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iShares launches 100th ETF on LSE with European first


iShares’ has launched its 100th ETF product on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), the first ETF based in Europe providing direct exposure to the Polish market.

The iShares MSCI Poland ETF aims to track the MSCI Poland Index, providing investors with good liquidity while offering targeted emerging market exposure in Eastern Europe. The ETF will invest predominately in financials but also in the utility, materials, energy, telecoms and industrial sectors.
The fund is offered in an accumulating form, where dividends are automatically reinvested into the ETF to remove the administrative burden of processing regular cash flows and dividends paid by the fund. It is the twelfth single country exposure iShares has launched recently, including the listing of MSCI USA, MSCI Canada and MSCI South Africa ETFs in 2010 on the LSE.
Axel Lomholt, head of product development for iShares in Europe says: “The Polish economy is one of the largest in the EU and also one of the fastest growing in Central Europe. The iShares MSCI Poland ETF will invest predominately in the financials and energy sector, helping to meet investor demand for emerging markets.
“We are delighted to start 2011 with several significant milestones including the first London listed ETF giving exposure to Poland, 100 ETFs listed on the LSE – more than any other provider – and over USD100 billion in European assets under management. iShares is committed to expanding its range of ETFs to meet clients’ needs for innovative products, offering targeted exposure to a wide range of asset classes, combined with transparency, diversification and liquidity. We look forward to broadening our presence and product set throughout Europe over the coming year.”

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