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BlackRock confirms iShares delisting timetable

Financial Standard - May 11, 2018

BlackRock has laid out options for iShares ETF investors to liquidate their holdings, reconfirming it will suspend the trading of five products from the ASX in about a month. On May 3, BlackRock said it was pulling five iShares products from the Australian Securities Exchange and re- domiciling 14 from US to Australia to cut taxes for investors. The scrapped iShares ETFs were indexed to Russell 2000, MSCI Singapore, Global Telecom, MSCI Hong Kong and MSCI BRIC. The group's ticker codes are: IRU, IXP, ISG, IHK and IBK. BlackRock is giving investors until the close of trading on June 15 to sell the respective iShares stock. The five ETFs will be officially delisted on June 22. [More]

Blackrock Australia has recently announced that they will be converting 14 of their iShares US domiciled ETFs to Australian domiciled ETFs, removing the pesky W8-BEN form as a requirement for investors in these products. We took a look at the ETFs listed on the ASX last year which are cross listed. There are 25 in total. Removing these 14 in the list will greatly reduce the amount of these, making admin for Australian investors much simpler. What does this mean? Internationally domicile ... [More]

There are now around 80 ETFs available on the ASX with international exposure. This is great news for investors, with the Australian share market making up just 3% of global markets, investors can easily access the other 97% through purchase of an ETF on the ASX. Investors in ETFs may have come across the terms Australian and Internationally domiciled (also known as cross-listed). There’s some subtle differences that the country an ETF is domiciled in brings. Below we’ve taken a look ... [More]

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