Aladdin FAQs

  • How is Aladdin used and how does it add value?

    As a central processing system for investment management, Aladdin integrates and connects functions that help manage money. From portfolio management and trading to compliance, operations, and risk oversight, Aladdin brings together people, processes, and systems to help support a seamless investment process. Aladdin allows teams across investments, trading, operations, administration, risk, compliance, and corporate oversight to use a consistent process and share the same data. Aladdin creates value by helping to enable informed decision-making, effective risk management, and efficient trading.

  • What is Aladdin Risk?

    Aladdin Risk is a package of risk and portfolio analytic tools that is part of the full Aladdin platform but can also be purchased on a standalone basis. These tools help investment professionals gain an understanding of portfolio risk and performance across asset classes, resulting in more informed investment decisions. By combining sophisticated risk analytics, highly scalable processing capabilities, and subject matter expertise, Aladdin Risk provides a comprehensive solution while helping risk managers, portfolio managers, compliance officers, executives, and boards meet their risk and reporting needs.

  • Who uses Aladdin and Aladdin Risk?

    Aladdin and its risk analytics are relied upon by over 200 institutions, including BlackRock, as of June 30, 2017. Clients include insurers, pensions, corporations, asset managers, banks, and official institutions.

  • What is Aladdin's relationship with BlackRock Solutions® (BRS)?

    BlackRock Solutions (BRS) is a distinct business unit separate from BlackRock investment management. BRS brings an unmatched level of analytical tools to help institutional and retail clients alike understand their risks and develop investment strategies to meet their needs. Clients rely on BRS technology to help solve complex investment and risk management challenges.

    In addition to the Aladdin Business, BRS encompasses platforms to reach additional client segments with technology offerings like Aladdin Risk for Wealth Management, FutureAdvisor and iRetireall powered by the same proprietary analytical models, tools and reporting capabilities available through Aladdin.

  • How can financial institutions and institutional investors utilize the analytic ability of the platform?

    Firms looking solely for risk and return analytics can utilize the Aladdin Risk offering, which provides many of the same analytic tools as the full Aladdin platform, without the order management, trading and operations capabilities. Additionally, clients can couple Aladdin Risk with BlackRock’s other risk consulting services such as LDI management or outsourced Chief Investment Office (CIO) services through BlackRock’s Client Solutions team.

  • What types of securities does Aladdin analyze?

    Aladdin is a multi-asset class platform that supports risk analytics and the full investment process across equity, fixed income, FX, bank loans, derivatives and alternatives such as real estate, commodities, and private equity.