Index target date funds from BlackRock, a leading index provider

Overview

  • One of only two target date fund series awarded Morningstar Analyst Gold rating
  • Combines the LifePath legacy with BlackRock’s indexing expertise
  • Built with low cost, highly diversified index funds

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Morningstar Analyst

Morningstar Analyst Gold Shield

Morningstar has awarded the funds a Gold medal, its highest level of conviction. (Latest rating as of 2/3/16.)*

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* The Morningstar Analyst Rating is not a credit or risk rating. It is a subjective evaluation performed by the manager research analysts of Morningstar. Morningstar evaluates funds based on five key pillars, which are process, performance, people, parent, and price. Analysts use this five pillar evaluation to determine how they believe funds are likely to perform over the long term on a risk-adjusted basis. They consider quantitative and qualitative factors in their research, and the weighting of each pillar may vary. The Analyst Rating scale is Gold, Silver, Bronze, Neutral, Negative. A lifepath-prospectusMorningstar Analyst Rating of Gold, Silver, or Bronze reflect an Analyst’s conviction in a fund’s prospects for outperformance. Analyst Ratings are continuously monitored and reevaluated at least every 14 months. For more detailed information about Morningstar’s Analyst Rating, including its methodology, please click here.

 

The Morningstar Analyst Rating should not be used as the sole basis in evaluating a mutual fund. Morningstar Analyst Ratings involve unknown risks and uncertainties which may cause Morningstar’s expectations not to occur or to differ significantly from what we expected.

The LifePath Funds may be offered as mutual funds. You should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of each fund carefully before investing. The 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 or from your financial professional. The prospectuses and, if available, the summary prospectuses should be read carefully before investing.

Each LifePath Portfolio mutual fund invests all of its assets in a separate mutual fund, called a LifePath Master portfolio, that has a substantially identical investment objective as the LifePath Portfolio. Each master portfolio, in turn, invests in a combination of equity funds, fixed income funds, and money market funds ("Underlying Funds") in proportions based on its own comprehensive investment strategy. BlackRock Fund Advisors is the investment adviser to the Master Portfolios and each of the Underlying Funds.

The LifePath Portfolio mutual funds are distributed by BlackRock Investments, LLC ("BRIL"), member FINRA. BlackRock Fund Advisors ("BFA") serves as the investment adviser to LifePath Portfolio mutual funds, and the Master Portfolios, in which each LifePath Portfolio invests all of its assets and to the Underlying Funds in which the Master Portfolios invest.

The principal value of the fund(s) is not guaranteed at any time, including at the target date. The target date in the name of the fund is the approximate date when an investor plans to start withdrawing money.

The LifePath strategies are among various investment strategies that are managed by BlackRock as part of its investment management and fiduciary services. Strategies may include bank collective investment funds maintained and managed by BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A. (“BTC”), which are available only to certain qualified employee benefit plans and governmental plans and not offered or available to the general public. Accordingly, prospectuses are not required and prices are not available in local publications. To obtain pricing information, please contact your local service representative. Strategies maintained by BlackRock are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and are not guaranteed by BlackRock or its affiliates. There are structural and regulatory differences between collective funds and mutual funds that may affect their respective fees and performance.

BRIL, BFA and BTC are subsidiaries of BlackRock, Inc.

Each LifePath Portfolio has a different level of risk.

 

An investment in the LifePath Portfolios is subject to stock market risk, which means the price of the stocks in which the Underlying Funds invest may fluctuate or fall in response to economic events or trends. The prices of bonds in which the Underlying Funds invest may fall because of a rise in interest rates. Investments in foreign securities by the Underlying Funds are subject to certain special risks and considerations, including potentially less liquidity and greater price volatility than securities traded in the U.S. markets.

 

The allocation of each LifePath Portfolio's assets is managed using a quantitative model that has been developed based on a number of factors. There is no assurance that the recommended asset allocation will either maximize returns or minimize risk or be the appropriate allocation in all circumstances for every investor with a particular time horizon.

 

The LifePath Portfolios must maintain cash balances to meet redemption requests, which may lower overall portfolio performance.

The LifePath products are covered by U.S. patents 5,812,987 and 6,336,102.

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