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Macro and market views

The BlackRock Investment Institute shares our outlook for economic growth, inflation, financial conditions and geopolitics.

  • Launching climate-aware portfolios

    Feb 25, 2021 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    We believe climate risk is investment risk. That is why we are incorporating it into our portfolio design, as part of a series of actions BlackRock is taking to prepare for a net-zero world.
  • A new investment order

    Feb 22, 2021 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    Explore our updated our asset views in light of market developments. The BlackRock Investment Institute also explores the fiscal debate.
  • Davos brief

    Jan 25, 2021 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    Our new Davos brief presents a snapshot of BII’s latest views on the macro outlook, geopolitics and markets – as global leaders debate the state of the world through the digital “Davos Dialogues.”
  • Forward. Upward. Onward

    Jan 19, 2021
    Watch our On Demand virtual 2021 Global Outlook event to hear from Larry Fink and senior BlackRock investors.
  • U.S. election: Biden win

    Nov 7, 2020
    In the wake of a contest between starkly different visions for America, the BlackRock Investment Institute explores the implications of the U.S. election.
  • Global Insurance Report 2020

    Oct 21, 2020
    360 senior insurance executives across the globe share their insights into how the pandemic is fundamentally reshaping the industry and their investment approach. Our interactive report charts key themes and global and regional implications.
  • Readying for resilience

    Aug 26, 2020
    Read about how we revamp our strategic asset preferences to position for market dislocations and the post-Covid 19 world.
  • Troubled waters

    Jul 21, 2020
    What would the world look like with less water? We explore the often overlooked risk of water stress and its financial implications on portfolios. Take a look.
  • Webcast: Midyear investment outlook

    Jun 25, 2020
    Please join us for a video webcast with BII leadership and BlackRock senior investors as they discuss the 2020 midyear investment outlook.
  • Historic U.S. policy actions

    Mar 26, 2020
    The U.S. announced a historic policy stimulus package to help stymie the economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Sizable policy action takes shape

    Mar 23, 2020
    We could return with limited permanent economic damage if authorities deliver a policy response to support through the shock.
  • Market plunge: This is not 2008

    Mar 9, 2020
    Market moves have been reminiscent of the financial crisis, but the economy and financial system are on stronger footing.
  • Time for policy to go direct

    Mar 9, 2020
    A coordinated policy response to the coronavirus shock is needed to avoid persistent economic damage.
  • Sustainability: The tectonic shift transforming investing

    Feb 27, 2020
    A commonly held view is that a return sacrifice is needed when adopting sustainable investing. We disagree – and in fact believe the opposite is true.
  • Coronavirus warrants caution

    Feb 26, 2020
    We are reducing our overweight equity and credit exposures due to coronavirus outbreaks but maintain benchmark holdings.
  • How will geopolitics impact markets in 2020?

    Jan 30, 2020
    BlackRock experts discuss the primary risks we see facing investors.
Global weekly commentary
Stay up to date with the latest global weekly commentary provided by the BlackRock Investment Institute.
Global weekly commentary

Investment actions by asset class

Our latest investment ideas based on the current market environment, covering fixed income, equities, alternatives and multi-asset strategies.

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Personalized insights for institutional clients

We partner with the BlackRock Investment Institute and thought leaders throughout our firm to deliver you investing insights and analysis across asset classes, investment strategies and borders.

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At BlackRock, the institutions we serve – from foundations to large pension funds – collectively serve hundreds of millions of individuals around the world. That’s why we work alongside them as they contribute to the financial futures of the people who depend on them.
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ESG integration and investing

Explore BlackRock’s insights on environmental, social and governance (ESG) opportunities and strategies.

  • ESG moves centre stage in private debt

    Dec 21, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Private debt strategies can work with borrowers on ESG issues. Sonia Richer, Head of Research for European Middle Market Private Debt, explains how.
  • Integrating sustainability into capital market assumptions

    Dec 10, 2020
    Ahead of BlackRock’s forthcoming launch of new CMAs that will integrate sustainability for the first time, we gathered BlackRock thought leaders to discuss the framework and importance of incorporating ESG considerations into portfolio construction.
  • Sustainability goes mainstream

    Dec 3, 2020 | By BlackRock
    BlackRock recently surveyed clients around the world to understand the shift towards sustainable assets and how the pandemic may affect it. Our findings were clear: The tectonic shift towards sustainable investing is accelerating.
  • Helping our clients invest sustainably

    Dec 3, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Our survey revealed that sustainability considerations are increasingly becoming a central aspect of our clients’ investment approaches. Read our update on our 2020 sustainability progress.
  • The renewable revolution

    Jul 22, 2020 | By BlackRock
    A look at how the world will power its energy needs in the future and where structural transformation is leading to investment opportunities.
  • Shining a spotlight on the stakeholder

    Jul 22, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Hear from investors about how they are addressing the rising prominence of issues that impact employees, customers and communities the most with sustainable investing in order to drive change.
  • Winds of change: How to invest in renewables today

    Jul 21, 2020 | By BlackRock
    We explore how to invest in renewables today as well as the role of this asset class in a total portfolio.
  • Troubled waters

    Jul 21, 2020
    What would the world look like with less water? We explore the often overlooked risk of water stress and its financial implications on portfolios. Take a look.
  • Sustainable Investing: Why it matters now more than ever

    May 13, 2020 | By BlackRock
    We examine the investment opportunities that ESG is creating and take a look at the latest trends in impact investing.
  • Accelerating sustainability in alternatives

    May 28, 2020
    Sustainability factors are even more important in long-term private investments—a point that COVID is underlining.
  • Resilience amid uncertainty

    May 18, 2020 | By Tony DeSpirito
    Amid historic volatility, investors turned to sustainable strategies, and the strategies demonstrated their resilience.
  • Helping our clients invest sustainably

    May 11, 2020 | By BlackRock
    BlackRock discusses its progress since committing to help clients achieve their sustainable investing goals. Learn more.
  • Renewables are proving resilient

    May 6, 2020 | By BlackRock
    How well-structured deals and the ongoing global energy transition can benefit wind and solar investments in the current downturn.
  • Securities lending viewed through the sustainability lens

    Apr 28, 2020 | By BlackRock
    In this Spotlight, we explore the intersection of securities lending with short selling and investment stewardship through the lens of sustainable investing.
  • How a global pandemic could accelerate ESG investing

    Apr 13, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Tony DeSpirito discusses its potential impact on ESG investing and how it may hasten an important trend for active investors.
  • Sustainability: The tectonic shift transforming investing

    Feb 27, 2019 | By BlackRock
    A commonly held view is that a return sacrifice is needed when adopting sustainable investing. We disagree – and in fact believe the opposite is true.
  • Europe’s listed companies: their governance, shareholders and votes

    Feb 21, 2020 | By BlackRock
    In this ViewPoint, we analyze the ownership of companies in the MSCI Europe index and examined the proxy voting of their 30 largest institutional shareholders.
  • Towards a common language for sustainable investing *VP

    Jan 14, 2020 | By BlackRock
    In this ViewPoint, we review current global regulatory efforts to develop and implement more standardized terminology for sustainable investing, and we outline recommendations to increase clarity around (i) sustainable investment product naming
  • A climate scenario analysis of US insurers’ portfolios

    Oct 12, 2019 | By BlackRock
    A climate scenario analysis on US insurers’ portfolios can help investors understand climate risks and adapt investment strategies to manage them.
Sustainable investing at BlackRock
We believe sustainability-related issues – ranging from board composition to human capital management to climate change – have real impacts.
Sustainable investing

Public policy ViewPoints

Read our comments on public policy topics through our ViewPoints series of papers, which examine public policy issues and assess their implications for investors.

  • Lessons from COVID-19: Market Structure Underlies Interconnectedness o...

    Nov 23, 2020
    In this ViewPoint, we discuss the evolving market ecosystem and examine how market infrastructure contributed to the short lived but intense liquidity crisis of March 2020.
  • Lessons from COVID-19: Liquidity Risk Management is Central to Open-En...

    Nov 5, 2020
    In this ViewPoint, we examine the effect of stressed markets on open-ended funds, and bond funds in particular. We then review the liquidity risk management tools available to asset managers, and how they were deployed during March 2020.
  • Swing pricing: The dilution effects of investor trading activity on mu...

    Oct 31, 2020
    This paper considers processes that provide protection to existing mutual fund investors from the negative ‘dilution impact’ that occurs when a fund invests or disinvests in securities as a result of investor activity.
  • Lessons from COVID-19: Operational Risk and Resilience

    Oct 22, 2020
    In this ViewPoint, we analyze operational challenges faced by the asset management industry during COVID-19, explore how the industry has responded to these challenges, and outline a series of recommendations to further bolster operational resilience
  • Lessons from COVID-19: Overview of Financial Stability and Non-Bank Fi...

    Sep 30, 2020
    This ViewPoint summarizes key takeaways from our series of ViewPoints on "Lessons from COVID-19", considers the implications of the COVID-19 crisis across capital markets, and outlines policy recommendations.
  • Lessons from COVID-19: U.S. BBB bonds and fallen angels

    Jul 17, 2020 | By BlackRock
    We provide an update to our August 2019 spotlight on US BBB Bonds in light of the first broad credit downgrade cycle resulting from COVID-19 and lower oil prices.
  • Lessons from COVID-19: Fixed income index rebalancing

    Jul 17, 2020 | By BlackRock
    We discuss how decisions to delay fixed income index rebalancing during March 2020 helped to preserve market liquidity, prevent unnecessarily large transaction costs for end-investors, and more.
  • Lessons from COVID-19: The experience of European MMFs

    Jul 17, 2020
    We make a holistic assessment of European short-term markets during the March market turmoil and identify three key components of the short-term market ecosystem.
  • Lessons from COVID-19: U.S. municipal bond market

    Jul 17, 2020 | By BlackRock
    We explore aspects of the U.S. municipal bond market ecosystem during the COVID-19 Crisis, the Federal response to provide assistance to municipalities, and liquidity risk management of municipal bond funds.
  • Lessons from COVID-19: U.S. short-term money markets

    Jul 17, 2020 | By Blackrock
    In this ViewPoint, we make a holistic assessment of U.S. short-term markets during the March market turmoil and identify three key components of the short-term market ecosystem.
  • Lessons from COVID-19: ETFs as a source of stability

    Jul 17, 2020 | By Blackrock
    We explore how ETFs were a source of stability during the first part of 2020 amidst unprecedented market volatility by providing price transparency and liquidity.
  • A global perspective on market on close activity

    Jul 7, 2020 | By BlackRock
    This ViewPoint explores the growth of global market-on-close activity, the key drivers behind this trend, and the benefits that the closing auction provides.
  • Improving investment outcomes for 403(b) plan participants

    May 7, 2020 | By BlackRock
    In this ViewPoint, we highlight a relatively easy step policy makers can take that would expand choice for 403(b) plan sponsors in selecting investment vehicles and could result in cost savings for plan participants.
  • BlackRock's Guide to LIBOR Transition

    Apr 29, 2020 | By BlackRock
    This ViewPoint focuses on providing an update on LIBOR transition, information on upcoming milestones, BlackRock’s transition planning, and other information to serve as a reference and guide for clients, industry participants, and stakeholders.
  • Securities lending viewed through the sustainability lens

    Apr 28, 2020 | By BlackRock
    In this Spotlight, we explore the intersection of securities lending with short selling and investment stewardship through the lens of sustainable investing.
  • Regulatory developments in Europe: 2020 outlook

    Feb 27, 2020 | By BlackRock
    This ViewPoint summarises the key financial services policy developments impacting European retail investors, institutional investors, and distributors.
  • Europe's listed companies

    Feb 21, 2020 | By BlackRock
    In this ViewPoint, we analyze the ownership of companies in the MSCI Europe index and examined the proxy voting of their 30 largest institutional shareholders.
  • Towards a common language for sustainable investing

    Jan 14, 2020 | By BlackRock
    In this ViewPoint, we review current global regulatory efforts to develop and implement more standardized terminology for sustainable investing
  • The decade of financial regulatory reform: 2009 to 2019

    Jan 5, 2020 | By BlackRock
    In this ViewPoint, we examine financial regulatory reforms over the past decade, with a focus on the asset management sector. In addition, we look ahead and identify several areas that merit additional study from a systemic risk perspective.
Public policy at BlackRock
As an important part of our fiduciary duty to our clients, BlackRock advocates for public policies that we believe are in our investors’ long-term best interests.
Public policy