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Types of Funds

The types of funds listed here differ in terms of the products (asset classes) in which the fund is permitted to invest.

Equity funds Equity funds allow the fund management to invest the capital mainly in equities. Equity funds may be focused on various criteria, such as sectors, geographical areas, special themes or company size.
Money market funds Money market funds provide short-term liquidity to borrowers. In return for the capital invested, the borrower pays a market rate of interest which benefits the fund and therefore also the investor.
Bond funds Bond funds invest in fixed-income securities. The fund assets are invested in bonds from various borrowers, such as governments and companies. Bond funds do reflect the current interest rate environment in the market, but the price fluctuations are often muted due to the diversification of the bonds in the fund and the range of maturities.
Strategy funds Strategy funds are also called asset allocation funds or portfolio funds. They contain diversified investments, which means that they invest all over the world in equities, bonds and money market instruments. The weighting of the individual categories of securities and foreign currencies is based on the asset allocation or risk tolerance defined in the fund contract.
Within a given category of securities, the fund manager allocates the equities component, for example, to various sectors or regions, or the bond component to various maturities. This allows the fund manager to diversify the individual investment categories and to adjust the weighting of securities to current developments on the financial markets.
Real estate funds Real estate funds generally invest in commercial or residential real estate. A large proportion of the investment funds listed and admitted to trading on the SIX Swiss Exchange are real estate funds.
Unlike the units of other fund types, which can be sold at any time, the sale of units of real estate funds is subject to prior notice. Units can be redeemed at the end of the financial year after a twelve-month notice period.