Investing in Europe

Our European investment platform

We have been entrusted to manage €1.9tn on behalf of European clients1, making us one of the leading investment managers in the region. We will continue to invest in research, products, portfolio implementation solutions, and services across the region. And perhaps most critically, we will use our technology, know-how, talent and more than 30 years’ worth of investment expertise to build better portfolios.

Capital at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and are not guaranteed. Investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

We offer a full range of investment products across multiple investment classes, capitalisations, sectors, and styles, including alpha and index options.

1 Source: BlackRock, June 2021.

  • BlackRock has built a substantial European presence in fixed-income investing. Our diverse platform and capabilities cover all manner of European assets, from liquid, high-quality bonds to unique private-debt opportunities.

    Risk: Two main risks related to fixed income investing are interest rate risk and credit risk. Typically, when interest rates rise, there is a corresponding decline in the market value of bonds. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the issuer of the bond will not be able to repay the principal and make interest payments.

  • The European Multi-Asset Division uses the core strength of our firm – a collaborative, fundamentally driven investment culture – to create multi-asset solutions that aim to meet the goals of our clients.

    Risk: The Fund may invest in a variety of investment strategies and instruments while aiming to be highly diversified in terms of risk and returns. The Fund is therefore directly and indirectly, through its investments, subject to the risks each of these investment strategies and instruments are subject to

  • BlackRock has a multitude of European equity products to help clients pursue their equity-investing goals. We use our diverse capabilities and rigorous process to pursue strong performance. We are the leading European Equity manager.

    Risk: The value of equities and equity-related securities can be affected by daily stock market movements. Other influential factors include political, economic news, company earnings and significant corporate events.

  • We have built a leading alternatives platform that offers access to more complex liquid and illiquid alternative options, including European Long-Term Investment Funds – which are designed to boost investment in the real economy across the continent.

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Our alpha investment team

To get the answers we need to make high-quality investments, our investment professionals go out into the field. They don’t stop at surface-level analysis; they aim to uncover more opportunities for our clients and are constantly on the lookout, analysing policy, markets and companies. Our professionals rely on first-hand, independent analysis and on-site evaluations. By meeting with top decision-makers, executives and experts, they seek to ask the right questions to gain a deeper understanding of where a company stands and where it could go in the future.

Our depth of understanding has informed better decision-making and prudent risk management for more than 30 years. Our investment professionals are driven by a passion for exploration and understanding. They continue to take all the extra steps and additional research needed to uncover the deeper, better-informed insights that drive their investment decisions.

Our skilled portfolio managers average 20 years in the industry and represent over seven different European nationalities. They have invested in all kinds of markets, and they understand the geopolitical, market, and economic factors that can affect every type of investment. Using their knowledge and experience, they aim to thoughtfully manage risk while seeking to maximise value for our clients over longer-time horizons. The result is evident in our high-quality investment products.

Source: BlackRock, May 2021
Risk: There is no guarantee that a positive investment outcome will be achieved.

Our largest European funds by AUM:

Fund Description Factsheet
Fixed income
BGF Euro Short Duration Bond Fund The Fund aims to maximise the return on your investment through a combination of capital growth and income on the Fund’s assets. The Fund invests at least 80% of its total assets in fixed income (FI) securities. The FI securities may be issued by governments and government agencies of, and companies and supranationals domiciled in countries inside or outside of the Eurozone. Download
BGF Euro Bond Fund The Fund aims to maximise the return on your investment through a combination of capital growth and income on the Fund’s assets. The Fund invests at least 80% of its total assets in fixed income securities. At least 70% of the Fund’s total assets will be invested in securities that are denominated in euro. Download
BGF Euro Corporate Bond Fund The Fund aims to maximise the return on your investment through a combination of capital growth and income on the Fund’s assets. The Fund invests at least 70% of its total assets in fixed income securities which are denominated in euro. Download
BSF ESG Euro Bond Fund The Fund aims to maximise the return on your investment through a combination of capital growth and income on the Fund’s assets. The Fund invests at least 80% of its total assets in fixed income issued by companies, supranationals, governments and government agencies inside or outside of the Eurozone. At least 90% of the Fund’s total assets will meet environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) criteria. Download
Equities
BGF European Equity Income Fund The Fund aims to generate an above average level of income on your investment as well as maintain long term capital growth. The Fund invests at least 70% of its total assets in the shares of companies domiciled in, or the main business of which is in, Europe. Download
BGF Euro Markets Fund The Fund invests at least 70% of its total assets in the shares of companies domiciled in EU Member States participating in the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union (EMU). The Fund may also gain exposure to investments in those EU Member States that, in the Portfolio Manager’s opinion, are likely to join the EMU in the foreseeable future and in companies based elsewhere, the main business of which is in EMU-participating countries. Download
BGF European Fund The Fund aims to maximize the return on your investment through a combination of capital growth and income on the Fund’s assets. The Fund invests at least 70% of its total assets in the shares of companies domiciled in, or the main business of which is in, Europe. Download
BGF European Value The Fund aims to maximize the return on your investment through a combination of capital growth and income on the Fund’s assets. The Fund invests at least 70% of its total assets in the shares of companies domiciled in, or the main business of which is in, Europe. The Fund places particular emphasis on shares of companies that are undervalued, where in the Portfolio Manager’s opinion, their market price does not reflect their underlying worth. Download
Liquid alternatives
BSF Emerging Companies Absolute Return Fund The Fund aims to achieve positive absolute returns through a combination of capital growth and income on your investment regardless of market conditions. The Fund seeks to gain at least 60% of its investment exposure to equity securities and equity-related securities of companies domiciled in, or the main business of which is in, or have their primary listing in, the United Kingdom. Such companies include small, mid and large-capitalisation companies that are considered ‘emerging’. Download

Create value for your portfolio with iShares ETFs

BlackRock provides iShares exchange traded funds (ETFs) and index funds to help meet your investment needs. As the largest global provider of ETFs1, we are committed to helping investors make progress against their financial goals, whatever they may be.

1Source: BlackRock, Global Business Intelligence database as of 31 December 2020. Based on 950 products and $2.6 trillion in assets under management globally. All amounts given in USD.

We have more than 135 local European-focused iShares index funds. A broad range of ETFs are available to investors, covering every asset class2. The breadth of our European focused ETFs and its low cost make them useful building blocks for portfolios. In fact, 82% of EMEA investors have an allocation to index based investments.3

2Source: BlackRock, February 2021.
3Source: BPAS, Morningstar, based on 649 BPAS client portfolios collected between 31 Dec 2019 and 31 Dec 2020. and 31 Dec 2020. Indexing comprises of ETPs, index mutual funds and index derivatives (options, futures etc).

ETFs that provide access to Europe

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