Strategic Income Opportunities Fund

An adaptable approach to today’s changing bond markets

A flexible bond strategy can potentially deliver strong performance with low volatility by diversifying across global markets. BlackRock Strategic Income Opportunities Fund seeks attractive opportunities typically not found in traditional core bond funds.

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Performance and positioning update

  • The fund posted a positive return for the month of May rates rallied amidst softer-than-expected economic data.
  • We continue to own the bulk of our duration in the belly part of the curve, while tactically trading Global Credit, Agency Mortgages, and Emerging Market Debt.

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Diversified sources of return

Diversified sources of return

Data is since strategy inception 3/31/10 through 5/31/24. Subject to change. Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.

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David Rogal
Managing Director, Multi-sector Mutual Fund Team within Global Fixed Income
David Rogal, Managing Director, is a member of the Multi-Sector Retail & Rates team within BlackRock's Americas Fixed Income Group. He is a portfolio manager on the Multi-Sector Mutual Fund Team.
Rick Rieder
Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income
Rick is BlackRock's Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income, and Head of the Global Allocation Investment Team.
Russell Brownback
Head of Global Macro Positioning Team within Global Fixed Income
Russell Brownback, Managing Director, is head of the Global Macro Positioning team. He is a co lead manager of the BlackRock Strategic Global Bond Fund and other flexible global aggregate mandates.

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I’m Rick Rieder, Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income at BlackRock.

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Meet Rick Rieder: Morningstar’s 2023 Outstanding Portfolio Manager

Rick Rieder, Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income, has been awarded the 2023 Morningstar Award for Investing Excellence, Outstanding Portfolio Manager. Rick Rieder’s consistent approach to managing strategies like Strategic Income OpportunitiesTotal Return, Global Allocation and more have helped funds deliver long-term success.

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Performance data quoted represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal values may fluctuate so that an investor’s shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. All returns assume reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. Current performance may be lower or higher than that shown. Refer to for most recent month-end performance.

To obtain more information on the fund, including the Morningstar time period ratings and standardized average annual total returns as of the most recent calendar quarter and current month-end, please visit Strategic Income Opportunities Fund.

The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating," is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.