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What currency risks are associated with the Socially Responsible Investment Funds?

The funds are European SICAV funds, in euro, and in the UK they are made available for investment in Sterling.

Currency risk arises because the investments made by the funds are denominated in US dollars, euro and other foreign currencies. In principle the fund does not hedge the currency risk of these investments. As the UK share classes are offered in sterling, when comparing returns for these share classes to those generated for the euro share classes offered to European investors, returns will be affected by currency fluctuations between Sterling and the euro.

Sterling investment is converted to euro, then invested in various currencies by the fund. The returns on the fund are therefore in some part driven by the euro exchange rate compared to the currencies of countries invested in. The UK share classes are then impacted by the £/euro fluctuations when the fund performance is converted to sterling to calculate returns for UK share class holders.

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