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What should you know about DWS investments?

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DWS Investments is a division of Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management, a German mutual fund company that was founded in the 1950s and acquired an American investment firm, Scudder Stevens and Clark, in 2002. DWS is the English-friendly shortened version of the company's full German-language title, Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Wertpapiersparen, which translates to "the fund specialists;" DWS has been known by its present acronym since 2008, as noted on the company's website. DWS Investments has an international presence, offering products and services in North America, South America and the Asia-Pacific region.

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As part of Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management, DWS Investments is actually part of a division that Deutsche Bank set up in 2013. DWS Investments is the largest mutual fund company in Germany as of 2015 and is one of the largest such companies in all of Europe, notes DB.com. Headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, DWS Investments is a privately held company that specializes in mutual funds and also offers asset management and other investment services.

Investors in the United States should note that DWS Investments is not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and offers no bank guarantee to its customers. DWS Investments advises investors that mutual fund investments are inherently risky. The company's success is no guarantee of stability for investors.

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