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The iShares exchange-traded funds business, a division of Barclays Global Investors Canada, has launched two funds, the iShares CDN MSCI World Index Fund and the iShares CDN MSCI Emergi

The iShares exchange-traded funds business, a division of Barclays Global Investors Canada, has launched two funds, the iShares CDN MSCI World Index Fund and the iShares CDN MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund.

The funds offer investors exposure to international stocks and emerging markets respectively. They will begin trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange today.

"Investors are looking for better ways to gain exposure to international opportunities," says Heather Pelant, head of iShares, BGI Canada. "These funds stand above and apart from others because they enable investors to access foreign markets while avoiding the currency and estate tax considerations usually associated with US-listed ETFs. At the same time, investors can be assured they will enjoy the same traditional advantages they’ve come to expect from iShares ETFs: transparency, tax and cost efficiency, immediate access, liquidity and easy diversification."

The iShares CDN MSCI World Index Fund has a management expense ratio of 0.45 per cent. It provides long-term capital growth by replicating, as closely as possible, the performance of the MSCI World Index, net of expenses. The MSCI World Index provides worldwide exposure to more than 1,500 stocks from 23 developed markets around the globe.

The iShares CDN MSCI Emerging Markets Index Fund, with a management expense ratio of 0.82 per cent, provides long-term capital growth by replicating, as closely as possible, the performance of the MSCI Emerging Markets index, net of expenses.

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