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Election Years Create Their Own Patterns

How momentum and election cycles may shift the impact and timing of seasonal trends.

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Rotation to Duration: Seeking a More Resilient Portfolio

With yields at current levels, bond funds can lock in longer term yields, offer price appreciation potential and overall serve as a hedge against a possible hard landing. Though elevated cash balances worked during the Fed’s hiking cycle, we believe now is an opportunity for clients to consider adding duration given the potential for a Fed pause.

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Harnessing Income Opportunity in High Yield Credit

Elevated all-in yields in high yield credit present an attractive opportunity for income-seeking investors to lock in higher levels of income. Of course, that comes with a much higher degree of risk as compared to sitting in cash.

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Riding the Momentum - Looking Beyond the Tech Giants

After a strong start to the year, equity investors are assessing whether a range of escalating risks will lead to continued volatility ahead. In this quarter’s Systematic Equity Outlook, we’ll explore macro and micro risks through a systematic lens, and how we’re positioning portfolios to harness alpha opportunities ahead.

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Stocks Can Rise, Even With Higher Rates

In this article, Russ Koesterich discusses why a higher rate environment may still allow stocks to end the year higher.

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Multi-Asset Income

Improve your income potential with a tactical, unconstrained strategy that sources opportunities across geographies and asset classes. BlackRock Multi-Asset Income Fund takes a risk-first approach while seeking to deliver a consistently attractive yield.

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Quality Is Now a Momentum Trade

Why the current momentum trade, despite stretched valuations, could continue.

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Municipal Issuance Eclipsed Expectations

Market update from BlackRock's municipal bond team.

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What the Bond Market Knows for Certain… That Just Ain’t So

A favorite Mark Twain aphorism states, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

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Q2 2024 Equity Market Outlook

What next for stocks after a strong start to 2024? While a near-term pullback wouldn’t be surprising, we see fuel for the positive momentum to continue throughout the year ― but with selection growing more important.

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Women Live Longer. Can They Afford It?

After a career in design that included restoring furniture and textiles for nine presidents, Iris Apfel became a fashion icon in her 80s. This isn’t a commentary on how to live out one’s retired years (some may air-quote that term). It’s to drive home the point that she lived – really lived – to 102.

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Bonds Still a Less Reliable Hedge

Russ Koesterich discusses the reason that bonds are not providing the same diversification benefit to equities as in prior decades.

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Women in Investing: Strategies for Financial Empowerment

Gargi Pal Chaudhuri, Head of iShares Investment Strategy and Markets Coverage at BlackRock, and Anne Ackerley, Head of BlackRock’s Retirement Group, sat down for a conversation about women and investing – the good, the bad, and the diversified.

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Municipals Deliver Strength Ahead of Seasonal Shift

Municipals posted positive performance and outperformed comparable Treasuries in February. We expect supply-and-demand dynamics to turn less supportive in the coming months. After patience to start the year, we would view any material backup as an opportunity to buy.

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Low-Carbon Transition Themes in 2024

We monitor battery prices, elections and market attention on climate resilience for their impact on transition-related investment opportunities and risks. U.S. stocks were mostly flat last week, while 10-year U.S. Treasury yields fell further. Markets still expect the first Federal Reserve rate cut around mid-2024.