State Street Launches SPDR Education Center

State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) launched SPDR University, a Web site offering proprietary research and educational materials about exchange-traded products (ETPs), markets, portfolio strategies, and practice management for financial intermediaries.

The site ( provides financial advisers, registered investment advisers, and wealth managers with the opportunity to earn free continuing education (CE) credits to meet requirements for both Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) accreditation, according to a press release from SSgA, the investment management arm of State Street Corporation.

Ready-to-print client materials are available for distribution to non-investment professionals, SSgA said. The site also offers reports, whitepapers, multimedia presentations, and live webcasts on a broad range of topics such as:

  • ETFs: Are They Right For You?,
  • Best Practices For Discussing Risk,
  • Investing In China: A Growth Opportunity,
  • Eight Principles For Strategic Wealth Management, and
  • Separating Alpha and Beta.

’As the market for ETFs [exchange-traded funds] continues to grow, it is important for us as the market pioneer to continue to deliver innovative solutions that bring clarity to this evolving industry for financial professionals,’ said Gary MacDonald, Vice President at State Street Global Advisors.

Having unveiled the original SPDR (based on the S&P 500 Index), the world’s first and largest ETF in 1993, State Street said it manages $159 billion in ETF assets worldwide as of March 31.