ProShares Launches First Breakeven Inflation ETFs


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Bethesda, MD, January 12, 2012—ProShares, the country's fourth most successful exchange traded fund (ETF) company,1 today announced the launch of ProShares 30 Year TIPS/TSY Spread (NYSE: RINF) and ProShares Short 30 Year TIPS/TSY Spread (NYSE: FINF), the first ETFs designed to provide exposure to breakeven inflation,2 a widely followed measure of inflation expectations. The ETFs list on NYSE Arca today.

The two new ProShares ETFs are:

  • RINF—seeks to match the performance of the Dow Jones Credit Suisse 30-Year Inflation Breakeven Index, before fees and expenses.
  • FINF—seeks to provide the inverse of the daily performance of the Dow Jones Credit Suisse 30-Year Inflation Breakeven Index, before fees and expenses.

"Many investors are focused on inflation and closely follow breakeven inflation, a common yardstick for inflation expectations," said Michael L. Sapir, Chairman and CEO of ProShare Advisors LLC, ProShares' investment advisor. "We are pleased to offer investors the first ETFs linked to this important economic indicator."

Breakeven inflation aims to isolate the market's expectation of inflation implied by the difference in yields between Treasury Inflation Protected Security (TIPS) and Treasury bonds. The Dow Jones Credit Suisse 30-Year Inflation Breakeven Index tracks the returns of a long position in 30-year TIPS and a short position in Treasury bonds.3,4

About ProShares

ProShares is the country's fourth most successful exchange traded fund (ETF) company,1 with 128 funds and nearly $23 billion in assets.5 ProShares' lineup includes the largest family of geared (leveraged and inverse) ETFs.6 ProShare Advisors and ProShare Capital Management are affiliated with ProFund Advisors, which was founded in 1997. Together, they manage more than $26 billion in ETF and mutual fund assets.5

Media contact:

Tucker Hewes, Hewes Communications, Inc., (212) 207-9451, tucker@hewescomm.com

Investor contact:

ProShares, (866) 776-5125, ProShares.com

Jan 12, 2012
 

1 Source: Financial Research Corporation, based on analysis of organic net sales of U.S. exchange traded products (as of 6/30/2011). Includes products launched by their current management company; excludes products acquired through purchase or merger.
2 The spread difference in yield between Treasurys and TIPS (Treasury yield minus TIPS yield) is commonly referred to as "breakeven inflation" (BEI) or the "breakeven inflation rate" and is considered to be one measure of the market’s expectation for inflation over a defined period of time.
3 Treasury bonds with the closest maturity to the 30-year TIPS.
4 The index is designed to be a measure of the market’s annualized inflation expectations in the United States over the next 30 years.
5 Assets as of 12/31/2011.
6 Source: Lipper, based on a worldwide analysis of all known providers of funds in these categories. The analysis covered ETFs and ETNs by the number of funds and assets (as of 6/30/2011).