What is an ETF?

ETFs have a 20+ year track record and are more popular than ever1

In 2015, ETFs reached more than $2 trillion in assets globally and attracted nearly $3 billion in new investment dollars.

The growth of global ETF assets

The Growth of Global ETF Assets

Data is as of December 30, 2015 for Europe and December 31, 2015 for the US, Canada, Latin America, and some Asia ETPs. Global ETP flows and assets are sourced using shares outstanding and net asset values from Bloomberg, as well as BlackRock internal sources, for the US, Canada, Europe, Latin America and some ETPs in Asia. For Middle East and Africa, assets and net flows data is not available.


Investors use ETFs for long-term investing

iShares Core ETFs offer an efficient way to get instant diversification by investing across broad stock and bond markets for 1/10 the cost of a comparable mutual fund.2

ETFs part of long-term strategy

88% of ETF investors surveyed consider ETFs part of their long-term strategy.1

Two-thirds of ETF investors hold them

2/3 of ETF investors surveyed have held them for at least 3 years.1

Investors also use ETFs for specific goals or to capture an opportunity in the moment

International ETFs

To invest internationally

International ETFs

Minimum volatility ETFs

To manage against jumpy markets

Minimum volatility ETFs

Dividend, preferred, and bond ETFs

To seek income

Dividend, preferred, and bond ETFs

Currency-hedged ETFs

To hedge against losses from a potentially strengthening U.S. dollar

Currency-hedged ETFs