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. Commodities

    3 Guidelines to Navigate the Economic Fog

    Here are three guidelines to help investors navigate the current murky economic picture.
  2. Investing Strategy

    What Price to Pay for Yield?

    Investors are increasingly willing to pay a premium for any alternative. The question now is: how much is too much?
  3. Investing Strategy

    Keep Calm and Add More Carry

    Investors need to consider the role of positive cash flow which is referred to as “carry” by financial professionals. Here are three trends to support a greater focus on carry in a portfolio.
  4. Investing Strategy

    Are These the Golden Days for Gold?

    Given an environment of low and even negative yields, slow growth and potential signs of rising inflation, Russ discusses why gold may continue to shine.
  5. Mutual Funds

    How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bond

    Though U.S. Treasuries are not as expensive as government bonds, U.S. bonds are offering a relatively paltry real return, even after adjusting for low inflation.
  6. Markets & Economy

    Can the U.S. Consumer Continue to Hold Up the World?

    Seven years into the recovery, a key driver of economic growth continues to demonstrate a frustrating conundrum: Consumer spending remains respectable.
  7. Markets & Economy

    Do You Believe in Central Bank Magic?

    There are credible explanations for the recent economic rally, but most importantly, central banks have added still more stimulus.
  8. Markets & Economy

    Why Investors Have Reason to Be Optimistic

    A broad measure of global equities (the MSCI ACWI Index) entered a bear market recently. And fears over the banking sector and a global recession are rising.
  9. Stock Analysis

    A Shopping List for Bargain Hunters

    Against the backdrop in the global markets, bargain-hunting investors are asking whether there may be opportunities.
  10. High Net Worth Strategy

    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.
  11. High Net Worth Strategy

    Where to Ride Out the Volatility

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

    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.
  13. Markets & Economy

    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.
  14. Markets & Economy

    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. 
  15. Retirement Planning

    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.
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