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- What's In Your Wallet - American Express Shares Soar After Earnings Release
- Deutsche Bank's Executive Departures Continue Following Change in CEO
- Reflections of an Economist Commissioner (SEC's Piwowar)
- Billionaire HF Manager and The Fed Chair Runner-Up are Investing in New Cryptocurrency
- Court Finds 2 Brokers Liable for Fraud Involving Mortgage-Backed Securities
- One FINRA: An Organization’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
- 2018 GASB Accounting Support Fee to Fund the Governmental Accounting Standards Board
- Barclays Eyes Move Into Cryptocurrency Trading
- Goldman Breaks From Wall Street Pack with Bond-Trading Boom
- Janney Montgomery Scott CEO Joins FINRA Board of Governors
- SEC Encourages Investors to Do Background Checks on Investor.gov
- The Martin Act: Wall Street Titan Takes Aim at Law That Tripped Him Up
- Bank of America’s Cost-Cutting Drive Pushes Profit to Record
- Larry Fink: Wall Street’s $6 Trillion Man Finally Worth $1Bn
- Activist Investor Wants Barclays Investment Banking Overhaul (Video)
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BlackRock Axes Over 30, Revamps Active-Equity Group
BlackRock may be the world’s biggest money manager, but size doesn’t mean it’s immune from sluggish fund performance and investor withdrawals. Which led CEO Larry Fink to move forward with some major changes to BlackRock’s actively managed equities business. Mr. Fink now sees computer models and data science as the future of active-equity management.
On Tuesday, the firm announced that over 30 people were fired – including 5 of its 53 fundamental portfolio managers, and about $6 billion in funds were moved into cheaper funds which rely more on computers than on humans for stock-picking. Fees will be reduced by around 19% to 56% on the moved funds. The firm is also moving assets from active-equity funds to an income series that produces higher dividend yields.
On the flip side, the firm expects to increase spending on data-mining techniques, with an eye to improving investment performance. And, over the next 18 months, Mark Wiseman, who heads up BlackRock’s active equities operations, expects to hire about the same number of employees who were laid off – though with different pedigrees. BlackRock will be looking for people with deep research capabilities, technological and data analytics skills, and will put more emphasis on hiring in the emerging markets, especially Asia.