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iShares brings US dollar options to London

David Tuckwell

Today's listings


iShares cross-lists across currencies.

iShares is adding flavour to some of its most successful ETFs on the London Stock Exchange, adding a US dollar option to the following funds:

  • iShares Global High Yield Corp Bond UCITS ETF USD Dist (HYLA)

  • iShares Automation & Robotics UCITS ETF USD Acc (RBOD)

  • iShares Core FTSE 100 UCITS ETF GBP Dist (ISFD)

  • iShares Global Govt Bond UCITS ETF USD Dist (IGLA)

Particularly notable among is the ISFD listing.

ISF is iShares' pound sterling denominated FTSE tracker. It was one of the original products that BlackRock purchased when it acquired iShares from Barclays during the 2008 financial crisis.

With around $6.8bn in assets under management, ISF is the largest ETF to track the FTSE 100. By listing ISFD, iShares will be giving investors a US dollar option on its highly liquid fund.

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