POWERSHARES DB AGRICULTURE FUND just came out with a new prospectus, available here. This is an SEC requirement for firms looking to issue certain types of securities. An excerpt of the prospectus is provided below:
Proceeds of the offering of the Shares are used by the Fund to engage in the trading of exchange-traded futures on its Index Commodities with a view to tracking the changes, positive or negative, in the level of the Index over time, less the expenses of the operations of the Fund. The Fund holds a portfolio of futures contracts on the Index Commodities and United States Treasury Securities for deposit with the Funds Commod ity Broker as margin and United States Treasury Securities, cash and money market mutual funds (affiliated or otherwise) on deposit with the Custodian (for cash management purposes). Additionally, the Fund gains an exposure to United States Treasury Securities with a maximum remaining maturity of up to 12 months through its holdings of T-Bill ETFs (affiliated or otherwise). Such holdings of T-Bill ETFs are also on deposit with the Custodian (for cash management purposes) and may be held by the Funds Commodity Broker as margin, to the extent permissible under CFTC rules. Approximately 11% of the Funds NAV is required to be posted as collateral with respect to its holdings of futures contracts on the Index Commodities as of January 31, 2017. Collateral requirements are initially set by the applicable futures exchanges. The Commodity Broker applies an additional collateral requirement based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to, volatility, concentration, percentage of open interest, and position size with respect to the futures contracts on the Index Commodities. For purposes of calculating the approximate percentage of the Funds NAV that was posted as collateral, the Funds aggregate assets under management reflected the sum of the Funds holdings of Treasury Securities, money market mutual funds, T-Bill ETFs, cash and the value of the futures contracts on the Index Commodities that have been marked to market as of January 31, 2017.
The Fund trades exchange-traded futures contracts on the commodities comprising the DBIQ Diversified Agriculture Index Excess Return, or the Index, with a view to tracking the Index over time. The Index, which is comprised of one or more underlying commodities, or Index Commodities, is intended to reflect the agricultural sector. The Index Commodities consist of Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Kansas City Wheat, Sugar, Cocoa, Coffee, Cotton, Live Cattle, Feeder Cattle and Lean Hogs.
To the extent that the Fund trades in futures contracts on United States exchanges, the assets deposited by the Fund with its Commodity Broker as
The above information was disclosed in a filing to the SEC. To see the filing, click here.
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