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A great way to help you meet your goals

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) combine features of mutual funds and stocks. With low overall costs, access to hundreds of companies and trading flexibility, ETFs can be a powerful addition to your portfolio.

Whether your goal is to save for retirement, grow a college fund or earn extra income, ETFs can be a powerful addition to your portfolio.

ETFs offer familiar benefits

Similar to mutual funds, ETFs are diversified mixes of stocks or bonds that are managed by experienced professionals. The difference is that ETFs typically offer a few extra perks, including lower fees, tax benefits and the ability to buy and sell throughout the day as long as the market is open.

Stock Mutual Fund ETFs


To view a list of the differences between mutual funds and ETFs, see Know the Differences.

ETFs can help you keep more of what you earn

Perhaps the biggest benefit of ETFs is that they cost less, which means you can keep more of what you earn.

ETFs can also be tax efficient, which can make a big difference over the long haul. With ETFs provided by some firms, such as iShares, if you invest $100K you could save up to $20K in taxes alone over 10 years*.

Learn more about how fees and taxes add up.

There are a variety of ETFs that can help you invest in specific parts of the market and hundreds of companies. Whether you’re looking for stocks to help your investments grow or something as specific as emerging market bonds, there is likely an ETF that can provide the diversification your portfolio needs.

Discover the combination of ETFs that’s right for you.


* Source: BlackRock. Does not include commissions, sales charges, or fees. Assumes a 1% annual tax "cost" on a $100,000 starting portfolio growing at an 8% annualized return over 10 years.

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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.

Diversification and asset allocation may not protect against market risk or loss of principal.

There can be no assurance that an active trading market for shares of an ETF will develop or be maintained.

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.

Certain traditional mutual funds can also be tax efficient.

The information provided is not intended to be tax advice.  Investors should be urged to consult their tax professionals or financial advisors for more information regarding their specific tax situations.

Investment comparisons are for illustrative purposes only. To better understand the similarities and differences between investments, including investment objectives, risks, fees and expenses, it is important to read the products' prospectuses.

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

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