iShares expands range of currency-hedged Japanese ETFs
iShares has expanded its currency-hedged fund range with the launch of the iShares MSCI Japan USD Hedged UCITS ETF.
This launch marks the expansion of iShares’ currency hedged ETF suite and is the fourth in its range of Japanese equity currency-hedged funds, with sterling, euro and Swiss franc hedged versions also available.
The fund invests in Japanese equities in a way that seeks to protect investors from the impact of fluctuations between the base currency of the fund – US dollar – and the currency denomination of the underlying investments – yen. It is a physically replicating fund which holds Japanese stocks and uses foreign exchange forward contracts to mitigate currency risk. The ETF is hedged against currency movements on a monthly basis.
The fund, listed on the London Stock Exchange, has a total expense ratio of 0.64 per cent.
Tom Fekete, head of product for iShares EMEA, says: "In recent years, the volatility in global currency rates has caused significant swings in the international portfolios of investors. Japan has been attracting new interest in anticipation of positive effects from ‘Abenomics’ but investors are paying closer attention to how they can control currency risk when gaining exposure to this market.
“Currency hedged ETFs offer efficient and cost-effective exposures to a market in a single transaction, and mean investors do not need to establish and manage currency hedging and overlay processes in-house. This new ETF enables investors to access Japan whilst minimising the impact of movements in the yen – US dollar exchange rate. It brings our suite of equity and fixed income currency-hedged ETFs to 13 and we believe it will prove popular with investors as uncertain market conditions persist.”
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