The PowerShares VRDO Tax-Free Weekly Portfolio (Fund) is based on the Bloomberg US Municipal AMT-Free Weekly VRDO Index (Index). The Fund generally will invest at least 80% of its total assets in variable rate demand obligation (VRDO) bonds that are exempt from federal income tax with interest rates that reset weekly, which comprise the Underlying Index. The Index is comprised of municipal securities issued in the primary market as VRDOs.
VRDOs are floating-rate bonds that provide investors with tax-exempt income. VRDOs are generally purchased at par. When they are put back to an investment dealer, the investor generally receives par plus accrued interest. The Fund and the Index are rebalanced and reconstituted monthly.
as of 12/31/2014 12/31/2014
|YTD||1 Year||3 Year||5 Year||10 Year||Fund Inception|
|Index History (%)|
|Bloomberg US Municipal AMT-Free Weekly VRDO Index||0.06||0.06||0.12||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Barclays Municipal 1 Year Index||0.58||0.58||0.74||0.99||2.20||1.94|
|Fund History (%)|
|After Tax Held||-0.12||-0.12||0.01||0.18||N/A||0.81|
|After Tax Sold||-0.07||-0.07||0.02||0.19||N/A||0.82|
|Fund Market Price||-0.12||-0.12||-0.02||0.18||N/A||0.82|
Market returns are based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at 4 p.m. ET and do not represent the returns an investor would receive if shares were traded at other times. Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be higher or lower than performance data quoted. After-tax returns reflect the highest federal income tax rate but exclude state and local taxes. Fund performance reflects fee waivers, absent which, performance data quoted would have been lower. After Tax Held and After Tax Sold are based on NAV. Returns less than one year are cumulative.
Growth of $10,000
Data beginning Fund inception and ending 12/31/2014. Fund performance shown at NAV.
Bloomberg US Municipal AMT-Free Weekly VRDO Index* performance prior to 8/5/2010 reflects that of the original Underlying Index Thomson Municipal Market Data VRDO Index. From 8/5/2010, forward, the Index performance reflects that of the Underlying Index Bloomberg US Municipal AMT-Free Weekly VRDO Index AND IS NOT INTENDED FOR ANY THIRD PARTY USE.
An investor cannot invest directly in an index. The results assume that no cash was added to or assets withdrawn from the Index. Index returns do not represent Fund returns. The Index does not charge management fees or brokerage expenses, nor does the Index lend securities, and no revenues from securities lending were added to the performance shown.
Quality Allocations† as of 02/27/2015
|AAA : 28%||Aaa : 10%|
|AA : 43%||Aa : 61%|
|A : 17%||A : 20%|
|BBB : 0%||Baa : 2%|
|Not Rated : 13%||Not Rated : 8%|
as of 02/27/2015 Maturity
|Years||% of Fund|
|0 - 1 years||7.12|
|1 - 5 years||1.65|
|5 - 10 years||16.20|
|10 - 15 years||30.79|
|15 - 20 years||24.86|
|20 - 25 years||15.43|
|25 years and over||3.95|
as of 02/27/2015Top Fixed-Income Holdings | View All
|Holding Name||Coupon Rate||Maturity Date||Next Call Date||S&P / Moody's Rating†||Weight|
|City of Colorado Springs CO Utilities System Revenue||0.22%||11/01/2036||02/26/2015||AA/Aa2||8.83%|
|Public Building Authority of Sevier County TN/The||0.02%||06/01/2026||02/26/2015||NR/Aa1||8.39%|
|Southern California Public Power Authority||0.02%||07/01/2023||03/04/2015||AA/Aa3||7.22%|
|University of Michigan||0.03%||04/01/2032||02/26/2015||AAA/Aaa||6.71%|
|Abag Finance Authority for Nonprofit Corps||0.02%||08/01/2024||02/26/2015||AAA/Aa2||5.16%|
|County of Emery UT||0.02%||07/01/2015||03/02/2015||A+/Aa3||5.16%|
|County of Luzerne PA||0.65%||11/15/2026||02/26/2015||AA/A2||5.16%|
|Maryland Health & Higher Educational Facilities Authority||0.02%||07/01/2034||02/26/2015||AA-/Aa3||5.16%|
|Orange County School Board||0.03%||08/01/2025||02/26/2015||A/Aa2||4.75%|
|Waco Educational Finance Corp||0.02%||02/01/2032||02/26/2015||AAA/NR||4.75%|
Holdings are subject to change and are not buy/sell recommendations.
Distributions | View All | Distribution Information
|Ex-Date||Record Date||Pay Date||$/
|Ordinary Income||Short Term Gains||Long Term Gains||Return of Capital|
Dividends from net investment income, if any, are declared and paid either quarterly or monthly, depending on the Fund. For Funds on a quarterly dividend payment cycle, the dividend ex-date is generally the third Friday of each March, June, September and December, payable the last business day of the month. For Funds on a monthly dividend payment cycle, the dividend ex-date is generally the 15th of each month, payable the last business day of the month.
The fund distributes its net realized capital gains, if any, to shareholders annually. Prior to paying a distribution of net investment income, the fund has the ability to invest cash generated from investment income into additional securities or money market instruments.
Distributions in cash may be reinvested automatically in additional whole shares of the fund only if the broker through whom you purchased shares makes such option available. Shareholders of the fund may contact their broker to determine the availability and costs of the service and the details of participation. Brokers may require shareholders to adhere to specific procedures and timetables. If this service is available and used, dividend distributions of both income and realized gains will be automatically reinvested in additional whole shares of the fund purchased in the secondary market.Taxes on Distributions
In general, your distributions are subject to federal income tax when they are paid, whether you take them in cash or reinvest them in the Fund. Dividends paid out of the Fund’s income and net short-term gains, if any, are taxable as ordinary income. Distributions of net long-term capital gains, if any, in excess of net short-term capital losses are taxable as long-term capital gains, regardless of how long you have held the Shares. Dividends from net investment income, if any, are declared and paid quarterly. The Fund may also pay a special distribution at the end of the calendar year to comply with federal tax requirements.
Under the provisions of the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 (the “2003 Tax Act”), long-term capital gains tax rates have generally been reduced for individuals to a maximum of 15% for taxable years beginning before January 1, 2009. In addition, some ordinary dividends declared and paid by the Fund to individual shareholders may qualify for taxation at the lower reduced tax rates applicable to long-term capital gains, provided that holding period and other requirements are met by the Fund and the shareholder.
Distributions in excess of the Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits are treated as a tax-free return of capital to the extent of your basis in the Shares, and as capital gain thereafter. A distribution will reduce the Fund’s net asset value per Share and may be taxable to you as ordinary income or capital gain even though, from an investment standpoint, the distribution may constitute a return of capital.
By law, the Fund must withhold a percentage of your distributions and proceeds if you have not provided a taxpayer identification number or social security number. The backup withholding rate is currently 28%.
Frequency Distribution of Discounts & Premiums
|Bid/Ask MidPoint Above NAV||Bid/Ask Midpoint Below NAV|
|Year Ended 2014||252||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Fund Inception: 11/15/2007
Shareholders may pay more than net asset value when they buy Fund shares and receive less than net asset value when they sell those shares, because shares are bought and sold at current market prices. Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results.
Risk & Other Information
†Credit ratings are assigned by Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations based on assessment of the credit worthiness of the underlying bond issuers. The ratings range from AAA (highest) to D (lowest) and are subject to change. Not rated indicates the debtor was not rated, and should not be interpreted as indicating low quality. Futures and other derivatives are not eligible for assigned credit ratings by any NRSRO and are excluded from quality allocations. For more information on rating methodologies, please visit the following NRSRO websites: standardandpoors.com and select "Understanding Ratings" under Rating Resources and moodys.com and select "Rating Methodologies" under Research and Ratings.
There are risks involved with investing in ETFs, including possible loss of money. Shares are not actively managed and are subject to risks similar to those of stocks, including those regarding short selling and margin maintenance requirements. Ordinary brokerage commissions apply. The Fund's return may not match the return of the Underlying Index.
The Fund's underlying securities may be subject to call risk, which may result in the Fund having to reinvest the proceeds at lower interest rates, resulting in a decline in the Fund's income.
There is no guarantee that the Fund's income will be exempt from federal or state income taxes.
The Fund's use of a representative sampling approach will result in its holding a smaller number of securities than are in the underlying Index, and may be subject to greater volatility.
Municipal insurance doesn't protect against losses in the fund.
Municipal securities may be affected by political changes as well as uncertainties in the municipal market related to taxation, legislative changes or the rights of municipal security holders. The market for municipal bonds may also be less liquid than for taxable bonds.
The Fund currently intends to effect creations and redemptions principally for cash, rather than principally in-kind because of the nature of the Fund's investments. As such, investments in the Fund may be less tax efficient than investments in ETFs that create and redeem in-kind.
There may not be an active secondary market with respect to particular variable rate instruments in which the Fund invests, which could make it difficult for the Fund to dispose of a variable rate instrument if the issuer and/or the Remarketing Agent defaulted on its payment obligation or during periods that the Fund is not entitled to exercise its demand rights, and the Fund could, for these or other reasons, suffer a loss with respect to such instruments.
Investments in fixed-income securities, such as notes and bonds, carry interest rate and credit risk. Interest rate risk refers to the risk that bond prices generally fall as interest rates rise and vice versa. Credit risk is the risk of loss on an investment due to the deterioration of an issuer's financial health. Due to anticipated Federal Reserve Board policy changes, there is a risk that interest rates will rise in the near future.
The Barclays Municipal 1 Year Index is an unmanaged index of municipal bonds with a remaining maturity of 1-2 years. The Thomson Municipal Market Data VRDO Index is designed to track the performance of a pool of tax-exempt Variable Rate Demand Obligations (VRDOs) issued by municipalities in the United States on which the yields generally reset on a weekly basis.
The Bloomberg US Municipal AMT-Free Weekly VRDO Index is a trademark and service mark of Bloomberg and has been licensed for use by the Adviser. Bloomberg is not affiliated with the Adviser or the PowerShares VRDO Tax-Free Weekly Portfolio. Bloomberg does not: (i) approve, endorse, review or recommend the Adviser or the PowerShares VRDO Tax-Free Weekly Portfolio, (ii) guarantee the correctness or completeness of the Bloomberg US Municipal AMT-Free Weekly VRDO Index or other information furnished in connection with the Bloomberg US Municipal AMT-Free Weekly VRDO Index, (iii) warrant, expressly or impliedly, the results to be obtained by the Adviser, the Adviser's customers, owners of the PowerShares VRDO Tax-Free Weekly Portfolio, or any other person or entity from the use of the Bloomberg US Municipal AMT-Free Weekly VRDO Index or any data included therein.