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BlackRock Mid-Year Investment Outlook 2014: Life After Zero

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30 Jun 2014

2014 Investment Outlook Midyear Update

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?

A new BlackRock Investment Institute publication provides a roadmap.

Highlights include:

  • Our overall views on markets are essentially unchanged. We again give our main investment scenario, Low for Longer, the highest probability for the second half.
  • This does not necessarily mean yesterday's winning trades will work tomorrow: Internal market leadership can change quickly.
  • Valuations are getting stretched and investor complacency is high. This sets markets up for more volatility-especially as focus shifts to the timing and scope of U.S. rate hikes.
  • The biggest change over the past six months? A brewing crisis in emerging markets has stabilised. Many economies have adjusted, setting the stage for a rebound.

About the Investment Institute

The BlackRock Investment Institute leverages BlackRock's expertise in markets, asset classes, and client segments. Launched in 2011, the Institute's goal is to produce information that makes BlackRock's portfolio managers better investors and helps deliver positive investment results for our clients.


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