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Growth of the ETF ecosystem

Since their introduction 25 years ago, ETFs have grown into a major portion of global capital markets and have developed their own financial ecosystem.

The ETF market by the numbers

$4.4t
in ETF AUM globally1
30%
of all U.S. equity trading volume is from ETFs2
77
ETFs have +$1b in AUM and +$100m in ADV3
39%
of all U.S. options volume is referenced to an ETF4
$4.4t
in ETF AUM globally1
30%
of all U.S. equity trading volume is from ETFs2
77
ETFs have +$1b in AUM and +$100m in ADV3
39%
of all U.S. options volume is referenced to an ETF4

Sources: 1 Data as of 9/30/17 for all regions. Global ETF flows and assets are sourced using Markit and Bloomberg as well as BlackRock internal sources. 2 Credit Suisse, for the 2016 calendar year, as of 1/10/17. 3 BlackRock Global Business Intelligence, Bloomberg, as of 12/31/16. 4 TABB Group, Options Clearing Corp., as of 6/30/17.

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Institutional use of
ETFs and derivatives

Institutional investors are increasingly turning to ETFs to replace or complement derivative positions.

Using ETFs alongside derivatives

Using ETFs alongside derivatives

Source: Greenwich Associates 2016 U.S. Exchange-Traded-Funds Study. Based on 23 responses in 2015 and 21 in 2016 from institutional investors who use futures to access beta.

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Greenwich Associates Study
2016 U.S. Exchange-Traded-Funds

Evaluating ETFs, futures and swaps

Learn how to evaluate the total cost of ownership of a future, swap, and ETF using our simple comparison framework.

Future ETF Swap

Managing risk with listed ETF options

In the past 10 years, listed ETF options volume has grown from 22% to nearly 40% of overall U.S. listed equity options volume5.

Total ETF options open interest

Share of options market volume

Total ETF options open interest

Share of options market volume

Sources: Bloomberg, BlackRock. Based on total notional open interest for listed ETF options, as of 12/31/16. TABB Group, Options Clearing Corp., as of 6/30/17.

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Potential yield through ETF lending

The popularity of employing ETFs as hedging vehicles has created an active ETF lending market with lendable value close to $250b6.

The ETF lending market adds a potential new source of income

Source: IHS Markit as of 6/30/17. There is no guarantee that there will be borrower demand for shares of the iShares ETFs, or that securities lending will generate any level of income. ETF share lending revenue is not an element of fund performance and share lending is not a service provided by iShares ETFs or BlackRock Fund Advisors, the funds' investment manager and an affiliate of BlackRock Investments LLC.

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Comparing bond ETFs
and credit derivatives

Bond ETFs provide a tool to help investors manage their credit portfolio and can be used to quickly capitalize on market opportunities.

An expanding credit toolset

An expanding credit toolset

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ETF trading and execution strategies

Optimize your trading experience. Learn the what, when and why of ETF trading strategies.

Selecting an optimal strategy

Selecting an optimal ETF trading strategy

For illustrative purposes only.

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iShares Institutional resources

We offer a comprehensive set of services to help clients get the most out of their ETF investment experience.
ETF education
We inform institutional clients about the potential exposure, cost and operational features of the ETF structure
Mixed instrument solutions
We can assist in building customized solutions with a combination of ETFs and futures to potentially reduce investment costs.
3rd party technology analytics
We can offer support and best practices for ETF-related functionality on 3rd party platforms including Bloomberg and Tradeweb
ETF options insights
We monitor the listed ETF options market to provide insights and topical trading strategies and market sentiment.
Instrument comparisons
We provide quarterly comparisons of over 20 futures and ETFs along key metrics including cost, tracking and total performance.
ETF lending guidance
We help institutional clients identify current market opportunities to lend ETFs and provide guidance on establishing a lending pr...

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