BlackRock applies the same controlled duration, relative value sector rotation, and security selection style to the management of fundamental fixed income mandates, including Core Bond strategies. BlackRock offers three core bond products: Core Bond, Enhanced Index Core Bond, and Core PLUS. Core Bond is a US investment grade product that uses a relative value, duration controlled approach. Enhanced Index Core Bond utilizes the same philosophy and process as Core Bond but imposes tighter duration and sector constraints relative to the designated benchmark. Core PLUS uses the same philosophy and adds opportunistic exposure to non-dollar, high yield, and dollar-denominated emerging market securities.
The distinguishing feature of BlackRock's fixed income investment management style is the ability to generate alpha within a risk-managed framework. Real-time analysis of a vast array of risk measures allows assessment of the potential impact of various sector and security strategies on total return. As a result, consistent value is added and performance volatility is controlled.
|Core Bond||Broad / Diversified||Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index CitiGroup BIG Index|
|Core Enhanced Index||Broad / Diversified||Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index CitiGroup BIG Index|
|Core PLUS||Broad / Diversified||Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index CitiGroup BIG Index|
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