Filed Pursuant To Rule 433
Registration No. 333-217785
April 25, 2019
Case Study CONSTRUCTING PORTFOLIOS WITH SPDR® GOLD SHARES (GLD®)
Case Study | Constructing Portfolios with SPDR® Gold Shares (GLD®) Strategic Allocation to GLD in a Global Multi-Asset Portfolio A recent paper, A Case for Global Diversification: Harnessing the Global Multi-Asset Market Portfolio by State Street Global Advisors Investment Solutions Group (ISG),1 examined the global investable opportunity set and its implications for investors. They defined the Global Multi-Asset Market Portfolio (GMP) as the portfolio consisting of all investable capital assets, where the proportion invested in each asset corresponds to that assets market value divided by the sum of the market value of all assets in the portfolio. It is the sum of all investors holdings and a de facto proxy for the investable opportunity set available to all investors globally, or what is usually known as the market portfolio. We examined the results of adding an allocation to GLD comprising 2%, 5%, and 10% of a multi-asset portfolio under a hypothetical scenario. The hypothetical portfolio is based on the concept of the GMP developed by State Street Global Advisors ISG and incorporates additional assumptions for the purpose of our case study. We constructed the hypothetical global multi-asset portfolio by: Replicating the asset classes in the GMP with non-investable market indices; Slightly adjusting each asset weighting in the GMP to also include commodities in the portfolio and assume no gold exposure at the start (Portfolio A) and; Subtracting the weight equally from the equities and government-bonds asset classes (two asset classes with the highest weights) to add in GLD at 2% (Portfolio B), 5% (Portfolio C) and 10% (Portfolio D). Returns of the hypothetical blended portfolios cover the period between January 1, 2005 and March 31, 2019, and the hypothetical portfolios were rebalanced every 12 months to maintain target portfolio weights. From the results shown in Figure 1, we found that under our hypothetical scenario: Portfolios B, C and D had higher Sharpe ratios, lower maximum drawdowns and lower standard deviations with higher returns compared to Portfolio A; Portfolio D had the highest Sharpe Ratio (0.50) and highest cumulative return (126.06%); Portfolio D had the lowest maximum drawdown (-29.43%). The results illustrated that under this hypothetical scenario using broad indices to represent various asset classes that includes allocations of anywhere from 2% to 10% to GLD right after the ETFs inception, the portfolios with allocations to GLD (Portfolios B, C and D) have outperformed the multi asset portfolio with identical exposure to indices but without equivalent allocations to GLD (Portfolio A). From an asset allocation perspective, hypothetical portfolios with a GLD allocation had better risk-adjusted returns. 1 Frederic Dodard and Abigail Greenway, A Case For Global Diversification: Harnessing the Global Multi-Asset Market Portfolio, IQ Insights, State Street Global Advisors ISG EMEA, 2015. Figure 1: Hypothetical Blended Portfolio Results GLD Annualized Cumulative Annualized Maximum Porfolio Allocation % Return % Return % Standard Deviation % Sharpe Ratio* Drawdown (%) A 0 5.56 116.19 9.51 0.45 -33.29 B 2 5.62 117.84 9.45 0.46 -32.54 C 5 5.73 121.12 9.36 0.48 -31.39 D 10 5.89 126.06 9.29 0.50 -29.43 * Assumes risk-free rate of Citigroup 3-month T-bills. Source: Bloomberg Finance L.P., FactSet State Street Global Advisors, as of March 31, 2019. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Index returns are unmanaged and do not reflect the deduction of any fees or expenses. Index returns reflect all items of income, gain and loss and the reinvestment of dividends and other income. Returns do not represent those of a specific product managed by State Street Global Advisors Funds Management, Inc, but were achieved by mathematically combining the actual performance data of the constituents as listed in Figure 1, according to their weightings detailed in Figure 1. Performance of the hypothetical blended portfolio assumes no transaction and rebalancing costs, so actual results will differ. Performance of SPDR® Gold Shares (GLD®) reflects annual expense ratio of 0.40 percent. All data based on monthly measures of performance. GLDs performance quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so you may have a gain or loss when shares are sold. Current performance may be higher or lower than that quoted. Visit spdrs.com for most recent month end performance. State Street Global Advisors 2
Case Study | Constructing Portfolios with SPDR® Gold Shares (GLD®) Figure 2: Asset Class Weightings for Hypothetical Blended Portfolios A, B, C and D Weighting (%) Asset Class Index Portfolio A Portfolio B Portfolio C Portfolio D Equity MSCI All Country World Index 40 39 37.5 35 Total Equity 40 39 37.5 35 Government Bonds Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Government Bond Index 25 24 22.5 20 IG Credit Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporation Bond Index 16 16 16 16 Inflation Linked Bonds Bloomberg Barclays World Inflation Linked Bond Index 2 2 2 2 HY Bonds Bloomberg Barclays Global Corporate High Yield Bond Index 2 2 2 2 EM Debt Bloomberg Barclays Emerging Markets USD Aggregate Bond Index 5 5 5 5 Total Fixed Income 50 49 47.5 45 Real Estate Global Property Research General Index9286 4 4 4 4 Private Equity LPX Composite Listed Private Equity Index 4 4 4 4 Commodities Bloomberg Commodity Index 2 2 2 2 Gold SPDR® Gold Shares (GLD®) 0 2 5 10 Total Alternative 10 12 15 20 Hypothetical Portfolio Total 100 100 100 100 Source: State Street Global Advisors as of March 31, 2019. The asset allocation scenario is for hypothetical purposes only and is not intended to represent a specific asset allocation strategy or recommend a particular allocation. Each investors situation is unique and asset allocation decisions should be based on an investors risk tolerance, time horizon and financial situation. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Figure 3: SPDR® Gold Shares Standard Performance as of March 31, 2019 Since Inception 1 Month (%) QTD (%) YTD (%) 1 Year (%) 3 Years (%) 5 Years (%) 10 Years (%) 11/18/2004 (%) NAV -1.83 0.98 0.98 -2.54 1.15 -0.34 3.11 7.34 Market Value -1.60 0.63 0.63 -3.01 1.22 -0.26 3.05 7.22 LBMA Gold Price PM -1.80 1.28 1.28 -2.15 1.55 0.06 3.52 7.77 Performance quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, so you may have a gain or loss when shares are sold. Current performance may be higher or lower than that quoted. Visit spdrs.com for most recent month end performance. Gross Expense Ratio: 0.40%. The gross expense ratio is the funds total annual operating expense ratio. It is gross of any fee waivers or expense reimbursements. It can be found in the funds most recent prospectus. State Street Global Advisors 3
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Investing all investors. in commodities entails significant risk and is not appropriate for Important Information Relating to SPDR® Gold Trust (GLD®): The prospectus) SPDR Gold with Trust the (GLD) Securities has and filed Exchange a registration Commission statement (SEC) (including for the a read offering the to prospectus which this in communication that registration relates. statement Before and you other invest, documents you should GLD has Please filed with see the the SEC GLD for prospectus more complete for a more information discussion about of GLD the risks and this of investing offering. these in GLD documents shares. The for GLD free prospectus by visiting is EDGAR available on the by SEC clicking website here. at You may sec.gov get participant or by visiting will spdrgoldshares. arrange to send com. you Alternatively, the prospectus the if Trust you request or any authorized it by calling 866.320.4053. 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