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Themed ETFs launched

Wednesday, September 14th 2016, 8:05PM

BlackRock has launched four new exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that invest according to themes.

The ETFs are designed to capture opportunities created by the global trends towards an ageing population, healthcare innovation, robotics and automation, and digitalisation.

The underlying index for each fund employs a revenue-focused methodology to ensure the most relevant companies for a given theme are consistently maintained. To avoid concentration risk, each index has a minimum of 80 constituents.

The iShares Ageing Population UCITS ETF will invest in companies positioned to benefit from the growing needs of an older population, including health insurance and pharmaceuticals, aged care and consumer services.

The Healthcare Innovation UCITS ETF will focus on companies that offer drug treatments, patient care or diagnostic tools.

The Automation and Robotics UCITS ETF will look for companies innovating across technologies. The iShares Digitalisation UCITS ETF will invest in companies focusing on cybersecurity, electronic payment processes and financial technology.

Tom Fekete, head of product for iShares EMEA at BlackRock, said: “Megatrends are affecting the way we live and work. These ETFs look to capture the opportunities created by long-term structural trends, by identifying the companies most aligned to them. They are a new set of tools that investors can use to express their views on these trends, in a transparent, global and cost-efficient way.”

The funds are physically-replicating, meaning they buy the securities of the index, and each has a total expense ratio of 0.4%.

Many New Zealand investors access BlackRock ETFs through the ASX.

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