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BlackRock global emerging markets, Asia and China active equity range

Understanding our range

BlackRock provides a range of broad and regional equity strategies managed with both fundamental and systematic approaches.

Led by Andrew Swan, head of global emerging markets (GEM) fundamental active equities, BlackRock’s range of funds spans the entire reach of the global emerging markets and Asian regions, including a number of funds focused solely on China. Within China, we offer both onshore and offshore strategies.

Through our diverse range of funds, we hope to be able to offer a fund for many investor portfolios.

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While global emerging markets have often ranked among the most significant contributors to global growth, investors have been underweight the asset class due to its sensitivity to foreign exchange volatility, commodity price swings and macroeconomic or geopolitical headwinds.

Yet the past few years have seen an upturn in fortunes for the emerging market economies, with improved balance sheets at sovereign and corporate level, better allocation of capital and a greater alignment with shareholder interests.

Global emerging markets equity fund range

Spanning 14 countries and currencies while going through profound reform at varied pace, Asia can no longer be seen as a homogenous investment opportunity.

While the extremes of volatility often seen in the region warrant a certain investment appetite and have kept investors at bay, we think we are now at an attractive turning point.

After several years of stagnation, earnings from Asian companies are finally picking up. This, coupled with the broader global economic recovery, presents a broad, optimistic environment in which suitable investors can delve.

Asian equity fund range

China is a market of opportunities. Backed by the world’s largest population, the second-largest economy and an increasingly sustainable growth path, we believe Chinese equity markets present a rich hunting ground for investors looking to gain exposure to the structural changes of the Chinese economy.

Dynamic, vibrant and now more accessible than ever before, we believe Chinese equities offer investors an attractive opportunity to invest in the transformation of this huge country.

China equity fund range

Watch to find out more about the BSF Emerging Markets Equity Strategies Fund, and how the team goes about investing in emerging markets.

Key to our approach

The total product range now represents more than USD 25bn of assets under management (AUM) and is supported by a total team of 40 investment professionals, who conduct over 4,000 company meetings per year. The average experience of our portfolio managers is 12 years. Our expertise across three regions is rooted in local, on-the-ground knowledge from our well-resourced teams, complemented by cutting-edge technology, proprietary risk management systems and long-standing, broad and deep access to company management.

While our teams do their best to share ideas, cross-reference and challenge each other’s thinking, and leverage the size and scale of BlackRock, investment strategies can never be guaranteed. While proprietary technology platforms may help manage risk, risk cannot be eliminated.

Source: BlackRock as of end February 2018.

Did you know?

Emerging markets

600 million people – almost double the US population – from emerging markets have lifted themselves out of poverty this century

 

Beauty

The Muslim beauty market is expected to reach USD 52bn globally by 2025, driven by Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. This compares with the entire global beauty market, estimated to reach USD 218.6bn by 2025 - almost a quarter

Shopping

Single’s Day - a Chinese tradition designed for young people to celebrate being single – is the busiest online shopping day in the world.
Alibaba’s e-commerce platform broke the world record as online sales reached 175,000 per second in the retailer’s opening hour

WeChat

Over the course of the past five years, the Chinese have adopted social media at a breakneck speed. The number of monthly active WeChat users grew from 210 million in 2012 to 960 million in 2017, roughly equivalent to getting the entire population of Europe online! 

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Meet the portfolio managers

 

Andrew Swan
Managing Director

Emerging markets

 

Sam Vecht
Managing director

Gordon Fraser
Director

Emily Fletcher
Director

Stephen Andrews

Stephen Andrews
Managing director

Asia

 

Oisin Crawley

Oisin Crawley
Managing Director

Alethea Leung

Alethea Leung
Director

China

 

Helen Zhu

Helen Zhu
Managing Director

Shen Jeff

Jeff Shen
Managing Director

Rui Zhao

Rui Zhao
Director

BlackRock as at June 2018, subject to change.