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IShares Reduces Expense Ratios for 34 Foreign ETFs

The fee declines are the result of management-fee breakpoints and foreign taxes.

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One of the trends we have been predicting for 2011 is lower expense ratios for exchange-traded funds. On Tuesday, Jan. 11, iShares became the first industry player in 2011 to cut its ETF prices for investors, announcing that it has decreased the expense ratios for 34 of its ETFs, effective Jan. 1.

In the case of all but one of the ETFs, the fee reductions are minimal--between 1 and 5 basis points--and affect only ETFs that invest in foreign-domiciled companies. All 34 ETFs track MSCI indexes.

Robert Goldsborough does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.