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  • Exchange Traded Fund ("ETF")

    • CIR 3.1.12

      (1) A FundG is an Exchange Traded FundG ("ETF") if it:
      (a) is constituted as an Open-ended Public FundG ;
      (b) has its UnitsG available for trading throughout the day on an exchange that meets the criteria in (2); and
      (c) has at least one market maker (Authorised Participant) who:
      (i) purchases and redeems "creation UnitsG " of the FundG from the Fund ManagerG ; and
      (ii) is prepared to buy and sell UnitsG of the FundG throughout the day on the relevant exchange.
      (2) An exchange meets the requirement in (1)(b) if it is:
      (a) operated by an Authorised Market InstitutionG ;
      (b) regulated by a Financial Services RegulatorG in a jurisdiction that is a signatory to the IOSCO Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding for sharing information; or
      (c) regulated by a Financial Services RegulatorG in a jurisdiction which has entered into a bilateral memorandum of understanding with the DFSAG for sharing information.
      Derived from DFSA RM218/2018 (Made 22nd February 2018) [VER23/12-18]

      • CIR 3.1.12 Guidance

        1. CIR Rule 13.9.1 prohibits the use of the term Exchange Traded FundG or ETFG unless a FundG meets the criteria in CIR Rule 3.1.12. A similar prohibition applies to Foreign FundsG that offer UnitsG in or from the DIFCG —see CIR Rules 15.1.5(c) and 15.1.6(1)(c).
        2. ETFs are different to other exchange traded Open-ended FundsG . ETFsG generally do not sell or redeem their UnitsG to and from retail investors directly at net asset value (NAV). Instead, an Authorised Participant ("AP") (i.e. a market maker appointed by the ETF Fund ManagerG ) buys and redeems ETF UnitsG , called creation UnitsG , directly from the ETFG Fund ManagerG . Generally, an AP that purchases a creation UnitG of an ETFG deposits with the ETF Fund ManagerG a 'purchase basket' of certain securities and cash and/or other assets identified by the ETF ManagerG that day, and then receives the creation UnitG in return for those assets. The basket generally reflects a pro-rata portion of the ETF's underlying holdings. After purchasing a creation UnitG , the AP may hold or sell some or all of the UnitG in the basket on the relevant exchange.
        3. The redemption process is the reverse of the purchase process. The AP redeems the creation Unit from the ETF, in exchange for a 'redemption basket' of securities and/or cash and other assets (or all cash) received from the Fund ManagerG . The AP also offers to buy and sell ETF Units on the relevant exchange, where retail investors can buy and sell ETF Units at a price close to NAV.
        4. See further Guidance about ETFs under CIR Rule 13.9.6.
        Derived from DFSA RM218/2018 (Made 22nd February 2018) [VER23/12-18]