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Macro and market views

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

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  • 3 themes shaping markets in 2021

    What should investors consider in the new year? BlackRock explores the 3 themes shaping markets in our 2021 Global Outlook.
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  • 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.
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  • Portfolio construction

    Explore the portfolio construction research behind BlackRock's modern framework for strategic asset allocation and building resilient investor-specific portfolios.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • MACRO AND MARKET VIEWS

    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Time for policy to go direct

    Mar 9, 2020
    A coordinated policy response to the coronavirus shock is needed to avoid persistent economic damage.
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  • 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.
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  • Coronavirus warrants caution

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

    Jan 30, 2020
    BlackRock experts discuss the primary risks we see facing investors.
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  • Davos brief

    Jan 17, 2020
    The global economic expansion is stretching, but powerful structural trends are testing limits — and intersecting with the near-term outlook.
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  • Sustainability: The bond that endures

    Nov 20, 2019
    Evidence is building that a focus on sustainability can help investors build more resilient portfolios.
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Global weekly commentary
Stay up to date with the latest global weekly commentary provided by the BlackRock Investment Institute.
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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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    Private markets 2021: Staying on track in a world of change

    Jan 13, 2021 | By BlackRock
    An integrated view of private markets has never been more important. Explore highlights from our start-of-the-year webcast, with investors looking at deployment, investment themes and possible surprises in real assets, credit and private equity.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Real assets in the year ahead

    Jan 13, 2021 | By BlackRock
    Read our 2021 Global Real Assets Outlook for insights into how real estate and infrastructure investors can pursue their goals amid deep structural changes and an uneven global recovery.
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    What we expect in credit markets

    Jan 13, 2021 | By BlackRock
    Credit markets are seeing greater demand in a low yield world. In our 2021 Global Credit Outlook, we offer investors three themes to steer by as they navigate public and private credit markets in the year ahead.
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    Private markets 2021 webcast

    Jan 6, 2021 | By BlackRock
    Join us for our views on how 2021 may unfold across the private markets spectrum, with insights on opportunities in real assets, credit and private equity.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    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.
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  • EQUITIES

    Emerging markets in the spotlight

    Dec 16, 2020 | By BlackRock
    BlackRock’s leading emerging market investors explain why they are bullish on EM in 2021 and where they see the best opportunities in equity and debt.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    A different kind of distressed-credit cycle

    Nov 16, 2020 | By BlackRock
    The pandemic is likely to drive a significant wave of restructuring that calls for a broader range of solutions than seen in prior cycles.
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  • EQUITIES

    2020: A Year of BifurKation

    Nov 15, 2020 | By BlackRock
    An increasing body of evidence suggests the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic is K-shaped – implying a distinct bifurcation of outcomes.
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  • EQUITIES

    New perspectives on macro investing

    Oct 15, 2020 | By BlackRock
    BlackRock’s systematic team explains how using big data and machine learning can produce differentiated macro insights, and why these insights are especially relevant in the current climate.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    The evolution of private equity

    Oct 23, 2020
    We explore the historical evolution and outperformance of private equity over the last four decades and the outlook for the next decade.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Fixed income style factors

    Oct 15, 2020 | By BlackRock
    The fundamental investment concepts underlying style factor investing can be applied in fixed income.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Global Credit Forum

    Sep 30, 2020
    Explore the on-demand content from our virtual Global Credit Forum in September 2020, where BlackRock leaders were joined by industry experts.
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    New perspectives on macro investing

    Sep 11, 2020
    In today’s fast-changing market, a proper understanding of the macroeconomic environment is essential to investing.
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  • MULTI-ASSET SOLUTIONS

    GTAA: An overlooked driver of performance

    Aug 31, 2020
    We explore the uncorrelated return profile and application of alternative data in our GTAA investment framework.
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  • MULTI-ASSET SOLUTIONS

    Navigating the beta gap

    Aug 31, 2020
    Learn how multi-asset strategies deliver investment outcomes with more precision.
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  • MULTI-ASSET SOLUTIONS

    Low risk, low inflation, low growth

    Jul 31, 2020
    Risk parity is well-positioned for a low rate, low inflation and low-growth environment.
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  • EQUITIES

    Sustainable investing: active equities

    Jul 30, 2020
    Sustainable investing is going mainstream. The Systematic Active Equity team discusses the need to dig beyond headline numbers.
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  • EQUITIES

    Technology: Our new virtual reality

    Jul 22, 2020
    A discussion on trends that are reshaping the tech industry, where we see opportunities today, and what breakthrough technologies may shape our future.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    The renewable revolution

    Jul 22, 2020
    A look at how the world will power its energy needs in the future and where structural transformation is leading to investment opportunities.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Investing for income

    Jul 22, 2020
    We examine multiple opportunities to generate much-needed income in a world where benchmark interest rates are pegged near zero for the foreseeable future.
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  • EQUITIES

    Healthcare in the age of the coronavirus

    Jul 21, 2020
    Healthcare leaders explore how the efforts to combat the coronavirus are progressing, how technology is impacting the industry, and the future of healthcare.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Assessing opportunities across private markets

    Jul 21, 2020
    Our panelists share insights on how they are positioning private markets portfolios for both near-term opportunities and long-term resilience.
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  • MULTI-ASSET SOLUTIONS

    Fortifying portfolios for the next crisis

    Jul 21, 2020
    The current crisis tested both portfolio construction and market liquidity. We examine the lessons learned and share insights on preparing for more volatility.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Winds of change: How to invest in renewables today

    Jul 21, 2020
    We explore how to invest in renewables today as well as the role of this asset class in a total portfolio.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    A credit cycle like no other

    Jul 20, 2020
    In a credit market transformed by Covid-19 and record stimulus, we explore investment opportunities amid significant sector dispersion and a likely wave of distress.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Lessons from COVID-19: U.S. BBB bonds and fallen angels

    Jul 17, 2020
    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.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Lessons from COVID-19: Fixed income index rebalancing

    Jul 17, 2020
    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.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Lessons from COVID-19: European BBB bonds and fallen angels

    Jul 17, 2020
    In this Policy Spotlight, 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.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Lessons from COVID-19: U.S. municipal bond market

    Jul 17, 2020
    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.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Lessons from COVID-19: ETFs as a source of stability

    Jul 17, 2020
    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.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Private perspectives on healthcare opportunities

    Jul 10, 2020
    COVID is driving big changes in global healthcare, creating both winners and losers. In this setting, private debt and equity can be effective ways to invest.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Credit downgrades and fallen angels

    Jul 1, 2020
    We explore the current credit downgrade landscape and look at two different ways to navigate credit markets given this new environment.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Private equity secondaries: Four things to know now

    Jul 30, 2020
    As periods of market stress roll on, opportunities to buy secondary interests in private funds may grow. Here are the deals and discounts our team is seeing.
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    Private market paths in re-emerging Asia

    Jun 16, 2020
    As the diverse economies of Asia-Pacific emerge from their Covid-19 lockdowns, multiple dynamics are driving markets.
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    Optimized private equity programs

    Jun 10, 2020
    We lay out the differences between diversified private equity programs investing in primaries, secondaries and co-investments.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Private capital’s role in post-Covid healthcare

    Jun 2, 2020
    The Covid-19 crisis is significantly impacting the healthcare industry, intensifying the focus of private market investors.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Accelerating sustainability in alternatives

    May 28, 2020
    Sustainability factors are even more important in long-term private investments—a point that COVID is underlining.
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    Re-assessing private markets portfolios

    May 28, 2020
    Our investors share their latest thoughts on liquidity, rebalancing, and where we see opportunities in private markets.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Direct lending's next chapter

    May 28, 2020
    Markets have shifted, but there’s still a cohort of resilient, middle-market companies that need private capital.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    The evolving picture in private equity

    May 20, 2020
    The initial shock of the pandemic brought upon questions about valuations, capital calls, liquidity needs and secondaries.
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    Accelerating sustainability

    May 13, 2020
    Join our experts for a discussion of why ESG is likely to matter more than ever as the COVID crisis eases.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Today’s alternatives landscape

    May 13, 2020
    Private markets shifted significantly amid the COVID shock, underscoring the value of thoughtful, risk-managed portfolio design.
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  • MULTI-ASSET SOLUTIONS

    Rethinking risk and rebalancing portfolios

    May 11, 2020
    We examine approaches to assessing total portfolio risk and discuss opportunities for clients that are rebalancing.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    The dynamic opportunity set in credit

    May 7, 2020
    BlackRock’s credit sector experts as they discuss what they’re seeing across public and private markets
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Renewables are proving resilient

    May 6, 2020
    How well-structured deals and the ongoing global energy transition can benefit wind and solar investments in the current downturn.
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  • MULTI-ASSET SOLUTIONS

    Assessing portfolio risk and optimizing rebalancing strategies

    Apr 30, 2020
    We discuss approaches to assessing risk across the total portfolio, including public and private markets.
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    What’s ahead in APAC real estate?

    Apr 29, 2020
    BlackRock’s Head of APAC real estate discusses Asia’s property markets in the wake of COVID-19.
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    Comparing private market opportunity

    Apr 29, 2020
    Join us as we discuss private markets and the implications for outcome-based portfolio construction.
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  • MULTI-ASSET SOLUTIONS

    Multi-asset perspectives on the crisis

    Apr 24, 2020
    Our investors share their views on macro themes in today’s markets, portfolio positioning and traditional assumptions.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Inspecting infrastructure

    Apr 23, 2020
    Join us as we discuss the pandemic and its economic fallout impacting global infrastructure markets.
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  • EQUITIES

    Capitalizing on equity market dislocation

    Apr 16, 2020
    During this call, our investors will discuss how market dislocation is creating both short- and long-term opportunities in equities.
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    Why private equity secondaries may soon pick up

    Apr 15, 2020
    Why we’re likely to see a significant increase in private equity secondary market transactions in the months ahead.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    BlackRock raises US$5.1B for GEPIF III

    Apr 15, 2020
    Infrastructure fund close marks the largest alternative asset fundraise in BlackRock history.
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    Windows on real estate

    Apr 15, 2020
    Join our investors for views across regions and up and down the real-estate capital stack.
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  • MULTI-ASSET SOLUTIONS

    Finding long-term value in short-term turmoil

    Apr 9, 2020
    How can investors allocate risk and stay focused on the long term while confronting tremendous short-term disruptions?
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Opportunities and risks in credit markets

    Apr 9, 2020
    We discuss opportunities and risks developing in credit markets amid historic volatility and unprecedented monetary policy.
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  • EQUITIES

    Navigating an uneven road to recovery

    Apr 8, 2020
    As the world plots its emergence from coronavirus closures, the pace of recovery and prospective outcomes look diverse.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Hedge funds through the downturn

    Apr 8, 2020
    Join us as we discuss how the hedge fund industry faring in today’s volatile markets.
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  • MULTI-ASSET SOLUTIONS

    Rebalancing and tactical opportunities

    Apr 2, 2020
    BlackRock’s insights on the risks that may be hidden in institutional portfolios and thoughts on how to rebalance amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Private equity in a changed landscape

    Apr 1, 2020
    Join BlackRock private equity investors for an update on keeping programs on track and alert to opportunities.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Assessing liquidity and opportunity in fixed income

    Mar 27, 2020
    Rick Rieder offers insights on how fixed income markets are functioning and where he sees opportunity.
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  • PRIVATE MARKETS

    Private markets: The view from a CIO’s dashboard

    Mar 25, 2020
    Our leaders discuss the challenges and opportunities facing private market investors amid current turmoil.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Current dynamics in credit markets

    Mar 25, 2020
    A look at the profound shifts in macroeconomics and geopolitics that have transpired as of late as well as thoughts on the imminent US election.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Private markets in a time of turbulence

    Mar 18, 2020
    Alternative investors share perspectives on how the COVID-19 pandemic is playing out across the private markets.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    US IG Credit Outlook Q1 2020

    Feb 27, 2020
    We discuss the start of 2020, evolving investment themes, M&A trends and ESG as an alpha driver.
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    Private markets 2020

    Feb 21, 2020
    Our guide to private markets offers a timely analysis of 13 distinct asset classes organized by three common outcomes.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Getting precise in private markets

    Feb 20, 2020
    Institutional investors are increasingly looking to private markets to meet their most important objectives.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Global credit outlook

    Jan 29, 2020
    We expect returns in 2020 to be closer to the average coupon of the market, but with greater underlying dispersion.
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  • EQUITIES

    Q1 2020: Decoding the markets

    Jan 29, 2020
    Leaders of BlackRock’s Systematic Active Equity Platform leverage +10 years investment in big data and machine learning to provide a unique perspective on markets.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Global real assets outlook 2020

    Jan 27, 2020
    BlackRock examines key themes for investors in 2020: a slowing cycle, accelerating change and the relative attractiveness of the asset class.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Q&A: Private debt in transition?

    Jan 20, 2020
    We explore what shape the European private debt market will take and the trends to watch in the medium term.
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  • ALTERNATIVES AND PRIVATE MARKETS

    Alternative investments in modern portfolios

    Jan 14, 2020
    Over the past 25 years or so, alternatives have evolved from a small part of the portfolios into a core holding.
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  • FIXED INCOME AND CREDIT

    Bonds as ballast

    Nov 26, 2019
    Read about why we think stubbornly low interest rates challenge long-held assumptions about the role government bonds play in strategic asset allocations.
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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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    Global family office survey

    Dec 29, 2020 | By BlackRock
    The BlackRock global family office survey combines data about the experiences and plans of 185 family offices across the globe, featuring insights around market outlook, asset allocation and sustainable investing.
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  • OFFICIAL INSTITUTIONS

    OIG Q4 digest

    Dec 21, 2020 | By BlackRock
    As one of the most challenging years on record comes to a close, we've rounded up the key trends and themes currently shaping the Official Institutions investing landscape - as well as highlighting some of our insights on what we think 2021 holds.
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  • ENDOWMENTS AND FOUNDATIONS

    An endowment’s perspective on the outsourced CIO model

    Dec 14, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Jeff Mindlin, CIO of ASU Enterprise Partners, sat down with Mark McCombe, BlackRock’s Chief Client Officer, to discuss how endowments can build a successful OCIO partnership.
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  • OFFICIAL INSTITUTIONS

    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.
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  • PUBLIC PENSIONS

    Public pensions in the 2020s: Planning for a different decade ahead

    Nov 15, 2020 | By BlackRock
    BlackRock analyzed fund-level data for nearly 70 public pensions to gauge how likely they are to meet their return assumptions over the next decade.
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  • FAMILY OFFICES

    Family Office Virtual Summit: Collective Intelligence

    Oct 29, 2020 | By BlackRock
    The BlackRock Family Office Virtual Summit hosted 450 clients from the US, Canada, LatAm and EMEA, providing an agenda oriented around networking and BlackRock’s collective intelligence. For more, visit the event hub.
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  • INSURANCE

    Global Insurance Report 2020

    Oct 20, 2020
    360 senior insurance executives across the globe share their insights into how the pandemic is fundamentally reshaping the industry and their investment approach in BlackRock's ninth annual global insurance survey.
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  • OFFICIAL INSTITUTIONS

    OIG Q3 digest

    Oct 3, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Entering the final stretch of a challenging year for investors, we review OI key themes and trends, and discuss what's to come next.
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  • CORPORATE PENSIONS

    Impact of recent market volatility on corporate pensions

    May 5, 2020
    We examine the impact of recent volatility on the funded status, asset allocations and active risk of U.S. corporate pensions.
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    Key themes for corporate plans after Q1 volatility

    May 1, 2020
    BlackRock has updated its 2020 investment themes for corporate pension plans given the sharp declines in equity markets and risk assets around the world.
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  • PUBLIC PENSIONS

    Impact of recent market volatility on public pensions

    Apr 3, 2020
    We assess how market volatility has impacted funded status and altered asset allocations at U.S. public pension plans.
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  • DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLANS

    A guide to DC loans during turmoil

    Mar 23, 2020
    What to tell participants about borrowing from their DC plans during market volatility.
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  • DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLANS

    Three actions for plan sponsors

    Mar 12, 2020
    Helping participants mitigate market volatility is crucial to protecting their retirement accounts.
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  • OFFICIAL INSTITUTIONS

    Impact of coronavirus on central banks

    Mar 11, 2020
    Q&A with Stanley Fischer on how central banks should react to the coronavirus shock.
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  • ENDOWMENTS AND FOUNDATIONS

    How smaller endowments make do

    Feb 6, 2020
    OCIO partnerships have the potential to help smaller endowments diversify their investing strategies to better deliver against their outcomes.
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  • DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLANS

    Take advantage of the SECURE Act

    Jan 23, 2020
    Barbara Novick, BlackRock’s Vice Chairman and head of the Global Public Policy Group, called the SECURE Act “our greatest opportunity in over a decade to improve retirement security for millions of Americans.
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  • INSURANCE

    A climate scenario analysis of US insurers’ portfolios

    Dec 5, 2019
    Here’s how investors can better understand climate risks and adapt investment strategies to manage them.
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  • INSURANCE

    Raising resilience in strategic portfolios

    Sep 23, 2019
    In our view, we believe it’s crucial to consider explicitly the uncertainty inherent in return estimates when building resilient portfolios.
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  • INSURANCE

    Sourcing resilience in fixed income

    Sep 23, 2019
    BlackRock Description: We identify six themes that we believe are critical in helping to build those more resilient portfolios.
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  • INSURANCE

    Portfolio resilience through sustainability

    Sep 23, 2019
    We explore how insurers can enhance their resilience to climate change from both a physical and transition risk perspective, with data and scenario analysis as the common thread.
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  • INSURANCE

    Insurance portfolio construction for alternatives

    Sep 23, 2019
    Insurer's complex liability profiles and regulatory and accounting constraints create additional portfolio construction considerations.
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  • INSURANCE

    Global Insurance Report 2019: Re-engineering portfolio resilience

    Sep 23, 2019
    BlackRock’s eighth annual global insurance survey provides perspectives on markets and portfolio construction from 360 senior insurance executives, plus client interviews and insights from BlackRock’s experts.
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • Addressing investment stewardship and the ‘G’ in ESG

    Dec 9, 2020
    We share perspectives on Investment Stewardship, the G in ESG, and how they can help drive long-term sustainable value for investors.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Physical Effects & Economic Risks of Climate Change

    Oct 28, 2020
    We discuss the increasing importance of the environmental component of ESG in the era of climate change.
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  • Rethinking the ‘S’ in ESG

    Sep 29, 2020 | By BlackRock
    BlackRock and CalPERS discuss the increasing importance of ESG and sustainability more broadly, in this time of upheaval.
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  • Sustainable investing: active equities

    Jul 30, 2020
    Sustainable investing is going mainstream. The Systematic Active Equity team discusses the need to dig beyond headline numbers.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Accelerating sustainability in alternatives

    May 28, 2020
    Sustainability factors are even more important in long-term private investments—a point that COVID is underlining.
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  • A pivotal moment for sustainable investing

    May 18, 2020
    How ESG strategies have performed during the pandemic and why they will become increasingly important in the future.
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  • Resilience amid uncertainty

    May 18, 2020 | By Tony DeSpirito
    Amid historic volatility, investors turned to sustainable strategies, and the strategies demonstrated their resilience.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • Sustainability: The bond that endures

    Dec 20, 2019 | By BlackRock
    Evidence is building that a focus on sustainability can help investors build more resilient portfolios.
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We believe sustainability-related issues – ranging from board composition to human capital management to climate change – have real impacts.
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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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.
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