iShares Files For iShares High Dividend Equity Fund ETF

iShares has filed paperwork with the SEC for a “iShares High Dividend Equity Fund ETF.” The iShares High Dividend Equity Fund (the “Fund”) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Morningstar Dividend Yield Focus Index. The Morningstar Dividend Yield Focus Index measures the performance of a select group of U.S. equity securities issued by companies that have provided relatively high dividend yields on a consistent basis. The Underlying Index is a subset of the Morningstar U.S. Market Index (a diversified broad market index that represents approximately 97% of the market capitalization of publicly-traded U.S. stocks). Constituents are screened for qualified income dividends, superior company quality and financial health as determined by Morningstar’s proprietary index methodology. The Morningstar index methodology defines “company quality” in accordance with the Morningstar Economic Moat™ rating system, in which companies are expected to earn above-average profits and sustain their dividend. Stocks in the Underlying Index are designated as having a rating of either “narrow” or “wide” based on the strength of the company’s competitive advantage. Additionally, companies are screened for “financial health” grade using Morningstar’s Distance to Default measure, a quantitative option pricing approach that estimates a company’s probability of default.

They did not specify a trading symbol or operating expenses in the initial filing.

Principal Investment Strategies

The Underlying Index measures the performance of a select group of U.S. equity securities issued by companies that have provided relatively high dividend yields on a consistent basis. Underlying Index constituents are drawn from the pool of stocks issued by U.S.-domiciled companies that trade publicly on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), the NYSE Amex Equities, or The NASDAQ Stock Market. The Underlying Index is a subset of the Morningstar U.S. Market Index (a diversified broad market index that represents approximately 97% of the market capitalization of publicly-traded U.S. stocks). The Underlying Index is comprised of qualified income paying securities that are screened for superior company quality and financial health as determined by Morningstar, Inc.’s (“Morningstar”) proprietary index methodology. Stocks in the Underlying Index represent the top 75 yielding stocks meeting the screening requirements. The Morningstar index methodology determines “company quality” in accordance with the Morningstar Economic Moat™ rating system, in which companies are expected to earn above-average profits and sustain their dividend. Stocks in the Underlying Index are designated as having a rating of either “narrow” or “wide” based on the strength of the company’s competitive advantage. Additionally, companies are screened for “financial health” using Morningstar’s Distance to Default measure, a quantitative option pricing approach that estimates a company’s probability of default. To qualify for inclusion in the Underlying Index, constituents must have a Morningstar Economic Moat rating of “narrow” or “wide” and have a Morningstar Distance to Default score in the top 50% of eligible dividend-paying companies. For those companies that are not assigned a Morningstar Economic Moat rating, these companies must demonstrate a Morningstar Distance to Default score in the top 30% of eligible dividend paying companies. Additionally, each constituent’s dividend must be deemed to be qualified income.

BFA uses a “passive” or indexing approach to try to achieve the Fund’s investment objective. Unlike many investment companies, the Fund does not try to “beat” the index it tracks and does not seek temporary defensive positions when markets decline or appear overvalued.

Indexing may eliminate the chance that the Fund will substantially outperform the Underlying Index but also may reduce some of the risks of active management, such as poor security selection. Indexing seeks to achieve lower costs and better after-tax performance by keeping portfolio turnover low in comparison to actively managed investment companies.

BFA uses a representative sampling indexing strategy to manage the Fund. “Representative sampling” is an indexing strategy that involves investing in a representative sample of securities that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Underlying Index. The securities selected are expected to have, in the aggregate, investment characteristics (based on factors such as market capitalization and industry weightings), fundamental characteristics (such as return variability and yield) and liquidity measures similar to those of the Underlying Index. The Fund may or may not hold all of the securities in the Underlying Index. Funds that employ a representative sampling strategy may incur tracking error risk to a greater extent than a fund that seeks to replicate an index.
The Fund generally invests at least 90% of its assets in the securities of the Underlying Index and in depositary receipts representing securities of the Underlying Index. However, the Fund may at times invest up to 20% of its assets in certain futures, options and swap contracts, cash and cash equivalents, including money market funds advised by BFA, not included in the Underlying Index, but which BFA believes will help the Fund track the Underlying Index.

The Underlying Index is sponsored by an organization (the “Index Provider”) that is independent of the Fund and BFA. The Index Provider determines the composition and relative weightings of the securities in the Underlying Index and publishes information regarding the market value of the Underlying Index. The Fund’s Index Provider is Morningstar.

Industry Concentration Policy. The Fund will concentrate its investments (i.e., hold 25% or more of its total assets) in a particular industry or group of industries to approximately the same extent that the Underlying Index is concentrated. For purposes of this limitation, securities of the U.S. government (including its agencies and instrumentalities) and repurchase agreements collateralized by U.S. government securities are not considered to be issued by members of any industry.

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