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BlackRock expands Multi-Asset Income range


BlackRock has expanded its multi-asset income range with the launch of the BlackRock Global Funds (BGF) Global Conservative Income Fund (The Fund).

The fund is aimed at cautious investors seeking an alternative to low yielding investments and looking for a steady stream of income. The Fund complements BlackRock’s multi-asset income suite of products, which caters to investors across the risk spectrum. 
The fund is managed by Michael Fredericks, Justin Christofel and Alex Shingler of BlackRock’s Multi-Asset Income Investing team, who oversee more than EUR27 billion of assets. The fund seeks to deliver a steady, reliable income through multiple market environments whilst keeping risk management at the centre of the investment process. The fund tackles a broad investment universe across bonds and stocks and also has the ability to invest in complementary asset classes, including global REITs, preferred stocks, mortgage-backed securities and equity covered call options.
Access to this broad investment universe brings diversification to investors and allows the managers to adapt the portfolio to meet the fund’s yield targets. With risk management at its core, the portfolio is managed to maintain risk at a level equal to or lower than its 70 per cent bonds and 30 per cent equities risk benchmark.
Michael Fredericks, Lead Portfolio Manager of the BGF Global Conservative Income Fund and Head of Income Investing for Multi-Asset Strategies at BlackRock, says: “The balance between risk and reward in today’s investment landscape has left investors in a challenging position. Low rates have investors starved for income, yet market uncertainty makes it hard to take on risk. The BlackRock Global Conservative Income Fund seeks to solve this problem by aiming to offer consistent income while closely managing risk.”
Michael Gruener, Head of EMEA Retail at BlackRock, says: “The global financial crisis and continued uncertain market environment has given investors reason to be ever-more cautious about where and how they invest for income. Investors at the cautious end of the spectrum may, at times, find their options limited in terms of cash flow generating investment vehicles that satisfy their risk appetite. Taking a conservative approach with risk management at its centre, the BlackRock Conservative Income Fund is designed to generate a regular income stream for investors through multiple market environments.”

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