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iShares Planning One-Stop-Shop ETF Investment


BlackRock’s iShares exchange traded fund unit is crafting managed portfolios that help smaller retail investors diversify across a range of asset classes with just one investment.

According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, iShares is working on four ETFs-of-ETFs tailored for conservative, moderate, moderate growth and growth investment strategies. BlackRock Fund Advisors (BFA) will select the holdings. [BlackRock’s iShares Readies ‘Core Allocation’ ETFs]

Each of the managed portfolios will hold funds that track large-capitalization, mid-capitalization and small-capitalization U.S. equity, international developed market and emerging market, short-term U.S. government and corporate debt, long-term U.S. government and corporate debt, or the U.S. aggregate bond market. [ETF Managed Portfolios Continue Growth Pattern]

However, the weightings will vary, depending on an investor’s time horizon or risk appetite:

  • The iShares Core Allocation Conservative ETF allocations include 20% in equities and 80% in fixed-income.
  • The iShares Core Allocation Moderate ETF allocations include 40% to equities and 60% to fixed-income.
  • The iShares Core Allocation Moderate Growth ETF allocations include 60% to equities and 40% to fixed-income.
  • The iShares Core Allocation Growth ETF allocations include 85% to equities and 15% to fixed-income.

Jeff Tjornehoj, senior research analyst at Lipper Inc., argues that these allocation ETFs could be more appealing than mutual funds for the fee-only advisors, reports Jason Kephart for Investment News. Advisors would only need to trade one investment instead of juggling multiple picks.

“It’s cost-effective for investors who are too small to warrant extensive portfolio building,” Tjornehoj said in the article.

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Max Chen contributed to this article.

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