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iShares launches global equity ETF offering emerging market exposure


iShares, the Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) platform of BlackRock, Inc, has launched the iShares MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) ETF, offering exposure to companies from up to 45 developed and emerging markets.

 Listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) today, the fund is physically replicating meaning it holds the underlying physical securities and aims to track the MSCI All Country World Index Net USD. The fund is optimised, holding a subset of the index constituents for efficient portfolio management. 
The iShares MSCI ACWI ETF will provide investors access to up to 24 developed and 21 emerging markets, offering a diverse, global equity exposure within a single trade. The fund is UCITS compliant and will track a broad range of sectors which make up the index.
The launch of iShares MSCI ACWI takes iShares’ European equity product range to 128, reinforcing its position as the world’s leading ETF provider.
Axel Lomholt (pictured), Head of iShares Product Development EMEA, says: “The iShares MSCI ACWI ETF provides investors with a key building block to gain global equity exposure while diversifying away from single market or regional risk.
“In line with iShares’ best principles, the fund offers investors liquid and transparent exposure to a diverse, global index within a regulated framework by investing in physical securities that are constituents of the index. iShares’ MSCI ACWI fund provides exposure to both developed and emerging market companies, and given the market capitalisation of emerging market companies is expected to rise, this is of increasing importance within a global equity portfolio in the coming years.”

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