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,, 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

    Why Rates are Not Moving

    Whatever happened to the increase in interest rates that was supposed to occur? Russ explains.
  2. Markets & Economy

    Why Investors are Ignoring Political dysfunction—for Now

    We discuss an enigma: Stocks continue to climb higher and volatility is at all-time lows while disarray reigns in Washington. ...
  3. Investing

    Is High Yield Today More Resilient to Oil Volatility? Not at any Price

    High yield is not responding to the fall in oil prices like it’s 2016. Russ talks about why the pain point is lower today ...
  4. Investing

    The Geekiest (and most Important) Number Nobody is Discussing

    Russ explains why investors should pay more attention to the stock-bond correlation coefficient and understand its impact ...
  5. Investing

    Momentum May Be Running Out of Momentum

    Russ discusses why momentum, which has thrashed value this year, could struggle in the second half.
  6. Investing

    Into Thin Air

    Stocks are getting expensive by traditional measures. Russ takes a look at what history tells us about what could happen ...
  7. Investing

    What’s Behind the Tech Selloff

    Russ discusses why many technology stocks have tumbled recently, without any obvious reason.
  8. Investing

    Don’t Read Too Much Into the Dollar’s Decline

    Russ explains the different circumstances that have pushed the U.S. dollar downward and what the recent retreat means for ...
  9. Markets & Economy

    Keep Your Eyes On the Credit Markets, Not Washington

    With political uncertainty on the rise in D.C., will market volatility spike? Russ discusses why the economy and credit markets ...
  10. Investing

    The Yield “Melt-Up” That Wasn’t

    Russ talks about why bond yields remain low this year, despite expectations of a rise.
  11. Markets & Economy

    What I Learned at the Milken Conference

    Russ discusses the important trends that emerged from a compelling conference of finance, business and political leaders. ...
  12. Markets & Economy

    Preventive Medicine: Playing Defense with Health Care

    With risks abounding in the markets, Russ discusses the case for health care as a defensive sector.
  13. Markets & Economy

    Reflation Moderation

    We discuss what comes next after the “reflation trade" that began in late 2016 which has lost steam.
  14. Investing

    Small Caps Looking for a Catalyst

    Small cap stocks are faltering this year. Russ describes why and whether that will continue.
  15. Investing

    The Seesaw Relationship of Volatility and Momentum Stocks

    Volatility is creeping back into the markets. Russ discusses why that holds some peril for momentum stocks.
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