Larry Fink says economy will recover from coronavirus

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Larry Fink

Olivia Michael | CNBC

Larry Fink, CEO of the world’s biggest asset manager BlackRock, told shareholders that the economy will recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and when it does, there will be “tremendous opportunities” to be had. 

“In my 44 years in finance, I have never experienced anything like this,” Fink said in an annual letter to shareholders, citing the mounting cost of the virus to human life, markets and businesses small and large. 

“As dramatic as this has been, I do believe that the economy will recover steadily, in part because this
situation lacks some of the obstacles to recovery of a typical financial crisis,” Fink said. “Central banks are moving quickly to address problems in credit markets, and governments are now acting aggressively to enact fiscal stimulus.”

Late last week, President Trump signed a historic $2 trillion stimulus bill to cushion the economic blow from the pandemic. The law expands unemployment benefits, sends $1,200 checks to individuals, offers loans to small businesses and includes a $500 billion Fed program to prop up corporations. The move follows a series of actions from the Federal Reserve to stabilize the financial markets that companies and lenders rely on. 

“At BlackRock, we take a long-term view of markets, and we take a long-term view in the way we run our
company,” he said. “The world will get through this crisis. The economy will recover. And for those investors who
keep their eyes not on the shaky ground at our feet, but on the horizon ahead, there are tremendous
opportunities to be had in today’s markets.

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