Australian investors increasingly turning to fixed income ETFs 

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Bond ETFs are transforming how Australian investors access fixed income markets by bringing convenience and transparency to a historically hard-to-access asset class. At BlackRock, we see investors increasingly turning to fixed income ETFs for their rich diversity of exposures and good value. In June 2019, bond ETF assets topped $1 trillion USD globally. In Australia, […]

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Asia Pacific insurers remain positive on investment outlook with an increasing focus on portfolio resilience

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Insurers remain positive about the short-term investment outlook and do not see a global recession coming before 2022, according to new research from BlackRock on insurers’ investment portfolios. Despite their optimistic economic outlook, Asia Pacific insurers’ allocation to risk has been tempered slightly relative to 2018, in part due to evolving regulatory landscape. As a […]

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BlackRock Australia appoints David Porter as new Head of Melbourne to drive growth

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BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited (BlackRock) has announced the appointment of David Porter, in the newly created role of Head of Melbourne. Mr Porter will lead our Melbourne team to deliver tailored solutions to meet clients’ evolving needs, as well as develop new strategic relationships that engage across multiple BlackRock capabilities. Mr Porter, who is […]

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BlackRock launches ESG-focused Global Bond Index Fund (AUD hedged)

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BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited (BlackRock) has announced the launch of its new unlisted iShares ESG Global Bond Index Fund, benchmarked to a customised Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Global Aggregate SRI Select ex-Fossil Fuels Index (AUD hedged). The fund is designed for ESG-aware investors seeking a core fixed income exposure to Global fixed income securities and […]

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2019 BlackRock Investment Institute mid-year outlook report

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BlackRock Investment Institute (BII) has published their 2019 mid-year outlook report. In summary, the key change in BlackRock’s outlook is that they now see trade and geopolitical frictions as the principal driver of the global economy and markets. Subsequently, BlackRock has downgraded its  growth outlook further, and taken a modestly more defensive investing stance. Ben Powell, Chief APAC Investment Strategist BII said: […]

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BlackRock appoints Tony Tang Head of China

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BlackRock has announced the appointment of Tony Tang as Head of China, effective July 2019. In his role, Mr Tang will oversee development and execution of the firm’s long-term business strategy in China. He will work closely with colleagues, clients, partners, and regulators alike while representing the firm’s China capabilities to BlackRock’s global client base. […]

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BlackRock appoints Andrew Landman Head of Australasia

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BlackRock has appointed Andrew Landman Head of Australasia. He succeeds Dominik Rohé, who takes over as Head of the Latin America region. Mr Landman takes up his new post in June, while continuing to play his existing role as Head of Asia Pacific Client Business. He will return to Sydney from Hong Kong once his […]

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BlackRock launches Australia’s first ESG-focused Australian Bond Index Fund

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BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited (BlackRock) has announced the launch of its new unlisted ESG-focused Australian Bond Index (ESGABI) fund. The fund, benchmarked to a customised Bloomberg Barclays MSCI SRI ESG-Weighted Australian Aggregate A$100M Index, provides Australian institutional and retail investors with diversified, low-cost access to the local fixed income market with enhanced ESG outcomes. […]

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An open letter to business leaders

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Each year, I write to the companies in which BlackRock invests on behalf of our clients, the majority of whom have decades-long horizons and are planning for retirement. As a fiduciary to these clients, who are the owners of your company, we advocate for practices that we believe will drive sustainable, long-term growth and profitability. […]

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Blackrock appoints Geraldine Buckingham as chair and head of Blackrock Asia Pacific

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BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) has appointed Geraldine Buckingham as Chair and Head of BlackRock Asia Pacific, succeeding Ryan Stork, who becomes Deputy Global Chief Operating Officer, based in New York. Both appointments take effect February 2019 and Ms. Buckingham will relocate to Hong Kong from New York. Laurence D. Fink, BlackRock’s Chairman and CEO, said: “Asia-Pacific is one of BlackRock’s most critical priorities. […]

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