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What are iShares ETFs?

Frequently asked question

Capital at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and are not guaranteed. Investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

  • iShares are the world’s largest family of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). Like shares, they are designed to be liquid, easy to use, and traded on an exchange. In short, iShares ETFs can provide the exposure you need, when you need it.

  • iShares ETFs can provide investors with a number of benefits, including:

    • Diversification – With one simple trade on the TASE iShares ETFs can provide a quick, simple way to diversify your portfolio with wide exposure to Fixed income and Equity. Diversification may not fully protect you from market risk.
    • Cost efficiency – iShares ETFs are usually less costly than many traditional managed funds. You know how much you are going to pay in advance.
    • Transparency – Portfolio holdings of each iShares ETF are publicly disclosed as often as daily. You know what you own.
    • Liquidity – iShares ETFs are designed to be traded on the TASE as easily as any share, allowing you to quickly respond to changing market conditions.
    • Tax efficiency – Accumulating share class, may prove to be more tax efficient then distributing share class
  • 23 iShares ETFs traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE). They can be traded any time during TASE trading hours excluding Sunday and global holidays, using the same strategies associated with shares (market, limit and stop orders, for example). iShares can be bought or sold, just like shares and traded via financial advisers, stockbrokers or online brokers.

  • No. Investors can only buy and sell shares or units (as applicable) in an iShares ETF as outlined in the previous question.

  • No. The printed trading volume is not indicative of iShares funds’ liquidity. The open-end structure makes iShares funds as liquid as their underlying securities.  This is due to the unique creation and redemption process inherent in ETFs.

  • More information on the iShares product range can be found on our website or through your investment adviser.

  • iShares ETFs are brought to you by BlackRock, one of the world’s leading investment managers.

    At 31 December 2021, BlackRock’s assets under management was US$10.1 trillion.