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iShares launches European country-focused bond funds

Exchange-traded product provider iShares has launched a range of funds offering exposure to government bonds from a range of European governments.

The funds will track a number of Barclays indices, investing in physical securities and offering exposure to euro-denominated government bonds with ratings the same as the country rating.

The funds will only invest in bonds with a minimum time to maturity of one year and a minimum outstanding debt of £241.3m.

The provider has launched the iShares Barclays Austria treasury bond, iShares Barclays Belgium treasury bond, iShares Barclays Finland treasury bond, iShares Barclays France treasury bond, iShares Barclays Germany treasury bond, iShares Barclays Italy treasury bond, iShares Barclays Netherlands treasury bond, iShares Barclays Spain treasury bond funds.

The London-listed products have a total expense ratio of 0.2 per cent.


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