BlackRock launches the iShares Core Series in Europe

Responds to the European ETF market “coming of age”. Range includes high quality, low cost equity and fixed income funds for long term investors…


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    BlackRock launches the iShares Core Series for European investors. The suite consists of 14 ETFs designed to provide access to some of the most popular exposures used by investors today, at some of the lowest prices in Europe.

    The launch follows the impressive growth and evolution in the European ETF market. The industry has grown 23% annually over the last five years[1] which has led to new uses and demand for ETFs, from a wide variety of investors, and the iShares Core Series responds to this.

    The iShares Core Series comprises nine equity ETFs, including the newly launched iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets IMI UCITS ETF, and five fixed income ETFs. Some of the funds have had their headline prices cut and all are physically replicating, purchasing and holding the underlying securities.

    The iShares Core Series is designed as a range of building blocks for longer-term positions at the core of investors’ portfolios. It is particularly suited to the needs of UK and European financial intermediaries and their clients. The range can be complemented with iShares ETFs that address investors’ more specific investment objectives – from earning income in retirement to capitalising on market opportunities in the shorter-term.

    The European iShares Core Series follows the launch of a similar Core series in the U.S. in 2012 and the Canadian series launched in March 2014.

    Rachel Lord, Head of iShares for EMEA said:

    “ETFs are coming of age in Europe. The industry is at a tipping point for mass market usage. What started as a tool for institutions has now been adopted by a broad spectrum of investors. We are seeing a shift in usage as passive investments increasingly move to the core of client portfolios and investors use them to build low cost and diversified solutions for the long term.”

    “For the iShares Core Series we’ve taken the most popular markets investors want exposure to and ensured our ETFs are attractively priced without compromising on quality. As the ETF market evolves, our clients’ needs change and we respond; the iShares Core Series is testament to this.”

    Christian Gast, Head iShares Switzerland said:

    “Retail investors, and the intermediaries and platforms they invest through, will be a key driver of ETF industry growth. Passive funds are becoming a key starting point for many discussions on portfolio design and the iShares Core series gives advisers the building blocks they need to create cost effective solutions for their clients.” ii

    The European iShares Core Series: Fund name

    New (Previous) Total Expense Ratio

    (basis points)1

    Europe-wide offering

    iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF2

    10 (15)

    iShares Core EURO STOXX 50 UCITS ETF3

    10 (20)

    iShares Core S&P 500 UCITS ETF3

    7 (15)

    iShares Core MSCI Japan IMI UCITS ETF3

    20 (48)

    iShares Core MSCI Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF3

    20 (48)

    iShares Core MSCI World UCITS ETF3

    20 (40)

    iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets IMI UCITS ETF3


    Country specific offering in the UK

    iShares Core UK Gilts UCITS ETF3


    iShares Core £ Corporate Bond UCITS ETF3


    Country specific offering in Germany, the Netherlands and the Nordics

    iShares Core Euro Government Bond UCITS ETF3


    iShares Core Euro Corporate Bond UCITS ETF3


    Country specific offering in Germany

    iShares Core DAX® UCITS ETF (DE)3


    Country specific offering in Switzerland

    iShares Core SPI ® (CH)3

    10 (AMC)

    iShares Core CHF Corporate Bond (CH)4

    15 (AMC)

    [1] BlackRock data as of May 30th 2014.

    1 New Total Expense Ratios (TER) to become effective on 2 June 2014. New TER for the iShares Core S&P 500 UCITS ETF became effective on 7 April 2014.

    2 As of Monday, 9 June 2014 the name of each of these funds has been amended to include ‘Core’ in their title. For further information please refer to the shareholder letter, dated 2 June, on the ‘All Documents’ section on the funds webpage.

    3 As at the date of this document these funds are named iShares SPI® (CH) and iShares CHF Corporate Bond (CH). The names of these Funds will be amended to include “Core” in their title subject to regulatory approval.