Why
BlackRock?
BlackRock is a global investment manager. Our founding mission was to start a company that thought differently about managing risk to better protect our clients, and it is still at our core today. No matter what your goals may be, at BlackRock, we are invested in your financial well-being.

Why BlackRock?

U.S. recession? Not quite
We see a slowdown in global growth and corporate earnings in 2019 as the U.S. economy approaches a late-cycle phase. We don’t see a recession as near, but growing economic and market uncertainty means investors may want to position portfolios accordingly.
Building a resilient portfolio is about more than dialing down risk. Taking risk in select areas can help investors achieve long-term goals.
USMV
Made from a mix of U.S. stocks that demonstrate lower risk, to help reduce volatility from market swings.

U.S. recession? Not quite

Three investing lessons from 2018
We draw three lessons from 2018, a year in which navigating markets has been tough amid trade frictions, rising rates and some sharp turns. The first lesson: geopolitics matter. Read more in our weekly commentary.
Global equity valuations and market attention to geopolitical risks, 2016-2018
Global equity valuations and market attention to geopolitical risks, 2016-2018
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Source: BlackRock Investment Institute, with data from Thomson Reuters, December 2018. Notes: The Global BGRI line reflects our Global BlackRock Geopolitical Risk Indicator (BGRI). To calculate our Global BGRI, we identify specific words related to geopolitical risk in general and to our top 10 risks. We then use text analysis to calculate the frequency of their appearance in the Thomson Reuters Broker Report and Dow Jones Global Newswire databases as well as on Twitter. We then adjust for whether the language reflects positive or negative sentiment, and assign a score. A zero score represents the average BGRI level over its history from 2003 up to that point in time. A score of one means the BGRI level is one standard deviation above the average. We weigh recent readings more heavily in calculating the average. The valuations line is based on the 12-month forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio for the MSCI All-Country World Index. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Three investing lessons from 2018

Set a target for
your retirement
People are living longer, which means they need their retirement savings to last longer, too. Starting early and understanding the different ways to save can help investors build a retirement plan with confidence.
The investment needs of your retirement plan will likely change over time. No matter where you are in life, find a plan that matches your goals and tolerance for risk.
Target date funds mix different types of stocks, bonds and other investments that rebalance over time, targeting the year you would like to retire.
These target date funds are professionally managed portfolios of diversified investments that adjust over time.

Set a target for your retirement

Invest to generate income
Record low yields are making it harder to generate income in portfolios. Investors may need to think outside the box to boost returns, such as looking to corporate bonds or emerging markets.
Emerging markets have had a bumpy year, but there may be more to the story. We believe market setbacks may create an opportunity to invest.
BMSIX
Seeks to invest in a mix of corporate credit opportunities in search of high and steady income.

Invest to generate income

Technology and
trade wars:
What lies ahead
The U.S. and China are the two global leaders in technology, and the tech sector is a large driver in both countries’ equity markets. Despite tech’s recent bumpy ride in both nations, we see reasons to stay invested.
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Is the hype around Big Data overblown, or just getting started? Jeff Shen discusses what the Big Data revolution means for investors.
BGSIX
Invests in companies using science and/or technology to help drive high growth potential.

Technology and trade wars: What lies ahead

USMV

53.23

Net Asset Value ($)

2.92

Total Returns (%)

BGSIX

25.59

Net Asset Value ($)

1.68

Total Returns (%)

Morningstar Rating

BMSIX

9.85

Net Asset Value ($)

-0.28

Total Returns (%)

Morningstar Rating