BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund
A Portfolio Built on Dividend Growth
With a consistent approach to managing investments, theteam seeks to help investors protect their assets in weak markets, while growing their assets in favorable markets.
The BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund has amassed a record of strong performance through diverse market environments by focusing on large domestic companies that pay and grow their dividends.
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Performance data quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted. Total annual operating expenses as stated in the fund's most recent prospectus are 1.00%.
All returns assume reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains distributions. Available in multiple share classes with different sales charges, on-going account maintenance and distribution fees and other features.
Source: Lipper Database; Bloomberg. Index performance is for illustrative purposes only. You cannot invest directly in an index.
Conservative, Core Holding
Over the long term, blue-chip, dividend-paying stocks have helped investors meet their financial goals by providing income, growth and a degree of stability. Blue-chip companies have reputations for quality, and have shown an ability to weather difficult market conditions better than less-established companies. The BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund focuses its investments here, seeking to provide long-term total return and current income through a portfolio of high-quality companies with the ability to grow their dividends.
Remarkable History of Dividend Growth
Superior dividend growth is critical to preserving long-term purchasing power. By investing in companies that have long histories of consistently generating enough cash and earnings to support rising dividends, the BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund has amassed a remarkable history of dividend growth. In fact, the fund has delivered double-digit dividend growth over the past decade, more than double its benchmark and peers, providing investors an attractive and growing income stream over time.
Proven Record Through Diverse Markets
For over a decade, economic uncertainty and market volatility have taken a toll on investors. Over these challenging times the BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund has flourished, offering consistent returns and a growing stream of income. The portfolio management team began its tenure over 10 years ago, providing a steady, consistent investment process designed to help protect assets in weak markets and grow them in favorable ones. The long-term results of the fund speak for themselves.
Portfolio Management Team
The BlackRock Equity Dividend team is led by Senior Portfolio Manager Bob Shearer, who has 29 years of investment experience, Portfolio Manager Kathleen Anderson who has 31 years of investment experience and Associate Portfolio Manager David Cassese who has 16 years of investment experience.
The team invests in companies with market capitalizations greater than $1 billion. It has the flexibility to invest across multiple styles and geographic regions, allowing it to capture the most attractive investment opportunities. Since its inception, the BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund's management team has consistently focused on owning high-quality, large-capitalization, dividend-paying companies. The team's focus and adherence to its discipline has guided the fund through difficult periods, while allowing it to capture positive market movements.
Investor A: MDDVX
Investor C: MCDVX
Class R: MRDVX
Overall Morningstar Rating™
Institutional shares are rated against 1,056 Large Value Funds, as of 12/31/13 based on risk-adjusted total return. Ratings are determined monthly and subject to change. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its 3-, 5- and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics.
Minimum initial investment for Institutional shares is $2 million. Institutional shares also are available to clients of registered investment advisors with $250,000 invested in the fund, and offered to participants in various wrap fee programs and other sponsored arrangements at various minimums.
IMPORTANT RISKS OF THE FUND
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. There is no guarantee that stocks or stock funds will continue to pay dividends. The fund is actively managed and its characteristics will vary. Any holdings shown are for information only and should not be deemed as a recommendation to buy or sell the securities mentioned. Stock and bond values fluctuate in price so the value of your investment can go down depending on market conditions. International investing involves risks, including risks related to foreign currency, limited liquidity, less government regulation and the possibility of substantial volatility due to adverse political, economic or other developments. Investing in derivatives entails specific risks relating to liquidity, leverage and credit that may reduce returns and/or increase volatility.
‡ For each fund with at least a 3-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.) With respect to these Large Value funds, BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund received a Morningstar Rating of 4 stars. BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund was rated against the following number of U.S.-domiciled Large Value funds over the following time periods: 1,056 in the last 3 years, 947 in the last 5 years and 617 in the last 10 years. With respect to these Large Value funds, BlackRock Equity Dividend Fund received a Morningstar Rating of three stars for the 3-year period, three stars for the 5-year period, and five stars for the 10-year period. Morningstar Rating is for the Institutional share class only; other classes may have different performance characteristics. ©2014 Morningstar, Inc. All rights reserved.
You should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the fund carefully before investing. The Fund's prospectus contains this and other information about the Fund. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing.
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