Accessing targeted asset classes using iShares ETFs
Asset allocation can play a large role in determining the overall potential return of a portfolio. This section covers the benefits of different asset classes — large-cap and small-cap, emerging and developed international markets, the fixed income landscape, and important categories like alternatives — to help you carefully determine the asset class weighting that will help you strike the right balance between risk and return in your portfolios.
By investing across a variety of asset classes and across a range of geographies, sector funds, and styles, you can help reduce the impact of a poor-performing single investment in a portfolio. The broad family of iShares ETFs makes ETF diversification easy both across and within asset classes, with low-cost, efficient funds tracking established indexes in virtually every asset class.
Additionally, iShares Target Risk Index Funds and iShares Target Date Index Funds are a convenient, single transaction way to access tailored portfolios that offer cost-effective, efficient, and diversified solutions to help meet specific needs based upon your clients’ risk tolerance (from conservative to aggressive) or anticipated time-frame for needing funds (i.e. for college, retirement, etc.). Both solutions are dynamically managed by professionals who constantly monitor and rebalance to the specific asset allocation parameters.
Each iShares Target Date Index Fund has a number (a target date) at the end of the name that designates an approximate year when an investor plans to start withdrawing their money. The asset allocation of the Fund will become progressively more conservative as the specified target date approaches. An investment in the Funds is not guaranteed, and an investor may experience losses, including near, at or after the target date.
Learn more about US Equity ETFs Fixed income has the potential to offset some of the volatility associated with equities, and can provide a measure of principal preservation for investors. Investors can also obtain exposure to a certain segment of the bond market in one trade, reducing the need to research, price, purchase, and manage a large number of individual bonds.
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