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  • Strength in numbers
    Asset Class Insights

    Strength in numbers

    Sep 22, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Compelling economic data and a dovish Fed drove risk assets higher in August.
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  • Asset Class Insights

    The recovery continues

    Sep 22, 2020 | By BlackRock
    How the BlackRock Total Return Fund is positioned for today’s bond markets.
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  • Greater inflation risks ahead
    Investment Institute

    Greater inflation risks ahead

    Sep 21, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    We see a higher inflation regime in coming years. Read about why in our Weekly commentary.
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  • Preparing for a higher inflation regime
    Investment Institute

    Preparing for a higher inflation regime

    Sep 18, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    The BlackRock Investment Institute sees higher inflation over the medium term, for three main reasons. This has important implications for long-term investors.
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  • Cyclicals come around
    Asset Class Insights

    Cyclicals come around

    Sep 16, 2020 | By Russ Koesterich, CFA, JD
    After a period of weakness, certain areas within cyclical stocks may be turning around.
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  • The future is running at us
    Investment Institute

    The future is running at us

    Sep 15, 2020 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    The coronavirus shock is accelerating structural trends in inequality, globalization, macro policy and sustainability. This is fundamentally reshaping the investment landscape and will be key to investor outcomes.
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  • Be selective for a bumpier ride
    Asset Class Insights

    Be selective for a bumpier ride

    Sep 14, 2020 | By Michael Fredericks
    Markets may press even higher this year, but some areas may fall behind.
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  • New perspectives on macro investing
    Asset Class Insights

    New perspectives on macro investing

    Sep 11, 2020 | By BlackRock
    In today’s fast-changing market, a proper understanding of the macroeconomic environment is essential to investing. Look inside BlackRock SAE’s approach.
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  • The muni market cools off
    Asset Class Insights

    The muni market cools off

    Sep 8, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Market update from BlackRock's municipal bond team.
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  • Invest in the future of innovation
    Asset Class Insights

    Invest in the future of innovation

    Sep 3, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Megatrends align beliefs about the future with intuitive growth stories to help differentiate your traditional portfolio and invest in areas that your clients care about.
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  • This decade will demand a different portfolio
    Asset Class Insights

    This decade will demand a different portfolio

    Aug 14, 2020 | By Russ Koesterich, CFA, JD
    Portfolio manager Russ Koesterich offers five strategies to prepare for potentially lower portfolio returns in coming years.
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  • The Policy liquidity monopoly
    Market Outlook

    The Policy liquidity monopoly

    Jul 31, 2020 | By BlackRock
    The COVID crisis can become an opportunity for the marriage of monetary and fiscal policy to be targeted toward creating the right liquidity equilibrium.
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  • Sustainable investing: active equities
    Asset Class Insights

    Sustainable investing: active equities

    Jul 30, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Sustainable investing is going mainstream. The Systematic Active Equity team discusses the need to dig beyond headline numbers.
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  • The outlook for dividends in the U.S.
    Market Outlook

    The outlook for dividends in the U.S.

    Jul 28, 2020 | By Tony DeSpirito
    With crisis and recession come dividend cuts, but has the worst passed in this cycle? Get this one-minute take from Tony DeSpirito.
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  • Taking stock: Q3 equity market outlook
    Asset Class Insights

    Taking stock: Q3 equity market outlook

    Jun 26, 2020 | By Tony DeSpirito
    The first half of 2020 brought more market angst than some full decades. We look ahead with reasons for caution and optimism.
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  • Summer is here: Making lemonade out of lemons
    ETF Investment Strategy

    Summer is here: Making lemonade out of lemons

    May 17, 2020 | By Christopher Dhanraj
    The iShares Investment Strategy team discusses the economic and market outlooks for the U.S. and international markets, fixed income and factors.
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  • The Bid podcast | BlackRock
    Market Outlook

    The Bid podcast | BlackRock

    Apr 16, 2020 | By BlackRock
    How can companies lead coming out of the coronavirus crisis? BlackRock CMO Frank Cooper discusses with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky.
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  • Sustainability: the bond that endures
    Investment Institute

    Sustainability: the bond that endures

    Nov 14, 2019 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    The latest sign of sustainable going mainstream: rising interest in sustainable fixed income solutions. We share new tools and insights in this field.
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  • New technologies changing asset management
    Asset Class Insights

    New technologies changing asset management

    Oct 28, 2019 | By BlackRock
    Technology is transforming the way we work. Asset managers are no exception as they seek better investment outcomes for clients. Discover how.
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  • Bonds as ballast
    Market Outlook

    Bonds as ballast

    Portfolio resilience is crucial amid elevated macro uncertainty, with government bonds playing a key role in providing ballast.
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  • Gauging geopolitics
    Investment Institute

    Gauging geopolitics

    Jun 21, 2019 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    We present a framework to better measure geopolitical risks and their market impacts, and highlight its importance during the late-cycle environment.
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  • Getting physical: assessing climate risks
    Investment Institute

    Getting physical: assessing climate risks

    We showcase a new scenario analysis to assess physical climate risks to assets on a localized level - today and under different climate scenarios.
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  • Sustainability: The future of investing
    Investment Institute

    Sustainability: The future of investing

    We discuss key themes driving transformation in sustainable investing and explain why the future of investing is sustainable.
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  • Robo advice - a friend or foe for RIAs?
    Asset Class Insights

    Robo advice - a friend or foe for RIAs?

    Nov 13, 2018 | By BlackRock
    Is there a place for robo-advising platforms in an RIA’s practice? We discuss how RIAs are using these platforms and what it means for practice management.
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  • Heat is on for tech stocks amid U.S.-China cold war
    Investment Institute

    Heat is on for tech stocks amid U.S.-China cold war

    Nov 8, 2018 | By BlackRock
    U.S.-China tensions, with technology dominance a key issue, are stoking investor concern. Read what it may mean for tech stocks.
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  • Bolsonaro wins in Brazil
    Investment Institute

    Bolsonaro wins in Brazil

    Oct 29, 2018 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has won Brazil’s election, reflecting the rise of anti-establishment politics globally.
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  • Future of credit market
    Market Outlook

    Future of credit market

    Aug 13, 2018 | By BlackRock
    Get insight from our Global Co-Heads of Credit, James Keenan and Tim O’Hara as they share their perspectives around what lies ahead in the credit markets.
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  • De-Risking with High Yield in Today’s Volatile Market
    Asset Class Insights

    De-Risking with High Yield in Today’s Volatile Market

    Jul 16, 2018 | By James Keenan, CFA
    While high yield is not cheap by current standards, it nonetheless can still play an important role in a diversified portfolio as a way of reducing volatility.
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  • AMLO aces Mexican election
    Investment Institute

    AMLO aces Mexican election

    What are the implications of AMLO's victory in Mexican election? We share thoughts from our strategists and investors.
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  • Demystifying credit: a primer
    Asset Class Insights

    Demystifying credit: a primer

    Jun 5, 2018 | By BlackRock Global Credit
    Credit offers investors many options to construct a strategic portfolio allocation with an attractive risk-return profile. Learn more in our credit primer.
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  • Sustainable investing: a “why not” moment
    Investment Institute

    Sustainable investing: a “why not” moment

    Sustainable strategies are growing in popularity. We show how it is possible to build sustainable investing portfolios – while meeting traditional return goals.
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  • Scaling with technology and models: Perspective from Brinker Capital
    Asset Class Insights

    Scaling with technology and models: Perspective from Brinker Capital

    Mar 23, 2018 | By BlackRock
    Hear from leaders at Brinker Capital about challenges facing RIAs and how finding the right platform partner can help.
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  • Italy: populist undercurrents
    Investment Institute

    Italy: populist undercurrents

    View the BlackRock Investment Institute’s take on Italy's election results, including implications for regional markets.
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  • The stock swoon in context
    Investment Institute

    The stock swoon in context

    View the BlackRock Investment Institute’s take on the early February stock swoon, including why investors should take the long view.
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  • Investing after the U.S. tax overhaul
    Investment Institute

    Investing after the U.S. tax overhaul

    Jan 31, 2018 | By BlackRock
    The new year brought a new U.S. tax code. We look at some of the key provisions and their potential impact on the economy and financial markets.
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  • The case for financials in 2018
    ETF Investment Strategy

    The case for financials in 2018

    Jan 24, 2018 | By Christopher Dhanraj
    The U.S. ETF Investment Strategy team discusses the financial sector and investment considerations for 2018. Learn why the sector may be poised for growth.
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  • 2018 around the world A survey of key country risks
    ETF Investment Strategy

    2018 around the world A survey of key country risks

    Jan 24, 2018 | By Christopher Dhanraj
    The ETF Investment Strategy surveys key risks around the globe including trade policy, geopolitical tensions and reform efforts.
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  • Potential growth opportunities in healthcare
    ETF Investment Strategy

    Potential growth opportunities in healthcare

    Nov 8, 2017 | By BlackRock
    Potential Growth Opportunities in Healthcare. Learn why biotech and managed care industries are two examples where a focus on long-term trends may be rewarded.
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  • What’s next for aerospace & defense?
    ETF Investment Strategy

    What’s next for aerospace & defense?

    Nov 8, 2017 | By BlackRock
    The aerospace and defense (A&D) industry has captured investors’ attention following President Trump’s election, rising geopolitical tension and potential tax reform. What’s next? Learn about the fundamental drivers of growth in the aerospace and def...
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  • Capital market assumptions
    Investment Institute

    Capital market assumptions

    Nov 7, 2017 | By BlackRock
    Visualize expected returns, volatilities and correlations in four different currencies in our return assumptions interactive graphic.
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  • Getting a grip on foreign exchange
    Investment Institute

    Getting a grip on foreign exchange

    Sep 15, 2017 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    How to best handle currencies? We map out our methods of identifying and managing currency risks.
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  • The intersection of politics and markets
    Investment Institute

    The intersection of politics and markets

    Populist politics and geopolitical risks are likely here to stay. We delve into the potential implications for economies and markets around the world.
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  • Future of the automotive industry
    Investment Institute

    Future of the automotive industry

    Apr 19, 2017 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    We examine the future of the automotive industry, and the investment implications for the auto industry and beyond.
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  • China’s tricky economic transition
    Investment Institute

    China’s tricky economic transition

    Feb 27, 2017 | By BlackRock Investment Institute
    The BlackRock Investment Institute looks at China's economic recovery and assesses the opportunities and risks ahead.
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  • Adapting portfolios to climate change
    Investment Institute

    Adapting portfolios to climate change

    Investors can no longer ignore climate change. How to mitigate the risks and exploit the opportunities? The BlackRock Investment Institute provides a roadmap.
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