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BlackRock launches iShares Core Series in Europe

BlackRock has launched the iShares Core Series for European investors, a suite of 14 ETFs designed to provide access to some of the most popular exposures used by investors at low prices.

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 reduced 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 US in 2012 and the Canadian series launched in March 2014.
 
Rachel Lord, head of iShares for EMEA, says: “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.”
 
Mark Johnson, head of UK sales, iShares, says: “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.”

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