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BlackRock Parent Rating Gets a Boost

We're upgrading BlackRock’s Parent Pillar rating to Positive from Neutral.

BlackRock is big, complex firm with a lot of challenges and issues, but it has demonstrated a commitment to improve on a number of fronts, including lowering fees, increasing manager ownership, and bringing its scale and technical prowess to bear on serving clients. Consequently, we’ve raised the firm’s Parent rating to Positive from Neutral.

BlackRock is the largest asset manager in the world, with more than $5 trillion in assets under management. Its investments span multiple styles, distribution channels, and product types, seemingly defying categorization. However, that has changed in recent years. Indeed, the firm’s passive strategies recently accounted for more than $3 trillion of assets thanks to strong global growth of its iShares exchange-traded funds, especially its popular Core series.