One of the most important characteristics of UCITS is the ease of buying or selling a fund’s shares or units. This means that investors wishing to sell their holdings in a fund, whether because they believe the value may fall or for any other reason, can do so without delay. As a general rule investors may buy or sell UCITS shares or units at least twice a month, subject to limited exceptions, but in fact the vast majority of UCITS funds offer daily liquidity.
The sale or purchase price is determined by the Net Asset Value per share or NAV. NAV is equal to the net assets of the fund divided by the number of shares or units held by investors. In most cases sales and purchases are subject to fees and commission charges. Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that are UCITS, which are themselves listed and traded on public markets, may enable investors to buy and sell shares at any time those markets are open. However, their ability to trade and the price offered will depend on the availability of other buyers or sellers.