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Franklin Templeton : New suite of Em. Markets Passive ETFs

Franklin Templeton ETF ETFs

Franklin Templeton is introducing its first passive ETFs within its Franklin LibertySharesTM range, with an initial suite of four market-cap weighted, emerging markets country ETFs covering Brazil, China, Korea and India. ….

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Franklin FTSE Brazil UCITS ETF, Franklin FTSE China UCITS ETF and Franklin FTSE Korea UCITS ETF will list on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) on 7th June.

The firm also plans to list the Franklin FTSE India UCITS ETF3 on the LSE shortly after.

Competitive fees

The funds’ total expense ratios are the lowest in the industry (TER is on average 70% lower than other emerging markets country UCITS ETFs) for their respective categories, thus empowering investors with the ability and options to realise the full potential of beta-driven solutions.

Franklin LibertySharesTM Range

Emerging Markets ETFs (Passive) Total Expense Ratio (TER)
Franklin FTSE Brazil UCITS ETF 0.19%
Franklin FTSE China UCITS ETF 0.19%
Franklin FTSE Korea UCITS ETF 0.09%
Franklin FTSE India UCITS ETF 0.19%

Martyn Gilbey, UK Country Head for Franklin Templeton, added:

“We are pleased to introduce these passive ETFs in the UK which will enable investors to access beta solutions at the lowest cost. Our goal is to provide UK investors with the flexibility to construct diversified portfolios across active, smart beta and passive ETFs. The new funds will complement our overall UK ETF offering thus giving investors a wider choice from our Franklin LibertySharesTM range.”

Caroline Baron, Head of ETF Sales EMEA, Franklin Templeton said:

“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.

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.”

The new passive emerging markets ETFs are market cap-weighted and benchmarked to country indices from FTSE Russell, leveraging the global index provider’s capabilities and expertise across developed and emerging markets.

FTSE Russell is one of the largest index providers in the marketplace globally, with approximately $16 trillion in assets currently benchmarked to its indices.

Franklin FTSE Brazil UCITS ETF will aim track the FTSE Brazil 30/18 Capped Index.

Franklin FTSE China UCITS ETF will aim to track the FTSE China 30/18 Capped Index.

Franklin FTSE Korea UCITS ETF will aim to track the FTSE South Korea 30/18 Capped Index.

Franklin FTSE India UCITS ETF will aim to track the FTSE India 30/18 Capped Index.

Through its Franklin LibertySharesTM ETF platform globally, Franklin Templeton currently offers an actively managed suite of equity and fixed income ETFs, passive ETFs and a smart beta suite covering both US and international equity markets.

Franklin LibertySharesTM has approximately $3.8 billion in assets under management globally as of May 31, 2019.

LSE Tickers
Fund Name ISIN GBP USD
Franklin FTSE Brazil UCITS ETF IE00BHZRQY00 FVUB FLXB
Franklin FTSE China UCITS ETF IE00BHZRR147 FRCH FLXC
Franklin FTSE Korea UCITS ETF IE00BHZRR030 FLRK FLXK
Franklin FTSE India UCITS ETF IE00BHZRQZ17 FRIN FLXI

Source: ETFWorld

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