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Author Spotlight

Andrew Ang, PhD
Writes about Factors & Systematic Investing
A well-known financial economist specializing in quantitative investing, Andrew has authored 100 publications on equities, fixed income, optimal asset allocation and alternative assets.
Tony DeSpirito
Writes about U.S. Equity Markets & Investment Strategies
Tony is Chief Investment Officer of BlackRock U.S. Fundamental Equities and is lead portfolio manager of the BlackRock Equity Dividend portfolios.
Michael Fredericks
Writes about Income Investing & Multi-Asset Strategies
Michael is the lead portfolio manager for a global suite of income portfolios and his insights have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNBC and Bloomberg TV.
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Writes about Model Portfolios & Asset Allocation
Michael is the lead portfolio manager of Target Allocation and Target Income Model Portfolios.
Russ Koesterich, CFA, JD
Writes about Portfolio Construction & Asset Allocation
Russ is a portfolio manager of the Global Allocation Fund and GA Selects Model Portfolios, and frequent contributor to financial news media.
Rick Rieder
Writes about Market Outlook & Fixed Income
Rick is BlackRock's Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income, and Head of the Global Allocation Investment Team.
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Podcasts by BlackRock

Hear thought leaders from BlackRock and around the globe discuss latest insights on markets, the potential impacts on portfolios and investment strategies to help guide clients in today's environment.

The Bid

The Bid breaks down what’s happening in the world of investing and explores the forces changing the economy and finance.

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In the Know

Hear BlackRock’s top minds explain what’s happening in markets in simple terms. Each episode helps put the latest news into context to help your clients stay invested and up-to-date on market trends.

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Are we in a recession?

How would our top investment strategist explain markets today at a cocktail party? And what does the Fed’s latest move mean for your portfolio? On this episode, we cover The News In Context, Interesting Numbers, and What Should I Do?

In the know podcast /
Sept. 26, 2022
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Are we in a recession?

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Videos & Webinars

Within just a few minutes, get a breakdown and clear takeaways about the latest market events. Count on webinar replays and videos like BlackRock Investment Institute’s What's driving markets? Market take and iShares’ Macro-Minute for timely insights on markets, geopolitics and economics.

 

Market take

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Wei Li

Opening frame: What’s driving markets? Market take

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Central to our asset allocation is the end of the Great Moderation – characterized by much tougher trade-offs facing central banks.

Title slide: Keeping risk low amid new volatile regime

In this environment, fighting inflation carries real damages to growth and also through financial disruptions. And this trade-off is not really avoidable, which is why a soft landing is unrealistic.

1: UK at epicenter of growth-inflation trade-off

The UK is one case in point, whereby the fiscal authorities tried to boost growth through unfunded tax cuts and additional spending.

But because the Bank of England recognizes that it needs to bring about a recession in order to bring down inflation, we’re not really expecting more growth but we are expecting more rate hikes.

2: Central banks to overtighten policy

In the near term we believe this increases the resolve of other central banks to overtighten [policy] in order to stay on top of the inflation narrative. But that carries real damages and as that damage becomes clear in 2023, we do believe central banks will pause [rate hikes] and not go all the way.  And at that point we will have to live with higher inflation as well.

Outro frame: Here’s our Market take 

Tactically, given the very tough rate and growth environment, we’re comfortable with our dialed-down risk taking. But strategically, as we believe central banks will not go all the way [on rate hikes] and they will pause in 2023, there is a case to be strategically a bit more positive on risk.  

Closing frame: Read details: 

www.blackrock.com/weekly-commentary

Market take

Weekly video_20221003

Wei Li

Opening frame: What’s driving markets? Market take

Camera frame

Central to our asset allocation is the end of the Great Moderation – characterized by much tougher trade-offs facing central banks.

Title slide: Keeping risk low amid new volatile regime

In this environment, fighting inflation carries real damages to growth and also through financial disruptions. And this trade-off is not really avoidable, which is why a soft landing is unrealistic.

1: UK at epicenter of growth-inflation trade-off

The UK is one case in point, whereby the fiscal authorities tried to boost growth through unfunded tax cuts and additional spending.

But because the Bank of England recognizes that it needs to bring about a recession in order to bring down inflation, we’re not really expecting more growth but we are expecting more rate hikes.

2: Central banks to overtighten policy

In the near term we believe this increases the resolve of other central banks to overtighten [policy] in order to stay on top of the inflation narrative. But that carries real damages and as that damage becomes clear in 2023, we do believe central banks will pause [rate hikes] and not go all the way.  And at that point we will have to live with higher inflation as well.

Outro frame: Here’s our Market take 

Tactically, given the very tough rate and growth environment, we’re comfortable with our dialed-down risk taking. But strategically, as we believe central banks will not go all the way [on rate hikes] and they will pause in 2023, there is a case to be strategically a bit more positive on risk.  

Closing frame: Read details: 

www.blackrock.com/weekly-commentary

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