iShares Launches the iShares MSCI China Exchange Traded Fund - New fund marks iShares 40th international single country fund
SAN FRANCISCO – March 31, 2011—BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) today announced that its iShares® Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) business, the world's largest manager of ETFs, is launching the iShares MSCI China Index Fund (NYSEArca: MCHI) on the NYSE Arca. iShares now offers 40 international single country ETFs. The fund is the first China ETF to be benchmarked to the large- and mid-cap MSCI universe, and provides exposure to the top 85% of Chinese equities by market cap.
"The new iShares MSCI China Index Fund provides clients access to one of the fastest growing economies in the world," said Noel Archard, Head of US Product at iShares at BlackRock. "The fund further complements our single country product suite, which has seen significant activity over the past few months as investors increasingly look to single country funds to express nuanced views on global markets."
According to Russ Koesterich, iShares Global Chief Investment Strategist at BlackRock, China is projected to continue to offer attractive investment opportunities as it transitions from an export- to consumption-based economy. China continues to be one of the fastest growing economies in the world with an estimated growth of 10.3% in 20101. Investors can combine MCHI with the iShares MSCI China Small Cap Index Fund (NYSEArca: ECNS), which began trading in September 2010, to create comprehensive MSCI China exposure.
The iShares MSCI China Index Fund is designed to track the MSCI China Index. The underlying index is designed to measure the performance of the top 85% of equity securities by market capitalization in the Chinese equity markets. Securities are weighted based on the total market value of their shares so that securities with higher total market values generally have a higher representation in the index. As of the end of February, the largest sector weightings of the index include financials (37.0%), energy (18.4%) and telecom (11.4%).
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About iShares: iShares is the global product leader in exchange traded funds with over 460 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 19 exchanges worldwide. The iShares Funds are bought and sold like common stocks on securities exchanges. The iShares Funds are attractive to many individual and institutional investors and financial intermediaries because of their relative low cost, tax efficiency and trading flexibility. Investors can purchase and sell shares through any brokerage firm, financial advisor, or online broker, and hold the funds in any type of brokerage account. 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.
Carefully consider the funds' investment objectives, risk factors, and charges and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the funds' prospectuses, which may be obtained by calling 1-800-iShares (1-800-474-2737) or by visiting www.iShares.com. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.
Investing involves risk, 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. Emerging markets involve heightened risks related to the same factors as well as increased volatility and lower trading volume. Securities focusing on a single country and narrowly focused investments typically exhibit higher volatility.
Transactions in shares of the iShares Funds will result in brokerage commissions and will generate tax consequences. iShares Funds are obliged to distribute portfolio gains to shareholders. 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 are not sponsored, endorsed, issued, sold or promoted by MSCI Inc. This company does not make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Funds. Neither SEI, nor BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A., nor any of their affiliates, are affiliated with the company listed above.
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1Source: CIA Factbook, as of 2/11