|Fund Stats as of 03/28/2017|
|Fund Type||Exchange Traded Fund|
|Last Trade Price||$25.78|
|Total Net Assets||$101,919,407|
|Total Market Value||$101,925,255|
|Expenses as of 03/31/2016|
|Total Operating Expenses||0.50%|
|Statement of Additional Information|
|Quarterly Fact Sheet|
The ALPS Medical Breakthroughs ETF invests in the public equity markets of the United States. It invests in the stocks of companies operating in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. The fund invests in stocks of mid cap and small cap companies with a market capitalization of no less than $200 million and no more than $5 billion. It seeks to replicate the performance of the Poliwogg Medical Breakthroughs Index, by investing in the stocks of companies as per their weightings in the index.
The Fund seeks investment results that correspond (before fees and expenses) generally to the performance of its underlying index, the Poliwogg Medical Breakthroughs Index (ticker symbol PMBI) (the "Underlying Index").
The Fund employs a "passive management" – or indexing – investment approach designed to track the performance of the Underlying Index. The Underlying Index is comprised of small- and mid-cap stocks of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies that have one or more drugs in either Phase II or Phase III U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") clinical trials. In a Phase II trial, the drug is administered to a group of 100-300 people to see if it is effective and to evaluate its safety. In a Phase III trial, the drug is given to a larger group, between 500-3,000 people, to confirm its effectiveness, monitor side effects, compare it to commonly used treatments and collect information that will allow the drug or treatment to be used safely. Stocks selected for inclusion in the Underlying Index must be listed on a U.S. stock exchange. Underlying Index constituents must have a market capitalization of no less than $200 million and no more than $5 billion. Stocks included in the Underlying Index must also sustain an average daily trading volume in excess of $1 million for the 90-day period preceding an Underlying Index reconstitution. Constituents must be able to sustain the monthly rates at which they use shareholder capital ("cash burn rates") for at least 24 months.
The Underlying Index is reconstituted semi-annually on the third Fridays of June and December. The stocks in the Underlying Index are reviewed and rebalanced on the third Friday of the last month of each calendar quarter. The Underlying Index uses a modified capitalization weighting methodology, meaning components are weighted according to the total market value of their outstanding shares, which is not adjusted for the number of shares available for trading ("float"). The index weight of the largest stock is capped at 4.5%, and the excess weight is redistributed proportionately over the remainder of the Underlying Index. Share weights are based on prices as of the close of trading on the Thursday prior to the second Friday of the rebalancing month. In addition to the scheduled quarterly reviews, the Underlying Index is reviewed on an ongoing basis.
The Fund will normally invest at least 80% of its net assets in securities that comprise the Underlying Index (or depositary receipts based on such securities). Under normal conditions, the Fund generally will invest in all of the securities that comprise the Underlying Index in proportion to their weightings in the Underlying Index; however, under various circumstances, it may not be possible or practicable to purchase all of the securities in the Underlying Index in those weightings. In those circumstances, the Fund may purchase a sample of the securities in the Underlying Index or utilize various combinations of other available investment techniques in seeking performance which corresponds to the performance of the Underlying Index.