Hi, my name is Russ Koesterich and I am the lead portfolio manager for the Global Allocation (GA) Selects model series. Our objective in designing these models is twofold; we want to help financial advisors optimize their valuable time and we want to assist clients reach their long-term financial goals.

Our approach in achieving these outcomes is unique. Our models blend our team-managed mutual funds across an open architecture platform of ETFs – to give ourselves access to the largest universe of investments possible with the goal of outperforming our benchmarks on a risk-adjusted basis. This distinctive approach provides the GA Selects team with four key structural advantages when it comes to portfolio construction.

The first advantage is enhanced precision. By incorporating our flexible, team-managed active funds as the foundation of the GA model suite, our team is able to invest with an elevated degree of investment accuracy. Our Portfolio Managers and Analysts pick the stocks, the bonds, the currencies, and the hedges that go into our active funds. Our funds often possess holdings - and employ trading strategies - that are simply inaccessible through ETFs.

The second advantage is vertical integration. Because the GA Team doesn’t outsource any of the active strategies used inside our models to other managers, we fully control the securities we own. Our approach ensures that the GA models are all consistently aligned across a variety of dimensions, including geographic, sector, and currency positioning.

The third structural advantage is enhanced risk management. Because we employ only team-managed funds in our models, and because ETFs offer daily holdings transparency, the team has real-time look through into every holding across the entire GA Selects platform. Through BlackRock’s Aladdin risk and trading platform, we are able to see every holding in each model in real-time.

The fourth advantage is enhanced trading flexibility. We are able to trade the underlying holdings inside our team-managed funds daily, which means the GA Selects models are Always On - each day that markets are open – not just the days we are rebalancing our mutual fund and ETF holdings. These synchronized adjustments across our team-managed funds provide us the flexibility to refine the positioning of the GA Selects models as market conditions change.

With access to over 470 portfolio managers and analysts across BlackRock’s Global Fixed Income and Global Allocation franchises, the GA Selects models are managed and led by some of the asset management industry’s most experienced and accomplished investors.

I’m Russ Koesterich and this is Global Allocation Selects.



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Access a world of opportunity

BlackRock's Global Allocation (GA) Selects model portfolios strive to help investors achieve their long-term financial goals by adapting to changing market conditions. The models are managed exclusively by BlackRock's Global Allocation portfolio management team.

Enhanced flexibility
Global Allocation models are typically rebalanced monthly and portfolio managers can adjust the model's mutual funds daily, providing an opportunity for tactical flexibility.
Enhanced precision
The presence of team-managed funds within the models lets the model portfolio managers select investments at the security level, allowing for a high degree of precision.
Enhanced risk management & alignment
The selection of team-managed funds within the models allow real-time transparency into underlying holdings, allowing for a better understanding of risk and tracking error.

Global Allocation portfolio styles

BlackRock’s Global Allocation model portfolios seek total return across four styles depending on your client’s preferences, by blending team-managed active BlackRock funds, iShares ETFs, and third-party ETFs from asset managers like State Street, Schwab, and Invesco.
GA Selects
Model portfolios built with mutual funds from BlackRock’s Global Allocation team combined with an open architecture universe of ETFs, trading monthly.
GA Selects Tax-Aware
Model portfolios with mutual funds from BlackRock’s Global Allocation team and an open architecture universe of ETFs focused on tax efficiency, trading monthly
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GA Aviator
Model portfolios built with mutual funds from BlackRock’s Global Allocation team combined with an open architecture universe of ETFs, trading quarterly.
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GA Aviator Tax-Aware
Models built with mutual funds from BlackRock’s Global Allocation team combined with an open architecture universe of ETFs focused on tax efficiency, trading quarterly.

Global Allocation model portfolios

BlackRock’s Global Allocation model portfolios rebalance on a monthly basis, quarterly basis, or as needed with market events.

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CIO of Global Fixed Income and Lead Portfolio Manager of the Global Allocation Fund, Strategic Income Opportunities Fund, and Total Return Fund
Russ Koesterich, CFA, JD
Russ Koesterich, CFA, JD
Portfolio Manager, Global Allocation Fund Head of Systematic Strategy, and Global Allocation Model Portfolios
David Clayton
David Clayton
Portfolio Manager, Global Allocation Fund Head of Fundamental Security Selection
Kate Moore
Kate Moore
Global Allocation Team Head of Thematic Strategy

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