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Nine New German Listings For UBS
By Staff | 17 February, 2012

UBS has listed eight new ETFs focused on US and German government bonds, along with one ETF offering access to European corporate bonds.

The four US funds track Barclays Capital US Treasury Bond indices in maturities of 1-3 years, 3-5 years, 5-7 years and 7-10 years. The management fee for these funds is 0.20 percent.

Two of the new ETFs will compete with existing iShares’ products: its 1-3 year and 7-10 year funds have been running since 2002 and both carry a TER of 0.15 percent.

The German offerings track the Markit iBoxx Euro Germany indices in maturities of 1-3 years, 3-5 years, 5-10 years and 7-10 years. The management fee is slightly lower at 0.15 percent.

db X-trackers offers competing ETFs in the 1-3 year and 3-5 year maturities, with total expense ratios of 0.15 percent.

The final new listing, the UBS ETF Markit iBoxx EUR Liquid Corporates, allows investors to participate in the performance of European corporate bonds across all sectors, with a management fee of 0.20 percent.

UBS traditionally brands its ETF products either ‘A’ class—aimed at retail investors—or ‘I’ class—for institutional investors and high net worth individuals—and all of the new listings carry ‘A’ class markers. The new funds have been listed on Deutsche Boerse’s Xetra platform.


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