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One Hot Economy, Two Burning Questions on Value and Income

The switch on the U.S. economy is readying to come fully “on,” more than a year after the global pandemic forced abrupt closures around the world and across industries.

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Mind the (rate expectation) gap

Markets are pricing in a liftoff from near-zero policy rates as early as next year, even though the Fed through its new framework has committed to stay behind the curve on inflation. We caution against extrapolating too much from strong near-term activity data amid a powerful restart. We see a high bar for the Fed to change its policy stance and believe this may be underappreciated by markets.

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Don’t Underestimate the U.S. Consumer

Markets have massively recovered from panic-driven lows last spring, and investors are now rightly contemplating if we have come too far too fast.

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Why We Remain Pro-risk

A powerful economic restart is underway in the U.S. – with Europe and emerging markets (EMs) set to follow.

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Strategic Income Opportunities Fund

A flexible bond strategy can deliver strong performance with low volatility by diversifying across global markets.

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An Investor, An Economist and a Post-Pandemic Outlook

After an unprecedented year, investors can expect an equally unmatched economic and market recovery.

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In Unprecedented Times, Don’t Rely on (Obvious) Precedent

In 1974, U.S. President Gerald Ford took office “amidst one of the worst economic crises in U.S. history,” which was characterized by double digit inflation.

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Opportunity Still Alive in Value Stocks

Some call the recent rotation from growth to value outperformance transitory. We believe it may have staying power, making value stocks a formidable complement to growth in a balanced equity portfolio.

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Finding Some ‘Real Perspective’ in this Market Cycle

Is it possible to travel in two directions at the same time? Imagine walking to the restroom at the back of an airplane while in mid-flight.

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Making More by Losing Less

Covered call strategies can help investors manage short-term volatility and may provide better long-term outcomes while seeking to provide attractive monthly income to investors.

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Another Hedge Bites the Dust

Russ discusses why gold has not been an effective hedge recently.

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Dividend Stock Disparity Creates Opportunity

Read the latest model portfolio market insights to see where BlackRock’s Multi-Asset Income team see potential risks and opportunities across the landscape.

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To Spend or Not to Spend?

Retired participants may leave assets untouched well into retirement due to deep-seated fears that they may outlive their money.

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The Queen’s Gambit Declined

The Queen’s Gambit miniseries helped propel Netflix to a winning earnings report last quarter, but in fact the chess strategy it is named after has helped propel chess players to winning games for decades.

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As Volatility Fades, Can Cyclicals Shine?

BlackRock Global Allocation Fund portfolio manager Russ Koesterich explains why he expects volatility to drop -- and cyclicals outperform.