The following case studies showcase how insurers are using iShares ETFs to overcome investment challenges.

Enhance yield by embracing new asset classes

Adding emerging market debt to portfolios with ETFs allows clients to access this growing asset class efficiently while potentially enhancing overall yield.

Quickly exit illiquid bonds

BlackRock’s proprietary risk and optimization technology helps clients to transition odd-lot and thinly traded positions cost-effectively without losing exposure.

Improve operational efficiency in smaller portfolios

ETFs can provide operational efficiency and portfolio diversification, which allows investment staff to increase focus on their larger portfolios.

Use iBonds® ETFs to match liabilities

iBonds® can be used as a diversified asset-liability management tool.

Quickly gain exposure to investment grade bonds

ETFs can provide immediate and operationally efficient exposure to U.S. investment grade fixed income securities.

Overcome scarcity of investment grade issues in dealer inventories

Quickly achieve target exposure while minimizing friction costs within a relatively short period of time.

Manage Volatility in Variable Annuity Products

The transparent and liquid ETF structure helps to eliminate hedging challenges.


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Benjamin Woloshin


iShares Insurance Team

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Case studies are shown for illustrative purposes only.  This is not meant as a guarantee of any future result or experience. This information should not be relied upon as research, investment advice or a recommendation regarding the iShares Funds or any security in particular.

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.

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