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Franklin Templeton launches first suite of emerging markets passive ETFs in Europe

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Franklin Templeton is launching the first passive ETFs in its Franklin LibertyShares range, with an initial suite of four market-cap weighted, emerging markets country ETFs covering Brazil, China, Korea and India.  

The Franklin FTSE Brazil UCITS ETF, Franklin FTSE China UCITS ETF and Franklin FTSE Korea UCITS ETF will list on the Deutsche Börse (DB) on 5 June, and on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Borsa Italiana on 7 June and then on the SIX Swiss Exchange on 19 June. The firm also plans to list the Franklin FTSE India UCITS ETF3 on DB, LSE, Borsa Italiana and SIX shortly after. 

The total expense ratio (TER) for the Brazil, China and India funds is 0.19 per cent.  The TER for the Korea ETF is 0.09 per cent.

Caroline Baron, Head of ETF Sales EMEA, Franklin Templeton says: “Building on Franklin Templeton’s strong and extensive emerging markets investment heritage, we are delighted to introduce these four new emerging markets country passive ETFs at the lowest fees, to European investors.  It was logical for us to start with Brazil, China, India and Korea, since these four high-growth countries represent the biggest country allocations within client portfolios and broad emerging markets indices.  It is important to note that our new passive ETFs will be physically replicated which is rare in the emerging markets country ETF category.  This is due to strong client feedback noting their preference over synthetically replicated ETFs.” 

Patrick O’Connor, Head of Global ETFs for Franklin Templeton, adds: “Our goal is to provide investors with the flexibility to construct diversified portfolios across active, smart beta and passive ETF strategies. This new suite of passive ETFs will provide a cost-effective way to access beta solutions, further rounding out our strong line up of 14 ETF strategies for European investors.”

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