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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]

As the Australian ETF market matures, there are only so many traditional index weighted ETFs available for product issuers to target. Whilst there are still a few gaps (where’s the ASX listed FTSE ETF?), we expect new issues of these types of ETFs to further decline. This means ETF issuers need to get more creative in their listings, finding themes, trends and strategies that attract investor funds. One of the most exciting developments in ETFs over the last couple of years has been the ... [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]

3 ASX ideas to load up on for the next recession

Motley Fool Australia - Dec 15, 2015

Will Australia enter a recession? That’s the big question, with the budget still out of control, consumer confidence persistently low, and the general economy slowing down. There’s no clear answer, but if Australia did enter a recession, investors will want to avoid stocks exposed to consumer discretionary spending, employment and housing activity like JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX: JBH) and Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd (ASX: HVN). [More]

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