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In addition to the normal risks associated with investing, international investments may involve risk of capital loss from unfavorable fluctuation in currency values, from differences in generally accepted accounting principles, or from economic or political instability in other nations. Emerging markets involve heightened risks related to the same factors, as well as increased volatility and lower trading volume. The two main risks related to fixed income investing are interest rate risk and credit risk. Typically, when interest rates rise, there is a corresponding decline in the market value of bonds. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the issuer of the bond will not be able to make principal and interest payments. A portion of a municipal bond fund’s income may be subject to federal or state income taxes or the alternative minimum tax. Investments in commodities may entail significant risks and can be significantly affected by events such as variations in the commodities markets, weather, disease, embargoes, international, political and economic developments, the success of exploration projects, tax and other government regulations, as well as other factors. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
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1 Strategic Insight, as of 3/31/12. Source: MSCI and Standard & Poor's. For illustrative purposes only. Index yields are shown for illustrative purposes only and do not predict or depict the yield of any BlackRock fund. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Represented indices: Dividend Paying Stocks represented by the MSCI USA High Dividend Index. High Yield Bonds represented by the Barclays HY 2% Issuer Capped Index. Bank Loans represented by the S&P Leveraged All Loan Index. Preferreds represented by the S&P US Preferred Stock Index. US REITs represented by the FTSE NAREIT Equity REIT Index. Intl REITs represented by the FTSE NAREIT ex-US Equity REIT Index. MLPs represented by the Alerian MLP Index. Inv Grade Bonds represented by the iBoxx $ Liquid Investment Grade Index. Global Equity represented by the MSCI AC World Index. US Equity represented by the S&P 500 Index. Treasury represented by the Barclays 7–10 Year Treasury Index. Core Bonds represented by the Barclays Aggregate Index. EM Debt represented by the Barclays EM. Fixed income yields are represented by yield to worst (The lowest potential yield that can be received on a bond without the issuer actually defaulting (e.g., through prepayment provisions)). All other yields represented by current yield.
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