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HSBC European Index C

Tracker fund fully replicating the FTSE Developed Europe ex UK index.

  • 750.50p
    Price (Inc)

    These are the shares in the fund that pay out an income to clients. The income is made up of the total dividends – the money a company can pay out to its investors – from the companies in the fund.

  • 1128.00p
    Price (Acc)

    These are the shares in the fund that don’t pay out an income to clients. Any dividends – the money a company can pay out to its investors – are reinvested into companies in the fund. Despite no income, the shares should be worth more over time. Good incentive, eh?

  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

    Some funds charge you when you first invest, which is aptly known as the initial charge. They’re usually between 3-5% but at Bestinvest, we usually don’t charge you a penny!

  • 0.03%
    Annual management charge

    This is how much the fund management company charges to run the fund. It’s like paying a babysitter, dog sitter or house sitter (that makes well-informed, heavily researched changes to improve your baby/dog/house when needed).

  • 0.07%
    Ongoing charges

    This stands for Ongoing Charges Figure. It’s the cost of running a fund and includes admin fees, manager fees, administration costs, etc.

  • 1.90%

    How much the fund is currently paying out in income to investors. It’s NOT to be confused with the overall growth of a fund – a very different thing indeed. It’s also NOT a guarantee of future pay-outs, just a snapshot. This is more what it’s not than what it is…

Prices as at 07 May 2021, fund data last updated 13 February 2012

This fund aims to provide long-term capital growth by matching the performance of the FTSE Developed Europe (excluding UK) Index. This index comprises around 400 large and mid-cap stocks based in 14 developed continental European countries. In order to track the index HSBC’s passive funds team pursues a full replication method, buying all of its constituents in the same proportion as the index.

Fund summary

Sector Europe Excluding UK
Structure OEIC
Launched September, 2012
Size £2,435m
Yield 1.90%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 15 Jul


Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.03%
Ongoing charges figure 0.07%


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Investment process

The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth by matching the capital performance of the FTSE Developed Europe ex UK Index. The managers believes that, in the longer term, financial markets are rational and that asset prices cannot durably differ from their fundamental value. Therefore one of the most efficient ways to gain long term exposure to a market is to invest in a representative market index. The managers aim to match the index's performance through full replication of its stocks. Though primarily an equity fund, the manager will also use futures, a type of derivative which provides liquid exposure to the whole of the index. These are used to manage cash balances in the fund - by buying and selling futures the manager can regulate market exposure in response to inflows and outflows without the costs involved in trading all of the shares in the portfolio. The fund engages in stock lending – loaning out its shares to other investors in return for a payment, which boosts performance. However, this introduces counterparty risk to the fund.

This fund provides a simple, low cost way of investing in large cap European equities. This index is made up of large, well known companies with global businesses which provides investors with both geographic and sector diversification.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 16/17 -0.34%
  • 17/18 0.22%
  • 18/19 -0.15%
  • 19/20 -0.23%
  • 20/21 0.49%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.03%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career -0.07%
  • 3 years 56.80%
  • 5 years 52.80%
  • Career 40.10%

Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

HSBC Global Asset Management

Bijan Seghatchian is presently Fund Manager of Passive Equity Funds at HSBC Global Asset Management, having managed equity index funds since January 2009. He was previously an Operations / Business Development Manager from 2007, and was with the HSBC Global Asset Management Group IT since February 1995. Seghatchian holds a BSc in Psychology /Philosophy from Bristol University, an MSc in Systems & Technology from City University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Economics from London University.

Track record

Hsbc Global Asset Management has 22.4 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.07%. During the worst period of relative performance (from December 2000 - October 2020) there was a decline of 32% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 45%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -45.00% (October 2007 - November 2008)
Relative -32.00% (December 2000 - October 2020)

About the MRI

Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.


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Top 10 holdings

Data accurate as at 31 July 2020

4.9% Nestle Sa
3.6% Roche Hldg Ag
2.56% Sap Se
2.56% Novartis Ag
2.03% Asml Holding Nv
1.64% Sanofi
1.56% Lvmh Moet Hennessy Vuitton Se
1.53% Novo Nordisk A/S
1.41% Siemens Ag
1.26% Total Se
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Consumer Goods 19.00%
Health Care 17.00%
Financials 16.00%
Industrials 15.00%
Technology 9.00%
Utilities 5.00%
Basic Materials 5.00%
Consumer Services 4.00%
Money Market 4.00%
Oil & Gas 4.00%


Around 400 stocks.

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