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New UBS ETFs take ethical stance

UBS Global Asset Management has expanded its IQ suite of exchanged-traded funds (ETF) in Australia to include six new ethically-framed equity funds covering different parts of the world.

The firm recently unveiled the UBS IQ MSCI Australia Ethical ETF, World ex Australia Ethical ETF, Europe Ethical ETF, USA Ethical ETF, Japan Ethical ETF and Asia Apex 50 Ethical ETF.

“These funds have been brought to market in response to continued demand from clients, advisers and institutions for access to global index-based investment solutions with an ethical philosophy,” UBS Global Asset Management Australia and New Zealand head Bryce Doherty said.

“For the self-managed super fund (SMSF) market, which is now worth around $520 billion with 550,000 contributors, ETFs provide investors with an ability to take control of their investments, lower the cost of investing and improve diversification of their portfolios.

“UBS IQ ETFs can be used by a variety of investors, including institutions, SMSF and retail investors who are looking to gain access to a diversified portfolio of global equities or access to specific global markets in one simple transaction.”

The funds provided a core diversified solution for investors who wanted access to international, regional and Australian markets, but excluded companies with significant business activities involving tobacco and controversial weapons.

The UBS Australian ETF platform was established in 2012 with the launch of the UBS IQ Research Preferred Australian Share Fund.

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