BM&FBOVESPA begins trading In sustainability and corporate governance ETFs

BM&FBOVESPA begins trading in sustainability and corporate governance ETFs

28/10/2011

BM&FBOVESPA starts trading on Monday (October 31) in two new ETFs: the IT Now ISE Index Fund that tracks the BM&FBOVESPA Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE), and the IT Now IGCT Index Fund that tracks the BM&FBOVESPA Corporate Governance Trade Index (IGCT). They will have Itaú as their manager.

The IT Now ISE Index Fund tracks the Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE) and seeks to reflect the return on a portfolio composed of shares in companies with a recognized commitment to social responsibility and corporate sustainability.

The IT Now IGCT Index Fund tracks the BM&FBOVESPA Corporate Governance Trade Index (IGCT) and assesses the performance of shares in companies that voluntarily adopt differentiated corporate governance standards (listed at Level 1, Level 2 and the Novo Mercado) and which meet the inclusion criteria established in the index methodology.

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are offered on the Brazilian Exchange in units. Generally speaking, round lots are made up of 10 units and require an initial minimum investment that ranges from BRL 200 to BRL 1,000 (depending on the ETF that the investor selects), plus brokerage and custody fees. An investor that buys a unit in an ETF is making a simultaneous investment in a share portfolio composed of firms in discrete sectors of the Brazilian economy, without having the buy the separate shares for each of the respective companies. In September, the eight ETFs that are traded on BM&FBOVESPA totaled 75,740 transactions and a financial volume of BRL 1.42 billion.

With the launch of the sustainability and corporate governance ETFs there are now 10 (ten) of these types of funds: three for broad indexes (BOVA11 which tracks the Ibovespa; BRAX11 which tracks the IBRx-100; and PIBB11 which tracks the IBrX-50); three for sector indexes (CSMO11 which tracks the consumer index; MOBI11 which tracks the real estate index; and FIND11 which tracks the financial index), as well as two market capitalization indexes (SMAL11 which tracks the performance of the index comprised of listed small caps; and MILA11 which tracks the performance of listed mid and large caps).

Itaú also won an exclusive one-year license to use the Dividend Index (IDIV) and the Basic Materials Index (IMAT), while BlackRock Brasil won an exclusive one-year license for the Public Utilities Index (UTIL).