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BlackRock introduces Multi-Manager Alternative Strategies Fund

BBR Staff Writer Published 13 August 2014

BlackRock launched the BlackRock Multi-Manager Alternative Strategies Fund (BMMAX) (the “Fund”), designed to offer individual investors the opportunity to access multiple alternative investment strategies in a single open-end mutual fund.

The investment objective of the Fund is to seek total return. BMMAX extends BlackRock's alternative mutual fund platform to seven funds, further establishing the firm as one of the preeminent providers of alternative investment solutions globally, with more than $115 billion in assets under management (at 6/30/14).

The Fund leverages the industry knowledge and understanding of BlackRock Alternative Advisors (BAA), which is BlackRock's well-established, hedge fund solutions platform with more than 19 years of experience building and managing hedge fund portfolios.

"Following the market volatility of recent years, it is critical for investors to understand that exposure to a wider range of investments is necessary as part of a core investment strategy," said Ken Barbuscio, head of product and platform development for BlackRock's U.S. Wealth Advisory Division. "BMMAX provides individual investors with a way to diversify across alternative investment managers and strategies in a single portfolio solution."

BlackRock is responsible for identifying and retaining Sub-Advisers for the Fund's selected strategies and for monitoring the services provided by the Sub-Advisers. Mark Everitt, CFA, Albert Matriotti, David Matter, CFA and Edward Rzeszowski are jointly responsible for setting the overall investment strategy and overseeing the management of the Fund.

The Fund allocates fund assets among alternative strategies managed by BlackRock and external sub-advisers including:

Benefit Street Partners, LLC - Fundamental Long/Short
Independence Capital Asset Partners, LLC - Fundamental Long/Short
LibreMax Capital, LLC - Fundamental Long/Short
Loeb King Capital management - Event Driven
MeehanCombs LP - Fundamental Long/Short
PEAK6 Advisors LLC - Relative Value
QMS Capital Management LP - Directional Trading

Source: Company Press Release