MONTHLY COMMENTARY

Strategic Income Opportunities Fund

Apr 20, 2021

An adaptable approach to today’s changing bond markets

A flexible bond strategy can 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.

Performance and positioning update

  • The fund posted a negative return for the month of March due to heightened market volatility.
  • We significantly reduced overall duration, primarily in the long end of the curve. We continue to hold a short position in agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) alongside a less favorable view toward investment grade credit given unattractive valuations, while preferring U.S. high yield credit, EM debt and securitized assets.

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Diversified sources of return

 

Diversified sources of return

 

Source: Data is since strategy inception (3/31/10) through 3/31/21. Subject to change. Diversification does not ensure a profit or protection from loss.

Bob Miller
Head of U.S. Multi-Sector Fixed Income
Bob Miller, Managing Director, is head of the U.S. Multi-Sector Fixed Income team within BlackRock's Global Fixed Income group and a member of the Global Fixed Income ...
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Rick Rieder
Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income and Head of the Global Allocation Team
Rick Rieder, Managing Director, is BlackRock's Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income, Head of the Fundamental Fixed Income business, and Head of the Global ...
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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 blackrock.com 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.