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The education platform provides learning modules on portfolio construction and ETFs to help investors learn the basics and potentially make better investment decisions.
  • Weekly market commentary

    Nov 21, 2022 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    Our strategic views are evolving. Read why we lean into investment-grade credit and away from high yield, and stay overweight inflation-linked bonds and stocks.
  • 3 common mistakes investors make — and how to avoid them

    Nov 7, 2022 | By Daniel Prince, CFA
    In the current market environment, it’s more important than ever to double down on your investment strategy. Here we outline three mistakes to take heed of.
  • Demystifying minimum volatility

    Sep 22, 2022 | By Lukas Smart
    Lukas Smart, Head of U.S. iShares Sustainable and Factor Strategies, explains the strategic role that minimum volatility strategies can have in a portfolio.
  • Investing in 3 inflation-fighting themes

    Aug 17, 2022 | By Jay Jacobs
    Inflation is currently at levels not seen in 40 years. Jay Jacobs, U.S. Head of Thematics and Active Equity ETFs discusses how moderation will be a long process.
  • Infrastructure shines amid inflation and supportive policies

    Aug 6, 2022 | By Jeff Spiegel
    Jeff Spiegel, our Head of U.S. iShares Megatrend and International ETFs explores how infrastructure stocks are performing amid an inflationary environment.
  • Back to a volatile future

    Jul 11, 2022 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    We are braving a new world of heightened macro and market volatility. How should clients position their portfolios? Read our midyear investment outlook.
  • Why should investors stay invested during market volatility?

    Jul 6, 2022 | By Daniel Prince, CFA
    Inflation is top-of-mind these days. We look at why it’s so important to stay focused on longer-term investing goals when facing market volatility.
  • OUR NEXT 100M INVESTORS

    May 12, 2022 | By BlackRock
    Our iShares annual report shows how millennials will be a driving force in creating another 100 million iShares ETF and index investors in the next five years.
  • How is Geopolitical Uncertainty Effecting Markets?

    Apr 19, 2022 | By Axel Christensen
    Axel Christensen, Chief Investment Strategist for Latin America, reflects on how geopolitics are having an effect on markets, specifically within Latin America.
  • Three things that have surprised me – and one thing I wouldn’t change

    Dec 3, 2021 | By Michael Fredericks
    Portfolio manager Michael Fredericks reflects on markets and investing to generate income while managing risk over the last decade.
  • THREE MEGATRENDS THEMES TO WATCH IN 2022

    Dec 3, 2021 | By BlackRock
    Our megatrends outlook, based on insights from active and index BlackRock investment teams, focuses on three trends that will accelerate in 2022. Read more now.
  • Megatrends: How to invest in cybersecurity

    Sep 23, 2021 | By BlackRock
    Investing in cybersecurity and innovation in an increasingly more connected world is an alternative opportunity to diversify and strengthen portfolios.
  • THE THREE MOST COMMON MYTHS ABOUT SUSTAINABLE INVESTING

    Aug 12, 2021 | By BlackRock
    Jordie Olivella, Head of Distribution and Commercial Strategy for our Offshore Wealth business, discusses three common sustainable investment myths.
  • Color outside the lines for better growth and income

    Jul 29, 2021 | By Michael Fredericks | Rick Rieder
    Rick Rieder and Michael Fredericks explain how unconstrained funds can help financial advisors seek growth and income for their clients in today’s markets.
  • The role of Chinese assets in portfolios

    Jun 10, 2021 | By BlackRock
    Strategic rivalry between the U.S. and China is creating a bipolar world, but investors need exposure to both spheres of growth to meet their long-term goals.
  • Latin America Virtual Forum

    May 19, 2021 | By BlackRock
    Our annual Latin America Investor Forum goes virtual this year, speaking to the region’s biggest questions, from ESG to technology to the U.S. elections.
  • INVESTING WITH CLIMATE IN MIND

    May 14, 2021 | By Armando Senra
    Armando Senra, Head of iShares Americas at BlackRock, discusses the current push for sustainability, and three strategies for investing in a low carbon future.
  • COVID one year later: Five investment lessons learned

    May 10, 2021 | By Armando Senra
    A year after the COVID-19 epidemic hit the Americas, Armando Senra discusses five key lessons learned and how they may shape the investing world.
  • A sea change in global investing

    May 4, 2021 | By BlackRock
    In our latest iShares report on climate change we discuss how climate risk represents investment risk, and how ETFs can build climate-ready portfolios.
  • Master the art of alts

    Apr 15, 2021 | By BlackRock
    Learn how to master the art of alternative investments to help reduce portfolio risk and enhance return potential in a low-return, high volatility
  • Using a barbell to strengthen your equity portfolio

    Mar 18, 2021 | By Tony DeSpirito
    Value stocks look set to impress in 2021, but together with durable growers could add portfolio resilience. Fundamental Equity CIO Tony DeSpirito explains.
  • Staying on track in a world of change

    Feb 26, 2021 | By BlackRock
    Highlights from our start-of-the-year webcast, with investors looking at deployment and investment themes, and possible surprises in real assets.
  • EVERY STEP COUNTS

    Feb 18, 2021 | By BlackRock
    The influence of index investing has proven to be evolutionary — step by step, it reshaped the money management industry by methodically breaking down barriers to investment.
  • Q4 Factor Outlook

    Jan 31, 2021 | By BlackRock
    Our quarterly report summarizes our forward-looking views on global equity style factors by using predictors like valuations, dispersion, and economic regime.
  • ETP Landscape from BlackRock

    Dec 11, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Monthly overview of the latest key global and regional ETP industry trends produced in the second week of the month and shows data as at previous month end.
  • Our 2020 sustainability actions

    Dec 1, 2020 | By BlackRock
    BlackRock discusses its actions since committing to help clients achieve their sustainable investing goals in January. Learn more.
  • 2020 Global Sustainable Investing Survey

    Dec 1, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Learn more about BlackRock’s sustainability survey where we sought to better understand clients’ drivers and challenges to sustainable investing.
  • Tools and interactive charts

    Sep 28, 2018 | By BlackRock
    Explore our tools and interactive charts to help you and your clients make better investment decisions.
  • The case for fixed income in the core of a portfolio, despite low rates

    Sep 19, 2017 | By BlackRock
    iShares Core fixed income ETFs are low cost, tax-efficient way to help build a strong foundation for a portfolio.
  • Macron decisively wins French presidency

    May 7, 2017 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    Pro-European former investment banker Emmanuel Macron won the final round of the French presidential election by a large margin, further reducing perceived European political risk.
  • Capital market assumptions

    Oct 24, 2016 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    We now publish our return assumptions in a new interactive graphic . The tool enables investors to visualize expected returns, volatilities and correlations of fixed income, equity and alternative assets in four different currencies.
  • Investment Solutions

    May 7, 2014 | By BlackRock
    The BlackRock Cash Management investment solutions help investors meet their needs for safety, liquidity and yield. Learn about the options.
  • Sustainable investing: resilience amid uncertainty

    BlackRock discusses how sustainable strategies, amid a recent market downturn, have demonstrated their resilience. Learn more here.
  • Understanding portfolio construction

    Explore the first module of the portfolio construction course, which details the basics and how to enhance the investment process. Start learning now.
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF FIXED INCOME ETFs IN TODAY'S ENVIRONMENT

    Fixed income ETFs have long been an important staple in investor portfolios, offering the potential for steady income and relatively low volatility.
  • EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS COURSE

    Start the ETF course, covering what ETFs are, how they compare to other investments, the advantages and risks and how to implement them into a portfolio.
  • BlackRock Latin America

    BlackRock is a world leader in investment management, risk management and advisory services. Learn more about the local services and capabilities we provide.
  • Sustainability as BlackRock’s New Standard for Investing

    Sustainability will drive the way we manage risk, construct portfolios, design products, and engage with companies. Read our Global Executive Committee letter.
  • Innovative climate solutions

    Read about the BlackRock Foundation’s $100m commitment to help spur innovation and accelerate decarbonization solutions that will help society prosper.
  • Larry Fink on the transformative power of choice in proxy voting

    BlackRock is one of the world’s preeminent asset management firms and a premier provider of investment management. Find out more information here.
  • EXPLAINING ETFs

    Explore the first module of the ETF course, which defines what ETFs are, details the advantages and explains the risks and how to combat them.
  • Operational Aspects

  • Alternative investments 101

    Explore Module 1: Alternative Investments 101 to begin your journey on alternative solutions
  • BlackRock in Latin America

    BlackRock is a global investment manager, dedicated to your long-term, financial well-being. Learn more about BlackRock in the Latin America.
  • BUILD A STRONG CORE WITH iSHARES ETFs

    iShares Core ETFs are a low-cost, efficient way to build the core of a portfolio. Learn how to access diversified exposures and facilitate asset allocation.
  • Alternatives investments course

    Take our 5 step Alternative investments course to become an alternatives guru and learn about the basics of alternative investing
  • FIXED INCOME 101

    Investors are increasingly turning to fixed-income ETFs. In this video, we look at the potential benefits that are creating the appeal for these products.
  • Live Events

  • Investment funds

  • Rethinking risk

    Read the fourth module of the portfolio construction course, which dives into what risk really means, the different types of risk, and how to measure it.
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What is an ETF?

An ETF, or Exchange traded fund, is a group of diverse assets that trades on a stock exchange as a unit.

Imagine a set of building blocks. Each block is a piece in and of itself, but if you group them together, they create a structure, or an ETF.

An ETF is made up of several diversified “building blocks” such as stocks, bonds or commodities. An individual block can represent a company (Apple) or country (Mexico), but together they form an industry (technology) or a continent (Latin America).

ETFs are characterized for being:

Diversified: they contain a variety of assets such as stocks, bonds and commodities

Transparent: you can see the underlying investments contained within each ETF

Accessible: ETFs provide access to markets and industries worldwide

Flexible: ETFs operate similarly to stocks; they can be traded as long as the exchange where they are traded is open, and their price adjusts throughout the day

Cost Efficient: Management fees on most ETFs are usually much lower than mutual funds, which increases the possibility of better returns

What is an ETF?

An ETF, or Exchange traded fund, is a group of diverse assets that trades on a stock exchange as a unit.

Imagine a set of building blocks. Each block is a piece in and of itself, but if you group them together, they create a structure, or an ETF.

An ETF is made up of several diversified “building blocks” such as stocks, bonds or commodities. An individual block can represent a company (Apple) or country (Mexico), but together they form an industry (technology) or a continent (Latin America).

ETFs are characterized for being:

Diversified: they contain a variety of assets such as stocks, bonds and commodities

Transparent: you can see the underlying investments contained within each ETF

Accessible: ETFs provide access to markets and industries worldwide

Flexible: ETFs operate similarly to stocks; they can be traded as long as the exchange where they are traded is open, and their price adjusts throughout the day

Cost Efficient: Management fees on most ETFs are usually much lower than mutual funds, which increases the possibility of better returns

Courses

Launch the portfolio construction course
Properly building an investment portfolio can be a true differentiator for financial professionals among their clients. Learn the fundamentals of portfolio construction to get started.
Building an investment portfolio
LAUNCH THE ETFs COURSE
Explore the ins and outs of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), from the different types, advantages and risks to considering varying investment options.
Jumping into the ETF course

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