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Finding the Right Building Blocks

Selecting an ETF can be as easy as setting your goal. What do you want to do?

Save for college

Save for college

It's never too soon to begin saving for college, especially with the rising cost of education. A combination of U.S. and international stock ETFs, as well as a bond ETF can help balance saving for the future while also providing for today.

See a sample combination of ETFs for this goal


Enjoy retirement

Enjoy retirement

With retirement comes a shift in your investment outlook. A conservative portfolio can help you protect what you have earned, spend time doing more of what you love and still leave something behind for the next generation.

Find out how investors like you are using ETFs to save for retirement


Examine costs

Seek out income

Like many investors who are still working, you may take a slightly more conservative approach to investing and consider investment costs and taxes. That doesn't mean you're not looking to make money. You want to help protect what you've earned and build on it.

Learn how to combine low-cost and tax-efficient ETFs for income


The sample goals-based portfolios are a great way to see a number of ETF combinations.

Visit our Core Builder to get a customized portfolio based on your goals

Adding ETFs to your portfolio

Once you've chosen a blend of ETFs that's right for you, it's time to add them to your portfolio. Just like stocks, it's easy to purchase ETFs through your existing brokerage account.

Talk to your financial advisor or use your brokerage account to get started today.

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In times like these, you need your portfolio to do more: generate income, help manage risk and seek to preserve your investment for the long haul.

Carefully consider the Funds' investment objectives, risk factors, and charges and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Funds' prospectuses or, if available, the summary prospectuses, which may be obtained by visiting the iShares ETF and BlackRock Mutual Fund prospectus pages. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

Transactions in shares of ETFs will result in brokerage commissions and will generate tax consequences. All regulated investment companies are obliged to distribute portfolio gains to shareholders.

The strategies discussed are strictly for illustrative and educational purposes and should not be construed as a recommendation to purchase or sell, or an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any security. There is no guarantee that any strategies discussed will be effective.

The Funds are distributed by BlackRock Investments, LLC (together with its affiliates, “BlackRock”).

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