• 20+ years of experience in the financial services industry
  • Provides insight to investors as a founding member of the BlackRock Investment Institute
  • Expert investment strategist and advisor, who regularly appears in the financial industry's online, print, and broadcast media


Russ Koesterich has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. He started his career in research and equity analyst with Instinet Research Partners. He then moved to State Street Bank and Trust, where he worked as a strategist until moving to Barclays Global Investors (BGI) in 2005. Russ became part of the BlackRock team as they assumed the BGI fund-management arm in 2009. Since that time, he has filled numerous positions with BlackRock, including chief investment strategist and head of model portfolio olutions. With over $120 billion in assets and more than $7 billion in alternative products, Russ is responsible for business strategy and commercialization of active equity business.

Through the Blackrock Investment Institute, of which Russ is a founding member, he delivers insight to investors on global issues. He is a prolific writer of articles, which appear in the BlackRock Blog and on Investopedia. These pieces repost on many financial news media websites such as Seeking Alpha,,,,, Flipboard, and Yahoo. Russ has two books to his credit, The ETF Strategist (Portfolio Hardcover, 2008) and The Ten-Trillion Dollar Gamble (McGraw Hill, 2011).

Seen as an expert in the financial industry, Russ has frequent appearances on Fox Business News, CNBC, CNN, CBS, and Bloomberg TV. USA Today and The Wall Street Journal are just two of the places you will see him quoted. He speaks at road shows, conventions, and many other events.


Russ received his Master of Business Administration in Capital Markets from Columbia University, and earned his Juris Doctor at Boston College.