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This document is of summary nature. The products referred to herein involve numerous risks (including, without limitations, credit risk, market risk, liquidity risk and currency risk). In respect of securities trading, please refer for more information on such risks to the risk disclosure brochure “Special Risks in Securities Trading (Edition 2008)”, which is available for free on the following website of the Swiss Bankers’ Association: www.swissbanking.org/en/home.
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