HSBC Holdings plc
HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 7,200 offices in over 80 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, North and Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. With assets of US$2,556bn at 31 December 2011, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations
There are risks associated with investing in a fund that invests in securities of foreign countries, such as erratic market conditions, economic and political instabilities and fluctuations in currency exchanges. Bond funds will tend to experience smaller fluctuations in value than stock funds. However, investors in any bond fund should anticipate fluctuations in price, especially for longer term issues and in environments of rising interest rates. Investments in the fund are subject to possible loss due to the financial failure of underlying securities and their inability to meet their client obligations. Prices of securities in emerging markets can fluctuate more significantly than the prices of companies in more developed countries. Securities of emerging market issuers generally have more risk than securities issued by issuers in more developed markets. The less developed the country, the greater affect the risks may have in an investment, and as a result, an investment may exhibit a higher degree of volatility than either the general domestic securities market or the securities markets of developed foreign countries. Global economic volatility may impact the RMB fixed income market. However, RMB Fixed Income is not highly correlated to developed markets fixed income and as such can provide added diversification benefits.
Investing in RMB-denominated debt instruments that may be issued by issuers located in Hong Kong and China or multi-national issuers with subsidiaries in Hong Kong or China, may involve special risks. In this regard, the Fund may be exposed to risks associated with mainland China, even though Hong Kong has a separate political and legal system. Risk relating to Hong Kong and mainland China include currency risk, political and economic risk. It is difficult for investors located outside of China to directly access debt instruments in mainland China because of investment and trading restrictions. For this reason, the Fund has to obtain exposure to RMB and RMB-denominated debt instruments by making investments outside of China, and generally in Hong Kong. These limitations and restrictions on access to the CNY market may impact the availability, liquidity, and pricing of investments designed to provide investors with exposure to Chinese markets and RMB.