iShares

iShares by Blackrock is a provider of exchange traded funds (ETFs), offering more than 600 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities.

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iShares by Blackrock is a provider of exchange traded funds (ETFs), offering more than 600 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities.

As at the end of August 2014, more than US$1tn was invested in 716 ETPs and 37.8% of the world's total ETF assets under management were invested in iShares funds.

iShares was launched in 1993 by Barclays Global Investors and Morgan Stanley as WEBS (World Equity Benchmark Shares). In 2009, Barclays Global Investors, including iShares, was sold to BlackRock in a mixed cash-stock deal.