Aug 19, 2013
This ViewPoint is the fourth in a series on housing finance policy. The paper reviews the status of the housing market and a number of legislative, regulatory, and policy initiatives underway.
Aug 2, 2013
Headlines can be captivating, but rarely tell the whole story. Such has been the case recently as it relates to the municipal bond market, particularly in the immediate wake of Detroit's history-making bankruptcy filing. This paper fact checks some of the more pervasive perceptions, and offer insight and advice for wary investors.
Aug 1, 2013
This engagement review is intended to explain BlackRock’s overarching philosophy in relation to corporate governance and responsible investment and provide practical examples of our work in 2012. It is organized on a variety of overlapping themes, which provide a sense of the breadth and complexity of this aspect of BlackRock’s work on behalf of clients.
Jul 9, 2013
In this ViewPoint we explain how investors use credit ratings, suggest several reform objectives for credit rating agencies, and we review the reforms contemplated in the Franken Amendment of Dodd-Frank in the context of these objectives. In addition, we address other regulatory initiatives, including those designed to reduce reliance on credit ratings.
Jun 30, 2013
This ViewPoint is the 2013 edition of our analysis of key EU regulatory developments affecting the European financial sector, markets, businesses and investors. Topics covered range from investor protection, investment products, through to taxation, market structure and asset allocation.
Jun 28, 2013
This ViewPoint provides a detailed overview of Exchange Traded Products with a focus on Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). The paper explains some common misconceptions about the structure of ETFs and index investing. It also identifes several principles that we believe can help maximize the utility of ETFs and minimize the potential for any unintended consequences for investors and financial markets.
May 29, 2013
Corporate bond markets have been on fire with yield-hungry investors lapping up record new issuance. Yet not all is well. Many new bonds quickly turn into museum pieces after initial excitement dies down. A BlackRock Investment Institute publication analyzes the illiquid state of play and debates a potential game changer: bond standardization. We end with five thought-provoking questions for investors, issuers, bankers, trading venues and regulators.