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HSBC Asset Management renames four index funds ahead of the launch of new ETF share classes

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HSBC Asset Management has announced the name changes of four HSBC Fixed Income index funds as it prepares to launch new ETF share classes, designed to provide investors with access to both listed and unlisted share classes through a single fund.

Effective on the 18th of May 2023, the funds will be renamed “UCITS ETFs” in accordance with regulatory requirements in Ireland and will benefit from a dual ETF and unlisted index fund structure. The four affected funds are issued by the HSBC Global Funds ICAV platform and include:

–       Global Government Bond Index Fund to become the Global Government Bond UCITS ETF;

–       Global Corporate Bond Index Fund to become the Global Corporate Bond UCITS ETF;

–       Global Sustainable Government Bond Index Fund to become the Global Sustainable Government Bond UCITS ETF; and

–       China Government Local Bond Index Fund to become the China Government Local Bond UCITS ETF.

The firm writes that the issuing of the new share classes will meet growing investor demand for flexibility, by offering listed and unlisted share classes through a single fund in a move designed to increase investor choice. The move will allow clients that prefer ETF structures to access funds with significant assets under management (AUM) and a strong track record.

This development is expected to establish HSBC Asset Management as one of the top 10 largest fixed income ETF providers in Europe in terms of AUM, the firm says, with total fixed income ETF AUM predicted to rise to c.USD6 billion as part of the move next month. This will strengthen HSBC Asset Management’s total ETF AUM when combined with its existing c.USD20 billion equity ETF AUM, according to the firm.

Marco Montanari, Global Head of ETF & Indexing Capability, HSBC Asset Management says:

 “Ensuring investors have access to the investment structures that suit their needs is a clear priority for HSBC Asset Management. Our move to issue listed and unlisted share classes for these four index funds will provide additional flexibility to investors to build their portfolios. Whether it’s through economies of scale or the ability to trade freely in real time, these new listed share classes put investor choice at the front and centre of our index offering.”

Olga de Tapia, Global Head of ETF & Indexing Sales, HSBC Asset Management, says: “Providing investors with ETF access to some of our biggest funds or those with a unique exposure is further evidence of our long-term commitment to the ETF market. These new share classes will help provide a more comprehensive suite of investment opportunities for clients seeking flexibility and scale.”

HSBC Asset Management’s ETF & Indexing business has grown with the four funds affected rising in AUM from USD497 million on 28 February 2019 to USD5.64 billion on 28 February 2023.

HSBC Asset Management predicts that Fixed Income ETF assets industry-wide in Europe will more than double in the next five years from USD366 billion as of the end of March 2023 to c.USD750 billion in 20284, implying a compounded annual growth rate of c.15 per cent and slightly above the growth rate recorded for the past three years of c.14 per cent.

The fees of the new ETF share classes of the four HSBC Fixed Income index funds will be disclosed on the effective date of their name change, the firm says.

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