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Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

Seamlessly gain exposure to global markets

Trade on your mobile

Now you can also access our Online Trading Platform in the HSBC UAE app. To get started all you need is an investment account and a trading profile.

Access major stock markets with ETFs

Creating a global investment portfolio demands time, expertise and exposure to markets around the world. An Exchange Traded Fund (‘ETF’) is a security traded on a stock exchange. In its simplest form, an ETF attempts to track the performance of one or more indices. Whether you are looking for capital growth or regular income, ETFs provide a cost-efficient and diverse exposure to fit your needs.


Our Online Trading Platform lets you access all the major stock exchanges on your computer or in the HSBC UAE app. You can buy ETFs in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the United States.


  • Diversification built in
    Investing in a single unit of a particular ETF provides investors with diverse exposure to various issuers. For example, purchasing one unit of an ETF tracking the S&P 500, in its simplest form, provides investors with shares in all the companies that comprise the portfolio of that particular ETF. Different ETFs provide exposure to different companies, industry sectors, markets and/or regions that serve your needs.
  • Global reach & Market Access
    ETFs are vehicles that provide investors with exposure to one or more indices, enabling access to global markets.
  • Tradable Securities
    ETFs are bought and sold in the same way equities are traded and are treated to the same standards on the respective exchange in which the security is listed. ETFs are traded during the business days and operating hours of the exchange.
  • Lower costs
    The management fees and per unit costs of obtaining ETFs tend to be lower compared to other investment instruments providing similar diversification exposures to international markets.

More about Exchange Traded Funds

What risks to consider?

You should understand that past performance of investment products is not an indicator or evidence of the future performance and the value of investments can go down as well as up and you may not get back the amount originally invested.

Investment products may be subject to periodic or general “illiquidity” and you may not be able to sell at the required number of shares at the publicly-displayed price on the relevant exchange (and you may have to accept a discount) or you may not be able to sell them at all.

There may be exchange rate risks associated with investing in ETFs denominated in a different currency than your home currency.

We are not providing any guidance or advice with regard to the ETFs you choose to transact and the related transaction and we are not making a personal recommendation for you.  You are responsible for the choice of ETFs you wish to transact as well as the outcome of any Transaction effected through the Platform, and understand that you are acting on an “execution only” basis.

Apply now

In order to invest in equities you will need an HSBC current account and be registered for online banking. Additionally you will need a Trading profile and an Investment account.

Existing investor

If you already have an online Equity Investment Account, log on to online banking to buy and sell securities.

New to Wealth?

If you would like to open an investment account and an online Equity Investment Account, leave us your details and we'll be in touch to help you get started.

New to trading?

If you already have an investment account with us and would like to start trading equities, leave us your details and we'll be in touch to help you get started.

Not registered to online banking yet?

If you would like to access our Online Trading Platform, you first need to register yourselves now to internet banking.


The information is solely for personal and non-commercial use and for reference only. Opinions and estimates expressed are subject to change without notice and HSBC expressly disclaims any and all liability for representation or warranties, expressed or implied, contained herein or for omissions. As this document is circulated to all clients, the specific investment objectives, personal situation and particular needs of any specific person have not been taken into consideration. HSBC does not but may from time to time have an interest in the securities and may hold long or short positions for its own account or those of its clients. The price of an ETF can and does fluctuate, and any individual ETF may experience upward or downward movements, and may even become valueless. There is an inherent risk that losses may be incurred rather than profit made as a result of buying and selling ETFs. The decision to place the investment should be based on your own judgement without relying on any material provided or advice given by the bank or its representative. You should carefully consider whether any investments services mentioned in this document are appropriate for you in view of your personal circumstances. Before you make any investment decisions, you may wish to consult your financial adviser.

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