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Heather Pelant

Heather is Head of BlackRock Personal Investing. She started her career as a financial advisor, spending many years helping investors plan for their futures. She has worked with investors from Hong Kong to Toronto to San Francisco where she led BlackRock teams and businesses. She writes about investing viewed through a personal lens.

Disclosure: The content Market Realist publishes should not be construed as investment advice, nor do the opinions expressed necessarily reflect the views of BlackRock.

More From Heather Pelant

  • uploads///Growth of a Hypothetical Hundred Thousand Dollars in the SP  Index Over the Last  Years
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Don’t Panic when Financial News Headlines Jump Out at You

    Don’t panic when financial news headlines jump out at you. If you’re ready to remain invested for the long term, you could see better returns in equities compared to other asset classes.

    By Heather Pelant
  • uploads///Bonds Offer Diversification Benefit
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Bonds Deserve to Stay in Your Portfolio

    The correlation between equities and high yield bonds is quite high, at +0.7. This is because both equities and high yield bonds depend on the well-being of the economy.

    By Heather Pelant
  • Financials

    Must-know: Are you sitting on too much cash?

    Are you sitting in too much cash? Heather Pelant discusses an all-too-common investing phenomenon. What is your relationship with cash?

    By Heather Pelant
  • Financials

    Why return expectations are changing around the world

    The return expectations we have for our investments aren’t what they used to be. Continued market ups and downs have pushed many of us out of the market and into cash.

    By Heather Pelant
  • uploads///Minimum Volatility Funds Provide Cushion During Risk Off Scenarios
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Minimum Volatility Funds Have Outperformed

    Minimum volatility funds have outperformed broader markets in the long term. By limiting the downside during the troughs of a volatile market, the minimum volatility index is better able to capitalize on rebounds.

    By Heather Pelant
  • uploads///The Basic Components of the Portfolio Stocks and Bonds Move Differently
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Stocks and Bonds Aren’t Enough for an Optimal Portfolio

    Historically, stocks and bonds have moved in opposite directions. The correlation shows to what extent one asset moves in tandem with the other.

    By Heather Pelant
  • uploads///Invest in Different Classes of Bonds to Diversify Your Bond Portfolios
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Own Bonds across Credit Quality to Diversify Your Portfolio

    Adding bonds across credit classes helps diversify your bond portfolio. The weight of each category depends on your risk appetite and the business cycle.

    By Heather Pelant
  • uploads///Certain Industries respond differently to different phases of the business cycle
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Importance of Owning Both Defensive and Cyclical Stocks

    Cyclical industries like technology and financials tend to perform differently from defensive industries like utilities and consumer staples.

    By Heather Pelant
  • uploads///Stock and Bond Volatility Has Increased This Year
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Higher Volatility: You Need to Rethink Your Portfolio Strategy

    Higher volatility calls for you to rethink your strategy. After being calm for most of 2014, both bonds (AGG)(BND) and stocks have experienced volatility this year.

    By Heather Pelant
  • uploads///The SP  Has Performed Well in the Long Term Despite Volatility
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why You Should Sit Tight through the Market Volatility

    The S&P 500 Index (SPY) (VOO) has grown ~4.1 times, or 309.1%, over the last 20 years.

    By Heather Pelant
  • uploads///What is  in  Worth Today
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Holding Cash Is Not a Good Strategy in the Long Run

    Holding cash is not a good strategy in the long run, as inflation reduces your purchasing power.

    By Heather Pelant
  • uploads///Volatility Has Been High in
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Market Volatility Is the New Normal

    Market volatility is the new normal as the stronger dollar, high valuations, and poor economic data act as headwinds.

    By Heather Pelant
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