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As Investors Increasingly Seek Out Low Carbon Investments, VanEck Rebrands an Energy ETF to Better Reflect Its Underlying Low Carbon Approach


As of July 9th, GEX will be known as the VanEck Vectors® Low Carbon Energy ETF, with the new ticker: SMOG

VanEck today announced a change to its ETF lineup related to some key developments in the ways in which investors are driving change in the energy space and seeking out opportunities to invest in stocks of low carbon energy companies.

"As climate change and its potential solutions have become more present in our global discourse, the language used by those within the energy sector, as well as those investing in it, has changed and evolved," said Ed Lopez, Head of ETF Product at VanEck. "What used to be referred to as ‘alternative energy' is now more commonly referred to as ‘green,' ‘clean' or ‘renewable,' and numerous large public companies in the energy space have acquiesced to investor demands to set more stringent, low carbon, emission standards."

To that end, as of July 9, 2019, the Fund GEX will become the VanEck Vectors® Low Carbon Energy ETF and will have a new ticker: SMOG.

"As this Fund was already investing at least 80% of its total assets in stocks of low carbon energy companies, we wanted to make this change to better align the fund's branding with its mission and the exposure it provides," added Lopez.

The Fund's index, the Ardour Global Index Extra Liquid, will remain unchanged. The index will continue to focus on companies involved in the production of power through environmentally friendly, non-traditional sources such as wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and bio-fuels as well as the related technologies used to support the production of this power and increase efficiencies in its production, transportation and storage.

Lopez noted that VanEck has been a signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since March 2017. "Our approach to responsible investment incorporates environmental, social, and governance, i.e. ‘ESG' responsibilities and we apply this approach, as appropriate, across asset classes, regions and markets," he continued. "We consider ESG factors, where possible, in both our active fixed income and ETF strategies. In our ETF family, we have sought to develop certain funds with sustainability-related themes or approaches that employ sustainable screening criteria and/or indices, and the changes we're making with regard to SMOG are being done with all of that thinking in mind."

SMOG is part an ETF family that also includes the VanEck Vectors® Green Bond ETF (GRNB), the first ETF to focus on "green" bonds, which refers to those bonds issued to finance projects that have a positive impact on the environment.

About VanEck

VanEck has a history of looking beyond the financial markets to identify trends that are likely to create impactful investment opportunities. We were one of the first U.S asset managers to offer investors access to international markets. This set the tone for the firm's drive to identify asset classes and trend-including gold investing in 1968, emerging markets in 1993, and exchange traded funds in 2006- that subsequently shaped the investment management industry.

Today, VanEck offers active and passive strategies with compelling exposures supported by well-designed investment processes. As of May 31, 2019, VanEck managed approximately $45.6 billion in assets, including mutual funds, ETFs, and institutional accounts. The firm's capabilities range from core investment opportunities to more specialized exposures to enhance portfolio diversification. Our actively managed strategies are fueled by in-depth, bottom-up research and security selection from portfolio managers with direct experience in the sectors and regions in which they invest. Investability, liquidity, diversity, and transparency are key to the experienced decision-making around market and index selection underlying VanEck's passive strategies.

Since our founding in 1955, putting our clients' interests first, in all market environments, has been at the heart of the firm's mission.

Important Disclosures

An investment in the VanEck Vector® Green Bond ETF (GRNB) may be subject to risks which include, among others, green bonds, investing in European and emerging market issuers, foreign securities, foreign currency, credit, interest rate, high yield securities, supranational bond, government-related bond, restricted securities, securitized/asset-backed securities, financial services, utilities, market, operational, call, sampling, index tracking, authorized participant concentration, no guarantee of active trading market, trading issues, passive management, fund shares trading, premium/discount and liquidity of fund shares, non-diversified and concentration risks, all of which may adversely affect the Fund.

An investment in the VanEck Vectors® Low Carbon Energy ETF (SMOG) may be subject to risks which include, among others, investing in alternative energy companies, investing in European issuers, foreign securities, foreign currency, depository receipts, industrials sector, information technology sector, small- and medium-capitalization companies, equity securities, market, operational, index tracking, authorized participant concentration, no guarantee of active trading market, trading issues, passive management, fund shares trading, premium/discount risk and liquidity of fund shares, non-diversified and concentration risks, all of which may adversely affect the Fund. Foreign investments are subject to risks, which include changes in economic and political conditions, foreign currency fluctuations, changes in foreign regulations, and changes in currency exchange rates which may negatively impact the Fund's return. Small- and medium-capitalization companies may be subject to elevated risks.

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