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Income isn't what it used to be. Today's environment of near historic low yields and heightened volatility may have you wondering how to find the income you need without taking undue risk.

iShares has a range of ETFs to help you navigate today's challenging landscape and meet your investment goals.

Dividend ETFs

In addition to providing income, dividend stocks often perform well in challenging environments, such as down markets and periods of rising interest rates.

Learn about our dividend ETFs

Bond ETFs

Broadly speaking, bonds have long offered a source of high-quality, lower-volatility income. Credit-oriented bonds, such as high yield and municipal bonds can help you get the most out of the lower yield, higher tax environment, while low-duration bonds can help protect your portfolio from rising interest rates.

Learn about our bond ETFs

Multi-Asset Income ETF

Combining ETFs that hold bonds, dividend stocks and alternative income sources, like real estate stocks, the iShares Morningstar Multi-Asset Income ETF (IYLD) can help you strike a prudent balance between income and risk.

Learn about Multi-Asset ETFs


12-month distribution yields 2008 vs. 2013

* Sources: Morningstar and As of 12/31/13. Taxable Money Market, Traditional Core Bond (intermediate-term bond) and High Yield Bond represented by Morningstar Asset-weighted average category yields. 6-month CD and 10-Year Treasury represented by indices. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Shown for illustrative purposes only. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

It's a Tougher Environment

Yields are lower
On traditional core bonds yields are nearly half what they were in 2008.*

Risks are greater
Generating an attractive income stream today requires taking on substantially more risk.

Taxes are higher
Marginal tax rates are up to 25% higher than 2012 levels.

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 ETF and BlackRock Fund prospectus pages. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal.

Diversification and asset allocation may not protect against market risk or loss of principal.

Investment in a fund of funds is subject to the risks and expenses of the underlying funds.

There is no guarantee that dividends will be paid.

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.

The strategies discussed are strictly for illustrative and educational purposes and are not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investment strategy. There is no guarantee that any strategies discussed will be effective.

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