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The low-volatility factor investments work on the idea that they help cushion against market turns, limiting drawdowns that investors experience while providing upside potential. Consequently, the low- or min-vol strategies may produce better risk-adjusted returns over the long haul, which has been backed by extensive academic research.

“A minimum volatility strategy may help investors feel comfortable investing in a riskier asset class, while also helping them to remain invested through more challenging market environments,” according to BlackRock.

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