ClearBridge Dividend Strategy ESG ETF (YLDE) is an actively managed strategy that seeks attractive income growth and capital appreciation over time by seeking to invest in dividend paying stocks with positive ESG attributes.
- YLDE may benefit investors targeting dividend income, growth of dividend income and long-term capital appreciation—along with engaged, impactful investing—all in an active, tax-efficient structure.
- Targets compelling dividends. Seeks companies with the potential to pay a rising stream of dividends.
- Fosters engaged, impactful investing. Allows investors to simultaneously pursue financial return and social good.
- Access to a proven approach in an active, tax-efficient structure with low minimum investment.
- To start, large-cap companies with compelling dividends that have been growing are evaluated for strong balance sheets, dominant market positions and potential for dividend growth through innovative products and services. Select from these candidates those with attractive valuations.
- Favor companies that promote best practices when it comes to the environment, social issues and corporate governance.
- Re-examine a current holding when fundamentals decline, full value is reached or there is a significant negative change in the company’s environmental/social/governance performance.
MEET YOUR MANAGERS
With a legacy dating back over 50 years, ClearBridge Investments is a leading global equity manager committed to delivering differentiated long-term results through authentic active management.
John Baldi (industry since 1998), Michael Clarfeld, CFA (industry since 2000), Mary Jane McQuillen, Head of the Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Investment Program at ClearBridge (industry since 1997) and Peter Vanderlee, CFA (industry since 1999) are co-managers of your Portfolio.
ClearBridge Investments offers institutional and individual investors a variety of traditional and alternative equity strategies. With an investment heritage dating back over 50 years, ClearBridge offers distinctive manager insights and proprietary fundamental research.
Managing Director, Portfolio Manager
Michael Clarfeld, CFA
Managing Director, Portfolio Manager
Mary Jane McQuillen
Managing Director, Head of Environmental, Social and Governance Investment, Portfolio Manager
Peter Vanderlee, CFA
Managing Director, Portfolio Manager
What I Should Know
Equity securities are subject to price fluctuation and possible loss of principal. In addition to investments in large-capitalization companies, investments may be made in small-cap and mid-cap companies which involve a higher degree of risk and volatility than investments in larger, more established companies. Dividends may fluctuate and a company may reduce or eliminate its dividend at any time. Investments may also be made in depository receipts and other securities of non-U.S. companies in developed and emerging markets which involve risks in addition to those ordinarily associated with investing in domestic securities, including the potentially negative effects of currency fluctuation, political and economic developments, foreign taxation and differences in auditing and other financial standards. These risks are magnified in emerging markets. The fund’s environmental social and governance (ESG) investment strategy may limit the types and number of investment opportunities available to the fund and, as a result, may underperform funds that are not subject to such criteria. The managers may sometimes hold significant portions of portfolio assets in cash equivalents while waiting for buying opportunities. Active management and diversification do not ensure gains or protect against market declines.
Performance shown represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than the original cost. The NAV return is based on the NAV of the Fund and effective July 1, 2020, market price returns typically will be based upon the official closing price of the ETF’s shares. Prior to July 1, 2020, market price returns generally were based upon the mid-point between the bid and ask on the Fund’s principal trading market when the Fund’s NAV was determined, which was typically 4:00 p.m. Eastern time (US). Market price performance reported for periods prior to July 1, 2020 will continue to reflect market prices calculated based upon the mid-point between the bid and ask on the Fund’s principal trading market typically as of 4:00 p.m. Eastern time (US). These returns do not represent investors’ returns had they traded shares at other times. Performance figures for periods shorter than one year represent cumulative figures and are notannualized.
Shareholders may pay more than net asset value when they buy Fund shares and receive less than net asset value when they sell those shares, because shares are bought and sold at current market prices.
*Distribution rate is calculated by annualizing the most recent distribution amount paid, excluding special distributions, divided by the closing market price or NAV.
**Gross expenses are the Fund's total annual operating expenses. There are currently no fee waivers in effect, so gross and net expenses are identical. The Gross and Net Expenses listed include 0.01 of Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses ("AFFE") that are required to be shown in the Fund's prospectus. AFFE reflects the Fund's pro rata share of fees and expenses relating to its investments in acquired funds; however, AFFE are not incurred directly by the Fund. Therefore, AFFE are not reflected in the Fund's audited financial statements or financial highlights.
IMPORTANT HOLDINGS INFORMATION: Portfolio holdings are based on total portfolio, and are subject to change at any time. Holdings are provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as a recommendation to purchase or sell any security. Any negative allocations or allocations in excess of 100% are primarily due to unsettled trade activities.
Distributions are not guaranteed and are subject to change.
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When the value of a fund holding increases, the fund has an unrealized capital gain until the fund sells or otherwise disposes of the holding. Upon disposition of the appreciated holding, the fund realizes the gain. Under U.S. tax laws, during its taxable year, a fund must distribute all capital gains that it has realized from the disposition of fund holdings, net of realized losses, so the fund will not be subject to an entity level income tax.
Consequently, a fund’s capital gain distribution in a particular year is a result of the disposition of holdings that may have appreciated in value, perhaps during prior years when the fund’s returns were positive. To the extent that a fund has long-term capital gains that exceed current period and deferred short-term capital losses from a prior year, a fund may have distributable gains that will be distributed to shareholders. Such gains would be distributed to shareholders as a long-term capital gain distribution no matter how long the shareholder has owned shares in the mutual fund.
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