BlackRock Portfolio Analysis and Solutions (BPAS) are a team of highly qualified investment consultants who empower clients to gain new perspectives on their portfolio, giving them the tools and support that they need to get closer to their overall portfolio objectives.

In an environment of increasing complexity, regulatory pressure, market uncertainty and an ever-evolving investment universe, we recognise that building a portfolio that continues to meet the needs of clients is becoming more and more challenging.

Capital at risk. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and are not guaranteed. Investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

How can we help you?

Through our consultancy services, we have partnered with over 800 investors*, to deliver innovative solutions and insights, to help solve their portfolio challenges. Discover some of the ways that we could support you in making better informed investment decisions.
Here are just a few examples of where we can help:

Objective alignment checks

Objective alignment checks:

Identifying your main drivers of return and analysing how they might respond in different scenarios.

Risk and style factor analysis

Risk and style factor analysis:

Analysing how your investment choices are impacting exposure to macro and style factors such as momentum and quality.

ESG analysis

ESG analysis:

Evaluating and advancing your portfolio’s ESG score and carbon footprint.

A partner at moments of change

A partner at moments of change:

Providing innovative investment ideas for you to consider, helping to bring you closer to your investment objectives.

Portfolio optimisation:

Portfolio optimisation:

Assisting with asset allocation decisions and in constructing new models.

*BlackRock Portfolio Analysis and Solutions, from January 2018 – May 2021.

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Find out how the role of fixed income in portfolios is evolving

Investors have historically allocated to fixed income to meet any of three key objectives: capital appreciation, income generation and principal preservation. In recent years, extremely low, zero and even negative interest rates have limited further capital appreciation, diminished available coupon income and called into question the ability of fixed income to buffer portfolios against risk-asset drawdowns. Furthermore, policymakers are now bumping up against the effective lower bound on interest rates –leading to an asymmetric risk/return profile for the asset class in the wake of the Covid-19 shock.


Yet fixed income remains a crucial allocation for Multi-Asset investors needing income and resiliency. It is prudent that investors rethink the role of fixed income* in portfolio construction as a result and, importantly, the composition of fixed income in Multi-Asset portfolios.


*Risk: Two main risks related to fixed income investing are interest rate risk and credit risk. Typically, when interest rates rise, there is a corresponding decline in the market value of bonds. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the issuer of the bond will not be able to repay the principal and make interest payments.


In this new era of fixed income investing, investors will need to nimbly change tactical allocations with operational ease and proper liquidity. The increased global adoption of fixed income exchange traded funds and the strong performance of these vehicles amid significant volatility in the first half of 2020 underscore that investors need to think beyond traditional implementation methods to build portfolios and generate alpha.


Sustainability will become an even more important facet of fixed income in Multi-Asset portfolios. Increasingly, environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations will need to be incorporated into all investment decisions –not just those designated as “ESG” –by asset managers and actors throughout the broader financial ecosystem, as investors conclude that sustainability risk is, in fact, investment risk.


At BlackRock, we are ready to be your partner on a journey that has just begun and will certainly shape the future success of your portfolios.


We have and will invest in research, portfolio implementation solutions and services, and products. Most of all: we will continue to put at your service our technology, knowhow, talent and more than 30 years of investment expertise toward building better portfolios with you.


I hope this paper provides a bird’s-eye view of the many areas where we have been investing. We look forward to deepening this dialogue with you –and thank you for your trust and partnership.


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