Trading & Liquidity Strategies

At BlackRock, we believe that we can help deliver successful outcomes for institutional investors by combining the lessons we learned from the recent past with new approaches to investment management.

With more than 30 specialists in Asia ex-Japan dedicated to Trading & Liquidity Strategies, we seek to be a trusted partner for our clients, providing them with global markets insights and state-of-the art risk analytics. As a leading global asset manager with relationships with key players throughout global markets, BlackRock has one of the world’s deepest pools of liquidity. This strengthens our ability to help clients minimise market impact, implement cash management strategies and unlock the full potential of their portfolios through our three lines of business:

  • Transition Management
  • Cash Management
  • Securities Lending

Transition Management

BlackRock through its transition management team has been helping clients shift allocations and implement new investment strategies since 1995. Our goal is to manage transitions cost-effectively and with minimal disruption to portfolios.

BlackRock has a dedicated a team for transition management services in Asia ex-Japan, and our services include comprehensive fiduciary transition management, advisory services and interim asset management.

Why choose BlackRock for portfolio transition services?

  • Hiring the right transition manager means finding a partner who can assure you that their interests align with yours. Transparency throughout the transition provides the assurance that your manager is not profiting at your expense. BlackRock is a fiduciary; accordingly, we act in the client’s best interest. Our business model minimises conflicts of interest. We do not trade for our own account, and we do not charge for foreign exchange. We provide complete revenue transparency which means full disclosure on all sources of revenue, including revenue to affiliate organisations.

  • As the world’s largest asset manager, we have unparalleled access to a variety of trading venues and counterparties. We use our scale, trading expertise, proprietary research, trading technology to reduce overall trading costs for our clients. We have strong ties to a full range of counterparties, brokers and venues - especially critical for illiquid asset classes. Our significant size can help to maintain transaction activity confidentiality and reduces the risk of information leakage and with a significant internal flow of assets we provide our clients with access to a large crossing pool.

  • We provide a comprehensive service that includes project management, execution and trade strategy design based on best execution. We seek to control total trading costs by balancing costs and risk throughout a transition. Working in conjunction with BlackRock’s trading-cost research team, we employ proprietary technology to enable us to manage the four key dimensions of risk throughout the transition - exposure, execution, process and operational risk.

Cash Management

Over multiple interest rate cycles and varying market conditions, BlackRock has managed cash portfolios for corporations, banks, foundations, insurance companies and public funds. As a leader in this asset class, BlackRock has global liquidity assets across multiple currencies. With one of the most experienced teams in the industry, our firm is able to offer clients an investment approach that has been tested through time and a variety of solutions designed to meet the needs of today’s cash investor.

In Asia, we offer a broad range of strategies across currencies, including sovereign strategies, prime money market strategies, as well as the flexibility of bespoke, segregated mandates for large investors.

Why choose BlackRock for cash management services?

  • With over 35 years of experience managing cash portfolios, BlackRock has demonstrated its commitment to cash management and has proven itself through multiple market cycles. Our liquidity team professionals have an average investment experience of 19 years.

  • Cash management is a distinct business at BlackRock, with dedicated resources in portfolio management, credit analysis, client service, and infrastructure.

  • BlackRock's credit research team is composed of approximately 50 analysts, who are fully integrated into our global platform, and possess a strong track record of anticipating rating agency action.

Managing Cash Portfolios

Find out about BlackRock's approach to developing, documenting and maintaining a cash management plan.

» Learn more about BlackRock’s Cash Management Solutions

Securities Lending

BlackRock Securities Lending offers investors the opportunity to unlock the full potential of their portfolios. Is it possible to seek both risk controls and attractive returns? We think so, and market data shows that we consistently achieve solid results for our securities lending clients.

Our coordinated investment management approach enables us to develop tools that help traders and portfolio managers optimize performance and extract premiums around corporate actions and index changes. Our fiduciary responsibility to our clients guides every aspect of our program, and has helped us to deliver positive lending income for all funds that have participated in the program since its inception in 1981.

Why choose BlackRock for securities lending services?

  • With offices in London, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong, we lend securities in more than 30 markets and provide around-the-clock "pass-the-book" trading executed on one firm-wide platform. Our traders, strategists, product development specialists, operations staff and client service teams work together to ensure seamless coverage for our clients.

  • Our securities lending program is seamlessly integrated into the firm's global portfolio management and trading functions. We have a long history of treating securities lending as a core component of the investment management process.

  • BlackRock has research, trading, risk and cash management personnel exclusively dedicated to the securities lending business. In addition, our technology teams have developed custom client reporting, operations and trading platforms that are used globally throughout our business to help ensure operational efficiency and transparency.

  • BlackRock manages credit and market exposure of our funds and programs as a fiduciary responsibility. Securities lending risk management is fully integrated within the firm's global risk management framework and an independent group assesses the risks being taken on behalf of the funds in which our clients invest. Our risk management includes: ongoing due diligence, continuous monitoring of counterparties, collateralization and daily mark-to-market, conservative investment of cash collateral and effective use of technology to strive towards operational excellence.