What are ETFs and Equities?
Equities1 represent ownership stakes in corporations. Typical equities may include common stock, preferred stock, foreign equities and closed-end funds.
An ETF, or Exchange Traded Fund, is a collection of securities such as equities, bonds, and options that is bought and sold like a stock in real time on a stock exchange. Most ETFs are not actively managed, but instead are designed to track an index. In general the expense ratios of ETFs are relatively low. Because it trades like a stock, an ETF does not have its net asset value (NAV) calculated every day like a mutual fund does.
Both equities and ETFs can offer potential growth from market price appreciation; however, they are subject to market volatility and thus, open to market price risk and potential loss of principal.
Exchange-traded funds are subject to risks similar to those of stocks. Investment returns will fluctuate and are subject to market volatility such that an investor's shares, when redeemed or sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Unlike mutual funds, shares of ETFs are not individually redeemable directly with the ETF but must be bought and sold on an exchange, like an individual equity. ETFs are sold by prospectus. Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully along with your specific best interest considerations before investing. The prospectus, which contains this and other information, can be obtained by calling your HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. Financial Professional2 or call 888-525-5757 or for International clients call collect 847.876.1574. Read it carefully before you invest.
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Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) Customer Disclosure
At this time in the United States, there is no standard definition of, or measurement criteria for, environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) factors or impact. ESG-related measurement criteria is highly subjective and may vary significantly across and within different sectors. There is no guarantee that: (a) the nature of the ESG investment, or the ESG impact or measurement criteria of an investment, will be aligned with any particular investor’s ESG goals; (b) the stated or targeted ESG level will be achieved; or (c) an investment approach that considers ESG factors will produce returns similar to those that don’t, or that they won’t diverge from traditional market benchmarks.
HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. and HSBC Insurance Agency (USA) Inc. (collectively “HSBC”) may rely on metrics or measurement criteria devised and/or reported by third party providers or issuers. HSBC does not always conduct its own specific due diligence in relation to ESG metrics or measurement criteria.
ESG investing is an evolving area and new regulations may come into effect which may affect how an investment is categorized or labeled. An investment that is considered to fulfil ESG criteria today may not meet those criteria at some point in the future.
Please consider the investment’s specific ESG impact measurement criteria in the prospectus or other offering documents prior to investing.
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1 Equity securities include common stocks, preferred stocks, convertible securities and mutual funds that invest in these securities. Equity markets can be volatile. Stock prices rise and fall based on changes in an individual company's financial condition and overall market conditions. Stock prices can decline significantly in response to adverse market conditions, company-specific events, and other domestic and international political and economic developments.
2 Financial professional refers to Financial Consultants (FCs), Investment Counselors (ICs), and High Net Worth Relationship Managers (HNWRMs). All offer bank products through HSBC Bank (USA) N.A, investments, annuities, and variable life insurance products through HSBC Securities (USA) Inc. and traditional insurance products through HSBC Insurance Agency (USA) Inc.