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BlackRock introduces iShares Sustainable MSCI Global Impact ETF

BlackRock has expanded its suite of socially responsible ETFs with the launch of the iShares Sustainable MSCI Global Impact ETF (MPCT).

Launched today on Earth Day, the fund aims to help investors use their investment portfolios to target companies that enable positive social and environmental change.

Its launch further illustrates BlackRock’s commitment to creating innovative investment solutions, empowering investors to align their portfolios with their values.

The iShares Sustainable MSCI Global Impact ETF seeks to track the investment results of the MSCI ACWI Sustainable Impact Index, a new index constructed by MSCI.

The index is comprised of companies that derive a majority of their revenue from products and services that address at least one of the world’s major social and environmental challenges, as identified by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Some of the impact themes targeted in this index include energy efficiency, sustainable water, sanitation, nutrition, and education.

Amplify ETFs Launch Online Retail ETF

Amplify ETFs, a firm founded in 2015 by ETF industry veteran Christian Magoon, announces the debut of the Amplify Online Retail ETF (NASDAQ: IBUY).

Capturing a growing segment of the retail and consumer discretionary market, the fund holds a basket of companies from around the world that generate the majority of revenue from online and virtual sales. Companies in the IBUY portfolio fall into three online retail categories: marketplace, traditional retail and travel.

IBUY seeks to replicate the price and yield performance of the EQM Online Retail Index (IBUYXT). The rules-based index is comprised of a diverse group of companies that generate at least 70 percent of their revenue from online and virtual retail sales.

Current index constituents offer exposure to various market capitalizations, countries and industries. The Index has a maximum of 25 percent exposure to non-U.S. stocks and uses a modified equal weighting methodology.

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The Big Picture for USD, JPY, Silver Prices Next Week

Markets are taking a breather at what’s clearly an important psychological pit stop along the continuum of central bank easing, according to DailyFX.

DailyFX currency analyst Christopher Vecchio said several financial instruments that they cover, including the JPY-crosses, the USDOLLAR Index, precious metals, and equity index CFDs, are all suggesting that they’ve arrived at a checkpoint to confirm that the next leg of central bank support is in the pipeline.

Vecchio added this, of course, is the big picture to keep an eye on over the next week.

“We’ll get a glimpse through this window next week when the Bank of Japan meets for their April 28 meeting,” he said. “Ahead of time, with Japanese equities rallying and the Yen falling broadly, it would appear that markets are looking for the BOJ to take the baton next (after the Fed backtracked on its normalization stance).”