In the new filing, the company also provided additional detail regarding the composition of the family of MSCI FX Hedge indices that will serve as benchmarks to the various funds.
The derivative-based strategy behind the ETFs is to isolate returns of the underlying equities, while eliminating as much as possible the impact of currency fluctuations on those returns, the filing said. The hedging mechanism designed to offset the exposure to local currencies is achieved through the use of forward currency contracts.
The strategy adds a new wrinkle to what has traditionally been a case of either avoiding emerging market currency risks by choosing dollar-denominated funds or investing in ETFs in foreign currencies to benefit from the weakening dollar.
Deutsche Bank’s strategy comes at a time of heightened uncertainty in the global economy. Central banks of developed economies are all engaged in, or prepared to launch, unprecedented monetary policy experiments aimed at controlling deflationary pressures to reverse the deepest downturn since the 1930s.
The respective tickers, fees and holdings of Deutsche’s five ETFs are:
- DBX MSCI Emerging Markets Currency-Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DBEM), 0.65 percent. DBEM will invests in some 800 securities in 21 emerging economies that include Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey. Holdings have an average market capitalization of $4.9 billion.
- DBX MSCI EAFE Currency-Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DBEF), 0.35 percent. DBEF will tap into 22 developed nations excluding the U.S. in a portfolio that has almost 1,000 holdings with an average market capitalization of $11.43 billion.
- DBX MSCI Brazil Currency-Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DBBR), 0.60 percent. DBBR’s portfolio comprises some 81 securities with an average market capitalization of $7.66 billion.
- DBX MSCI Canada Currency-Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DBCN), 0.50 percent. DBCN includes 100 holdings with an average market capitalization of $13 billion.
- DBX MSCI Japan Currency-Hedged Equity Fund (NYSEArca: DBJP), 0.50 percent. DBJP’s portfolio will consist of some 340 securities with an average market capitalization of $7.2 billion.
Disclosure I do not own any of these funds with no plans to buy any at this time.