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iShares, an exchange-traded fund provider, has published a guide to educate investors on key European fixed income indices, as demand for exposure to the asset class through an ETF stru

iShares, an exchange-traded fund provider, has published a guide to educate investors on key European fixed income indices, as demand for exposure to the asset class through an ETF structure continues.

The guide contains information on each of the main indices underlying European fixed income ETFs, grouped by exposure. It outlines the main features and uses of each index category, as well as the criteria iShares has adopted in developing exchange traded products based on them – from credit rating requirements and liquidity criteria to weighting and rebalancing methodology.

Nizam Hamid, head of sales strategy at iShares, says: ‘Fixed income is the current asset class of choice while transparency and liquidity are the watch-words of the day. Fixed income ETFs combine both these elements and offer investors an effective way of accessing this asset class, and this guide provides an overview of the main fixed income indices, and the characteristics unique to them.

‘Our ultimate aim is to ensure that the growing fixed income investor base is equipped with fundamental information about the indices on which we, and other ETF providers, base our products, and this guide will be a useful point of reference for them.’

iShares launched four new fixed income products last month in response to the widespread demand from investors for a greater range of exposure to bond markets. The firm intends to launch additional such products in the coming months.

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