Insurance General Account

iShares partners with Insurance companies around the globe to help enhance general account investment solutions.

Insurance portfolios change in the face of market challenges and insurer’s face a multitude of challenges in a low interest rate environment.

Below is a snapshot of some commonly used equity and fixed income ETF applications by your peers.

Fixed Income:

Enhance liquidity:
Help improve the GA liquidity profile while maintaining strategic asset allocation

Manage Cash:
Flexible tools to help manage cash portfolios

Access niche markets:
Access difficult-to-reach areas of the global bond market through simple, diversified liquid vehicles

Fixed Income ETF Applications

PDF: Fixed Income ETF Applications

Insurance companies have used fixed income ETFs for a broad range of applications ranging from short-term tactical asset allocation to longer term balance sheet management.

Read the three most commonly used ETF applications your peers are using to manage their balance sheets.

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Seek to Enhance Returns:
Style factor strategies seek risk-controlled, market-beating performance

Manage Risk:
Minimum volatility strategies aim to reduce equity market risk

Look to Generate Income:
Focused dividend strategies can help generate income

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Strategic Client Services

iShares strategic client services platform harnesses the power of BlackRock’s resources and technology to help clients with tools to help them research, trade and manage their iShares portfolios.

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

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Joshua Penzner

Joshua Penzner
Managing Director


iShares Insurance Team

Institutional Investment in ETFs: Versatility Fuels Growth (PDF)

ETF usage in general account reserve assets climbed from 6% in 2013 to 71% in 2015.

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Download the new 2016 ETF Desk Reference

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 Fund and BlackRock 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.

There can be no assurance that performance will be enhanced or risk will be reduced for funds that seek to provide exposure to certain quantitative investment characteristics ("factors"). Exposure to such investment factors may detract from performance in some market environments, perhaps for extended periods. In such circumstances, a fund may seek to maintain exposure to the targeted investment factors and not adjust to target different factors, which could result in losses.

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.

There is no guarantee that dividends will be paid.

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

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