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Trade tensions in
the driver’s seat
Trade disputes and geopolitical frictions have become key drivers of the economy and markets. Recent geopolitical volatility – including attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure – underscores this message.
Persistent uncertainty from protectionist policies is denting corporate confidence and slowing business spending.
Tech back in the headlines as the sector to keep an eye on. Tony Kim discusses what makes today different from history.

Trade tensions in the driver’s seat

Sustainability is
Evidence is building that a focus on sustainability-related factors — ranging from carbon efficiency to quality of governance — can help investors build more resilient portfolios.
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing is spreading to all pockets of the fixed income markets. New building blocks such as ESG bond indexes make it easier for investors to bring sustainability into their portfolios.
Our latest podcast episode discusses how millennials influence megatrends like climate change and resource scarcity.
These investments are designed for investors seeking a more sustainable outcome while pursuing their financial goals.

Sustainability is going mainstream

Taking stock of our 2019 views
We identified the protectionist push as a key market driver early this year but we did not foresee the massive move down in global yields. Read more in our weekly commentary.
BlackRock Geopolitical Risk Indicator for trade tensions, 2011-2019
BlackRock Geopolitical Risk Indicator for trade tensions, 2011-2019

BlackRock Investment Institute, with data from Refinitiv Datastream, Dec. 2019
Notes: We identify specific words related to geopolitical risk in general and to our top-10 risks. We then use text analysis to calculate the frequency of their appearance in the Refinitiv Broker Report and Dow Jones Global Newswire databases as well as on Twitter. We then adjust for whether the language reflects positive or negative sentiment, and assign a score. A zero score represents the average BGRI level over its history from 2003 up to that point in time. A score of one means the BGRI level is one standard deviation above the average. We weigh recent readings more heavily in calculating the average.

Taking stock of our 2019 views

Invest for the outcome you want
Markets are marked by increased challenges, from trade tensions to changing monetary policy to still-low yields. As a result, investors may need to work harder to achieve the outcomes they want. Explore three strategies to help your portfolio meet your needs.
Investors with a longer time horizon may want to take more risk in their portfolio. Stocks targeted towards momentum and growth have been able to deliver higher returns over time.

Invest for the outcome you want

Set a target
for retirement
People are living longer, which means they need their retirement savings to last longer, too. Starting early and understanding the different ways to save can help investors build a retirement plan with confidence.
The investment needs of your retirement plan will likely change over time. No matter where you are in life, find a plan that matches your goals and tolerance for risk.
We asked 403(b) plan savers about their goals and concerns for retirement. The results? 403(b) and 401(k) savers diverge in surprising ways.
These target date funds are professionally managed portfolios of diversified investments that adjust over time.

Set a target for retirement



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