| FlexShares® Morningstar Global Upstream Natural Resources Index Fund is an open-end managemnt investment company. The Fund seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Morningstar® Global Upstream Natural Resources IndexSM (the “Underlying Index”). The Underlying Index reflects the performance of equity securities that are traded in or are issued by companies domiciled in global developed or emerging markets, as determined by Morningstar, Inc pursuant to its index methodology. As of Oct 31 2013, the Fund's total assets were $2,771,407,314 and the Fund's investment portfolio was valued at $2,753,318,594. The QDEF YTD return is shown above.
The YTD Return on the QDEF YTD return page and across the coverage universe of our site,
is a measure of the total return for a given investment year-to-date for the current calendar year
(up to the end of prior trading session). Arguably, choosing the current calendar year for a measurement
period is on the one hand completely arbitrary, but on the other hand a year-to-date look can be extremely
useful in the context of our country's tax system which taxes gains and income on a calendar year basis.
Thus, researching Year-To-Date Returns is good practice for investors — whether QDEF YTD return or other benchmarks/peers
— and when doing so it is also important to factor in dividends, because a financial instrument's YTD return is
more than just the change in price if that instrument pays a dividend or coupon. Our website aims to empower investors
by performing the QDEF YTD return calculation (with any dividends reinvested as applicable), and to provide a
coverage universe of many stocks and ETFs to be able to compare YTD returns.