iShares World Equity Factor ETF

About this Fund

Fund Detail

PDS https://informedinvestor.com.au/view/pds/100928-2024-03-09-02:29.pdf
FUND MANAGER BlackRock Investment Management (Australia)
INVESTMENT STYLE The Fund invests in a portfolio composed of developed market equities that have favourable exposure to four target style factors subject to constraints.

The Fund aims to provide investors with the performance of an 
index, before fees and expenses. The index is designed to measure the performance of developed market equities that have favourable exposure to four target style factors subject to constraints. 

BENCHMARK MSCI World Diversified Multiple-Factor (AUD) Index
FUND SIZE MSCI World Diversified Multiple-Factor (AUD) Index
FEES 0.35% p.a.



Benefits of iShares

iShares ETFs are managed funds listed or quoted on exchanges (including ASX) providing you with the opportunity to gain exposure to a diversified portfolio of assets in a single transaction.

The significant benefits of investing in the Funds include:

  • low cost access to diversified portfolios of international shares;
  • access to market capitalisation weighted, minimum volatility and multiple-factor exposures; and
  • currency hedged options, to seek to minimise the impact of Australian dollar volatility on investor returns.

Other benefits of investing in iShares ETFs generally include:

  • Diversification: In contrast to a direct investment in a single company or bond, an iShares ETF provides, as far as possible and practicable, exposure to all of the securities or instruments within the index that the particular iShares ETF seeks to track.
  • Access global markets: iShares ETFs let you achieve international diversification by investing in overseas equity and bond markets. With iShares ETFs you can gain exposure by asset class, market capitalisation, country and sector.
  • Liquidity and transparency: Each iShares ETF seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance (before fees and expenses) of a particular index. As a traded security, an iShares ETF enables you to enter and exit your holding on the ASX. You can easily track performance and trade during ASX trading hours (subject to ASX rules).
  • Managing risk: Investing in an iShares ETF can assist you in establishing a portfolio appropriate to your investment needs and risk profile.
  • Lower cost: As each iShares ETF is passively managed and designed to track the performance of a particular index, the expenses of managing an iShares ETF are generally lower compared to other forms of retail managed funds. However, brokerage or adviser fees may still apply when buying or selling units of an iShares ETF.
  • Receipt of income: You will generally receive income from your investment in the form of distributions. Distributions may include dividends, coupons and other income. There may be years in which no distributions are made.
  • Accessibility: iShares ETFs can offer a cost-effective way to gain exposure to a diversified portfolio of securities. They can be less costly than purchasing a large number of individual securities as there are less trading costs and they offer lower thresholds than an investor might otherwise be able to afford.


This product is likely to be appropriate for a consumer seeking capital growth with a medium to high risk/return profile. This product is unlikely to be appropriate for a consumer with a short investment timeframe.



Key Features

About the Fund

The fund aims to provide investors with the performance of an index, before fees and expenses, composed of developed market equities that have favourable exposure to four target style factors subject to constraints.


  1. Seek factor-driven outperformance over the long term in a portfolio of global developed market stocks with a similar profile and risk to the broad market
  2. Target four proven drivers of return in your international equities exposure: Quality (financially healthy firms), Value (inexpensive stocks), Size (smaller companies) and Momentum (trending stocks)
  3. Gain cost-efficient access to a rules-based multifactor strategy in a single fund


How we invest your money

The Fund seeks to achieve its objective by tracking the performance of the MSCI World Diversified Multiple-Factor Net TR Index (AUD) (referred to as the Index).

We believe that an optimisation investment strategy is the most appropriate investment strategy to track the performance of the Index as it takes into account liquidity and transaction cost impact and overall risk relative to the Index. Optimisation is an indexing strategy that involves investing in a representative sample of securities that collectively has an investment profile similar to that of the Index. The securities selected are expected to have, in aggregate, investment characteristics (based on factors such as market capitalisation and industry weightings), fundamental characteristics (such as return variability and yield) and liquidity measures similar to those of the Index. Therefore, the securities to which each Fund is exposed may or may not include all of the securities in its Index and the weighting of such securities may differ to the weighting of securities in the Index.

What does the Fund invest in?

The Fund generally invests primarily in the global developed market equity securities that form the Index.

The Fund may have limited exposure to securities that are not constituents of the Index, including derivatives, where such securities provide similar performance (with matching risk profile) to Index securities. However, from time to time the Fund may invest in all constituents of the Index.

The Fund may also be exposed to a small allocation of cash (or cash equivalents, that may include other BlackRock Group funds) for cash flow management purposes.

About the Index

The Index aims to reflect the performance characteristics of a
subset of equity securities within the MSCI World Index (referred to in this section 8 of the PDS asthe Parent Index). The Parent Index is designed to capture large‐  and mid‐capitalisation representation across developed market countries.  

For more information please see Section 8 of the PDS