Pensions at BlackRock

Public pensions

We equip public pensions with access to BlackRock’s full spectrum of capabilities, including our alternatives platform, to help the safeguarding of retiree assets. With strategies across public and private markets to risk management and technology solutions, our solutions are tailored to address clients’ specific long and short-term objectives.

How we serve public pensions

We provide public pension investors full access to the breadth and depth of BlackRock to help each client achieve their unique investment goals:

• Integrated alternatives platform that is scalable, transparent and technology-enabled

• Stable streams of income via targeted strategies within our global fixed income platform

• Risk mitigation through our Aladdin technology platform

• Custom solutions that span asset classes from public to private markets

• Bespoke portfolio analysis and peer risk studies from our Client Insight Unit

Seizing the moment in fixed income markets

Our annual public pensions peer risk analysis assessed and underlying drivers of risk and return of more than 120 plans. While the implications vary by plan, one thing stands out: many plans have an opportunity to increase their allocations to fixed income.
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Investing strategies for public pensions

With access to BlackRock’s extensive suite of investment strategies across asset classes, our dedicated pension team creates a tailored client experience built to address each client's unique objectives.

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Fixed income

Public pensions seeking to achieve positive returns with historically lower risk than other asset classes are utilizing fixed income strategies within their broader portfolio.

With Rick Rieder as BlackRock’s Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income, BlackRock helps pension investors navigate the entire fixed income spectrum - from active & index, public to private, fundamental & systematic - to help deliver better outcomes, convenience, value and transparency for our clients.

Diversified alternatives

As public pensions look to expand beyond traditional allocations in search of alpha generation, such as capital appreciation and uncorrelated income streams, alternative strategies are playing an increasingly critical role in their portfolios.

At BlackRock we believe that the need for an approach to alternative investing that is scalable, disciplined, integrated, technology-enabled and transparent has never been greater. BlackRock's alternatives platform is designed to deliver favorable performance across a range of investment solutions such as private credit, private equity, infrastructure and hedge funds.

Cash and liquidity solutions

Public pensions investors need effective cash management solutions that offer the liquidity needs for retirement while offering the potential for an enhanced yield profile hedged against risk.

BlackRock offers investment strategies and vehicles such as money market accounts (MMAs), short duration strategies, ETFs and separately managed accounts (SMAs) to deliver on liquidity needs.


Public pensions seeking to ensure the funded status of their portfolio over the long term and/or exposure to specific sectors in their diversified portfolio often look for investment opportunities across BlackRock’s extensive equity platform.

Our fundamental and systematic equity strategies offer public pension investors curated access to global markets as well as key investment insights. BlackRock’s equity investors and researchers combine company-specific research, innovative proprietary modeling and industry analysis to provide clients with insights that aim to deliver consistent, differentiated outperformance.

Our fundamental active equity investment strategies leverage BlackRock’s resources in efforts to meet client demands for higher alpha and outcome-oriented strategies.
BlackRock’s systematic investment platform combines cutting-edge technology, scientific research and human insight in the relentless pursuit of investment performance.
Index investing strategies, including ETFs and direct index customization, can help reduce portfolio volatility, create liquidity sleeves and reduce costs.

Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO)

BlackRock’s OCIO team aligns the firm’s investment expertise, robust research platform and advanced technology to help clients achieve their investment goals.

Whether it’s accessing industry leading alternatives, exploring options to improve investment returns, building mission-aligned portfolios or increasing transparency and flexibility, we begin every client relationship with a relationship seeking a deep understanding of their unique needs.

Dedicated CIO model
Our CIOs are aligned with specific client segments, helping them solve specific challenges.
Broad investment toolkit
Investing in today’s markets requires a full toolkit of investment capabilities, from active, index, factors to alternatives—all of which BlackRock can provide.
Daily monitoring
We help clients make timely investment decisions and use our Aladdin® technology to model risks in portfolios.
Cost-effective partnership
We serve as an extension of a client’s staff to help free up their time to focus on what’s important.

Our public pensions team

Donald Perault
Head of U.S. Pensions, Americas Institutional Business

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Common questions

  • BlackRock is a fiduciary to public pensions clients. Our team offers institutionally-scaled investment services that range from single mandates to multi-asset solutions, tailored portfolio analytics leveraging Aladdin® technology and market insights provided through research reports and investment forums. The Client Insight Unit (CIU) provides investors with multi-asset portfolio construction expertise, focusing on solutions comprising both public and private markets.

  • Yes, the BlackRock Educational Academy was launched in 2013 with the objective of facilitating the training needs of BlackRock’s institutional clients. Learn more about the BlackRock Educational Academy.

  • We offer a variety of events  – including calls, workshops, forums and conferences – that allow public pension professionals to engage in debate around topical issues and to make better informed investment decisions. Contact us to learn about events for public pensions.

  • We consider our scale our key competitive advantage - it allows access to a plethora of information and insights that enable unrivaled risk management. Our Aladdin® platform combines sophisticated risk analytics with comprehensive portfolio management, trading and operations tools to power informed decision-making and effective risk management.

  • We have an extensive, US$326B alternatives platform (as of December 2022) that seeks to deliver outperformance with true collaboration. We public pension clients access to high-quality opportunities across real estateinfrastructureprivate equitycredithedge funds and multi-alternative solutions. Global reach across private and public markets powers our sourcing, and industry-leading technology promotes improved transparency on investments.

  • At BlackRock, we are committed to a future where every investor can have an easy and efficient option to participate in voting decisions. BlackRock Voting Choice, an industry first and a proprietary offering, enables institutional clients to participate in voting decisions where legally and operationally viable. Learn more here.

  • We have a dedicated Client Insight Unit (CIU) team that utilizes our proprietary risk management technology, Aladdin®, to run portfolio analyses on an individualized basis. CIU has the capability to perform market stress tests against client portfolios to measure risk tolerance, as well as compare portfolios to peers.

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