BlackRock said Thursday it is moving the production of its research on exchange-traded funds to a new unit and the long-timer producer of its "ETF Landscape" reports will be leaving the company.

The research will be produced by the BlackRock Investment Institute, the company said. Russ Koesterich, the global chief investment strategist at its iShares exchange-traded fund business, "will help define the ETF research agenda as we move forward,'' the firm said.

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