BlackRock Investment Institute/Markets

BlackRock Investment Institute/Markets

Central banks support markets amid trade risks

We see the dovish pivot by global central banks supporting the economic expansion and risk assets, with rising protectionism the key risk. Elga explains. The Fed confirmed global central banks’ dovish pivot last week, as it cut rates for...

Why should you own government bonds?

Mike explains the importance of government bonds in building portfolio resilience and share tips on how to do so. We see raising portfolio resilience as a key theme for investors – not only for this year but over a...

Reasons behind our upgrade of European assets

Mike explains why we have decided to upgrade our call on European assets, from equities to government bonds. We see the European Central Bank (ECB) shifting decisively dovish in coming months, against the backdrop of stabilizing growth outlook and...

The importance of income today (and our bond market views)

We see income, or carry, as the key driver of bond market returns in today’s low-for-long world. Scott explains, and shares updated granular views of various fixed income asset classes. Central banks are shifting toward monetary easing, as they seek...

In search of income in emerging market debt

A dovish pivot by global central banks should extend the length of this economic cycle, supporting our upgrade to emerging market debt. Scott explains. Central banks are shifting toward monetary easing, as they aim to cushion a global slowdown sparked...

3 investing ideas for the second half

As the second half kicks off, we advocate taking a modestly more defensive stance while still favoring risk assets with attractive risk/reward ratios. Mike explains, sharing three investing ideas. One change to our 2019 investment outlook as the second half...

An overview of our midyear outlook

We have refreshed our investment themes and market views in our 2019 midyear global investment outlook. BlackRock Chief Global Investment Strategist Mike Pyle shares a summary. We see challenging crosscurrents ahead. Macro uncertainty is rising amid geopolitical frictions, and asset...

Why to watch geopolitics in the second half

We see trade and geopolitical frictions as the key driver of the global economy and markets. Thomas E. Donilon and Catherine Kress explain. Market attention to geopolitical risks has reached its highest point since 2005. Recent years have seen...

The risk of too little inflation

Low inflation may sound appealing, but as Russ explains, it has drawbacks for investors. By any account the U.S. equity market is having a stellar year. Stocks have benefited from easier financial conditions, which have in turn pushed up market...

What a monetary policy shift means for our bond views

The European Central Bank and Federal Reserve have shifted toward more dovish stances. Scott examines the implications for our bond views. A clear message from European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi last week kicked off a dovish shift by...