BlackRock says Russia’s war in Ukraine is the end of globalization


Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has ended globalization as we know it, says the head of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager.

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink told shareholders in a letter on Thursday that Russia’s “decoupling from the global economy” following its assault on Ukraine has caused governments and companies to examine their reliance on other nations.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine has put an end to the globalization we have experienced over the last three decades,” Fink wrote.

The CEO, whose company manages $10 trillion in assets, predicted that Russia’s isolation will “prompt companies and governments worldwide to reevaluate their dependencies and reanalyze their manufacturing and assembly footprints.”

But some countries could benefit from focusing on building up their domestic industries, as companies onshore or “nearshore” their operations, he said.

Fink said that the coronavirus pandemic had already set these wheels in motion.

Early in the pandemic, countries struggled to secure desperately needed personal protective equipment made in China. When economies reopened — and demand surged — supply-chain bottlenecks helped push inflation up to levels not seen in decades. A shortage of semiconductor chips, in particular, has plagued industries over the past year, from carmakers to tech companies.

And now Russia’s assault on Ukraine — followed by swift and punishing Western sanctions and a raft of company exits — has disrupted international export markets. The price of Brent crude, the global benchmark, surged above $139 a barrel in early March as buyers feared supply shocks, though oil has since come down.

“Energy security has joined the energy transition as a top global priority,” Fink said.

While Fink anticipates that coal consumption may increase over the next year as Europe and Asia try to wean themselves off Russian oil and gas, soaring energy prices will likely make renewables more competitive, he said.

“Longer-term, I believe that recent events will actually accelerate the shift toward greener sources of energy in many parts of the world,” Fink wrote.

2 thoughts on “BlackRock says Russia’s war in Ukraine is the end of globalization

  1. Some interesting twists and turns from, Fink, but ever his objectives align with planet-controllers:

    “Fink has made clear that the conflict in Ukraine is being used as an accelerator to reorganize the global economy as the old world order crumbles and a multipolar world emerges. Supply chains will be on-shored or moved closer to home, and the WEF’s agenda of a green new world, more corporate surveillance, and trackable money are inevitable this decade. … On digital currencies, Fink said the Ukrainian conflict has the ‘potential impact on accelerating digital currencies. The war will prompt countries to re-evaluate their currency dependencies.’ He spoke about central bank digital currencies (CBDC) and how they ‘can enhance the settlement of international transactions while reducing the risk of money laundering and corruption.’ Again, Fink is following WEF’s script of implementing new forms of digital currency that will mean governments will have more control over the people.”
    — Tyler Durden

    At first I thought the root word of ‘digital’ is dig, which made sense since they’re always digging for money, our money. But then I saw the root word as ‘digit.’ Can you guess which one I have in the air?


  2. So all sovereign nations will get their manufacturing capabilities & facilities back from China now & begin being more self-sufficient the way they were & should be? Ahh thought not…

    Fink is one of those snakes – off with it’s head!!!

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