About the Fund
The Sustainable North American Oil Sands ETF (SNDS on NYSE Arca) is the first US-listed ETF dedicated to investing in the largest source of crude oil outside of OPEC nations, Canada’s Oil Sands (Source: World Energy Outlook, 2011, www.iea.org). The fund invests in companies that cover all aspects of extracting Canada’s Oil Sands and getting them to market. The companies in the fund are large cap and highly liquid and include companies based in Asia, Canada, Europe and America.
About the Index
The index is designed to measure the performance of companies whose operations in the North American oil sands include oil exploration, production, refinement, marketing, storage, transportation, provision of equipment and/or provision of services. The number of constituents can range between 25 and 40 depending on market depth. The constituents are equal weighted and must pass minimum market capitalization and liquidity levels each quarter.
About Mr. Derek Gates
Derek Gates has been in the financial services industry since 1992 with experience in banking, investment advisory and portfolio management. In 2004, he created the Oil Sands Sector Index® while working as a portfolio manager for high net worth investors. The index attracted investor attention and was licensed for an ETF in Jan 2006, followed by an ETF in Oct 2006 and a Euro-based Investment certificate in Mar 2007. Derek is currently President of Sustainable Wealth Management Ltd., a Calgary, Alberta-based index provider and is the founding member of SWM Index LLC, a Houston-based company.
Carefully consider the Fund's investment objectives, risk factors, charges and expenses before investing. This and additional information can be found in the Fund's prospectus, which may be obtained by visiting swmetfs.com. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.
Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. International investments may involve risk of capital loss from unfavorable fluctuation in currency values, from differences in generally accepted accounting principles, or from economic or political instability in other nations. Companies in the energy and oil sectors develop and produce crude oil and provide drilling and other energy resources production and distribution related services. Stock prices for these types of companies are affected by supply and demand both for their specific product or service and for energy products in general. The price of oil, exploration and production spending, government regulation, world events and economic conditions will likewise affect the performance of these companies. Correspondingly, securities of companies in the energy sector are subject to swift price and supply fluctuations caused by events relating to international politics, energy conservation, success of exploration projects, and tax and other governmental regulatory policies. Weak demand for the companies' products or services or for energy products and services in general, as well as negative developments in the energy sector generally, would adversely impact the Fund's performance. Certain oil and energy companies can be significantly affected by natural disasters as well as changes in exchange rates, interest rates, government regulation, world events and economic conditions. These companies may be at risk for environmental damage claims. Oils sands reserves produce what is sometimes referred to as synthetic crude oil, to be distinguished from conventional crude oil produced from traditional oil reserves. The marketability of synthetic crude oil is affected by many of the same factors that affect conventional crude oil and the energy sector in general including, but not limited to, market fluctuations of prices and government regulation. However, because operating costs to produce synthetic crude oil from oil sands may be substantially higher than operating costs to produce conventional crude oil, an increase in such costs or a reduction in the price of synthetic crude oil or competing products may render mining resources from oil sands uneconomical. A significant decrease in the price of conventional crude oil may have a negative impact on the economic viability of oil sands projects. The fund invests in the energy industry, which entails greater risk and volatility. The Fund is non-diversified. There is no guarantee that income will be paid.
Exchange Traded Concepts, LLC serves as the investment advisor, and Index Management Solutions, LLC serves as a sub advisor to the fund. The Funds are distributed by SEI Investments Distribution Co., which is not affiliated with Exchange Traded Concepts, LLC or any of its affiliates. SNAOS Indexes have been licensed for use by Exchange Traded Concepts, LLC. SWM Funds are not sponsored, endorsed, issued, sold, or promoted by SNAOS, nor does this company make any representations regarding the advisability of investing in the SWM Funds.
Index data source: SNAOS Index.