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VanEck Vectors JP Morgan EMLC (EMLC)


Friday 28 February, 2020

VanEck Vectors JP Morgan EMLC

Index Methodology Update

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Notification dated February 27th, 2020 to Shareholders of 
VanEck Vectors™ J.P. Morgan EM Local Currency Bond  UCITS ETF (the “Fund”)

On 21 February 2020, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (“JP Morgan”) announced changes to the rules of the J.P. Morgan GBI EM Global Core Index (the “Index”), the underlying index of the Fund. The changes will take effect from the next rebalancing of the Fund on 28 February 2020.

JP Morgan is changing the minimum country weight in the Index: countries will be subject to a  maximum country weight of 10% (cap) and a minimum country weight of 1% to 3% (floor) based on country’s eligible debt outstanding amount. 

Please note that the Fund will continue to track the same index as it  currently  tracks  and  the  investment objective and policy of the Fund will remain unchanged. The change will not affect the manner in which your investment is managed and you are not required to take any action as a result of this notification.

The changes to the Index will be reflected in the Fund’s Supplement which will be modified as  follows:

Section 6 of the Fund’s Supplement will be replaced with the following:

INFORMATION ON THE INDEX The Index is designed to track the performance of bonds issued by emerging market governments and denominated in the local  currency  of  the relevant issuer. The Index is designed to be investible and includes only those countries that are accessible by most of the international investor base. The Index Provider selects bonds from each of the emerging market countries set forth below that are fixed-rate, domestic currency government bonds with greater than 13 months to maturity. As of 28 February 2020, the Index consisted of securities issued by 19 sovereign issuers including bonds issued by the governments of Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Rep., Hungary, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, South  Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Uruguay.

Countries eligible for inclusion in the Index are countries whose gross national income (GNI) per capita is below the index income ceiling (IIC) for three consecutive years. IIC is defined  as GNI per capita level that is adjusted every year by the growth rate of the World GNI per  capita. A country is eligible for exclusion from the Index if its GNI per capita is above the IIC for three consecutive years and its sovereign credit rating is A-/A3/A- or above for three  consecutive  years.  Changes  in  country  eligibility  may  warrant  the  recategorisation  of  countries into and out of the Index. The Index excludes countries with explicit capital controls that inhibited currency exchange and monetary flows, but does not factor in regulatory/tax hurdles in assessing eligibility.  

Countries in the Index are subject to a maximum weight of 10% and a minimum weight of 1% to 3% depending on the amount of the  country’s  eligible  debt  outstanding.  The  weights  change monthly on each rebalance day, and those weights will float based on performance until the following month. The excess is redistributed  in  proportion  to  the  market capitalisations of the other countries in Index with weightings of less than  10%,  which preserves the relative weightings of the other markets in the Index. 

The Index rebalances on the last weekday of each month. The Index is weighted by the  component  countries'  aggregate  normalised  market  capitalisation  (dirty  price  times  par  outstanding), subject to the aforementioned 10% country cap. The weights change monthly  on  each  rebalance  day,  and  those  weights  remain  unchanged  until  the  following  month. Accrued interest is assigned to the bonds in the Index according to the specific convention of each country's market, and this interest is settlement adjusted. 

The Index is calculated daily. Total returns are calculated based on the sum of price changes, gain/loss on repayments of principal, and coupon received or accrued, expressed as a percentage of beginning market value, adjusted for currency movements. 

The following types of bonds are excluded from the Index: floating rate bonds, inflation-linked bonds,  capitalisation/amortising  bonds,  callable  bonds,  convertible  bonds  and  puttable  bonds.

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Investment fund investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. Investors should consult  the prospectus and key investor information document (“KIID”) before subscribing to any fund. The prospectus, the key investor information documents and the financial reports can be obtained  free  of  charge  from and upon request from the funds’ registered office and the offices of all local information agents. The documents, except for KIIDs, are only  available in  English and Swiss German and for  Dutch domiciled ETFs also in Dutch. The VanEck Vectors J.P. Morgan EM Local Currency Bond UCITS ETF (the

Fund) is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by J.P. Morgan and J.P. Morgan makes no representation regarding the advisability of investment in the VanEck Vectors J.P. Morgan EM Local Currency Bond UCITS ETF (the Fund). J.P. Morgan does not warrant the completeness or accuracy of the J.P. Morgan GBI-EMG  Core Index. J.P. Morgan is the marketing name for JPMorgan Chase & Co., and its subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide. Copyright 2020 JPMorgan Chase & Co. All rights reserved.

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