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New listing: BlackRock draws distinction between SRI and ESG

David Tuckwell

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BlackRock's ESG rollout begins

BlackRock's much-anticipated ESG rollout is beginning in London in the coming weeks. As part of its reworked ETF offering, the company will punch up corporate baddies and remove them from a series of its plain vanilla ETFs.

  • iShares MSCI World ESG Screened UCITS ETF (SAWD, SDWD) - 0.20% TER

  • iShares MSCI Japan ESG Screened UCITS ETF (SAJP, SDJP) - 0.20% TER

  • iShares MSCI EM IMI ESG Screened UCITS ETF (SAEM, SEDM) - 0.18% TER

The funds will track MSCI indexes - as almost all of BlackRock's ETFs do - and tap into the specialist ESG niche that MSCI has built for itself. The screens will remove companies in tobacco, weapons, nuclear power, fossil fuels as well as those that flunk the

UN Global Compact

. (Index methodology handbook


). Europe and European monetary union products are on their way, and will list at a later point in the year.

Analysis - What's the difference between ESG and SRI?

Today's puzzle: what is the difference between ESG and SRI? The reason we ask is BlackRock already has a line of "SRI" ETFs listed in London (SUWS, IESE, SUSM, SUAS). So why are they listing ESG as well as SRI funds?

Fingering through the index handbook for the old SRI funds, it looks the difference is the SRI funds are more hardcore. The ESG funds exclude only the items discussed above. But the SRI funds exclude those and more such as businesses involved in alcohol, porn, gambling and GMO. We are unsure why BlackRock has distinguished the two lines of product.


Capital Securities lists fixed income ETFs

Medium-sized Taiwanese provider Capital Securities is listing three new fixed income ETFs for long-dated securities. They are:

  • Capital Ice 15+ Year AAA-AA US Corporate ETF

  • Capital Ice 15+ Year US Emerging Markets External Sovereign Debt ETF

  • Capital Ice 15+ Year US Utility ETF

Beyond the fund's names, we cannot discern quite what they do. For those fluent in Mandarin, the website is




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