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Small-Cap ETFs: Look to Undervalued US Equities for Strong Value Potential

The iShares Russell 2000 Value ETF (IWN) focuses on small US equities that are market bargains

As ETFs have grown in prominence to become staples in institutional portfolios over the last two decades, asset managers have sought value opportunities during the long bull market while aiming to maintain liquidity, lower costs and navigate exposure to volatility. Small-cap US equities have long provided the backbone for this approach, offering wide choices in risk and growth mixes to investors. These exposures can be especially key during dynamic market conditions, which frequently see small innovative companies become influential powers in their sectors due to rapidly evolving technologies, consumer buying habits, and business-to-business preferences.

While institutional investors have varying criteria and motivations for adding ETFs to their portfolios, they all want access to ETFs that seek to track high quality, institutionally preferred indexes – such as FTSE Russell. ETFs offer precise exposure and potential for liquidity during periods of heightened market volatility, like the conditions in 2020.

Investors seeking to add high-value characteristics to their portfolios, to either diversify or tilt towards value, often look to small-cap equities in the US that are seen as undervalued relative to comparable businesses. This approach is a core strategy of the iShares Russell 2000 Value ETF (IWN).

This value ETF is one of three small-cap iShares FTSE Russell ETFs. IWN offers institutional investors targeted access to a specific category of small-cap domestic stocks, and seeks to track the investment results of the Russell 2000 Value Index – which is composed of small-cap U.S. equities exhibiting value characteristics. In addition to the IWN ETF, the other two small-cap ETFs are the IWM (iShares Russell 2000 ETF) and the IWO (iShares Russell 2000 Growth ETF). Altogether, these three iShares small-cap ETFs account for more than $96 billion in total AUM as of the end of August, 2021.1

IWN spreads its top five sector exposures across Financials, Industrials, Real Estate, Health Care and Consumer Discretionary (see table below). with an expense ratio of 0.24%.

As of August 12, 2021, IWN had net assets of $15,640,470,874 and a 30-day average volume of $1,646,621.00

Since the inception of IWN in July 2000, the Russell 2000 Value Index, which IWN seeks to track, has outperformed the Russell 2000, its parent index.2

For institutional investors seeking to use ETFs for core allocation, tactical adjustments, rebalancing, managing liquidity or other needs, iShares Russell ETFs provide reliable tools to help calibrate risk, and deliver transparency that they demand. And IWN, with more than 21 years of proven results, can be an effective choice for institutions seeking to add a strong value-oriented ETF to their portfolios.

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