DWS launches Xtrackers equity ETF with focus on Chinese industries of the future

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DWS has launched the Xtrackers Harvest MSCI China Tech 100 UCITS ETF, an equity ETF designed to provide access to high-growth investment themes with a thematic index construction. 

The firm writes that instead of using a traditional sector breakdown, the ETF's underlying index, the MSCI China All Shares Technology Select ESG Screened 100 Index, instead focuses on four investment themes considered to have a promising future: Internet, Mobility, Industrials and Healthcare. 

Shares of Chinese companies listed on Chinese and international stock exchanges that have a high share of revenue in these business areas constitute the index. For example, 'Mobility' includes activities in the field of batteries and smart mobility, while 'Internet' includes the fields of cybersecurity and fintechs. The ETF therefore serves demand from investors who wish to participate in long-term economic growth driven by technology and innovation.

As part of the index methodology, shares of companies that exceed certain turnover thresholds in sectors like for example tobacco, thermal coal or civilian weapons or have an MSCI ESG rating of 'CCC' or involvement in controversial weapons are excluded. The MSCI China All Shares Technology Select ESG Screened 100 Index contains up to 100 shares, with the weighting of any one share capped at 4.5 per cent to offer a representative as well as adequately diversified exposure. The Xtrackers Harvest MSCI China Tech 100 UCITS ETF is listed on Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange. Listings on other European stock exchanges will follow.

"The pace of innovation in key sectors of the Chinese economy remains high, and it is difficult for investors to identify attractive companies. This is where the Xtrackers Harvest MSCI China Tech 100 UCITS ETF offers a very good alternative through its thematic index constructions," says Simon Klein, Head of Passive Sales, DWS.

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