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In addition to the usual risks referring to market fluctuations, securities and index type, the investor has to be aware that the funds detailed in this document are also exposed to other risks, such as: secondary market negotiations, differences between NAV and market prices, calculation changes, differences in publications of the index on behalf of the index provider, risks connected to the listing of the index components on different markets, risks connected to the use of derivatives.

There are also further risks these funds that replicate equity or bond indexes are exposed to. The investor is therefore required to have an adequate tolerance and capacity to bear such risks.

For a complete analysis of all the risks described we recommend to read carefully the prospectus.

Currency hedged Reduce currency risks 

Currency hedging

When it comes to your equity investments, we enable you to concentrate solely on the markets themselves. With the currency-hedged UBS ETFs based on equity indices, you hedge your portfolio against exchange rate fluctuations – cost effectively, efficiently and transparently.

What is currency hedging and what are the benefits of UBS Currency Hedge?

Currency hedging is the forward sale or purchase of a foreign currency, thus reducing the exchange risk exposure connected with assets or liabilities denominated in a foreign currency. Fluctuating exchange rates can impact returns on foreign investments which is why UBS offer currency hedging to investors wanting to reduce exchange rate risk and optimize return opportunities.

A wide selection of benefits are enjoyed by the UBS ETF investor. Currency hedging with UBS allows cost efficient access to currency hedged indices. With the potential to hedge our portfolios in four different currencies, UBS Asset Management offers investors the widest range of currency-hedged ETFs in Europe*.

Your benefits of investing in UBS ETFs currency hedged at a glance

  • Reduced foreign currency risk.
  • Cost efficient access to currency hedged indices.
  • Transparent currency-hedging methodology with one month forward FX contracts.
  • Physical replication of the index market exposures.
  • Distributing and accumulating share classes available.
  • UCITs compliant fund structure.
  • Widest range of currency-hedged ETFs in Europe.*

Exchange rate fluctuations have many causes, whether central banks' monetary policy, external trade imbalances or unexpected political changes. In difficult phases in particular, these fluctuations can drive either profits or losses on stock markets.

With UBS ETFs, however, investors can concentrate completely on their equity strategies – UBS Asset Management offers you a wide range of physically replicated ETFs based on equity indices with currency hedging. This transparent currency hedging strategy helps you to reduce exchange rate risk and optimize your return opportunities.

Numeric example of the MSCI Japan Index

Performance of MSCI Japan indices and JPY/CHF exchange rate

This example illustrates just how significantly currency fluctuations can impact returns: Calculated in Japanese yen (JPY), the MSCI Japan Index generated a return of 11.28% p.a. between March 2009 and March 2014. Due to exchange rate losses against the franc (CHF), however, Swiss investors only saw a return of 4.90% p.a. With currency hedging in CHF, the annualized return was 9.28%, almost twice as high.

With UBS ETFs, investors can hedge their portfolio in four currencies: Swiss francs (CHF), euros (EUR), US dollars (USD) and the pound sterling (GBP). The currency-hedged ETFs offer access to the equity markets in the Eurozone, the US, Switzerland, Japan, Australia and Canada. This allows UBS Asset Management to offer investors the widest range of currency-hedged ETFs in Europe.*

CHF

EUR

USD

GBP

MSCI Australia UCITS ETF

MSCI Australia UCITS ETF

MSCI Australia UCITS ETF

MSCI Australia UCITS ETF

MSCI Canada UCITS ETF

MSCI Canada UCITS ETF

MSCI Canada UCITS ETF

MSCI Canada  UCITS ETF

MSCI Japan UCITS ETF

MSCI Japan UCITS ETF

MSCI Japan UCITS ETF

MSCI Japan UCITS ETF

MSCI United Kingdom UCITS ETF

MSCI United Kingdom UCITS ETF

MSCI United Kingdom UCITS ETF

MSCI EMU UCITS ETF

MSCI EMU UCITS ETF

MSCI USA UCITS ETF

MSCI EMU UCITS ETF

MSCI USA UCITS ETF

MSCI USA UCITS ETF

MSCI Switzerland UCITS ETF

MSCI Switzerland UCITS ETF

MSCI Switzerland UCITS ETF

 

MSCI Switzerland

MSCI Switzerland

MSCI Switzerland

UBS ETFs hedge the foreign currencies of the replicated indices by selling foreign currency forwards at the one-month forward rate. The sum of the sold forwards as at the last trading day of the month corresponds to the market capitalization weighting of the equities contained in the index. These securities are valued in the respective currency two trading days before the first calendar day of the following month. The amount hedged remains constant over the entire month.

The overall return of a currency-hedged UBS ETF therefore comprises two components:

  1. The return of the non-currency-hedged index in the selected reference currency
  2. The profit or loss arising from the forward contract in the selected reference currency

Source: MSCI. UBS Asset Management. For illustrative purpose only.

Currency hedged ETFs in focus

Fundname ISIN Replication Fee Last NAV
Currency
Fact sheet

UBS ETF (LU) Factor MSCI EMU Total Shareholder Yield UCITS ETF (hedged to CHF) A-accLU1215456325

Physical

0.38%

13.5334 CHF

Fund description

The fund generally invests in European large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI EMU Total Shareholder Yield 100% hedged to CHF Index. The relative weightings of the companies correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and return performance of the MSCI EMU Total Shareholder Yield 100% hedged to CHF Index net of fees. The stock exchange price may differ from the net asset value.

UBS ETF (LU) Factor MSCI EMU Total Shareholder Yield UCITS ETF (hedged to USD) A-accLU1215456671

Physical

0.38%

14.5554 USD

Fund description

The fund generally invests in European large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI EMU Total Shareholder Yield 100% hedged to USD Index. The relative weightings of the companies correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and return performance of the MSCI EMU Total Shareholder Yield 100% hedged to USD Index net of fees. The stock exchange price may differ from the net asset value.

UBS ETF (LU) MSCI UK hedged EUR UCITS ETF (EUR) A-disLU0937836970

Physical

0.30%

12.7328 EUR

Fund description

The fund generally invests in large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI United Kingdom index.The relative weightings of the components correspond to their weightings in the index.The fund invests in shares and currency hedges according to the respective composition of the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and yield performance of the MSCI United Kingdom100% hedged to EUR.

UBS ETF (LU) MSCI UK hedged USD UCITS ETF (USD) A-disLU0937837275

Physical

0.30%

10.5538 USD

Fund description

The fund generally invests in large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI United Kingdom index. The relative weightings of the components correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and yield performance of the MSCI United Kingdom100% hedged to USD.

UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Japan hedged to USD UCITS ETF (USD) A-disLU0979891768

Physical

0.29%

23.3754 USD

Fund description

The fund invests in large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI Japan hedged to USD index.The relative weightings of the components correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and yield performance of the MSCI Japan hedged to USD.

UBS ETF (LU) MSCI EMU hedged USD UCITS ETF (USD) A-disLU0937835576

Physical

0.28%

24.9311 USD

Fund description

The fund generally invests in European large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI EMU index. The relative weightings of the components correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and yield performance of the MSCI EMU hedged to USD.

UBS ETF (LU) MSCI EMU hedged CHF UCITS ETF (CHF) A-accLU0950669175

Physical

0.28%

28.7853 CHF

Fund description

The fund generally invests in European large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI EMU index. The relative weightings of the components correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and yield performance of the MSCI EMU hedged to CHF.

UBS ETF (LU) MSCI EMU hedged USD UCITS ETF (USD) A-accLU0950669415

Physical

0.28%

29.1834 USD

Fund description

The fund generally invests in European large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI EMU index. The relative weightings of the components correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and yield performance of the MSCI EMU hedged to USD.

UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Japan hedged to USD UCITS ETF (USD) A-accLU0977260867

Physical

0.29%

25.9017 USD

Fund description

The fund invests in large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI Japan hedged to USD index.The relative weightings of the components correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and yield performance of the MSCI Japan hedged to USD.

UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Japan hedged CHF UCITS ETF (CHF) A-accLU0950672120

Physical

0.29%

14.4383 CHF

Fund description

The fund generally invests in large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI Japan hedged to CHF index. The relative weightings of the components correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and yield performance of the MSCI Japan hedged to CHF.

UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Japan hedged EUR UCITS ETF (EUR) A-accLU0950672476

Physical

0.29%

20.7122 EUR

Fund description

The fund generally invests in large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI Japan hedged to EUR index. The relative weightings of the components correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and yield performance of the MSCI Japan hedged to EUR.

UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Japan hedged EUR UCITS ETF (EUR) A-disLU0937837945

Physical

0.29%

18.8924 EUR

Fund description

The fund generally invests in large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI Japan hedged to EUR index. The relative weightings of the components correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and yield performance of the MSCI Japan hedged to EUR.

UBS ETF (IE) MSCI USA hedged EUR UCITS ETF (EUR) A-disIE00BD4TYF66

Physical

0.19%

24.756 EUR

Fund description

The fund generally invests in large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI USA hedged to EUR index. The relative weightings of the components correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and yield performance of the MSCI USA 100% hedged to EUR.The fund is passively managed.

UBS ETF (IE) MSCI USA hedged EUR UCITS ETF (EUR) A-accIE00BD4TYG73

Physical

0.19%

27.0435 EUR

Fund description

The fund generally invests in large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI USA hedged to EUR index. The relative weightings of the components correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and yield performance of the MSCI USA 100% hedged to EUR.The fund is passively managed.

UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Canada UCITS ETF (hedged to EUR) A-accLU1130155606

Physical

0.43%

17.0649 EUR

Fund description

The fund generally invests in stocks contained in the MSCI Canada Index. The relative weightings of the companies correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and return performance of the MSCI Canada Index net of fees. The stock exchange price may differ from the net asset value.The fund is passively managed.

UBS ETF (LU) MSCI EMU Socially Responsible UCITS ETF (hedged to CHF) A-accLU1273642816

Physical

0.27%

17.9142 CHF

Fund description

The fund generally invests in stocks contained in the MSCI EMU Socially Responsible 5% Issuer Capped 100% hedged to CHF Index. The relative weightings of the companies correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and return performance of the MSCI EMU Socially Responsible 5% Issuer Capped 100% hedged to CHF Index net of fees. The stock exchange price may differ from the net asset value.The fund is passively managed.

UBS ETF (IE) MSCI World Socially Responsible UCITS ETF (hedged to CHF) A-accIE00BK72HT65

Physical

0.27%

9.0597 CHF

Fund description

The investment objective is to replicate the price and return performance of the MSCI World SRI 5% Issuer Capped Select 100% Hedged to CHF Index net of fees.The fund generally invests in stocks contained in the MSCI World SRI 5% Issuer Capped Select 100% Hedged to CHF Index. The relative weightings of the companies correspond to their weightings in the index.The fund is passively managed.

UBS ETF (IE) MSCI USA hedged CHF UCITS ETF (CHF) A-accIE00BD4TYL27

Physical

0.19%

26.5499 CHF

Fund description

The fund generally invests in large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI USA hedged to CHF index. The relative weightings of the components correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and yield performance of the MSCI USA 100% hedged to CHF.The fund is passively managed.

UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Japan UCITS ETF (hedged to GBP) A-accLU1169822423

Physical

0.29%

11.7222 GBP

Fund description

The fund generally invests in Japanese large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI Japan index. The relative weightings of the companies correspond to their weightings in the index.The fund invests in shares and currency hedges according to the respective composition of the index. The investment objective is to replicate the price and yield performance of the MSCI Japan 100% hedged to GBP.The fund is passively managed.

UBS ETF (LU) Factor MSCI EMU Low Volatility UCITS ETF (hedged to USD) A-accLU1215455277

Physical

0.38%

17.5908 USD

Fund description

The fund generally invests in European large and mid cap stocks which are contained in the MSCI EMU Select Dynamic 50% Risk Weighted 100% hedged to USD index. The relative weightings of the companies correspond to their weightings in the index.The investment objective is to replicate the price and return performance of the MSCI EMU Select Dynamic 50% Risk Weighted 100% hedged to USD Index net of fees. The stock exchange price may differ from the net asset value.The fund is passively managed.


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