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Monday, October 08, 2007

Five New PowerShares Funds File Onto the AMEX

News summary by MFWire's editors

PowerShares plans to list five new ETFs on the AMEX on October 11. The new strategies include 1-30 year laddered treasury portfolio, as well as insured New York and California municipal bond portfolios.


PowerShares Capital Management LLC, a leading provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), will expand its family of fixed-income ETFs on Oct. 11, 2007, when it lists a 1-30 year laddered treasury portfolio, as well as insured New York and California municipal bond portfolios, on the American Stock Exchange.

The anticipated ticker symbols and ETF names are:

-- PLW - PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury Portfolio
-- PWZ - PowerShares Insured California Municipal Bond Portfolio
-- PZT - PowerShares Insured New York Municipal Bond Portfolio

The previously-announced PowerShares fixed-income ETFs also listing on Oct. 11 include:

-- PZA - PowerShares Insured National Municipal Bond Portfolio
-- PCY - PowerShares Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt Portfolio

"I am pleased to announce these new portfolios, which provide investors new ways to access fixed-income securities, coupled with the benefits inherent to the ETF structure," said Bruce Bond, president and CEO of PowerShares. "The PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury Portfolio will allow investors to implement a sophisticated bond-laddering strategy in the convenient form of a single ETF trade, and our New York and California insured portfolios will enable investors to leverage two of the most active municipal bond markets in the nation."

Fixed income is an area of ongoing attention for PowerShares, Bond says, and the firm plans to expand its capabilities here in Q4 and into 2008.

Product information on PowerShares' five new fixed-income ETF portfolios follows:

The PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury Portfolio is based on the Ryan/Mergent 1-30 Year Treasury Laddered Index, which measures the potential returns of the U.S. Treasury yield curve based on approximately 30 equally-weighted U.S. Treasury issues with fixed coupons, scheduled to mature in a proportional, annual laddered structure. The 1-30 Laddered Treasury Portfolio will generally consist of 30 Treasury issues with maturities approximately one year apart, and seeks to replicate the composition and match performance of this index, before fees and expenses. All U.S. Treasury securities are issued by and backed by the U.S. Government. The PowerShares 1-30 Treasury Ladder Portfolio participates only in U.S. Treasuries that have a fixed maturity dates, and no call provisions.

The PowerShares Insured California Municipal Bond Portfolio is based on the Merrill Lynch California Insured Long-Term Core Municipal Securities Index(SM). The Index is designed to track the performance of AAA-rated, insured tax-exempt long-term debt publicly issued by California or Puerto Rico or their political subdivisions, excluding housing bonds, tobacco bonds, zero coupon and AMT bonds.

The PowerShares Insured New York Municipal Bond Portfolio is based on the Merrill Lynch New York Insured Long-Term Core Municipal Securities Index(SM). The Index is designed to track the performance of AAA-rated, insured tax-exempt long-term debt publicly issued by New York or Puerto Rico or their political subdivisions, excluding housing bonds, tobacco bonds, zero coupon and AMT bonds.

The PowerShares Insured National Municipal Bond Portfolio is based on the Merrill Lynch National Insured Long-Term Core Municipal Securities Index(SM). The Index is designed to track the performance of AAA-rated, insured tax-exempt long-term debt publicly issued by U.S. states or their political subdivisions, excluding housing bonds, tobacco bonds, zero coupon and all bonds subject to Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).

The PowerShares Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt Portfolio is the first ETF to offer investors diversified access to the sovereign debt of emerging market countries. The Fund seeks to track the DB Emerging Market U.S. Dollar Balanced Liquid Index, an innovative index developed by Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (DB).

PowerShares Capital Management LLC is leading the intelligent ETF revolution through its family of more than 90 domestic and international exchange-traded funds, which seek to outperform traditional benchmark indexes while providing advisors and investors access to an innovative array of focused investment opportunities. With franchise assets of nearly $35 billion, PowerShares ETFs trade on all three U.S. stock exchanges and the PowerShares QQQ™, which tracks 100 of the NASDAQ's fastest-growing companies, is the most actively traded equity security in the world. For more information, please visit us at www.powershares.com.

PowerShares is a part of INVESCO PLC, a leading independent global investment manager dedicated to helping people worldwide build their financial security. Operating under the AIM, AIM Trimark, Atlantic Trust, Invesco Perpetual, PowerShares and WL Ross & Co. brands, INVESCO PLC strives to deliver outstanding products and services through a comprehensive array of enduring investment solutions for its retail, institutional and private wealth management clients around the world. The company, which had approximately $492 billion in assets under management as of Aug. 31, 2007, is listed on the London, New York and Toronto stock exchanges with the symbol "IVZ." Additional information is available at www.invesco.com.

Risks of Owning Exchange-Traded Funds

There are risks involved with investing in ETFs including possible loss of money. Shares are subject to risks similar to those of investing in any fund of emerging market sovereign debt securities, municipal fixed income securities and treasury bond securities, including credit, interest rate and general market risks, as well as those risks related to short selling and margin maintenance. Generally, the prices of income securities tend to fall as interest rates rise. The Shares are subject to market fluctuations caused by such factors as economic, political, regulatory or market developments, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in securities prices. Please see the prospectus for more complete information regarding an investment in the Funds. Shares are not FDIC insured, may lose value and have no bank guarantee.

The value of an individual security or particular type of security can be more volatile than the market as a whole and can perform differently from the value of the market as a whole.

PowerShares 1-30 Treasury Ladder Portfolio

There is no guarantee that the Fund's income will be exempt from federal or state income taxes.

Mergent® is a registered trademark of Mergent, Inc. and Ryan is a trade name of Ryan Holdings, LLC and each have been licensed for use by PowerShares Capital Management LLC. Mergent, Inc., ALM Research Solutions, LLC and Ryan Holdings, LLC, collectively are the Index Provider for the PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury Portfolio and this Product is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Mergent, ALM or Ryan. Mergent, ALM and Ryan make no representation or warranty, express or implied, to the shareholders of this Product or any member of the public regarding the advisability of investing in securities generally or in the Underlying Index particularly or the ability of any data supplied by Mergent, ALM or Ryan to track general stock market performance. Mergent, ALM and Ryan's only relationship to this sponsor is the licensing of certain trademarks and trade names of Mergent, ALM or Ryan, and of the data supplied by Mergent, ALM or Ryan which is determined, composed and calculated by Mergent, ALM or Ryan without regard to this Product or its common shares. Mergent, ALM and Ryan has no obligation to take the needs of PowerShares or the shareholders of the Product into consideration in determining, composing or calculating the data supplied by Mergent, ALM or Ryan. Mergent, ALM and Ryan are not responsible for and have not participated in the determination of the prices of the shares of the Product or the timing of the issuance or sale of such shares. Mergent, ALM or Ryan have no obligation or liability in connection with the administration, marketing or trading of this Product or its common shares. The PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury Portfolio is entitled to use its respective Underlying Index pursuant to a sub-licensing agreement with the Adviser.

PowerShares Municipal Bond Portfolios

There is no guarantee that the Fund's income will be exempt from federal or state income taxes.

Municipal securities are subject to risks including, but not limited to risks associated with litigation, legislation, changes in taxation, or other political events, local business or economic conditions, bankruptcy of the issuer or other circumstances that could have a significant effect on an issuer's ability to make payments of principal and/or interest. In addition, changes in the financial condition of an individual municipal insurer or conditions of the market in which the project was financed can affect the overall municipal market.

A substantial portion of the municipal securities held by the PowerShares Insured National Municipal Bond Fund will be covered by insurance that guarantees the bond's scheduled payment of interest and repayment of principal. Municipal security insurance does not insure against market fluctuations or fluctuations in the Fund's share price. In addition, a municipal security insurance policy will not cover: (i) repayment of a municipal security before maturity (redemption), (ii) prepayment or payment of an acceleration premium (except for a mandatory sinking fund redemption) or any other provision of a bond indenture that advances the maturity of the bond or (iii) nonpayment of principal or interest caused by negligence or bankruptcy of the paying agent.

"Merrill Lynch" and "Merrill Lynch National Long-Term Core Municipal Securities Index(SM)", "Merrill Lynch National Insured Long-Term Core Municipal Securities Index(SM)", "Merrill Lynch California Insured Long-Term Core Municipal Securities Index(SM)," and "Merrill Lynch New York Insured Long-Term Core Municipal Securities Index(SM)," are reprinted with permission. © Copyright 2007 Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated. All rights reserved. "Merrill Lynch" and "Merrill Lynch National Long-Term Core Municipal Securities Index(SM)," "Merrill Lynch National Insured Long-Term Core Municipal Securities Index(SM)", "Merrill Lynch California Insured Long-Term Core Municipal Securities Index(SM)", and "Merrill Lynch New York Insured Long-Term Core Municipal Securities Index(SM)" are service marks of Merrill Lynch and have been licensed for use for certain purposes by PowerShares Capital Management LLC. The PowerShares National Municipal Bond Portfolio, PowerShares Insured National Municipal Bond Portfolio, PowerShares Insured California Municipal Bond Portfolio , and PowerShares Insured New York Municipal Bond Portfolio are based on the Merrill Lynch National Long-Term Core Municipal Securities Index(SM), Merrill Lynch National Insured Long-Term Core Municipal Securities Index(SM), Merrill Lynch California Insured Long-Term Core Municipal Securities Index(SM), and Merrill Lynch New York Insured Long-Term Core Municipal Securities Index(SM), respectively, and are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Merrill Lynch. Merrill Lynch, as Index Provider, makes no representation, express or implied, regarding the advisability of investing in this product or the Index and does not guarantee the quality, accuracy or completeness of the Index or any Index related data included herein or derived there from and assumes no liability in connection with their use. As the Index Provider, Merrill Lynch is licensing certain trademarks, the underlying Index and trade names which are composed by Merrill Lynch without regard to PowerShares, the Issuer, this product or any investor.

PowerShares Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt Portfolio

Investments in sovereign debt securities involve special risks. The governmental authority that controls the repayment of the debt may be unwilling or unable to repay the principal and/or interest when due in accordance with the terms of such securities due to: the extent of its foreign reserves; the availability of sufficient foreign exchange on the date a payment is due; the relative size of the debt service burden to the economy as a whole; or the government debtor's policy towards the International Monetary Fund and the political constraints to which a government debtor may be subject. If an issuer of sovereign debt defaults on payments of principal and/or interest, the Fund may have limited legal recourse against the issuer and/or guarantor. In certain cases, remedies must be pursued in the courts of the defaulting party itself, and the Fund's ability to obtain recourse may be limited. Government obligors in emerging market countries are among the world's largest debtors to commercial banks, other governments, international financial organizations and other financial institutions. Historically, certain issuers of the government debt securities in which the Fund may invest have experienced substantial difficulties in meeting their external debt obligations, resulting in defaults on certain obligations and the restructuring of certain indebtedness. Such restructuring arrangements have included obtaining additional credit to finance outstanding obligation and the reduction and rescheduling of payments of interest and principal through the negotiation of new or amended credit agreements. Please see the prospectus for more complete information regarding the risks of investing in emerging markets and sovereign debt.

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. is the Index Provider for the PowerShares Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt Portfolio. DB is not affiliated with the Trust, the Adviser or the Distributor. The Adviser has entered into a license agreement with the Index Provider to use the Deutsche Bank Emerging Market U.S. Dollar Balanced Liquid Index. The PowerShares Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt Portfolio is entitled to use the Deutsche Bank Emerging Market U.S. Dollar Balanced Liquid Index pursuant to a sub-licensing arrangement with the Adviser.

A I M Distributors, Inc. is the distributor of the PowerShares Global Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II.

An investor should consider the Fund's investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. For a copy of the prospectus which contains this and other information about the Funds, call 800.983.0903. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

The information in the prospectus is not complete and may be changed. The Funds may not sell their Shares until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. The prospectus is not an offer to sell the portfolios' Shares, nor are the portfolios soliciting an offer to buy their Shares in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted.

PowerShares® and Leading the Intelligent ETF Revolution® are registered marks of PowerShares Capital Management LLC. A I M Distributors, Inc. is the distributor of the PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust and the PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II. ALPS Distributors, Inc. is the distributor of PowerShares QQQ. PowerShares QQQ is a unit investment trust. PowerShares Capital Management LLC and A I M Distributors, Inc. are not affiliated with ALPS Distributors, Inc. 

Edited by: Erin Kello


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