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. Economics

    Greece Isn’t The Only Problem U.S. Stocks Face

    Both stocks and bonds fell last week, due to several factors dampening investor sentiment. The most obvious one is the evolving situation in Greece.
  2. Economics

    The Most Likely Outcome For Greece

    After more than five years of a Greek drama, most of us have become fatigued with hearing about Greece’s debt problems, the one issue that won’t go away.
  3. Investing

    What’s Driving Markets Today

    While U.S. stocks managed to eke out modest gains last week, it wasn’t without some violent swings along the way.
  4. Investing

    Why Higher Rates Could Be Good News For Consumers

    While rates remain extraordinarily low by historical standards, in the last few months we have witnessed a modest change in the environment.
  5. Investing

    One Step Closer To Normal

    The global interest rate environment is changing. Last week, bond yields in the U.S., U.K., Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand all hit new highs.
  6. Savings

    What’s Behind The Sluggish Economic Recovery

    While the economy is improving, the rate of improvement is much lower than economists had expected. Estimates for Q2 GDP have collapsed to 2.5% from 3.2%.
  7. Investing

    Places To Consider Riding Out The Rate Change

    Despite multiple signs that global growth remains sluggish, bond yields recently hit fresh highs for the year.
  8. Economics

    Is The Yuan The New Greenback?

    China is increasingly top of mind for investors. While bulls see an opportunity in a massive equity rally, bears are focused on a slowing economy.
  9. Investing

    Where To Look For Yield In A Low-Yield World

    While U.S. yields are likely to rise by year’s end, last week’s decline in yields is a reminder that we’re in a “low-for-long” interest rate environment.
  10. Professionals

    Advice To New Graduates: 3 Suggestions & One Rule

    Here are three suggestions for new graduates about to enter the work force, designed to ease your passage into the work world.
  11. Investing

    Why To Look For Opportunities Overseas

    While U.S. equities can continue to climb and post further gains before the end of the year, the best opportunities may still reside outside the country.
  12. Investing

    Do Record Stock Highs Signal A Top?

    Despite higher rates, U.S. stocks have been posting new records in recent weeks, despite investor concerns about slowing U.S. corporate profit growth.
  13. Investing

    What A Rate Hike May Mean For Stocks

    By the end of the year, investors will likely be contending with the first Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike in nearly a decade.
  14. Investing

    The Case For Stocks Today

    Last week, U.S. equities advanced with the S&P 500 Index notching new records. Investors are now getting nervous with rate and currency volatility spiking.
  15. Economics

    The Big Chill: What’s Wrong With The U.S. Consumer

    Based on the most recent April data, investors may, once again, be disappointed when the second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) report comes in.
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