Due to a lack of investment products that consider factors unique to women, Blackrock is looking to fill the void by creating its first model portfolios for women. The three factors that are specifically unique to women are life expectancy, income gaps, and employment gaps. Most investment products are missing these three-factor inputs and as a result, negatively impact women’s long-term investing success. The firm believes women may be under-allocated to equities at critical points in their lives when these three factors aren’t reflected in their investment choices. The investing giant is leveraging its proprietary LifePath® lifecycle investing framework and adjusting standard investment considerations to include the three additional inputs. The model portfolios include investment mixes for women across different life stages and could ultimately serve as the core of a woman’s portfolio.

Finsum: Blackrock believes current investment products don’t take into account three factors specific to women, which led the firm to create its first model portfolios tailored for women.

Q1 GDP came in negative for 2022 which means all it takes is a subsequent negative output report for the U.S. to slip into a recession. Goldman Sach’s Chief Economist David Mericle says this slowdown is all but inevitable, however it comes with a small advantage for markets. That is if the U.S. does slip into a recession or advanced slowdown, the Fed has no option but to stall rate hikes. All of this culminates in Goldman predicting a 75 bps hike in July, 50 bps in September, and slowing to just a quarter point in the final two meetings. Mericle is calling for a 30% chance of a recession with ultra-low 1.5% growth in the upcoming year. However, this would be quite a swing from the jobs report we have seen in recent months with strong numbers and positive growth.

Finsum: Most of Q1 GDP growth slowing was because of government spending, and consumer activity was remarkably robust; people may be too bearish about the economy. 

With fixed-income securities starting to look attractive again, fixed-income ETFs saw the most inflows during the week ending July 15th. Over $7.6 billion flowed into ETFs last week with over 90% ($6.9 billion) flowing into U.S. fixed income ETFs. The iShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETF (GOVT) saw the highest weekly inflows with $2.4 billion. It appears investors are adding fixed income back to their portfolios as yields have risen above 3%. The June Consumer Price Index came at a scorching hot 9.1%, which means the Fed is expected to increase rates another 75 or even 100 basis points in their next meeting. This could drive bond yields even higher. That makes bonds more attractive to investors and money managers due to higher yields and lower prices which should result in more flows into fixed-income ETFs.

Finsum: Higher inflation combined with rate hikes are making fixed-income securities more attractive to investors leading resulting in fixed-income ETFs dominating fund flows.

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