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Lyxor UCITS compliant Exchange Traded Funds (Lyxor UCITS ETFs) referred to on this website are open ended mutual investment funds (i) established under the French law and approved by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the French Financial Markets Authority), or (ii) established under the Luxembourg law and approved by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (the Luxembourg Financial Supervisory Committee). Most, if not all, of the protections provided by the UK regulatory system generally and for UK authorised funds do not apply to these exchange traded funds (ETFs). In particular, investors should note that holdings in this product will not be covered by the provisions of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, or by any similar scheme in France.


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Index Replication Process


Lyxor UCITS ETFs follow both physical and synthetic index replication process.


However, most Lyxor UCITS ETFs follow synthetic replication process. This consists of entering into a derivative transaction (a ‘Performance Swap’, as defined below) with a counterparty that provides complete and effective exposure to its benchmark index. Lyxor has adopted this methodology in order to minimise tracking error, optimise transaction costs and reduce operational risks.


A Performance Swap is a contractual agreement which is negotiated over-the-counter (OTC) between two parties: the Lyxor UCITS ETF and its counterparty. From a risk perspective, each Performance Swap ranks equally with other senior unsecured obligations of the counterparty, such as common bonds (i.e., same rights to payments). In the Performance Swap, the counterparty of the Lyxor UCITS ETF commits to pay the Lyxor UCITS ETF a variable return based on a pre-determined benchmark index, instead of a fixed stream of income (as in bonds). At the same time, the counterparty will receive from the Lyxor UCITS ETF the performance and any related revenues generated by the basket's assets (excluding the value of the Performance Swap) held by the Lyxor UCITS ETF. Information provided on individual ETFs includes data on the basket relating to the ETF and the percentage value of the basket represented by each asset. The information is relevant to the closing values on the date given. 


Investment Risks


The Lyxor UCITS ETFs described on this website are not suitable for everyone. Investors' capital is at risk. Investors should not deal in this product unless they understand, having obtained independent professional advice where necessary, its nature, terms and conditions, and the extent of their exposure to risk. The value of the product can go down as well as up and can be subject to volatility due to factors such as price changes in the underlying instrument and interest rates. If a fund is quoted in a different currency to the index, currency risks exist.


Prior to any investment in any Lyxor UCITS ETF, you should make your own appraisal of the risks from a financial, legal and tax perspective, without relying exclusively on the information provided by us. We recommend that you consult your own independent professional advisors (including legal, tax, financial or accounting advisors, as appropriate).


Specific Risks


·         Capital at Risk. ETFs are tracking instruments: Their risk profile is similar to a direct investment in the Benchmark Index. Investors’ capital is fully at risk and investors may not get back the amount originally invested. Investments are not covered by the provisions of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (“FSCS”), or any similar scheme.

·         Counterparty Risk. Investors may be exposed to risks resulting from the use of an OTC Swap with Societe Generale. Physical ETFs may have Counterparty Risk resulting from the use of a Securities Lending Programme.

·         Currency Risk. ETFs may be exposed to currency risk if the ETF or Benchmark Index holdings are denominated in a currency different to that of the Benchmark Index they are tracking. This means that exchange rate fluctuations could have a negative or positive effect on returns.

·         Replication Risk. ETFs are designed to replicate the performance of the Benchmark Index. Unexpected events relating to the constituents of the Benchmark Index may impact the Index provider’s ability to calculate the Benchmark Index, which may affect the ETF’s ability to replicate the Benchmark Index efficiently. This may create Tracking Error in the ETF.

·         Underlying Risk. The Benchmark Index of a Lyxor ETF may be complex and volatile. When investing in commodities, the Benchmark Index is calculated with reference to commodity futures contracts which can expose investors to risks related to the cost of carry and transportation. ETFs exposed to Emerging Markets carry a greater risk of potential loss than investment in Developed Markets as they are exposed to a wide range of unpredictable Emerging Market risks.

·         Liquidity Risk. On-exchange liquidity may be limited as a result of a suspension in the underlying market represented by the Benchmark Index tracked by the ETF; a failure in the systems of one of the relevant stock exchanges, Societe Generale or other Market Maker systems; or an abnormal trading situation or event.


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 Can Climate benchmarks go beyond the E in ESG?

As their name implies, Climate-aligned benchmarks are designed for climate action, with the primary goal of immediately reducing a portfolio’s carbon intensity and emissions based on a target trajectory.

But this “Paris-Aligned” goal can sometimes help address other environmental and societal issues – ones that are usually identified in separate ESG strategies.

In this report, we review the ESG characteristics of MSCI and S&P climate indices and compare them with ESG benchmarks. Some of our key takeaways include:

  • The significant reduction in a portfolio’s carbon intensity also improves its Environmental score.
  • Climate benchmarks can also address broader Societal concepts such as supply chain resilience.
  • If the application of broad ESG filters in a climate benchmark is too strict, companies leading the climate transition risk being excluded rather than simply being penalised with a lower weighting
  • The S&P Global Developed PAB index shows a similar performance profile to the MSCI World SRI index, with the source of outperformance for the latter being attributable to just a handful of stocks

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Risk Warning

This document is for the exclusive use of investors acting on their own account and categorised either as “Eligible Counterparties” or “Professional Clients” within the meaning of Markets in Financial Instruments Directive 2014/65/EU. These products comply with the UCITS Directive (2009/65/EC). Société Générale and Lyxor International Asset Management (LIAM) recommend that investors read carefully the “investment risks” section of the product’s documentation (prospectus and KIID). The prospectus and KIID are available free of charge on, and upon request to

Except for the United-Kingdom, where this communication is issued in the UK by Lyxor Asset Management UK LLP, which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK under Registration Number 435658, this communication is issued by Lyxor International Asset Management (LIAM), a French management company authorized by the Autorité des marchés financiers and placed under the regulations of the UCITS (2014/91/EU) and AIFM (2011/61/EU) Directives. Société Générale is a French credit institution (bank) authorised by the Autorité de contrôle prudentiel et de résolution (the French Prudential Control Authority).

The products mentioned are the object of market-making contracts, the purpose of which is to ensure the liquidity of the products on the London Stock Exchange, assuming normal market conditions and normally functioning computer systems. Units of a specific UCITS ETF managed by an asset manager and purchased on the secondary market cannot usually be sold directly back to the asset manager itself. Investors must buy and sell units on a secondary market with the assistance of an intermediary (e.g. a stockbroker) and may incur fees for doing so. In addition, investors may pay more than the current net asset value when buying units and may receive less than the current net asset value when selling them. Updated composition of the product’s investment portfolio is available on In addition, the indicative net asset value is published on the Reuters and Bloomberg pages of the product, and might also be mentioned on the websites of the stock exchanges where the product is listed.

Prior to investing in the product, investors should seek independent financial, tax, accounting and legal advice. It is each investor’s responsibility to ascertain that it is authorised to subscribe, or invest into this product. This document is of a commercial nature and not of a regulatory nature. This material is of a commercial nature and not a regulatory nature. This document does not constitute an offer, or an invitation to make an offer, from Société Générale, Lyxor Asset Management (together with its affiliates, Lyxor AM) or any of their respective subsidiaries to purchase or sell the product referred to herein.

Research disclaimer

Lyxor International Asset Management (“LIAM”) or its employees may have or maintain business relationships with companies covered in its research reports. As a result, investors should be aware that LIAM and its employees may have a conflict of interest that could affect the objectivity of this report. Investors should consider this report as only a single factor in making their investment decision. Please see appendix at the end of this report for the analyst(s) certification(s), important disclosures and disclaimers. Alternatively, visit our global research disclosure website

Conflicts of interest 

This research contains the views, opinions and recommendations of Lyxor International Asset Management (“LIAM”) Cross Asset and ETF research analysts and/or strategists. To the extent that this research contains trade ideas based on macro views of economic market conditions or relative value, it may differ from the fundamental Cross Asset and ETF Research opinions and recommendations contained in Cross Asset and ETF Research sector or company research reports and from the views and opinions of other departments of LIAM and its affiliates. Lyxor Cross Asset and ETF research analysts and/or strategists routinely consult with LIAM sales and portfolio management personnel regarding market information including, but not limited to, pricing, spread levels and trading activity of ETFs tracking equity, fixed income and commodity indices. Trading desks may trade, or have traded, as principal on the basis of the research analyst(s) views and reports. Lyxor has mandatory research policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to (i) ensure that purported facts in research reports are based on reliable information and (ii) to prevent improper selective or tiered dissemination of research reports. In addition, research analysts receive compensation based, in part, on the quality and accuracy of their analysis, client feedback, competitive factors and LIAM’s total revenues including revenues from management fees and investment advisory fees and distribution fees.

Notice to Investors in Asia-Pacific Region

This document is not directed at retail investors and is prepared for and intended to be distributed in the Asia-Pacific region solely to sophisticated and professional investors. You should therefore be appropriately qualified as a professional, accredited, wholesale, expert or institutional investor (however defined in your local jurisdiction). It is distributed by licensed affiliates of Société Générale (“SG”) which is a French credit institution (bank) authorised by the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel (the French Prudential Control Authority) in accordance with applicable regulations and SG’s internal policy. You should be aware that local regulations may not allow this document to be distributed from your local SG licensed affiliate, but may allow it to be distributed from an offshore branch or affiliate under certain circumstances. If in any doubt, you should always determine which licensed affiliate is responsible for distributing this document to you by contacting SG. You should also be aware that financial products or services referred to may not be sold, bought or subscribed to if you do not qualify in your local jurisdiction. Always ensure that you contact and deal through appropriately licensed entities if you wish to purchase any such products or services.

No further disclosure, reproduction or reliance permitted: This document has been prepared solely for persons it has been distributed to directly by SG. Its contents may not be disclosed to, reproduced or used or relied upon by, any other person, or used for any other purpose.

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SGSHK has been appointed by Lyxor Asset Management, Lyxor International Asset Management, and Lyxor Funds Solutions S.A. (“Lyxor”) to promote the funds launched by Lyxor. Investors and prospective investors should note that a service fee may be paid by Lyxor to SGSHK for its services.

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Société Générale (ABN 71 092 516 286) (AFSL 511956) is a foreign Authorised Deposit-Taking Institution under the Banking Act 1959 (Cth) and the transactions which may be proposed and products which may be issued as described in this document do not form deposits or other funds of Société Générale.

Neither SG Securities (HK) Limited nor any other entity described in this document (aside from Société Générale) is an Authorised Deposit-Taking Institution and the transactions which may be proposed and products which may be issued as described in this document do not form deposits or other funds of Société Générale. Unless this document expressly provides that Société Générale will provide a guarantee, Société Générale does not guarantee the obligations or liabilities of SG Securities (HK) Limited or any other entity in respect of any proposed transactions or products and those obligations do not represent liabilities of Société Générale.

This document is only made available in Australia to persons to whom a disclosure document such as a prospectus or product disclosure statement is not required to be given under either Chapter 6D or Chapter 7.9 of the Act. This document is not a prospectus, product disclosure statement or any other form of formal "disclosure document" for the purposes of Australian Law, and is not required to, and does not contain all the information which would be required in a product disclosure statement or prospectus under Australian law.

This document has not been and will not be lodged or registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission or ASX Limited or any other regulatory body or agency in Australia. The persons referred to in this document may not hold Australian Financial Services licences and no cooling off regime applies to an acquisition of any interest.

This document does not take into account the investment objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person. Accordingly, before making an investment decision in relation to this document, you should assess whether the acquisition of any interest is appropriate in light of your own financial circumstances or seek professional advice. 

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Notice to Korean Investors: This document is distributed by SG Securities (HK) Limited outside Korea and intended for Korean financial institutions holding the dealing or brokerage business license under the Financial Investment and Capital Market Act of Korea and the Enforcement Decree thereof.  For other types of clients, this is distributed upon their request only. SG Securities (HK) Limited is regulated by the Securities & Futures Commission under Hong Kong laws. The product mentioned in this document may not be eligible or suitable for all types of investors. This document is not intended for private customers.

For Korean Investors Receiving this document from SG Securities Korea: This document is distributed by SG Securities Korea Co., Ltd. SG Securities Korea Co., Ltd is regulated by the Financial Services Commission and the Financial Supervisory Service under Korean laws. The product mentioned in this document may not be eligible or suitable for all types of investors. This document is not intended for private customers.

Notice to Japanese Investors: This document is distributed in Japan upon your request by Societe Generale Securities Japan Limited or Société Générale, Tokyo Branch, which is regulated by the Financial Services Agency of Japan. This document is intended only for the Qualified Institutional Investors as defined by the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law in Japan and only for those people to whom it is sent directly by Societe Generale Securities Japan Limited or Société Générale, Tokyo Branch, and under no circumstances should it be forwarded to any third party.

For Recipients in Thailand receiving this document from offshore: This document has been prepared and distributed by SG Securities (HK) Limited ("SGSHK"). This document is provided solely at your request and SGSHK does not have any intention to solicit you for entering into any transactions or transacting in any product contemplated by this document (the “product”). Any such solicitation or marketing will be made by an entity permitted by the applicable laws and regulations. This document is not intended to be either an offer, sale, or invitation for subscription or purchase of the product. This document has not been registered as a prospectus with the Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Thailand. Accordingly, this document and any other documents and materials, in connection with the offer or sale, or invitation for subscription or purchase of securities, may only be circulated or distributed by an entity as permitted by applicable laws and regulations. Neither SGSHK, any representatives, directors, employees of SGSHK nor any other entities affiliated with SGSHK make any representations or warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to the completeness or accuracy of any of the information contained in this document or any other information (whether communicated in written or oral form) transferred or made available to you. Investments in the product involves risks and investors should exercise due care and discretion in considering the investment risks. Investors should carefully study the investment risks and ensure that they have a good understanding of such risks.

Notice to Malaysian Investors: This material has been provided to you at your specific request. This material has not been or will not be registered or filed under the securities law or with any securities regulatory authority in Malaysia. Under no circumstances shall this material constitute an offer in Malaysia to sell or the solicitation in Malaysia of an offer to buy, the products described herein. This document has been prepared by [Lyxor International Asset Management] and distributed by Société Générale (“SG”) or its affiliates outside Malaysia at your specific request. SG’s local representative office has not been involved with the preparation or distribution of this document. Any products or service that may be mentioned in this document are subject to local laws and regulations, and may not be able to be provided in your jurisdiction under certain circumstances.


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