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  • BlackRock slashes 3% global workforce amidst industry transformation.
  • Embracing tech shifts, aims to double revenue in private markets.

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BlackRock to cut 3% of global workforce in 2024, to lay off over 600 employees

BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, previously cut 500 jobs globally in 2023 amid industry changes. The company aims to focus on tech and plans revenue surge in private markets.

BlackRock to cut 3% of global workforce in 2024, to lay off over 600 employees

BlackRock Layoffs 2024: BlackRock the globe's preeminent asset management company, announced plans to trim its global workforce by approximately 600 employees, marking around a 3% reduction, in response to significant shifts in the industry landscape.

In an internal memo addressed to staff, CEO Larry Fink and President Rob Kapito highlighted the unprecedented pace of transformation within the financial sector. "We are witnessing the most rapid evolution in our industry since BlackRock's inception," the memo stated.

The memo emphasized the burgeoning preference for Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) as the primary investment tool, encompassing both index and active investment strategies. Fink and Kapito underscored the pivotal role of advancing technologies in revolutionizing not just the asset management sector but also other industries.

Despite the workforce reduction, the company remains focused on overall growth, anticipating an expanded staff by year-end. BlackRock is strategically enlarging specific segments of its operations, particularly in Europe and Asia.

BlackRock's decision to downsize aligns with recent industry trends. Several major asset management firms, such as Wellington Management and T. Rowe Price Group Inc., have recalibrated their workforce and financial allocations in response to market dynamics.

Embracing a comprehensive approach, BlackRock aims to position itself as a comprehensive investment solution, offering an array of equity, bond, and money-market funds alongside tailored strategies for private assets. The company is also looking to substantially augment its revenue from private markets, aiming for a doubling within the next five years.

BlackRock Job Cuts

This reduction follows earlier downsizing initiatives by BlackRock, including a 2.5% reduction (approximately 500 employees) announced in January of the previous year, followed by additional cuts in June, affecting less than 1% of its workforce.

The firm, which reported $9.1 trillion in client assets as of September 30, is slated to disclose its fourth-quarter earnings later this week. BlackRock faced slight market fluctuations, with a 1.8% decline in its shares this year, following a 15% surge in 2023. The company observed its initial quarterly outflows since the pandemic's onset in 2020, with $13 billion withdrawn from long-term investment funds, although it reported substantial inflows in ETFs and index mutual funds.

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