If you’re looking for the best BlackRock mutual funds to buy now, you are in luck for two reasons: 1) There are hundreds of BlackRock funds to choose from, and 2) we’re doing the hard work for you by giving you the top four BlackRock mutual funds!
A primary reason there are so many BlackRock funds to choose from is that the parent company, BlackRock, Inc (BLK), acquired other asset managers, such as Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, State Street, and Barclays Global. Therefore, many of their mutual funds consist of old Merrill Lynch mutual funds, and BlackRock also owns the State Street ETFs, which are otherwise known as “iShares.”
Selection Criteria for the Best BlackRock Mutual Funds
Coming up with any “best of” list is often a subjective undertaking — just look at the reactions to any list of the best rock albums of all time. For this reason, I made my best attempt at forming an objective selection criteria for the top four BlackRock mutual funds.
- I selected one fund from each of the four categories where BlackRock shines brightest: 1) U.S. stock funds, 2) bond funds, 3) sector funds, and 4) balanced/tactical allocation funds.
- I eliminated fund categories where BlackRock does not compete well compared to other mutual fund companies, such as international stock funds, domestic stock index funds, and target-date funds.
- Long-term performance has a greater weight than short-term performance.
- Lower expense ratios and longer manager tenure are pluses.
Now let the top four BlackRock mutual funds speak for themselves: