BlackRock is trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm in the world, and our business is investing on behalf of our clients, from large institutions to the parents and grandparents, the doctors and teachers who entrust their savings to us.
As an independent, global investment manager, BlackRock has no greater responsibility than to our clients. Our promise is to offer them the clearest thinking about what to do with their money and the products and services they need to secure a better financial future. It's why many of the world's largest pension funds and insurance companies trust BlackRock to understand their unique objectives and why financial advisors and individual investors partner with BlackRock to help them build the more dynamic, diverse portfolios these times require.
BlackRock is a truly global firm that combines the benefits of worldwide reach with local service and relationships. We manage assets for clients in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. The firm employs more than 10,100 talented professionals and maintains offices in 30 countries around the world. Our client base includes corporate, public, union and industry pension plans; governments; insurance companies; third-party mutual funds; endowments; foundations; charities; corporations; official institutions; sovereign wealth funds; banks; financial professionals; and individuals worldwide.
As of January 1, 2015, BlackRock's assets under management total $4.65 trillion across equity, fixed income, cash management, alternative investment, real estate and advisory strategies. Through BlackRock Solutions® — the natural evolution of our long-standing investment in developing sophisticated and highly integrated systems — we offer risk management, strategic advisory and enterprise investment system services to a broad base of clients with portfolios totaling over $15 trillion.
BlackRock offers a wide range of investment funds under collective investment schemes to investors:
Collective Investment schemes
An investment or ‘mutual fund’ is a product that invests in assets, such as bonds, equities or cash. The assets owned by the fund are called a portfolio, and they are managed by a fund manager. Your money is pooled together with that of other investors, and spread over the whole range of assets within the fund. Your investment in a fund is divided into shares, and the number of shares held represent your proportionate ownership of the fund’s overall assets, and the return those assets may generate. The prices of these shares will fluctuate daily because the underlying value of the assets will rise and fall – and since the total value of the fund is divided by the number of shares issued, your individual stake will rise and fall to reflect this.
Why Choose an Investment Fund?
We list below some of the key reasons you might consider for investing in a ‘mutual’ fund: