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iShares Canada publishes guide to firms offering investable portfolios using ETFs


BlackRock Asset Management Canada has published the iShares Connect: Canada Guide to ETF Investment Strategists.

It is a quarterly reference guide designed to aid financial advisors, broker/dealers, consultants, programme participants and investors in identifying ETF investment strategists or managers who deliver expertise in ETF portfolio construction and trading to investors seeking outsourced model portfolios.
"ETFs have captured the attention of investors and advisors alike, with ETF assets having increased exponentially over the last decade and are expected to reach USD150bn by 2017 and USD300bn by 2022 in Canada," says Ted Bader, director, iShares business development, BlackRock Canada. "In part, we are seeing this growth coming through a new management segment of ETF investment strategists, many who are registered portfolio managers, bringing to market institutional-like portfolios that were once too expensive and impractical for many investors to access directly."
The iShares Connect Program in Canada includes 11 investment strategists in the guide today and the iShares business expects the programme to grow as more and more managers recognise the benefits of using ETFs to run their portfolios.
"We use ETFs in a majority of our portfolios and trading models, because we find them to be a cost-effective and efficient means to tactically run our strategies," says Larry Berman, partner and chief investment officer, ETF Capital.

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