlying index for the full trading day. The Funds are not suitable for all investors.
Consider the following examples:
Mary is considering investments in two funds, Funds A and B. Fund A is a traditional index ETF which seeks (before fees and expenses) to match the performance of the XYZ index. Similar to the Funds, Fund B is an ETF that seeks daily investment results (before fees and expenses) that correspond to -100% of the daily performance of the XYZ index.
On Day 1, the XYZ index increases in value from $100 to $105, a gain of 5%. On Day 2, the XYZ index decreases in value from $105 back to $100, a loss of 4.76%. In the aggregate, the XYZ index has not moved.
An investment in Fund A would be expected to gain 5% on Day 1 and lose 4.76% on Day 2, returning the investment to its original value. The following example assumes a $100 investment in Fund A when the index is also valued at $100:
Day
Index Value
Index Performance
Value of Fund A Investment
 
$100.00
 
$100.00
1
$105.00
5.00%
$105.00
2
$100.00
-4.76%
$100.00
The same $100 investment in Fund B would be expected to lose 5% on Day 1 (-100% of 5%) but gain 4.76% on Day 2.
Day
Index Performance
-100% of Index Performance
Value of Fund B Investment
 
 
 
$100.00
1
5.00%
-5.00%
$95.00
2
-4.76%
4.76%
$99.52
In the case of Fund B, although the percentage decrease on Day 2 is sufficient to bring the value of the index back to its starting point, because the inverse of that percentage is applied to a lower principal amount on Day 2, Fund B has a loss. (These calculations do not include the charges for fund fees and expenses.) As you can see, an investment in Fund B has additional risks than Fund A due to the effects of compounding on Fund B.
An investor who purchases shares of a Fund intra-day will generally receive more, or less, than -100% exposure to the underlying index from that point until the end of the trading day. The actual exposure will be largely a function of the performance of the underlying index from the end of the prior trading day. If a Fund’s shares are held for a period longer than a single trading day, the Fund’s performance is likely to deviate from -100% of the return of the underlying index performance for the longer period. This deviation will increase with higher index volatility and longer holding periods.
Examples of the Impact of Index Volatility. Each Fund rebalances its portfolio on a daily basis, increasing exposure in response to that day’s gains or reducing exposure in response to that day’s losses. Daily rebalancing will typically cause a Fund to lose money if the underlying index experiences volatility. The index’s volatility rate is a statistical measure of the magnitude of fluctuations in the index’s returns over a defined period. For periods longer than a trading day, volatility in the performance of the underlying index from day to day is the primary cause of any disparity between a Fund’s actual returns and the returns of the underlying index for such period. Volatility causes such disparity because it exacerbates the effects of compounding on a Fund’s returns. Consider the following three examples that demonstrate the effect of volatility on a hypothetical fund seeking an -100% correlation with an underlying index:
Example 1 – Underlying Index Experiences Low Volatility
Mary invests $10.00 in the hypothetical Fund at the close of trading on Day 1. During Day 2, the Fund’s underlying index decreases from 100 to 98, a 2% loss. Mary’s investment rises 2% to $10.20. Mary holds her investment through the close of trading on Day 3, during which the Fund’s underlying index decreases from 98 to 96, a loss of 2.04%. Mary’s investment rises to $10.41, a gain during Day 3 of 2.04%. For the two day period since Mary invested in the Fund, the underlying index lost 4% although Mary’s investment increased by 4.1%. Because the underlying index continued to trend upwards with low volatility, Mary’s return closely correlates to the -100% return of the return of the underlying index for the period.
Example 2 – Underlying Index Experiences High Volatility
Mary invests $10.00 in the hypothetical Fund after the close of trading on Day 1. During Day 2, the Fund’s underlying index decreases from 100 to 98, a 2% loss, and Mary’s investment rises 2% to $10.20. Mary continues to hold her investment through the end of Day 3, during which the Fund’s underlying index increases from 98 to 102, a gain of 4.08%. Mary’s investment declines by 4.08%, from $10.20 to $9.78. For the two day period since Mary invested in the Fund, the Fund’s underlying index gained 2% while Mary’s investment decreased from $10 to $9.78, a 2.20% loss. The volatility of the underlying index affected the correlation between the underlying index’s return for the two day period and Mary’s return. In this situation, Mary lost more than -100% the return of the underlying index.
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Example 3 – Intra-day Investment with Volatility
The examples above assumed that Mary purchased the hypothetical Fund at the close of trading on Day 1 and sold her investment at the close of trading on a subsequent day. However, if she made an investment intra-day, she would have received a beta determined by the performance of the underlying index from the end of the prior trading day until her time of purchase on the next trading day. Consider the following example.
Mary invests $10.00 in the hypothetical Fund at 11 a.m. on Day 2. From the close of trading on Day 1 until 11 a.m. on Day 2, the underlying index moved from 100 to 98, a 2% loss. In light of that loss, the Fund’s beta at the point at which Mary invests is -96%. During the remainder of Day 2, the Fund’s underlying index decreases from 98 to 90, a loss of 8.16%, and Mary’s investment rises 7.83% (which is the underlying index gain of 8.16% multiplied by the 96% beta that she received) to $10.78. Mary continues to hold her investment through the close of trading on Day 2, during which the Fund’s underlying index increases from 90 to 110, a gain of 22.22%. Mary’s investment declines by 18.2%, from $10.78 to $8.82. For the period of Mary’s investment, the Fund’s underlying index increased from 98 to 110, a gain of 12.25%, while Mary’s investment decreased from $10.00 to $8.82, an 11.8% loss. The volatility of the underlying index affected the correlation between the index’s return for period and Mary’s return. In this situation, Mary lost less than -100% of the return of the underlying index. Mary’s investment was also affected because she missed the first 2% move of the underlying index and had a beta of -96% for the remainder of Day 2.
Market Volatility. Each Fund seeks to provide a return which is -100% of the daily performance of its underlying index. No Fund attempts to, and no Fund should be expected to, provide returns which are -100% of the return of the underlying index for periods other than a single day. Each Fund rebalances its portfolio on a daily basis, increasing exposure in response to that day’s gains or reducing exposure in response to that day’s losses.
Daily rebalancing will impair a Fund’s performance if the underlying index experiences volatility. For instance, a Fund would be expected to lose 4% (as shown in Table 1 below) if its underlying index provided no return over a one year period and experienced annualized volatility of 20%. If the underlying index’s annualized volatility were to rise to 40%, the hypothetical loss for a one year period for a Fund widens to approximately 15%.
Table 1 - Impact of Hypothetical Volatility Levels on Returns
Volatility Range
Fund Loss
10%
-1%
20%
-4%
30%
-9%
40%
-15%
50%
-22%
60%
-30%
70%
-39%
80%
-47%
90%
-55%
100%
-63%
Note that at higher volatility levels, there is a chance of a significant loss of Fund assets even if the underlying index is flat. For instance, if annualized volatility of the underlying index were 100%, the Fund based on that underlying index would be expected to lose more than 60% of its value, even if the underlying index returned 0% for the year. The index’s volatility rate is a statistical measure of the magnitude of fluctuations in its return the index.
Table 2 shows the annualized historical volatility rate for the Funds’ underlying indices over the five year period ended December 31, 2021. If an index has been in existence for less than 5 years, its inception date is noted next to its name in Table 2. The underlying indices have annualized historical volatility rates over that period ranging from 19.23% to 20.76%. Since market volatility has negative implications for Funds which rebalance daily, investors should be sure to monitor and manage their investments in the Funds particularly in volatile markets. The negative implications of volatility in Table 1 can be combined with the recent volatility ranges of various indices in Table 2 to give investors some sense of the risks of holding the Funds for longer periods over the past five years. Historical index volatility and performance are not likely indicative of future volatility and performance.
Table 2 – Historic Volatility of each Fund’s Benchmark Index
Index
5-Year Historical
Volatility Rate
CSI 300 Index
20.76%
S&P 500® Index
19.23%
The Projected Returns of Funds for Intra-Day Purchases. Because the Funds rebalance their portfolios once daily, an investor who purchases shares during a day will likely have more, or less, than -100% investment exposure to the underlying index for a Fund. The exposure to the underlying index received by an investor who purchases a Fund intra-day will differ from
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the Fund’s stated daily investment objective (i.e.,-100%) by an amount determined by the movement of the underlying index from its value at the end of the prior day. If the underlying index moves in a direction favorable to the Fund between the close of the market on one trading day through the time on the next trading day when the investor purchases Fund shares, the investor will receive less exposure to the underlying index than the stated fund daily investment objective (i.e., -100%). Conversely, if the underlying index moves in a direction adverse to the Fund, the investor will receive more exposure to the underlying index than the stated fund daily inverse investment objective (i.e., -100%).
Table 3 below indicates the exposure to the underlying index that an intra-day purchase of a Fund would be expected to provide based upon the movement in the value of a Fund’s underlying index from the close of the market on the prior trading day. Such exposure holds until a subsequent sale on that same trading day or until the close of the market on that trading day. For instance, if the underlying index of a Fund has moved 2% in a direction favorable to a Fund, the investor would receive exposure to the performance of the underlying index from that point until the investor sells later that day or the end of the day equal to approximately 96% of the investor’s investment.
Conversely, if the underlying index has moved 2% in a direction unfavorable to a Fund, an investor at that point would receive exposure to the performance of the underlying index from that point until the investor sells later that day or the end of the day equal to approximately -104% of the investor’s investment.
The table includes a range of underlying index moves from 5% to –5% for a Fund; index moves beyond the range noted below will result in exposure further from a Fund’s daily investment objective.
Table 3 - Intra-Day Leverage of a Fund Given Market Movements
Index Move
Resulting Exposure for a Fund
-5%
-90%
-4%
-92%
-3%
-94%
-2%
-96%
-1%
-98%
0%
-100%
1%
-102%
2%
-104%
3%
-106%
4%
-108%
5%
-110%
The Projected Returns of the Funds for Periods Other Than a Single Trading Day. The Funds seek investment results on a daily basis—from the close of regular trading on one trading day to the close on the next trading day—which should not be equated with seeking an investment objective for any other period. For instance, if the S&P 500® Index gains 10% for a week, the Direxion Daily S&P 500® Bear 1X Shares should not be expected to provide a return of -10% for the week even if it meets its daily investment objective throughout the week. This is true because of the financing charges noted above but also because the pursuit of daily investment objectives may result in daily compounding, which means that the return of an underlying index over a period of time greater than one day multiplied by a Fund’s daily inverse investment objective (-100%) will not generally equal a Fund’s performance over that same period. In addition, the effects of compounding become greater the longer Shares are held beyond a single trading day.
The following tables set out a range of hypothetical daily performances during a given 10 trading days of an underlying index and demonstrate how changes in the underlying index impact a Fund’s performance for one trading day and cumulatively up to, and including, the entire 10 trading day period. The charts are based on a hypothetical $100 investment in a Fund over a 10 trading day period and do not reflect fees and expenses of any kind.
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Table 4 – The Index Lacks a Clear Trend
Index
Fund
 
Value
Daily
Performance
Cumulative
Performance
NAV
Daily
Performance
Cumulative
Performance
 
100
 
 
$100.00
 
 
Day 1
105
5.00%
5.00%
$95.00
-5.00%
-5.00%
Day 2
110
4.76%
10.00%
$90.47
-4.76%
-9.53%
Day 3
100
-9.09%
0.00%
$98.69
9.09%
-1.31%
Day 4
90
-10.00%
-10.00%
$108.55
10.00%
8.55%
Day 5
85
-5.56%
-15.00%
$114.58
5.56%
14.58%
Day 6
100
17.65%
0.00%
$94.35
-17.65%
-5.65%
Day 7
95
-5.00%
-5.00%
$99.06
5.00%
-0.94%
Day 8
100
5.26%
0.00%
$93.84
-5.26%
-6.16%
Day 9
105
5.00%
5.00%
$89.14
-5.00%
-10.86%
Day 10
100
-4.76%
0.00%
$93.38
4.76%
-6.62%
The cumulative performance of the hypothetical underlying index in Table 4 is 0% for 10 trading days. The return of a hypothetical Fund for the 10 trading day period is -6.62%. The volatility of the hypothetical underlying index performance and lack of a clear trend results in performance for a hypothetical Fund for the period which bears little relationship to the performance of the hypothetical underlying index for the 10 trading day period.
Table 5 – The Index Rises in a Clear Trend
Index
Fund
 
Value
Daily
Performance
Cumulative
Performance
NAV
Daily
Performance
Cumulative
Performance
 
100
 
 
$100.00
 
 
Day 1
102
2.00%
2.00%
$98.00
-2.00%
-2.00%
Day 2
104
1.96%
4.00%
$96.07
-1.96%
-3.93%
Day 3
106
1.92%
6.00%
$94.22
-1.92%
-5.78%
Day 4
108
1.89%
8.00%
$92.43
-1.89%
-7.57%
Day 5
110
1.85%
10.00%
$90.72
-1.85%
-9.28%
Day 6
112
1.82%
12.00%
$89.06
-1.82%
-10.94%
Day 7
114
1.79%
14.00%
$87.46
-1.79%
-12.54%
Day 8
116
1.75%
16.00%
$85.92
-1.75%
-14.08%
Day 9
118
1.72%
18.00%
$84.44
-1.72%
-15.56%
Day 10
120
1.69%
20.00%
$83.01
-1.69%
-16.91%
The cumulative performance of the hypothetical underlying index in Table 5 is 20% for 10 trading days. The return of a hypothetical Fund for the 10 trading day period is -16.91%. In this case, because of the positive hypothetical underlying index trend, a hypothetical Fund’s decline is less than -100% of the hypothetical underlying index gain for the 10 trading day period.
Table 6 – The Index Declines in a Clear Trend
Index
Fund
 
Value
Daily
Performance
Cumulative
Performance
NAV
Daily
Performance
Cumulative
Performance
 
100
 
 
$100.00
 
 
Day 1
98
-2.00%
-2.00%
$102.00
2.00%
2.00%
Day 2
96
-2.04%
-4.00%
$104.08
2.04%
4.08%
Day 3
94
-2.08%
-6.00%
$106.24
2.08%
6.24%
Day 4
92
-2.13%
-8.00%
$108.50
2.13%
8.50%
Day 5
90
-2.17%
-10.00%
$110.85
2.17%
10.85%
Day 6
88
-2.22%
-12.00%
$113.31
2.22%
13.31%
Day 7
86
-2.27%
-14.00%
$115.88
2.27%
15.88%
Day 8
84
-2.33%
-16.00%
$118.58
2.33%
18.58%
Day 9
82
-2.38%
-18.00%
$121.40
2.38%
21.40%
Day 10
80
-2.44%
-20.00%
$124.36
2.44%
24.36%
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The cumulative performance of the hypothetical underlying index in Table 6 is -20% for 10 trading days. The return of a hypothetical Fund for the 10 trading day period is 24.36%. In this case, because of the negative hypothetical underlying index trend, a hypothetical Fund’s gain is greater than 100% of the hypothetical underlying index decline for the 10 trading day period.
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Additional Information Regarding Principal Risks
An investment in a Fund entails risks. A Fund may not achieve its investment objective and may decline in value. The Funds present risks not traditionally associated with other mutual funds and ETFs. For example, due to the Funds' daily inverse investment objectives, a small adverse move in a Fund's underlying index will result in larger and potentially substantial declines in that Fund. It is important that investors closely review and understand all of a Fund’s risks before making an investment. A Fund is not a complete investment program. The table below provides the risks of investing in the Funds. Following the table, each risk is explained.
 
 
 
 
Direxion Daily S&P 500® Bear 1X Shares
Direxion Daily CSI 300 China A Share Bear 1X
Shares
Effects of Compounding
and Market Volatility Risk
X
X
Derivatives Risk
X
X
Counterparty Risk
X
X
Rebalancing Risk
X
X
Shorting Risk
X
X
Cash Transaction Risk
X
X
Intra-Day Investment Risk
X
X
Daily Inverse Index
Correlation Risk
X
X
Passive Investment Risk
X
X
Market Risk
X
X
Chinese Securities Risk
 
X
Consumer Staples Sector Risk
 
X
Emerging Markets Risk
 
X
Financials Sector Risk
 
X
Industrials Sector Risk
 
X
Information Technology Sector Risk
X
 
Large-Capitalization Company Risk
X
X
Mid-Capitalization Company Risk
X
X
Currency Exchange Rate Risk
 
X
Foreign Securities Risk
 
X
Geographic Concentration Risk
 
X
International Closed-Market Trading Risk
 
X
Index Strategy Risk
X
X
Liquidity Risk
X
X
Early Close/Trading Halt Risk
X
X
Equity Securities Risk
X
X
Money Market Instrument Risk
X
X
Other Investment Companies (including ETFs) Risk
X
X
Non-Diversification Risk
X
X
Securities Lending Risk
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Special Risks of Exchange-Traded Funds
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Special Risk Considerations Relating
to Stock Connect Program and
Special Risk Considerations Relating to
RQFII and QFII Investments Risk
 
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Effects of Compounding and Market Volatility Risk
Each Fund has a daily investment objective and a Fund’s performance for periods greater than a trading day will be the result of each day's returns compounded over the period, which is very likely to differ from underlying index’s performance times the stated multiple in a Fund’s investment objective, before fees and expenses. Compounding affects all investments, but has a more significant impact on leveraged funds and funds that rebalance daily.
Over time, the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in the value of a Fund’s portfolio may diverge significantly from the cumulative percentage increase or decrease in 100%
of the return of a Fund's underlying index due to the compounding effect of losses and gains on the returns of a Fund. It also is expected that a Fund will underperform the return of 100% of its underlying index in a trendless or flat market.
The chart below provides examples of how index volatility could affect a Fund’s performance. An index’s volatility rate is a statistical measure of the magnitude of fluctuations in the returns of the index. Fund performance for periods greater than one single day can be estimated given any set of assumptions for the following factors: a) index volatility; b) index performance; c) period of time; d) financing rates
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associated with inverse exposure; e) other Fund expenses; and f) dividends or interest paid with respect to securities in its underlying index. The chart below illustrates the impact of two principal factors – index volatility and index performance – on Fund performance. The chart shows estimated Fund returns for a number of combinations of index volatility and index performance over a one-year period. Performance shown in the chart assumes that: (i) no dividends were paid with respect to the securities included in its underlying index; (ii) there were no Fund expenses; and (iii) borrowing/lending rates (to obtain inverse exposure) of 0%. If Fund expenses and/or actual borrowing/lending rates were reflected, the estimated returns would be worse than those shown. Particularly during periods of higher index volatility, compounding will cause results for periods longer than a trading day to vary from 100% of the performance of the underlying index.
As shown below, a Fund would be expected to lose 6.04% if its underlying index provided no return over a one year period during which the underlying index experienced annualized volatility of 25%. If the underlying index’s annualized volatility were to rise to 75%, the hypothetical loss for a one year period widens to approximately 42.9%.
At higher ranges of volatility, there is a chance of a significant loss of value in a Fund. For instance, if the underlying index’s annualized volatility is 100%, a Fund would be expected to lose approximately 63.23% of its value, even if the cumulative index return for the year was 0%. The volatility of ETFs or instruments that reflect the value of the underlying index such as swaps, may differ from the volatility of a Fund's underlying index.
One Year
Index
-100%
One
Year
Index
Volatility Rate
Return
Return
10%
25%
50%
75%
100%
-60%
60%
148.55%
134.42%
95.28%
43.98%
-5.83%
-50%
50%
99.13%
87.77%
56.26%
15.23%
-24.77%
-40%
40%
66.08%
56.57%
30.21%
-4.08%
-37.57%
-30%
30%
42.43%
34.25%
11.56%
-17.98%
-46.76%
-20%
20%
24.67%
17.47%
-2.47%
-28.38%
-53.72%
-10%
10%
10.83%
4.44%
-13.28%
-36.52%
-58.79%
0%
0%
-0.25%
-6.04%
-22.08%
-42.90%
-63.23%
10%
-10%
-9.32%
-14.64%
-29.23%
-48.27%
-66.67%
20%
-20%
-16.89%
-21.75%
-35.24%
-52.72%
-69.67%
30%
-30%
-23.29%
-27.84%
-40.25%
-56.41%
-71.94%
40%
-40%
-28.78%
-33.01%
-44.63%
-59.81%
-74.32%
50%
-50%
-33.55%
-37.52%
-48.57%
-62.60%
-76.19%
60%
-60%
-37.72%
-41.51%
-51.96%
-65.19%
-78.12%
Holding an unmanaged position opens the investor to the risk of market volatility adversely affecting the performance of the investment. A Fund is not appropriate for investors who do not intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios. These tables are intended to underscore the fact that a Fund is designed as a short-term trading vehicle for investors who intend to actively monitor and manage their portfolios.
For additional information and examples demonstrating the effects of volatility and index performance on the long-term performance of the Funds, see the “Additional Information Regarding Investment Techniques and Policies”
section, and “Special Note Regarding the Correlation Risks of the Funds” in the Funds' Statement of Additional Information.
Derivatives Risk
A Fund uses investment techniques, including investments in derivatives, such as swaps, futures and forward contracts, and options that may be considered aggressive. The use of derivatives may result in larger losses or smaller gains than than shorting the underlying securities. Investments in these derivatives may generally be subject to market risks that cause their prices to fluctuate more than an investment directly in a security and may increase the volatility of a Fund. The use of derivatives may expose a Fund to additional risks such as counterparty risk, liquidity risk and increased daily correlation risk. When a Fund uses derivatives, there may be imperfect correlation between the value of the underlying reference assets and the derivative, which may prevent a Fund from achieving its investment objective.
A Fund may use swaps on the underlying index. If the underlying index has a dramatic intraday move in value that causes a material decline in a Fund’s NAV, the terms of the swap agreement between a Fund and its counterparty may allow the counterparty to immediately close out of the transaction with a Fund. In such circumstances, a Fund may be unable to enter into another swap agreement or invest in other derivatives to achieve the desired exposure consistent with a Fund’s daily inverse investment objective. This may prevent a Fund from achieving its daily inverse investment objective particularly if the underlying index reverses all or a portion of its intraday move by the end of the day. The value of an investment in the Fund may change quickly and without warning. Any financing, borrowing or other costs associated with using derivatives may also have the effect of lowering a Fund’s return.
In addition, a Fund’s investments in derivatives are subject to the following risks:
Swap Agreements. Swap agreements are entered into primarily with major global financial institutions for a specified period which may range from one day to more than one year. In a standard swap transaction, two parties agree to exchange the return (or differentials in rates of return) earned or realized on particular predetermined reference or underlying securities or instruments. The gross return to be exchanged or swapped between the parties is calculated based on a notional amount or the return on or change in value of a particular dollar amount invested in a reference asset.
Futures Contracts. A futures contact is a contract to purchase or sell a particular security, or the cash value of an index, at a specified future date at a price agreed upon when the contract is made. Under such contracts, no delivery of the actual securities is required. Rather, upon the expiration of the contract, settlement is made by exchanging cash in an amount equal to the difference between the contract price and the closing price of a security or index at expiration, net of the variation margin that was previously paid.
Forward Contracts. Forward contracts are two-party contracts pursuant to which one party agrees to pay the
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counterparty a fixed price for an agreed upon amount of commodities, securities, or the cash value of the commodities, securities or the securities index, at an agreed upon date. A forward currency contract is an obligation to buy or sell a specific currency at a future date, which may be any fixed number of days from the date of the contract agreed upon by the parties, at a price set at the time of the contract.
Options. An option is a contract that gives the purchaser (holder) of the option, in return for a premium, the right to buy from (call) or sell to (put) the seller (writer) of the option the security or currency underlying the option at a specified exercise price at any time during the term of the option (normally not exceeding nine months). The writer of an option has the obligation upon exercise of the option to deliver the underlying security or currency upon payment of the exercise price or to pay the exercise price upon delivery of the underlying security or currency.
Options on Futures Contracts. An option on a futures contract provides the holder with the right to enter into a “long” position in the underlying futures contract, in the case of a call option, or a “short” position in the underlying futures contract in the case of a put option, at a fixed exercise price to a stated expiration date. Upon exercise of the option by the holder, the contract market clearing house establishes a corresponding short position for the writer of the option, in the case of a call option, or a corresponding long position, in the case of a put option.
Counterparty Risk
Counterparty risk is the risk that a counterparty is unwilling or unable to make timely payments to meet its contractual obligations with respect to the amount a Fund expects to receive from a counterparty to a financial instrument entered into by a Fund. Each Fund generally enters into derivatives transactions, such as the swap agreements, with counterparties such that either party can terminate the contract without penalty prior to the termination date. A Fund may be negatively impacted if a counterparty becomes bankrupt or otherwise fails to perform its obligations under such a contract, or if any collateral posted by the counterparty for the benefit of a Fund is insufficient or there are delays in a Fund’s ability to access such collateral. If the counterparty becomes bankrupt or defaults on its payment obligations to a Fund, it may experience significant delays in obtaining any recovery, may obtain only a limited recovery or obtain no recovery and the value of an investment held by a Fund may decline. The Fund may also not be able to exercise remedies, such as the termination of transactions, netting of obligations and realization on collateral, if such remedies are stayed or eliminated under special resolutions adopted in the United States, the European Union and various other jurisdictions. European Union rules and regulations intervene when a financial institution is experiencing financial difficulties and could reduce, eliminate, or convert to equity a counterparty’s obligations to a Fund (sometimes referred to as a “bail in”).
A Fund typically enters into transactions with counterparties that present minimal risks based on the Adviser’s assessment
of the counterparty’s creditworthiness, or its capacity to meet its financial obligations during the term of the derivative agreement or contract. The Adviser considers factors such as counterparty credit rating among other factors when determining whether a counterparty is creditworthy. The Adviser regularly monitors the creditworthiness of each counterparty with which a Fund transacts. Each Fund generally enters into swap agreements or other financial instruments with major, global financial institutions and seeks to mitigate risks by generally requiring that the counterparties for each Fund to post collateral, marked to market daily, in an amount approximately equal to what the counterparty owes a Fund, subject to certain minimum thresholds. To the extent any such collateral is insufficient or there are delays in accessing the collateral, the Funds will be exposed to the risks described above. If a counterparty’s credit ratings decline, a Fund may be subject to a bail-in, as described above.
In addition, a Fund may enter into swap agreements with a limited number of counterparties, which may increase a Fund’s exposure to counterparty credit risk. A Fund does not specifically limit its counterparty risk with respect to any single counterparty. There is a risk that no suitable counterparties are willing to enter into, or continue to enter into, transactions with a Fund and, as a result, a Fund may not be able to achieve its investment objective or may decide to change its leveraged investment objective. Additionally, although a counterparty to a centrally cleared swap agreement and/or an exchange-traded futures contract is often backed by a futures commission merchant (“FCM”) or a clearing organization that is further backed by a group of financial institutions, there may be instances in which a FCM or a clearing organization would fail to perform its obligations, causing significant losses to a Fund.
Rebalancing Risk
If for any reason a Fund is unable to rebalance all or a part of its portfolio, or if all or a portion of the portfolio is rebalanced incorrectly, a Fund’s investment exposure may not be consistent with its investment objective. In these instances, a Fund may have investment exposure to the underlying index that is significantly greater or less than its stated multiple. A Fund may be more exposed to leverage risk than if it had been properly rebalanced and may not achieve its investment objective, leading to significantly greater losses or reduced gains.
Shorting Risk
Shareholders should lose money when the underlying index rises, which is a result that is the opposite from traditional index tracking funds. A Fund may engage in short sales designed to earn the Fund a profit from the decline in the price of particular securities, baskets of securities or indices. Short sales are transactions in which a Fund borrows securities from a broker and sells the borrowed securities. A Fund is obligated to replace the security borrowed by purchasing the security at the market price at the time of replacement. If the market price of the underlying security goes down between the time a Fund sells the security and buys it back, a Fund will realize a gain on the transaction. Conversely, if the underlying security goes up in price during the period,
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a Fund will realize a loss on the transaction. Any such loss is increased by the amount of premium or interest a Fund must pay to the lender of the security. Likewise, any gain will be decreased by the amount of premium or interest a Fund must pay to the lender of the security. A Fund’s investment performance may also suffer if the Fund is required to close out a short position earlier than it had intended. This would occur if the securities lender required a Fund to deliver the securities the Fund borrowed at the commencement of the short sale and the Fund was unable to borrow the securities from another securities lender or otherwise obtain the security by other means. In addition, a Fund may be subject to expenses related to short sales that are not typically associated with investing in securities directly, such as costs of borrowing and margin account maintenance costs associated with the Fund’s open short positions. As the holder of a short position, a Fund also is responsible for paying the dividends and interest accruing on the short position, which is an expense to the Fund that could cause the Fund to lose money on the short sale and may adversely affect its performance.
A Fund will typically obtain inverse or “short” exposure through the use of derivatives such as swap agreements or futures contracts, which may expose a Fund to certain risks such as an increase in volatility or decrease in the liquidity of the securities of the underlying short position. If a Fund were to experience this volatility or decreased liquidity, a Fund’s return may be lower, the Fund’s ability to obtain inverse exposure through the use of derivatives may be limited or a Fund may be required to obtain inverse exposure through alternative investment strategies that may be less desirable or more costly to implement. If the securities underlying the short positions are thinly traded or have a limited market due to various factors, including regulatory action, a Fund may be unable to meet its investment objective due to a lack of available securities or counterparties. A Fund may not be able to issue additional Creation Units during period when it cannot meet its investment objective due to these factors. Any income, dividends or payments by the assets underlying a Fund’s short positions will negatively impact the Fund.
Cash Transaction Risk
Unlike most ETFs, a Fund currently intends to effect creation and redemptions principally for cash, rather than principally for in-kind securities, because of the nature of the financial instruments held by a Fund. As such, investment in a Fund is not expected to be tax efficient and will incur brokerage costs related to buying and selling securities to achieve a Fund’s investment objective. ETFs generally are able to make in-kind redemptions and avoid being taxed on gains on the distributed portfolio securities at the fund level. Because each Fund currently intends to effect redemptions principally for cash, each Fund may be required to sell portfolio securities in order to obtain the cash needed to distribute redemption proceeds. A Fund may recognize a capital gain on these sales that might not have been incurred if such Fund had made a redemption in-kind and this may decrease the tax efficiency of the Fund compared to ETFs that utilize an in-kind redemption process. Additionally, because the Funds are conducting the portfolio transactions rather than receiving
securities in-kind the Funds will incur brokerage commissions and other related expenses thus the Funds’ expenses will be higher than funds that utilize in-kind creations and redemptions.
Intra-Day Investment Risk
Each Fund seeks daily investment results, which should not be equated with seeking an investment objective for shorter than a day. Thus, an investor who purchases Fund shares after the close of the markets on one trading day and before the close of the markets on the next trading day will likely have more, or less, than 100% investment exposure to the underlying index, depending upon the movement of the underlying index from the end of one trading day until the time of purchase. If the underlying index moves in a direction favorable to a Fund, the investor will receive less than 100% exposure to the underlying index. Conversely, if the underlying index moves in a direction adverse to a Fund, the investor will receive exposure to the underlying index greater than 100%. Thus, an investor that purchases shares intra-day may experience performance that is greater than, or less than, a Fund’s stated multiple of its underlying index.
Daily Inverse Index Correlation Risk
Investors will lose money when the underlying index of a Fund rises, which is a result that is the opposite from traditional index funds. There is no guarantee that a Fund will achieve a high degree of inverse correlation to its underlying index and therefore achieve its daily inverse investment objective. To achieve a high degree of inverse correlation with the underlying index, a Fund seeks to rebalance its portfolio daily to be consistent with its daily inverse investment objective. A Fund may have difficulty achieving its daily inverse investment objective due to fees, expenses, transaction costs, financing costs related to the use of derivatives, income items, valuation methodology, accounting standards and disruptions or illiquidity in the markets for the securities or derivatives held by a Fund. Market disruptions, regulatory restrictions or extreme volatility will also adversely affect a Fund’s ability to adjust exposure to the required levels.
Because an underlying index may include instruments that trade on a different market than a Fund, a Fund's return may vary from the inverse of the performance of the underlying index because different markets may close before the Exchange opens or may not be open for business on the same calendar days as a Fund. Additionally, due to differences in trading hours, and because the underlying index may be calculated using prices obtained at times other than a Fund's NAV calculation time or using fair valuations of index securities, a Fund's performance may not correlate to the its underlying index. Additionally, there may be legal restrictions or limitation imposed by governments of certain countries which may limit the size of a Fund’s holding or otherwise limit a Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective.
A Fund may not have investment exposure to all securities in its underlying index, or its weighting of investment exposure to such stocks or industries may be different from that of the underlying index. In addition, a Fund may invest in securities or financial instruments not included in the underlying index. A Fund may also use other investment
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companies, such as ETFs, as reference assets for derivative instruments. A Fund that does so, utilizes an ETF’s market price, rather than its net asset value to transact and price such derivative instruments and an ETF’s performance may differ from the index it tracks, thus resulting in additional tracking error for a Fund. Certain Funds may measure their correlation to the performance of one of more ETFs rather than a Fund’s underlying index. A Fund may be subject to large movements of assets into and out of the Fund, potentially resulting in the Fund being over- or under-exposed to its underlying index. In addition, the target amount of portfolio exposure to the underlying index is impacted dynamically by the underlying index’s movement. Because of this, it is unlikely that a Fund will be perfectly exposed to its underlying index at the end of each day. The possibility of a Fund being materially over- or under-exposed to its underlying index increases on days when the underlying index is volatile near the close of the trading day. Activities surrounding periodic underlying index reconstitutions and other underlying index rebalancing or reconstitution events may hinder a Fund’s ability to meet its daily inverse investment objective. Any of these factors could decrease correlation between the performance of a Fund and the underlying index and may hinder a Fund’s ability to meet its daily investment objective.
Passive Investment Risk
A Fund generally will not change its investment exposures, including by buying or selling securities or instruments, in response to market conditions. For example, a Fund generally will not sell an underlying index’s constituents due to a decline in its performance or to the prospects of an underlying index’s constituent, unless that constituent is removed from the underlying index with which a Fund seeks correlated performance.
Market Risk
A Fund’s investments are subject to changes in general economic conditions, general market fluctuations and the risks inherent in investment in securities markets. Investment markets can be volatile and prices of investments can change substantially due to various factors including, but not limited to, economic growth or recession, changes in interest rates, changes in the actual or perceived creditworthiness of issuers, general market liquidity, exchange trading suspensions and closures, and public health risks. A Fund is subject to the risk that geopolitical events will disrupt the securities, swap, or futures contract markets and adversely affect global economies, markets, and exchanges. Local, regional or global events such as war, acts of terrorism, natural disasters, the spread of infectious illness or other public health issues, conflicts and social unrest or other events could have a significant impact on a Fund, its investments and a Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective.
If a market disruption or similar event occurs, making it not reasonably practicable for the Fund to dispose of its holdings or to determine its net asset value, the Fund could seek to limit or suspend purchases of creation units. Under such circumstances, the Fund’s shares could trade at a significant premium or discount to their net asset value or
wide bid-ask spreads and the Fund could experience substantial redemptions, which may cause the Fund to sell portfolio holdings, experience increased transaction costs and make greater taxable distributions. The Fund may seek to change its investment objective by, for example, seeking to track an alternative index or the Fund may close. The Fund could liquidate all, or a portion of, its assets, which may be at unfavorable prices.
Chinese Securities Risks
The economy of China has been in a state of transition from a planned economy to a more market oriented economy since the 1970s. Still, the majority of productive assets in China are owned by the People’s Republic of China (“China” or the “PRC”) government at various levels. In recent years, the PRC government has implemented economic reform measures emphasizing utilization of market forces in the development of the economy of China and a high level of management autonomy. Under these reforms, the Chinese economy has experienced tremendous growth, developing into one of the largest economies in the world. There is no assurance, however, that such reforms or growth will be sustained in the future. The Chinese economy is generally considered an emerging market, which is affected by economic and political conditions and policy in China and surrounding Asian countries.
The Chinese economy is export-driven and highly reliant on trade, and much of China’s growth in recent years has been the result of focused investments in economic sectors intended to produce goods and services for export purposes. Adverse changes to the economic conditions of its primary trading partners, such as the United States, Japan and South Korea, would adversely impact the Chinese economy and a Fund’s investments.
International trade tensions involving China and its trading counterparties may arise from time to time which can result in trade tariffs, embargoes, trade limitations, trade wars and other negative consequences. For example, China is alleged to have participated in state-sponsored cyberattacks against foreign companies and foreign governments. Actual and threatened responses to such activity include purchasing restrictions, sanctions, tariffs or cyberattacks on the Chinese government or Chinese companies. In addition, international pressure has been placed on China related to Chinese trade policy, in particular with respect to forced technology transfers and weak intellectual property protections. Consequences of trading strains between China and importing nations may include a significant reduction in international trade, an oversupply of certain manufactured goods, devaluations of existing inventories and the failure of individual companies and/or segments of China’s export industry.
Recent developments in relations between the United States and China have heightened the risks of investing in Chinese securities as the deteriorating relationship has resulted in additional and/or increased tariffs and restrictions on trade between the two countries. An increase in tariffs or trade restrictions, or even the threat of such developments, could lead to a significant reduction in international trade, which
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could have a negative impact on Chinese industries and issuers that rely on exports.
The U.S. government has imposed restrictions on U.S. investors’ ability to invest in certain Chinese issuers and has begun the process to delist Chinese issuers that have listed their securities on U.S. securities exchanges but not complied with certain U.S. accounting requirements. Currently, issuers in China are subject to less stringent requirements regarding accounting, auditing, financial reporting and record keeping than issuers in more developed markets. Therefore, all material information Chinese securities issuers may not be known or publicly available, and where it is available, it may not be reliable. Investors who are harmed as a result of the lack of (quality) information about Chinese issuers will generally not have recourse against such issuers due to the lack of remedies available in China, the difficulty of pursuing any remedies available, and the difficulty or even inability to enforce judgments obtained through courts in other countries, such as the United States.
Chinese Government Risk
The Chinese government has historically exercised substantial control over every sector of the Chinese economy through administrative regulation and/or state ownership. In the past, the Chinese government has from time to time taken actions that influence the prices at which certain goods maybe sold, encouraged companies to invest or concentrate in particular industries, induced mergers between companies in certain industries and induced inflation or otherwise regulated economic expansion. If such past actions were to continue, they may have significant and unpredictable effects on the economic conditions in China. The Chinese government may introduce new laws and regulations that may impact a Fund. Although China has begun the process of privatizing certain sectors of its economy, privatized entities may lose money and/or be re-nationalized. Accordingly, an investment in Chinese securities could result in a total loss if these companies are re-nationalized or other regulatory actions are taken by the Chinese government.
Chinese Markets Risk
The Chinese securities markets have a limited operating history compared to the U.S. and are not as developed as those in the U.S. A small number of issuers may represent a large portion of the China market as a whole, and prices for securities of these issuers may be very sensitive to political, economic and regulatory developments in China, and investments in China may experience significant losses. In addition, the Chinese securities markets have historically been characterized by relatively frequent trading halts and low trading volume. As the Chinese securities markets are maturing, these conditions are improving. Nevertheless, Chinese securities may generally be regarded as less liquid and more volatile than the securities of U.S. issuers.
Investments in China may also be subject to positive or negative effects as a result of varied policies on expropriation and/or nationalization of assets, strengthened or lessened restrictions on and government intervention in international trade, confiscatory taxation, political instability, including authoritarian and/or military involvement in governmental decision making, armed conflict, the impact on the economy
as a result of civil war and social instability as a result of religious, ethnic and/or socioeconomic unrest.
The laws, regulations, including the investment regulations allowing Stock Connect investing and Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (“RQFII”) (and Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (“QFII”)) to invest in A-shares, government policies and political and economic climate in China may change with little or no advance notice. Any such change could adversely affect market conditions and the performance of the Chinese economy and, thus, the value of the exposure to A-shares in a Fund’s portfolio.
Chinese Currency Risk
The Chinese government sets monetary policy and restricts the ability of both Chinese nationals and foreign investors to transfer monies into and out of China. The value of the renminbi (“RMB”) may be subject to a high degree of fluctuation due to, among other things, changes in interest rates, the effects of monetary policies issued by the Chinese government, the United States, foreign governments, central banks or supranational entities, as well as the imposition of currency controls of other national or global political actors. The RMB is currently not a freely convertible currency. The Chinese government places strict regulations on RMB and sets the value of RMB to levels dependent on the value of the U.S. Dollar, but the Chinese government has been under pressure to manage the currency in a less restrictive fashion so that it is less correlated to the U.S. Dollar. The Chinese government’s imposition of restrictions on the repatriation of RMB out of mainland China may limit the depth of the offshore RMB market and reduce the liquidity of RMB-denominated investments.
Special Risk Considerations Relating to Stock Connect Program
Certain Funds’ ability to achieve their investment objective is dependent on the ability of other ETFs and counterparties to invest in A-Shares through the trading and clearing facilities of a participating exchange located outside of mainland China (“Stock Connect Program”) which currently include the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect, Shanghai-London Stock Connect, and China-Japan Stock Connect. The Stock Connect Program is subject to daily and aggregate quota limitations, and an investor cannot purchase and sell the same security on the same trading day, which may restrict the other funds’ or counterparties’ ability to invest in A-Shares through the Stock Connect Program and to enter into or exit trades on a timely basis. The Shanghai and Shenzhen markets may be open at a time when the participating exchanges located outside of mainland China are not active, with the result that prices of A-Shares may fluctuate at times when the other ETFs or counterparties are unable to add to or exit their positions. Only certain A-Shares are eligible to be accessed through the Stock Connect Program. Such securities may lose their eligibility at any time, in which case they may no longer be able to be purchased or sold through the Stock Connect Program. Because the Stock Connect Program is still evolving, the actual effect on the market for trading A-Shares with the introduction of large numbers of foreign investors is still relatively unknown. In addition, there is no assurance
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that the necessary systems required to operate the Stock Connect Program will function properly or will continue to be adapted to changes and developments in both markets. In the event that the relevant systems do not function properly, trading through the Stock Connect Program could be disrupted. The Stock Connect Program are subject to regulations promulgated by regulatory authorities for both exchanges and further regulations or restrictions, such as limitations on redemptions or suspension of trading, may adversely impact the Stock Connect Program, if the authorities believe it necessary to assure orderly markets or for other reasons. There is no guarantee that the participating exchanges will continue to support the Stock Connect Program in the future. Each of the foregoing could restrict the China Fund from selling its investments, adversely affect the value of its holdings and negatively affect the China Fund’s ability to meet shareholder redemptions.
Investments in China A-Shares may not be covered by the securities investor protection programs of the exchanges and, without the protection of such programs, will be subject to risk of default by the broker. Because of the way in which A-Shares are held in the Stock Connect Program, the a fund or counterparty may not be able to exercise the rights of a shareholder and may be limited in its ability to pursue claims against the issuer of a security, and may suffer losses in the event the depository of the Shanghai or Shenzhen Stock Exchange becomes insolvent. Given that all trades through the Stock Connect Program must be settled in RMB, investors must have timely access to a reliable supply of offshore RMB, which cannot be guaranteed. Currently, foreign investors are exempt from paying capital gains or value-added taxes on income and gains from purchases and sales of securities through Stock Connect, however, these rules could change, which could result in unexpected tax liabilities for other funds or the counterparties, which could result in additional tracking error or costs for the China Fund.
Special Risk Considerations Relating to RQFII and QFII Investments Risk
Certain Funds’ ability to achieve its investment objective is dependent on the ability of other ETFs and counterparties to obtain its QFII or RQFII quota, to the extent that its investment strategy depends on such quota. A Fund also cannot predict what would occur if general QFII or RQFII quotas were reduced or eliminated. Either circumstance would likely have a material adverse impact on a Fund through its indirect investments and would likely adversely affect the willingness and ability of potential swap counterparties to engage in swaps with a Fund that are linked to the performance of A-shares. Additionally, other ETFs may limit or suspend creation unit activity and shares could trade at a significant premium or discount to its NAV or invest in securities that are not in the China Fund’s underlying index, and therefore impact a Fund’s ability to obtain exposure to its underlying index and a Fund's ability to achieve its investment objective or obtain a high correlation to its underlying index.
Presently, there are a limited number of firms and potential counterparties that have RQFII or QFII status or are willing and able to enter into swap transactions linked to the
performance of A-shares. If a Fund are unable to obtain sufficient inverse exposure to its underlying indices due to the limited availability of necessary investments or financial instruments, a Fund could, among other things, as a defensive measure, limit or suspend creation units until the Adviser determines that the requisite exposure to their underlying indices is obtainable. During the period that creation units are suspended, a Fund could trade at a significant premium or discount to its NAV and could experience substantial redemptions. Alternatively, a Fund could change its investment objectives, for example, seeking inverse exposure to track an alternative index focused on Chinese-related stocks other than A-shares or other appropriate investments, or decide to liquidate a Fund.
On May 7, 2020, the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) and China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) jointly issued regulations that were effective June 7, 2020, which among other changes, removed the QFII and RQFII quota restrictions. However, this is a relatively new development and there is no guarantee that quotas will continue to be relaxed.
Consumer Staples Sector Risk
Consumer staples companies are subject to government regulations affecting their products which may negatively impact such companies’ performance. For instance, government regulations may affect the permissibility of using various food additives and production methods of companies that make food products, which could affect company profitability. Also, the success of food, beverages, household and personal product companies may be strongly affected by changing consumer tastes and/or interest, marketing campaigns and other factors affecting supply and demand, including performance of the overall domestic and global economy, interest rates, competition and consumer confidence and spending. In particular, tobacco companies may be adversely affected by new laws, regulations and litigation. The consumer staples sector may also be adversely affected by changes or trends in commodity prices, which may be influenced or characterized by unpredictable factors.
Emerging Markets Risk
Securities of companies operating in emerging markets face the potential for greater market volatility, lower trading volume, higher levels of inflation, political and economic instability, greater risk of market shutdown and more government limitations on foreign investments. To the extent a foreign security is denominated in U.S. dollars, there is also the risk that a foreign government will not let U.S. dollar-denominated assets leave the country. Emerging market countries may include economies that concentrate in only a few industries, security issues that are held by only a few investors, limited trading capacity in local exchanges and the possibility that markets or issuances or securities offerings may be manipulated by foreign nationals who have inside information. Additionally, emerging markets often have less uniformity in accounting and reporting requirements, less reliable securities valuations and greater risks associated with custody of securities than developed markets. Shareholder claims and legal remedies that are
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common in the United States may be difficult or impossible to pursue in many emerging market countries. Emerging markets often have greater risk of capital controls through such measures as taxes or interest rate control than developed markets. Certain emerging markets countries may also lack the infrastructure necessary to attract large amounts of foreign trade and investment. Local securities markets in emerging market countries may trade a small number of securities and may be unable to respond effectively to increases in trading volume, potentially making prompt liquidation of holdings difficult or impossible at times. Settlement procedures in emerging market countries are frequently less developed and reliable than those in other developed countries, which may result in significant delays in registering the transfer of securities may make it more difficult for the Fund to value its holdings.
Economic, business, political, or social instability may adversely affect the value of emerging market securities more than securities of developed markets. Additionally, any of these developments may result in a decline in the value of a country’s currency. Emerging markets may develop unevenly and may never fully develop. There is also a higher risk of loss due to expropriation, nationalization, confiscation of assets and property or the imposition of restrictions on foreign investments and repatriation of capital invested in certain emerging market countries. These investments could be impacted by sustainability risks, in particular those caused by environmental changes related to climate change, social issues (including relating to labor rights) and governance risk (including but not limited to risks around board independence, ownership and control, or audit and tax management). Additionally, disclosures or third-party data coverage associated with sustainability risks is generally less available or transparent in these markets.
Financials Sector Risk
Performance of companies in the financials sector may be materially impacted by many factors, including but not limited to, government regulations, economic conditions, credit rating downgrades, changes in interest rates and decreased liquidity in credit markets. Profitability of these companies is largely dependent on the availability and cost of capital and can fluctuate significantly when interest rates change. Credit losses resulting from financial difficulties of borrowers also can negatively impact the sector. These companies are also subject to substantial government regulation and intervention, which may adversely impact the scope of their activities, the prices they can charge, the amount of capital they must maintain, and potentially, their size. Government regulation may change frequently and may have significant adverse consequences for financial companies, including effects that are not intended by such regulation. The impact of more stringent capital requirements, or recent or future regulation in various countries on any individual financial company or of the financials sector as a whole, cannot be predicted. The financials sector is also a target for cyber attacks and may experience technology malfunctions and disruptions, which have occurred more frequently in recent years.
Industrials Sector Risk
Stock prices of issuers in the industrials sector are affected by supply and demand both for their specific product or service and for industrials sector products in general. Government regulation, world events, including trade disputes, exchange rates and economic conditions, technological developments and liabilities for environmental damage and general civil liabilities will also affect the performance of investment in such issuers. Aerospace and defense companies, a component of the industrials sector, can be significantly affected by government spending policies because companies involved in this industry rely to a significant extent on U.S. and other government demand for their products and services. Thus, the financial condition of, and investor interest in, aerospace and defense companies are heavily influenced by government defense spending policies which are typically under pressure from efforts to control government spending budgets. Transportation companies, another component of the industrials sector, are subject to cyclical performance and therefore investment in such companies may experience occasional sharp price movements which may result from changes in the economy, fuel prices, labor agreements and insurance costs. The industrials sector may also be adversely affected by changes or trends in commodity prices, which may be influenced by unpredictable factors. Issuers with high carbon intensity or high switching costs associated with the transition to low carbon alternatives may be more impacted by climate transition risks.
Information Technology Sector Risk
The value of stocks of information technology companies and companies that rely heavily on technology is particularly vulnerable to rapid changes in technology product cycles, rapid product obsolescence, government regulation, and competition, both domestically and internationally, including competition from competitors with lower production costs. In addition, many information technology companies have limited product lines, markets, financial resources or personnel. Information technology companies and companies that rely heavily on technology, especially those of smaller, less-seasoned companies, tend to be more volatile and less liquid than the overall market. Information technology companies are heavily dependent on patent and intellectual property rights, the loss or impairment of which may adversely affect profitability. Additionally, companies in the information technology sector may face dramatic and often unpredictable changes in growth rates and competition for the services of qualified personnel.
Large-Capitalization Company Risk
Large-capitalization companies may be less able to adapt to changing market conditions or to respond quickly to competitive challenges or to changes in business, product, financial, or market conditions. Larger companies may not be able to maintain growth at rates that may be achieved by well-managed smaller and mid-size companies, which may affect the companies’ returns.
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Mid-Capitalization Company Risk
Mid-capitalization companies often have narrower markets for their goods and/or services and more limited managerial and financial resources. Furthermore, those companies often have limited product lines, services, markets, financial resources, less stable earnings, or are dependent on a small management group. In addition, because these stocks are not well known to the investing public, do not have significant institutional ownership and are followed by relatively few security analysts, there will normally be less publicly available information concerning these securities compared to what is available for the securities of larger companies. Adverse publicity and investor perceptions, whether or not based on fundamental analysis, can decrease the value and liquidity of securities held by a Fund. As a result, the price of mid-capitalization companies can be more volatile and they may be less liquid than large-capitalization companies, which could increase the volatility of a Fund’s portfolio.
Currency Exchange Rate Risk
Changes in foreign currency exchange rates will affect the value of a Fund’s investments in securities denominated in a country’s currency. Generally, when the U.S. Dollar rises in value against a foreign currency, an investment in that country loses value because that currency is worth fewer U.S. Dollars. Devaluation of a currency by a country’s government or banking authority also will have a significant impact on the value of any investments denominated in that currency. If a Fund is exposed to a limited number of currencies, any change in the value of these currencies could have a material impact on a Fund’s NAV.
Foreign Securities Risk
Foreign instruments may involve greater risks than domestic instruments. As a result, a Fund’s returns and NAV may be affected to a large degree by fluctuations in currency exchange rates, interest rates, political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements in other countries. The laws and accounting, auditing, and financial reporting standards in foreign countries typically are not as strict as they are in the United States, and there may be less public information available about foreign companies.
Foreign securities may involve additional risk, including, greater market volatility, the availability of less reliable financial information, higher transactional and custody costs, taxation by foreign governments, decreased market liquidity and political instability. Certain foreign markets may rely heavily on particular industries or foreign capital and are more vulnerable to diplomatic developments, the imposition of economic sanctions against a particular country or countries, organizations, entities and/or individuals, changes in international trade patterns, trade barriers, and other protectionists or retaliatory measures. Additionally, a Fund may be impacted by a limitation on foreign ownership of securities, the imposition of withholding or other taxes, restrictions on the repatriation of cash or other assets, higher transaction and custody costs, delays in the settlement of securities, difficulties in enforcing contractual obligations and lower levels of regulation in the securities markets.
Geographic Concentration Risk
Investments in a particular country or geographic region may be particularly susceptible to political, diplomatic or economic conditions and regulatory requirements. As a result, a Fund may be more volatile than a more geographically diversified fund.
International Closed-Market Trading Risk
Because a Fund may invest in, and/or have exposure to, securities that are traded in markets that are closed when the NYSE Arca, Inc. is open, there are likely to be deviations between its current value and its last sale price. As a result, premiums or discounts to net asset value may develop in share prices. Additionally, the performance of a Fund may vary from the performance of the underlying index.
Index Strategy Risk
A Fund is linked to its underlying index maintained by a third party provider unaffiliated with a Fund (“Index Provider”) that exercises complete control over the its underlying index. An Index Provider may delay or add a rebalance date, which may adversely impact the performance of a Fund and its correlation to the its underlying index. In addition, there is no guarantee that the methodology used by an Index Provider to identify constituents for an underlying index will achieve its intended result or positive performance. A Fund’s underlying index relies on various sources of information to assess the potential constituents of the its underlying index, including information that may be based upon assumptions or estimates. There is no assurance that the sources of information are reliable, and the Adviser does not assess the due diligence conducted by an Index Provider with respect to the data it uses or the its underlying index’s construction and computation processes. There is a heightened risk of unreliable and/or inaccurate data for an underlying index that includes issuers in foreign markets, especially emerging and frontier markets, where the markets and issuers may be subject to less stringent regulation and accounting requirements. An index may underperform other asset classes or similar indices. Errors in underlying index data, underlying index computations or the construction of the underlying index in accordance with its methodology may occur from time to time and may not be identified and/or corrected for a period of time or at all, which may have an adverse impact on a Fund and its shareholders. Such errors may negatively or positively impact a Fund.
Unusual market conditions may cause an Index Provider to postpone a scheduled rebalance of the underlying index, which could adversely impact its normal or expected composition and performance. For example, if a rebalance is postponed in a time of market volatility, constituents that would otherwise be removed at the rebalance, including due to changes in market capitalizations, issuer credit ratings, or other reasons may remain and adversely impact a Fund’s performance. Similarly, an Index Provider may carry out an ad hoc rebalance of the underlying index at any time, which may adversely impact Fund performance.
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Liquidity Risk
Some securities held by a Fund, including derivatives, may be difficult to buy or sell or illiquid, particularly during times of market turmoil. Illiquid securities may be difficult to value, especially in changing or volatile markets. If a Fund is forced to buy or sell an illiquid security or derivative instrument at an unfavorable time or price, a Fund may incur a loss. Certain market conditions may prevent a Fund from limiting losses, realizing gains or achieving a high correlation with its underlying index. There is no assurance that a security or derivative instrument that is deemed liquid when purchased will continue to be liquid. Market illiquidity may cause losses for certain Funds. For these Funds, to the extent that a Fund's underlying index moves adversely, a Fund may be one of many market participants that are attempting to transact in the securities of an underlying index or correlated instruments. Under such circumstances, the market for securities of the underlying index may lack sufficient liquidity for all market participants' trades. Therefore, a Fund may have more difficulty transacting in securities of the underlying index or correlated investments such as financial instruments and a Fund's transactions could exacerbate the price change of the securities of the underlying index. Additionally, because a Fund is leveraged, a minor adverse change in the value of underlying index should be expected to have a substantial adverse impact on a Fund and impact its ability to achieve its investment objective.
In certain cases, the market for certain securities in its underlying index and/or Fund may lack sufficient liquidity for all market participants' trades. Therefore, a Fund may have difficulty transacting in it and/or in correlated investments, such as swap contracts. Further, a Fund's transactions could exacerbate illiquidity and volatility in the price of the securities and correlated derivative instruments.
Early Close/Trading Halt Risk
When indices or securities experience a sharp decline in price, an exchange or market may close entirely or halt for a period of time in accordance with exchange “circuit breaker” rules or issue trading halts on specific securities and therefore, a Fund’s ability to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments may be restricted. These exchange or market actions may result in a Fund being unable to buy or sell certain securities or financial instruments. A Fund may be unable to rebalance its portfolio, may be unable to accurately price its investments and/or may incur substantial trading losses. If a Fund is unable to rebalance its portfolio, it may have a significantly lower or higher leverage multiple than --100%, which would cause the Fund to perform differently than expected. Additionally, exchange or market closures or trading halts may result in a Fund’s shares trading at an increasingly large discount to NAV and/or at increasingly wide bid-ask spreads during part of, or all of, the trading day.
Equity Securities Risk
Publicly-issued equity securities, including common stocks, are subject to market risks that may cause their prices to fluctuate over time. Fluctuations in the value of equity
securities in which a Fund invests will cause the NAV of the Fund to fluctuate.
Money Market Instrument Risk
Money market instruments, including money market funds, depositary accounts and repurchase agreements may be used for cash management purposes. Money market funds may be subject to credit risk with respect to the short-term debt instruments in which they invest. Depository accounts may be subject to credit risk with respect to the financial institution in which the depository account is held. Repurchase agreements are contracts in which a seller of securities agrees to buy the securities back at a specified time and price. Repurchase agreements may be subject to market and credit risk related to the collateral securing the repurchase agreement. Money market instruments may also be subject to credit risks associated with the instruments in which they invest. There is no guarantee that money market instruments will maintain a stable value, and they may lose money.
Other Investment Companies (including ETFs) Risk
A Fund may invest in another investment company, including an ETF, to pursue its investment objective. When investing in another investment company, including an ETF, a Fund becomes a shareholder of that investment company and as a result, Fund shareholders indirectly bear a Fund’s proportionate share of the fees and expenses of the other investment company, in addition to the fees and expenses of a Fund’s own operations. A Fund must rely on the other investment company to achieve its investment objective. Accordingly, if the other investment company fails to achieve its investment objective, a Fund’s performance will likely be adversely affected. To the extent a Fund obtains exposure to another investment company, including an ETF, by entering into a derivatives contract whose reference asset is an investment company, a Fund will not be a shareholder of the other investment company but will still be exposed to the risk that it may fail to achieve its investment objective and adversely impact the Fund. In addition, to the extent that a Fund invests in an investment company that is an ETF, it will be exposed to all of the risks associated with the ETF structure. Shares of ETFs are listed and traded on national stock exchanges and their shares potentially may trade at a discount or a premium to an ETF’s net asset value, which may result in an ETF’s market price being more or less than the value of the index that the ETF tracks especially during periods of market volatility or disruption. There may also be additional trading costs due to an ETF’s bid-ask spread, which may adversely impact a Fund’s performance.
Non-Diversification Risk
A Fund invests a high percentage of its assets in a limited number of securities. A Fund’s NAV and total return may fluctuate more, or fall greater, in times of weaker markets than a diversified mutual fund because the Fund may invest its assets in a smaller number of issuers or may invest a larger proportion of its assets in a single issuer. As a result, the gains or losses on a single investment may have a greater impact on a Fund’s NAV and may make a Fund more volatile than more diversified funds.
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Securities Lending Risk
Securities lending involves the risk that a Fund may lose money because the borrower of the loaned securities fails to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. A Fund could also lose money in the event of a decline in the value of collateral provided for loaned securities, a decline in the value of any investments made with cash collateral, or a “gap” between the return on cash collateral reinvestments and any fees a Fund has agreed to pay a borrower. These events could also trigger adverse tax consequences for a Fund. In the event of a large redemption while a Fund has loaned portfolio securities, a Fund may suffer losses (e.g. overdraft fees) if it is unable to recall the securities on loan in time to fulfill the redemption.
Special Risks of Exchange-Traded Funds
Authorized Participants Concentration Risk. A Fund may have a limited number of financial institutions that may act as Authorized Participants. To the extent that those Authorized Participants exit the business or are unable to process creation and/or redemption orders, Shares may trade at larger bid-ask spreads and/or premiums or discounts to NAV. Authorized Participant concentration risk may be heightened for a fund that invests in non-U.S. securities or other securities or instruments that have lower trading volumes.
Absence of Active Market Risk. Although Shares are listed for trading on a stock exchange, there is no assurance that an active trading market for them will develop or be maintained. In the absence of an active trading market for Shares, they will likely trade with a wider bid/ask spread and at a greater premium or discount to NAV.
Market Price Variance Risk. Shares of a Fund can be bought and sold in the secondary market at market prices rather than at NAV. When Shares trade at a price greater than NAV, they are said to trade at a “premium.” When they trade at a price less than NAV, they are said to trade at a “discount.” The market price of Shares fluctuates based on changes in the value of a Fund’s holdings and on the supply and demand for Shares. Because Shares can be created and redeemed in Creation Units at NAV, the Adviser believes that large discounts or premiums to the net asset value of Shares should not be sustained over the long term. Nevertheless, the market price of Shares may vary significantly from NAV during periods of market volatility. Further, to the extent that exchange specialists, market makers and/or Authorized Participants are unavailable or unable to trade a Fund’s Shares and/or create and redeem Creation Units, bid/ask spreads and premiums or discounts may widen. The exact exposure of an investment in a Fund intraday in the secondary market is a function of the difference between the value of the underlying index at the market close on the first trading day and the value of the underlying index at the time of purchase. Thus, an investor that purchases shares intra-day may experience performance that is greater than, or less than, the inverse of a Fund's underlying index.
Trading Cost Risk. Buying or selling Fund shares on an exchange involves two types of costs that apply to all securities transactions. When buying or selling shares of a Fund through a broker, you will likely incur a brokerage commission and
other charges. In addition, you may incur the cost of the “spread”; that is, the difference between what investors are willing to pay for Fund shares (the “bid” price) and the price at which they are willing to sell Fund shares (the “ask” price). The spread, which varies over time for shares of a Fund based on trading volume and market liquidity, is generally narrower if the Fund has more trading volume and market liquidity and wider if the Fund has less trading volume and market liquidity. In addition, increased market volatility may cause wider spreads. There may also be regulatory and other charges that are incurred as a result of trading activity. Because of the costs inherent in buying or selling Fund shares, frequent trading may detract significantly from investment results and an investment in Fund shares may not be advisable for investors who anticipate regularly making small investments through a brokerage account.
Exchange Trading Risk. Trading in Shares on an exchange may be halted due to market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of that exchange, make trading in Shares inadvisable, such as extraordinary market volatility or other reasons. Extraordinary market volatility can lead to trading halts pursuant to “circuit breaker” rules of the exchange or market. There can be no assurance that Shares will continue to meet the listing requirements of the exchange on which they trade, and the listing requirements may be amended from time to time.
Other Risks of the Funds
Investment Strategy Implementation Risk
The Adviser utilizes a quantitative methodology to select investments for each Fund. Although this methodology is designed to correlate each Fund's daily performance with -100% of the daily performance of its underlying index, there is no assurance that the implementation of such methodology will be successful and will enable a Fund to achieve its investment objective.
Aggressive Investment Techniques Risk
Using investment techniques that may be considered aggressive, such as futures contracts, forward contracts, options and swap agreements, includes the risk of potentially dramatic changes (losses) in the value of the instruments, imperfect correlations between the price of the instrument and the underlying security or index, and volatility of a Fund.
Commodity Pool Registration Risk
The Funds are considered commodity pools, and therefore each is subject to regulation under the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC rules. Compliance with such additional laws, regulations and enforcement policies, may potentially increase compliance costs and may affect the operations and financial performance of the Funds.
Cybersecurity Risk
The increased use of technologies, such as the internet, to conduct business increases the operational, information security and related “cyber” risks both directly to a Fund and through its service providers. Similar types of cyber security risks are also present for issuers of securities in which a Fund
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may invest, which could result in material adverse consequences for such issuers. Unlike many other types of risks faced by a Fund, these risks typically are not covered by insurance. Cyber incidents can result from deliberate attacks or unintentional events. Cyber incidents may include, but are not limited to, gaining unauthorized access to digital systems (e.g., through “hacking” or malicious software coding) for purposes of misappropriating assets or sensitive information, corrupting data, causing physical damage to computer or network systems, or causing operational disruption. Cyber attacks may also be carried out in a manner that does not require gaining unauthorized access, such as causing denial-of-service attacks on websites (i.e., efforts to make network services unavailable to intended users).
Failures or breaches of the electronic systems of a Fund, a Fund’s advisor, distributor, other service providers, counterparties, securities trading venues, or the issuers of securities in which a Fund invests have the ability to cause disruptions and negatively impact a Fund’s business operations, potentially resulting in financial losses to a Fund and its shareholders. Cyber attacks may also interfere with the Fund’s calculation of its NAV, result in the submission of erroneous trades or erroneous creation or redemption orders, and could lead to violations of applicable privacy and other laws, regulatory fines, penalties, reputational damage, reimbursement or other compensation costs and/or additional compliance costs. While a Fund has established business continuity plans, there are inherent limitations in such plans, including the possibility that certain risks have not been identified and that prevention and remediation efforts will not be successful. Furthermore, a Fund cannot control the cyber security plans and systems of a Fund’s service providers or issuers of securities in which a Fund invests.
Investment Risk
An investment in a Fund is not a deposit in a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. When you sell your Shares, they could be worth less than what you paid for them.
LIBOR Risk
A Fund may invest in certain debt securities, derivatives or other financial instruments that have historically utilized the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) as a benchmark or reference rate for various interest rate calculations. In this regard, LIBOR has been a significant factor in determining a Fund’s payment obligations under a derivative investment, the cost of financing to a Fund or an investment’s value or return to a Fund.
In July 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority, the United Kingdom’s financial regulatory body, announced that after 2021 it will cease its active encouragement of banks to provide quotations needed to sustain the LIBOR rate, which means that the LIBOR rate may no longer be published. Also in 2017, the Alternative Reference Rates Committee, a group of large US banks working with the Federal Reserve, announced its selection of a new Secured Overnight Funding Rate (“SOFR”), which is a broad measure of the cost of overnight borrowings secured by Treasury Department securities, as an appropriate replacement for LIBOR. The
transition from LIBOR to SOFR (or any other replacement rate) may lead to a reduction in the value of some LIBOR-based investments and the effectiveness of new hedges placed against existing LIBOR-based investments, as well as significant market uncertainty, increased volatility, and illiquidity in markets for various instruments, which may result in prolonged adverse market conditions and impact a Fund’s performance or NAV.
Regulatory Risk
Additional legislative or regulatory changes could occur that may materially and adversely affect each Fund. Such changes could result in material adverse consequences for each Fund. Recently, the regulator for each Fund has adopted changes in the regulation of leveraged funds that could have a material adverse effect on the ability of a Fund to pursue its investment objective or strategy, which could result in the Fund changing its investment objective to comply with the regulations.
Valuation Risk
In certain circumstances, such as when the Adviser believes market quotations do not accurately reflect the fair value of an investment, or when a trading halt ends trading in a security or closes an exchange or market early, a holding may be fair valued for the day or for a longer period of time. The fair valuation of the holding may be different from other value determinations of the same holding. Holdings that are valued using techniques other than market quotations, including “fair valued” holdings, may be subject to greater fluctuation in their value form one day to the next than would be the case if market quotations were used. In addition, the price a Fund could receive upon the sale of a holding may differ from a Fund’s valuation of the holding or from the value used by the underlying index, particularly for holdings that trade in low volume or volatile markets or that are valued using a fair value methodology as a result of trade suspensions or halts or for any other reason.
A Precautionary Note to Retail Investors. The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”), a limited trust company and securities depositary that serves as a national clearinghouse for the settlement of trades for its participating banks and broker-dealers, or its nominee, will be the registered owner of all outstanding Shares of each Fund of the Trust. Your ownership of Shares will be shown on the records of DTC and the DTC Participant broker through whom you hold the Shares. THE TRUST WILL NOT HAVE ANY RECORD OF YOUR OWNERSHIP. Your account information will be maintained by your broker, who will provide you with account statements, confirmations of your purchases and sales of Shares, and tax information. Your broker also will be responsible for ensuring that you receive shareholder reports and other communications from a Fund whose Shares you own. Typically, you will receive other services (e.g., average basis information) only if your broker offers these services.
A Precautionary Note to Purchasers of Creation Units. Because new Shares may be issued on an ongoing basis, a “distribution” of Shares could be occurring at any time. As a dealer, certain activities on your part could, depending on the circumstances, result in your being deemed a participant in the distribution, in a manner that could render you a statutory underwriter and subject you to the prospectus
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delivery and liability provisions of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”). For example, you could be deemed a statutory underwriter if you purchase Creation Units from an issuing Fund, break them down into the constituent Shares and sell those Shares directly to customers, or if you choose to couple the creation of a supply of new Shares with an active selling effort involving solicitation of secondary market demand for Shares. Whether a person is an underwriter depends upon all of the facts and circumstances pertaining to that person’s activities, and the examples mentioned here should not be considered a complete description of all the activities that could cause you to be deemed an underwriter. Dealers who are not “underwriters,” but are participating in a distribution (as opposed to engaging in ordinary secondary market transactions), and thus dealing with Shares as part of an “unsold allotment” within the meaning of Section 4(3)(C) of the Securities Act, will be unable to take advantage of the prospectus delivery exemption provided by Section 4(3) of the Securities Act.
A Precautionary Note to Investment Companies. For purposes of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (“1940
Act”) each Fund is a registered investment company, and the acquisition of Shares by other investment companies is subject to the restrictions of Section 12(d)(1) thereof. Section 12(d)(1) restricts investments by investment companies in the securities of other investment companies, including shares of each Fund. Provided, generally, that a Fund’s investments comply with Section 12(d)(1)(A), registered investment companies are permitted to invest in a Fund beyond the limits set forth in Section 12(d)(1) subject to certain terms and conditions, including that such investment companies enter into an agreement with a Fund. Any investment company considering purchasing Shares of a Fund in amounts that may cause it to exceed the restrictions under Section 12(d)(1) should contact the Trust.
A Precautionary Note Regarding Unusual Circumstances. Under certain circumstances, a Fund may postpone payment of redemption proceeds. For information on such potential postponements, see the “Purchases and Redemptions - Suspension or Postponement of Right of Redemption” section of the SAI.
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About Your Investment
Share Price of the Funds
A fund’s share price is known as its NAV. Each Fund’s share price is calculated as of the close of regular trading on the NYSE, usually 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“Valuation Time”), each day the NYSE is open for business (“Business Day”). The NYSE is open for business Monday through Friday, except in observation of the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Juneteenth National Independence Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The NYSE may close early on the business day before each of these holidays and on the day after Thanksgiving Day. NYSE holiday schedules are subject to change without notice. Because a Fund is exchange traded, the price an individual shareholder will buy or sell Fund shares at will be based on the market price determined by the secondary market, which may be higher or lower than the NAV of a Fund.
If the exchange or market on which a Fund’s investments are primarily traded closes early, the NAV may be calculated prior to its normal calculation time. Creation/redemption transaction order time cutoffs would also be accelerated.
The value of a Fund’s assets that trade in markets outside the United States or in currencies other than the U.S. Dollar may fluctuate when foreign markets are open but the Fund is not open for business.
The NAV is calculated by dividing a Fund’s net assets by its shares outstanding. In calculating its NAV, each Fund generally values its assets on the basis of market quotations, the last sale or settlement prices, or estimates of value furnished by a pricing service or brokers who make markets in such instruments. Swap contracts are valued based on the value of the swap contract’s reference asset and are marked-to-market each day NAV is calculated. If such information is not available for a security held by a Fund, is determined to be unreliable, or (to the Adviser’s knowledge) does not reflect a significant event occurring after the close of the market on which the security principally trades (but before the close of trading on the NYSE), the security will be valued at fair value estimates by the Adviser under guidelines established by the Board of Trustees. Foreign securities, currencies and other assets denominated in foreign currencies are translated into U.S. Dollars at the exchange rate of such currencies against the U.S. Dollar, as provided by an independent pricing service or reporting agency. Each Fund also relies on a pricing service in circumstances where the U.S. securities markets exceed a pre-determined threshold to value foreign securities held in a Fund’s portfolio. The pricing service, its methodology or the threshold may change from time to time. Debt obligations with maturities of 60 days or less are valued at amortized cost.
Fair Value Pricing. Portfolio holdings are priced at a fair value as determined by the Adviser, under the oversight of the Board of Trustees, when reliable market quotations are not readily available, the Funds' pricing service does not provide a valuation, the Funds' pricing service provides a valuation that in the judgment of the Adviser is not reliable, trading in a particular instrument is halted and does not resume prior to the closing of the exchange or other market, the market price is stale, or an event that affects the value of an instrument (a “Significant Event”) has occurred since closing prices were established, but before the time as of which a Fund calculates its NAV. Examples of Significant Events may include: (1) events that relate to a single issuer or to an entire market sector; (2) significant fluctuations in domestic or foreign markets; or (3) occurrences not tied directly to the securities markets, such as natural disasters, armed conflicts, or significant government actions. If such Significant Events occur, the Funds may value the instruments at fair value. Fair value determinations are made in good faith in accordance with procedures adopted by the Board of Trustees.
Fair valuations introduce an element of subjectivity to pricing. As a result, the price determined through fair valuation may differ from the price quoted or published by other sources and may not accurately reflect an instrument’s market value when trading resumes. If a reliable market quotation becomes available for an instrument formerly fair valued, Rafferty will normally use that market value in the next calculation of NAV.
Rule 12b-1 Fees
The Board of Trustees of the Trust has adopted a Distribution and Service Plan (the “Plan”) pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the 1940 Act. In accordance with the Plan, each Fund may pay an amount up to 0.25% of its average daily net assets each year for certain distribution-related activities and shareholder services.
No 12b-1 fees are currently authorized to be paid by a Fund, and there are no plans to impose these fees. However, in the event 12b-1 fees are charged in the future, because the fees are paid out of each Fund’s assets, over time these fees will increase the cost of your investment and may cost you more than certain other types of sales charges.
Frequent Purchases and Redemptions. Rafferty expects a significant portion of the Funds' assets to come from professional money managers and investors who use the Funds as part of “asset allocation” and “market timing” investment strategies. These strategies often call for frequent trading to take advantage of anticipated changes in market conditions. Investors such as market makers, large investors and institutions who wish to deal in Creation Units directly with a Fund must have entered into an authorized participant agreement (“Authorized Participant Agreement”) with the principal underwriter and the transfer agent, or purchase through a broker-dealer that has entered into such an agreement. The Trust’s Board of Trustees has determined not to adopt policies and procedures designed to prevent or monitor for frequent purchases and redemptions of each Fund’s shares because the Fund sells and redeems its shares at NAV only in Creation Units pursuant
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to the terms of an Authorized Participant Agreement between the Authorized Participant and the Distributor, and such direct trading between the Fund and Authorized Participants is critical to ensuring that the Fund’s shares trade at or close to NAV. Further, the vast majority of trading in Fund shares occurs on the secondary market, which does not involve a Fund directly and therefore does not cause a Fund to experience many of the harmful effects of market timing, such as dilution and disruption of portfolio management. In addition, each Fund imposes a Transaction Fee on Creation Unit transactions, which is designed to offset transfer and other transaction costs incurred by the Fund in connection with the issuance and redemption of Creation Units and may employ fair valuation pricing to minimize potential dilution from market timing. Although each Fund reserves the right to reject any purchase orders, each Fund does not currently impose any trading restrictions on frequent trading or actively monitor for trading abuses. Transaction fees are imposed as set forth in the table in the SAI.
How to Buy and Sell Shares
Each Fund issues and redeems Shares only in large blocks (called “Creation Units”) of 50,000.
Most investors will buy and sell Shares of each Fund in secondary market transactions through brokers. Individual Shares of each Fund, once listed for trading on the Exchange, can be bought and sold throughout the trading day like other listed securities. The Funds do not require any minimum investment in such secondary market transactions.
When buying or selling Shares through a broker, investors may incur customary brokerage commissions and charges, and may pay some or all of the spread between the bid and the offer prices in the secondary market. In addition, because secondary market transactions occur at market prices, which typically vary from NAV, investors may pay more than NAV when buying Shares, and receive less than NAV when selling Shares.
Share prices are reported in dollars and cents per Share. For information about acquiring or selling Shares through a secondary market purchase, please contact your broker.
The Adviser may pay brokers and other financial intermediaries for educational training programs, the development of technology platforms and reporting systems or other administrative services related to a Fund. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.
The Funds’ Exchange trading symbols are as follows:
Fund
Symbol
Direxion Daily S&P 500® Bear 1X Shares
SPDN
Direxion Daily CSI 300 China A Share Bear 1X Shares
CHAD
Book Entry. Shares are held in book-entry form, which means that no stock certificates are issued. DTC or its nominee is the record owner of all outstanding Shares of the Funds and is recognized as the owner of all Shares for all purposes.
Investors owning Shares are beneficial owners as shown on the records of DTC or its participants. DTC serves as the securities depository for all Shares. Participants in DTC include securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies, clearing corporations and other institutions that directly or indirectly maintain a custodial relationship with DTC. As a beneficial owner of Shares, you are not entitled to receive physical delivery of stock certificates or to have Shares registered in your name, and you are not considered a registered owner of Shares. Therefore, to exercise any right as an owner of Shares, you must rely upon the procedures of DTC and its participants. These procedures are the same as those that apply to any other stocks that you hold in book entry or “street name” through your brokerage account.
Management of the Funds
Rafferty provides investment management services to the Funds. Rafferty has been managing investment companies since 1997. Rafferty is located at 1301 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue), 28th Floor, New York, New York 10019. As of October 31, 2021, the Adviser had approximately $27.9 billion in assets under management.
Pursuant to an investment advisory agreement between the Trust and Rafferty, each Fund pays Rafferty the following fee at an annualized rate based on a percentage of each Fund's average daily net assets:
Fund
Advisory Fee Charged
Direxion Daily S&P 500® Bear 1X Shares
0.35%
Direxion Daily CSI 300 China A Share Bear 1X Shares
0.60%
A discussion regarding the basis on which the Board of Trustees approved the investment advisory agreement for the Funds is included in the Funds' Annual Report for the period ended October 31, 2021.
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Rafferty has entered into an Operating Expense Limitation Agreement with each Fund. Under this Operating Expense Limitation Agreement, Rafferty has contractually agreed to waive all or a portion of its management fee and/or reimburse each Fund for Other Expenses through September 1, 2023, to the extent that a Fund’s Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses exceed the percentage listed in the table below of the Fund’s average daily net assets (excluding, as applicable, among other expenses, taxes, swap financing and related costs, acquired fund fees and expenses, dividends or interest on short positions, other interest expenses, brokerage commissions and extraordinary expenses).
Any expense waiver or reimbursement is subject to recoupment by the Adviser within three years after the expense was waived/reimbursed only if Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses fall below the lesser of this percentage limitation and any percentage limitation in place at the time the expense was waived/reimbursed. Rafferty may pay, reimburse or otherwise assume one or more of the excluded expenses, in which case such expense will be subject to the Operating Expense Limitation Agreement and recoupment by Rafferty in accordance with the Agreement. This Agreement may be terminated or revised at any time with the consent of the Board of Trustees.
Fund
Expense Cap
Direxion Daily S&P 500® Bear 1X Shares
0.45%
Direxion Daily CSI 300 China A Share Bear 1X Shares
0.80%
As a result of the Operating Expense Limitation Agreement, for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2021, the Adviser received management fees as a percentage of average daily net assets from each Fund as follows:
Fund
Percentage
Direxion Daily S&P 500® Bear 1X Shares
0.29%
Direxion Daily CSI 300 China A Share Bear 1X Shares
0.60%
Paul Brigandi and Tony Ng are jointly and primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the Funds (the “Portfolio Managers”). An investment trading team of Rafferty employees assists the Portfolio Managers in the day-to-day management of the Funds subject to their primary responsibility and oversight. The Portfolio Managers work with the investment trading team to decide the target allocation of each Fund’s investments and on a day-to-day basis, an individual portfolio trader executes transactions for the Funds consistent with the target allocation. The members of the investment trading team rotate periodically among the various series of the Trust, including the Funds, so that no single individual is assigned to a specific Fund for extended periods of time.
Mr. Brigandi has been a Portfolio Manager at Rafferty since June 2004. Mr. Brigandi was previously involved in the equity trading training program for Fleet Boston Financial Corporation from August 2002 to April 2004. Mr. Brigandi is a 2002 graduate of Fordham University.
Mr. Ng has been a Portfolio Manager at Rafferty since April 2006. Mr. Ng was previously a Team Leader in the Trading Assistant Group with Goldman Sachs from 2004 to 2006. He was employed with Deutsche Asset Management from 1998 to 2004. Mr. Ng graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1998.
The Funds' Statement of Additional Information ("SAI") provides additional information about the investment team members’ compensation, other accounts they manage and their ownership of securities in the Funds.
Portfolio Holdings
A Fund’s portfolio holdings are disclosed on the Fund’s website at www.direxion.com each day the Fund is open for business. A description of the Funds' policies and procedures with respect to the disclosure of the Funds' portfolio securities is available in the Funds' SAI.
other service providers
Foreside Fund Services, LLC (“Distributor”) serves as the Funds' distributor. U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC (“USBFS”) serves as the Funds' administrator. Bank of New York Mellon (“BNYM”) serves as the Funds' transfer agent, fund accountant, custodian and index receipt agent. The Distributor is not affiliated with Rafferty, USBFS, or BNYM.
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Distributions
Fund Distributions. Each Fund pays out dividends from its net investment income, and distributes any net capital gains, if any, to its shareholders at least annually. Each Fund is authorized to declare and pay capital gain distributions in additional Shares or in cash. A Fund may have extremely high portfolio turnover, which may cause it to generate significant amounts of taxable income. Each Fund will generally need to distribute net short-term capital gain to satisfy certain tax requirements. As a result of the Funds' high portfolio turnover, they could need to make larger and/or more frequent distributions than traditional ETFs.
Dividend Reinvestment Service. Brokers may make the DTC book-entry dividend reinvestment service (“Reinvestment Service”) available to their customers who are shareholders of a Fund. If the Reinvestment Service is used with respect to a Fund, its distributions of both net income and capital gains will automatically be reinvested in additional and fractional Shares thereof purchased in the secondary market. Without the Reinvestment Service, investors will receive Fund distributions in cash, except as noted above under “Fund Distributions.” To determine whether the Reinvestment Service is available and whether there is a commission or other charge for using the service, consult your broker. Fund shareholders should be aware that brokers may require them to adhere to specific procedures and timetables to use the Reinvestment Service.
Taxes
As with any investment, you should consider the tax consequences of buying, holding, and disposing of Shares. The tax information in this Prospectus is only a general summary of some important federal tax considerations generally affecting a Fund and its shareholders. No attempt is made to present a complete explanation of the federal tax treatment of the Funds' activities, and this discussion is not intended as a substitute for careful tax planning. Accordingly, potential investors are urged to consult their own tax advisers for more detailed information and for information regarding any state, local, or foreign taxes applicable to the Funds and to an investment in Shares.
Fund distributions to you and your sale of your Shares will have tax consequences to you unless you hold your Shares through a tax-exempt entity or tax-deferred retirement arrangement, such as an individual retirement account (“IRA”) or 401(k) plan.
Each Fund intends to continue to qualify each taxable year for taxation as a “regulated investment company” under Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). If a Fund so qualifies and satisfies certain distribution requirements, the Fund will not be subject to federal income tax on income that is distributed in a timely manner to its shareholders in the form of income dividends or capital gain distributions.
Taxes on Distributions. Dividends from a Fund’s investment company taxable income – generally, the sum of net investment income, the excess of net short-term capital gain over net long-term capital loss, and net gains and losses from certain foreign currency transactions, if any, all determined without regard to any deduction for dividends paid – will be taxable to you as ordinary income to the extent of its earnings and profits, whether they are paid in cash or reinvested in additional Shares. However, dividends a Fund pays to you that are attributable to its “qualified dividend income” (i.e., dividends it receives on stock of most domestic and certain foreign corporations with respect to which it satisfies certain holding period and other restrictions) generally will be taxed to you, if you are an individual, trust, or estate and satisfy those restrictions with respect to your Shares, for federal income tax purposes, at the rates of 15% or 20% for such shareholders with taxable income exceeding certain thresholds (which will be indexed for inflation annually). A portion of a Fund’s dividends also may be eligible for the dividends-received deduction allowed to corporations – the eligible portion may not exceed the aggregate dividends the Fund receives from domestic corporations subject to federal income tax (excluding real estate investment trusts) and excludes dividends from foreign corporations – subject to similar restrictions; however, dividends a corporate shareholder deducts pursuant to that deduction are subject indirectly to the federal alternative minimum tax. Each Fund does not expect to earn a significant amount of income that would qualify for those maximum rates or that deduction.
Distributions of a Fund’s net capital gain (which is the excess of net long-term capital gain over net short-term capital loss) that it recognizes on sales or exchanges of capital assets (“capital gain distributions”), if any, will be taxable to you as long-term capital gains, at the maximum rates mentioned above if you are an individual, trust, or estate, regardless of your holding period for the Shares on which the distributions are paid and regardless of whether they are paid in cash or reinvested in additional Shares. A Fund’s capital gain distributions may vary considerably from one year to the next as a result of its investment activities and cash flows and the performance of the markets in which it invests. No Fund expects to earn a significant amount of net capital gain.
Distributions in excess of a Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits, if any, first will reduce your adjusted tax basis in your Shares in the Fund and, after that basis is reduced to zero, will constitute capital gain. That capital gain will be long-term capital gain, and thus will be taxed at the maximum rates mentioned above if you are an individual, trust, or estate if the distributions are attributable to Shares you held for more than one year.
Investors should be aware that the price of Shares at any time may reflect the amount of a forthcoming dividend or capital gain distribution, so if they purchase Shares shortly before the record date therefor, they will pay full price for the Shares and receive some part of the purchase price back as a taxable distribution even though it represents a partial return of invested capital.
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In general, distributions are subject to federal income tax for the year when they are paid. However, certain distributions paid in January may be treated as paid on December 31 of the prior year.
Because of the possibility of high portfolio turnover, the Funds may generate significant amounts of taxable income. Accordingly, the Funds may need to make larger and/or more frequent distributions than traditional unleveraged ETFs. A substantial portion of that income typically will be short-term capital gain, which will generally be treated as ordinary income when distributed to shareholders.
Fund distributions to tax-deferred or qualified plans, such as an IRA, retirement plan or pension plan, generally will not be taxable. However, distributions from such plans will be taxable to the individual participant notwithstanding the character of the income earned by the qualified plan. Please consult a tax adviser for a more complete explanation of the federal, state, local and foreign tax consequences of investing in a Fund through such a plan.
Taxes When Shares are Sold. Generally, you will recognize taxable gain or loss if you sell or otherwise dispose of your Shares. Any gain arising from such a disposition generally will be treated as long-term capital gain if you held the Shares for more than one year, taxable at the maximum rates (15% or 20%) mentioned above if you are an individual, trust, or estate; otherwise, the gain will be treated as short-term capital gain. However, any capital loss arising from the disposition of Shares held for six months or less will be treated as long-term capital loss to the extent of capital gain distributions, if any, received with respect to those Shares. In addition, all or a portion of any loss recognized on a sale or exchange of Shares of a Fund will be disallowed to the extent other Shares of the same Fund are purchased (whether through reinvestment of distributions or otherwise) within a period of 61 days beginning 30 days before and ending 30 days after the date of the sale or exchange; in that event, the basis in the newly purchased Shares will be adjusted to reflect the disallowed loss.
Holders of Creation Units. A person who purchases Shares of a Fund by exchanging securities for a Creation Unit generally will recognize capital gain or loss equal to the difference between the market value of the Creation Unit and the person’s aggregate basis in the exchanged securities, adjusted for any Balancing Amount paid or received. A shareholder who redeems a Creation Unit generally will recognize gain or loss to the same extent and in the same manner as described in the immediately preceding paragraph.
Miscellaneous. Backup Withholding. A Fund must withhold and remit to the U.S. Treasury 24% of dividends and capital gain distributions otherwise payable to any individual or certain other non-corporate shareholder who fails to certify that the social security or other taxpayer identification number furnished to the Fund is correct or who furnishes an incorrect number (together with the withholding described in the next sentence, “backup withholding”). Withholding at that rate also is required from a Fund’s dividends and capital gain distributions otherwise payable to such a shareholder who is subject to backup withholding for any other reason. Backup withholding is not an additional tax, and any amounts so withheld may be credited against a shareholder’s federal income tax liability or refunded.
Additional Tax. An individual must pay a 3.8% federal tax on the lesser of (1) the individual’s “net investment income,” which generally includes dividends, interest, and net gains from the disposition of investment property (including dividends and capital gain distributions a Fund pays and net gains realized on the sale or redemption of Shares), or (2) the excess of the individual’s “modified adjusted gross income” over a threshold amount ($250,000 for married persons filing jointly and $200,000 for single taxpayers). This tax is in addition to any other taxes due on that income. A similar tax will apply for those years to estates and trusts. Shareholders should consult their own tax advisers regarding the effect, if any, this provision may have on their investment in Fund shares.
Basis Determination. A shareholder who wants to use the average basis method for determining basis in Shares he or she acquires after December 31, 2011 (“Covered Shares”), must elect to do so in writing (which may be electronic) with the broker through which he or she purchased the Shares. A shareholder who wishes to use a different IRS-acceptable method for basis determination (e.g., a specific identification method) may elect to do so. Fund shareholders are urged to consult with their brokers regarding the application of the basis determination rules to them.
You may also be subject to state and local taxes on Fund distributions and dispositions of Shares.
Non-U.S. Shareholders. “A “non-U.S. shareholder” is an investor that, for federal tax purposes, is a nonresident alien individual, a foreign corporation or a foreign estate or trust. Except where discussed otherwise, the following disclosure assumes that a non-U.S. shareholder’s ownership of Shares is not effectively connected with a trade or business conducted by such non-U.S. shareholder in the United States and does not address non-U.S. shareholders who are present in the United States for 183 days or more during the taxable year. The tax consequences to a non-U.S. shareholder entitled to claim the benefits of an applicable tax treaty may be different from those described herein. Non-U.S. shareholders should consult their tax advisers with respect to the particular tax consequences to them of an investment in a Fund.
Withholding. Dividends paid by a Fund to non-U.S. shareholders will be subject to withholding tax at a 30% rate or a reduced rate specified by an applicable income tax treaty to the extent derived from investment income (other than “qualified interest income” or “qualified short-term capital gains,” as described below). In order to obtain a reduced rate of withholding, a non-U.S. shareholder will be required to provide an IRS Form W-8BEN (or substitute form) certifying its entitlement to benefits under a treaty. The withholding tax does not apply to regular dividends paid to a non-U.S. shareholder who provides an IRS Form W-8ECI, certifying that the dividends are effectively connected with the non-U.S. shareholder’s conduct of a trade or business within the United States. Instead, the effectively connected dividends will be subject to regular U.S. income tax as if the non-U.S. shareholder were a U.S. shareholder. A non-U.S. corporation’s earnings and profits attributable to such dividends may also be subject to additional “branch profits tax” imposed at a rate of 30% (or lower treaty rate).
A non-U.S. shareholder who fails to provide an IRS Form W-8BEN or other applicable form may be subject to backup withholding at the appropriate rate. See the discussion of backup withholding under “Miscellaneous” above.
Exemptions from Withholding. In general, federal income tax will not apply to gain realized on the sale or other disposition of Shares or to any Fund distributions reported as capital gain dividends, short-term capital gain dividends, or interest-related dividends.
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“Short-term capital gain dividends” are dividends that are attributable to “qualified short-term gain” a Fund realizes (generally, the excess of a Fund’s net short-term capital gain over long-term capital loss for a taxable year, computed with certain adjustments). “Interest-related dividends” are dividends that are attributable to “qualified net interest income” from U.S. sources. Depending on its circumstances, a Fund may report all, some or none of its potentially eligible dividends as short-term capital gain dividends and interest-related dividends and/or treat such dividends, in whole or in part, as ineligible for this exemption from withholding. To qualify for the exemption, a non-U.S. shareholder will need to comply with applicable certification requirements relating to its non-U.S. status (including, in general, furnishing an IRS Form W-8BEN or substitute form). In the case of shares held through an intermediary, the intermediary may withhold even if a Fund designates the payment as a short-term capital gain dividend or an interest-related dividend. Non-U.S. shareholders should contact their intermediaries with respect to the application of these rules to their accounts.
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”). Under FATCA, “foreign financial institutions” (“FFIs”) or “non-financial foreign entities” (“NFFEs”) that are Fund shareholders may be subject to a generally nonrefundable 30% withholding tax on income dividends. As discussed more fully in the Funds' SAI under “Taxes,” the FATCA withholding tax generally can be avoided (a) by an FFI, if it reports certain information regarding direct and indirect ownership of financial accounts U.S. persons hold with the FFI and (b) by an NFFE, if it certifies as such and, in certain circumstances, that (i) it has no substantial U.S. persons as owners or (ii) it does have such owners and reports information relating to them to the withholding agent. The U.S. Treasury has negotiated intergovernmental agreements (“IGAs”) with certain countries and is in various stages of negotiations with other foreign countries with respect to one or more alternative approaches to implement FATCA; entities in those countries may be required to comply with the terms of the IGA instead of Treasury regulations. Non-U.S. shareholders should consult their own tax advisers regarding the application of these requirements to their own situation and the impact thereof on their investment in a Fund.
More information about taxes is available in the Funds' SAI.
Additional Information
The Trust enters into contractual arrangements with various parties, which may include, among others, the Funds' investment adviser, custodian, and transfer agent, who provide services to the Funds. Shareholders are not parties to any such contractual arrangements and are not intended beneficiaries of those contractual arrangements, and those contractual arrangements are not intended to create in any shareholder any right to enforce them against the service providers or to seek any remedy under them against the service providers, either directly or on behalf of the Trust.
This Prospectus provides information concerning the Funds that you should consider in determining whether to purchase Fund shares. Neither this Prospectus nor the SAI is intended, or should be read, to be or give rise to an agreement or contract between the Trust or the Funds and any investor, or to give rise to any rights in any shareholder or other person other than any rights under federal or state law that may not be waived.
Index Licensors
CSI Index. The CSI 300 Index is calculated by China Securities Index Company (“CSI”). CSI does not make any warranties, express or implied, to any of their customers or anyone else regarding the accuracy or completeness of any data related to the CSI Index. All information is provided for informational purposes only. CSI accepts no liability for any errors or any loss arising from the use of information.
S&P Dow Jones Index. The S&P 500® Index (the “S&P Index”) is/are products of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC (“SPDJI”), and has/have been licensed for use by the Trust. Standard & Poor’s®, S&P® and S&P 500® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”); Dow Jones® is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC (“Dow Jones”); and these trademarks have been licensed for use by SPDJI and sublicensed for certain purposes by the Trust. The Fund is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, any of their respective affiliates (collectively, “S&P Dow Jones Indices”). S&P Dow Jones Indices makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the owners of the Fund or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the Fund particularly or the ability of the S&P Index to track general market performance. S&P Dow Jones Indices’ only relationship to the Trust with respect to the S&P Index is the licensing of such Index(es) and certain trademarks, service marks and/or trade names of S&P Dow Jones Indices or its licensors. The S&P Index is/are determined, composed and calculated by S&P Dow Jones Indices without regard to the Trust or the Fund. S&P Dow Jones Indices have no obligation to take the needs of the Trust or the owners of the Fund into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the S&P Index. S&P Dow Jones Indices is not responsible for and has not participated in the determination of the prices, and amount of the Fund or the timing of the issuance or sale of the Fund or in the determination or calculation of the equation by which the Fund are to be converted into cash, surrendered or redeemed, as the case may be. S&P Dow Jones Indices has no obligation or liability in connection with the administration, marketing or trading of the Fund. There is no assurance that investment products based on the S&P Index will accurately track index performance or provide positive investment returns. S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC is not an investment advisor. Inclusion of a security within an index is not a recommendation by S&P Dow Jones Indices to buy, sell, or hold such security, nor is it considered to be investment advice. Notwithstanding the foregoing, CME
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Group Inc. and its affiliates may independently issue and/or sponsor financial products based on the S&P 500 Index and other S&P proprietary indices unrelated to the Fund currently being issued by the Trust, but which may be similar to and competitive with the Fund. CME Group Inc. is an indirect shareholder of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC.
S&P DOW JONES INDICES DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE ADEQUACY, ACCURACY, TIMELINESS AND/OR THE COMPLETENESS OF THE S&P INDEX OR ANY DATA RELATED THERETO OR ANY COMMUNICATION, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ORAL OR WRITTEN COMMUNICATION (INCLUDING ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS) WITH RESPECT THERETO. S&P DOW JONES INDICES SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO ANY DAMAGES OR LIABILITY FOR ANY ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR DELAYS THEREIN. S&P DOW JONES INDICES MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE OR AS TO RESULTS TO BE OBTAINED BY THE TRUST, OWNERS OF THE FUND, OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY FROM THE USE OF THE S&P 500® INDEX OR WITH RESPECT TO ANY DATA RELATED THERETO. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY OF THE FOREGOING, IN NO EVENT WHATSOEVER SHALL S&P DOW JONES INDICES BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, LOSS OF PROFITS, TRADING LOSSES, LOST TIME OR GOODWILL, EVEN IF THEY HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBLITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE. THERE ARE NO THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARIES OF ANY AGREEMENTS OR ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN S&P DOW JONES INDICES AND THE TRUST, OTHER THAN THE LICENSORS OF S&P DOW JONES INDICES.
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Financial Highlights 
The financial highlights table is intended to help you understand the financial performance of the Funds for the periods indicated. The information set forth below was audited by Ernst & Young LLP, Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm, whose report, along with the Funds' financial statements, is included in the Annual shareholder report, which is available upon request and incorporated by reference into the Funds' SAI. Certain information reflects financial results for a single Share. The total returns in the table represent the rate that an investor would have earned (or lost) on an investment in a Fund (assuming reinvestment of all dividends and distributions).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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