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The Real Reason Markets Are Volatile

After years of relative calm, market volatility has picked up over the past year. Rick Rieder explains why, disproving two popular explanations.

Where Should Bargain Hunters Look in Today’s Markets?

While stocks overall still aren’t cheap, investors looking to bargain hunt may be pleased to know there are certain segments of the market worth considering. BlackRock’s Russ Koesterich explains.

How to Ballast Your Portfolio with Bonds

Russ and investment strategist Terry Simpson explain how to ballast a portfolio using fixed income, traditional “safe-haven” Treasuries not included.

What Saudi-Iranian Tensions Mean for Oil Prices in 2016

A prisoner’s dilemma game of sorts between Saudi Arabia and Iran has big implications for oil prices in 2016. Russ and an investment strategist on his team, Terry Simpson, explain.

What I Got Right (and Wrong) in 2015

Keeping with his annual tradition, Russ compares the year that was to the year that he expected.

What Jobs Numbers Tell Us about Further Rate Increases

BlackRock’s Rick Rieder explains why he thinks job growth will slow down by the second half of the year and shares his thoughts on the broader implications for central bank policy.

The Mystery of Declining Labor Productivity Growth

Rick Rieder explains why slowing productivity is a statistical mirage.

What You Need to Know about Returns in 2016

Last year wasn’t a great one for investors seeking solid returns. With 2016 off to a rocky start, will we see more of the same this year? Rick Rieder weighs in.


The Topic We Should All Be Paying Attention to (in 3 Charts)

While everyone focuses on the Fed, this important topic isn’t receiving as much attention as it deserves. Rick Rieder explains, with the help of three charts.

Why Jobs Reports No Longer Predict the Fed

Headline payroll figures seem to have faded somewhat in significance, at least when it comes to foreshadowing action by the Fed. Rick Rieder explains.

Why We Think the US Economy Is Ready for Liftoff

According to Rick Rieder, numerous signs suggest that the US economy is ready for liftoff, including the sign he likes best.

What You Need to Know about Returns in 2016

Last year wasn’t a great one for investors seeking solid returns. With 2016 off to a rocky start, will we see more of the same this year? Rick Rieder weighs in.

It Might Be Time to Favor TIPS

A sluggish economy, strong dollar and falling energy prices have pushed inflation down to historically low levels. However, as Russ explains, expectations for future inflation may be too complacent.

The Enormous Long-Term Cost of Holding Cash

Many Americans are placing a disproportionate amount of their savings in cash. Russ explains the perils of this excessive conservatism.

Investing Opportunities to Consider as Central Banks Diverge

As the Fed prepares for a rate hike, the ECB is pursuing more easing. This divergence has several implications for investors. Russ explains.

What Slow Global Growth Means for Portfolios

While US growth remains relatively resilient, global growth continues to slip. This has several implications for investors. Russ explains.

Market Segments Poised to Benefit if the Fed Waits

There are certain market segments that are more sensitive to changes in monetary policy and may benefit if the Fed delays liftoff further. Russ explains.

2 Investing Implications of Higher US Rates

Real US rates have been climbing, while rates are falling in much of the rest of the world. As Russ explains, this divergence has a number of implications for investors.

More Trouble Ahead for US Earnings?

The renewed prospect for monetary policy divergence is once again pushing the dollar higher. Russ explains what a continuation of this trend could mean for US earnings.

Is It Time to Worry about a Profit Recession?

While the US economy is likely to continue to grow, corporate earnings may not. Russ explains why and what this means for investors.

Time to Hedge? A Closer Look at Your Portfolio

With stocks on shaky ground, investors with equity-centric portfolios may want to consider adding exposure to longer-duration bonds. Russ explains.

Heading into a Recession? 3 Signs to Watch

Worried the US is on the cusp of another recession? Russ shares the economic indicators worth paying attention to.

Why There’s a Disconnect Between Economic Data and Performance

Recent weak economic data have confirmed everyone’s worst fears: The global economy is indeed decelerating. Yet risky assets have been advancing. Russ explains why and whether this can continue.

Is It Time to ‘Buy Inflation’?

While there’s little evidence that inflation is going to come roaring back anytime soon, current estimates may be too low. Russ explains.

Can Central Banks Help Push Stocks Higher?

As the fourth quarter kicks off, investors are once again hoping monetary policy will help push stocks higher.

What’s Holding Back US Consumer Spending?

Since the recession ended, US real household consumption has remained well below the historical average. Russ Koesterich explains why it’s likely to remain that way.

Have Commodities Bottomed Out?

Though commodities have been the worst performing asset class of 2015, Russ explains why it’s still too early to call a bottom.

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