The new iShares ETFs complement two iShares U.S. Enhanced ETFs that were launched in
“Factor investing has become increasingly popular as investors look for opportunities to potentially outperform the market over the long-term. We’ve had a positive response from investors on the entire iShares Factor ETF suite, which currently has over
“The new iShares Enhanced International ETFs combine well-known factors and provide investors with easy access to multi-factor strategies based on BlackRock’s insights. They are of interest to investors who prefer a blending of factors in a single ETF to effectively maximize diversification and manage risk.”
Factors are a set of investment characteristics which explain the risk and return behavior of an asset or stock. Every asset has a unique set of factor exposures -- such as quality, value, size and momentum -- that influence the asset’s return. Factor investing is a well-documented, differentiated approach to traditional market-capitalization investing. iShares currently offers a suite of factor products: four iShares MSCI
iShares is a global product leader in exchange traded funds with over 600 funds globally across equities, fixed income and commodities, which trade on 20 exchanges worldwide. The iShares Funds are bought and sold like common stocks on securities exchanges. The iShares Funds are attractive to many individual and institutional investors and financial intermediaries because of their relative low cost and trading flexibility. Investors can purchase and sell shares through any brokerage firm, financial advisor, or online broker, and hold the funds in any type of brokerage account. The iShares customer base consists of the institutional segment of pension plans and fund managers, as well as the retail segment of financial advisors and high net worth individuals.
Carefully consider the iShares Funds’ investment objectives, risk factors, and charges and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Funds’ prospectuses, which may be obtained by calling 1-800-iShares (1-800-474-2737) or by visiting www.iShares.com. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.
Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. Transactions in shares of the iShares Funds will result in brokerage commissions and will generate tax consequences. iShares Funds are obliged to distribute portfolio gains to shareholders. Shares of the iShares Funds may be sold throughout the day on the exchange through any brokerage account. However, shares may only be redeemed directly from a Fund by Authorized Participants, in very large creation/redemption units. There can be no assurance that an active trading market for shares of an ETF will develop or be maintained. Diversification may not protect against market risk or loss of principal.
The Funds do not seek to replicate the performance of a specified index. The Funds may have a higher portfolio turnover than funds that seek to replicate the performance of an index. The Funds seek to provide exposure to large- and small-capitalization stocks that emphasize certain quantitative investment characteristics (“factors”), including, but not limited to, cash earnings, earnings variability, leverage, price-to-book ratio and market capitalization. There can be no assurance that exposure to such investment factors will enhance the Funds’ performance over time. It is expected that exposure to such investment factors will detract from performance in some market environments, perhaps for extended periods. In such circumstances, the Funds’ investment process will seek to maintain exposure to the targeted investment factors and will not adjust to target different factors. Small-capitalization companies may be less stable and more susceptible to adverse developments, and their securities may be more volatile and less liquid than larger capitalization companies.
International investing involves risks, including risks related to foreign currency, limited liquidity, less government regulation and the possibility of substantial volatility due to adverse political, economic or other developments.
The iShares Funds are distributed by
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