Rare Earth & Critical Materials

RARE EARTHS & CRITICAL MATERIALS INDEX

COMMITTEE/TEAM

EQM Indexes LLC has assembled a team of financial and industry professionals with years of experience to serve on its Index Committee. The role of the Committee is to ensure the index is being managed according to its stated rules and guidelines. Furthermore, the Committee may periodically review the index’s methodology, vote on rule changes, vote on additions or deletions, and use their combined industry expertise to determine which stocks qualify to be considered as index candidates. The Committee formally meets before each quarterly rebalance/reconstitution date and communicates informally throughout the year as other issues arise.

The members of the EQM Rare Earths & Critical Materials Index Committee are:

Jane Edmondson

Co-Founder of EQM Indexes LLC and Founder of EQM Capital LLC.

Ms. Edmondson is a former Quantitative Portfolio Manager with Allianz Global Investors and its predecessor firm Nicholas-Applegate. She started her career at Merrill Lynch and has more than 25 years of experience in the investment industry. She holds an MBA in Finance from San Diego State University and a BA from UC Irvine.

Dan Janowiak

Co-Founder of EQM Indexes LLC.

Mr. Janowiak was previously a Senior Vice President of Business Development with LM Capital Group and worked for Allianz Global Investors where he focused on institutional sales, client service, and consultant relations. He has held senior sales and advisory roles for Private Asset Management, American Century Investments, and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. He received a BA degree in Marketing from Western Illinois University.

Stephen Derkash

Mr. Derkash leads EQM’s Global and ESG Product initiatives. He has over twenty years of global portfolio management, investment banking, and equity research experience and has worked as a Portfolio Manager at Millennium Management, a $40 billion hedge fund, and at UBS Asset Management. Prior to Millennium and UBS, Stephen worked with Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, in sell-side research with a leading European bank in Brazil, and on the emerging markets investment banking team at Lehman Brothers in New York. He holds an MBA from Wharton, an MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, and a BA from Georgetown University.

Ross Denford

Director, Funds Management, Optica Capital Pty Ltd.

Mr. Denford has over 30 years extensive experience in funds management, banking, mining investment and investor management. A former Head of Private Wealth (WA) for Westpac bank and founder of his own successful private wealth hedge fund. Based in Perth, Australia.

Disclosure:

EQM Capital, LLC (“EQM Capital”) is an investment adviser registered with the State of California. Additional information regarding EQM Capital can be found in EQM Capital’s Form ADV Part 2A which is available on the SEC’s website at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov. While under common ownership, EQM Capital does not control EQM Indexes, LLC.

EQM Indexes LLC is not affiliated with any of the firms listed above in the committee member biographies.