New type of ETF promises to shrink spreads

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


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.

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