What is UCITS?

UCITS refers to open-ended investment funds that have been authorized pursuant to the EU UCITS Directives. Funds that meet these criteria may take advantage of the UCITS European passport to be marketed throughout the EW on the basis of a single UCITS Authorization from one member state.

Global Investors Looking to UCITS

Global Investors are increasingly looking to the UCITS market when selecting investment vehicles. The growth of the market has given rise to a product range that offers a wide choice of exposures with large fund size and liquidity.

Investors are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of UCITS ETFs which include:

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UCITS ETF Desk Reference

Your guide to UCITS investing trends, trading and liquidity, case studies and more.

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Why UCITS ETFs? Trading & Liquidity FAQs

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This document is not, and under no circumstances is to be construed as an advertisement or any other step in furtherance of a public offering of shares in the United States or Canada. Any and all UCITS funds mentioned herein are not available to investors in the U.S. and this material cannot be construed as an offer of any UCITS fund to any investor in the U.S. This document is not aimed at persons who are resident in the United States, Canada or any province or territory thereof, where the companies/securities are not authorised or registered for distribution and where no prospectus has been filed with any securities commission or regulatory authority. The companies/securities may not be acquired or owned by, or acquired with the assets of, an ERISA Plan.


Risk Warnings
Investment in the products mentioned in this document may not be suitable for all investors. Past performance is not a guide to future performance and should not be the sole factor of consideration when selecting a product. The price of the investments may go up or down and the investor may not get back the amount invested. Your income is not fixed and may fluctuate. The value of investments involving exposure to foreign currencies can be affected by exchange rate movements. We remind you that the levels and bases of, and reliefs from, taxation can change.


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