The 5 Best iShares ETFs for a Core Portfolio

You can assemble a simple, diversified and dirt-cheap portfolio using just a handful of the best iShares ETFs from its 'Core' series.

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Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become an investment juggernaut over the past decade, and they're still growing. Bank of America estimated at the end of 2019 that ETF assets would grow 25% to about $5.3 trillion by the end of 2020 … and explode to $50 trillion by 2030.

As more ETFs launch, it has become more difficult for investors to wade through the selection pool to build a fundamentally sound, easy-to-manage portfolio. But a few fund providers have the tools for the job – indeed, several of the best iShares ETFs can be combined to create a basic but comprehensive portfolio.


Data is as of Sept. 17. Yields represent the trailing 12-month yield, which is a standard measure for equity funds.

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Will Ashworth
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Will has written professionally for investment and finance publications in both the U.S. and Canada since 2004. A native of Toronto, Canada, his sole objective is to help people become better and more informed investors. Fascinated by how companies make money, he's a keen student of business history. Married and now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he's also got an interest in equity and debt crowdfunding.