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

    How to Ballast a Portfolio with Bonds

    If January and early February performance is any guide, there’s a new normal in financial markets today: Heightened volatility.
  2. Investing

    Where to Ride Out the Volatility

    The one word that characterizes financial markets today: volatile. Take a look at these three considerations.
  3. Markets

    The (Expected) Market Impact of the 2016 Election

    With primary season upon us, investor attention is beginning to turn to the upcoming U.S. presidential election.
  4. Economics

    3 Charts All Investors Should See

    Given the abysmal start to the year, the defining question is whether this is another painful but temporary correction, or the start of a bear market.
  5. Markets

    What Saudi-Iranian Tensions Mean for Oil Prices

    The recent break in diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran adds complications to the already chaotic environment of Middle East geopolitics. 
  6. Retirement

    4 Financial Fitness Tips for 30-Somethings

    When it comes to investing, your retirement plan could be considered the core of your financial well-being. Here we tell you how.
  7. Investing

    5 Portfolio Ideas for 2016

    The Fed's zero interest rate policy is ending after seven years, the global economy is slowing and financial assets of all stripes aren’t entirely cheap.
  8. Stock Analysis

    What I Got Right (and Wrong) in 2015

    This year was distinct for two, contradictory reasons: rising volatility and stagnant returns, at least in the United States.
  9. Investing

    Where Investors Have Turned Optimistic

    The old adage “familiarity breeds contempt” helps explain the “love-hate” relationship most investors have with their home market. Here, a few examples.
  10. Markets

    Can EM Debt Continue to Outperform?

    EM stocks and currencies have posted volatile and disappointing performance amid concerns about slowing global growth and lower commodity prices.
  11. Economics

    Drilling Down for Bargains After Oil’s Decline

    Stocks have suffered with year-to-date returns for U.S. equities once again negative: collapsing oil prices and the implications for energy-related debt.
  12. Economics

    Can the Global Economy Keep Going?

    It’s becoming increasingly difficult to make sense of the conflicting signals coming in about the state of the global economy.
  13. Investing

    Time to Favor TIPS?

    Amid the sluggish economic recovery, investor expectations for future inflation have also moderated, but perhaps by too much.
  14. Investing

    Can Small Caps Rebound?

    While the collective concensus was right on the dollar rising, it was wrong on at least one implication of a stronger greenback: small-cap outperformance.
  15. Investing

    Time to Bring Active Back into a Portfolio?

    While stocks have rallied since the economic recovery in 2009, many active portfolio managers have struggled to deliver investor returns in excess.
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