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More than 75% of global economic output comes from outside the U.S. Yet most U.S. investors continue to focus on domestic stocks and bonds.

Instead of asking, “Why invest globally?” a better question might be: “Why not?”

Many of the world’s most profitable companies reside outside the U.S. By broadening your investment universe, you can also expand your portfolio’s growth potential.


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¹ Sources: Data on world GDP and market capitalization from World Bank, as of 12/31/11


Global ETFs

  • Are an easy way to cover the globe.
    iShares Core international ETFs cover 99% of the investable global markets (according to MSCI) so you can get exposure to several countries in one fell swoop.
  • Focus on a region or single country
    Whether you’re interested in developed markets or specifically in Chinese large-cap companies, iShares has a corresponding ETF.
  • Offer a new place to seek dividends
    International ETFs help you diversify across regions and seek new sources of yield.
  • Have minimum volatility options
    Explore international markets with iShares minimum volatility ETFs, which are designed to help investors weather the markets ups and downs.
  • Test emerging markets
    Emerging markets may seem risky, but in many cases they have healthier fundamentals than their developed-market counterparts. Cash in where growth is today using one of our single-country ETFs.

View all of our international ETFs

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.

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.

The iShares Minimum Volatility ETFs may experience more than minimum volatility as there is no guarantee that the underlying index's strategy of seeking to lower volatility will be successful.

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.

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