Located in San Francisco, iShares was picked up by BlackRock from Barclays in 2009 and has more than 180 ETFs listed in the United States. But do not think for a moment that the distribution of funds across every iShares ETF is even. It isn’t. By the time 2009 drew to a close, the top ten iShares ETF were worth 50% of the assets. But there is a lot more to iShares ETF than just these blockbuster ETFs. Most investors know of these investment options and we have picked out a few of the many iShares ETF options for you to consider and look at for inclusion in your investment portfolio.
Russell Microcap Index Fund
Every investor knows of and has some kind of exposure to large and mega cap stocks. But how many investors know of investment options at the opposite end of the spectrum? Remember that every mid cap and large cap stock grew into that position from being a small cap stock. With a market capitalization ranging between $50 and $550 million, it offers significant diversification benefits and the chance for growth in a way that larger stocks can’t. They have immense room for growth, so consider them as an option.
MSCI Chile Index Fund
Whenever I mention the idea of investing in South America to friends, the name ‘Brazil’ pops up almost to the exception of everything else. But there’s so much more to South America, and the area is ripe for growth. Chile is a prime example of this, and many investors don’t look at it as seriously as they should. And iShares is the only company that allows access to South America in an ETF format. The fund has a huge emphasis on mining and industrial companies, since they compose a significant proportion of the Chilean economy and the growth of this ETF has been impressive to say the least.
Diversified Alternatives Trust
This is one of the newest products from the iShares stable and it is the first ETF from iShares that resembles a hedge fund. The objective of the fund is to realize maximum returns on investments in asset classes that are traditionally seen as no-no’s. This includes forwards, swaps, and futures, and the aim is to control any potential risks and the volatility it can bring about by taking up long and short positions in historically correlated assets. If you want consistent realized returns, this might just be the ETF for you.