World Gold Council and State Street Global Advisors Launch Low-Cost Gold Exchange-Traded Fund

SPDR® Gold MiniShares Trust Offers Lowest Fees of Any Gold ETF

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 9:15 am EDT

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"We believe GLDM is designed to provide an effective means for investors seeking the diversification benefits gold exposure may bring to a portfolio"

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The World Gold Council1, the market development organization for the gold industry, and State Street Global Advisors, the asset management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT), today announced the launch of SPDR Gold MiniShares Trust (Symbol: GLDM). GLDM offers the lowest available total expense ratio among all gold exchange-traded products2, with a net and gross expense ratio of 0.18 percent. GLDM will be initially listed at a per-share trading price of 1/100th of an ounce of gold, as represented by the LBMA Gold Price PM (USD).3

“We believe GLDM is designed to provide an effective means for investors seeking the diversification benefits gold exposure may bring to a portfolio,” said Noel Archard, global head of SPDR product at State Street Global Advisors. “Combined with a relatively low expense ratio, GLDM’s relatively low share price provides all types of investors access to gold within portfolios, and we are excited to partner with the World Gold Council on another ETF for helping clients target investment goals.”

With the launch of GLDM, the World Gold Council and State Street Global Advisors have added a third product to their range of gold ETFs, all of which are backed by physical gold. In November 2004, the World Gold Council and State Street Global Advisors launched SPDR® Gold Shares (GLD®), the first US-traded gold ETF and the first US-listed ETF backed by a physical asset. GLD attracted more than $1 billion in assets in its first three trading days4 and has since remained the largest gold ETF in the market with approximately $35 billion in total net assets5.

The World Gold Council and State Street Global Advisors again partnered to launch the SPDR® Long Dollar Gold Trust (GLDW) in January 2017. GLDW was the first US-listed, gold-backed ETF designed for a strong dollar environment, by combining both a long position in physical gold and long dollar exposure against a basket of six non-US currencies, providing investors with the potential benefits of gold exposure in a strong US dollar environment.

“Investors’ portfolio needs are continuously evolving, and it is important that there is a full range of physically-backed gold products available as they implement investment solutions,” said Joseph Cavatoni, Principal Executive Officer of GLDM’s sponsor and Managing Director USA and ETFs, World Gold Council. “We are pleased to now offer a suite of solutions that are designed to align with investors' preferred characteristics, whether it’s liquidity, trading efficiency, total cost of ownership or managing their exposures in a strong US dollar environment.”

To learn more about the new GLDM product, click here.

ICBC Standard Bank will serve as the custodian for GLDM and each share of GLDM will represent the price of 1/100th of an ounce of gold at launch, which is approximately 1/10th the size of a share of GLD.

About World Gold Council

The World Gold Council is the market development organization for the gold industry. Our purpose is to stimulate and sustain demand for gold, provide industry leadership and be the global authority on the gold market.

We develop gold-backed solutions, services and products, based on authoritative market insight and we work with a range of partners to put our ideas into action. As a result, we create structural shifts in demand for gold across key market sectors. We provide insights into the international gold markets, helping people to understand the wealth preservation qualities of gold and its role in meeting the social and environmental needs of society.

The membership of the World Gold Council includes the world’s leading and most forward-thinking gold mining companies.

About SPDR Exchange Traded Funds

SPDR ETFs are a comprehensive family spanning an array of international and domestic asset classes. SPDR ETFs are managed by SSGA Funds Management, Inc., a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of State Street Corporation. The funds provide investors with the flexibility to select investments that are precisely aligned to their investment strategy. Recognized as an industry pioneer, State Street created the first US listed ETF in 1993 (SPDR S&P 500® – Ticker SPY) and has remained on the forefront of responsible innovation, as evidenced by the introduction of many ground-breaking products, including first-to-market launches with gold, international real estate, international fixed income, and sector ETFs. For more information, visit www.spdrs.com.

About State Street Global Advisors

For four decades, State Street Global Advisors has served the world’s governments, institutions and financial advisors. With a rigorous, risk-aware approach built on research, analysis and market-tested experience, we build from a breadth of active and index strategies to create cost-effective solutions. As stewards, we help portfolio companies see that what is fair for people and sustainable for the planet can deliver long-term performance. And, as pioneers in index, ETF, and ESG investing, we are always inventing new ways to invest. As a result, we have become the world’s third largest asset manager with nearly US $2.73 trillion* under our care.

*This figure is presented as of March 31, 2018 and includes approximately $56 billion of assets with respect to SPDR products for which State Street Global Advisors Funds Distributors, LLC (SSGA FD) acts solely as the marketing agent. SSGA FD and State Street Global Advisors are affiliated.

Important risk information

Investing involves risk, and you could lose money on an investment in each of SPDR® Gold Shares Trust (“GLD®”), SPDR® Gold MiniSharesSM Trust (“GLDMSM”), a series of the World Gold Trust, and SPDR® Long Dollar Gold Trust (“GLDWSM”), a series of the World Gold Trust (together, the “Funds”).

ETFs trade like stocks, are subject to investment risk, fluctuate in market value and may trade at prices above or below the ETFs’ net asset value. Brokerage commissions and ETF expenses will reduce returns.

Commodities and commodity-index linked securities may be affected by changes in overall market movements, changes in interest rates, and other factors such as weather, disease, embargoes, or political and regulatory developments, as well as trading activity of speculators and arbitrageurs in the underlying commodities.

GLDW is subject to regulation under the Commodity Exchange Act of 1936 (the “CEA”). U.S. regulation of swap agreements is rapidly changing and is subject to further regulatory developments which could be adverse to GLDW. GLDW’s swap agreements will be subject to counterparty risk and liquidity risk.

Currency exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and non-U.S. currencies may fluctuate significantly over short periods of time and may cause the value of GLDW’s investments to decline.

GLDW is a passive investment vehicle that is designed to track the Index. GLDW’s performance may deviate from changes in the levels of its Index (i.e., create “tracking error” between GLDW and the Index) for a number of reasons, such as the fees and expenses of GLDW, which are not accounted for by the Index.

Frequent trading of ETFs could significantly increase commissions and other costs such that they may offset any savings from low fees or costs.

Diversification does not ensure a profit or guarantee against loss.

Investing in commodities entails significant risk and is not appropriate for all investors.

Important Information Relating to SPDR® Gold Trust (“GLD®”), SPDR® Gold MiniShares SM Trust (“GLDM SM ”) and SPDR® Long Dollar Gold Trust (“GLDW SM ”):

The SPDR Gold Trust (“GLD”) has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) for GLD. The World Gold Trust has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for each of GLDM and GLDW. The World Gold Trust has also filed the prospectus for GLDW with the National Futures Association. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in the registration statement and other documents each Fund has filed with the SEC for more complete information about each Fund and these offerings. Please see each Fund’s prospectus for a detailed discussion of the risks of investing in each Fund’s shares. The GLD prospectus is available by clicking here , the GLDM prospectus is available by clicking here , and the GLDW prospectus is available by clicking here . You may get these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at sec.gov or by visiting spdrgoldshares.com . Alternatively, the Funds or any authorized participant will arrange to send you the prospectus if you request it by calling 866.320.4053.

None of the Funds is an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”). As a result, shareholders of each Fund do not have the protections associated with ownership of shares in an investment company registered under the 1940 Act. GLD and GLDM are not subject to regulation under the CEA. As a result, shareholders of each of GLD and GLDM do not have the protections afforded by the CEA.

Shares of each Fund trade like stocks, are subject to investment risk and will fluctuate in market value.

The values of GLD shares and GLDM shares relate directly to the value of the gold held by each Fund (less its expenses), respectively. Fluctuations in the price of gold could materially and adversely affect an investment in the shares. The price received upon the sale of the shares, which trade at market price, may be more or less than the value of the gold represented by them.

GLDW shares trade like stocks, are subject to investment risk and will fluctuate in market value. The value of GLDW shares relates directly to the value of the gold held by GLDW (less its expenses) and the value of a basket (“FX Basket”) comprising the euro, Japanese yen, British pound sterling, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc (“Reference Currencies”) against the U.S. dollar. A decline in the price of gold and/or an increase in the value of the Reference Currencies comprising the FX basket against the U.S. dollar could materially and adversely affect an investment in the shares. The price received upon the sale of the shares, which trade at market price, may be more or less than the value of the gold and the price of each Reference Currency against the U.S. dollar represented by them.

None of the Funds generate any income, and as each Fund regularly sells gold to pay for its ongoing expenses, the amount of gold represented by each Fund share will decline over time to that extent.

The World Gold Council name and logo are a registered trademark and used with the permission of the World Gold Council pursuant to a license agreement. The World Gold Council is not responsible for the content of and is not liable for the use of or reliance on, this material. World Gold Council is an affiliate of the Sponsor of each of GLD, GLDM and GLDW.

GLD® is a registered trademark of World Gold Trust Services, LLC used with the permission of World Gold Trust Services, LLC. MiniSharesSM, GLDMSM and GLDWSM are service marks of WGC USA Asset Management Company, LLC used with the permission of WGC USA Asset Management Company, LLC.

Standard & Poor’s®, S&P® and SPDR® are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, a division of S&P Global (S&P); Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC (Dow Jones); and these trademarks have been licensed for use by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC (SPDJI) and sublicensed for certain purposes by State Street Corporation. State Street Corporation’s financial products are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDJI, Dow Jones, S&P, their respective affiliates and third party licensors and none of such parties makes any representation regarding the advisability of investing in such product(s) nor do they have any liability in relation thereto.

Important Information Relating to Solactive GLD® Long USD Gold Index:

GLDW is not sponsored, promoted, sold or supported in any other manner by Solactive AG nor does Solactive AG offer any express or implicit guarantee or assurance either with regard to the results of using the Index and/or Index trademark or the Index value at any time or in any other respect. The Index is calculated and published by Solactive AG. Solactive AG uses its best efforts to ensure that the Index is calculated correctly. Irrespective of its obligations towards GLDW, Solactive AG has no obligation to point out errors in the Index to third parties including but not limited to investors in and/or financial intermediaries transacting in or with GLDW. Neither publication of the Index by Solactive AG nor the licensing of the Index or Index trademark for the purpose of use in connection with GLDW constitutes a recommendation by Solactive AG to invest capital in GLDW nor does it in any way represent an assurance or opinion of Solactive AG with regard to any investment in GLDW.

For more information, please contact the Marketing Agent for GLD, GLDM and GLDW: State Street Global Advisors Funds Distributors, LLC, One Iron Street, Boston, MA, 02210; T: +1 866 320 4053 spdrgoldshares.com

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1 World Gold Council is the parent of the sponsor of GLDM, WGC USA Asset Management Company, LLC.
2 Based on GLDM's total expense ratio compared with the total expense ratios included in Morningstar's Global Exchange Traded Funds database for the 25 products with reported expense information and identified as having a primary prospectus benchmark to the LBMA Gold Price PM (USD) or the LBMA Gold Price AM (USD) as of June 20, 2018.
3 The price of gold will be determined using the LBMA Gold Price PM as of June 25, 2018.
4 Source: Bloomberg Financial L.P. & State Street Global Advisors. Date as of April 30, 2018.
5 As of 3/31/2018

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