DWS Group Adds Two ETFs to ESG Product Lineup

Business Wire 6-Dec-2018 9:00 AM

  • DWS launches two new ETFs based on MSCI ESG Leaders indexes
  • New funds build on DWS's Environmental, Social and Governance heritage

DWS Group today announced the expansion of its U.S. suite of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) exchange-traded funds (ETFs) with the launch of Xtrackers MSCI ACWI ex USA ESG Leaders Equity ETF (NYSE:ACSG) and Xtrackers MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Leaders Equity ETF (NYSE:EMSG). ACSG and EMSG provide exposure to companies with high ESG rating, as deemed by MSCI, relative to their sector peers in developed countries and emerging market countries ex U.S., and in emerging markets, respectively. MSCI assesses each company in its ESG Leaders indexes on its corporate governance, as well as management of ESG risks and opportunities, and assigns a rating between AAA-CCC.

"Although ESG investing has recently become a larger and fast-growing market segment, environmental, social and governance factors have been part of DWS's core DNA for more than 20 years," said Fiona Bassett, Global Co-Head of Passive Asset Management and Global Co-Head of Products. "Our goal is to provide investors with solutions that allow them to invest along with their values while also ensuring cost-efficient access to markets. Our newly launched Xtrackers suite of MSCI ESG Leaders ETFs employ a transparent approach in a market looking to define ESG standards and benchmarks."

Today's announcement follows the launch of Xtrackers MSCI EAFE ESG Leaders Equity ETF (NYSE:EASG) in September. EASG provides investors further transparency into ESG related company performance beyond traditional financial analysis and will allow them to efficiently invest in high ESG rating companies located in developed markets outside the U.S. and Canada.

The ACSG and EMSG funds seek investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before fees and expenses, of the MSCI ACWI ex USA ESG Leaders Index and the MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Leaders Index, respectively. MSCI ESG rating methodology evaluates corporate governance, focusing on the most relevant ESG factors by industry and risk exposure, to identify ESG leaders and laggards within in each industry.

For more information about the ETFs available in the U.S., visit: www.Xtrackers.com.

DWS Group

DWS Group GmbH & Co. KGaA (DWS) is one of the world's leading asset managers with USD 803 billion of assets under management (as of 30 September 2018). Building on more than 60 years of experience and a reputation for excellence in Germany and across Europe, DWS aims to be recognized by clients globally as a trusted source for integrated investment solutions, stability and innovation across a full spectrum of investment disciplines.

DWS offers individuals and institutions access to our strong investment capabilities across all major asset classes and solutions aligned to growth trends. Our diverse expertise in Active, Passive and Alternatives asset management – as well as our deep environmental, social and governance focus – complement each other when creating targeted solutions for our clients. The firm's expertise and the on-the-ground-knowledge of our economists, research analysts and investment professionals are brought together in one consistent global CIO View, which guides our strategic investment approach.

DWS wants to innovate and shape the future of investing: with approximately 3,600 employees in offices all over the world, we are local while being one global team.

DWS is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by MSCI. Any information provided by DWS should not be considered either a recommendation by MSCI or a solicitation of any offer to purchase or sell any securities, and MSCI makes no representations regarding DWS content. Under no circumstances shall the information contained herein be construed as an investment advice, prospectus, supplement, offering memorandum or advertisement.

ETF shares are not individually redeemable, and owners of shares may acquire those shares from the Fund, or tender such shares for the redemption to the Fund, in Creation Units only.

Consider a Fund's investment objectives, risk factors, and charges and expenses before investing. This and other important information can be found in the Fund's prospectus, which may be obtained by calling 1-855-DBX-ETFS (1-855-329-3837) or by viewing or downloading a prospectus at www.Xtrackers.com. Please read it carefully before investing.

Xtrackers ETFs are managed by DBX Advisors LLC (the Advisor), and distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. (ALPS). The Advisor is a wholly owned subsidiary of DWS Group, and is not affiliated with ALPS.

ALPS Distributors, Inc. is not affiliated with MSCI.

EMSG/ACSG RISKS: Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. ESG criteria in a fund's investment strategy does not guarantee a return or protect against a loss. Stocks may decline in value. Foreign investing involves greater and different risks than investing in US companies, including currency fluctuations, less liquidity, less developed or less efficient trading markets, lack of comprehensive company information, political instability and differing auditing and legal standards. Emerging markets tend to be more volatile and less liquid than the markets of more mature economies, and generally have less diverse and less mature economic structures and less stable political systems than those of developed countries. This fund is non-diversified and can take larger positions in fewer issues, increasing its potential risk. An investment in this fund should be considered only as a supplement to a complete investment program for those investors willing to accept the risks associated with the fund. Please read the prospectus for more information.

Nothing contained herein is fiduciary or impartial investment advice that is individualized or directed to any plan, plan participant, or IRA owner regarding the advisability of any investment transaction, including any IRA distribution or rollover.

No bank guarantee | Not FDIC insured | May lose value

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