We're impressed when we learn about a startup that reaches unicorn status. A billion-dollar valuation is still news in today's business circles, but it pales in comparison to some of the larger conglomerates. We've heard a lot about BlackRock and the Vanguard Group throughout the years, but have you ever wondered how much they're worth?
It's recently come to our attention complements of Children's Health Defense, that these two giants in the asset management industry have a combined ownership of far more than most of us would have imagined. The shocking amount of money Vanguard and BlackRock control through their ownership of big businesses including a variety of legacy media and Big Pharma. We looked further into the situation and were strongly surprised at what we learned.
What is BlackRock?
Handshake shared a BlackRock intern's analysis of the company. It stands out because of the unique employees working at the firm as well as for its size. When you compare BlackRock to other financial institutions like Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs and their more than 40,000 workers, or CitiGroup and Bank of America's over 200,000 workers, BlackRock has just 14,000, but they're all close-knit.
They run the largest asset manager in the world. BlackRock accomplishes feats that nobody else has been able to pull off. There's something special about a group that is exponentially smaller yet accomplishes volumes more. Its the leader in the industry and it has risen to the status in fewer than three decades. One of the resounding mottos (unofficially) for BlackRock is that the only constant is change.
They look towards the future through sustainable investing, activism, influence on regulations, and central risk analytics tools that even the Fed uses. Wikipedia further defines BlackRock as a multinational investment management corporation. The company was established in 1988 with global operations in thirty countries of the world, and seventy offices spread out across thirty countries with clients in 100 countries. This is what BlackRock is but what does it own?
BlackRock maintains more than $9 trillion in assets under their management. Holdings include massive amounts of coal investments that it plans to sell in a bid to fulfill its commitment to achieving environmental sustainability. It will sell $500 million of its coal investments. Future investments will fall in line with this new initiative announced early in 2020.
BlackRock manages two of the Federal Reserve's bond-buying programs as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. These are the Primary Market Corporate Credit Facility valued at $500 billion and the Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility. BlackRock additionally has secured approval from the China Securities Regulatory Commission for its set up of a mutual fund business in China.
BlackRock is the third-largest stakeholder in Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. This also includes the subsidiary companies that are under the control of Pfizer, considered Big Pharma. It is also one of the top two stakeholders in four of the six major American media companies including News Corp, Disney, Comcast, and Time Warner. It also owns a stake in The New York Times.
What is Vanguard?
The Vanguard Group is an American registered investment advisor. It was formed by John C. Bogle in May of 1975. The group has been in operation for 46 years as of 2021. The Vanguard Group, Inc. is the largest mutual funds provider in the world today and is the second-largest ETF provider in the world, coming in second only to BlackRock. The multifunctional company also manages multiple mutual funds with a total of $7 trillion in assets under management. It's a part of the Big Three index fund managers dominating corporate America.
The Vanguard Group's Holdings
The Vanguard Group is the biggest stakeholder in Pfizer pharmaceuticals, hence Big Pharma. It also has ownership in four major media companies in the United States including News Corp, Disney, Comcast, Time Warner, and The New York Times. Although BlackRock has a higher figure for assets under management, The Vanguard Group is the largest shareholder of BlackRock shares. The wealthiest families in the world are associated with Vanguard Group funds.
Concerns about the Big Two
The combination of the assets under management by The Vanguard Group and BlackRock is about $17 trillion. Together they're a powerhouse of control. With such heavy influence over Big Pharma, the Mainstream Media, and many other industries, how does this impact the average citizen? Most don't even think about it and some don't care.
Those who see the secretive monopolies these giants hold realize that it gives them influence over the American public as well as the rest of the world. With control of over 90 percent of mainstream media, it's believed that their influence is currently being experienced through information shared about the Covid-19 pandemic, the pressure for vaccination, and the fear-mongering that is a constant on the news channels.
Control through fear
It's a conspiracy theorist's worst nightmare, but for the average person who likes to hear all sides of the story, it's a tough pill to swallow. The push for everyone to receive the Pfizer vaccine with possibly a booster vaccination shortly is suspect as a ploy for greater gain from the sale of the products. It's hard to know what to believe in an age when there is misinformation being spread on both sides of the issue.
Padded numbers and admissions of hospitals falsifying covid deaths for the funding benefits have been publicly acknowledged. Some who have died of other causes tested positive which technically made it possible for them to list them as Covid deaths. It doesn't make it right or help the CDC to get their facts straight. Any skewing of the data is misleading to the American public and the world.
It's suspected that those who exert influence and control are using the current pandemic to their advantage with a constant pounding of inflated data on the public. If we're not hearing about Americans engaged in hate violence against one another, there is another wave of deadly disease sweeping the land.
It's been a confusing two years for the average American and what we would like is just to have the plain and simple truth with an honest accounting of the data without any derailments of the truth because of political agenda. This goes both ways regardless of political affiliation.
Social media's role
Social media has banned any content that it considers "misinformation," but it leaves us wondering how this is defined and who is put in the godlike posturing to make that determination. Misinformation by whose and what standards? It's a big yet fair question. Let's not even pretend that there isn't some kind of political leveraging by those in control. It's the way things work and something that most of us are painfully aware of.
The Reset Agenda for 2030
The Social Good Summit is working to achieve a new world order with a reset of the world society by 2030. It's a United Nations Foundation-affiliated event that is set to cause the people of the Earth to Reconnect, Rethink, and Restart. It's about volunteers that Springs non-profits, government, corporations, individuals, and grassroots organizations together to discuss solutions for the challenges of our times.
It's tied in with the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals to create a better world. The Defender ran a post that suggests it's a rouse to promote propaganda to gain control over the people of the world. The goal is to eliminate hunger, poverty, disease, and other social ills worldwide, but to accomplish this the UN desires that Western countries start paying taxes to fund the effort.
The UN is a supporter of a world government that would be under the control of the UN, to create a new world society. We're talking about a new world society. As we move toward the new world reset and new world order, BlackRock and Vanguard are alleged to be at the center of the effort.
An honest assessment of the facts
The evidence that is stacking up is a bit disturbing, to say the least. We're not going to get an admission from anyone spreading misinformation, from either side of the debate. It's not what people with an agenda do.
They believe that the ends justify the means. The rest of us continue to have questions that will likely never be answered. What we do know is that there have been massive reports of social unrest, political squabbles, widely reported hate crimes against people of color, and a new crisis every week. When one social issue began to fade out, another would take its place.
Morally, we need a country that provides equality for all, regardless of color or beliefs. We need a strong leadership administration in place, cooperation of the mainstream media to bolster the country instead of tearing it down, unbiased journalism, and greater investigation into the facts instead of the perpetuation of proscribed information.
What are the facts about the Covid-19 Pandemic?
It's further been suggested that the handling of the pandemic has put more people's health at risk than it has helped. Mental health has dived nationwide and people are putting off potentially life-saving routine physicals and scans because of the fear of catching the virus at a clinic. We're using vaccines that have received emergency use approval, but they're not fully approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
We take the shots then live with fear after reports of terrible side effects are reported on the news. We wonder if the neighbor next door who refused the vaccine was a little wiser or more foolish. As a vaccinated American, I lived in fear for two weeks after receiving the J&J shot to have it pulled the very next day.
Are they trying to dissolve our bonds?
Many of us would love to have a more unified society, but we want a bit more transparency, which hardly anyone feels they're getting. The country has been divided because of the heavy campaigns ran to point out why we should fight one another, but it's a time when Americans of all backgrounds need to realize we're brothers and sisters in the same fight.
It's now that we need to stand together just as so many have already done in the heat of battle, fighting for our basic freedoms, working to remove survivors from the rubble of a terrorist attack, helping neighbors after a natural disaster, and so many more things that we do as a nation of people who have more in common than those things that separate us. Americans have mixed our blood and blended our families and special interest groups aside, we've shown that we can be one nation.
Perhaps the constant highlighting of the atrocities that some commit has created more hatred than any resolutions to the problems. When it crosses the line of informing to mongering, something is wrong. Some also suspect that the UN's Great Reset and its bid to amass wealth for its financing is little more than a wealth theft scheme.
Although it's plausible, what is the average citizen to think? Now that we've been upset, ruffled, and confused by too much going on around us, are we ripe for the harvest for new world order? Do those few with so much power control the world? Some suggest that this is the case and we're seeing it play out right now. The environmental initiatives of BlackRock do link it into the Great Reset to build it back better. It's a stretch to turn a blind eye to the facts. BlackRock has social expectations of the companies that it deals with and there is no denying that this is political influence based on its overbalance of power.
BlackRock and The Vanguard Group are two of the most powerful asset management companies in the world today. As such, they receive both criticism and praise. It's the way of the world, and nothing new. They are both influential groups, but to the extent that the owners use this power is something we'll never know. They could be helping to usher in a new age for the world, or perhaps they're just trying to make a few improvements. You be the judge.
Written by Dana Hanson
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