Introducing iShares index funds by BlackRock (Fund Digest October 2022)
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Introducing iShares index funds by BlackRock (Fund Digest October 2022)

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Endowus Fund Smart - monthly Investment Office Fund Digest - October 2022

Update (28 Nov 2022): The following article and the corresponding hyperlinks to the iShares funds were taken offline on 21 Nov 2022 to fix an operational issue relating to the pricing mechanism of the funds. The issue has since been resolved. We have republished the article and the iShares funds’ pages. Thank you for your patience.


Keen on BlackRock index funds focused on the likes of Apple, Microsoft, and Tesla?

What about investing in commodity stocks offering inflation protection, or bonds that finance US airports and hospitals?

This month, we’re excited to introduce six new funds on our Fund Smart platform — including four more low-cost, passive index funds.

The four new passive index funds are from the popular iShares range by BlackRock, tracking equities in the developed markets and the US, as well as global and emerging-market fixed income indices.

Meanwhile, gain exposure to the unique infrastructure debt space in key US municipalities through the first BNY Mellon fund that Endowus has brought on board.

We are also introducing a fund by Ninety One that invests in top global natural resources companies across sectors such as energy, agriculture, and metals.

Stocks — developed markets (MSCI World)

iShares Developed World Index Fund


The fund offers a passive, low-cost exposure to the MSCI World Index, reflecting a diversified basket of large-cap and mid-cap companies across 23 developed markets around the world. It is part of BlackRock’s well-recognised iShares suite — among the world’s largest providers of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and passive funds, supported by BlackRock’s portfolio and risk management capabilities.

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Stocks — US (S&P 500)

iShares US Index Fund

ISIN: IE0000F26BG9 (SGD)

The fund replicates the performance of 500 large companies listed in the US, by tracking the S&P 500 index through investing in equities and derivatives such as futures contracts. Running for more than 20 years since its inception in 2001, the fund demonstrates an efficient way to gain exposure to the US equity market.

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Fixed income — global

iShares Global Aggregate 1-5 Year Bond Index Fund

ISIN: IE0002E5D123 (SGD), IE00BF2MW353  (USD)

The fund tracks the Bloomberg Global Aggregate 1-5 Year Index, thereby offering an inexpensive and efficient exposure to investment-grade fixed income securities from around the world with a moderately lower duration between one and five years. Such securities may include treasuries, government-related, corporates, as well as securitised.

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Fixed income — emerging markets

iShares Emerging Markets Government Bond Index Fund

ISIN: IE000239FXR9 (SGD)

By replicating the performance of the JPMorgan Emerging Market Bond Index (EMBI) Global Diversified, the fund offers exposure to USD-denominated, investment-grade bonds issued by governments and government-related agencies in emerging markets.

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Ninety One Global Natural Resources Fund

ISIN: LU0638888429 (SGD), LU0846948437 (USD)

Led by three portfolio managers (PMs) — each specialising in energy, metals, and agriculture — the fund invests in companies involved in the production or transportation of natural resources around the world. By doing so, the fund aims to provide a degree of inflation protection, while taking part in energy transition themes.

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US municipal bonds

BNY Mellon U.S. Municipal Infrastructure Debt Fund


The fund invests in municipal debt securities in the US, used to fund infrastructure such as roads, airports, electrical transmission, water supply, schools, and hospitals. Led by an experienced team with more than 25 years of experience, the fund provides diversification benefits and income streams. 

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Funds for accredited investors (AIs) only

We have also added seven new AI-only funds this month, including four alternatives funds.

If you wish to invest in an accredited investor-only (AI-only) fund or a non-SGD fund, please contact

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We have also recently given the Fund Smart platform a massive upgrade — including wider currency options, new dividend payout options, and an improved experience for verified accredited investors. These give you more flexibility and information in selecting your own funds and building your own portfolios.

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