Before considering an investment in the Fund, you should understand that you could lose money.
The performance of the Underlying Index and the Fund may deviate from that of the markets the Underlying Index seeks to track due to changes that are reflected in the sector more quickly than the quarterly rebalancing process can track. Securities in the Underlying Index or in the Fund’s portfolio may also underperform in comparison to the general securities markets. The strategy used by the Advisor to match the performance of the Underlying Index may fail to produce the intended results.
When the Fund invests in foreign markets, it will be subject to risk of loss not typically associated with domestic markets. Loss may result because of less foreign government regulation, lesspublic information and less economic, political and social stability. Loss may also result from the imposition of exchange controls, confiscations and other governmental restrictions.
Investments in equity securities are particularly subject to the risk of changing economic, stock market, industry, and company conditions and the risks inherent in the portfolio managers’ ability to anticipate such changes that can adversely affect the value of the Fund’s holdings. Opportunity for greater gain often comes with greater risk of loss.
IQ 500 International Index selects and weights securities utilizing a rules-based methodology incorporating three fundamental factors: sales, market share, and operating margin. The top 500 securities, based on the composite rank, are included in the Index.
MSCI EAFE® Index consists of international stocks representing the developed world outside of North America.
An investment cannot be made directly into an index.
The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance (this does not include the effects of sales charges, loads, and redemption fees). The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.
R-Squared measures the percentage of a fund's movements that result from movements in the index.
Price/Earnings Ratio is a valuation of a company's current share price compared to its per-share earnings and is not intended to demonstrate growth or income.
Standard Deviation measures how widely dispersed a fund's returns have been over a specified period of time. A high standard deviation indicates that the range is wide, implying greater potential for volatility.
Shares are bought and sold at market price (not NAV) and are not individually redeemed from the Fund. Total Returns are calculated using the daily 4:00 pm ET net asset value (NAV). Since May 31, 2016, the price used to calculate the market price returns ("MP") is the mean between the day's last bid and ask prices on the fund's primary exchange. Any market price returns prior to May 31, 2016 were calculated using the day's closing price on the fund's primary exchange. The market price returns do not represent returns an investor would receive if shares were traded at other times.
Fund shares are not individually redeemable and will be issued and redeemed at their NAV only through certain authorized broker-dealers in large, specified blocks of shares called "creation units", and otherwise, can be bought and sold only through exchange trading. Creation units are issued and redeemed principally in-kind.