BlackRock is seeking to generate income and provide access to private markets using the “closed” fund structure. Closed-end funds have long been used for their income potential - for example, the average closed-end fund yields 6.3%1. Unlike other daily liquid funds, many closed-end funds can invest in private markets that may enhance returns by accessing the illiquidity premium. With interest rates at historic lows and public equity markets reaching all-time highs, BlackRock believes investors should consider closed-end funds to help address these investor challenges.
BlackRock today announced the release of quarterly fund commentaries for BlackRock Innovation and Growth Trust (NYSE: BIGZ), BlackRock Science and Technology Trust II (NYSE: BSTZ), BlackRock Health Sciences Trust II (NYSE: BMEZ), and BlackRock Capital Allocation Trust (NYSE: BCAT) (the “Funds”) for the third quarter of 2021. Each Fund can invest up to 25% of its portfolio in private securities. Learn more about each Fund’s performance and current positioning in its latest commentary:
BlackRock Innovation and Growth Trust (BIGZ): BIGZ invests in innovative small- and mid-cap public and private companies along with deploying a tactical single-stock option-writing strategy to generate income.
Distribution Rate: 6.3%
BlackRock Science and Technology Trust II (BSTZ): BSTZ invests in the technology sector by blending “next generation” technology stocks and private investments with a tactical single-stock option-writing strategy to generate income.
Distribution Rate: 5.4%
BlackRock Health Sciences Trust II (BMEZ): BMEZ invests in the healthcare sector by blending “next generation” healthcare stocks and private investments along with a tactical single-stock option-writing strategy to generate income.
Distribution Rate: 6.3%
BlackRock Capital Allocation Trust (BCAT): BCAT takes an unconstrained approach with the ability to invest in public and private markets across different asset classes to generate income.
Distribution Rate: 6.2%
1 Source: Lipper. Figure is the average distribution rate on market price of the entire listed closed-end fund universe as of 10/31/2021.
All distribution rate and premium discount data is source by BlackRock as of 11/5/2021. Fiscal year to date (through 10/31/21) distribution return of capital estimates are as follows: BIGZ: 100%, BSTZ: 0%, BMEZ: 0%, BCAT: 52%. For more information please see the closed-end fund section 19 page.
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Carefully consider the Trust’s investment objective, risk factors, and charges and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Trust’s prospectus which may be obtained by visiting the SEC Edgar database. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.
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BlackRock will update performance and certain other data for the Funds on a monthly basis on its website in the “Closed-end Funds” section of www.blackrock.com as well as certain other material information as necessary from time to time. Investors and others are advised to check the website for updated performance information and the release of other material information about the Funds. This reference to BlackRock’s website is intended to allow investors public access to information regarding the Funds and does not, and is not intended to, incorporate BlackRock’s website in this release.
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