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Barclays Global Investors – i-Shares MSCI AC Far East ex-Japan SmallCa

Barclays Global Investors

i-Shares MSCI AC Far East ex-Japan SmallCap

Type: Exchange-traded fund

Aim: Growth by tracking the performance of the MSCI AC Far East ex-Japan SmallCap index

Minimum investment: One share – subject to negotiation with stockbroker

Investment split: 100% tracking the MSCI AC Far East ex-Japan SmallCap index

Isa link: Yes

Pep transfers: Yes

Place of registration: Dublin

Charges: Annual 0.74%

Commission: None

Tel: 0845 3577000

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