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BlackRock to Cut ETF Fees on 6 Funds

BLK also will add four funds to 'Core' iShares offerings


Fund provider BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) finally announced some long-anticipated fee cuts to its iShares exchange-traded funds on Monday, but they were less than expected, giving a boost to BLK shares Tuesday morning.

The Wall Street Journal reported that BlackRock will cut fees on six ETFs — four stock and two bonds — as part of a movement into a new “Core Series” initiative, meant to help the company better compete against Vanguard and other rivals: The funds currently under that umbrella that will see lower fees:

  • iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (NYSE:ISI)*
  • iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSE:IVV)
  • iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF (NYSE:IJH)
  • iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (NYSE:IJR)
  • iShares Core Total U.S. Bond Market ETF (NYSE:AGG)
  • iShares Core Long-Term U.S. Bond ETF (NYSE:GLJ)**

* Will become ITOT      ** Will become ILTB

The company also plans to roll out three international stock ETFs and a bond ETF on Oct. 22:

  • iShares Core MSCI Total International Stock ETF (IXUS)
  • iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (IEMG)
  • iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA)
  • iShares Core Short-Term U.S. Bond ETF (ISTB)

An analyst at Bernstein Research told Reuters that “The fee cuts will lead to an annual revenue loss of $35 million to $40 million and reduce earnings per share by less than 1 percent,” which was well below estimates, and had investors bidding up BLK shares more than 2% in Tuesday morning trading.

Kyle Woodley is the Assistant Editor of As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. Follow him on Twitter at @IPKyleWoodley.

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