BlackRock

iShare’s Core EAFE ETF
Across BlackRock’s four largest exchange-traded funds, the manager’s MSCI EAFE tracking ETF has experienced two days so far in 2018 of outsized trading volume.
ETF providers offer more to gain manager business
ETF providers are moving into more niche strategies to attract business from institutional money managers.
Asset owners, managers trying new ways to take direct approach

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ALTERNATIVES -

Institutions are taking a different approach to investing in alternatives, focusing on advantages aside from capital.
Managers targeting alternatives firms

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MONEY MANAGEMENT -

Acquisition activity for alternative managers is the highest since the financial crisis.
Investors wonder if they can combat gun violence
Conversations about what role, if any, investors should play in stemming gun violence are heating up since the shootings in Parkland, Fla.
BlackRock, Vanguard less likely to vote against CEO compensation – report

Governance -

Governance -

BlackRock and Vanguard Group continue to be among the mutual fund companies more likely to vote with management on CEO compensation.
BlackRock outlines questions for weapons manufacturers, distributors

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ESG -

BlackRock announced Friday a list of questions it is asking major gun-makers and retailers.

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SEARCHES AND HIRES -

Minnesota State Board of Investment plans to search for at least one non-discretionary private markets consultant and committed $1.34 billion.
High-yield ETF bears wake for spring
Short intertest spiked amid the market volatility in the first half of February. High-yield bond funds saw notable shorting over the 15-day period as the high-yield spread jumped almost 60 basis...

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SEARCHES AND HIRES -

Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association restructured its $13.6 billion fixed-income portfolio.
Long-duration strategies take bonds mantle from high yield

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SPECIAL REPORT -

Long-duration strategies were the top performers in fixed income for the year ended Dec. 31, according to Morningstar data.
More seek multiasset credit strategies to diversify return stream
Faced with a complex array of credit investments and a need to drive returns, asset owners are turning to multiasset credit strategies.

Money Management -

Money Management -

BlackRock hired Brent Patry as as a managing director responsible for credit deal sourcing globally.
BlackRock looking to raise $10 billion for longer-term private equity strategy

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PRIVATE EQUITY -

BlackRock is shopping a new all weather-type perpetual private equity investment vehicle with a $10 billion fundraising target.
PSP Investments taps global real estate head as Canadian pension fund's new CEO

Pension Funds -

Pension Funds -

Public Sector Pension Investment Board named Neil Cunningham as president and CEO, as predecessor Andre Bourbonnais heads to BlackRock.