BlackRock's ESG rollout beginsBlackRock'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
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 ETFsMedium-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
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