Russ Koesterich

Russ Koesterich

Russ Koesterich, CFA, is the Chief Investment Strategist for BlackRock and iShares Chief Global Investment Strategist.

He is a founding member of the Blackrock Investment Institute, delivering BlackRock’s insights on global investment issues. During his 20+ year career as an investment researcher and strategist, Russ has served as the Global Head of Investment Strategy for scientific active equities and as senior portfolio manager in the US Market Neutral Group at BlackRock.

Russ is a frequent contributor to financial news media and can regularly be seen on CNBC, Fox Business News and Bloomberg TV. He is the author of two books, including his most recent “The Ten Trillion Dollar Gamble,” which details how to position portfolios for the impact of the growing U.S. deficit. Russ is also regularly quoted in print media including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, MSNBC.com, and MarketWatch.

Russ earned a BA in history from Brandeis University, a JD from Boston College and an MBA in capital markets from Columbia University.

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  1. Investing

    What’s Holding Back the U.S. Consumer

    Even as job growth has surged and gasoline prices have plunged, U.S. consumers are proving slow to respond and repair their overextended balance sheets.
  2. Investing

    Finding Value in the Selloff Rubble

    Globally and in the United States, stocks are now in correction mode, with the recent erosion in equities in emerging markets and Europe in a bear market.
  3. Economics

    Signs of a Struggling Economy?

    Last week was another difficult one for stocks, marked by a bruising mid-week selloff triggered by China’s surprise devaluation of its currency. 
  4. Investing

    What Rising Volatility Means for Momentum

    After remaining torpid for most of the year, equity market volatility is once again rising.
  5. Investing

    Why High Yield Still Has A Role To Play

    An asset class of this bull market has been high yield debt, as many searching for income in a low-rate world have turned to these higher-yielding bonds.
  6. Investing

    No Solace in Small Caps

    In the U.S., second-quarter earnings season has generally been better than expected. However, it has failed to inspire investors.
  7. Investing

    What Are the Best Positioned Emerging Markets?

    As the Fed is poised to raise rates for the first time, many investors fear that higher rates could hurt the performance of emerging market stocks.
  8. Investing

    How to Navigate Today’s Bond Markets?

    Bond markets today are presenting investors with multiple challenges, since unconstrained bond funds are an alternative solution worth considering.
  9. Investing

    Why to Expect More Volatility Ahead?

    Stocks rebounded last week with the U.S. market taking the lead. However, investors should be aware of these two signs pointing to higher volatility ahead.
  10. Economics

    Why The Dollar’s Strength Can Continue

    Overall, the U.S. dollar has rallied this year, with the Dollar Index (DXY) now up by roughly 8 percent year-to-date, but the gain hasn’t been steady.
  11. Investing

    Is It Time To Buy Commodities?

    Despite the news, the Athens Stock Exchange is down less than 5 percent year-to-date, while the Shanghai Composite remains up more than 10 percent.
  12. Investing

    Some Overseas Markets May Prove More Resilient

    Though global markets sold off and have continued to slip in recent days, stocks in Europe and Japan are still faring better than their U.S. counterparts.
  13. Economics

    Do Transport Stocks Signal a U.S. Selloff?

    The Dow Jones Transportation Average index has underperformed the broader DJ Industrials Average, leading some market watchers to speculate a selloff.
  14. Economics

    Why U.S. Consumers Aren’t Spending

    Despite continued improvement in the labor market and lower gasoline prices, consumers' activity remains soft: retail sales growth is close to its lowest.
  15. Economics

    Will the Selloff in China Hurt the Global Economy?

    Though China is the world’s second largest economy, its volatility in the stock market is unlikely to have an impact on the global or Chinese economy.
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