WisdomTree To Change 6 ETF Names

May 27, 2011

WisdomTree, the only publicly traded exchange-traded fund firm, filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to change the names on six of its ETFs to reflect shifting strategies and indexes of the funds.

The changes, some of which include new tickers, are effective June 17, according to a WisdomTree official. The changes are:

  • The WisdomTree Pacific ex-Japan Total Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DND) will become the WisdomTree Asia-Pacific ex-Japan Fund. The new version of the ETF, which casts a wider net in Asia to include large-cap, dividend-paying companies in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, will  trade under the new symbol of “AXJL.”
  • The WisdomTree Pacific ex-Japan Equity Income Fund (NYSEArca: DNH) will become the WisdomTree Australia Dividend Fund, shifting to an exclusively Australian focus and trading under the new symbol “AUSE.”
  • The WisdomTree International Basic Materials Sector Fund (NYSEArca: DBN), will become the WisdomTree Commodity Country Equity Fund, a fund that will move from being focused on commodity producers outside the U.S. and Canada to one targeting specific commodity-rich countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Norway, Russia and South Africa, the filing said. The revamped fund will trade under the symbol “CCXE.”
  • The WisdomTree International Energy Sector Fund (NYSEArca: DKA), an ETF focused on dividend-paying companies in the developed world outside the U.S. and Canada, will become the WisdomTree Global Natural Resources Fund. The revamped ETF will cast a wider net, seeking dividend-paying companies around the world that are involved in all sorts of resources, from oil and gas to mining and metals. It will trade with the ticker “GNAT.”
  • The WisdomTree International Utilities Sector Fund (NYSEArca: DBU) will become the WisdomTree Global ex-US Utility Fund, which will now include Canadian companies. It will trade with its ticker, “DBU,” unchanged.
  • The WisdomTree International Real Estate Fund (NYSEArca: DRW) will become the WisdomTree Global ex-US Real Estate Fund. Like DBU, the revamped DRW will begin including Canadian companies in the index. Its ticker won’t change.


The paperwork was filed with the SEC on May 26.


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