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Barclays doubling its iShares product range

The firm says it is responding to demand for ETFs offering diversified exposure to fixed income markets, prop-erty, Eastern Europe, the Far East and emerging markets.

The ETFs are listing over a three-week period on the London Stock Exchange and include funds giving exposure to the MCSI emerging mar- kets index, the MCSI world index, MCSI Brazil, Korea, Taiwan and Far East excluding Japan indices as well as the Dow Jones Euro Stoxx growth, value and select dividend indices and the FTSE European property index fund.

Exchange traded funds are index funds bought and sold like ordinary shares on the Stock Exchange, with the benefit of giving diversified exposure to markets with liquidity lower charges than Oeics or investment trusts.

iShares Europe chief executive Chris Sutton says: “This launch reflects our strategy to offer a more complete product set to our investors, who have been asking for these types of funds. Our expanded set of 28 iShares ETFs opens up entirely new investment horizons to our clients.”

Seven Investment Man- agement director Justin Urq-uhart Stewart says: “For advisers and investors directly there has, until now, been a very limited range of ETFs available. iShares are allowing direct access to specific markets and broader investment themes and this is tremendously exciting. It is a red-letter day for investment managers and advisers looking after their clients’ investments.”


First steps in saving

The child trust fund means that, for the first time, all children will have some money behind them at the start of their adult lives

Standard Life to buy FirstAssist

Beachcroft Wansbroughs financial services arm will be advising on Standard Life Healthcare on purchase of the PMI business of FirstAssist Insurance Services. The purchase is subject to FSA and court approval and the formal portfolio transfer of the insurance risk to Standard Life Healthcare, which will be completed in the first quarter of 2006.

Execution – only firms know the price of everything and value of nothing

Ken Davy – Chairman, Simply Biz Services The issue of loss of consumer rights when they purchase on an execution-only basis is, or ought to be, a major issue for consumers and the associations which seek to protect them. Unfortunately, these organisations often seem to know the price of everything and the value of nothing […]


School fees planning

Jeremy Pearson is Technical Support Manager with Canada Life’s ican Technical Services Team. Canada Life offers a range of wealth management solutions, including retirement income planning, estate planning and investment solutions from a choice of jurisdictions, including the UK, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland. Many parents value the standard of education offered by […]


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