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BlackRock merges with Merrill Lynch

BlackRock completed its merger with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers last week. The company, which has $1tn of assets, will be called BlackRock MLIM. Changes to MLIM’s UK fund range are expected to be announced shortly.

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