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The terms "you" and "your" means you, the person(s) accessing this website and/or the party on whose behalf you are doing so.
The term "Vanguard Group" means VIHK and its subsidiaries, divisions, branches, affiliates or companies under common ownership or control of VGI.
The term "VGI" means Vanguard Group, Inc. incorporated in Pennsylvania, USA.
The term "VIHK" means Vanguard Investments Hong Kong Limited.
3. This website is owned and operated by VIHK. The information on this website is issued by VIHK.
Website for Hong Kong residents only
5. Please note that this website is designed only for use by, and is directed only at persons resident in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China ("Hong Kong"). The material contained in it is not to be regarded as an offer to buy or sell or the solicitation of any offer to buy or sell securities in any jurisdiction other than Hong Kong. The distribution of the information contained in this website in certain countries may be restricted by law and, accordingly, persons who access it are required to inform themselves and to comply with any such restrictions. When using this website, you must comply with all applicable local, national and international laws and regulations, including those related to data privacy, international communications and exportation of technical or personal data.
6. Downloading information contained on this website, or access to this website and use of information, materials, products or services provided through this website, is not intended, and is prohibited, where such access or use violates laws or regulations in your country, and VIHK and each other member of the Vanguard Group disclaims all responsibility and liability for any such breaches by you.
About Vanguard Investments Hong Kong Limited
7. VIHK (CE. No.: AYT820) is incorporated in Hong Kong with its registered office address at 48/F, The Center, 99 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong. VIHK is licensed with the Securities and Futures Commission to carry on Type 1 - Dealing in Securities, Type 4 - Advising on Securities, Type 6 – Advising on Corporate Finance and Type 9 - Asset Management regulated activities, as defined under the Securities and Futures Ordinance of Hong Kong (Cap. 571). The contents of this website have not been reviewed by the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong.
8. VIHK is a member of the Vanguard Group, in which VGI is the ultimate holding company.
Material on this Website
9. This website provides general information about VIHK and its business, including information about the services it offers. The materials on this website are for information purposes only. Nothing on this website constitutes legal, tax, or investment advice. You must not, therefore, rely on the content of this website when making any investment decisions. You alone will bear the sole responsibility of evaluating the merits and risks associated with the use of any materials on this website before making any decisions based on such materials.
10. IN EXCHANGE FOR USING SUCH MATERIALS, YOU AGREE NOT TO HOLD VIHK OR ANY MEMBER OF THE VANGUARD GROUP LIABLE FOR ANY POSSIBLE CLAIM FOR DAMAGES ARISING FROM ANY DECISION YOU MAKE BASED ON THE MATERIALS MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THIS WEBSITE.
Use of this Website
11. This website is a business and commercial site. As such, it is not intended for children or minors under the age of 18 years without the permission of a parent or guardian.
Your use of this website
12. You must not use this website (or permit or procure others to use it) for any unlawful, improper or illegal purpose or activity; to communicate or receive information that is obscene, indecent, pornographic, sadistic, cruel, or racist in content, of a sexually explicit or graphic nature, which promotes or incites discrimination, hatred or racism or which might be legally actionable for any reason; in a manner intended to threaten, harass, or intimidate; to violate any copyright, trademark, proprietary or other intellectual property rights of any member of the Vanguard Group or of any third party; to damage the Vanguard name or reputation or that of any member of the Vanguard Group or of any third parties; to impersonate any employee of any member of the Vanguard Group or any other person or use a false name while using this website or implying an association with the Vanguard Group; to penetrate the Vanguard Group' security measures or other entities' systems; to transmit unsolicited voluminous emails (for example, spamming) or to intercept, interfere with or redirect email intended for others using this website; to generate excessive amounts of internet traffic, to interfere with the network of the Vanguard Group or of any member of the Vanguard Group or any other person's use of this website or to engage in activities designed to or having the effect of degrading or denying service to users of this website or others; to introduce viruses, worms, harmful code and/or Trojan horses onto the internet or into this website or any other entity's systems and it is your responsibility to ensure that whatever you download or select for your use from this website is free from such items; to post or transmit information that is defamatory, fraudulent or deceptive; and/or to transmit confidential or proprietary information, except solely at your own risk.
User identification code
13. Certain parts of this website may be protected by passwords or require a login. Further, for authentication purposes, certain features on this website may require you to answer a designated security question. You agree to provide VIHK with current, complete, and accurate information about you as prompted by the applicable registration process and agree to regularly update this information to maintain its completeness and accuracy. You agree to use this website to access only those accounts on which you are authorized to act, and you agree to use your own user names, logins, passwords, and security questions and answers when accessing accounts on which you are authorized to act. You agree not to obtain or attempt to obtain unauthorized access to such parts of or features on this website, or to any other protected materials or information, through any means not intentionally made available to you by VIHK.
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Timeliness of content
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Modification and Discontinuation
16. We reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify, edit, delete, suspend or discontinue, temporarily or permanently this website (or any portion thereof) and/or the information, materials, products and/or services available through this website (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that we shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any such modification, editing, deletion, suspension or discontinuance of this website.
Limited Licenses and Restrictions on Use of Materials
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- (a) Copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit, license, create derivative works from, sell, exploit, or distribute in any way any material from this website other than for your own internal and legitimate business or personal purposes;
- (b) Copy, modify, remove, obscure or display VGI's name, logo, trademarks, text, or graphic images in any way without VIHK's express written permission except as set forth in this section;
- (c) Redeliver any of the pages, text, images, or content of this website using "framing" technology;
- (d) Modify or use the pages, text, images, or content from this website for any other purpose; doing so is a violation of VGI's copyrights and other proprietary rights; or
- (e) Include the term "Vanguard," any VGI trademark, or the name of any executive of the Vanguard Group, or any variation of the foregoing, as a meta-tag, hidden textual element or any other indicator that creates an impression of affiliation, sponsorship or endorsement by the Vanguard Group.
19. VIHK grants you a limited, revocable, non-exclusive right to create a hyperlink to VIHK's homepage at www.vanguard.com.hk only, provided you comply at all times with the conditions laid out herein. Linking to other content within this website is prohibited without VIHK's express written permission. The text of the link must read either "Vanguard Investments HK" or "www.vanguard.com.hk". You may not use any VGI logo or graphic, or any other VGI trademark, as part of the link without VIHK's express written permission. The link and surrounding context on the linking site must not:
- (a) Falsely represent or misrepresent any relationship between the linking site and the Vanguard Group, including suggestions of affiliation, endorsement or sponsorship;
- (b) Portray the Vanguard Group, or their products or services, in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise offensive manner; or
- (c) Alter the layout, content, look or feel of this website. You may not maintain numerous or pervasive links to this website.
20. VIHK is in no way responsible for the content of any site owned by a third party that may be linked to this website via hyperlink, whether such hyperlink is provided by VIHK or by a third party. Where this website contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. VIHK has no control over, and does not prepare, edit, or endorse, the contents of those sites or resources and neither VIHK nor any other member of the Vanguard Group makes any representation as to the accuracy, timeliness, suitability for use, or completeness of any of such sites or resources and has not and will not review or update them. You will use any such third party content at your own risk.
21. you expressly understand and agree that:
- (b) Use of this website is at your sole risk.
- (c) VIHK's shareholders, owners, officers, directors, employees and other representatives, and members of the Vanguard Group shall have the benefit of this clause 21.
- (d) There are no implied or express warranties on the materials in this website; they are provided on an "as is" basis.
- (e) VIHK EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES WITH RESPECT TO ANY DELAYS OR ERRORS IN THE TRANSMISSION OR DELIVERY OF ANY MATERIALS, PRODUCTS, OR SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS SITE, and does not represent or warrant that the functions contained in the materials will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that this website or the server that makes it available or e-mails sent from VIHK are free from viruses or other harmful components.
- (f) VIHK does not represent or warrant that the information accessible via this website, or any other website with which it is linked, is accurate, complete or current.
- (g) VIHK does not represent or warrant against the possibility of deletion, misdelivery or failure to store communications, personalised settings, or other data.
- (h) The information and all other materials on this website are provided for general information purposes only and do not constitute professional advice. It is your responsibility to evaluate and seek professional advice regarding the accuracy and completeness of all information, statements, opinions and other material on this website or any website with which it is linked.
22. Your statutory rights as a consumer, if any, are not affected by these provisions, and we do not seek to exclude or limit liability for fraudulent misrepresentation.
Limitation of Liability
23. You expressly understand and agree that your use of this site is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. VIHK does not accept any liability if for any reason this website is unavailable at any time or for any period.
24. Information and opinions contained on this website have been compiled or arrived at by VIHK from sources believed to be reliable. However, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, VIHK, each other member of the Vanguard Group, including its employees, and other third parties affiliated to VIHK, hereby expressly exclude and disclaim all conditions, warranties, representations and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute, common law or the law of equity and any liability for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive, exemplary or consequential loss, expenses or damage of any kind whatsoever and howsoever arising, even if VIHK or another member of the Vanguard Group have been advised of the possibility of such damages or losses, arising out of or in connection with:
- (a) the use of this website or any website with which it is linked;
- (b) reliance on the information or opinions contained in it or by anyone who may be informed of any of the contents of this website at any time; or
- (c) the use, inability to use, or results of the use of this website or any sites linked to it or materials posted on it.
THIS LIMITATION OF LIABILITY APPLIES WHETHER THE ALLEGED LIABILITY IS BASED ON CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER BASIS.
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26. The internet is not a completely reliable transmission medium and neither VIHK nor any other member of the Vanguard Group accepts any liability for any data transmission errors such as data loss or damage or alteration of any kind or for the security or confidentiality of information transmitted across the internet to or from VIHK or any other member of The Vanguard Group. Any such transmission of information is entirely at your own risk.
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29. Pursuant to Section 512(c)(2) of the Copyright Revision Act, as enacted through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Vanguard designates an agent as described below to receive notifications of claimed copyright infringement by mail: Pamela Crocker Senior Counsel, The Vanguard Group, Inc., P.O. Box 2600, V-26, Valley Forge, PA 19482-2600.
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