As of June 24, 2002 the Select Sector SPDR Trust instituted the following changes: The Basic Industries Select Sector SPDR Fund changed its name to the Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund. The Consumer Services Select Sector SPDR Fund changed its name to the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund. The Cyclical/Transportation Select Sector SPDR Funds changed its name to the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund.
Select Sector SPDR shareholders are subject to risks similar to those of holders of other sector stock portfolios. One primary consideration is that the general level of stock prices may decline, and thus the value of Select Sector SPDRs may decline. A Select Sector SPDR also may be adversely affected by the performance of the specific sector or group of industries upon which it is based. You can expect that shares in a Select Sector SPDR will move up or down in value with the value of its related Select Sector Index. In addition, the overall depth and liquidity of the secondary market in these shares may fluctuate.
Although Select Sector SPDRs are designed to provide investment results that, before expenses, generally correspond to the price and yield performance of their related Select Sector Indexes, the Funds of The Select Sector SPDR Trust may not be able to exactly replicate the performance of the Select Sector Indexes because of expenses and other factors.
Over time, the stock holdings of each Select Sector SPDR may be rebalanced to reflect changes in the composition of its related index. A Select Sector SPDR would incur transaction costs and other expenses as a result of rebalancing. Furthermore, a Select Sector SPDR would realize capital gains or losses from the sale of securities in a rebalancing.
Net long-term capital gains, if any, will be distributed to shareholders as capital gains distributions at least annually.
From a tax standpoint, you should be aware that the Select Sector SPDR Trust is structured as a regulated investment company, and that dividend distributions may not be characterized entirely as ordinary income. You may wish to consult your tax advisor in this regard.