Build a minimum
volatility portfolio

Minimum volatility strategies to help you stay invested in turbulent markets

What are minimum volatility strategies?

Establishing an appropriate asset allocation and staying invested in the markets are important aspects of successful investing. But, volatility can unnerve investors, causing them to abandon their plans and jeopardize their long-term goals.

Minimum volatility strategies seeks to provide downside protection by screening for stocks with more stable prices. They have historically delivered market-like returns with less risk in times when market volatility is high, as well as over the long term. This in turn, helps investors to stay invested when markets are rough.

Minimum volatility

By Sara Shores

BlackRock Head of Smart Beta, Sara Shores, takes a closer look at minimum volatility strategies and how they help investors advance their investment goals.

Why have minimum volatility strategies worked?

Rewarded Risk

Rewarded Risk

Certain factors have earned higher long-term returns as a reward for bearing greater risk.

Structural Impediments

Structural Impediments

These are market rules or restrictions that make some investment off limits to certain investors.

Behavioral Bias

Behavioral Bias

The average investor may not always be rational, therefore flashy, riskier stocks often get more attention while lower risk stocks are often overlooked.

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Getting Started: Min Vol Challenge
Use this interactive tool to see the potential impact of adding minimum volatility strategies to a long-term portfolio.
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