ETF Securities (HK) Ltd Set to List Three Precious Metal ETFs for Asian Investors

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HONG KONG, Nov. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –


– The ETFS Physical Gold ETF, the ETFS Physical Silver ETF and the ETFS Physical Platinum ETF (each the “Fund”) are exchange traded funds to be listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “SEHK”). Each Fund’s investment objective is to provide investment results, before fees and expenses, that closely correspond to the performance of the London PM Fix for gold, London Fix for silver and London PM Fix for platinum (the “Benchmark”) respectively.

– Prices of physical precious metals are highly volatile and may fluctuate widely and may be affected by numerous events or factors related to its production and sale and other financial market factors. As the Fund is concentrated in physical precious metal, it is more susceptible to the effects of such price volatility than more diversified funds. Investment in the Fund may therefore be subject to losses and, in the worst case scenario, you may lose all of your investment.

– As each Fund primarily holds physical bullion of precious metal, the safekeeping and custody of underlying precious metal and quality of precious metal held by the Fund are key considerations which investors must consider. Although the custodian is required to allocate bullions on a continuous basis once it reaches a whole bar, where bullions are held on an unallocated basis, the Fund has no proprietary rights to any specific bullions so held, and the Fund could suffer a significant loss on the custodian’s insolvency.

– Although the custodian may make insurance arrangements for the bullions held, it is not under an obligation to insure against loss, theft or damage. Further, neither the Manager nor the Trustee will maintain insurance for the bullions.

– The Fund is not actively managed and the Manager has no discretion to adapt to market changes. A fall in the Benchmark will result in a fall in the value of the Fund. There is also no assurance that the price at which Units of the Fund are traded on the SEHK will exactly reflect the price of underlying precious metal represented by those Units.

– As each Fund’s base currency and the Benchmark are in US dollars, the value of units in the Fund that are traded on the SEHK in Hong Kong dollars will be affected by changes in the exchange rate between these two currencies.

– The Fund is also subject to other risks, such as fixing process risk, limited operating history, tracking error risk and other trading risks. Investors should not make investment decisions on the basis of this communication alone. Please read the prospectus for details and risk factors.

ETF Securities (HK) Limited, a subsidiary of ETF Securities Group which is one of the world’s leading independent providers of exchange-traded investment products and a pioneer in commodities, set to list three new Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) designed to provide investors with exposure to precious metals. The new ETFs are ETFS Physical Gold ETF (2830 HK), ETFS Physical Silver ETF (3117 HK)and ETFS Physical Platinum ETF (3119 HK) primarily backed by physical metals held in secure vaults and will be listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong on 28 November 2012.

General features of a physical precious metal ETF are:

– Primarily backed by the respective precious metal and not synthetic;

– Meeting the ‘Good Delivery’ standards, set out by either the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) and the London Platinum and Palladium Market (LPPM);

– Ring-fenced and held in secure vaults;

– Providing a cost-effective method of accessing physical precious metals;

– Traded on an exchange during trading hours.

Fred Jheon, Managing Director and Head of Asia Pacific for ETF Securities (HK) Limited comments: “We are very excited by the prospect of providing precious metals exposure to investors in the region. Those who are seeking convenient and cost-effective access to physical precious metals now have additional choices. The Hong Kong ETF market is expanding rapidly as awareness and understanding of these products continues to grow. Yet we believe that the commodities sector is currently under-represented. As a pioneer in developing commodity investment solutions, we were ideally placed to launch a suite of precious metal ETFs in Hong Kong.”

About ETF Securities Group

ETF Securities Group is a leading, independent exchange-traded products provider with expertise in commodities. It is dedicated to developing liquid, transparent investment solutions that can be traded on world stock exchanges.

The Group has a strong history of product innovation and this remains a key tenet of its guiding philosophy. The Group’s management team listed the world’s first gold exchange-traded commodity in 2003, and many other market-leading investment solutions have since followed. Today ETF Securities Group offers what is believed to be the world’s most comprehensive range of exchange-traded commodities and as of September 2012 was responsible for US$29.9 billion in global investor assets (Source: ETF Securities Group).

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