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ETF Investment Strategies for Second Half of 2021

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  • (1:00) - Breaking Down The 2021 Market Performance: What To Expect Going Forward
  • (7:50) - What Are The Biggest Risks To The Current Market?
  • (12:50) - Growth Stocks Surge Again: Where Should Investors Be Looking?
  • (19:45) - How Can ESG investing Benefit Investors?
  • (23:40) -  What Investments Could Benefit From The New Infrastructure Plan?
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In this episode of ETF Spotlight, I speak with Gargi Pal Chaudhuri, Head of iShares Investment Strategy Americas at BlackRock, the world’s largest money manager with $9.5 trillion in assets under management. We discuss the market outlook and investing strategies for the second half of 2021.

The S&P 500 ETF (IVV - Free Report) gained 14.4%, its best first-half performance since 1998, the Dow Jones ETF (DIA - Free Report) rose 12.7% and the Nasdaq 100 ETF (QQQ - Free Report) returned 12.5% during the first two quarters. The small-cap Russell 2000 was the best performer with a gain of about 17.0%.

Continued economic recovery and record earnings growth could support the market rally in the second half but investors remain concerned about rising inflation and new Covid-19 variants.

Earlier this year, investors piled into value and cyclical areas that benefit from the economic reopening. The iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF (IWD - Free Report) outperformed the iShares Russell 1000 Growth ETF (IWF - Free Report) by the widest margin in a decade until May, but growth stocks, particularly mega cap tech stocks have rebounded strongly over the past few weeks.

BlackRock remains bullish on cyclically oriented value and small-cap ETFs like the iShares Core S&P SmallCap ETF  (IJR - Free Report) and the iShares U.S. Financials ETF (IYF - Free Report) , which generally do well during periods of higher economic growth. They also expect the iShares Core MSCI Europe ETF (IEUR - Free Report) to benefit from increasing pace of vaccinations and continued fiscal and monetary policy support in Europe.

Inflows into sustainable ETFs continue to surge with the transition to a “net zero” global economy.  ETFs like the iShares Global Clean Energy ETF (ICLN - Free Report) and iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETF (ESGU - Free Report) allow investors to customize portfolios around climate needs.

President Biden’s infrastructure plan, aimed at improving the country’s transportation, water and broadband infrastructure, could benefit ETFs like the iShares U.S. Infrastructure ETF (IFRA - Free Report) and iShares Semiconductor ETF (SOXX - Free Report) . Tune in to the podcast to learn more.

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(In full disclosure, Neena owns shares of SOXX in the ETF Investor Portfolio.)