Barclays Global Investors Announces Plans to Develop an iShares Genocide-Free Exchange Traded Fund
SAN FRANCISCO - November 12, 2009 - Barclays Global Investors (BGI), the world's largest provider of exchange traded funds (ETFs)1, today announced that it intends to develop an iShares Genocide-Free ETF. The company plans to rely on a reputable third-party index provider to identify companies around the world that they believe are strongly connected to genocide to screen out of an established, broad-based international benchmark. Any new fund would be subject to regulatory approval and specific timing of development is not yet determined.
"We are committed to providing individual investors, their financial advisors and institutional investors with the investment choices they want," said Noel Archard, head of iShares product research and development at BGI. "We believe there is investor interest in genocide-free investing and that belief was reinforced through recent conversations with Investors Against Genocide, among others. As a result, we intend to develop an extension of our iShares socially responsible ETF offering with an iShares genocide-free ETF. We believe that creating this new fund could provide investors with an additional reputable socially responsible iShares ETF and address investor concerns on this issue."
About Barclays Global Investors/iShares:
Barclays Global Investors is one of the world's largest asset managers and a leading global provider of investment management products and services. BGI has more than 2,900 institutional clients and US$1.7 trillion of assets under management as of June 30, 2009. It transformed the investment industry by creating the first index strategy in 1971 and the first quantitative active strategy in 1979. BGI is the global product leader in exchange traded funds (iShares) with over 380 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 16 exchanges worldwide. The iShares customer base consists of the institutional segment of pension plans and fund managers, as well as the retail segment of financial advisors and high net worth individuals.
Investing involves risks, including possible loss of principal.In addition to the normal risks associated with investing, international investments may involve risk of capital loss from unfavorable fluctuation in currency values, from differences in generally accepted accounting principles or from economic or political instability in other nations. Transactions in shares of the iShares Funds will result in brokerage commissions.
Shares of the iShares Funds may be sold throughout the day on the exchange through any brokerage account. However, shares may only be redeemed directly from a Fund by Authorized Participants, in very large creation/redemption units.
The iShares Funds ("Funds") are distributed by SEI Investments Distribution Co. (SEI). Barclays Global Fund Advisors (BGFA) serves as the investment advisor to the Funds. Barclays Global Investors Services (BGIS) assists in the marketing of the Funds. BGFA and BGIS are subsidiaries of Barclays Global Investors, N.A., a majority-owned subsidiary of Barclays Bank PLC, none of which is affiliated with SEI.
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1Source: Morgan Stanley Investment Strategies and Bloomberg as of 6/30/2009. Based on number of ETFs, AUM, and market share.
As of December 1, 2009, the former Barclays Global Investors entities referred to in this publication are owned and controlled ultimately by BlackRock Inc. and neither Barclays nor any Barclays affiliate is responsible for, or associated with, the contents of this publication.
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