As an investor, my client's approach is aggressive
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The hidden risk: Equity risk

Bonds are not balancing out equities

Average portfolio allocation1

Portfolio allocation: Aggressive diversify equities

Over 92% of the portfolio risk in this example is equity risk. The portfolio could suffer unintended losses in a stock market sell-off.2

Based on the portfolios we’ve analyzed, a portfolio like this is typically comprised of 77% equities and 23% bonds, allocated as shown above.3

For illustrative purposes only.

Understanding this risk

  • Not all bonds are the same. Corporate and high yield bonds are typically affected by the same factors that drive equity markets.
  • Core bonds are more sensitive to interest rates. These portfolios lack sufficient interest rate risk to counterbalance equity and credit risk.

Help manage your hidden risks

Consider adding core bond funds that invest in high-quality bonds to offset equity and credit risk.

Let us help you build a better fixed income portfolio for your client.

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or use the Target Allocation 80/20 portfolio strategy to help manage your risk with an all-in-one strategy.

80/20 Target Allocation ETF Portfolio Strategy

This investment strategy seeks total return through exposure to a diversified portfolio of primarily equity, and to a lesser extent, Fixed Income asset classes with a target allocation of 80% equities and 20% fixed income. Target allocations can vary +/-5%. It invests exclusively in iShares Exchange Traded Funds which may pay fees and expenses to BlackRock that are in addition to the fees payable to BlackRock for managing the account. Selection of this strategy indicates a willingness to assume some risk of principal loss. More detailed information on this strategy is available upon request.

Allocations %
U.S. equity 60.0%
International equity 25.0%
U.S. fixed income 12.0%
International fixed income 3.0%

How is technology helping BlackRock manage risk?

Hear from Rick Rieder, BlackRock's Global Chief Investment Officer of Fixed Income, on how the team uses technology to better understand risks in the fixed income markets.

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    Q: How is technology helping BlackRock manage risk?

    The investment world has evolved to where markets have become more efficient in many ways. Social and other media more broadly creates an incredible flow of information. To regularly out-pick the market based on one specific piece of information is impossible. So what should you do? Research, research, research. And analyze. And then allocate your portfolio in a way that ensures you’ve got relative value decisions all around the world, all around the capital stack, and around different asset classes. Then do it over and over again.

    It’s a way of tilting the odds in your favor. By repeating that process a million times over, you’re creating a dynamic where you’re not just diversifying to reduce risk, but you’re diversifying in a way that you’ve got a lot of relative value calls that make sense. When you do it over and over, the odds are working for you on a regular basis.

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