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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

    Jun 17, 2024 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    BlackRock investment leaders at our Outlook Forum see a concentrated group of AI winners driving returns over a short-term tactical horizon. Read more.
  • Grabbing the wheel: putting money to work

    Dec 4, 2023 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    We believe the volatile economic regime requires a more dynamic approach to investing to have greater rewards. Learn more about our big investment calls for 2024.
  • Investing in robotics: why now could be the right time

    Jan 25, 2023 | By Jeff Spiegel
    In this article we explore why investors seeking exposure to robotics may want to consider ETFs that target the robotics value chain.
  • 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.
  • Bonds are ready for this volatile market moment

    Sep 22, 2022 | By Gargi Pal Chaudhuri
    In the U.S., recession risks are rising, and stagflation may be poised for a comeback. However, short-dated bonds could help – Gargi Pai Chaudhuri explains why.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dan Chamby, CFA

    Dan Chamby, CFA is a portfolio manager on the Global Allocation Team within BlackRock's Multi-Asset Strategies Group. Read bio.
  • Investing and monitoring

    Read the third module of the portfolio construction course, which details how investing and monitoring help financial professionals build better portfolios.
  • Featured Insights

    Investors can leverage the fixed income perspectives produced by our experts. Read the latest insights to understand the benefits of a fixed income approach.
  • Kate Moore

    Kate Moore is BlackRock’s Chief Equity Strategist for the Americas and is a member of the BlackRock Investment Institute (BII).
  • Elga Bartsch

    Elga Bartsch is Managing Director, Head of economic and markets research of the BlackRock Investment Institute. Read her bio.
  • 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.
  • FIXED INCOME INDEXING IS BACK

    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.
  • Jean Boivin

    Jean Boivin, PhD, Managing Director, is the Head of the BlackRock Investment Institute (BII) and BII’s Global Head of Research. Read his full biography.
  • 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.
  • Read Larry Fink’s Annual Chairman’s Letter to Investors

    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.
  • THIS SEASON, IN STYLE

    Find more information about style investing how to access the US equity market with precision with iShares Russell 1000 Growth & Value UCITS ETFs. Learn more.
  • Meet our team

    Learn about BlackRock’s global and regional leadership teams, and the local team dedicated to the Latin America region. Explore the team’s biographies.
  • Mega forces: An investment opportunity

    Investing in Megatrends, Thematic Investing and investing in sectors is a way to access structural trends changing the world through equities.
  • Larry Fink's 2021 letter to CEOs

    In his annual letter to CEOs, BlackRock’s Larry Fink discusses how the events of 2020 are helping to accelerate an economic transformation.
  • Pursue investment outcomes with factors

    Factor investing is targeted drivers of risk and return in your portfolio. Learn what the factors are and how their use is being revolutionized by technology.
  • Jeffrey Rosenberg, CFA

    Jeffrey Rosenberg is BlackRock's Chief Investment Strategist for Fixed Income with responsibilities in developing the strategic and tactical views. Read bio.
  • Alternative investments 101

    Explore Module 1: Alternative Investments 101 to begin your journey on alternative solutions
  • WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

    iShares relentlessly pursues better ways to invest and empowers investors to control their financial futures. Learn about our mission, history and leadership.
  • Benjamin Souza

    Benjamin Souza, Director, is the Latin America fixed income strategist with BlackRock's Fixed Income Portfolio management Group.
  • Raffaele Savi

    Raffaele Savi is a BlackRock Managing Director and a member of BlackRock's Scientific Active Equity Investment Group.
  • Profit & Purpose

    In his annual letter on corporate governance, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink explores how companies can achieve long-term financial returns
  • Ross Znavor

    Latin America Chief Client Officer responsible for driving BlackRock's client strategy, innovation, and delivering the firm's global capabilities in the region.
  • About BlackRock in Latin America

    BlackRock is a global investment manager, dedicated to your long-term, financial well-being. Learn more about BlackRock in 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.
  • Market insights

    Despite a rise in equities last week, investors are still contending with a very mixed economic picture. Slow growth and the accompanying monetary response are keeping rates near historic lows. UK investors are now focusing on June’s EU referendum: With the risk of “Brexit” rising, sterling traded to its lowest level against the dollar since 2009.
  • A Fundamental Reshaping of Finance

    In his annual letter to CEOs, BlackRock's Larry Fink discusses the fundamental reshaping of finance and how climate change is a significant focal point.
  • Sean Houston

    Mr. Houston is focused on ensuring the Latin America Business has the necessary coordination, operating processes and controls to be successful.
  • THEMES IN FOCUS

    Learn how iShares Megatrend ETFs can help your clients invest in cutting-edge innovations making headlines today and transforming our future.
  • From ambition to action - the path to net zero

  • Joe Hill

    Joe Hill is the Head of Legal and Compliance for Latin America at BlackRock. He is also a member of the firm's Latin America Regional Executive Committee.
  • BLACKROCK INSIGHTS APP

    The BLKInsights app helps you stay ahead of the markets and anchored to the long-term with timely insights delivered at your fingertips. Download the app now.
  • Alternatives investments course

    Take our 5 step Alternative investments course to become an alternatives guru and learn about the basics of alternative investing
  • Lizeth Erosa - Biographies - Insights & Education - BlackRock

  • Benchmarking and budgeting

    Read the second module of the portfolio construction course, which details how benchmarking and budgeting help financial professionals build better portfolios.
  • Alex Shingler, CFA

    Alex Shingler, CFA, portfolio manager, is a member of BlackRock's Multi-Asset Portfolio Strategies (MAPS) team.
  • Alternative asset classes: hedge funds, private equity, private credit

    Explore Module 2: Learn about what each alternative asset class entails across hedge funds, private equity and private credit

Take the complexity out of investing

BlackRock is a global asset manager, focused on helping more and more people experience financial well-being. That starts with education. Through this platform, investors can take charge of their financial futures.
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Videos

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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