New type of ETF promises to shrink spreads

Other issuers reportedly to follow iShares in launching products later this year

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Squint at the factsheet for the iShares MSCI USA Dividend IQ Ucits ETF (QDIV), an exchange-traded fund (ETF) sold in Europe, and you will probably find nothing that strikes you as especially peculiar. But in one important respect, QDIV is not a typical ETF. The settlement process for ETFs has been the same for almost two decades, but QDIV ignores this and settles in a way that is different from any other ETF that has come before.

This may seem like a detail only a finance geek could find compell

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