Market update from BlackRock's municipal bond team.
It's been a good year for U.S. stocks, but is the run nearing an end?
Real interest rates on Treasuries have been strongly negative throughout 2021. But why do investors keep piling into these negative “real” yielding assets? BlackRock’s systematic investment experts decode the markets to reveal why rates are so disconnected from fundamental values and what it means for your bond portfolio.
We stay tactically overweight European equities with two key events on the horizon: a European Central Bank (ECB) meeting and the German election.
During a trying time for the world in 1939, Winston Churchill famously described the largest country in the world and soon-to-be second superpower, the Soviet Union, as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”
Investing with the intent to do well while doing good is gaining traction.
Markets, and particularly cyclical stocks, have made great strides in the first six months of the year.
The pristine surface of a lake on a perfectly calm and sunny day is easy on the eyes. Yet it usually offers no insight as to what lies beneath.
Russ discusses why low vol and quality stocks are exhibiting surprisingly strong performance.
The investment opportunities are constantly changing as economic reopenings roll on.
Municipals posted another month of positive performance amid rangebound interest rates.
Over the past year, a surge of investors drove high-yield bond prices back to pre-pandemic levels.
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.
“You can't always get what you wantBut if you try sometimes, well, you might findYou get what you need”“You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” The Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed, 1969)
Strategic rivalry between the U.S. and China is creating a bipolar world.
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.
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.
Markets have massively recovered from panic-driven lows last spring, and investors are now rightly contemplating if we have come too far too fast.
A powerful economic restart is underway in the U.S. – with Europe and emerging markets (EMs) set to follow.
A flexible bond strategy can deliver strong performance with low volatility by diversifying across global markets.
After an unprecedented year, investors can expect an equally unmatched economic and market recovery.
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.
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.
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.
Russ discusses why gold has not been an effective hedge recently.
Read the latest model portfolio market insights to see where BlackRock’s Multi-Asset Income team see potential risks and opportunities across the landscape.
Retired participants may leave assets untouched well into retirement due to deep-seated fears that they may outlive their money.
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.
BlackRock Global Allocation Fund portfolio manager Russ Koesterich explains why he expects volatility to drop -- and cyclicals outperform.
New virus variants are stoking COVID-19 angst, but we see vaccination programs opening the door to economic and market recoveries.
Recent volatility and high valuations underscore the need to be selective, but risk premiums still justify a moderately pro-risk stance, in our view.
Rick Rieder and team think that today’s potent policy cocktail holds important implications for the path of economic growth, markets and the value of a dollar.
Cyclically oriented value stocks could make a comeback in 2021, yet there’s still a place for durable growers in a balanced equity portfolio.
In this piece, BlackRock Global Allocation Fund portfolio manager Russ Koesterich discusses the implications of a rise in stock-bonds correlations.
Inflation will likely heat up in the coming months, but not to worrying levels.
Even after the remarkable market performance of 2020, we still see potential for continued growth in 2021.
In times of higher volatility, a multi-asset strategy can offer more consistent income, diversification and upside potential relative to bonds.
2021 market outlook from BlackRock's municipal bond team.
Rick Rieder and team describe how revolutionary changes taking place in corporate business models will impact investing for years.
Members of BlackRock Investment Institute recommend their favorite books of 2020.
Global Allocation Fund portfolio manager Russ Koesterich explains that consumers remain strong, though their focus keeps shifting.
Cash on the sidelines, pent-up demand and a vaccine in flight. Could it be the makings of a bullish 2021? Get our latest outlook for U.S. stocks.
The dynamics in this stage of the economy’s rebound look favorable for industries that are levered to the recovery but also offer stable business models and earnings consistency.
With much of the easy money already made, there’s no better time to think outside the box.
We highlight the reasons behind our pro-risk stance in our 2021 outlook in the weekly commentary.
Amid optimism for a COVID-19 vaccine and greater clarity around the U.S. election, Dr. Erin Xie, portfolio manager of the BlackRock Health Sciences Opportunities Fund, discusses two timely reasons to consider healthcare stocks.
Navigating short-term risks is paramount, but we view the backdrop as favorable for income investors over the medium term.
The new political landscape offers opportunities for investors who adapt their strategy.
Municipals posted modestly negative total returns in October, with the S&P Municipal Bond Index finishing the month down -0.14%. Interest rates moved higher as economic data remained firm...