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Trade tensions in
the driver’s seat
Trade disputes and geopolitical frictions have become key drivers of the economy and markets. Recent geopolitical volatility – including attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure – underscores this message.
Persistent uncertainty from protectionist policies is denting corporate confidence and slowing business spending.
Tech back in the headlines as the sector to keep an eye on. Tony Kim discusses what makes today different from history.

Trade tensions in the driver’s seat

How to invest
in China
China has had huge economic success in the last 30 years, experiencing over a 4,000% increase in its GDP compared to just 300% in the U.S. What’s behind its overwhelming success, and how can investors take advantage?
Jeff Shen discusses how China became the global superpower it is today and what’s behind its unprecedented growth.
China’s stock and bond markets used to be closed off to foreign investors, but this is starting to change.
China A-shares give investors access to local Chinese stock markets and more opportunities to benefit from the country’s rapid growth.

How to invest in China

Debating our 2020 outlook
Many drivers of markets in 2019 look to be approaching their limits. That’s the theme of our two-day forum in New York this week, where we will debate our 2020 outlook. One topic likely to come up in our discussions: a reversal of fortunes from one year ago. Read more in our weekly commentary.
Total annual returns of stocks and bonds, 1991-2019
Total annual returns of stocks and bonds, 1991-2019

Past performance is not a reliable indicator of current or future results. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
Sources: BlackRock Investment Institute, with data from Refinitiv Datastream. November 2019. Notes: Global stocks are represented by the MSCI ACWI index. Global bonds are represented by the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index. Total returns are shown in U.S. dollars. 2019 returns are through Nov. 5.

Debating our 2020 outlook

Invest for the outcome you want
Markets are marked by increased challenges, from trade tensions to changing monetary policy to still-low yields. As a result, investors may need to work harder to achieve the outcomes they want. Explore three strategies to help your portfolio meet your needs.
Investors with a longer time horizon may want to take more risk in their portfolio. Stocks targeted towards momentum and growth have been able to deliver higher returns over time.

Invest for the outcome you want

Set a target
for retirement
People are living longer, which means they need their retirement savings to last longer, too. Starting early and understanding the different ways to save can help investors build a retirement plan with confidence.
The investment needs of your retirement plan will likely change over time. No matter where you are in life, find a plan that matches your goals and tolerance for risk.
We asked 403(b) plan savers about their goals and concerns for retirement. The results? 403(b) and 401(k) savers diverge in surprising ways.
These target date funds are professionally managed portfolios of diversified investments that adjust over time.

Set a target for retirement



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