Index definitions

Bloomberg Barclays Emerging Markets Ex U.S. Aggregate Index
The Bloomberg Barclays Emerging Markets Hard Currency Aggregate Index is a flagship hard currency Emerging Markets debt benchmark that includes USD-denominated debt from sovereign, quasi-sovereign, and corporate EM issuers. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Bloomberg Barclays Emerging Markets Hard Currency (USD) Aggregate Index
The Bloomberg Barclays Emerging Markets Hard Currency (USD) Aggregate Index is a flagship hard currency Emerging Markets debt benchmark that inclu des USD-denominated debt from sovereign, quasi-sovereign, and corporate EM issuers. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index
The Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Index is a flagship measure of global investment grade debt from twenty-four local currency markets. This multi-currency benchmark includes treasury, government-related, corporate and securitized fixed-rate bonds from both developed and emerging markets issuers. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Bloomberg Barclays Global Treasury Index
The Bloomberg Barclays Global Treasury Index tracks fixed-rate, local currency government debt of investment grade countries, including both developed and emerging markets. The index represents the treasury sector of the Global Aggregate Index and contains issues from 37 countries denominated in 24 currencies. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Bloomberg Barclays Global US Treasury-Intermediate Index
Bloomberg Barclays Global US Treasury-Intermediate Index is an unmanaged index that includes all publicly issued, U.S. Treasury securities that have a remaining maturity of greater than or equal to 1 year and less than 10 years, are rated investment grade, and have $250 million or more of outstanding face value. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Municipal Bond Index
The Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Municipal Bond Index measures the non-investment-grade and nonrated U.S. dollar–denominated, fixed-rate, tax-exempt bond market within the 50 United States and four other qualifying regions (Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Guam; and the Virgin Islands). The index allows state and local general obligation, revenue, insured, and prerefunded bonds; however, historically the index has been composed of mostly revenue bonds. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Municipal Bond Index excluding Puerto Rico
The Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Municipal Bond Index excluding Puerto Rico measures the non-investment-grade and nonrated U.S. dollar–denominated, fixed-rate, tax-exempt bond market within the 50 United States and other qualifying regions (Washington, D.C.; Guam; and the Virgin Islands but not Puerto Rico). You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index
The Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index is an unmanaged index composed of long-term tax-exempt bonds with a minimum credit rating of Baa. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index
The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is a broad-based benchmark that measures the investment-grade, U.S. dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market, including Treasuries, government-related and corporate securities, MBS (agency fixed-rate and hybrid ARM pass-throughs), ABS, and CMBS. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate Bond Index
The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate Bond Index is an unmanaged market-value-weighted index of investment-grade corporate fixed-rate debt issues with maturities of one year or more. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate High Yield Index
The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate High Yield Index is an unmanaged, U.S. dollar– denominated, nonconvertible, non-investment-grade debt index. The index consists of domestic and corporate bonds rated Ba and below with a minimum outstanding amount of $150 million. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Credit Index
The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Credit Index contains publicly issued U.S. corporate and specified foreign debentures and secured notes that meet the specified maturity, liquidity, and quality requirements. To qualify, bonds must be registered with the SEC. Each qualified issuer’s exposure is then capped on a market-weighted basis at 3%, and the residual is allocated on a pro-rata basis to all remaining constituents. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Treasury Index
The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Treasury Index is an unmanaged index of prices of U.S. Treasury bonds with maturities of 1 to 30 years. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

BofA Merrill Lynch Constrained Duration U.S. Mortgage Backed Securities Index
The BofA Merrill Lynch Constrained Duration U.S. Mortgage Backed Securities Index tracks the performance of U.S. dollar denominated 30-year, 20-year, and 15-year fixed rate residential mortgage pass-through securities publicly issued by U.S. agencies in the U.S. domestic market. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

BofA Merrill Lynch Emerging Markets Sovereign Bond Index
The BofA Merrill Lynch Emerging Markets Sovereign Bond Index is a subset of The BofA Merrill Lynch World Sovereign Bond Index excluding all securities with a country of risk that is a member of the FX G10, all Western European countries, and territories of the U.S. and Western European countries. The FX G10 includes all Euro members, the U.S., Japan, the U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Norway, and Sweden. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Index (formerly BofA Merrill Lynch High Yield Master II Index)
The BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Index is a market-capitalization-weighted index of domestic and Yankee high-yield bonds. The index tracks the performance of high-yield securities traded in the U.S. bond market. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

BofA Merrill Lynch High Yield Master II Option-Adjusted Spreads
BofA Merrill Lynch Option-Adjusted Spreads (OAS) are the calculated spreads between a computed OAS index of all bonds in a given rating category and a spot Treasury curve. An OAS index is constructed using each constituent bond’s OAS, weighted by market capitalization. The BofA Merrill Lynch High Yield Master II OAS uses an index of bonds that are below investment grade (those rated BB or below).

 

BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. Corporate Index
The BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. Corporate Index tracks the performance of U.S. dollar denominated investment grade corporate debt publicly issued in the U.S. domestic market. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

CBOE Skew Index
The CBOE Skew Index – referred to as “SKEW” – is an option-based indicator that measures the perceived tail risk of the distribution of S&P 500® log returns at a 30-day horizon. Tail risk is the risk associated with an increase in the probability of outlier returns, returns two or more standard deviations below the mean.

 

Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX)
The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX) is calculated from options on the S&P 500 Index and is supposed to reflect the market expectation of the index’s annualized 30-day volatility. The volatility measured by the VIX reflects both the possibility of upside movements as well as the possibility of downside movements.

 

Chicago Fed National Activity Index
The Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) is a monthly index designed to gauge overall economic activity and related inflationary pressure. The CFNAI is a weighted average of 85 existing monthly indicators of national economic activity. It is constructed to have an average value of zero and a standard deviation of one. Since economic activity tends toward trend growth rate over time, a positive index reading corresponds to growth above trend and a negative index reading corresponds to growth below trend.

 

Dow Jones Equal Weight U.S. Issued Corporate Bond Index
An equally weighted basket of 96 recently issued investment-grade corporate bonds with laddered maturities. The index intends to measure the return of readily tradable, high-grade U.S. corporate bonds. It is priced daily. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

FactSet U.S. Market Index
The FactSet U.S. Market Index is a capitalization-weighted index of all U.S. equities traded on organized exchanges.

 

FTSE Gold Mines Index
The FTSE Gold Mines Index is designed to reflect the performance of the world-wide market in the shares of companies whose principal activity is the mining of gold. Eligibility is based on the quantity of gold production. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index
The FTSE NAREIT All Equity REITs Index is a free-float adjusted, market capitalization-weighted index of U.S. equity REITs. Constituents of the Index include all tax-qualified REITs with more than 50 percent of total assets in qualifying real estate assets other than mortgages secured by real property. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

FTSE NAREIT U.S. Real Estate Index Series
The FTSE NAREIT U.S. Real Estate Index Series is a comprehensive family of REIT-focused indexes that span the commercial real estate industry (includes apartments and regional malls), providing market participants with a range of tools to benchmark and analyze exposure to real estate across the U.S. economy at both a broad industry-wide level and on a sector-by-sector basis. The indices are designed in part to serve as a performance benchmark. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Global Financial Data’s 10-year Treasury Total Return Index
This index measures the 10-year Treasury note’s total rate of return, including changes in the prices of 10-year Treasuries, as well as interest income. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Global Financial Data (GFD) World x/USA Index
The Global Financial Data World (GFD) x/USA Index reflects the non-U.S. developing markets and emerging markets components from GFD’s Equity Database, which contains more than 2,000 current and 2,000 historical data series on more than 100 countries. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

HFRI (Hedge Fund Research, Inc.) Fund Weighted Composite Index
A global, equal-weighted index of over 2,000 single-manager funds that report to HFR Database. Constituent funds report monthly net-of-all-fees performance in U.S. Dollars and have a minimum of $50 Million under management or a 12-month track record of active performance. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index does not include Funds of Hedge Funds.

 

Ibbotson Associates SBBI U.S. Small Stock Index
The Ibbotson U.S. Small Stock Index is a capitalization-weighted index which measures the performance of U.S. equities in the first and second deciles of market capitalization (smallest 20% by market capitalization). You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index
The MSCI All Country Asia Pacific Index is a free float–adjusted market capitalization–weighted index of the stock markets of Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI All Country World Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) All Country World Index (ACWI) is a free-float-adjusted market-capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed and emerging markets. The MSCI ACWI consists of 46 country indexes comprising 23 developed and 23 emerging markets country indexes. The developed markets country indexes included are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The emerging markets country indexes included are Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI AC World Investable Market Index (MSCI ACWI IMI)
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) All Country World Investable Market Index (ACWI IMI) covers more than 9,000 securities across large, mid and small-cap size segments and across style and sector segments in 46 developed and emerging markets. The developed markets country indexes included are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The emerging markets country indexes included are Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) Large Cap Index
The MSCI ACWI Large Cap Index captures large cap representation across 23 Developed Markets (DM) and 23 Emerging Markets (EM) countries. With 1,175 constituents, the index covers about 70% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each country.

 

MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) Mid Cap Index
The MSCI ACWI Mid Cap Index captures mid cap representation across 23 Developed Markets (DM) and 23 Emerging Markets (EM) countries. With 1,302 constituents, the index covers approximately 15% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each country.

 

MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) Small Cap Index
The MSCI ACWI Small Cap Index captures small cap representation across 23 Developed Markets (DM) and 23 Emerging Markets (EM) countries. With 6,067 constituents, the index covers about 14% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each country.

 

MSCI EAFE Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) EAFE (Europe, Australasia, Far East) Index is a free-float-adjusted market-capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The MSCI EAFE Index consists of the following 21 developed markets country indexes: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Brazil Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Brazil Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Brazilian market. With 58 constituents, the index covers about 85% of the Brazilian equity universe. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Chile Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Chile Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Chilean market. With 19 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the Chile equity universe. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI China Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) China Index is a free-float-adjusted market-capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure equity market performance in China. You cannot invest directly in an index. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI China A Index
The MSCI China A Index captures large and mid cap representation across China securities listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Colombia Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Colombia Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Colombian market. With 9 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the Colombian equity universe. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Czech Republic Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Czech Republic Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Czech Republic market. With 4 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in Czech Republic. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Egypt Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Egypt Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Egyptian market. With 3 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the Eqypt equity universe. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Emerging Markets Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Emerging Markets Index is a free-float-adjusted market-capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of emerging markets. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index consists of the following 23 emerging markets country indexes: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Emerging Markets High Dividend Yield Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Emerging Markets High Dividend Yield Index is based on the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, its parent index. The index is designed to reflect the performance of equities in the parent index (excluding REITs) with higher dividend income and quality characteristics than average dividend yields that are both sustainable and persistent. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Emerging Markets Quality Tilt Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Emerging Markets Quality Tilt Index is based on MSCI Emerging Markets, its parent index, and aims to reflect the performance of a Quality strategy with high investment capacity. The MSCI Quality Tilt Indexes are created by including all the constituents in the Parent Index and tilting the market capitalization weights of securities, based on Quality Score. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Emerging Markets Value Index
The MSCI Emerging Markets Value Index captures large and mid cap securities exhibiting overall value style characteristics across 23 Emerging Markets (EM) countries. The value investment style characteristics for index construction are defined using three variables: book value to price, 12-month forward earnings to price and dividend yield. EM countries include: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Qatar, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Europe Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Europe Index is designed to represent the performance of large- and mid-cap equities across 15 developed markets. As of June 2017 it had more than 400 constituents and covered approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization across the European developed market equity universe. The index is built using MSCI’s Global Investable Market Index (GIMI) methodology, which is designed to take into account variations reflecting conditions across regions, market-cap segments, sectors and styles. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Greece Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Greece Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Greek market. With 9 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the Greece equity universe. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Hungary Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Hungary Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Hungarian market. With 3 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the Hungarian equity universe. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI India Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) India Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Indian market. With 76 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the Indian equity universe. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Indonesia Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Indonesia Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Indonesian market. With 31 constituents, the index covers about 85% of the Indonesian equity universe. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Japan Index
The MSCI Japan Index is a free float–adjusted market capitalization–weighted index of Japanese equities listed in Japan. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Korea Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Korea Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the South Korean market. With 107 constituents, the index covers about 85% of the Korean equity universe. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Malaysia Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Malaysia Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Malaysian market. With 43 constituents, the index covers about 85% of the Malaysian equity universe. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Mexico Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Mexico Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Mexican market. With 27 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in Mexico. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Peru Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Peru Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Peruvian market. With 3 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the Peruvian equity universe. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Philippines Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Philippines Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Philippines market. With 23 constituents, the index covers about 85% of the Philippines equity universe. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Poland Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Poland Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Polish market. With 22 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the Polish equity universe. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Qatar Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Qatar Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Qatari market. With 12 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in Qatar. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Russia Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Russia Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid- cap segments of the Russian market. With 21 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in Russia. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI South Africa Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) South Africa Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the South African market. With 54 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in South Africa. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Taiwan Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Taiwan Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Taiwan market. With 88 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in Taiwan. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Thailand Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Thailand Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Thailand market. With 36 constituents, the index covers about 85% of the Thailand equity universe. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI Turkey Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Turkey Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the Turkish market. With 24 constituents, the index covers about 85% of the equity universe in Turkey. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI United Arab Emirates Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) United Arab Emirates (UAE) Index is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the UAE market. With 10 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the UAE equity universe. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI United Kingdom Index
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) United Kingdom Index is a free-float-adjusted market-capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the performance of the large- and mid-cap segments of the U.K. market. With 111 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in the U.K. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI USA Minimum Volatility (USD) Index

The MSCI USA Minimum Volatility (USD) Index aims to reflect the performance characteristics of a minimum variance strategy applied to the large and mid cap USA equity universe. The index is calculated by optimizing the MSCI USA Index, its parent index, in USD for the lowest absolute risk (within a given set of constraints). Historically, the index has shown lower beta and volatility characteristics relative to the MSCI USA Index. The MSCI Minimum Volatility Indexes are designed to provide the lowest return variance for a given covariance matrix of stock returns. Each MSCI Minimum Volatility Index is calculated using Barra Optimizer to optimize a given MSCI parent index for the lowest absolute volatility with a certain set of constraints. These constraints help maintain index replicability and investability and include index turnover limits, for example, along with minimum and maximum constituent, sector and/or country weights relative to the parent index. Each Minimum Volatility Index is rebalanced (or is re-optimized) semi-annually in May and November. Indexes may also be optimized for various currencies.

 

MSCI World Index (Net)
The Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) World Index (Net) is a free-float-adjusted market-capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets. The MSCI World Index (Net) consists of the following 23 developed markets country indexes: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI World ex USA Index
The MSCI World ex USA Index captures large- and mid-cap representation across 22 of 23 developed markets countries—excluding the United States. With 1,022 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each country. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

MSCI World Consumer Staples Index
The MSCI World Consumer Staples Index is designed to capture the large and mid cap segments across 23 Developed Markets (DM) around the world. All securities in the index are classified in the Consumer Staples sector as per the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS®).

 

Russell 1000® Index
The Russell 1000® Index measures the performance of the 1,000 largest companies in the Russell 3000® Index, which represents approximately 92% of the total market capitalization of the Russell 3000 Index. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Russell 1000® Growth Index
The Russell 1000® Growth Index measures the performance of those Russell 1000 companies with higher price/book ratios and higher forecasted growth values. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Russell 1000® Value Index
The Russell 1000® Value Index measures the performance of those Russell 1000 companies with lower price/book ratios and lower forecasted growth values. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Russell 2000® Index
The Russell 2000® Index measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000® Index, which represents approximately 8% of the total market capitalization of the Russell 3000 Index. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Russell 2000® Growth Index
The Russell 2000® Growth Index measures the performance of those Russell 2000 companies with higher price/book ratios and higher forecasted growth values. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Russell 2000® Value Index
The Russell 2000® Value Index measures the performance of those Russell 2000 companies with lower price/book ratios and lower forecasted growth values. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Russell 3000® Index
The Russell 3000® Index measures the performance of the 3,000 largest U.S. companies based on total market capitalization, which represents approximately 98% of the investable U.S. equity market. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Russell 3000® Growth Index
The Russell 3000® Growth Index measures the performance of those Russell 3000® Index companies with higher price/book ratios and higher forecasted growth values. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Russell 3000® Value Index
The Russell 3000® Value Index measures the performance of those Russell 3000® Index companies with lower price/book ratios and lower forecasted growth values. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Russell Midcap® Index
The Russell Midcap® Index measures the performance of the 800 smallest companies in the Russell 1000® Index, which represent approximately 25% of the total market capitalization of the Russell 1000 Index. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Russell Midcap® Growth Index
The Russell Midcap® Growth Index measures the performance of those Russell Midcap companies with higher price/book ratios and higher forecasted growth values. The stocks are also members of the Russell 1000® Growth Index. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Russell Midcap® Value Index
The Russell Midcap®Value Index measures the performance of those Russell Midcap companies with lower price/book ratios and lower forecasted growth values. The stocks are also members of the Russell 1000® Value Index. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

St. Louis Fed Financial Stress Index
The St. Louis Fed Financial Stress Index measures the degree of financial stress in the markets and is constructed from 18 weekly data series: seven interest rate series, six yield spreads and five other indicators. Each of these variables captures some aspect of financial stress. Accordingly, as the level of financial stress in the economy changes, the data series are likely to move together.

 

Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500 Index)
The S&P 500 Index consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity, and industry group representation. It is a market-value-weighted index with each stock’s weight in the index proportionate to its market value. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

S&P 500 Consumer Discretionary Index
The S&P 500® Consumer Discretionary Index comprises those companies included in the S&P 500 that are classified as members of the GICS® consumer discretionary sector.

 

S&P 500 Consumer Staples Index
The S&P 500® Consumer Staples Index comprises those companies included in the S&P 500 that are classified as members of the GICS® consumer staples sector.

 

S&P 500 Energy Index
The S&P 500® Energy Index comprises those companies included in the S&P 500 that are classified as members of the GICS® energy sector.

 

S&P 500 Financials Index
The S&P 500® Financials Index comprises those companies included in the S&P 500 that are classified as members of the GICS® financials sector.

 

S&P 500 Health Care Index
The S&P 500® Heath Care Index comprises those companies included in the S&P 500 that are classified as members of the GICS® financials sector.

 

S&P 500 Industrials Index
The S&P 500® Industrials Index comprises those companies included in the S&P 500 that are classified as members of the GICS® industrials sector.

 

S&P 500 Information Technology Index
The S&P 500 Information Technology Index comprises those companies included in the S&P 500 that are classified as members of the GICS® information technology sector. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

S&P 500 Materials Index
The S&P 500® Materials Index comprises those companies included in the S&P 500 that are classified as members of the GICS® materials sector.

 

S&P 500 Real Estate Index
The S&P 500® Real Estate Index comprises those companies included in the S&P 500 that are classified as members of the GICS® real estate sector.

 

S&P 500 Telecommunication Services Index
The S&P 500 Telecommunication Services Index comprises those companies included in the S&P 500 that are classified as members of the GICS® telecommunication services sector.You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

S&P 500 Total Return Index
This index measures the S&P 500 Index’s total rate of return, including changes in the prices of S&P 500 Index-listed stocks, as well as their dividends, capital gains, and distributions. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

S&P 500 Utilities Index
The S&P 500 Utilities Index is a market-value-weighted index that measures the performance of all stocks within the utilities sector of the S&P 500 Index.  You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

S&P MidCap 400 Index
The S&P MidCap 400 Index measures the performance of the mid-size company segment of the U.S. market; this index is used by more than 95% of U.S. managers and pension plan sponsors. More than $25 billion is indexed to the S&P MidCap 400 Index. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

S&P SmallCap 600 Index
The S&P SmallCap 600 Index measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity market. It is a market-value weighted index. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Trade-Weighted U.S. Dollar Index
The Trade-weighted U.S. dollar index is a weighted average of the foreign exchange value of the U.S. dollar against a subset of the broad index currencies that circulate widely outside the country of issue. You cannot invest directly in an index.

 

Wilshire U.S. Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Index
The Wilshire US Real Estate Investment Trust Index (Wilshire U.S. REIT) measures U.S. publicly-traded real estate investment trusts and is a subset of the Wilshire U.S. Real Estate Securities Index (Wilshire U.S. RESI). Designed to offer a market-based index that is more reflective of real estate held by pension funds, these indexes are unencumbered by the limitations of other appraisal-based indexes. They can serve as proxies for direct real estate investing by excluding securities whose value is not always tied to the value of the underlying real estate. Exclusions include: mortgage REITs, net-lease REITs, real estate finance companies, mortgage brokers and bankers, commercial and residential real estate brokers, home builders, large landowners and sub-dividers of unimproved land, hybrid REITs, and timber REITs. The rationale for the exclusions listed is that factors other than real estate supply and demand, such as interest rates, influence the market value of these companies. You cannot invest directly in an index.