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BlackRock's iShares to close its MSCI Russia, Eastern European funds owed to Ukraine - BollyInside

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Date: 2022-05-22 17:46:58

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BlackRock’s iShares will close its MSCI Russia and MSCI Eastern Europe trade exchanged-traded funds, BlackRock said on Friday, joining a few different funds which have closed their doors due to the Ukraine struggle. BlackRock had previously suspended the funds toward the beginning of March, soon after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”, on Feb 24.

BlackRock said it believed it was acting in the interests of shareholders by closing the funds.

“Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, normal market trading conditions have remained materially impaired, and a significant portion of Russian securities are still not currently tradeable for non-Russian foreign investors,” BlackRock said in a statement.

BlackRock said Russian securities would remain in the funds “until such time as it is possible, practicable and appropriate, in the manager’s view, to liquidate each of the positions in an orderly and managed way”.

Two other BlackRock funds with Russia exposure remain suspended but have not closed, a BlackRock spokesperson said.

The MSCI Russia fund had $18 million under management and the MSCI Eastern Europe fund had $108 million, according to BlackRock data.

“With respect to any other fund, BlackRock will continue to make decisions on the future of suspended funds with significant exposure to Russia by taking into account the interests of investors, market conditions and the regulatory framework that applies to the funds,” the asset manager said in a separate statement.

A total of $6 billion in assets under management has been frozen in Russian or emerging market funds with Russia exposure since the invasion, Morningstar data shows.

Asset managers suspend funds to make sure customers are treated fairly and there is no stampede for the exits. But some funds are shutting for good due to the lack of liquidity caused by the conflict. British fund manager Jupiter closed its emerging Europe fund earlier this month.

The BlackRock iShares funds are listed in London and other European exchanges. IShares said in separate regulatory statements that it would delist the funds from the London Stock Exchange on or around June 22.

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