Alternative investments can be used to enhance a portfolio in a wide variety of ways. For instance, commodities can be used as a hedge against inflation, and private equity might make sense for investors who can wait to realize returns from its long-term performance potential. While alternative investments have different characteristics from each other, in general they rely less on markets and more on investment selection for returns, which can help you achieve greater diversification in your portfolio.

Investors today have broader access to alternative investment options than ever before. Alternative mutual funds and registered alternative funds offer greater transparency and easier access to capital compared to traditional unregistered private funds. However, we believe traditional alternative vehicles still offer investors the widest range of investment opportunities and greatest return potential.

Choose particular alternatives based on how you want each to contribute to overall portfolio performance. For instance, are you looking to:

Mitigate the effects of stock market volatility?
Further diversify by adding investments that have lower correlation to traditional stock and bond markets?
Access this capital in the near future or can it remain invested for a longer period of time in exchange for higher return potential?
Hedge your portfolio against inflation or rising interest rates?

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The information on this website 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. Also, some alternative investments have experienced periods of extreme volatility and in general, are not suitable for all investors.

Diversification and asset allocation may not protect against market risk or loss principal.

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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