SOURCE: PowerShares

December 21, 2007 16:31 ET

PowerShares to Expand Family of DWA Technical Leaders Portfolios

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - December 21, 2007) - PowerShares Capital Management LLC, a leading provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), today announced two additions to its DWA Technical Leaders family of ETFs, with the anticipated listing of portfolios covering developed markets ex-U.S. and emerging markets. The new ETFs are expected to begin trading on the NYSE Arca on Dec. 28, 2007.

The anticipated ticker symbols and portfolio names are:

--  PIZ - PowerShares DWA Developed Markets Technical Leaders Portfolio
--  PIE - PowerShares DWA Emerging Markets Technical Leaders Portfolio

The two new ETFs, together with PowerShares' DWA Technical Leaders Portfolio (NYSE: PDP), a domestic equity ETF, make up the PowerShares DWA Technical Leaders Family, which provide investors global access to companies that demonstrate powerful and timely relative strength characteristics in domestic, developed ex-U.S. and emerging markets.

"The DWA Technical Leaders strategy, based on relative strength, has produced robust investment results over time, and is widely followed by advisors and professional asset managers," said Bruce Bond, president and CEO of PowerShares. "We are pleased to partner once again with Dorsey, Wright & Associates to provide investors a full suite of PowerShares DWA Technical Leaders Portfolios based on this firm's respected research."

Relative strength is a quantitative measure of a stock's performance in relation to the rest of the market, expressed generally in percentage form. Numerous studies have demonstrated relative strength as a powerful tool for stock selection. A key strength of this methodology is that it's based on unbiased, objective market data, as opposed to a more subjective forecasting and research model. Technical Leaders are companies identified by the DWA selection methodology that possess strong relative strength characteristics compared to their peers and industry benchmarks.

According to Tom Dorsey, president of Dorsey, Wright & Associates, "The PowerShares DWA Technical Leaders Portfolios replicate advanced indexes that have the ability to adapt to changes in market leadership over time, whether those leadership changes are based upon market capitalization, style, industry sector, or some other factors."

Product information on PowerShares DWA Technical Leaders ETF portfolios follows:

The PowerShares DWA Developed Markets Technical Leaders Portfolio (PIZ) is based on the Dorsey Wright Developed Markets Technical Leaders™ Index. This Index includes approximately 100 companies selected using the DWA methodology that are domiciled in developed countries (excluding the United States) such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The Index is reconstituted and rebalanced quarterly.

The PowerShares DWA Emerging Markets Technical Leaders Portfolio (PIE) is based on the Dorsey Wright Emerging Markets Technical Leaders™ Index. This Index includes approximately 100 companies selected using the DWA methodology that are domiciled in emerging market countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey. The Index is reconstituted and rebalanced quarterly.

Dorsey, Wright & Associates, Inc. is an independent and privately owned registered investment advisory firm. Founded in 1987 by partners Tom Dorsey and Watson Wright, the firm's mission is to provide the investment professional with both the research and tools to effectively accumulate and preserve wealth for their clients. Point & Figure, a form of technical market analysis first popularized by Charles Dow in the late-1800s, is central to Dorsey Wright's investment philosophy. With a focus on risk management, Dorsey, Wright & Associates provides daily market commentary and a comprehensive online database to major broker-dealer clients, along with hundreds of regional and independent investment firms. As well, Dorsey Wright Money Management has implemented the tenets of this methodology for its own investing clients during the past 10 years.

PowerShares Capital Management LLC is leading the intelligent ETF revolution through its family of more than 100 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 over $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

PowerShares is a part of Invesco, a leading independent global investment management company, dedicated to helping people worldwide build their financial security. By delivering the combined power of our distinctive worldwide investment management capabilities, including AIM, Atlantic Trust, Invesco, Perpetual, PowerShares, Trimark, and WL Ross, Invesco provides a comprehensive array of enduring investment solutions for retail, institutional and high net worth clients around the world. Operating in 20 countries, the company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol IVZ. Additional information is available at

Risk Information

There are risks involved with investing in ETFs including the possible loss of money. Shares are not actively managed and are subject to risks similar to stocks, including those related to short selling and margin maintenance. Shares are not FDIC insured, may lose value and have no bank guarantee. Ordinary brokerage commissions apply.

The Funds may invest in small and/or medium-sized companies. Investing in securities of small and medium-sized companies involves greater risk than is customarily associated with investing in more established, larger-sized companies. An investment in the securities of non-U.S. issuers involves risks beyond those associated with investments in U.S. securities, including, but not limited to: greater market volatility, the availability of less reliable financial information, higher transactional and custody costs, taxation by foreign governments, decreased market liquidity, political instability, negative impact of changes in currency exchange rates or foreign governmental regulation.

PowerShares is a trademark of PowerShares Capital Management LLC. The 'Technical Leaders' Ranking System is a registered trademark of Dorsey, Wright & Associates that is licensed to PowerShares Capital Management LLC. This product is not sponsored, recommended, sold or promoted by Dorsey, Wright & Associates or any of its affiliates. PowerShares Capital Management LLC is not affiliated with any Dorsey Wright company. Dorsey Wright Technical Leaders™ is a trademark of Dorsey, Wright & Associates, Inc.

PowerShares Capital Management LLC and A I M Distributors, Inc. are not affiliated with ALPS Distributors, Inc. PowerShares QQQ and the BLDRS Funds are unit investments trusts. ALPS Distributors, Inc. is the distributor of PowerShares QQQ, BLDRS Funds. A I M Distributors, Inc. is the distributor of the PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust and the PowerShares 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.