generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Morningstar Multi-Asset High Income Index. The Morningstar Multi-Asset High Income Index is broadly diversified and seeks to deliver high current income while maintaining long-term capital appreciation. The Underlying Index consists exclusively of U.S.-listed ETFs that collectively target equity, fixed-income and alternative asset classes in fixed allocation weights. As of March 1, 2012, the Underlying Index consisted of 10 constituent ETFs.
Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses After Fee Waiver: 0.60%
Principal Investment Strategies
The Fund is a fund of funds and seeks its investment objective by investing primarily in the securities of other funds that themselves seek investment results corresponding to their own underlying indexes (the “Underlying Funds”). The Fund invests in a combination of Underlying Funds and may also invest in other exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) (including other iShares funds), U.S. government securities, short-term paper, futures contracts, options on futures contracts, options, cash and cash equivalents, including shares of money market funds advised by BFA or its affiliates (“BlackRock Cash Funds”).
The Underlying Index is broadly diversified and seeks to deliver high current income while maintaining long-term capital appreciation. The goal of the Underlying Index is to represent an allocation strategy to distinct asset classes of 20% equities, 60% fixed-income and 20% in an “alternative income sources” asset class, which consists of Underlying Funds that the index provider, Morningstar, Inc. (“Morningstar”), considers to exhibit both equity and fixed-income-like characteristics. Each asset class has its own risk profile. The Underlying Index is rebalanced and reconstituted quarterly. The Underlying Index is comprised of Underlying Funds within these asset classes that have demonstrated relatively high income on a consistent basis and meet liquidity characteristics as determined by Morningstar’s proprietary index methodology. Investments in Underlying Funds that have significant non-U.S. currency exposure will not exceed 25% of the weight of the Underlying Index.
The 20% equity allocation consists of Underlying Funds that invest primarily in U.S. and non-U.S. equities. The 60% fixed-income allocation consists of Underlying Funds that invest primarily in U.S. and non-U.S. fixed-income securities. The 20% alternative income source allocation generally consists of Underlying Funds that invest primarily in real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) and preferred stocks. When the combined allocation percentages equal less than 100%, the Fund may invest the remainder of its assets in BlackRock Cash Funds.
As of March 1, 2012, the Underlying Index included the following Underlying Funds within the equity asset class: iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index Fund, iShares Dow Jones International Select Dividend Index Fund and iShares S&P Global Infrastructure Index Fund; the following Underlying Funds within the fixed-income asset class: iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond Fund, iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund, iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond Fund, iShares S&P/Citigroup International Treasury Bond Fund, and iShares 10+ Year Credit Bond Fund; and the following Underlying Funds within the alternatives asset class: iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index Fund and iShares FTSE NAREIT Mortgage Plus Capped Index Fund. The Underlying Index may add, eliminate or replace Underlying Funds at any time. Component companies include financial, industrials and utilities companies, and may change over time. BFA uses a “passive” or indexing approach to try to achieve the Fund’s investment objective. Unlike many investment companies, the Fund does not try to “beat” the index it tracks and does not seek temporary defensive positions when markets decline or appear overvalued.
Indexing may eliminate the chance that the Fund will substantially outperform the Underlying Index but also may reduce some of the risks of active management, such as poor security selection. Indexing seeks to achieve lower costs and better after-tax performance by keeping portfolio turnover low in comparison to actively managed investment companies.
BFA uses a representative sampling indexing strategy to manage the Fund. “Representative sampling” is an indexing strategy that involves investing in a representative sample of securities that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Underlying Index. The securities selected are expected to have, in the aggregate, investment characteristics (based on factors such as market capitalization and industry weightings), fundamental characteristics (such as return variability and yield) and liquidity measures similar to those of the Underlying Index. The Fund may or may not hold all of the securities in the Underlying Index.
The Fund generally invests at least 90% of its assets in securities of the Underlying Index. The Fund may invest the remainder of its assets in certain futures, options and swap contracts, cash and cash equivalents, including the BlackRock Cash Funds, as well as in securities not included in the Underlying Index, but which BFA believes will help the Fund track the Underlying Index, to the extent permitted under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”).
The Fund may lend securities representing up to one-third of the value of the Fund’s total assets (including the value of the collateral received). The Underlying Index is sponsored by an organization (the “Index Provider”) that is independent of the Fund and BFA. The Index Provider determines the composition and relative weightings of the securities in the Underlying Index and publishes information regarding the market value of the Underlying Index. The Fund’s Index Provider is Morningstar.
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