BlackRock launches smart beta FactorSelect ETFs

BlackRock’s ETF brand iShares has launched three multi-factor ETFs on London Stock Exchange, offering investors exposure to value, quality, momentum and size factors.

Tom Fekete, head of EMEA Product, iShares at BlackRock, commented: “Research has shown that certain investment styles have, over time, provided a higher risk adjusted return than the overall market. These themes are well understood by investors – seeking high quality balance sheets or inexpensive stocks, for example – and have long been a staple of active mutual fund strategies.

Deborah Yang, managing director and head of Index, EMEA, at MSCI adds:  “We are delighted that iShares is expanding its factor ETF range using MSCI indexes. Multi-Factor exposure is a significant and growing development in indexing, and are increasingly used by investors who want more diversification in a transparent, cost-effective way.”

The funds are physically replicating, meaning they hold the underlying constituents within the index, and have a total expense ratio ranging from 0.35% – 0.50%.

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Mona Dohle speaks German and Dutch, she is DACH & Benelux Correspondent for InvestmentEurope. Prior to that, she worked as a journalist in Egypt and Palestine. She started her career as a journalist working for a local German newspaper. Mona graduated with an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS and has completed the CISI Certificate in International Wealth and Investment Management.

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