FACTOR-BASED INVESTING

Market Advantage

Why BlackRock for Market Advantage?

BlackRock’s Market Advantage strategy is designed to provide returns with resilience by targeting equity-like returns with lower risk and shallower drawdowns.

Diversifies differently
Diversifies differently
Differentiated factor-based approach looks through asset classes at the key drivers of risk and return, to maximize diversification and benefit from many sources of return.
Emphasis on managing downside risk
Emphasis on managing downside risk
Ongoing dynamic risk control seeks to protect capital during extreme market environments, supported by proprietary risk analytics.
Extensive track record
Extensive track record
Over ten years of delivering on risk and return objectives with a Sharpe Ratio since inception of over 1.0.
Cost effective
Cost effective
Exposures are implemented with liquid and cost-effective instruments traded in deep, public markets.

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Investment philosophy

Our research indicates that asset classes are driven by six common macroeconomic factors: economic growth, credit, emerging markets, liquidity, real rates, and inflation. These fundamental macro factors offer more precision and clarity regarding the drivers of asset class returns and their co-movements. By combining these multiple return engines or macro factors into a truly diversified portfolio, Market Advantage is able to reduce total portfolio risk without sacrificing returns. Market Advantage is not dependent on any one asset class- it is diversified across geographies, asset classes and factors. This diversification across factors produces more stable performance, offering clients access to a more consistent return stream. Our mission is to help our investors achieve the expected returns they need at reasonable levels of risk across different market environments.

The fundamental macro factors identified have the following characteristics:

  • They explain the majority of the asset class returns
  • They are rewarded (have a positive expected return) over the long-term; and
  • They are intuitive
Investment philosophy

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Investment process

The Factor-Based Strategies Group follows a systematic investment process. We leverage the power of data and technology to evaluate hundreds of securities on a daily basis. Every investment decision is evaluated by the portfolio management team to ensure it is sensible and consistent with our research.

Our strategies are managed in a team-based approach to investment strategy, portfolio management, and trading. Ked Hogan, PhD, CIO, is the ultimate decision maker for the strategy.

The investment strategies included in Market Advantage are the result of over ten years of research into macroeconomic factors and behavioral finance. While the strategy is designed to be long-term and steady in nature, we recognize that markets are dynamic; as such, we emphasize the importance of continuous, evolutionary research to adapt the strategy to succeed going forward. We continuously research the best ways to define these macro factors, allocate risk, and implement the portfolio.

The strategic portfolio allocations are based on long-run economic priors and ta desire for a well-diversified and balanced allocation across macro factors. We do not adhere to a calendar rebalance, instead, we rebalance the portfolio when the benefits of rebalancing exceed the expected transaction costs.

Investment process

 

Source: BlackRock. For illustrative purposes only.

Leadership

Andrew Ang, PhD
Managing Director, Head of Factor Based Strategies
Andrew Ang coordinates BlackRock's efforts in factor investing and leads BlackRock's Factor-Based Strategies Group.
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Ked Hogan, PhD
Managing Director, Head of Investments for BlackRock's Factor-Based Strategies Group
Ked Hogan is the Chief Investment Officer and Head of Investments for Factor-Based Strategies Group.
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Philip Hodges, PhD
Head of Research for BlackRock’s Factor-Based Strategies Group
Philip Hodges is Head of Research for BlackRock's Factor-Based Strategies Group which manages macro and style factor multi-asset funds.
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