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After capturing its fair share of news flow in 2012, California enters the second quarter of its fiscal year headline-free and with a notable budget win after voters approved a meaningful tax measure on Election Day. Read more from BlackRock's Peter Hayes and Jack Erbeck.
The votes have been cast; now the hard work begins. BlackRock discusses the election results and implications for markets and investors.
Fourth Quarter 2012
BlackRock offers asset allocation ideas and highlights the best opportunities for investors in today's new world of investing. For the fourth quarter, investors should incorporate safety with equity risk, position for tactical fixed income opportunities and be prudent with muni market risk.
February 25, 2013
Volatility has been rising and scheduled spending cuts present a headwind, argues BlackRock Chief Investment Strategist Russ Koesterich.
Rick Rieder, Co-Chair of BlackRock's Special Credit Opportunities Investment Committee, discusses the unprecedented credit-related opportunities being created in the post-crisis fixed income world, and the benefits of incorporating credit strategies into a portfolio.
Jeffrey Rosenberg, BlackRock's Chief Investment Strategist for Fixed Income, discusses the challenges of fixed income investing in which Fed zero interest rate policy hampers investors need for yield in a safe-yield-starved world.
As the election season heats up, investors are confronting a number of thorny issues, including questions about the fiscal cliff, potential drags on economic growth and proposed changes to tax policy. In our pre-election analysis, BlackRock takes a look at these topics and offers suggestions as to where investors can find value in the current markets.
The municipal market notched a strong 2012, but gave up some gains in the final month. The BlackRock Municipals Team recommends a focus on income over total return in 2013.
Break Through Preconceptions to Reap Emerging Markets Stock Rewards
Point of View With Luiz Soares and Jeff Shen
Long a source of potential reward as well as perceived risk, emerging markets can represent an attractive asset class for investors seeking returns and diversification. BlackRock's emerging markets experts discuss opportunities, misconceptions and ways of incorporating the asset class into your portfolio.
September 14, 2012
BlackRock's Chief Investment Strategist for Fixed Income, Jeffrey Rosenberg, discusses the Federal Reserve's recent significant policy announcement and its implication for markets.
A fog of uncertainty across financial markets has investors perplexed and, in some cases, sitting idle. The go-anywhere BlackRock Global Allocation Team offers insight into the opportunities and challenges facing investors today.
Amid fears – warranted or not – of municipal bankrupties, dedicated-tax bonds are one form of muni debt that offers a certain amount of solace for investors. Members of the BlackRock Municipal Bond Management Committee explain why.
The fiscal plight of local governments has been well publicized, with recent bankruptcy filings sparking concern about risk in the municipal space. The news flow comes as little surprise to members of the BlackRock Municipals Group, who offer insight and perspective.
Investors seeking income need to think equities, think global and act now, says Richard Turnill and Stuart Reeve. Here, the portfolio managers of the BlackRock Global Dividend Income Fund make a compelling case for investment in high-quality, global, dividend-paying stocks.
Markets have grown more volatile in recent months but Bob Doll, Senior Advisor to BlackRock believes that stocks still remain well positioned. In his mid-year update, Bob offers his economic and market outlook, comments on his 10 predictions for the year and discusses investment opportunities for the current environment.
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Rethinking Your Income Approach
At BlackRock, we believe many investors may need to completely rethink their approach to income-oriented investing and to help start that conversation, we offer a new income investing framework, the BlackRock Dimensions of Income, in which we provide thoughts about getting the income (and the outcome) you need.
Third Quarter 2012
BlackRock offers asset allocation ideas and highlights the best opportunities for investors in today's new world of investing. For the third quarter, investors should beware of the risks in risk-free assets, overweight equities modestly and consider munis for yield advantages over Treasuries.
Given high levels of market volatility and a prevailing sense of uncertainty, it may be understandable why many investors have moved to the sidelines. BlackRock Senior Advisor Bob Doll argues, however, that in doing so investors are likely missing out on some significant opportunities.
Point of View with Rick Rieder and Bob Miller
In the aftermath of the twin credit and sovereign debt crises, opportunities and risks in fixed income investing have changed dramatically and the old ways of accessing income, return and capital preservation no longer work. In this context, BlackRock's fixed income experts discuss why traditional strategies should be replaced with a flexible fixed income approach.
It's a new world of investing. While the municipal bond market is decidedly different than it was only a few years ago, it is nonetheless rich in opportunity. The BlackRock Municipals Team believes careful credit research can make all the difference in the success or failure of a municipal bond portfolio today.
Investing for a New World: Reconstruct Your Fixed Income Portfolio
A Conversation With Jeffrey Rosenberg
Investors are in need of yield, total return and income in their portfolios today. Jeffrey Rosenberg discusses why he believes reconsidering what constitutes a "risk-free" investment, diversifying fixed income risk sources, and weighing alternative fixed income portfolio strategies will be necessary for success in the future.
Investors are in need of total return and income growth in their portfolios today. Chris Leavy discusses why he believes equities offer the greatest potential for providing both in the current environment and makes a compelling case for investment in dividend-paying equities.
Mortgages Open the Door to Diversification, Yield
Investment Ideas from Akiva Dickstein and Matthew Kraeger
Fixed income investors face steep challenges to overcome in today's low yield, slow growth environment. BlackRock's senior mortgage market experts discuss the diversification and yield opportunities the mortgage backed securities (MBS) sector can provide.
A Conversation with Professor Christopher C. Geczy, PhD.
In a wide-ranging conversation with BlackRock, Professor Christopher Geczy, Academic Director of the Wharton Wealth Management Initiative and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Finance at The Wharton School, discusses a new approach to portfolio construction and how "alternative" investments can play a larger role for individual investors.
Jeffrey Rosenberg, BlackRock's Chief Investment Strategist for Fixed Income, discusses key investment themes for 2012, including a the European debt crisis progress and peril, surprising US economic performance and potential policy actions, as well as the importance of Chinese economic and policy developments on global markets.
While the fiscal plight of state and local governments continues to make headlines, BlackRock maintains its view that states and the vast majority of municipalities will take the actions necessary to balance budgets and ensure full and timely payment on their general obligation debt.
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