Global economies are more connected than ever, making it difficult to rely solely on buying stocks and bonds to build a diversified portfolio. Because of the tendency of alternative investments to behave differently than stocks and bonds, adding them to your portfolio can offer scope for broader diversification and the potential to reduce risk while also enhancing returns.

At BlackRock, our longstanding experience in alternative investing and breadth of solutions can help you meet your desired goals.  While alternatives don’t eliminate risk from a portfolio, they can offer an efficient way to help reduce the effects of particular risks and pinpoint specific outcomes.

Funds that Seek to Reduce Interest Rate Risk

BlackRock Global Long/Short Credit Fund

Funds that Seek to Minimize Equity Market Risk

BlackRock Global Long/Short Equity Fund
BlackRock Emerging Markets Long/Short Equity Fund
BlackRock Preferred Partners

Funds that Seek to Protect Purchasing Power

Multi-Asset Real Return Fund
BlackRock Real Estate Securities Fund
BlackRock Commodity Strategies Fund
XBRL Documents

Hedge funds can bring diversification to a portfolio that is hard to find elsewhere because of their flexibility to employ many different trading strategies and participate in non-traditional markets.

A focus on private companies offers the potential for enhanced diversification and returns, since many of the factors that drive public equity markets have lesser or no impact on private equity investments.

The information on this Web site is intended for U.S. residents only. The information provided does not constitute a solicitation of an offer to buy, or an offer to sell securities in any jurisdiction to any person to whom it is not lawful to make such an offer.

Incorporating alternative investments into a portfolio presents the opportunity for significant losses including in some cases, losses which exceed the principal amount invested. Also, some alternative investments have experienced periods of extreme volatility and in general, are not suitable for all investors. Asset allocation and diversification strategies do not ensure profit or protect against loss in declining markets.

Utilizing private equity involves significant risks along with the opportunity for substantial losses.

Please consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of each fund carefully before investing. The funds prospectuses and, if available, the summary prospectuses contain this and other information about the funds and are available, along with information on other BlackRock funds, by calling 800-882-0052. The prospectus and, if available, the summary prospectuses should be read carefully before investing.

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