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iShares prioritises fixed income in latest ETF product listing


iShares has listed four new products on the Amsterdam market of NYSE Euronext with fixed income providing a key focus for the firm’s product development.

The new products include three fixed income ETFs and one equity ETF covering the Gulf Cooperation Council Middle-East region.
Year-to-date, iShares Europe has seen over EUR1.5bn in net assets in fixed income ETFs as investors turn to risk-averse, liquid and transparent asset classes amid continuing uncertain market conditions.
According to research by Bloomberg, iShares fixed income trading volumes on Euronext Amsterdam were 179 per cent higher on average per month in 2009 than in 2008. The average trading volumes increased from EUR34.2m to EUR95.5m in the same period. The percentage of total iShares trading volumes on Euronext Amsterdam represented by fixed income investments was 15.23 per cent on average per month in 2009, a substantial increase from 5.35 per cent on average per month in 2008.
The total number of European fixed income iShares funds available is now 37 – of which 15 are listed on the European markets of NYSE Euronext.
Roel Thijssen, head of iShares Benelux, says: ‘With transparency and liquidity the watchwords of the day, investor appetite for risk-averse fixed income products in the Netherlands shows no sign of abating.
‘It has historically been difficult to access GCC markets and whilst there are products offering exposure to individual countries and to the region as part of broader benchmarks, the iShares MSCI GCC Countries ex-Saudi Arabia fund focuses on the five investible GCC markets within a single fund.’

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