Source introduces currency-hedged versions of JPX-Nikkei 400 ETF

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Source introduces currency-hedged versions of JPX-Nikkei 400 ETF

Source has introduced USD- and EUR-hedged share classes for its Source JPX-Nikkei 400 UCITS ETF. The currency-hedged share classes will enable US dollar- and euro-based investors to gain exposure to this increasingly important equity benchmark while mitigating the adverse effect of a depreciating yen. Unveiled in 2013, the JPX-Nikkei 400 Index provides broad exposure to Japanese stocks whilst focusing on companies with the potential to generate shareholder value. The index was developed by Nikkei and the Japan Exchange Group, and selects stocks on the basis not only of size but also return on equity, operating profit, transparency and corporate governance.

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Equities

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Commodities

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Fixed Income

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Alternatives / Multi-Asset

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