BlackRock

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Kentucky Retirement Systems, Frankfort, hired BlackRock to manage $440 million in an intermediate bond index fund.

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Many industry participants believe fixed-income ETFs represent the greatest opportunity for growth across the ETF ecosystem.
Easy market access with ETFs

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Both the number of U.S.-listed ETFs offered and assets under management reached new heights in the first quarter.
80% of equity market cap held by institutions

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Institutions own about 78% of the market value of the U.S. broad-market Russell 3000 index, and 80% of the large-cap S&P 500 index.
BlackRock's assets surge 5% on another strong quarter of passive inflows

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BlackRock reports $5.42 trillion in assets under management as of March 31, up 5% from three months earlier and up 14% from a year earlier.
BlackRock opposes shareholder proposal critical of firm's proxy voting on executive compensation

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BlackRock's board of directors recommends voting against a shareholder proposal critical of the money manager's proxy voting on executive compensation at companies it invests in.
Majority of public firms' CEOs see 2016 pay drop

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Eight of 11 publicly traded asset managers or firms with asset manager divisions, reporting so far, cut total CEO compensation in 2016 from the previous year.
AI? It's not sci-fi anymore

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Artificial intelligence has caused most of job losses in U.S. manufacturing over the past decade, could the investment management industry be next to feel AI's impact on employment?
Larry Fink's compensation drops in 2016 to $25.5 million

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Laurence D. Fink, BlackRock chairman and CEO, was paid $25.5 million in 2016, down slightly from the previous year, the company's proxy says.
BlackRock accused in lawsuit of self-dealing in 401(k) plan

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A former BlackRock employee alleges BlackRock 401(k) plan executives breached their fiduciary duties by emphasizing proprietary investments that underperformed comparative funds, which also charged...
Institutions not afraid to move beyond biggest players

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BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street command 80% of ETF assets under management in the U.S., but smaller institutional investors continue to look beyond the Big 3 for unique products.
BlackRock puts more of its future in tech

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In technology race, BlackRock reorganizes active equity platform, turns to quantitative computer models.

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BlackRock is far from the only asset manager focusing on technology upgrades to adapt to an increasingly evolving investment landscape.