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. Economics

    Investing Opportunities as Central Banks Diverge

    After the Paris attacks investors are focusing on central bank policy and its potential for divergence: tightened by the Fed while the ECB pursues easing.
  2. Economics

    Long-Term Investing Impact of the Paris Attacks

    We share some insights on how the recent terrorist attacks in Paris could impact the economy and markets going forward.
  3. Markets

    What Slow Global Growth Means for Portfolios

    While U.S. growth remains relatively resilient, global growth continues to slip.
  4. Investing

    The Enormous Long-Term Cost of Holding Cash

    We take a look into how investors are still being impacted by the memory of the tech bubble and the advent of the last financial crisis.
  5. Investing

    2 Investing Implications of Higher US Rates

    While U.S. economic data continue to come in mixed, the numbers still point to decent U.S. economic growth.
  6. Stock Analysis

    What Markets Poised to Benefit if the Fed Waits?

    Late last month, the Fed reminded that a 2015 rate hike is still a possibility; there are certain segments of the market that are more sensitive to changes.
  7. Investing

    Is it Time to Hedge Your Stock Portfolio?

    Recent weeks have seen stocks, credit and even emerging markets start to recover. Unfortunately, the gains haven’t been driven by economic improvement.
  8. Economics

    Time to Worry About a Profit Recession?

    3rd Q earnings season, a weak global economy, a strong dollar and collapsing energy prices suggest that the U.S. may be in the midst of a profit recession.
  9. Economics

    3 Recession Signposts to Watch

    For now, the recent spate of U.S. weakness appears to be a slowdown, not a full-blown recession. However, the risks to the U.S. economy have gone up.
  10. Investing

    Is it Time to “Buy” Inflation?

    Based on recent data from the Treasury-Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) market, it would seem that most investors aren’t worried about inflation.
  11. Investing

    Have Commodities Bottomed?

    Commodity prices have been heading lower for more than four years, being the worst performing asset class of 2015 with more losses in cyclical commodities.
  12. Markets

    Is Another Bear Market Ahead?

    With market volatility recently reaching its highest level, investors are questioning what the outlook is for U.S. stocks in 2015 and beyond.
  13. Markets

    An Expert’s Guide to Market Volatility

    A cursory look at the performance of major U.S. averages reveals a modest correction in stocks with relatively little movement in interest rates.
  14. Investing

    Build a Retirement Portfolio for a Different World

    When it comes to retirement rules of thumb, the financial industry is experiencing new guidelines and the new rules for navigating retirement.
  15. Economics

    Is a Recession Coming?

    In the space of a week, the VIX Index, a measure of market volatility, spiked from 13, suggesting extreme complacency, to over 50, evidencing total panic.
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