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Tuesday, November  6, 2007 @ 2:00 – 4:00pm EDT
Institutional Approaches Bring New Value to Defined Contribution /
BlackRock Prepared Portfolios:  Target Date Funds

- Edward Ng, Managing Director, BlackRock  Learn More
- Thomas Skrobe, Managing Director, BlackRock  Learn More

As the Defined Contribution market continues to grow and evolve at an exponential rate, Thomas Skrobe (Managing Director, Head of U.S. Defined Contribution) will provide a legislative and market overview of this landscape as well as address trends affecting DC Plan Sponsors, Recordkeepers and Consultants. Additionally, he will review some of the main questions Plan Sponsors and Providers need to be aware of in this environment specifically around solutions, products and plan design.

Edward Ng (Managing Director, Multi-Asset Portfolio Strategies – MAPS) will provide an overview and introduction to BlackRock’s Prepared Portfolios: Target Date funds, a suite of investment products designed to address the needs of DC Plan Sponsors and Participants. This overview includes intricacies around the glidepath construction process, the benefit of active asset allocation, as well as portfolio management, implementation, and key questions to consider when selecting a Target Date fund provider.

  • Defined Contribution Plan Sponsors with over $500 million in AUM
  • Defined Contribution Recordkeepers
  • Defined Contribution Consultants

BlackRock® is a premier provider of global investment management services. As of September 30, 2007 BlackRock manages $1.3 trillion across equity, fixed income, real estate, liquidity, alternatives, and asset allocation/balanced strategies for institutional and retail clients. Through BlackRock Solutions®, the firm provides risk management and advisory services that combine capital markets expertise with proprietarily-developed systems and technology. Substantial resources are allocated to ongoing development of technology and analytical capabilities for internal users and external clients. BlackRock Solutions provides risk management and enterprise investment services for $5 trillion in assets.

BlackRock was founded in 1988 on the belief that experienced professionals using a disciplined investment process and sophisticated analytical tools can consistently add value to client portfolios.  Within this framework, the firm has assembled teams of experienced investment professionals. The “One BlackRock” approach enables these teams to leverage resources of the organization worldwide while tailoring products to meet client needs. Investment capabilities are complemented by a senior-level commitment to client service.



Edward Ng, Managing Director, BlackRock


Edward Y. Ng, CFA, Managing Director, is a member of BlackRock's Multi-Asset Portfolio Strategies group. He is responsible for developing business strategies and marketing for the group.

Mr. Ng moved to his current role in 2007. Previously, he was with the Financial Institutions Group, responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with the firm's insurance and other taxable clients. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2001, Mr. Ng was a Vice President in the Institutional Sales Group at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Mr. Ng's primary responsibility was to develop and expand the firm's insurance asset management business. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Ng was a consultant with Wilshire Associates responsible for asset allocation, investment policy, and manager selection issues for insurance company clients. Mr. Ng began his investment career in 1994 as a quantitative equity research analyst with Baring Asset Management. From 1990 to 1993, he was an engineer with Hughes Aircraft Company.

Mr. Ng earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering in 1991 from the University of California, San Diego, and both an MBA degree in finance and an MS degree in engineering, from Boston University in 1995.

Thomas Skrobe, Managing Director, BlackRock




THOMAS SKROBE, Managing Director, is a member of BlackRock’s Account Management Group. He is head of the US Defined Contribution business and is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with defined contribution plans and recordkeeping platforms. Previously, Tom was Head of Product Development and Management for BlackRock’s retail and defined contribution product lines including open end funds, closed end funds and separately managed accounts. Tom joined BlackRock as a result of the firm’s merger with MLIM. At MLIM Tom was responsible for Business and Product Development for the Americas. Prior to his last role at MLIM, Tom was head of institutional marketing for MLIM Americas. Prior to joining MLIM, Tom was head of retirement services at Goldman Sachs Funds, and previously was head of small plan 401(k) products at Smith Barney. Tom graduated from Baruch College in 1991 with a B.B.A. degree.



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