According to the announcement, the SPDR Barclays Capital
Short Term Corporate Bond ETF seeks to track the price and yield performance of
the Barclays Capital US 1-3 Year Corporate Bond Index. The index includes
corporate issues that have a remaining maturity of greater than or equal to one
year and less than three years, are rated investment grade (average A2/A3 credit
rating), and have $250 million or more of outstanding face value.
As of November 30, 2009, there were 572 issues included
in the Index with an average maturity of 1.91 years.
The fund’s annual expense ratio is 0.1245%.
“As investors look to improve the diversification of
their fixed income holdings, demand for precise access to the corporate bond
duration curve has increased,” said Anthony Rochte, senior managing
director at State Street Global Advisors, in the announcement. “The SPDR
Barclays Capital Short Term Corporate Bond ETF can help investors position
their portfolios for a potential increase in interest rates, as short-term
corporate bonds are historically less sensitive to interest rate movements than
longer term issues.”