iShares has filed paperwork with the SEC for a MSCI ACWI ex US INDUSTRIALS SECTOR INDEX FUND (AXID). The iShares MSCI ACWI ex US Industrials Sector Index Fund (the “Fund”) seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the MSCI All Country World ex USA Industrials Index (the “Underlying Index”).
TOTAL ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES: 0.48%
PRINCIPAL INVESTMENT STRATEGIES
The Underlying Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index designed to measure the combined equity market performance of the industrials sector of developed and emerging markets countries, excluding the United States. Component securities include those of capital goods companies, commercial and professional services companies and transportation companies. As of April 30, 2010, the Underlying Index consisted of companies in the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom (together, the “ACWI ex US industrials sector countries”). As of April 30, 2010, the Underlying Index was comprised of 300 securities.
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.
The Fund generally invests at least 80% of its assets in securities of the Underlying Index or in depositary receipts that correspond to the economic characteristics of securities of the Underlying Index. The Fund may invest the remainder of its assets in securities not included in the Underlying Index, but which BFA believes will help the Fund track the Underlying Index, and in futures contracts, options on futures contracts, options and swaps related to the Underlying Index, as well as cash and cash equivalents, including shares of money market funds affiliated with BFA.
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.
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