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Participants
Christ Meade General Counsel
Gary Shedlin Chief Financial Officer
Larry Fink Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Rob Kapito President
Dan Fannon Jefferies
Robert Lee KBW
Ken Worthington JPMorgan
Patrick Davitt Autonomous Research
Alex Blostein Goldman Sachs
Brian Bedell Deutsche Bank
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Operator

Good morning, my name is Laurie, and I will be your conference facilitator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the BlackRock Incorporated Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Earnings Teleconference.

Our host for today's call will be Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Laurence D. Fink; Chief Financial Officer, Gary S. Shedlin; President, Robert S. Christopher Counsel, General and J. Kapito Meade. been All any mute prevent on noise. lines have background to placed After there speaker's the remarks, question-and-answer period. will be a Instructions] [Operator

Thank may you, you conference. Mr. begin your Meade,

Chris Meade

BlackRock. Chris General Good Meade, everyone. I'm Counsel morning, of the

the statements. Before we begin, We number this may like BlackRock's to call a course your we make from forward-looking the of course fact actual that may that remind call, of of you I'd during these statements. attention differ to results

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So with that, I'll turn it Gary. over to

Gary Shedlin

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I'll that, over Larry. it turn With to

Larry Fink

Thank Good New everyone you, Gary. Happy to Year and a welcome morning decade. new and

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Dan Fannon

Thank morning. Good you.

Larry Fink

Good morning, Dan.

Dan Fannon

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Larry Fink

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Operator

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Robert Lee

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Operator

line Worthington from of of JPMorgan. question next Ken Your comes the

Larry Fink

morning, Ken. Good

Ken Worthington

you Thank for morning. that. taking my on question. good To Hi, up follow

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Operator

next line from Research. comes of Your Davitt question Patrick the of Autonomous

Larry Fink

Patrick. morning, Good

Patrick Davitt

morning, Good guys.

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Gary Shedlin

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Operator

of comes Your the from line of Goldman question Blostein next Alex Sachs.

Larry Fink

Alex. morning, Good

Alex Blostein

Hey, everybody. good morning

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Gary Shedlin

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Operator

of line Your final Bedell the of from Brian Bank. Deutsche question comes

Brian Bedell

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Operator

Ladies Fink, you do and for time have any Mr. remarks? gentlemen, closing we have reached the questions. allotted

Larry Fink

Thank you Operator. everyone continued you, Thank joining Yes. for morning, BlackRock. our interest and your at

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Operator

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