An investment fund is required to describe, in its prospectus, any material risks associated with an investment in the fund, [FN 28] including any risks associated with any particular aspect of the fundamental investment objectives and investment strategies. [FN 29]
Risk disclosure enables investors to better understand the potential material risks associated with investing in the fund, including the impact of those risks on a fund’s performance.
FN 28 Item 9 of Part B of Form 81-101F1; Item 12 of Form 41-101F2.
FN 29 Instruction (2) to Item 9 of Part B of Form 81-101F1; Item 12.1(1) of Form 41-101F2.
The risk disclosure of ESG-Related Funds enables investors to better understand the challenges faced by the fund in meeting its ESG-related investment objectives, if applicable, or using its ESG strategies.
An ESG-Related Fund should consider whether there are any material risk factors that are applicable to the fund as a result of the fund’s ESG-related investment objectives and/or its use of ESG strategies and disclose such risk factors where applicable. Examples may include concentration risk, risk of underperformance due to the fund’s ESG-related focus, and risk arising from potential over-reliance on third-party ESG ratings in assessing the ESG performance of underlying holdings.
The disclosure of material ESG-related risks by all types of funds, regardless of whether they are ESG-Related Funds, may assist investors with making informed investment decisions about how ESG issues can impact their investments.
All investment funds, regardless of whether they are ESG-Related Funds, should consider whether there are any material ESG-related risk factors that are applicable to the fund and disclose such risk factors where applicable. Examples of such risk factors may include climate change risk and bribery and corruption risks.
In order to be able to provide useful ESG-related risk disclosure, staff remind IFMs to ensure that their risk management framework takes ESG-related risks into account.
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