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iShares launches physically-backed commodity ETFs


 iShares, the Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) platform of BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) has expanded its commodities offering with the launch of three UCITS compliant physically-backed equity ETFs that provide cost-efficient exposure to companies in the commodities exploration, production and operations markets.

The Dublin domiciled iShares S&P Commodity Producers Oil and Gas, iShares S&P Commodity Producers Gold and iShares S&P Commodity Producers Agribusiness funds are now trading on the LSE, and are based upon the S&P Commodity Producers Index Series. They offer direct and liquid exposure to a range of companies that operate in these markets in a single trade.
Alka Banerjee, Vice President at S&P Indices, says: “The S&P Commodity Producers Index Series is designed to provide investors with an investable benchmark for measuring the equity performance of some of the world’s largest commodity producers. We are pleased to license our indices to iShares, making the launch of these ETFs a reality.”
Axel Lomholt (pictured), Head of ETF Products iShares EMEA, says: “iShares’ new commodity ETFs have been designed to provide exposure to commodities exploration, production and operations markets in a way that meets our core values of transparency, liquidity, trading flexibility and investor protection. Commodity related exchange traded products continue to generate significant interest as investors seek safe havens in today’s turbulent market environment. Globally investors have contributed USD12.1 billion in net inflows into commodity ETPs YTD through 31July 2011.

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