Last updated: 04:00 / Thursday, 22 July 2021
Access to SMAs

BlackRock Takes Minority Stake in SpiderRock Advisors

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  • Their strategic venture will expand access to professionally managed, options-based separately managed account (SMA) strategies
  • This venture builds on BlackRock’s position as a market leader in personalized SMAs, with its franchise managing over 190 billion dollars in SMAs
  • SpiderRock Advisors will offer wealth management firms and financial advisors more tools to deliver tax-efficient, personalized portfolios and risk management solutions

BlackRock and SpiderRock Advisors have entered into a strategic venture to expand access for wealth firms and financial advisors to professionally managed, options-based separately managed account (SMA) strategies. As part of the agreement, BlackRock will make a minority investment in SpiderRock Advisors.

This new venture builds on BlackRock’s position as a market leader in personalized SMAs, with its franchise managing over 190 billion dollars in SMAs as of March 31. This includes the acquisition of Aperio, a provider of personalized index solutions, which took place at the end of 2020.

SpiderRock Advisors will offer wealth management firms and financial advisors more tools to deliver tax-efficient, personalized portfolios and risk management solutions. This leading provider of customized options strategies in the U.S. wealth market manages approximately 2.5 billion dollars in client assets as of March 31, 2021.

The firm’s strategies are available through all of the major RIA custodians and are focused on risk management and yield enhancement for diversified portfolios as well as concentrated stock positions. BlackRock’s market leaders and consultants in U.S. Wealth Advisory will serve as the primary distribution and marketing team in introducing SpiderRock Advisors’ advisory services and strategies to wealth firms and financial advisors.

BlackRock is already an industry leader in SMAs for U.S. wealth management-focused intermediaries. The firm’s SMA franchise specializes in providing customized actively managed fixed income, equity, and multi-asset strategies. In its view, the venture with SpiderRock Advisors will expand the breadth of personalization capabilities available to wealth managers through this firm.

!We are excited to partner with BlackRock to introduce SpiderRock Advisors and our options management capabilities to a wider audience of firms and their clients,” said Eric Metz, President and Chief Investment Officer of SpiderRock Advisors. He believes that innovative advisors understand the value of managing risk "as we navigate a challenging capital markets landscape".

"Between potential tax reform, historically low interest rates, and volatile equity markets, options-based strategies and solutions can often solve client objectives more efficiently than conventional allocations and techniques. With BlackRock’s breadth of industry relationships, SpiderRock Advisors will be able to partner with more advisors to deliver tailored portfolios and help investors achieve their investment goals", he concluded.

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