The BlackRockiShares [profile] team just gave one of their ETFs a bit more flexibility in its mandate, thanks to an index switch.
On Tuesday the San Francisco-based ETF giant revealed that on Wednesday its iShares MSCI Ireland Capped ETF would begin tracking a new underlying index, the MSCI All Ireland Caped Index. The new index includes both companies based in Ireland and those that "have significant business in Ireland."
Brendan Conway of Barron's explains the switch as a reaction to shrinkage in the companies listed in the old index, the MSCI Ireland Investable Market 25/50 Index, thanks to a number of companies switching from the Irish stock market to exchanges in London or New York. The old index shrunk to only 14 holdings, while the new one starts with 24.
Company Press Release
iShares Announces Index Change for Ireland ETF
November 26, 2013 5:00 PM
SAN FRANCISCO--BlackRock, Inc. (BLK) announced today that its iShares Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) business, the world’s largest manager of ETFs1, will change the investment objective of the iShares MSCI Ireland Capped ETF (EIRL) to track a new underlying index effective November 27, 2013. The new index is the MSCI All Ireland Capped Index which includes companies that are domiciled in or have significant business in Ireland. The changes are being implemented in order to increase the fund’s diversification. The Fund’s name and trading symbol will not change.
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