BlackRock now manages over $10 trillion in assets. Its funds are among the three largest shareholders in more than 80% of the companies in the S&P 500. In speaking about CEO Larry Fink, David Rubenstein, the co-founder of the private-equity firm Carlyle Group Inc. said, “Treasury Secretaries and finance ministers come and go. They work for someone else who can fire them tomorrow and have to build what others want them to. When you are the CEO of the biggest asset manager, you don’t have to do that.”
So when you become THAT BIG, doesn’t life get boring? What’s next? Another jet, or a bigger horse farm? You need something to get you out of bed in the morning. And so we have ESG investing (to gobble up more fees) and a partnership with CHINA. What damage is being done to America’s standing in the world when these “masters of the universe” sell us down the river?
The billions they manage in pensions gives them POWER. Do you really think the teachers, firemen, and police officers whose money is being thrown around like fried rice realize this? I’d guess no. Stay tuned.
Action Line: Listen up. Sam Zell was on to something when he said on CNBC a few years ago: “I didn’t know Larry Fink had been made God.” Investing in index funds and ESG gives managers carte blanche to vote your shares any way they like. You invest, they win. Instead, build an investment plan that relies on owning individual stocks. If you need help, I would love to talk with you. In the meantime, if you’re serious about improving the safety of your family and your finances, but you need encouragement to break through the inertia of the daily grind that holds you back, click here to sign up for my free monthly Survive & Thrive newsletter. I’ll push you each month to move past what’s holding you back and achieve success. But only if you’re serious.
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