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Investment news for Financial Advisers & Paraplanners - BlackRock’s Larry Fink’s 2019 Letter to CEOs

In his annual letter on corporate governance, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink explores how companies can achieve long-term financial returns. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock - Unlock the Value of Big Data

The pace of change in the world today is accelerating. The way people interact, transact, work and consume is unrecognisable from even a decade ago. Explore the new Citywire and BlackRock hub that provides insight into big data and the way it is changing our lives and the investment landscape. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock’s Global Investment Outlook Q4 2018

BlackRock Investment Institute see the steady global expansion rolling on, underpinned by above-trend US growth. Yet the range of potential economic outcomes is widening. Gradual increases in US rates are tightening financial conditions globally, and have contributed to bouts of volatility and sharply depreciating emerging market (EM) currencies. Also in the Outlook, BlackRock take a deep dive into the prospects for EMs after an unexpectedly drawn-out selloff. more...

Investment webcast for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Webinar: Navigating emerging markets turbulence Tuesday 11 October, 9:00am GMT

Rising macro uncertainty, a strengthening US dollar and emerging markets (EM) currency turbulence have led to market volatility and uncertainty. This has laid bare vulnerabilities that had, until recently been masked by plentiful global liquidity. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Building greater resilience into portfolios

We see strong US growth extending positive spillover effects to the rest of the world, sustaining the global economic expansion. Yet the range of possibilities for the economic outlook has widened. more...

Investment webcast for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Webcast: Goodbye Goldilocks?

Volatility is back, and the market outlook is unquestionably less certain than it was in 2017, but why? Join Wei Li, Head of EMEA Investment Strategy as she discusses the changes we are encountering, from macro uncertainty, regional economic surprises, a rate rising environment and the increasingly complex geopolitical picture which is now at the forefront of investors’ minds. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Helping clients identify value for money

Markets have been volatile since the start of 2018, bringing greater focus onto the asset mix in client portfolios. Michael Gruener, Head of BlackRock EMEA Retail discusses how you can help clients identify value for money. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Alpha Opportunities in Fixed Income

Markets have been volatile since the start of 2018, bringing greater focus onto the asset mix in client portfolios. Ahmed Talhaoui, CFA, Co-Head of Product Strategy for BlackRock’s Global Fixed Income Group discusses alpha opportunities in the fixed income market. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Building Portfolios for Uncertain Times

Markets have been volatile since the start of 2018, bringing greater focus onto the asset mix in client portfolios. Michael Gruener, Head of BlackRock EMEA Retail, discusses what clients have been telling him and what BlackRock can do to help. more...

Investment webinar for Financial Advisers & Paraplanners - BlackRock's Insight Series continues on UK Outlook

Britain’s public finances are looking better than forecasted post the Brexit referendum. Our four biggest taxes are returning bigger than expected revenues, unemployment is close to a four-decade low, nominal wage growth seems to be increasing and we’re starting to take on more debt1. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock’s Insight Series: Equity Income – what happens next?

Join BlackRock’s Global, European and UK Equity teams as they discuss their markets and outline the risks and opportunities as they see them. The live streamed only event will be held on Thursday 12 April at 10am (GMT). more...

Investment event for Financial Advisers & Paraplanners - BlackRock: The Outlook for Asian Equities

Join BlackRock for the second part of their Insight Series on The Outlook for Asian Equities. The live streamed only event will be held on Tuesday 20 March at 10am (GMT) with Andrew Swan, BlackRock’s Head of Asian and Emerging Markets Equities. He’ll be exploring the reform agenda sweeping the region, recovery in India, current valuations, Fed normalisation cycle and potential trade wars with the US. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: UK Commentary

● Bank of England said rates may need to rise earlier and faster ● Was the sell-off in markets the start of a bear market or a temporary dip? ● The outlook for European economies more...

Investment update for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Rt Hon George Osborne CH and Ben Edwards, CFA to open BlackRock’s Insight Series

The eurozone is enjoying its fastest economic expansion since 2011. Emerging market growth looks self-sustaining, even if powerhouse China slows more than markets currently expect and US tax cuts could provide a decent dose of fiscal stimulus. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Room to run

Expansions come and expansions go. We see this one hanging around for longer than many expect. Yes, the G7 output gap – the difference between actual output and economic potential – is shrinking as the US economy has joined Germany, the UK and Canada in running near full capacity. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock’s Global Investment Outlook for Q4

BlackRock has released their Global Investment Outlook giving their views for the fourth quarter. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: You told us. We listened.

Welcome to the refreshed 08:40 from BlackRock, featuring content that is relevant to you and your clients. Some of the links are going to take you directly to the Adviser Exchange, where all the content can be found. more...

Partner Investment conference for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock UK Investment Conference 2017

We would be delighted if you could join us for the BlackRock Investment Conference 2017 taking place in two locations, Edinburgh and Manchester, in the autumn. more...

Investment News for Financial advisers and paraplanners - BlackRock: 3 key market themes that investors may want to be aware of

In case you missed it, BlackRock recently released their midyear Global Investment Outlook covering their views on key investment themes, risks and prospects across asset classes. more...

Investment news for Financial Adviser and Paraplanners - Watch BlackRock’s latest interview series on their award-winning fund

The BlackRock UK Absolute Alpha Fund seeks to deliver returns regardless of market conditions, by investing in share prices moving in both directions. It invests in the truly international UK market, and is designed to deliver a smoother return over time. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Global Weekly Commentary

Key takeaways We now see oil trading in a range around current levels, as the market rebalances in the second half. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Global Weekly Commentary

We see the momentum equity style factor outperforming, backed by a sustained economic expansion. Oil prices entered a bear market on concerns about higher-than-anticipated global supply. This week’s US and eurozone inflation data could shed some light on the direction of central bank policies. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Global Weekly Commentary

Long-term yields fell last week mostly in response to another weak US inflation print, yet we still see modestly rising rates ahead. more...

General Election and brexit news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: UK election: Bigger Brexit uncertainty

Our views on the outcome of the UK election, including a bigger risk of an economically disruptive “no deal“ Brexit. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Global Weekly Commentary

Emerging market (EM) and European equities are becoming consensus trades, but we believe they still have room to run. more...

Investment update for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Global Weekly Commentary

The equity rally is increasingly broad-based, supported by strong momentum and global reflation. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Sterling Strategic Bond fund turns 1

The BlackRock Sterling Strategic Bond Fund delivered 10.6% (net of fees) in its first year - a period when global government bond yields moved higher. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: What stock market volatility?

This month has seen the VIX index - a measure of S&P 500 implied volatility - close at its lowest level since February 2007. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: European equities: playing catch up

Upbeat earnings news from Europe has provided a long overdue positive sign for the region. Can eurozone equity earnings close the gap on the US? more...

Investment update for Financial Adviser and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Disruption's next target: cars

Technological disruption is cutting across sectors, with the auto industry a key example. We see risks for traditional car manufacturers. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Job markets booming

Unemployment rates in the UK, eurozone, US and Japan have been on a steady decline, thanks to improving global economic growth. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Three investment themes for Q2

Global chief investment strategist Richard Turnill shares three interrelated themes likely to shape investing in the second quarter of 2017. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: As Brexit begins, a slowdown ahead?

What could the government's triggering of the Brexit process mean for the UK economy and markets? more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Why markets may be wrong about Europe

We believe markets appear too pessimistic on Europe’s outlook—a big reason why we are positive on European stocks. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: The long and short of it

Finding companies on the up is the goal for any fund manager, but identifying struggling businesses also has the potential to add value in a smaller companies trust by using contracts for difference (CFDs). BlackRock Throgmorton Trust co-manager Dan Whitestone explains the benefits of a CFD portfolio. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Steady as she goes

In-depth research, a flexible approach and sticking to a tried and tested philosophy have brought rewards said co-portfolio managers Sam Vecht and Emily Fletcher at the Frontiers Trust annual general meeting. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Good things in small packages

Smaller companies often experience fast organic growth and can be a good source of regular income. Mike Prentis, BlackRock’s portfolio manager for smaller companies, explains the rationale for picking companies and how current market conditions are affecting those choices. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: North American US elections sparks interest

As the 45th president of the United States settles into the role, BlackRock North American Income Trust co-manager Tony DeSpirito talks about the future for the North American markets in the wake of a new political and economic environment. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: The quest for income and growth

Finding reliable sources of income and growth is no mean feat for today’s investors – a challenge felt acutely by today’s retirees hoping to make the most of pension freedom and choice. BlackRock’s Mark Wharrier discusses how the Income and Growth Investment Trust selects companies with the ability to overcome the dual challenges of growing a portfolio and enjoying sustainable income. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: In the eye of the beholder

While all eyes have been on Brexit, the countries of emerging Europe have been quietly going about their business. Chris Colunga, co-portfolio manager of BlackRock Emerging Europe plc, explains why his focus is firmly fixed on this under-appreciated region. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Never mind the ballots

Europe’s political future may be uncertain, but the continent remains home to some of the world’s strongest brands and fastest-growing companies[i]. BlackRock’s portfolio manager Vincent Devlin, explains why Greater Europe still has much to offer. more...

Investment webcast for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock Natural Resources Growth & Income Fund webcast

Join Skye Macpherson, Director and Portfolio Manager within the BlackRock Natural Resources team for a live and interactive webcast on Tuesday 7th March. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Confidence returns to commodities

Tom Holl, co-manager of BlackRock’s Commodities Income Investment Trust, discusses the future for this diverse sector. His conclusion? Leaving aside the ever-present potential for political change, the indicators for a revival of fortunes for the commodities sector are all positive. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Sentiment in the US is jubilant, economically if not politically

Confidence is high in the US, but that does not mean bond investors can be complacent. Scott Thiel, BlackRock's Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Fixed Income shares his views. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Global Weekly Commentary

U.S. corporate tax reforms could reinforce a reflationary environment already in place before last November. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: How to protect against a fall in the fired-up FTSE

The FTSE 100 hit a record high in January, but its direction is now uncertain. Well resourced, skilled active managers can make the best use of expected volatility. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: 2 reasons the U.S. economy should fare better in 2017

Rick Rieder BlackRock's Chief Investment Officer of Global Fixed Income explains why there's a good chance U.S. growth will pick up from 2016. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: What's behind China's stabilising growth?

China's stabilising growth has eased some of the anxiety that rattled investors in early 2016. But it is partly the result of returning to an old habit. Isabelle Mateos y Lago, Chief Multi-Asset Strategist, explains more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Energy set to confound sceptics and keep rising after OPEC deal

OPEC announced its first production cut in eight years and US oil production is unlikely to rise until after 2017. With the oil price set to keep rising along with cost reduction efforts, this should lead to improving returns for the energy sector. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Our views on 2017

We expect US-led reflation − rising nominal growth, wages and inflation − to accelerate, and see fiscal expansion gradually replacing monetary policy as an economic growth and market driver around the world. Find out more about our views on 2017. more...

Investment webcast for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Webcast Invitation: BlackRock's Outlook for 2017

Please join us on Thursday 12 January to hear BlackRock’s Outlook for 2017. On this live webcast, we will explore the investment outlook for 2017, identifying what opportunities exist across global markets. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Focus on fundamentals after Italy no vote

The ‘no’ vote results in political instability. As markets dislike uncertainty, we expect we may see a short-term spike in volatility. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: What are the initial impacts on UK equities after the Autumn Statement?

David Goldman, co-fund manager of the BlackRock UK Income Fund highlights the immediate impact on markets and our outlook for UK equities. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: President-elect Trump promises tax cuts and increased spending, which will increase inflationary pressure

Although details are thin on the ground, Trump's stance on trade, immigration and fiscal policy suggest inflation will rise in the US. To protect against this risk, read our blog by Fixed Income Fund Manager Scott Thiel. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Fixed income opportunities in a reflationary world

Inflationary pressures are bubbling under in many major economies, with important implications for fixed income allocations. It creates potential opportunities in selective inflation linked bonds; but also the need to protect against reflation, especially in US and Japan. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Impact of 2016 US election on investing

The 2016 US election is unusually consequential. The underlying dynamics are driven by widening income inequality, and a growing perception that the benefits of trade and globalisation have accrued to few. We examine the political landscape and policy proposals from each candidate, and what it could mean for investing. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Is now the promising time for Sterling Corporate Bonds?

Sterling's corporate bond performance has defied expectations with yields falling further, supported by a weakening outlook for global economic activity, Brexit, and the BoE's rate cut and further monetary stimulus. We see macro and political factors continuing to support yields. more...

US Election webcall for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: US election call

How will the upcoming US election affect markets? In their latest paper – 'A Consequential Election' – the BlackRock Investment Institute gives their in-depth views on the potential impacts. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: U.S. stocks: stalled on the runway

The S&P 500 has been in a holding pattern since the June Brexit vote, trading within a narrow band. Will U.S. earnings reports be the catalyst to trigger an upward breakout in the months ahead? We don’t think so. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Investors shrug off September volatility spike

Volatility may have spiked across markets in September, but the temporary turbulence did not appear to deter investors from taking on risk over the course of the month. more...

Investment webcast for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock UK Income 3 year anniversary webcast

Please join co-managers Mark Wharrier, Adam Avigdori and David Goldman of the BlackRock UK Income Fund on the 18th October as we celebrate the three year anniversary of the team's inception in September 2013. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: OPEC’s recent decision to coordinate a supply cut should hasten rebalancing.

OPEC recently decided to coordinate a supply cut, which should hasten rebalancing of the market from market share at any price towards better market management. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Debt burden hampers China’s economic rebalancing act

China continues with its economic rebalancing, but we now feel it has entered a ‘two steps forward and one step back’ phase where any progression is hampered by the need to reduce debt levels. more...

Retirement News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: The rising cost of retirement – don't panic, plan

How would you answer a client who wants to know what income their savings could buy in retirement? more...

Investment Event for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock regional conferences

BlackRock Investment Conference 2016 7-8 November 2016, Manchester and Edinburgh We would be delighted if you could join us for one of the BlackRock Investment Conferences this autumn. more...

Retirement News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Facing up to Scotland's retirement challenge

Scots of all ages face a steep savings challenge for retirement, according to the latest BlackRock Investor Pulse survey. more...

Investment update for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: What Jackson Hole means for investors

Market watchers have spent much of the past week analysing the remarks from US Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair Janet Yellen at the annual late-summer economic policy symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, looking for some sign about the future path of Fed policy normalisation. more...

Investment comment for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Britain’s best businesses are entrenched, not retrenching

It’s easy for investors to be overwhelmed by the latest macroeconomic concerns buffeting markets, but equally it’s just as easy to forget there is always some grand issue shaping the market narrative. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: ETP flows heat up in July

$55.2 billion flowed into global Exchange-Traded Products (ETPs) in July, representing the biggest month of inflows this year. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: How to negate negative yields

On June 14th, the yield on 10-year German government bonds turned negative for the first time in history more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: After Rajan, what next for India’s banks?

Raghuram Rajan’s exit from the Reserve Bank of India may imperil necessary banking reforms, but there are still investment opportunities in the sector. more...

Retirement news for financial advisers & paraplanners - BlackRock: It’s time to bring retirement into the twenty-first century

We live in an era of unprecedented financial freedom. And to help people feel more positive about retirement, we need a radically new discussion of what it actually means to retire. more...

Investment Event for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock Investment Conferences

This is your opportunity to hear from our leading portfolio managers as they offer their unique insights into investing in today’s low yield, low growth markets and outline some compelling solutions for you and your clients. more...

Partner webcast for advisers - BlackRock UK Income Webcast – Wednesday 27th July, 11:30-12:00am

Please join co-managers of the BlackRock UK Income Fund, Mark Wharrier, Adam Avigdori and David Goldman for a live and interactive webcast. The Fund Managers will discuss current macro views and where we are finding opportunities in the UK equity market, how dividend growth can be a potent contributor to long-term returns, the impact of Brexit and why investors need to be flexible in the current environment to have the best chance of their income keeping pace with inflation, without sacrificing long-term capital growth. more...

Investment webcast for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock UK Income Webcast

Please join co-managers of the BlackRock UK Income Fund, Mark Wharrier, Adam Avigdori and David Goldman for a live and interactive webcast. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Not all the gold miners will glitter

In an Olympic year, it seems appropriate that gold has raced ahead. The metal appreciated by 22% in the first three months of this year, its strongest quarter for 30 years, driven by sharply higher demand as a safe haven amid the volatility experienced so far this year and expected in the months to come. The weight of gold held in ETFs – 59 million ounces – is now the same as in late 2013, so over two years of outflows have been recouped in just five months. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: What investor behaviour tells us about Brexit

As you might imagine, we have been looking at flows into our iShares products closely over the past few months; first, to try to get a read on investor sentiment going into the UK’s EU referendum, and second to understand what they are doing following the momentous vote to leave. more...

Brexit News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: After Brexit: Eurozone big four go to the polls

Just days after UK voters shocked the world with their decision to exit the European Union, Spain’s general election on Sunday kicked off a 15-month run during which the Eurozone’s four-largest economies hold critical votes. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Not all the gold miners will glitter

In an Olympic year, it seems appropriate that gold has raced ahead. The metal appreciated by 22% in the first three months of this year, its strongest quarter for 30 years, driven by sharply higher demand as a safe haven amid the volatility experienced so far this year and expected in the months to come. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Not all the gold miners will glitter

Even though gold in general is performing well, it is still important to be selective among gold miners more...

Brexit update for financial advisers and paraplanners and category - BlackRock: UK vote: out of Europe

The UK’s momentous decision to leave the EU brings long-lasting political and economic consequences. more...

Retirement News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Saving for Retirement – Starting at Birth

Funding retirement - whether through a state pension or privately - is increasingly expensive. more...

Retirement News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Saving for Retirement – Starting at Birth

Funding retirement—whether through a state pension or privately—is increasingly expensive. Traditional defined benefit plans are financially stressed, as workforce demographics tip toward a more balanced ratio of younger to older workers. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock Corporate Bond webcast 29th June

Please join Ben Edwards, manager of the BlackRock Corporate Bond Fund for a live and interactive webcast. Ben will discuss current market views and where we are finding opportunities in the corporate bond market. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: An advised client is a confident client

The country’s savers need you more than ever. Not just for the independent planning and investment advice you provide them with but almost as much for the softer skills of confidence and optimism that you can instil in them. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: China: looking past the pessimism

Making sense of the often conflicting stream of Chinese economic data is not always easy. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Where next for OPEC and the oil market?

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meets next week in Vienna and the possibility of a coordinated oil supply freeze may once again be on the agenda. Market expectations are currently very low that there will be an agreement, however, given the events in Doha last month. In April, OPEC and key non-OPEC producers met to discuss a potential freeze but the talks failed with the key obstacle appearing to be Saudi Arabia’s insistence that Iran participates. Iran was unwilling to do so, given its production remained meaningfully below pre-sanctions levels. Since then, Iran has further increased production and may be more open to discussions. As such, the possibility of a freeze cannot be totally ruled out. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock UK Income Webcast Replay

During this replay co-managers of the BlackRock UK Income Fund, Mark Wharrier, Adam Avigdori and David Goldman discuss current macro views, where they are finding opportunities in the UK equity market, how dividend growth can be a potent contributor to long-term returns, the potential impact of Brexit and why investors need to be flexible in the current environment to have the best chance of their income keeping pace with inflation, without sacrificing long-term capital growth. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Cash is king?

While the saying goes that cash is king in times of intense stock market volatility, in reality it appears that cash is king for UK savers in pretty much all market conditions. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock Briefings, 29 June 2016, London

BlackRock is delighted to invite you to another of its highly popular half-day BlackRock Briefings events. During the session you will hear thoughts and insights from internal and external specialists across a range of key educational topics. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Low expectations set scene for the next act of European equities

Watching European equities can at times feel like watching a play, with figures such as European Central Bank president Mario Draghi and German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble the leading actors. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Why good advice breeds investor confidence

The country’s savers need you more than ever. Not just for the independent planning and investment advice you provide them with, but you can give them a much needed boost of confidence and optimism. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Where is the sweet spot for European government bonds?

There is an unprecedented amount of government intervention in capital markets right now - and the latest European Central Bank (ECB) meeting suggests there is scope for further action. more...

Retirement news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock Retirement Institute

The future is here. BlackRock's - and the world's - innovative thinking on retirement and longevity now has a home. Explore the latest from industry and BlackRock experts. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Lifetime ISAs emphasise need for lifelong advice

Anything that persuades more people to think about saving should be welcomed. But any such new initiatives should be accompanied by sensible financial advice, or they run the risk of confusing and ultimately disengaging people. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Asian Equities – bargain or value trap?

History shows that it pays to be brave during times of extreme pessimism. It may feel counter-intuitive, but we think the time is ripe to buy Asian equities. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Asian equities: bargain or value trap?

History shows that it pays to be brave during times of extreme pessimism. It may feel counter-intuitive, but we think the time is ripe to buy Asian equities. A review of the past 40 years suggests that whenever Asia ex Japan markets trade between 0.9 and 1.4 times price-to-book, investors have subsequently benefited from strong markets for 80-90% of the following 12 or 36 months. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: A considered response to unpredictable markets

Although there have been attempts to attribute the recent volatility to a single cause – oil, for example, or China – we believe the picture is far more nuanced. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Market volatility: how to react?

Reshaping multi-asset portfolios for volatile times. Investors are understandably worried, with asset markets unpredictable and, in some cases, highly irrational. This is clearly a tricky time in which to invest. more...

Budget News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: The budget: encouraging and articulating the importance of saving

We broadly welcome the budget. However, we would like to see further efforts in helping people to rediscover their savings habits. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Brexit: Big Risk, Little Reward

A date has been set for UK voters to decide if the country will stay in the European Union or go it alone. Ewen Cameron Watt reviews the key economic, financial and regulatory risks of Brexit more...

Investment update for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Investing in the Philippines

Reform is a topic that features highly in most discussions about Asia. China, India and – to a lesser extent – Indonesia have implemented far-reaching and important reforms across a wide range of economic sectors. A number of other countries are just starting on their journey. more...

Investment webcast for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: UK Absolute Alpha Fund Webcast

Please join Nigel Ridge, co-manager of the BlackRock UK Absolute Alpha Fund, for a live and interactive webcast on 23 March 2016. more...

Investments news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: A disconnect between market moves and the global economy

The magnitude of market moves over the first couple months of 2016 have prompted fears of a global recession – but do these drastic moves actually reflect the underlying health of the global economy? more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Opportunities amidst the uncertainty in Europe

Against a backdrop of uncertainty and a rise in volatility in the financial markets, it is no surprise that eurozone business activity has slowed at the start of this year. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Investing in a ‘lower for longer’ scenario

Speculation of an imminent rate rise has been laid to rest. Mark Wharrier looks at what this might mean for the UK economy more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Real investor insights to help you start real conversations

The UK investing landscape has fundamentally changed in the last few years. Long-term low interest rates, the decline of annuities and final salary pensions, and longer lives, have challenged many of the traditional strategies and assumptions we make about investing. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: How to navigate credit markets in 2016

Ben Edwards outlines why he believes high quality bonds could provide both income and diversification benefits in 2016. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: A record year for Exchange-Traded Products

Exchange-Traded Product (ETP) flows can provide a useful insight into investor sentiment; Ursula Marchioni analyses 2015 ETP flows and what they mean for 2016. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Week in View

Stocks suffered through another volatile week last week, with selling intensifying on Friday. While China's currency stabilised, stocks are still facing pressure from a deteriorating credit market (partly a function of collapsing oil) and soft earnings. more...

Investment news for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock UK Absolute Alpha Fund Update

In 2015 the BlackRock UK Absolute Alpha Fund returned 7.8%* for investors. With the prospect of higher interest rates in the UK and further market volatility, this absolute return strategy offers an attractive way for investors to benefit from share prices moving in both directions. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Keeping your head

2016 has started with a bang. With Chinese stocks in freefall, rising geopolitical tensions, lacklustre PMI data and an unseasonably warm Christmas; broad swathes of the market are under pressure. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: This one trend, climate change, affects all trends.

Participants at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris hailed an historic global agreement on climate change in December – two weeks of intense negotiations ended in 195 countries agreeing to a series of targets designed to bring global average temperatures to no more than 2ºC above pre-industrial levels. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock UK Income 2016 Outlook

Please join Mark Wharrier, David Goldman and Adam Avigdori, co-managers of the BlackRock UK Income Fund for a live and interactive webcast on Wednesday January 13th. more...

Investment news for Financial advisers and paraplanners - BlackRock: From drag to boost – China’s shifting role in the world

China growth is often described as transitioning from an investment driven model to a consumption driven model. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Climate change takes top billing

Global leaders are gathering in Paris this week for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change. The guest list, from President Obama to Chinese leader Xi Jinping1, is testament to the gravity of the issue and how seriously it is being taken by politicians. For us, it is a clear indication of why investors should also be paying attention. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: December divergence and China's 13th Five Year Plan

China’s top 200 Communist Party officials gathered in Beijing in the last week of October to formulate the country’s 13th Five Year Plan. The focus, according to the post-event communique , continues to be on pushing forth necessary actions to achieve structural improvements and a more sustainable growth path. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock:'US credit is cheap!'

So goes the mantra that has lured many a global corporate bond manager into a classic value trap over the last 18 months. But lower prices do not necessarily mean better value. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: The Blog for UK Advisers: Why you should ‘fade’ the rally into year-end

After a six-year bull run, Justin Christofel feels it may be time to dial down equity exposure and focus on a flexible, conservative and diversified approach. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Conference call replay: the aftermath of the Paris tragedy

On 17 November the BlackRock Investment Institute held a conference call with Tom Donilon, former National Security Advisor to President Obama, and shared insights into how we think policymakers and markets might react to the recent Paris attacks. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Economic fallout from Paris attacks

Friday's multiple terrorist attacks in Paris reinforce the significant threat that global terrorism represents throughout the world. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Are there bargain hunters emerging?

Week in View Key takeaways U.S. rates continue to rise: A strong labour market, a solid service sector and a likely December rate hike are pushing long-term rates back towards the upper end of their 2015 range. U.S. stocks have traded back towards their peak: However, lacklustre earnings, deteriorating credit conditions and stretched valuations are all providing some resistance. While European growth remains encouraging, Europe is also struggling with a lacklustre earnings season: However, for now a weaker euro is helping European equities climb. EM stocks had a strong week: Significant pessimism and the perception of cheap valuations are helping certain EM markets to rally on any perceived good news. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Opportunities in Indonesia and UK rate expectations

Sometimes it seems that a country’s official motto is come up with as an afterthought, offering little insight into the society it is describing. more...

Investment news for financial advisers and paraplanners - BlackRock: The nights are drawing in: time to take stock

The Q4 2015 instalment of Looking Glass – our investment outlook for advisers – is out now. Given how ruffled markets were this summer, now may be time to take a step back and assess portfolios. more...

Investment news for advisers and paraplanners - BlackRock: On your behalf

We take our fiduciary duty extremely seriously and, as such, we advocate on behalf of our clients in favour of important issues such as investor protection, consumer choice and the effective working of capital markets. more...

Investment news for financial advisers and paraplanners - BlackRock: Focus on climate change and agriculture

At first glance, falling grain prices and headwinds for the equipment sector paint a bleak picture for the agriculture sector. However, there remain pockets of value. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Understanding Asia

Amid the emerging market doom and gloom, we are keeping a close eye on improvements in the Vietnamese economy. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: The Blog: for UK Advisers

Regular insights from leading BlackRock thinkers on the industry, retirement, markets and more. more...

Retirement news for financial advisers and paraplanners - BlackRock’s Retirement Tool

Use the CoRI™ tool to provide a quick way to estimate what it will cost today for each pound of annual income in retirement and give you a new way to frame important retirement conversations with your clients. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Making the most of volatility

While the recent stock market volatility has been unsettling for many investors, it has largely been a product of forces external to the UK: the slowdown in China or US rate rises, for example. In the meantime, the economic picture in the UK is benign. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock UK Income Fund Webcast - 12 October

Please join co-managers, Mark Wharrier, Adam Avigdori and David Goldman for a live interactive BlackRock UK Income Fund Webcast update on the 12th October where they will discuss recent market movements and how we have been finding opportunities whilst navigating the ever changing landscape. more...

Investment event for financial advisers and paraplanners - Investment F1orum

M&G Investents, Schroders, Old Mutual Global Investors, Allianz Global Investors and BlackRock have once again joined together to provide you with an exclusive opportunity to hear from five leading fund groups. The day will commence with breakfast followed by the presentations. We shall finish with lunch and a chance to try your skill on the 16 x 8 ft Brands Hatch Scalextric. Choose the saloon car that you want to race in a head to head to find the top drivers of the day. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Tools of the trade

Driven by a desire to make the lives of the advisers and wealth managers we work with easier, we’ve selected Morningstar to provide a range of advanced portfolio analysis tools, free of charge, through our website. more...

investment news for financial advisers and paraplanners - BlackRock: What’s in a benchmark?

There’s been some coverage in the media recently on the respective merits of benchmark-relative fixed income strategies versus more flexible, unconstrained approaches. more...

Investment news for financial advisers - Blackrock: The goat has stumbled

The Chinese Year of the Goat has proved disappointing so far: After a bright start to the year, Asian markets have fallen into negative territory year to date having been brought lower by a combination of global growth concerns as well as policy missteps in China. Fear has replaced greed, leading to much smoke and noise. more...

investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Yuan yawn or emerging nightmare?

China’s decision to change the method of setting its currency exchange rate caused global shock waves last week. ’Biggest devaluation in two decades!’ was a typical headline. more...

investment news for financial advisers and paraplanners - BlackRock: Emerging market equities and Super Thursdays

"Super Thursday" in the UK saw the Bank of England (BoE) publish its Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) minutes concurrently with its rate decision and the quarterly Inflation Report. more...

pension news for financial advisers and paraplanners - BlackRock: Pension freedoms: four months on

It is four months since the new pension freedoms came into force. For the time being, many retirees are sitting tight, waiting to see how the new rules will bed down before committing to any wholesale changes in their financial plans. more...

competition for financial advisers and paraplanners - Beat today’s bond challenges and win an Apple Watch

To celebrate the launch of the BlackRock Fixed Income Global Opportunities Fund, we are offering you the chance to win an Apple Watch – all you have to do is give us your views on three straightforward questions. more...

Investment Events for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: Investment Trust Seminars

We are delighted to invite you to our forthcoming Investment Trust seminars. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Precious Metals Update

The gold price managed to claw its way higher this week rising by 1.7% to close at $1,170.7/oz and helping the FTSE Gold Mines Share Index to rise back into positive territory. Once again it was monetary expectations that were behind gold's price performance. This week it was Fed Chair Janet Yellen's "loss of patience" - gold snapped up nearly 3% on her more dovish testimony, one of the biggest daily rises of the year. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - Blackrock: Global Market Analysis

Last week's standout event was the US Federal Reserve (Fed) meeting, which led to the Fed taking the word "patient" out of its official stance regarding the future approach to interest rates, and injecting the view that any increases would be data-dependent. The bank added an important caveat that data had recently moderated. This had the impact of pushing up 10-year bond yields and pushing down the seemingly unstoppable US dollar. That, in turn, led to emerging markets moving up, offering some relief from the pounding that their currencies have been taking from the stronger dollar. more...

Investment events for financial advisers and paraplanners - BlackRock and M&G UK Equity Outlook

Please join us for our annual BlackRock UK Special Situations Fund / M&G Recovery Fund outlook seminar. more...

Investment update for Financial Advisers and Paraplanners - BlackRock: European assets outperform

January was marked by the strong outperformance of European and eurozone assets relative to American assets. more...

Investment news for financial advisers - BlackRock: 5 key trends for 2015

The new year is still only a couple of weeks old, but already it is starting to look and feel rather different from the environment that we experienced in much of 2014. more...

Investment event for financial advisers and paraplanners - BlackRock Briefings Event

BlackRock would be delighted if you could join our BlackRock Briefings event on the 17th February 2015. more...

Investment News for Financial Advisers - BlackRock: UK Special Situations Fund

Listen to our webcast to hear Richard Plackett and Roland Arnold, co-fund managers of the BlackRock UK Special Situations Fund share where they see current opportunities. more...

Investment guide for financial advisers and paraplanners - Complimentary Adviser Income toolkit

Struggling to find yield for your clients? The BlackRock Plan for Income can help more...

Investment news for financial advisers - BlackRock: A week is a long time in markets

A week is a long time in politics, and this last week has felt like a long time in financial markets: the first half of the week with plunges in equity markets worldwide, the second part of the week with a sharp recovery, both in equities credit and high yield. more...

Investment update for financial advisers - BlackRock: Weekly market views

Global Market Analysis. It was an interesting week in markets, with new themes emerging, old themes persisting, and some resumptions of themes that we saw earlier in the year. more...

Complimentary Adviser Income Toolkit for financial advisers - BlackRock: Struggling to find yield for your clients? The BlackRock Plan for Income can help

The hunt for income is hard but your clients keep demanding it, whether it’s to fund their retirement, plan for their children’s future or help them to start a new business. more...

Investment News for financial advisers - BlackRock: Markets dampened by liquidity and currency concerns

The theme this week is very much about liquidity and currencies, and the impact that those interrelated topics are having on asset-class returns. more...

Investment News for Financial advisers - BlackRock: Geopolitical tensions threaten markets' strong run

August was an excellent month for investors in both bonds and equities. We saw government bonds in Europe rise sharply with the best monthly performance since the beginning of 2012. more...

Investment news for financial advisers - BlackRock: Bund yields cross the threshold

Markets remained on tenterhooks last week, as a swirl of geopolitical risk, economic data and central bank expectations generated plenty of uncertainty. more...

Investment news for financial advisers - BlackRock: Risk aversion obscures market realities

The risk-off tone in global markets has continued over the past week, with equities down by around 1%, taking the drop from the recent peak to 4%. more...

Investment news for financial advisers - BlackRock: Global Market Analysis

The past week has seen geopolitical events take centre stage, with escalating tensions in the Middle East and the tragic events in Ukraine the focus of attention. These are the latest in a series of events that suggest escalating tension in hotspots around the world. Markets are currently determining the likely impact on the ‘lower for longer’ environment that has provided a benign backdrop over the last 12 months. more...

Investment webcasts for financial advisers and paraplanners - BlackRock: Central banks stick to their course

Last week was generally a poor week for riskier assets, such as equities and corporate bonds. Most equity markets fell, though emerging markets gained. more...

Investment news for financial advisers - BlackRock: A Perspective on the Q2 Market Movements

Join Alice Gaskell, Portfolio Manager on the European Equity team and Zehrid Osmani, Portfolio Manager and Head of Research for the European Equity team, to get their views on the Q2 market movements. more...

Investment news for advisers - BlackRock Mid-Year Investment Outlook 2014: Life After Zero

Risk assets are grinding higher and volatility is extraordinarily low. What is in store for the second half of 2014 - and what does life after zero (rates) look like? more...

Investment News for financial Advisers - Blackrock: Global Market Analysis

The main theme this week will be how to interpret the very low levels of volatility that we continue to see across a wide range of financial markets. more...

investment news for advisers - BlackRock: Still in a phoney monetary war?

Stocks registered small declines last week amid violence in Iraq and the subsequent rise in oil prices. more...

Investment news for advisers and Paraplaners - Blackrock: Global Market Analysis

Last week was a big week for central bank policymakers. All eyes were on the European Central Bank (ECB), with expectations having risen since some dovish comments were made following the last council meeting in May. more...

Investment event for financial advisers and paraplanners - BlackRock: Global Market Analysis

The first quarter of 2014 has been rather a messy period, with volatility around some relatively minor market moves. First, the high-level outturns should be compared with the consensus view evident at the start of the year. That consensus comprised a positive view of equities and cautious of bonds, positive on corporate bond spreads and cautious on emerging markets (EM). more...

Investment news for advisers - BlackRock: Does Abenomics have further to run?

The major event last week was Janet Yellen’s first Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, which caught the market slightly off guard as the Fed shifted to a somewhat more balanced policy stance. more...