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iShares Core Products

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.

Introducing the iShares Core: a suite of 10 competitively priced and tax-efficient ETFs that can help you keep more of what you earn. The suite is also flexible, so you can tailor to your needs, and backed by the experience and expertise of iShares and BlackRock.

Why use iShares Core ETFs in your portfolio

  • They're low cost.

    Fees add up. Using iShares Core ETFs, which have lower costs, can help you generate more returns over time.

  • It's an easy way to diversify.

    In most cases, a diversified portfolio is a protected portfolio. The iShares Core ETFs allow you to create a balanced portfolio with exposure to U.S. stocks, international stocks and U.S. bonds with ease.

  • Mix and match based on your unique needs.

    iShares Core ETFs are designed to fit together and fit a variety of needs.

  • The iShares Core is professional quality.

    9 out of 10 large professional investors choose iShares for their ETFs.*

Get started with iShares ETFs at your core in 3 steps

1. Establish a solid foundation.
With just three ETFs you can access a diverse range of U.S. stocks, international stocks and U.S. bonds.

2. Tailor your portfolio to fit your unique needs.
iShares ETFs make it easy to add a group of stocks or bonds with different characteristics to your portfolio. Get a group of emerging market stocks with IEMG or a bunch of short-term bonds with ISTB.

3. Explore different ideas and adapt to changing markets.
With nearly 300 cost- and tax-efficient ETFs, iShares makes it easy to open yourself to a world of possibilities.

Start building a custom portfolio of iShares ETFs or view all of our ETFs.


*Source: 90% of all institutional investors (pensions,foundations and endowments; asset managers; insurance companies and investment advisors) surveyed in the 2013 U.S. Exchange Traded Funds Study by Greenwich Associates used iShares ETFs. Survey included 176 institutional investors already using ETFs, interviewed 2/13-4/13.

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.

Fixed income risks include interest-rate and credit risk. Typically, when interest rates rise, there is a corresponding decline in bond values. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the bond issuer will not be able to make principal and interest payments.

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. These risks often are heightened for investments in emerging/developing markets, in concentrations of single countries or smaller capital markets.

Diversification and asset allocation may not protect against market risk or 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”).

The iShares Funds are not sponsored, endorsed, issued, sold or promoted by Cohen & Steers Capital Management, Inc., European Public Real Estate Association (“EPRA®”), FTSE International Limited (“FTSE”), India Index Services & Products Limited, JPMorgan Chase & Co., MSCI Inc., Markit Indices Limited, Morningstar, Inc., The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”), New York Stock Exchange, Inc., Russell Investment Group or S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, nor are they sponsored, endorsed or issued by Barclays Capital, Inc. None of these companies make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in the Funds.  BlackRock is not affiliated with the companies listed above. Index data related to the underlying indexes is provided by the respective companies above.

Neither FTSE nor NAREIT makes any warranty regarding the FTSE NAREIT Real Estate 50 Index, FTSE NAREIT Residential Plus Capped Index, FTSE NAREIT Industrial/Office Capped Index or FTSE NAREIT All Mortgage Capped Index; all rights vest in NAREIT. Neither FTSE nor NAREIT makes any warranty regarding the FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Real Estate ex-US Index, FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Europe Index or FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Developed Asia Index; all rights vest in FTSE, NAREIT and EPRA. All rights in the FTSE Developed Small Cap ex-North America Index vest in FTSE. “FTSE®” is a trademark of London Stock Exchange Group companies and is used by FTSE under license.

BlackRock does not provide tax advice. Please note that (i) any discussion of US tax matters contained in this communication cannot be used by you for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties; (ii) this communication was written to support the promotion or marketing of the matters addressed herein; and (iii) you should seek advice based on your particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor.

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