iShares Doubles Core Lineup

August 21, 2014

About 20 months after the launch of its 10-fund “Core” lineup of ultra-cheap ETFs, BlackRock’s ETF unit iShares on June 12 added another 10 funds to the group.

The launch involved the repurposing of six existing funds and the launching of four brand-new funds. The existing funds mostly have lower expense ratios than previously, and together those six existing ETFs have about $5.6 billion in assets.

The existing funds—and, where applicable, their new tickers, new expense ratios and names (amended with the word “Core”)—are as follows:

The new funds include:

The original 10 ETFs that became the backbone of the then-new iShares Core brand in October 2012 now command a total of $117 billion in assets under management, up from $69 billion in assets when the lineup was launched.

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