BlackRock's Canadian subsidiary has launched five new exchanged-traded funds designed to offer Great North investors exposure to domestic, international, developed and emerging markets while minimizing volatility.

Canadian investors requested the iShares ETFs, according to Mary Anne Wiley, managing director and head of iShares for BlackRock Canada. These funds are the first ones targeted to Canadian investors that combine minimum volatility and global market exposure. The ETFs can help provide a portfolio with downside protection while seeking to maintain some exposure to upside price movement, she said.

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