Most ETF providers offer ETFs on the biggest exchanges. iShares doesn't have its own platform, so if you're interested specifically in iShares ETFs, it's best to go to their site and check their catalouge of ETFs, then find a broker that provides access to ETFs and the specific exchange you're looking for.
What is iShares?
iShares is a fund provider owned by BlackRock. It is one of the largest fund providers in the world. Its catalogue includes many types of ETFs: sector ETFs, country ETFs, and even ETFs that are assembled with a broader goal in mind (e.g. sustainable development).
Where can I buy iShares ETFs?
It all comes down to the markets and services offered by your broker. Make sure to choose a broker where:
- ETFs are available
- Access to the exchange where the desired ETF is traded is provided by the broker
For example, the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (ticker IWM) has its main listing on the NYSE Arca exchange and can be bought and sold in USD. So you'll need a broker with access to this market. If you're from Europe, check if the broker allows you to buy US ETFs. More info here: Are US ETFs only available for US residents?
This ETF is also listed on some foreign exchanges where it can be bought in local currency. Specifically, it is traded on the Bolsa Mexicana De Valores (in MXN) and on the Santiago Stock Exchange (in CLP). Be aware that trading volumes and liquidity may be much smaller compared with the American listing.
Another example: the iShares Core DAX ETF can be bought on the Xetra, BATS, London, Milan, Switzerland and other regional German exchanges.
What else do you need to know about ETFs?
Want to learn more before deciding which is the best ETF for you? Check out these articles to deepen your knowledge:
- What is an ETF?
- What is the difference between mutual funds and ETFs?
- What is the difference between US and EU ETFs?
- What does an ETF portfolio mean?
- What is an ETF expense ratio?
- How liquid are ETFs?
- How to buy Vanguard ETFs?
- What are sector ETFs?
- What is a passive investment?
- Are US ETFs only available for US residents?
How can I buy ETFs?
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