Franklin Templeton selects Euroclear
September 8, 2017

Euroclear Bank, the Brussels-based international central securities depository (ICSD), and Franklin Templeton Investments, a global investment manager, are collaborating on issuing four smart beta exchange-traded funds (ETFs) within their Franklin LibertyShares range in Europe (reported here yesterday).

The ETFs, which use Euroclear's international issuance structure, will be listed and traded today on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and settle directly in the ICSD – Euroclear Bank.

The ETF range includes two multi-factor funds which have a specific focus on quality stocks - the Franklin LibertyQ Global Equity SRI UCITS ETF and the Franklin LibertyQ U.S. Equity UCITS ETF. Also two income focused funds which invest in stocks demonstrating a high and persistent dividend income – the Franklin LibertyQ Global Dividend UCITS ETF and Franklin LibertyQ European Dividend UCTIS ETF.

"Our strategic goal, three years in the making, has been to build a world class global ETF platform. We are very excited to bring our Franklin LibertySharesTM ETF platform to Europe following our successful launches in the US and Canada and to partner with Euroclear to make the trading and settlement of our ETFs as simple as possible for our clients." said Patrick O'Connor, Head of Global ETFs, Franklin Templeton.





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Euroclear Bank, the Brussels-based international central securities depository (ICSD), and Franklin Templeton Investments, a global investment manager, are collaborating on issuing four smart beta exchange-traded funds (ETFs) within their Franklin LibertyShares range in Europe (reported here yesterday).

The ETFs, which use Euroclear's international issuance structure, will be listed and traded today on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and settle directly in the ICSD – Euroclear Bank.

The ETF range includes two multi-factor funds which have a specific focus on quality stocks - the Franklin LibertyQ Global Equity SRI UCITS ETF and the Franklin LibertyQ U.S. Equity UCITS ETF. Also two income focused funds which invest in stocks demonstrating a high and persistent dividend income – the Franklin LibertyQ Global Dividend UCITS ETF and Franklin LibertyQ European Dividend UCTIS ETF.

"Our strategic goal, three years in the making, has been to build a world class global ETF platform. We are very excited to bring our Franklin LibertySharesTM ETF platform to Europe following our successful launches in the US and Canada and to partner with Euroclear to make the trading and settlement of our ETFs as simple as possible for our clients." said Patrick O'Connor, Head of Global ETFs, Franklin Templeton.



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