NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The New Germany Fund, Inc. (NYSE: GF) (the “Fund”) announced today that its Board of Directors approved a change of the benchmark index for the Fund, effective September 1, 2018, from the Deutsche Börse Midcap Market Index to a custom blend of the German Mid Cap index (the “MDAX Index”), 80% weight, and the German Small Cap index (the “SDAX Index”), 20% weight. The MDAX Index will be comprised of 60 mid-cap German companies from all industries that rank directly below DAX® equities in terms of market capitalization and exchange turnover. The SDAX Index will be comprised of 70 German companies from all industries that rank directly below the MDAX equities in terms of market capitalization and exchange turnover. Both indices are weighted by free-float market capitalization, with no stock accounting for more than 10 percent of the index.
This change is being made in light of Deutsche Börse’s announcement on June 18, 2018 that it will discontinue the Midcap Market Index effective September 21, 2018. The Fund’s adviser, Deutsche Asset Management International GmbH, believes the custom blended benchmark is an appropriate benchmark for the Fund, as it more accurately captures the Fund’s focus on German small and mid-cap stocks than any available unblended alternative index.
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The New Germany Fund, Inc. Investing in foreign securities, particularly those of emerging markets, presents certain risks, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic changes, and market risks. Any fund that concentrates in a particular segment of the market will generally be more volatile than a fund that invests more broadly.
The shares of most closed-end funds, including the Fund, are not continuously offered. Once issued, shares of closed-end funds are bought and sold in the open market through a stock exchange. Shares of closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount to net asset value. The price of a fund’s shares is determined by a number of factors, several of which are beyond the control of the fund. Therefore, a fund cannot predict whether its shares will trade at, below, or above net asset value.
Investments in funds involve risk. Additional risks of the Funds are associated with international investing, such as currency fluctuations, political and economic changes, market risks, government regulations and differences in liquidity, which may increase the volatility of your investment. Foreign security markets generally exhibit greater price volatility and are less liquid than the US market. Additionally, the Funds focus their investments in certain geographical regions, thereby increasing their vulnerability to developments in that region and potentially subjecting the Funds’ shares to greater price volatility. Some funds have more risk than others. These include funds, such as the Funds, that allow exposure to or otherwise concentrate investments in certain sectors, geographic regions, security types, market capitalization, or foreign securities (e.g., political or economic instability, which can be accentuated in emerging market countries).
The European Union, the United States and other countries have imposed sanctions on Russia in response to Russian military and other actions in recent years. These sanctions have adversely affected Russian individuals, issuers and the Russian economy. Russia, in turn, has imposed sanctions targeting Western individuals, businesses and products. The various sanctions have adversely affected, and may continue to adversely affect, not only the Russian economy, but also the economies of many countries in Europe, including countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The continuation of current sanctions or the imposition of additional sanctions may materially adversely affect the value of the Fund’s portfolio.
The Midcap Market Index covers the 80 shares of the MDAX® and TecDAX® and tracks the performance of medium-sized companies from the ‘Classic’ (traditional) and ‘Technology’ sectors.
The DAX® is an equity index that measures the share performance of the German “blue chips” – the 30 largest companies in terms of exchange turnover and market capitalization.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the laws of such state or jurisdiction.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Nothing contained herein is fiduciary or impartial investment advice that is individualized or directed to any plan, plan participant, or IRA owner regarding the advisability of any investment transaction, including any IRA distribution or rollover.
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