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Breaking down ETFs

Merrill and iShares have partnered to share their knowledge of ETFs and what they could do for your portfolio

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Breaking down ETFs: Exchanging your questions with answers

What are ETFs? Why and how do investors use them? This series will cover what you need to know about ETFs — how to research them, their advantages and how they're keeping up with the latest trends in our fast-paced world.

Presented by

Brad Zucker, CFA

Director, iShares Product Consulting
Brad Zucker, CFA, CAIA, Director, is a Product Consultant for BlackRock's U.S. Wealth…

Daniel Prince, CFA

Director, Head of iShares Product Consulting
Daniel Prince, CFA, Director, is Head of iShares Product Consulting for BlackRock's U.S.…

Kristy Akullian

Director, iShares Investment Strategy
Kristy Akullian, CFA, Director, is a senior member of the iShares Investment Strategy team.…

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Investing involves risk. Investment funds are subject to market volatility and the risks of their underlying securities. In addition, each fund has its own specific risk profile and investment strategies detailed in its prospectus or other offering material (which for certain ETFs includes the risk of leverage and/or inverse exposure to an underlying basket of securities), which must be considered carefully before making an investment decision.

Funds that invest in small or mid-capitalization companies experience a greater degree of market volatility than those of large-capitalization stocks and are riskier investments. Bond funds have the same interest rate, inflation, and credit risks associated with the underlying bonds owned by the fund.

Generally, the value of bond funds rises when prevailing interest rates fall and falls when interest rates rise. Investing in lower-grade debt securities ("junk" bonds) may be subject to greater market fluctuations and risk of loss of income and principal than securities in higher rated categories. There are ongoing fees and expenses associated with investing. Bear in mind that higher return potential is accompanied by higher risk. Income from investing in municipal bonds is generally exempt from Federal and state taxes for residents of the issuing state. While the interest income is tax-exempt, any capital gains distributed are taxable to the investor. Income for some investors may be subject to the Federal Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).

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