BlackRock (BLK) CEO Larry Fink said that "markets have been resilient to political shocks," but even as they anticipate policy normalization, "negative yields remain a reality in some countries."
Fink's comments were made on an earnings call highlighting the company's adaptation to a shifting geopolitical environment and a new wealth management industry centered on implementing technology.
Technology will change "the entire ecosystem of what we do," Fink said. BlackRock will spend $1 billion on technology and data solutions this year with over 3,500 employees in related roles including programming and quant analytics.
Fink also spoke at length about BlackRock's Aladdin Platform investment operating system. Aladdin will be a "transformation" for BlackRock to excel in portfolio construction and risk management. The margins are "subdued" during Aladdin's implementation process, but increased utilization and subsequent revenues will shift Aladdin to the front of BlackRock's operations.
BlackRock stock traded down almost 2% at Monday's open.
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