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Barclay's ETFs in Play - Cheap to Hold, Easy to Trade

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In a further boon to index investors, Barclays has launched a series of funds known as iShares that have record-breaking low expense ratios.

During the month of May, Barclays will commence trading of 14 new funds. Four, tracing the S&P 500, the Russell 1000, Dow Jones Internet, and Dow Jones Technology indexes began trading May 19, 2000.

Barclays Global Investors is the largest manager of index funds in the world. The group controls more than $780 billion in assets globally, compared to the $550 held by the Vanguard Group.

Until recently, however, Vanguard has held a firm grip on the title of keeper of the lowest fees. Barclays' new iShares S&P 500 (IVV) will have an expense ratio of 0.0945%, shattering the record long held by Vanguard's open-ended 500 fund, which has an expense ratio of 0.18%. Recently other ETFs had already given Vanguard a run for its money, with State Street's S&P 500 ETF (SPY) announcing in March an expense ratio that was lowered to 0.12%.

Expense ratios for the other iShares range from 0.15% for the Russell 1000 fund to 0.60% for sector funds like the Dow Jones Technology Index fund.

Barclays is unlikely to hold the low expense ratio title for long, as Vanguard has already filed with the SEC to launch a series of ETFs of its own at as yet unannounced expense ratios. In the fiercely competitive pricing battle that is unfolding, the Vanguard ETFs may very well reclaim the mantle of least expensive index funds. It's music to our ears.

 

Fund
Ticker
Expense Ratio
Date Available
iShares S&P 500
IVV
0.0945%
5/19/2000
iShares Russell 1000
IWB
0.15%
5/19/2000
iShares Dow Jones Internet
IYV
0.60%
5/19/2000
iShares Dow Jones Technology
IYW
0.60%
5/19/2000
iShares S&P MidCap 400
IJH
0.20%
5/26/2000
iShares S&P/Barra Growth
IVW
0.18%
5/26/2000
iShares S&P/Barra Value
IVE
0.18%
5/26/2000
iShares S&P SmallCap 600
IJR
0.20%
5/26/2000
iShares Russell 1000 Growth
IWF
0.20%
5/26/2000
iShares Russell 1000 Value
IWD
0.20%
5/26/2000
iShares Russell 2000
IWM
0.20%
5/26/2000
iShares Russell 3000
IWV
0.20%
5/26/2000
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financial
IYF
0.60%
5/26/2000
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Telecommunications
IYZ
0.60%
5/26/2000

All funds are available for purchase on the American Stock Exchange

IndexFunds.com Staff