ABOUT iSHARES

AN INDUSTRY LEADER

iShares has been a global leader in the ETF marketplace for more than two decades, and as a part of BlackRock, our products are engineered by investment professionals with discipline and deep risk management expertise.

20
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
164
NEW ETF AND INDEX MUTUAL FUND ASSETS1
3.3
GLOBAL AUM2

OUR PRODUCTS

With hundreds of ways to tailor your portfolio, our products can help you take on many challenges, from strengthening your core to investing in forces transforming the world.

1400
ETFS GLOBALLY3
200
SUSTAINABLE ETFS GLOBALLY4
600
DOLLARS SAVED BY INVESTORS THROUGH iSHARES' REDUCTION IN FUND FEES5
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WHAT IS AN ETF? WHAT ARE ITS ADVANTAGES?

​An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is a collection of assets that trades on an exchange. ETFs are a diversified and low way to invest.

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OUR HISTORY

Buoyed by a “never-finished” outlook, we’ve always focused on anticipating investor needs and innovating to stay ahead of new market realities.

 1973: OUR BEGINNINGS​

Our predecessors at Wells Fargo pioneered the first index strategy. Their unit was later sold to Barclays which was then sold to BlackRock in 2009.6

 1996: 1st iSHARES ETF​

Our first 17 ETFs launched in 1996, including the first international ETFs with exposure to Mexico, Canada, and Brazil, making us one of the earliest ETF innovators.7

 2002: A NEW WAY TO TRADE BONDS

We launched the first bond ETFs, modernizing fixed income portfolios with low costs and deep liquidity.8

 2005: 1st iSHARES SUSTAINABLE ETFs

We debuted sustainable ETFs, helping investors target Environmental, Social, and Governance-related priorities within their portfolios.9

 2017: 1st SUSTAINABLE FIXED INCOME ETFs​

We launched the first sustainable fixed income ETFs, offering investors multiple approaches to fixed income investing.10

 2019: LAUNCH OF MEGATRENDS ETFs

We created megatrend ETFs, offering investors access to companies focused on long-term innovation in industries including tech, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture.11

 2022: A PROVIDER WITH OVER 1400 FUNDS GLOBALLY AND OVER $3.3T AUM12

We began 2022 responsible for managing the assets of over 100 million people around the world, just 50 years after introducing our first index fund and 25 years after our first ETF client. By the end of 2022, another 5 million people chose to invest in our iShares ETFs.13

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

iShares ETFs offer diversified, low-cost, and tax-efficient access to the world’s investment markets. To learn about the benefits and uses of ETFs, visit our ETFs course.

iShares is a global leader in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) with a line-up of over 1,400 funds.14 As part of BlackRock, iShares ETFs offer investors everywhere access to high quality, high value investment opportunities.

Our Core ETF product line-up simplifies our offering of over 300+ ETFs to the basic building blocks of an investment portfolio. With just a handful of funds you can create a low-cost, diversified set of holdings. Check out our iShares Core ETFs on our product page.

In March of 1996, our first ETFs were created, originally known as World Equity Benchmark Shares (WEBS). Four years later, the WEBS funds were folded into a new line of iShares-branded ETFs.

We manage over 1,400 ETFs globally, so whether you’re dipping your toes into ETFs or fine-tuning your portfolio, our broad range of cost-efficient ETFs is designed to help you build a portfolio to pursue your needs.15

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