The PowerShares Financial Preferred Portfolio (Fund) is based on the Wells Fargo® Hybrid and Preferred Securities Financial Index (WHPSF Index). The Fund generally will invest at least 90% of its total assets in preferred securities of financial institutions that comprise the Index. The Index is a market capitalization weighted index designed to track the performance of preferred securities traded in the US market by financial institutions. The Index is composed of preferred securities with either fixed or floating rate dividends issued by financial institutions that have received an industrial sector classification of "financial" from the Bloomberg Professional Service. The Fund and the Index are rebalanced and reconstituted monthly.
Effective March 31, 2014, the methodology of the Wells Fargo® Hybrid & Preferred Securities Financial Index, the underlying index of the PowerShares Financial Preferred Portfolio, changed. Please see the prospectus for further details.
as of 12/31/2014 12/31/2014
|YTD||1 Year||3 Year||5 Year||10 Year||Fund Inception|
|Index History (%)|
|S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index||14.07||14.07||10.55||8.96||N/A||4.81|
|Fund History (%)|
|After Tax Held||11.08||11.08||9.01||7.78||N/A||2.11|
|After Tax Sold||7.86||7.86||8.10||7.29||N/A||2.71|
|Fund Market Price||14.48||14.48||10.98||9.30||N/A||3.45|
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 $10,000
Data beginning Fund inception and ending 12/31/2014. Fund performance shown at NAV.
An investor cannot invest directly in an index. The results assume that no cash was added to or assets withdrawn from the Index. Index returns do not represent Fund returns. The Index does not charge management fees or brokerage expenses, nor does the Index lend securities, and no revenues from securities lending were added to the performance shown.
Quality Allocations† as of 03/27/2015
|A : 2%||A : 0%|
|BBB : 53%||Baa : 47%|
|BB : 39%||Ba : 44%|
|B : 6%||B : 7%|
|CCC : 0%||Caa : 1%|
|Not Rated : 0%||Not Rated : 0%|
as of 03/27/2015Top Fixed-Income Holdings | View All
|Holding Name||Coupon Rate||Maturity Date||Next Call Date||S&P / Moody's Rating†||Weight|
|HSBC Holdings PLC||8.00%||12/31/2049||12/15/2015||BBB-/Baa2||7.24%|
|Barclays Bank PLC||8.12%||12/31/2049||06/15/2015||BB/Ba2||3.99%|
|ING Groep NV||7.38%||12/31/2049||07/15/2015||BB/Ba1||3.85%|
|Wells Fargo & Co||8.00%||12/31/2049||12/15/2017||BBB/Baa3||3.41%|
|PNC Financial Services Group Inc/The||6.12%||12/31/2049||05/01/2022||BBB-/Baa3||3.08%|
|HSBC Holdings PLC||8.12%||12/31/2049||04/27/2015||BBB-/Baa2||2.52%|
|Wells Fargo & Co||5.85%||12/31/2049||09/15/2023||BBB/Baa3||2.32%|
|ING Groep NV||6.38%||12/31/2049||06/15/2015||BB/Ba1||2.13%|
Holdings are subject to change and are not buy/sell recommendations.
Distributions | View All | Distribution Information
|Ex-Date||Record Date||Pay Date||$/
|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||1||0||0||0||0||0|
Fund Inception: 12/01/2006
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 is considered non-diversified and may be subject to greater risks than a diversified fund.
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.
Investments focused in a particular industry or sector, such as the financial sector are subject to greater risk, and are more greatly impacted by market volatility, than more diversified investments.
Certain of the companies that comprise the Underlying Index, while traded on U.S. exchanges, may be issued by foreign financial institutions. Therefore, the Fund may be subject to the risks of investing in securities issued by foreign companies.
High-yield securities have additional risks, including interest-rate changes, decreased market liquidity and a larger amount of outstanding debt than investment grade securities.
Preferred securities may be less liquid than many other securities, and in certain circumstances, an issuer of preferred securities may redeem the securities prior to a specified date.
Securities lending involves a risk of loss because the borrower may fail to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. If a Fund is unable to recover the securities loaned, it may sell the collateral and purchase a replacement security in the market. Lending securities entails a risk of loss to the Funds if and to the extent that the market value of the loaned securities increases and the collateral is not increased accordingly.
Investing in securities of small and medium-sized companies may involve greater risk than is customarily associated with investing in large companies.
Variable and floating-rate securities may be subject to liquidity risk, meaning that there may be limitations on the Fund's ability to sell the securities at any given time. Due to these securities' variable- or floating-rate features, there can be no guarantee that they will pay a certain level of a dividend, and such securities generally will pay lower levels of income in a falling interest rate environment.
The S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index is an unmanaged index consisting of U.S.-listed preferred stocks.
The Fund is not sponsored, issued or advised by Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, to Fund investors or any member of the public regarding the performance of the Fund's Index or this Fund or the ability of any data supplied by Wells Fargo to track the performance of the securities referenced by the Fund's Index. Wells Fargo's only relationship to the Adviser is the licensing of certain trademarks and trade names of Wells Fargo and of the data supplied by Wells Fargo that is determined, composed and calculated by Wells Fargo without regard to this Fund or its common shares. Wells Fargo has no obligation to take the needs of the Fund into consideration when determining, composing or calculating the data. Wells Fargo has no obligation or liability in connection with the administration, marketing or trading of this Fund.