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What are money market funds?

What are HSBC Global Liquidity Funds?

HSBC Global Liquidity Funds are pooled money market funds that invest in high quality short term money market instruments. They are Triple A rated and are actively managed within rigid and transparent guidelines to offer safety of principle, same day liquidity and instant counterparty diversification.

Where are the HSBC Global Liquidity Funds domiciled?

Our HSBC Global Liquidity Funds are domiciled in Ireland.

What is the benchmark for the HSBC Global Liquidity Funds?

The sub funds of the HSBC Global Liquidity Funds are not managed to a benchmark, however the fund aims to provide a return which is comparable to normal money market interest rates. Performance of the fund is reported against a reference rate which is purely for comparison and not a target for return. Historically the reference rates used were short-term LIBID rates, for example 7-day LIBID. However, in March 2020 and ahead of the demise of LIBOR, we updated the Fund’s documentation, fact sheets and other related materials to reflect the relevant overnight Risk Free Rates for each of the sub-funds.

Are the HSBC Global Liquidity Funds rated?

The funds have a Triple A rating from Standard & Poor’s (AAAm) and Moodys’ (Aaa-mf). This is the highest rating that can be assigned to a product of this type and means that the sub funds are considered to offer the highest level of capital security and lowest level of interest rate sensitivity. An in-depth rating review is conducted annually, supplemented by ongoing monitoring and regular detailed reporting to the rating agency.

The evaluation of credit risk involves a number of different factors, including the credit quality of individual holdings, their maturity and the diversification of fund holdings. Taking these three factors into consideration, fund managers can construct portfolios to aim to preserve capital, protect income, and satisfy the strict criteria necessary to qualify for triple-A rating – specifically, AAA/V1+ with Fitch Ratings, AAAm with Standard & Poor's and Aaa/MR1+ with Moody’s Investor Service.

What is the target yield of the HSBC Global Liquidity Funds?

The aim of the HSBC Global Liquidity Funds is to generate a yield comparative to short-term money market deposit rates.

Are the HSBC Global Liquidity Funds guaranteed?

There is no implicit expectation of sponsor support from the parent company, as is the case with most investments and bank deposits (above GBP85k). However, strict guidelines and investment parameters are in place to offer investors the highest possible levels of security and to ensure the fund meets the principal objectives of capital preservation and liquidity. The funds are inherently conservative and risk averse, meaning that the risk of any single credit event is spread widely and concentration risk to any individual issuer is capped.

What is IMMFA?

The Institutional Money Market Funds Association (IMMFA) is a trade association which represents European-domiciled money market funds. HSBC is a member of IMMFA. IMMFA Members are bound by a Code of Practice whose objective is to protect investors by imposing high and consistent standards on IMMFA funds.