25/10/2005 iShare FTSE Xinhua China 25
To mark the admission to trading on the London Stock Exchange of the iShares FTSE Xinhua China 25 Exchange Traded Fund, Bruce Lavine Head of iShares, Europe for Barclays Global Investors and Paul Grimes, Chief Operating Officer of the FTSE Group opened the London market by switching on the Source on Monday 25 October.
The iShares FTSE Xinhua China 25 is the first ETF to provide UK investors with flexible, transparent and low cost access to the Chinese market. The launch of the ETF coincides with the opening of the London Stock Exchange's Asia Pacific regional office in Hong Kong. This is part of the Exchange's strategy for attracting listings from the Asia Pacific region where China is one of its key target markets.
The event was hosted by Clara Furse, Chief Executive of the London Stock Exchange.
About Exchange Traded Funds
* ETFs are index tracking funds listed on the London Stock Exchange which provide diversification of unit but can be traded in the same way as shares. ETFs are eligible for inclusion in ISAs, do not attach stamp duty and have minimal management fees, offering a cost-effective and simple way to track global indices. There are currently eleven ETFs listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Features of the iShares FTSE Xinhua China 25 Exchange Traded Fund:
* First vehicle of its kind
* 100% exposure to Mainland China
* World's largest emerging market in one trade
* Easy access to a difficult, fragmented market, particularly for foreigners
*Significantly less expensive than competing open and closed end funds
* Shortable if you believe China is about to implode
* No premiums or discounts as with closed end funds
* Full transparency of Holdings
* First day of trading October 25th