Whether you are investing for retirement or seeking to build wealth, iShares ETFs make it easy and cost-effective to help you to achieve your financial goals.


Our Core ETF product line-up simplifies our offering of over 300+ ETFs to the basic building blocks of an investment portfolio. With just a handful of funds you can create a low-cost, diversified set of holdings.

Low Cost

iShares Core ETFs are low cost and help you invest more of your hard earned money.

Competitive Performance

iShares Core ETFs have offered competitive performance for over 10 years.1

Tax Efficient

iShares Core ETFs are designed to distribute fewer capital gains.


Keeping costs low can help you reach your investment goals sooner.

Expense Ratio for the iShares Core ETFs (0.05%) compared to active open-end mutual funds (0.94%).

Bar chart of comparing net expense ratios of active open-ended mutual funds average to iShares Core ETFs.

Source: Morningstar, as of 09/30/2022. Comparison is between the average Prospectus Net Expense Ratio for the iShares Core ETFs (0.05%) and actively managed open-end mutual funds in the 9 style box Morningstar categories using the oldest share class to avoid duplicates (0.94%).


iShares Core ETFs offer broad stock and bond exposures by seeking to track high-quality, established indexes. For two decades, iShares Core ETFs have outperformed their ETF and mutual fund peers.

Hypothetical growth of $10,000 over 20+ years (05/22/2000 to 09/30/2022)

Bar chart of hypothetical growth of $10,000 over 20 years where iShares Equity ETFs outperform US mutual fund averages.

Source: Morningstar as of 09/30/2022. The chart above reflects a hypothetical $10,000 investment and assumes reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. Fund expenses, including management fees and other expenses were deducted. The three active categories shown (US Active Fund Large Blend, US Active Fund Mid-Cap Blend, and US Active Fund Small Blend) are averages calculated by Morningstar that represent the equally weighted return for all actively managed mutual funds in the respective Morningstar Category.


Index performance does not reflect any management fees, transaction costs or expenses. Indexes are unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in an index. Performance data represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate with market conditions and may be lower or higher when you sell your shares. Current performance may differ from the performance shown. For most recent month end performance and standardized performance, click here.


Did you know that many funds pay distributions while you’re still invested — and you pay capital gains taxes on those even if you don’t sell? Over the past 5 years, 0% of iShares U.S. Core equity ETFs paid out taxable capital gains distributions, compared to 71% of U.S. active equity mutual funds. The potential effects of taxes can be more detrimental to portfolio returns than fees.

Percentage of funds that paid capital gains over the last 5 years

Chart showing that 0% of iShares Core Equity ETFs paid capital gains vs 71% of US active equity mutual funds paid capital gains.

Source: BlackRock as of 12/31/2021; Morningstar average of years 2017 to 2021 as of 12/31/2021. US Active Equity Mutual Funds represented by the oldest share class of each Active Open-End Equity Mutual Fund available in the United States incepted before 10/31 in each year and excludes funds that closed before 10/31 in each year, as of 12/31/2021. Past distributions are not indicative of future distributions.


As markets move up and down, it’s only natural to question whether now is a good time to start investing. But over the long term, investors may want to focus on spending time in the market rather than trying to time their entry.

Hypothetical growth of $10,000 assuming 10% over 10 years

Line graph where the time spent in the market is more important than when one enters the market.

For illustrative purposes only.


Three easy ways to create a portfolio using iShares Core ETFs.


You can use the featured funds below — a selection of US and international stocks and bonds — to get started by mixing and matching these building block ETFs to form a whole, diversified portfolio.


If you prefer a more streamlined solution, try our featured three-ticker solution — by choosing one ETF for each U.S. and international stocks and one for bonds — to gain easy access to these markets.


If you’d prefer an all-in-one solution, each of these Core ETFs holds a customized combination of stock and bonds based on investing style.