SSgA Launches First International Inflation-Protected Bond ETF

State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), the investment management arm of State Street Corporation, announced that the SPDR DB International Government Inflation-Protected Bond ETF (Ticker: WIP) began trading on the American Stock Exchange (Amex) on March 19, 2008.

The SPDR DB International Government Inflation-Protected Bond ETF seeks to track the DB Global Government ex-US Inflation-Linked Bond Capped Index, which includes 120 inflation-indexed bonds from 18 developed and emerging countries outside of the US. To be included in the Index, bonds must be capital-indexed and linked to an eligible inflation index; have at least one year remaining to maturity at the Index rebalancing date; have a fixed, step-up, or zero notional coupon; and settle on or before the Index rebalancing date.

The Fund’s expense ratio is 0.50 percent.

“Demand for international inflation-linked bond exposure has increased significantly in recent years as investors look to improve the risk-return profile of their portfolios by hedging against inflation and US dollar exposure while improving diversification,’ said James Ross, senior managing director at State Street, in a company announcement.

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