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iShares, the world’s leading provider of ETFs, plans to extend its inflation-linked range of bond exchange-traded funds, at a time when rising inflation pressures remains a major issue for

iShares, the world’s leading provider of ETFs, plans to extend its inflation-linked range of bond exchange-traded funds, at a time when rising inflation pressures remains a major issue for the global economy.

The existing iShares inflation-linked ETFs listed on the London Stock Exchange comprise the iShares Euro Inflation Linked Bond, iShares £ Index-Linked Gilts and iShares $ TIPS.

‘Most investors have a desire to preserve the real value of their accumulated wealth, especially as they approach the time when that wealth is required to fund current liabilities,’ says iShares senior fixed-income portfolio manager Alex Claringbull.

‘In this context, inflation-linked bonds are the only generic asset class that offers investors a direct hedge against inflation. Investors earn, with certainty, a known real rate of return over the life of the bond. As a result, they are protecting the real value of their portfolios.

‘The global inflation-linked asset class has exploded over the last 25 years from virtually zero to about USD1.5trn in insurance today, mostly driven by investor demand which shows no sign of abating.

‘In the current climate and as the ETF market continues to grow at a phenomenal rate, we expect more investors to take advantage of our iShares’ inflation-linked bond ETF range, particularly because of the ease, cost efficiency, transparency and diversification that these products offer.’

Barclays Global Investors, which had more than 2,900 institutional clients and USD2trn of assets under management at the end of last year, is the global product leader in exchange-traded funds with more than 320 iShares funds for institutions and individuals.

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