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The Aladdin platform combines sophisticated risk analytics with comprehensive portfolio management, trading and operations tools on a single platform to power informed decision-making, effective risk management, efficient trading and operational scale.

 

Learn why institutional investors choose Aladdin

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Why financial institutions choose Aladdin

While seeking the most efficient approaches to deploying capital, banks are now investing in classes outside their traditional base of assets. This includes diversification of assets into mortgage servicing right (MSR), whole loans, and structured products as well as consolidations or restructuring of businesses to increase operational efficiency and reduce costs. Concurrently, the regulatory regime is requiring banks to re-evaluate enterprise risk management processes and systems. Managing the data processes, focusing on capital efficiency and operational risk while aggressively managing costs can be challenging.

See how Aladdin provides solutions to financial institutions’ key challenges

  • As a solution provided to investment managers by investment managers, Aladdin is continually evolving to meet new regulatory and client requirements.

    • Managing all parts of the risk and investment process across a portfolio on a single platform leads to full, real-time transparency into exposures and risks.
    • Data from Aladdin used to drive global disclosure reporting.
    • Aladdin supports central clearing guidelines under Dodd-Frank.
  • Aladdin helps simplify risk and investment infrastructures, which can lead to increased efficiency and reduction in costs, with robust capabilities.

    • Global consolidation of investment/risk platforms to help minimize overlapping technology and processes, and increase global consistency and transparency.
    • Cashflow projections under a variety of scenarios to support income projection and income sensitivity analysis, investment activity planning, and economic capital analysis.
    • Management of new business lines (e.g., expanding into asset management, broker-dealer or insurance to increase margins).
    • A holistic outsourcing service, including middle office and investment accounting outsourcing services.
  • Aladdin provides standard views of full balance sheet exposures to allow consistent views of risk across security and loan assets and liabilities.

    • Modeling for fixed-income securities, whole loans, MSR and other loans asset classes in a consistent framework.
    • Modeling of deposit and securitized liabilities to show overall market and credit risks on the balance sheet.
    • Full derivatives support including risk, trading, collateral management and central clearing.
Insurance companies and financial institutions
Our risk management solutions help insurers and financial institutions navigate an evolving investment landscape.
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Insurance companies and financial institutions

Why insurers choose Aladdin

In a continuing low yield environment, insurers have been forced to search for other sources of income. This has led them to diversify into leveraged loans, alternatives and equities, as well as consolidate or restructure businesses to increase operational efficiency and reduce costs. At the same time, regulatory changes are requiring insurers to re-evaluate enterprise risk management processes and systems. Whether assets are managed in-house or by external investment managers, staying on top of portfolio and operational risks while aggressively managing costs are a significant challenge.

Aladdin can help insurers effectively manage their investment portfolios. Our services include comprehensive multi-asset class risk analysis across externally and internally managed assets, a full investment management platform, and outsourced middle office and investment accounting services.

Moreover, BlackRock's extensive industry knowledge and relationships benefit our team and clients by allowing us to:

  • Stay attuned to key industry trends and senior management concerns.
  • Understand the unique constraints and challenges insurance companies face (economic, regulatory, rating agency, accounting, tax).
  • "Have a seat at the table" with insurance regulators, rating agencies and major industry groups.
  • Provide practical advice and solutions informed by actual experience managing and modeling insurance company portfolios.

See how Aladdin provides solutions to insurers' key challenges

  • Aladdin provides a multi-asset solution across traditional fixed income, equities, alternatives and leveraged loans.

    • Comprehensive risk model with over 2,000 factors across asset classes.
    • Ability to analyze risk across internally and externally managed portfolios relative to asset liability (ALM) benchmarks.
    • Supports the full end to end investment process across security types.
  • Aladdin simplifies risk and investment infrastructures, which can lead to increased efficiency and reduction in costs.

    • Aladdin supports global consolidation of investment/risk platforms to minimize overlapping technology and processes, and to increase global consistency and transparency.
    • Ability to provide cashflow projections under a variety of scenarios to support income projection and income sensitivity analysis, investment activity planning, and economic capital analysis.
    • Supports management of new business lines (e.g., expanding into third party asset management).
    • Ability to offer a holistic outsourcing service, including middle office and investment accounting outsourcing services.
  • Aladdin provides a variety of analyses and functionality to support the regulatory needs of insurers.

    • Analyses used to support Solvency II reporting, S&P and A.M. Best regulatory testing, and value-at-risk (including regulatory methods).
    • Cash flow forecasting to support economic capital calculation and validation and regulatory reserve adequacy testing.
    • Support for central clearing guidelines under Dodd-Frank for internally managed derivatives.
    • Investment accounting services to meet financial reporting requirements under multiple cost bases.
Insurance companies and financial institutions
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Insurance companies and financial institutions

Why pensions choose Aladdin

Pensions face a host of challenges in today's markets – their need for effective risk management has grown in magnitude, while their internal systems and staff remain constrained. Markets are more complex, dynamic, and uncertain than ever, yet plans often lack the resources to fully staff a risk function. Whether assets are managed in-house or by external investment managers, staying on top of portfolio risks while aggressively managing costs are a significant challenge.

Aladdin, along with the BlackRock Solutions team, helps pensions in several ways. Leveraging BlackRock's extensive industry knowledge, we provide risk analysis tools and advisory services tailored to meet the unique needs facing pension funds. Services include risk management framework design, ongoing risk reporting, including analyses relative to liability-based benchmarks, and custom analysis, training and education. With Aladdin, pensions can overcome some of their most critical challenges.

See how Aladdin provides solutions to pensions' key challenges

  • Aladdin team handles data collection/aggregation and production of analyses.

    • Service offering, with technology fully hosted and supported by BlackRock.
    • Source, load and aggregate positions from custodians and market data from third-party providers.
    • Run analyses and deliver relevant information to pension plan constituents in a digestible and transparent format (e.g. detailed reports for investment staff, summary-level views for trustees, etc.).
  • Customizable and sophisticated risk analyses available through Aladdin and Aladdin Risk offerings.

    • Aladdin teams work with pensions to build custom analysis to address the needs of multiple audiences: Investment Officers, Risk Managers, Portfolio Managers, Boards and Investment Committees.
    • Assist in designing and producing stress tests (historical and hypothetical).
    • BlackRock Solutions' Risk Advisory Services supplement reports with relevant commentary and analysis.
  • Aladdin provides the tools you need to support the full investment process.

    • Perform portfolio construction, pro forma modeling, and "what-if" analysis.
    • Support for asset allocation and risk budgeting analysis.
    • Combine Aladdin's risk and portfolio modeling tools with a full order management and operations platform.
  • Custom analysis training and education through Risk Advisory Services.

    • Risk-related educational topics and targeted training sessions.
    • Customized training program for effective knowledge transfer, access to BlackRock sector specialists, product strategists, and other subject matter experts.
    • Ongoing support for market-based themes and risk-based recommendations.
Corporate and public pensions
BlackRock's dedicated pension experts take a consultative approach to help clients overcome their unique obstacles.
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Corporate and public pensions