The U.S.-domiciled BlackRock Asian Dragon will be repurposed as BlackRock Sustainable Emerging Markets Equity effective Oct. 28, 2021. The new mandate will be jointly comanaged by Stephen Andrews and Emily Fletcher, who have already worked together on BGF Emerging Markets Equity Income since 2018. That said, we continue to have reservations around Andrews’ limited portfolio management experience, the broader team’s instability, and the investment process’ efficacy particularly under its new dual objective of beating the benchmark and meeting its ESG objectives. As such, the strategy earns a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Neutral for the fund’s cheapest share classes, including the K share class, while the more expensive ones are rated Negative. Our ratings already reflect alpha expectations for the fund of its new Morningstar Category, which will change to diversified emerging markets equity on Nov. 1, 2021, to reflect the strategy’s new mandate.
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