Daily ETF Watch: 11 Hedged Funds Debut

After announcing 18 closures, iShares rolls out 11 currency-hedged ETFs.

Reviewed by: Heather Bell
Edited by: Heather Bell

Today iShares is rolling out 11 more funds that will capitalize on the trend toward currency hedging. The new funds cover three regions and seven individual countries. The ETF provider already has three currency-hedged regional ETFs and two currency-hedged country funds—one covering Japan and the other covering Germany.


The new funds, as in the case of the rest of iShares’ currency-hedged lineup, are able to invest in their unhedged iShares counterparts and apply a currency hedge to achieve their target performance. The ETFs, as well as their tickers and expense ratios, are as follows:


Several of the funds already have direct competitors in Deutsche Bank’s lineup of ETFs that track the exact same indexes. However, none of those Deutsche X-trackers have corresponding unhedged ETFs trading.


HEWU is actually 3 basis points more expensive than the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI United Kingdom Hedged Equity ETF (DBUK | D-60).


Similarly, the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI Mexico Hedged Equity ETF (DBMX | C-55) and the Deutsche X-trackers MSCI South Korea Hedged Equity ETF (DBKO | C-55) are cheaper than HEWW and HEWY by 1 and 4 basis points, respectively.


The Deutsche X-trackers MSCI All World ex US Hedged Equity ETF (DBAW | C-60), however, costs 40 basis points versus HAWK's 36 basis point annual expense ratio.


Heather Bell is a former managing editor of etf.com. She has also held editorial positions at Dow Jones Indexes and Lehman Brothers. Bell is a graduate of Dartmouth college and resides in the Denver area with her two dogs.