Featured Thought Leadership for RIAs
During the first quarter, US stock markets raced to a 10% gain, largely ignoring the "sequester" and potential for slower growth caused by spending cuts. That's left investors asking: Will the rally continue? And what might spark a reversal? In the following pages, we offer some perspective on the critical questions investors are asking.
In today's world of low interest rates and massive global monetary policy initiatives, investors must be ever more aware of balancing risk and return in their fixed income portfolio. We speak with the senior portfolio managers of BlackRock's Strategic Income Opportunities Fund to discuss why traditional fixed income approaches may not work in this new world.
Stock market volatility since the global credit crisis has scared many investors away, leaving some struggling to generate growth and returns. But we believe there is a way to be invested in stocks that can help mitigate volatility. BlackRock's Global Long/Short Equity Fund team uncovers strategies for a smoother stock ownership experience that offers growth and returns.
From Dec. '08 - '12, high yield bonds were one of the world's best performing asset classes, with an annualized return of 22%. Notably, high yield's outperformance was achieved with 58% of the volatility of US stocks. Many investors are asking whether it is time to lock in profits and move on. Jim Keenan, head of BlackRock's Leveraged Finance Group believes the asset class is still very attractive.
Rick Rieder, BlackRock's Chief Investment Officer of Fundamental Fixed Income, discusses his monthly views of the current markets and how to best find opportunity within fixed income.
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