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Our innovative approach to sustainable investment within money market funds

HSBC ESG Sterling Liquidity Fund

HSBC Asset Management is proud to announce the launch of a new ESG money market fund (MMF), the HSBC ESG Sterling Liquidity Fund. The fund will be available for investors seeking a Low Volatility Net Asset Value (LVNAV) money market fund that invests in issuers that are better at addressing ESG factors.

An innovative investment approach

The HSBC ESG liquidity investment strategy has been developed to address the evolving priorities of our clients. Building on the highest rated¹ ESG Integration platform serving all HSBC MMFs our new ESG specific MMFs are designed to deliver more sustainable outcomes by focusing on the ESG performance of those issuers that our funds can invest in.

Our innovative approach to sustainable investment within money market funds follows a Best-in-Class strategy to ESG investing. We are able to identify the issuers that demonstrate they are best at addressing ESG issues and we apply HSBC Asset Management's 20+ years of responsible investment expertise to create a more sustainable list of high quality issuers from which we construct our portfolios. The result is a meaningful improvement in ESG score compared to the money market investable universe.

The main objectives of the strategy are:

The HSBC ESG Sterling Liquidity Fund will be a Short-Term Money Market Fund as defined by ESMA².

1. HSBC Global Asset Management achieved A+ in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 PRI Assessment Report for Strategy and Governance and Fixed Income modules.
2. The European Securities and Markets Authority define a short-term MMF as an MMF that invests in eligible money market instruments referred to in Article 10(1) and is subject to the portfolio rules set out in Article 24 of Regulation (EU) No 2017/1131.

Why consider investing in the HSBC ESG Sterling Liquidity Fund?

The fund is classified as Article 8 funds under EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR)4

3. Fund holdings reports & publicly available information, as of 31 August 2021
4. Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation.


Hear from our experts

Watch an interview with Jonathan Curry, Global CIO Liquidity and Barry Harbison, America’s Head of Liquidity Investments.

What is a Best-in-Class investment approach?

When building out our ESG liquidity investment process, we had to focus on the objectives of capital preservation and liquidity, while delivering a credible focus on ESG. Learn more about applying a Best-in-Class investment approach to money market funds here.

Fund details

Fund manager

Philip Walsh

Fund launch date

12th October 2021

Fund domicile

Ireland, UCITS



Launch price

GBP £1.00

Distribution type


Money market fund type

Low Volatility Net Asset Value (LVNAV)


Daily, except public holidays in region / country of currency of the fund

Cut off time

13:30 (Dublin time)



Dividend Policy

Declared daily, distributed monthly

Settlement date


Minimum initial investment


SFDR¹ classification

Article 8

Fund rating

AAAm / Aaa-mf5


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5. As a sub-fund to the HSBC Global Liquidity Funds plc and following the same investment principles and guidelines provisional AAA rating has been obtained by both Moody's and S&P pending further post launch review.

Investor Resources

ESG Sterling Liquidity
Fund Brochure

Contact us

Nick Jones
Nick Jones
Head of Treasury Business Development, Institutional, UK

+ 44(0) 20 7991 8431


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Key risks

The value of investments and any income from them can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

  • Asset backed securities (ABS) and mortgage backed securities (MBS) risk. ABS and MBS typically carry prepayment risk, as well as having potential for default. The securities can carry an above-average risk of being hard to value or to sell at a desired time and price
  • Counterparty risk. The possibility that the counterparty to a transaction may be unwilling or unable to meet its obligations
  • Credit risk. A bond or money market security could lose value if the issuer’s financial health deteriorates
  • Derivatives risk. Derivatives can behave unexpectedly. The pricing and volatility of many derivatives may diverge from strictly reflecting the pricing or volatility of their underlying reference(s), instrument or asset
  • Exchange rate risk. Changes in currency exchange rates could reduce or increase investment gains or investment losses, in some cases significantly
  • Investment leverage risk. Investment leverage occurs when the economic exposure is greater than the amount invested, such as when derivatives are used. A Fund that employs leverage may experience greater gains and/or losses due to the amplification effect from a movement in the price of the reference source
  • Liquidity risk. Liquidity risk is the risk that a Fund may encounter difficulties meeting its obligations in respect of financial liabilities that are settled by delivering cash or other financial assets, thereby compromising existing or remaining investors
  • Money Market Fund risk. The fund’s objective may not be achieved in adverse market conditions. During times of very low interest rates, the interest received by the Fund could be less than the costs of operating the Fund
  • Operational risk. Operational risks may subject the Fund to errors affecting transactions, valuation, accounting, and financial reporting, among other things

Important information

For Professional Clients only and should not be distributed to or relied upon by Retail Clients.

The value of investments and the income from them can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested. Past performance contained in this document is not a reliable indicator of future performance whilst any forecasts, projections and simulations contained herein should not be relied upon as an indication of future results. Where overseas investments are held the rate of currency exchange may cause the value of such investments to go down as well as up. Investments in emerging markets are by their nature higher risk and potentially more volatile than those inherent in some established markets. Economies in Emerging Markets generally are heavily dependent upon international trade and, accordingly, have been and may continue to be affected adversely by trade barriers, exchange controls, managed adjustments in relative currency values and other protectionist measures imposed or negotiated by the countries with which they trade. These economies also have been and may continue to be affected adversely by economic conditions in the countries in which they trade. Mutual fund investments are subject to market risks, read all scheme related documents carefully. The material contained herein is for information only and does not constitute legal, tax or investment advice or a recommendation to any reader of this material to buy or sell investments. You must not, therefore, rely on the content of this document when making any investment decisions. This document is not intended for distribution to or use by any person or entity in any jurisdiction or country where such distribution or use would be contrary to law or regulation. This document is not and should not be construed as an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe to any investment. Any views expressed were held at the time of preparation, reflected our understanding of the regulatory environment; and are subject to change without notice. The funds mentioned in this document are sub-funds of HSBC Global Liquidity Funds plc, is an open-ended Investment company with variable capital and segregated liability between sub-funds, which is incorporated under the laws of Ireland and authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland. The company is constituted as an umbrella fund, with segregated liability between sub-funds. UK based investors in HSBC Global Liquidity Funds plc are advised that they may not be afforded some of the protections conveyed by the provisions of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. The Company is recognised in the United Kingdom by the Financial Conduct Authority under section 264 of the Act. The shares in HSBC Global Liquidity Funds plc have not been and will not be publicly offered for sale in the United States of America, its territories or possessions and all areas subject to its jurisdiction, or to United States Persons. All applications are made on the basis of the current HSBC Global Liquidity Funds plc Prospectus, Key Investor Information Document, Supplementary Information Document (SID) and most recent annual and semi-annual reports, which can be obtained upon request free of charge from HSBC Global Asset Management (UK) Limited, 8 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5HQ. UK, or the local distributors. Investors and potential investors should read and note the risk warnings in the prospectus and relevant KIID and additionally, in the case of retail clients, the information contained in the supporting SID. It is important to remember that there is no guarantee that a stable net asset value will be maintained.

HSBC Global Liquidity Funds are Money Market Funds (MMF) and therefore:
a) are not a guaranteed investment
b) are different from an investment in deposits and there is a risk that the principal invested in an MMF may fluctuate;
c) do not rely on external support for guaranteeing the liquidity of the MMF or stabilising the NAV per unit or share;
d) the risk of loss of the principal is borne by the investor

The MMF have availed of the derogation provided for under Article 17(7) of the Money Market Fund Regulation and accordingly a Fund may, in accordance with the principle of risk-spreading, invest up to 100% of its assets in different money market instruments issued or guaranteed separately or jointly by the European Union, the national, regional and local administrations or their central banks, the European Central Bank, the European Investment Bank, the European Investment Fund, the European Stability Mechanism, the European Financial Stability Facility, a central authority or central bank of a third country, the International Monetary Fund, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Council of Europe Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Bank for International Settlements, or any other relevant international financial institution or organisation to which one or more member states of the European Union belong.

Article 8 and 9 Products as categorized under Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation.
Detailed information for article 8 and 9 sustainable investment products, as categorised under the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR), including; description of the environmental or social characteristics or the sustainable investment objective; methodologies used to assess, measure and monitor the environmental or social characteristics and the impact of the selected sustainable investments and; objectives and benchmark information, can be found at: The value of investments and any income from them can go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested. Where overseas investments are held the rate of currency exchange may also cause the value of such investments to fluctuate. Investments in emerging markets are by their nature higher risk and potentially more volatile than those inherent in some established markets. Stock market investments should be viewed as a medium to long term investment and should be held for at least five years. Any performance information shown refers to the past and should not be seen as an indication of future returns.

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