"All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it's impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively."
Although said to be uttered centuries ago by Machiavelli, this characterization of prudence has modern-day resonance for investors who find themselves in a strange new world wrought with uncertainty. The prudent course, Machiavelli might agree, is to act decisively—to confront the new world of investing with new-world tools and solutions.
Unfortunately, a recent BlackRock survey revealed that most investors are stuck in a place of inaction and indecision. Only 14% are actively moving assets into a new allocation strategy. Those who are waiting for markets to "settle down" before adjusting their portfolios may be waiting a very long time. But their financial futures are not waiting. They are approaching as quickly as ever.
The fact is, it's a new world of investing—and it has staying power. If it's been too long since you updated your portfolio, there's no time to lose. It's time to be an investor again, and BlackRock is here to help. Should you consider alternative strategies? What about equities—are they too volatile? And why should you worry about income if you're nowhere near retirement? You can find insight on these questions and more in the pages of this magazine, or by visiting blackrock.com/newworld.
As ever, we realize you have a choice in investment managers and we take seriously the opportunity—and the responsibility—to partner with you as you venture boldly toward your financial future.
Managing Director and Head of US Retail
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