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Rakuten Securities Inc. launches Deutsche Bank Group db x-trackers ETF products to Japanese retail investors


Tokyo, Rakuten Securities Inc. (RSI) and Deutsche Bank Group (DBG) announced today that RSI has launched and commenced the marketing of 6 listed Chinese exchange traded funds (ETFs) structured and developed by DBG under its “db x-trackers” series to Japanese retail investors.

RSI has provided US and Chinese equity products since 1999 and 2003 respectively, and has continued to expand its product line-up. Among the international ETFs RSI has marketed since May 2007, it has continued to expand its product line-up of index funds tracking developed markets indices, such as the Dow30 and S&P500, to also include ETFs tracking emerging markets and commodities.

In the results of RSI’s ’Rakuten DI’ survey of retail investors released in January 2010, more than half of respondents declared a focus on the China and India markets, indicating a significant increase in emphasis by individual investors on the region. Respondents also indicated an increasing diversity of interest in Southeast Asia, Middle East and North Africa.

RSI will launch 6 ETFs from the more than 120 funds in the db x-trackers line-up, tracking indices for China, India, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. The db x-trackers product is the only ETF offered in Japan tracking a Vietnam index. With this addition of db x-trackers ETFs to its product line-up, RSI will handle the largest number of foreign ETFs in Japan.

DBGs was voted Europe’s best Exchange Traded Funds provider in 2009 by Structured Products magazine and its db x-trackers series has been recognized as a top brand name worldwide among ETFs. DBG is the third-largest issuer globally with assets under management of more than USD 50 billion, as of December 2009*.

ETFs in the db x-trackers series are more tax efficient for Japanese investors with regard to dividend distributions when compared with US- domiciled ETFs.

*Source: Deutsche Bank, Bloomberg, Reuters

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In Japan, Deutsche Bank Group is engaged primarily in investment banking for corporate and institutional clients, corporate banking and asset management. The Group employs about 1,610 people.


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