Global Allocation Fund portfolio manager Russ Koesterich discusses the appeal of the middle area when choosing between growth versus value stocks.
Uncertainty around additional stimulus stirs up the market.
Despite the worst economic and health crisis in generations, U.S. consumers are defying the pessimists.
Markets are facing choppier waters, but the backdrop for risk assets remains positive.
The U.S. presidential election is adding to market angst. How much do politics matter in the long run? Tony DeSpirito answers in this one-minute read.
As portfolio manager Russ Koesterich discusses, negative real interest rates help explain why gold is moving more in tandem with stocks these days.
Market update from BlackRock's municipal bond team.
Rick Rieder and team highlight the critical facts that will drive the markets in the year ahead, as well as the myths that could mislead investors.
Impact investing in public equities can provide exposure to disruptive innovation and structural growth opportunities that are often overlooked.
Russ Koesterich, portfolio manager of the BlackRock Global Allocation Fund, explores what’s driving the continued strength of the U.S. consumer.
Even as markets were rocked by uncertainty as the coronavirus lockdowns began, the seeds of stability were sown in the massive fiscal and monetary policy response.
A vote for stocks. After solid summer gains came September volatility. The question now is what’s priced into markets as investors zero in on COVID-19 developments and the November election.
Compelling economic data and a dovish Fed drove risk assets higher in August.
Russ Koesterich, portfolio manager of the Global Allocation Fund, explains how history is not repeating itself with the recent sharp rise in tech stocks.
The coronavirus shock is accelerating structural trends in inequality, globalization, macro policy and sustainability. This is fundamentally reshaping the investment landscape and will be key to investor outcomes.
Markets may press even higher this year, but some areas may fall behind.
Bond yields are low, but investors’ need for income is high. In this one-minute read, Tony DeSpirito offers three reasons to look to equities for income.
With cyclical stocks rebounding, portfolio manager Russ Koesterich emphasizes that being discerning is key.
Unusual times require more than the usual sources of information to assess the investing backdrop. Jeff Shen discusses how alternative data is making a difference today.
In a post-coronavirus investment world, Jeff argues that investors should be rethinking the role of fixed income in portfolio construction and ask themselves if they are at risk of investing without a parachute?
Elga lays out two main reasons to be optimistic on Europe – and European assets.
Recent underperformance has led some to declare the death of value investing, but don’t be so quick to dismiss it.
Rick Rieder, Russ Brownback and Trevor Slaven contend that in the tug-of-war between the considerable economic damage stemming from the coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns, and the fiscal and monetary policy responses put in place, the latter factor is being underestimated by markets. Further, the instruments used by investors in previous years won’t be what’s required for the time ahead.
Get the ins and outs of green bonds in this two-part series. Let’s start with the basics.
Emily presents key takeaways on the exercise of green bond impact reporting.
Looking to generate income from your nest egg? Make sure you don’t get it all from just one basket. Karen explains two funds designed to provide income that aren’t over reliant on any one source.
What kind of role does private markets play in building a resilient portfolio in the post-Covid world? Mike explains.
Rick Rieder, Russ Brownback and Navin Saigal contend that if a negative monetary policy endgame is to be avoided, particularly in the face of recent economic declines, it will likely be technological advances of a profound kind that get us there.
Russ discusses why consumption has held up, and how the pandemic has accelerated long-term trends.
We have witnessed nothing short of a revolution in macroeconomic policy in recent months. Jean shares his take on what to focus on next.
As the economic fallout from COVID-19 threatens peoples’ livelihoods and erodes their short-term savings, it follows that their long-term financial security is also at-risk. What does it all mean for retirement savings and what steps can we take to build a more resilient system?
In 2020, many investors have shifted the focus of their fixed income portfolios from the return ON principal, to the return OF principal. Karen highlights how the desire for stability is driving investors to tap into U.S. Treasury markets with ETFs.
How’s China’s economic restart looking? And what does it mean for investors?
The pandemic has intensified existing stresses on U.S. state and municipal economies – with implications for investors.
Rick Rieder and Jacob Caplain contend that with profound uncertainties still present in the economy and markets, and the dislocations witnessed in many market segments in the past couple months, investors don’t need to resort to lower-quality assets. In fact, to achieve potentially attractive returns, higher-quality spread assets can serve quite well.
How has the coronavirus shock changed medium-term fundamentals? And how does that change our long-term asset views?
Russ highlights the surprising resilience of technology stocks this year.
Rick Rieder, Russ Brownback and Trevor Slaven contend that even as markets were rocked by uncertainty as the coronavirus lockdowns began, the seeds of stability were sown in the massive fiscal and monetary policy response. The key is to know how to manage through this period for the long haul.
Ben Powell writes that China may change policy at the delayed National People’s Congress in three key areas: the GDP target, household registration reform, and – crucially for markets – fiscal stimulus.
Russ explains why Chinese equities should still be a core holding.
David Rogal and Bob Miller contend that the TIPS market dislocations witnessed in recent months have resulted in opportunities that investors would be remiss to ignore.
Vivek explains why we see a need and opportunity to adjust strategic portfolios in the wake of the pandemic.
The global coronavirus outbreak has changed everyday life in profound ways ― and will likely reshape the future as well. Tony DeSpirito identifies five areas of change that could have implications for investors.
How do we gauge the impact on global economy from the pandemic? Jean shares his thoughts.
Russ discusses the surprising strength in momentum stocks, and why it may continue.
Scott explains why we have downgraded emerging market local debt to neutral even as its valuation has cheapened.
As Russ explains, bonds may not be providing significant income, but still offer a hedge against equity risk.
Closed-end funds are currently trading at a discount as equity markets have dropped. Here’s where to spot opportunities.